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Romania national football team
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Tricolorii (The Tricolours)
Association Romanian Football Federation
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Răzvan Lucescu
Asst coach Bogdan Stelea
Captain Cristian Chivu
Most caps Dorinel Munteanu (134)
Top scorer Gheorghe Hagi (35)
Home stadium Stadionul Naţional
FIFA code ROU
FIFA ranking 38
Highest FIFA ranking 8 (September 1997)
Lowest FIFA ranking 38 (Febraury 2010)
Elo ranking 26
Highest Elo ranking 5 (June 1990)
Lowest Elo ranking 42 (1949, 1960)
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Home colours
Away colours
First international
 Yugoslavia 1 - 2 Romania Romania
(Belgrade, Yugoslavia; 8 June 1922)
Biggest win
Romania Romania 9 - 0 Finland 
(Bucharest, Romania; 14 October 1973)
Biggest defeat
 Hungary 9 - 0 Romania Romania
(Budapest, Hungary; 6 June 1948)
World Cup
Appearances 7 (First in 1930)
Best result Quarterfinals, 1994
European Championship
Appearances 4 (First in 1984)
Best result Quarterfinals, 2000

The Romania national football team is the national football team of Romania and is controlled by the Romanian Football Federation.

Romania is one of only four national teams, the other three being Brazil, France, and Belgium, that took part in the first three World Cups.

However, after that performance, they only qualified for the 1970, 1990, 1994 and 1998 editions. Their finest hour came at the 1994 World Cup where Romania, led by playmaker Gheorghe Hagi, reached the quarterfinals by defeating South American powerhouse Argentina before losing to Sweden on penalty shootouts.

At the Euros, Romania's best performance was in 2000 when they advanced to quarterfinals from a group with Germany, Portugal and England before falling to eventual runners-up Italy.

Romania also played at Euro 1984, Euro 1996, Euro 2000 and Euro 2008.

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History

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Beginnings

Romania played their first international match on 8 June 1922, a 2-1 win over Yugoslavia in Belgrade, coached by Teofil Moraru.

Several temporary coaches were employed, before Moraru resumed control in August 1924, managing the side for nearly four years. Romania enjoyed some success during the 1930s; manager Costel Rădulescu took them to the first three FIFA World Cup tournaments, a feat matched only by Brazil, Belgium and France.

World Cups in the 1930s

At the 1930 World Cup, Romania won their first match against Peru, 3-1, with goals from Adalbert Desu, Constantin Stanciu and Nicolae Kovács, before being thrashed 4-0 by hosts and eventual winners Uruguay.

Romania qualified for the next World Cup in 1934 after beating Yugoslavia 2-1 in a repeat of their first international. At the finals, Romania played only one game in a new knock-out format, losing 2-1 to Czechoslovakia in Trieste, Italy, with Ştefan Dobay scoring their only goal of the tournament.

Romania qualified by default for the 1938 World Cup after their qualifying playoff opponents Egypt withdrew. They suffered a shock defeat in the finals in France, losing to minnows Cuba, who, like Romania, had only qualified due to the withdrawal of their qualifying opponents, USA. The first match at the Stade Chapou in Toulouse ended 3-3 after extra time, but Cuba won the replay four days later 2-1.

Years in the international wilderness

Between 1938 and 1970 Romania failed to qualify for any major international tournaments.

Increasing improvement

1970 World Cup

Participation in the World Cup was finally achieved once again in 1970 in Mexico, although qualification came on the back of a 3-0 thrashing by Portugal in Lisbon and two unconvincing draws against unfancied Greece. Angelo Niculescu's promising side were given the toughest of draws, in Group 3 with holders England, giants Brazil and Czechoslovakia.

A Geoff Hurst goal gave England a narrow victory in Romania's first match at the Estadio Jalisco in Guadalajara. Chances were improved with a 2-1 win over the Czechs. Despite going behind early to a Ladislav Petráš goal, Romania turned it around after half-time with Alexandru Neagu and Florea Dumitrache scoring to give them two vital points. Even then, only a win over the excellent Brazilians would take them into the Quarter Finals.

There were rumours before the match that Brazil might prefer Romania to progress than World Champions England; Despite beating them 1-0 in their previous match in Guadalajara, the South American giants still viewed England as one of their biggest obstacles to tournament victory. But Brazil played some of the best football of the competition, with Pelé scoring twice and a Jairzinho goal in between. Romania battled bravely; Dumitrache pulled the score back to 2-1 before the break and a late Emerich Dembrowski goal made it 3-2, but they were out.

