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UEFA EURO: Romania - Faroe Islands Match press kits

UEFA EURO 2016Match press kits

RomaniaStadionul Dr. Constantin Rădulescu - Cluj-NapocaTuesday 26 March 2019 - 20.45CETGroup F - Matchday 2Faroe Islands
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Head to Head

2016 UEFA European Championship
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
11/10/2015QR (GS)Faroe Islands - Romania0-3
TorshavnBudescu 4, 45+1, Maxim 83
29/03/2015QR (GS)Romania - Faroe Islands1-0
PloiestiKeșerü 21
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
14/10/2009QR (GS)Romania - Faroe Islands3-1
Piatra NeamtApostol 16, Bucur 65, Mazilu 87; á Bø 83
10/09/2008QR (GS)Faroe Islands - Romania0-1
TorshavnCociş 59
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
08/09/1993QR (GS)Faroe Islands - Romania0-4
ToftirRăducioiu 23, 57, 58, 75
06/05/1992QR (GS)Romania - Faroe Islands7-0
BucharestGabi Balint 3, 39, 78, Pana 5, Hagi 15, Lăcătuş 28 (P), Lupescu 46
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal
Faroe Islands10011001----200204
Faroe Islands20022002----4004115
Faroe Islands------------------
Faroe Islands30033003----6006119

* FIFA World Cup/FIFA Confederations Cup

Last updated 23/03/2019 23:41CET

Squad list Only this chapter

Romania - Squad list
Current season
-Costel Pantilimon01/02/198732Nottm Forest - 0000
-Ciprian Tătăruşanu09/02/198633Nantes - 1000
-Florin Niță03/07/198731Sparta Praha - 0000
-Cosmin Moţi03/12/198434Ludogorets - 0000
-Alexandru Chipciu18/05/198929Sparta Praha - 1000
-Cristian Săpunaru05/04/198434Kayserispor - 1000
-Romario Benzar26/03/199227FCSB - 0000
-Dragoş Grigore07/09/198632Ludogorets - 1000
-Ionuţ Nedelcearu25/04/199622Ufa - 0000
-Cristian Manea09/08/199721CFR Cluj - 1000
-Tudor Băluţă27/03/199919Viitorul - 1000
-Ciprian Deac16/02/198633CFR Cluj - 0000
-Paul Anton10/05/199127Krylya Sovetov - 0000
-Nicolae Stanciu07/05/199325Al-Ahly - 1000
-Răzvan Marin23/05/199622Standard Liège - 1000
-Dan Nistor06/05/198830Dinamo Bucureşti - 0000
-Alexandru Cicâldău08/07/199721Universitatea Craiova - 0000
-Nicusor Bancu18/09/199226Universitatea Craiova - 1000
-Claudiu Keșerü02/12/198632Ludogorets - 1100
-George Puşcaş08/04/199622Palermo - 1000
-Andrei Ivan04/01/199722Rapid Wien - 1000
-Ianis Hagi22/10/199820Viitorul - 1000
-Dennis Man26/08/199820FCSB - 0000
-Cosmin Contra15/12/197543 - 1000
Faroe Islands - Squad list
Current season
-Gunnar Nielsen07/10/198632FH - 1000
-Teitur Gestsson19/08/199226HB - 0000
-Karstin Hansen05/10/199721Skála - 0000
-Atli Gregersen15/06/198236Vikingur - 1000
-Odmar Faerø01/11/198929Ham-Kam - 1000
-Viljormur Davidsen19/07/199127VB - 1000
-Rógvi Baldvinsson06/12/198929Bryne - 1000
-Bartal Wardum03/05/199721HB - 0000
-Heini Vatnsdal18/10/199127Fremad Amager - 0000
-Hallur Hansson08/07/199226Horsens - 1000
-René Joensen08/02/199326Grindavík - 1000
-Magnus Egilsson19/03/199425HB - 0000
-Árni Frederiksberg13/06/199226B36 - 1000
-Kaj Bartalsstovu23/06/199127ÍBV - 1000
-Brandur Hendriksson19/12/199523FH - 1000
-Sølvi Vatnhamar05/05/198632Vikingur - 1000
-Klæmint Olsen17/07/199028NSÍ - 1000
-Gilli Rólantsson11/08/199226Brann - 1000
-Jákup Thomsen23/11/199721FH - 1100
-Lars Olsen02/02/196158 - 1000

