Cosmin Contra takes over as Romania coach

Cosmin Contra has been handed the Romania reins after taking over from Christoph Daum, the former international defender set a task of qualifying the Tricolorii for UEFA EURO 2020.

Cosmin Contra is the new coach of Romania
Cosmin Contra is the new coach of Romania ©RĂZVAN PĂSĂRICĂ.

Cosmin Contra has been appointed as national team coach of Romania, taking over from Christoph Daum on an initial two-year deal.

The 41-year-old, who picked up 73 caps for Romania between 1996 and 2010, will leave his role as Dinamo Bucureşti coach to take charge of the Tricolorii. Contra inherits a team lying fourth in Group E of the European Qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and out of the running for a top-two berth, leaving his main focus on securing a place at UEFA EURO 2020.

"It's a dream come true from every way of looking at it," the former right-back explained. "I hope not to disappoint those who selected me. I fully trust in what I do and what I transmit to the players, and I am fully confident we can qualify for EURO 2020 and return to frontline football."

After a playing career with the likes of Dinamo Bucureşti, AC Milan and Atlético Madrid, Contra turned to coaching in 2010, leading Petrolul Ploiești to Romanian Cup glory in 2012/13 and taking Dinamo to the Romanian League Cup title last term. His first mission in his new role will be to oversee Romania's final European Qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Denmark next month.