1970s

On 26 September 1973, under new coach Valentin Stanescu, Romania suffered a significant defeat to East Germany in Leipzig. The East Germans won 2-0 to effectively seal their first ever qualification for the World Cup, which would be held over the border in West Germany. With East Germany scoring a predictable 4-1 win in Albania, Romania were out, despite a huge 9-0 win over Finland in Bucharest.

Romania continued to suffer poor form in the UEFA European Championship. In their qualifying group for the 1976 European Football Championship, they were out-qualified by Spain, despite an impressive 1-1 draw in the away match. Romania failed to win matches, drawing twice with Scotland and Spain and dropping points in Denmark with a dismal goalless draw.

Romania were again beat by Spain for a place in the 1978 World Cup in Argentina. Despite a 1-0 win in Bucharest, Romania lost a bizarre match at home to Yugoslavia 6-4 having led 3-2 at half time. Spain won 1-0 in Belgrade to seal passage to South America.

1980s

Romania's sole successful qualifying campaign was for the European Championships in 1984 in France. At the finals, Romania were drawn with regular rivals Spain, holders West Germany and dark horses Portugal. Under head coach Mircea Lucescu, an encouraging opening game in Saint-Étienne saw them draw with the Spanish. Francisco José Carrasco opened the scoring from the penalty spot but Romania equalized before half time with a goal from Laszlo Bölöni.

Against the Germans in Lens, Marcel Coraş scored an equalizer in the first minute of the second half in response to Rudi Völler's opener, but Völler would score a winning goal. Their last match in Nantes was a must-win match, but Nené's late winner meant Portugal progressed with Spain, who netted a dramatic late winner against West Germany at the Parc des Princes in Paris.

Romania stuttered throughout the rest of the decade, but a stronger squad at the end of the decade saw them qualify for their fifth World Cup at Italia 90. A win over Denmark in their last match took Emerich Jenei's side to the finals for the first time in twenty years.

Gheorghe Hagi's era

Italia 90

Romania's squad was entirely domestic-based, despite an increasing trend for the major sides in Italy and Spain buying up the best foreign talent. Midfielder Ilie Dumitrescu, striker Florin Răducioiu and genius playmaker Gheorghe Hagi, then of Steaua Bucharest, were in the squad, but it was forward Gavril Balint who would prove the hero in the first round.

With World Champions Argentina stunned by Cameroon in the tournament's opening match, Romania did their chances no harm with a convincing win over the USSR at the San Nicola in Bari, with Marius Lăcătuş scoring in either half. The result was all the more impressive given the absence of Hagi. There was controversy, however, as Lăcătus's second was a penalty given for a handball by Vagiz Khidiatullin that television replays clearly showed to be some way outside the penalty area.

Romania were the next victims of Cameroon in Bari. Cult hero Roger Milla, 38 years of age, came on as a substitute for Emmanuel Maboang Kessack and scored twice, before Balint pulled one back. Romania needed a point in their last match against improving Argentina at the San Paolo in Naples. Pedro Monzón gave Argentina the lead after an hour, but Balint quickly equalized and Romania held on to reach Round 2.

Against Jack Charlton's Ireland side in Genoa, Romania didn't have the quality to break down a defensive opposition. Daniel Timofte was the only player to miss in the penalty shoot-out - his kick saved by Packie Bonner - and Romania were out.

Euro 92 and USA 94

Romania missed out on Euro 92. Scotland qualified after Romania drew a must-win last match in Sofia against Bulgaria, with Nasko Sirakov's equalizer sealing their fate.

They were successful, though, in reaching another World Cup in the United States in 1994. Despite losing in Belgium and suffering a heavy 5-2 defeat in Czechoslovakia, Romania went into their last match at Cardiff Arms Park with Wales needing a win to pip them to a place in the finals. Goals from Gheorghe Hagi and Dean Saunders meant the game was finely balanced, before Wales were awarded a penalty. Paul Bodin of Swindon Town stepped up but hit the woodwork and Romania went on to win 2-1, Răducioiu's late goal proving unnecessary as Czechoslovakia dropped a point in Belgium and were knocked out.

At the finals, Romania were one of the most entertaining teams in the early stages with Hagi, Răducioiu and Dumitrescu on form. Romania beat Colombia - dark horses and Pelé's tip for the tournament - at the Pasadena Rose Bowl in Los Angeles 3-1. Răducioiu opened the scoring before Hagi scored a spectacular second from wide on the left touchline. Adolfo Valencia shredded their nerves with a headed goal just before half-time, but Romania held on and Răducioiu sealed the win with a late third.