Last updated 26/03/2019 10:22CET

Head coach Only this chapter

Cosmin Contra

Date of birth: 15 December 1975
Nationality: Romanian
Playing career: Politehnica Timişoara (three times), Dinamo Bucureşti, Alavés, AC Milan, Atlético Madrid, West Brom (loan), Getafe
Coaching career: Politehnica Timişoara, Fuenlabrada, Petrolul Ploieşti, Getafe, Guangzhou, Alcorcón, Dinamo Bucureşti, Romania

• Started and ended his playing career with his home-town club Politehnica Timişoara, heading to Spain in 1999 after a spell in the Romanian capital with Dinamo Bucureşti.

• A major hit with Alavés, the attacking right-back helped the little-known club to reach the 2000/01 UEFA Cup final in their first season in European competition, scoring three goals and putting in a fine performance in the final – a 5-4 loss to Liverpool after extra time in Dortmund.

• Played for Milan, Atlético and West Brom then, after a spell back at Politehnica, helped Getafe make it to the 2007/08 UEFA Cup quarter-finals.  Played in his second UEFA European Championship in summer 2008, and won the last of his 73 Romania caps in 2010, more than 14 years after his international debut.

• Moved from pitch to bench at Timişoara, working briefly as player-coach. After a spell in Spain, led Petrolul to 2012/13 Romanian Cup success, then returned to save Getafe from relegation in 2014 before trying his luck in China.

• Having won the 2016/17 Romanian League Cup with Dinamo Bucureşti he was hired as Romania coach in September 2017, promptly winning six of his first eight matches in charge.


Lars Olsen

Date of birth: 2 February 1961
Nationality: Danish
Playing career: Glostrup, Køge, Brøndby (twice), Trabzonspor, Seraing, Basel
Coaching career: Brøndby (youth/reserves/assistant), Randers, Odense, Faroe Islands

• Enjoyed an illustrious playing career as a central defender, winning five Danish titles in a six-year spell at Brøndby between 1985 and 1991.

• Allegedly drove from Turkey to Scandinavia when he learned of his country's belated call-up to EURO '92. His passion and leadership – he played every minute in Sweden – helped inspire Denmark to the most unlikely of triumphs. He ended his career with 84 caps, a record 69 as captain.

• Learned his coaching craft with Brøndby, taking charge at various youth and reserve levels after finishing his playing days at the club in 1996, before accepting his first senior job with newly formed Randers in 2003. Guided the team into the Danish Super League in 2004 but could not help maintain their elite status, suffering immediate relegation.

• Steered second-division Randers to a surprise 2006 Danish Cup success, beating Esbjerg in the final, while also securing a return to the top flight. Moved to Odense in summer 2007, leading his new side to a fourth-place finish in his first term. Consecutive runners-up spots followed in 2008/09 and 2009/10 before he departed in September 2010.

• Appointed coach of the Faroe Islands in November 2011, his team were unable to register a win as they came bottom of 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying Group C, earning their only point in a 1-1 home draw with Kazakhstan. However, UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying featured two high points in the shape of home and away wins against the 2004 champions Greece, while there were two more victories in the 2018 World Cup preliminaries.


Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeHalil Umut Meler (TUR)
  • Assistant refereesEsat Sancaktar (TUR) , Ibrahim Çaglar Uyarcan (TUR)
  • Fourth officialMete Kalkavan (TUR)
  • UEFA DelegateMárton Esterházy (HUN)
  • UEFA Referee observerIgor Pristovnik (CRO)


NameDate of birthUEFA EURO matchesUEFA matches
Halil Umut Meler01/08/1986020

UEFA European Championship matches featuring the two countries involved in this match

No such matches refereed

Other matches involving teams from either of the two countries involved in this match

