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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: Anghel Iordănescu
Leading scorer: all time – Gheorghe Hagi, Adrian Mutu (35); current – Ciprian Marica (25)
Most appearances: all time – Dorinel Munteanu (134); current – Răzvan Raţ (108)
Association formed: 1909
Nickname: Tricolorii (The Tricolours)
Where they play: Arena Națională, Bucharest

Top five qualifying goals

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 but they recovered to qualify unbeaten for UEFA EURO 2016, with veteran USA '94 boss Anghel Iordănescu returning to the fold in mid-campaign.

EURO pedigree
Matches played

Overall: P128 W60 D39 L29 F216 A118
Final tournament: P13 W1 D4 L8 F8 A17
Qualifying: P115 W59 D35 L21 F208 A101

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?
UEFA EURO 2016 is the fourth of the last six UEFA European Championships for which Romania have qualified. 

*Last updated on 18/11/2015

Last updated: 02/12/15 10.58CET

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 05/09/2016 12:31 CET
7 September 2014 07 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Greece0-1Romania
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG) Stadium: Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus (GRE)
06/02/2016 10:24:42
11 October 2014 11 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Romania1-1Hungary
Referee: William Collum (SCO) Stadium: Arena Națională, Bucharest (ROU)
08/19/2016 13:27:02
14 October 2014 14 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Finland0-2Romania
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA) Stadium: Helsingin Olympiastadion, Helsinki (FIN)
01/08/2016 08:06:16
14 November 2014 14 Nov - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Romania2-0Northern Ireland
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE) Stadium: Arena Națională, Bucharest (ROU)
08/19/2016 13:27:03
29 March 2015 29 Mar - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Romania1-0Faroe Islands
Referee: Artur Dias (POR) Stadium: Ilie Oană, Ploiesti (ROU)
01/08/2016 08:06:37
13 June 2015 13 Jun - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Northern Ireland0-0Romania
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP) Stadium: Windsor Park, Belfast (NIR)
05/26/2016 10:01:54
4 September 2015 04 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Hungary0-0Romania
Referee: Felix Brych (GER) Stadium: Groupama Aréna, Budapest (HUN)
06/14/2016 18:03:58
7 September 2015 07 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Romania0-0Greece
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR) Stadium: Arena Națională, Bucharest (ROU)
08/19/2016 13:27:03
8 October 2015 08 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Romania1-1Finland
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO) Stadium: Arena Națională, Bucharest (ROU)
08/19/2016 13:27:02
11 October 2015 11 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
Faroe Islands0-3Romania
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK) Stadium: Tórsvøllur, Torshavn (FRO)
01/08/2016 08:06:24
France2-1Romania
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN) Stadium: Stade de France, Saint-Denis (FRA)
06/16/2016 10:49:18
Romania1-1Switzerland
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS) Stadium: Parc des Princes, Paris (FRA)
06/17/2016 10:10:56
Romania0-1Albania
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE) Stadium: Stade de Lyon, Décines (FRA)
08/25/2016 10:41:22
4 September 2016 04 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group E)
Romania1-1Montenegro
Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG) Stadium: Cluj Arena, Cluj-Napoca (ROU)
09/05/2016 11:24:31
8 October 2016 08 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group E)
ArmeniaRomania
Referee: TBD Stadium: Vazgen Sargsyan anvan Hanrapetakan Marzadasht, Yerevan (ARM)
09/22/2016 18:36:20
11 October 2016 11 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group E)
KazakhstanRomania
Referee: TBD Stadium: Astana Arena, Astana (KAZ)
09/22/2016 18:30:23
11 November 2016 11 Nov - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group E)
RomaniaPoland
Referee: TBD Stadium: Arena Națională, Bucharest (ROU)
09/09/2016 08:12:34
26 March 2017 26 Mar - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group E)
RomaniaDenmark
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:14
10 June 2017 10 Jun - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group E)
PolandRomania
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:15
1 September 2017 01 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group E)
RomaniaArmenia
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:30
4 September 2017 04 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group E)
MontenegroRomania
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:33
5 October 2017 05 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group E)
RomaniaKazakhstan
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:33
8 October 2017 08 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group E)
DenmarkRomania
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:07:59

General info

  • Founded : 1909
  • Currently playing : World Cup 2016/2018, 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: 40
    Răzvan Raţ (ROU)
  • Top scorers: 16
    Adrian Mutu (ROU)
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