In Detroit's Pontiac Silverdome, the temperature soared due to the greenhouse effect in the indoor arena. Switzerland, acclimatized after having already played the hosts there, outran Romania in the second half and turned a 1-1 half time score into a surprising 4-1 win. Romania responded by beating the hosts 1-0 in Pasadena with an early Dan Petrescu goal.

In Round 2 they faced Argentina, who were shorn of Diego Maradona who was thrown out of the tournament for taking drugs. Răducioiu, suspended, was hardly missed, as coach Anghel Iordănescu pushed Dumitrescu forward to play as a striker and the player responded by scoring twice in the first twenty minutes, one a superbly subtle left foot flick from a right-wing Hagi cross slotted between the Argentine defenders. In between, Gabriel Batistuta scored a penalty, but after half-time Romania netted a superb third on the counter attack, with Hagi beating goalkeeper Luis Islas. Abel Balbo pulled one back, but Romania held on for a shock win.

Romania would suffer penalty heartbreak again, in the Quarter Final against Sweden. With just thirteen minutes to go, a tight match opened up as Sweden's Thomas Brolin scored from a clever free-kick move, the ball passed outside the Romanian wall by Håkan Mild for Brolin to smash in. Iordănescu threw caution to the wind and the returning Răducioiu found a late equalizer, again from a free-kick move but this time down to a deflection and a failure of the Swedes to clear. In extra time Răducioiu scored again after a mistake by Patrik Andersson, but Sweden then scored their own late equalizer as giant striker Kennet Andersson climbed above goalkeeper Florin Prunea to head home a long ball. Prunea had come in after two matches to replace Bogdan Stelea, whose confidence was shattered by the 4-1 loss to the Swiss. In the shoot-out, Dan Petrescu and Miodrag Belodedici had their kicks saved by Thomas Ravelli and Sweden went through.

Euro 96

In England, Romania arrived as a highly thought-of and popular team but had a nightmare. Iordănescu's side were based in the north east, with their first two games at St James' Park in Newcastle. Against France, they lost to a Christophe Dugarry header reminiscent of Kennet Andersson's two years earlier, beating the goalkeeper to a lofted through ball. A brilliant early solo goal by Hristo Stoichkov saw Bulgaria knock out their neighbours, although Romania claimed they should have had a goal awarded when the ball struck the bar and bounced behind the goal-line. They finally scored in their last game, Florin Răducioiu equalizing an early goal by Spain's Javier Manjarín. Spain had to win to qualify with France at the expense of Bulgaria and did so when Guillermo Amor stooped to head a late winner. Romania exited in total shame, with no points and tons of regrets of what could have been.

France 98

Despite a dreadful Euro 96, Romania impressed in qualifying, finishing ten points clear of Ireland and were seeded for the final tournament of the 1998 World Cup thanks to their strong USA 94 showing. Despite being drawn in a group with England, getting through it was perceived to be easy work with a waning Colombia and minnows Tunisia.

Adrian Ilie scored the only goal with a fine chip in their first match against Colombia at Lyon's Stade Gerland. In Toulouse, they met an England side starting with prodigal striker Michael Owen on the bench, with Teddy Sheringham preferred alongside Alan Shearer. A mistake by Tony Adams was punished by Viorel Moldovan, who played for Coventry City, before Owen came on to claim an equalizer. But Romania won with a wonderful late goal from Dan Petrescu, also playing in England with Chelsea, fighting off his club mate Graeme le Saux and nutmegging goalkeeper David Seaman.

The next match was against Tunisia. Romania decided to bleach their hair before the match. Despite England v Colombia being the more decisive game, the Stade de France in Paris was an 80,000 sell out and the crowd were nearly rewarded with a shock as Skander Souayah scored an early penalty to give the north Africans the lead. Romania needed a point to win the group and, crucially, avoid Argentina in Round 2, and got it when Moldovan volleyed a late equalizer. It did them little good, however, as in the Round of 16 match at Bordeaux against the Croatian team, Davor Šuker scored a twice-taken penalty in a poor match and Romania were out.

Euro 2000

Romania were not expected to progress through a group containing Portugal, England and Germany. Hagi's powers were waning, Dumitrescu and Rǎducioiu were no longer on the scene and hopes were pinned on young Internazionale forward Adrian Mutu. Romania started brightly against the Germans in Liège, with Moldovan scoring from close range. A long-range Mehmet Scholl equalizer meant they had to be content with a point and their position looked shaky after Costinha headed a last minute winner for Portugal in their second match.