No such matches refereed

Last updated 24/03/2019 12:03CET

Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter


  • Final tournament - Qualifying round
    Group F - Group Standings
    Faroe Islands1001120
    Sweden 2-1 Romania
    1-0 Quaison 33, 2-0 Claesson 40, 2-1 Keșerü 58
    Tătăruşanu, Băluţă (78 Ivan), Manea, Chipciu, Puşcaş (64 Hagi), Stanciu, Bancu, Marin, Mitriță (46 Keșerü), Grigore, Săpunaru
  • (26/03/2019)
    Romania-Faroe Islands
  • (07/06/2019)
  • (10/06/2019)
  • (05/09/2019)
  • (08/09/2019)
  • (12/10/2019)
    Faroe Islands-Romania
  • (15/10/2019)
  • (15/11/2019)
  • (18/11/2019)

Faroe Islands

  • Final tournament - Qualifying round
    Group F - Group Standings
    Faroe Islands1001120
    Malta 2-1 Faroe Islands
    1-0 Nwoko 13, 2-0 S. Borg 77 (P) , 2-1 J. Thomsen 90+8
    Nielsen, V. Davidsen, A. Gregersen, Hansson, Hendriksson, Rólantsson, S. Vatnhamar (68 Bartalsstovu), Baldvinsson (79 Ar. Frederiksberg), O. Faerø, R. Joensen (72 K. Olsen), J. Thomsen
  • (26/03/2019)
    Romania-Faroe Islands
  • (07/06/2019)
    Faroe Islands-Spain
  • (10/06/2019)
    Faroe Islands-Norway
  • (05/09/2019)
    Faroe Islands-Sweden
  • (08/09/2019)
    Spain-Faroe Islands
  • (12/10/2019)
    Faroe Islands-Romania
  • (15/10/2019)
    Faroe Islands-Malta
  • (15/11/2019)
    Norway-Faroe Islands
  • (18/11/2019)
    Sweden-Faroe Islands

Last updated 24/03/2019 12:03CET


:: Previous meetings

Goals for/against: Goal totals include the outcome of disciplinary decisions (e.g. match forfeits when a 3-0 result is determined). Goals totals do not include goals scored during a penalty shoot-out after a tie ended in a draw

:: Squad list

Qual.: Total European Qualifiers appearances/goals for UEFA EURO 2016 only.
FT: Total UEFA EURO 2016 appearances/goals in final tournament only.
Overall: Total international appearances/goals.
DoB: Date of birth
Age: Based on the date press kit was last updated
D: Disciplinary (*: misses next match if booked, S: suspended)

:: Team facts

EURO finals:
The UEFA European Championship was a four-team event in 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972 and 1976 (when the preliminary round and quarter-finals were considered part of qualifying).

From 1980 it was expanded to an eight-team finals and remained in that format in 1984, 1988 and 1992 until 1996, when the 16-team format was adopted. UEFA EURO 2016 is the first tournament to be played as a 24-team finals.

Records of inactive countries
A number of UEFA associations have been affected by dissolution or splits of member associations. For statistical purposes, the records of these inactive countries have been allocated elsewhere: therefore, all Soviet Union matches are awarded to Russia; all West Germany – but not East Germany – matches are awarded to Germany; all Yugoslavia and Serbia & Montenegro matches are awarded to Serbia; all Czechoslovakia matches are allocated to both the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Abandoned/forfeited matches
For statisical purposes, when a match has been started and then abandoned but later forfeited, the result on the pitch at the time of abandonment is counted. Matches that never started and were either cancelled or forfeited are not included in the overall statistics.


Other abbreviations

  • (aet): After extra time
  • pens: Penalties
  • No.: Number
  • og: Own goal
  • ag: Match decided on away goals
  • P: Penalty
  • agg: Aggregate
  • Pld: Matches played
  • AP: Appearances
  • Pos.: Position
  • Comp.: Competition
  • Pts: Points
  • D: Drawn
  • R: Sent off (straight red card)
  • DoB: Date of birth
  • Res.: Result
  • ET: Extra Time
  • sg: Match decided by silver goal
  • GA: Goals against
  • t: Match decided by toss of a coin
  • GF: Goals for
  • W: Won
  • gg: Match decided by golden goal
  • Y: Booked
  • L: Lost
  • Y/R: Sent off (two yellow cards)
  • Nat.: Nationality
  • N/A: Not applicable
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