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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.36CET
One of only four countries to participate in each of the first three FIFA World Cups, Romania's finest EURO achievement came when they reached the quarter-finals in 2000.

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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.36CET

Romania team profile

One of only four countries to participate in each of the first three FIFA World Cups, Romania's finest EURO achievement came when they reached the quarter-finals in 2000.

Best result: quarter-finals 2000
Coach: Victor Piţurcă
Leading scorer: all time – Gheorghe Hagi, Adrian Mutu (35); current – Adrian Mutu (35)
Most appearances: all time – Dorinel Munteanu (134); current – Răzvan Raţ (94)
Association formed: 1909
Nickname: Tricolorii (The Tricolours)
Where they play: Arena Națională, Bucharest

One of only four countries to participate in each of the first three FIFA World Cups, Romania saved their finest hour for the 1994 tournament in the United States, where, with playmaker Gheorghe Hagi in peerless form, they reached the quarter-finals, losing to Sweden only on penalties. They would participate in three of the next four UEFA European Championships, their best effort coming in 2000 when a late penalty enabled them to beat England 3-2 and earn a place in the quarter-finals, where they lost to Italy. Having not reached the World Cup since 1998, their 2014 hopes ended with a play-off defeat by Greece.

EURO pedigree
Matches played

Overall: P118 W55 D34 L29 F205 A116
Final tournament: P13 W1 D4 L8 F8 A17
Qualifying: P105 W54 D30 L21 F197 A99

Having often encountered tough draws when they have reached the finals, Romania's EURO success has been limited although, having qualified unbeaten, Emeric Ienei guided his team through a group containing Germany, Portugal and England to reach the last eight of UEFA EURO 2000. It was a feat that Victor Piţurcă had a chance of matching eight years later after impressive draws against 2006 World Cup finalists France and Italy – Adrian Mutu scoring but later missing a penalty in the latter match – but beating the Netherlands in the final group game proved a step too far.

A slow start cost them the chance to make it to UEFA EURO 2012, draws against Albania and Belarus preceding a 2-0 loss in France. Răzvan Lucescu was succeeded six games in by Piţurcă, back for a third spell as national coach, and three draws and a victory in the last four matches both earned third spot and provided hope for the future.

Memorable EURO matches
14/10/2007: Romania 1-0 Netherlands, UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying
Dorin Goian's goal earned a first win against the Netherlands and with it a finals place.

20/06/2000: Romania 3-2 England, UEFA EURO 2000 group stage
Ionel Ganea's 89th-minute penalty helped Romania dramatically secure a quarter-final berth.

05/06/1999: Romania 2-0 Hungary, UEFA EURO 2000 qualifying
Gheorghe Hagi came out of retirement to inspire Romania to a win that took them into the finals.

Did you know?
Romania have qualified for three of the last five UEFA European Championships. 

*Last updated on 07/01/2014

Last updated: 13/02/14 23.13CET

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 30/09/2014 18:20 CET
Estonia0-2Romania
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB) – Stadium: Lilleküla Stadium, Tallinn (EST)
04/18/2013 17:10:01
11 September 2012 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group D)
Romania4-0Andorra
Referee: Pavle Radovanović (MNE) – Stadium: Arena Națională, Bucharest (ROU)
08/29/2013 18:38:19
Turkey0-1Romania
Referee: Howard Webb (ENG) – Stadium: Şükrü Saracoğlu, Istanbul (TUR)
04/18/2013 18:12:50
Romania1-4Netherlands
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO) – Stadium: Arena Națională, Bucharest (ROU)
08/29/2013 18:40:47
Hungary2-2Romania
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (GER) – Stadium: Ferenc Puskás, Budapest (HUN)
05/28/2013 11:07:35
Netherlands4-0Romania
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG) – Stadium: Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam (NED)
05/28/2013 11:06:50
Romania3-0Hungary
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP) – Stadium: Arena Națională, Bucharest (ROU)
09/11/2013 07:10:45
10 September 2013 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group D)
Romania0-2Turkey
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR) – Stadium: Arena Națională, Bucharest (ROU)
09/11/2013 07:25:02
Andorra0-4Romania
Referee: Stephan Klossner (SUI) – Stadium: Estadi Comunal, Andorra la Vella (AND)
12/16/2013 12:36:54
Romania2-0Estonia
Referee: Marijo Strahonja (CRO) – Stadium: Arena Națională, Bucharest (ROU)
12/16/2013 12:37:38
Greece3-1Romania
Referee: Pedro Proença (POR) – Stadium: Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus (GRE)
12/16/2013 12:43:08
Romania1-1Greece
Aggregate: 2-4
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB) – Stadium: Arena Națională, Bucharest (ROU)
12/16/2013 13:39:10
7 September 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Greece0-1Romania
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG) – Stadium: Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus (GRE)
09/30/2014 17:20:27
11 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
RomaniaHungary
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Arena Națională, Bucharest (ROU)
09/30/2014 10:48:18
14 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
FinlandRomania
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Olympic Stadium, Helsinki (FIN)
09/30/2014 16:38:56
14 November 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
RomaniaNorthern Ireland
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Arena Națională, Bucharest (ROU)
09/30/2014 13:27:55
Romania - Denmark
Referee: TBD
09/04/2014 21:08:05
RomaniaFaroe Islands
Referee: TBD
09/26/2014 13:38:39
Northern IrelandRomania
Referee: TBD
09/26/2014 13:38:39
4 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
HungaryRomania
Referee: TBD
09/26/2014 13:38:40
7 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
RomaniaGreece
Referee: TBD
09/26/2014 13:38:44
8 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
RomaniaFinland
Referee: TBD
09/26/2014 13:38:45
11 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Faroe IslandsRomania
Referee: TBD
09/26/2014 13:38:31

General info

  • Founded : 1909
  • Currently playing : European Championship 2014/2016, Friendly matches 2014/2016

Team record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    16/10/2002, Luxembourg 0-7 Romania, Luxembourg
    02/09/1998, Romania 7-0 Liechtenstein, Bucharest
    23/04/1967, Romania 7-0 Cyprus, Bucharest
  • Biggest defeat:
    24/05/1967, Switzerland 7-1 Romania, Zurich
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 15
  • Player with most appearances: 35
    Dorinel Munteanu (ROU)
    Gheorghe Popescu (ROU)
  • Top scorers: 16
    Adrian Mutu (ROU)
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