Emerich Jenei, back as coach, threw caution to the wind in the last match in Charleroi against England, a match which Romania had to win. Defender Cristian Chivu's cross went in off the post in the 22nd minute but, despite Romania dominating, England led at half-time through an Alan Shearer penalty and a late Michael Owen goal after he rounded Bogdan Stelea to score a tap-in, both in the last five minutes of the half. Romania attacked after the break and were quickly rewarded; Dorinel Munteanu punishing a poor punch from Nigel Martyn, a late replacement for the injured Seaman to equalize three minutes after the re-start. England cracked under the pressure. Unable to retain possession or pose an attacking threat, they fell deep and late on Phil Neville, playing out of position at left-back, conceded a penalty scored by Ioan Ganea in the 89th minute.

Romania's relief was tempered by tough opposition in the last eight, and Italy, who would end up seconds from being crowned European champions in an agonizing final, comfortably saw them off 2-0 in Brussels. Francesco Totti and Filippo Inzaghi scoring towards the end of the first half. In the 35th minute Hagi, in his final international tournament, hit the woodwork with goalkeeper Francesco Toldo stranded off his line and, after the break, was magnanimously sent off for diving. Romania's tournament was over and Jenei left his job as coach again.

Recent years

2000s - Near Misses

Romania failed to qualify for the next three major tournaments. They drew Slovenia, who had been surprise qualifiers for Euro 2000 in a playoff for a place in the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan. A narrow 2-1 deficit - having led through a Marius Niculae goal - after the first leg in Ljubljana was not irretrievable. With fans' hero Gheorghe Hagi now coaching the side they were confident of getting the win they needed in Bucharest against the Balkan upstarts, but Slovenia took the lead before the hour through Mladen Rudonja. Right wing-back Cosmin Contra quickly equalized but Romania could not find the goal they needed to force extra time and Slovenia, with maverick manager Srečko Katanec, were in a major tournament again.

Euro 2004

Romania were confident of qualifying for the tournament, drawn in Group 2 with seeds Denmark, Norway, Bosnia-Herzegovina and minnows Luxembourg,with Anghel Iordanescu back as their coach. Despite a good start - a 3-0 win away to Bosnia in Sarajevo, Romania stuttered. Steffen Iversen's late goal gave Norway a surprise win in Bucharest and they were stunned at home by the Danes, 5-2, with Thomas Gravesen scoring a spectacular goal from around fifty yards out, despite leading twice. They recovered slightly, completing a double over the Bosnians and getting a point in Oslo, but conceded a cutting injury time equalizer in Denmark to draw 2-2. It was decisive, as they now required Norway to fail to win at home to Luxembourg to stand any realistic chance of qualifying. Eventually, the Danes got a point in Bosnia to scrape through a tight group, with Norway going to a play-off with Spain.

2006 World Cup

Romania were put in a massive group for the qualifying tournament for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. The Netherlands and Czech Republic were favourite to qualify, then ranked first and second in Europe. Early wins over Finland and Macedonia were unconvincing, and they were some way behind the two leaders by the time they earned a good 2-0 home win over the Czechs. They finished third behind the Dutch and the Czechs and missed out on another major tournament.

Euro 2008

Romania were drawn in a group with group favourites the Netherlands and tough opponents Bulgaria for the UEFA Euro 2008 Qualifying. However, on 17 October 2007, Romania became the fourth team to qualify for Euro 2008. This was the team's first big championships since Euro 2000, eight years before. Victor Piturca also qualified Romania for Euro 2000, only to sit back and let Emerich Jenei coach the team in the final tournament. This time, however, he stayed. It was the first time he coached a national team in the final stages of a tournament.

They were drawn in the so-called "Group of Death" with their old "friends" the Netherlands (they played each other both in the Euro 2008 qualifying group and in the 2006 World Cup qualifying group), Italy, the current world champions and France, runners-up in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. They started with a 0-0 draw against a luckstre France while world champions Italy was soundly beaten by the Netherlands, 3-0. In their next game against Italy, Adrian Mutu, playing for Italian club ACF Fiorentina, opened the scoring early in the second half. Their lead was a very short one, as Christian Panucci scored a minute later, with the aid of a corner kick. Nearing the end of the match, Daniel Niculae obtained a penalty for his team, but Gianluigi Buffon saved the shot from Mutu, leaving Romania with two points and needing a win against the Netherlands, who eradicated France 4-1 on the same evening. The Netherlands beat Romania 2-0 in the final game of the group, which meant that Italy joined the Netherlands in the quarter finals and Romania finished 3rd, ahead of France.

Honours

1929/31, 1929/31, 1933, 1936, 1977/80

World Cup record

Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
Uruguay 1930 Round 1 8 2 1 0 1 3 5
Italy 1934 Round 1 12 1 0 0 1 1 2
France 1938 Round 1 9 2 0 1 1 4 5
Brazil 1950 Did not enter - - - - - - -
Switzerland 1954 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Sweden 1958 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Chile 1962 Withdrew - - - - - - -
England 1966 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Mexico 1970 Round 1 11 3 1 0 2 4 5
West Germany 1974 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Argentina 1978 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Spain 1982 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Mexico 1986 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Italy 1990 Round 2 12 4 1 2 1 4 3
United States 1994 Quarterfinals 6 5 3 1 1 10 9
France 1998 Round of 16 11 4 2 1 1 4 3
South KoreaJapan 2002 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Germany 2006 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
South Africa 2010 Did Not qualify - - - - - - -
Total 7/19 21 8 5 8 30 32

European Championship

Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
France 1960 Did Not qualify - - - - - -
Spain 1964 Did Not qualify - - - - - -
Italy 1968 Did Not qualify - - - - - -
Belgium 1972 Did Not qualify - - - - - -
Yugoslavia 1976 Did Not qualify - - - - - -
Italy 1980 Did Not qualify - - - - - -
France 1984 Round 1 3 0 1 2 2 4
West Germany 1988 Did Not qualify - - - - - -
Sweden 1992 Did Not qualify - - - - - -
England 1996 Round 1 3 0 0 3 1 4
BelgiumNetherlands 2000 Quarterfinals 4 1 1 2 4 6
Portugal 2004 Did Not qualify - - - - - -
AustriaSwitzerland 2008 Round 1 3 0 2 1 1 3
PolandUkraine 2012 - - - - - - -
Total 4/13 13 1 4 8 8 17
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Gold background color indicates that the tournament was won. Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Stadium

Lia Manoliu, Romania's former national football stadium

The Lia Manoliu Stadium (Stadionul Lia Manoliu in Romanian) was a multi-use stadium in Bucharest, Romania. It was used mostly by the Romania national football team.

The stadium held 60,120. It was built in 1953, for the 4th World Festival of Youth and Students. It was first known as Stadionul 23 August, and later on as Stadionul Naţional (National stadium). It is now named after Lia Manoliu, a discus thrower who competed at a record six Summer Olympics, winning three medals.

The last football match played was a 6-1 win against Albania on 21 November 2007. After the match, a few seats were removed from the stadium, as a symbolic start of the rebuilding operations. The old stadium was demolished to make room for a new one.

In October 2005, it was decided to rebuild the stadium completely. The new one will be the first Elite stadium in Romania and it will host the 2012 UEFA Europa League Final, as it was announced by UEFA at Nyon on January 29, 2009.

Stadionul Naţional is expect to be finished in December 2010.

UEFA Euro 2012

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 France 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Romania 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Belarus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Albania 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Luxembourg 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Albania Belarus Bosnia and Herzegovina France Luxembourg Romania
Albania 
Belarus 
Bosnia and Herzegovina 
France 
Luxembourg 
Romania 

Current squad

The squad for friendly match against Israel on 3 March 2010. Caps and goals as of 10 October 2009

Name DOB Club Caps (goals) Debut
Goalkeepers
Costel Pantilimon 1 February 1987 (1987-02-01) (age 23) Romania FC Timişoara 5 (0) v Georgia, 19 November 2008
Mircea Bornescu 3 May 1980 (1980-05-03) (age 29) Romania Rapid 0 (0)
Defenders
Mirel Rădoi 22 March 1981 (1981-03-22) (age 28) Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 60 (1) v Algeria, 5 December 2000
Gabriel Tamaş 9 November 1983 (1983-11-09) (age 26) England West Bromwich 42 (2) v Slovakia, 13 March 2003
Dorin Goian 12 December 1980 (1980-12-12) (age 29) Italy Palermo 32 (5) v Nigeria, 16 November 2005
Vasile Maftei 1 January 1981 (1981-01-01) (age 29) Romania Unirea Urziceni 9 (1) v Armenia, 28 February 2006
Mihai Neşu 19 February 1983 (1983-02-19) (age 27) Netherlands Utrecht 8 (0) v Ivory Coast, 12 November 2005
Cristian Panin 9 June 1978 (1978-06-09) (age 31) Romania CFR Cluj 2 (0) v Georgia, 19 November 2008
László Sepsi 7 June 1986 (1986-06-07) (age 23) Romania FC Timişoara 2 (0) v Russia, 26 March 2008
Valerică Găman 25 February 1989 (1989-02-25) (age 21) Romania U Craiova 0 (0)
Midfielders
Paul Codrea 4 April 1981 (1981-04-04) (age 28) Italy Siena 43 (1) v Yugoslavia, 15 November 2000
Bănel Nicoliţă 7 January 1985 (1985-01-07) (age 25) Romania Steaua 29 (1) v Ivory Coast, 12 November 2005
Tiberiu Ghioane 18 June 1981 (1981-06-18) (age 28) Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 17 (2) v Ukraine, 26 February 2001
Mihai Roman 6 November 1984 (1984-11-06) (age 25) Romania FC Braşov 6 (0) v Lithuania, 6 June 2009
Răzvan Pădureţu 19 June 1984 (1984-06-19) (age 25) Romania Unirea Urziceni 1 (0) v Israel, 3 March 2010
George Florescu 21 May 1984 (1984-05-21) (age 25) Denmark Midtjylland 1 (0) v Israel, 3 March 2010
Ciprian Deac 16 February 1986 (1986-02-16) (age 24) Romania CFR Cluj 1 (0) v Israel, 3 March 2010
Strikers
Andrei Cristea 15 May 1984 (1984-05-15) (age 25) Romania Dinamo 7 (0) v Ivory Coast, 12 November 2005
Ciprian Marica 2 October 1985 (1985-10-02) (age 24) Germany VfB Stuttgart 39 (12) v Italy, 16 November 2003
Marius Niculae 16 May 1981 (1981-05-16) (age 28) Romania Dinamo 37 (13) v Latvia, 2 February 2000
Daniel Niculae 6 October 1982 (1982-10-06) (age 27) France Auxerre 28 (6) v Ukraine, 20 August 2003
Gheorghe Bucur 8 April 1980 (1980-04-08) (age 29) Russia Kuban 17 (4) v Slovakia, 9 February 2005

Recent call ups

The following players have also been called up to the Romanian squad during 2009:

Name DOB Club Caps (goals) Debut Most recent callup
Goalkeepers
Dănuţ Coman 28 March 1979 (1979-03-28) (age 30) Romania FC Braşov 14 (0) v Nigeria, 16 November 2005
Bogdan Lobonţ 18 January 1978 (1978-01-18) (age 32) Italy AS Roma 74 (0) v Liechtenstein, 2 November 1998 v Austria, 1 April 2009
Defenders
Cosmin Contra 15 December 1975 (1975-12-15) (age 34) Romania FC Timişoara 72 (7) v Georgia, 24 April 1996 v Austria, 1 April 2009
Răzvan Raţ 26 May 1981 (1981-05-26) (age 28) Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 62 (1) v France, 13 February 2002 v Faroe Islands, 10 October 2009
George Ogăraru 3 February 1980 (1980-02-03) (age 30) Netherlands Ajax 11 (0) v Netherlands, 26 March 2005 v Austria, 1 April 2009
Cristian Săpunaru 5 April 1984 (1984-04-05) (age 25) Portugal Porto 8 (0) v Montenegro, 31 May 2008 v Austria, 9 September 2009
Dorel Stoica 5 April 1978 (1978-04-05) (age 31) Saudi Arabia Ettifaq 4 (1) v Luxembourg, 28 March 2007 v Austria, 1 April 2009
Ştefan Radu 22 October 1986 (1986-10-22) (age 23) Italy Lazio 9 (0) v Spain, 15 November 2006 v Faroe Islands, 10 October 2009
Ovidiu Dănănae 1 26 August 1985 (1985-08-26) (age 24) Romania Craiova 1 (0) v Hungary, 12 August 2009 v Faroe Islands, 10 October 2009
Nicolae Dică 9 May 1980 (1980-05-09) (age 29) Romania CFR Cluj 30 (9) v Japan, 11 October 2003 v Faroe Islands, 10 October 2009
Cristian Tănase 18 February 1987 (1987-02-18) (age 23) Romania Steaua 5 (1) v Georgia, 19 November 2008 v Faroe Islands, 10 October 2009
Adrian Ropotan 8 May 1986 (1986-05-08) (age 23) Russia Dynamo Moscow 1 (0) v Georgia, 19 November 2008 v Faroe Islands, 10 October 2009
Lucian Sânmărtean 13 March 1980 (1980-03-13) (age 30) Romania FC Vaslui 3 (0) v Croatia, 20 November 2002
Midfielders
Adrian Cristea 30 November 1983 (1983-11-30) (age 26) Romania Dinamo 8 (0) v Moldova, 7 February 2007 v Serbia, 10 October 2009
Dacian Varga 15 October 1984 (1984-10-15) (age 25) Romania Unirea Urziceni 3 (0) v Croatia, 11 February 2009 v Faroe Islands, 14 October 2009
Ovidiu Petre1 22 March 1982 (1982-03-22) (age 27) Romania Steaua 23 (1) v Poland, 17 April 2002 v Austria, 1 April 2009
Bogdan Mara 29 September 1977 (1977-09-29) (age 32) Greece Iraklis 11 (1) v Latvia, 2 February 2000 v Lithuania, 6 June 2009
Maximilian Nicu 25 November 1982 (1982-11-25) (age 27) Germany Hertha BSC 3 (0) v Austria, 1 April 2009 v Austria, 9 September 2009
Strikers
Ionel Dănciulescu1 6 December 1976 (1976-12-06) (age 33) Spain Hércules CF 8 (2) v Estonia, 3 March 1999 v Faroe Islands, 14 October 2009
Florin Costea 16 May 1985 (1985-05-16) (age 24) Romania Craiova 6 (0) v Latvia, 20 August 2008 v Lithuania, 6 June 2009
Adrian Mutu 8 January 1979 (1979-01-08) (age 31) Italy Fiorentina 67 (29) v Greece, 29 March 2000
Bogdan Stancu 28 June 1987 (1987-06-28) (age 22) Romania Steaua 0 (0) v Hungary, 12 August 2009

1 injured at the time of the latest match

retired from national team

Coaching staff

Head Coach Răzvan Lucescu
Assistant Coaches Bogdan Stelea, Ştefan Iovan, Marian Ioniţă
Fitness Coach Diego Longo
Team Doctor Pompiliu Popescu
Masseurs Claudiu Costin

Most capped players

As of 12 February 2007, the ten players with the most caps for Romania are:

# Name Career Caps Goals
1. Dorinel Munteanu 1991 - 2007 134 16
2. Gheorghe Hagi 1983 - 2000 125 35
3. Gheorghe Popescu 1988 - 2003 115 16
4. Ladislau Bölöni 1975 - 1988 108 25
5. Dan Petrescu 1989 - 2000 95 12
6. Bogdan Stelea 1988 - 2005 91 0
7. Michael Klein 1981 - 1991 90 5
8. Marius Lăcătuş 1984 - 1998 84 13
9. Mircea Rednic 1981 - 1991 83 2
10. Silviu Lung 1979 - 1993 77 0

Top goalscorers

As of 17 June 2008, the ten players with the most goals for Romania are:

# Player Career Goals (Caps)
1. Gheorghe Hagi 1983 - 2000 35 (125)
2. Iuliu Bodola 1931 - 1939 31 (48)
3. Adrian Mutu (*) 2000 - present 29 (64)
4. Anghel Iordănescu 1971 - 1981 26 (64)
5. Viorel Moldovan 1993 - 2005 25 (70)
6. Ladislau Bölöni 1975 - 1988 25 (108)
7. Rodion Cămătaru 1978 - 1990 22 (75)
8. Dudu Georgescu 1973 - 1980 21 (44)
9. Florin Răducioiu 1988 - 1996 21 (40)
10. Ilie Dumitrescu 1989 - 1998 20 (62)
  • (*) - still active

Past managers

  • The Austrian Josef Uridil is the only foreign manager who coached Romania

Romania all time record against all nations

  • Last match updated was against  Israel on 3 March 2010.
Against Played Won Drawn Lost  % Won
 Albania 13 10 1 2 76.92%
 Algeria 4 1 2 1 25%
 Andorra 2 2 0 0 100%
 Argentina 5 1 1 3 20%
 Armenia 3 2 1 0 66.67%
 Austria 7 1 4 2 14.29%
 Azerbaijan 4 4 0 0 100%
 Belarus 3 3 0 0 100%
 Belgium 10 4 2 4 40%
 Bolivia 1 1 0 0 100%
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 2 0 0 100%
 Brazil 2 0 0 2 0%
 Bulgaria 33 18 6 9 54.55%
 Cameroon 1 0 0 1 0%
 Chile 1 0 0 1 0%
 China PR 2 2 0 0 100%
 Colombia 3 2 1 0 66.67%
 Côte d'Ivoire 1 0 0 1 0%
 Croatia 4 0 1 3 0%
 Cuba 2 0 1 1 0%
 Cyprus 12 9 2 1 75%
 Czechoslovakia 32 7 9 16 21.88%
 Czech Republic 2 1 0 1 50%
 Denmark 8 3 2 3 37.5%
 Ecuador 1 1 0 0 100%
 Egypt 6 3 2 1 50%
 England 11 3 6 2 27.27%
 Estonia 2 1 0 1 50%
 Faroe Islands 4 4 0 0 100%
 Finland 8 6 2 0 75%
 France 12 3 4 6 25%
 Georgia 6 4 2 0 66.67%
 Germany 13 2 3 8 15.38%
 East Germany 16 5 3 8 31.25%
 Greece 28 16 7 5 57.14%
 Hungary 23 6 5 12 26.09%
 Latvia 5 4 1 0 80%
 Liechtenstein 4 4 0 0 100%
 Lithuania 10 9 0 1 90%
 Luxembourg 4 4 0 0 100%
 Iceland 2 2 0 0 100%
 Iran 3 0 3 0 0%
 Iraq 2 0 2 0 0%
 Republic of Ireland 4 1 1 2 25%
 Israel 20 10 5 5 52.64%
 Italy 15 2 3 10 13.33%
 Japan 4 3 1 0 75%
 Macedonia 4 4 0 0 100%
 Mexico 2 1 0 1 50%
 Moldova 4 4 0 0 100%
 Montenegro 1 1 0 0 100%
 Morocco 3 3 0 0 100%
 Nigeria 2 2 0 0 100%
 Netherlands 11 1 3 7 9.09%
 Northern Ireland 4 1 0 3 25%
 Norway 11 4 5 2 36.36%
 Paraguay 1 1 0 0 100%
 Peru 5 2 2 1 40%
 Poland 33 14 15 4 42.42%
 Portugal 11 4 2 5 36.36%
 Russia 2 1 0 1 50%
 San Marino 2 2 0 0 100%
 Serbia 4 1 0 3 25%
 Scotland 6 2 2 2 33.33%
 Slovakia 10 5 4 1 50%
 Slovenia 7 3 3 1 42.86%
 Korea Republic 1 1 0 0 100%
 Soviet Union 9 3 2 4 33.33%
 Spain 15 5 5 5 33.33%
 Sweden 8 2 3 3 25%
 Switzerland 11 4 3 4 36.36%
 Tunisia 1 0 1 0 0%
 Turkey 22 12 7 3 54.55%
 Ukraine 3 3 0 0 100%
 United Arab Emirates 1 0 0 1 0%
 United States 4 2 1 1 50%
 Uruguay 4 1 1 2 25%
 Wales 5 3 1 1 60%
 Yugoslavia 37 15 5 17 40.54%
 Zaire 1 0 1 0 0%
Total 604 278 149 184 46.03%

See also

References

External links


Simple English

Romania
Association Romanian Football Federation
Confederation UEFA
Coach Răzvan Lucescu
Most caps Dorinel Munteanu (134)
Top scorer Gheorghe Hagi (35)
World Cup
Appearances 7
First Apps 1930
Best result Quarterfinals (1994)

Romania national football team is the national football team of Romania.

Most appearances

PosPlayerAppsGoalsCareer
1Dorinel Munteanu134161991-2007
2Gheorghe Hagi125351983-2000
3Gheorghe Popescu115161988-2003
4Ladislau Bölöni108231975-1988
5Dan Petrescu95121989-2000
6Bogdan Stelea91101988-2005
7Michael Klein9051981-1991
8Marius Lăcătuş84131984-1998
9Mircea Rednic8321981-1991
10Silviu Lung7701979-1993
10Bogdan Lobonţ7701998-

Top scorers

PosPlayerGoalsAppsCareer
1Gheorghe Hagi351251983-2000
2Iuliu Bodola31481931-1939
3Adrian Mutu29642000-present
4Anghel Iordănescu26641971-1981
5Viorel Moldovan25701993-2005
6Ladislau Bölöni231081975-1988
7Rodion Cămătaru22751978-1990
8Dudu Georgescu21441973-1980
8Florin Răducioiu21401988-1996
10Ştefan Dobay20411930-1939


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