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UEFA EURO: Romania - Malta Match press kits

European qualifiers - 2019/20 SeasonMatch press kits

RomaniaRomaniaStadionul Ilie Oană - PloiestiSunday 8 September 2019
18.00CET (19.00 local time)
Group F - Matchday 6
MaltaMalta
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

2020 UEFA European Championship
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
10/06/2019QR (GS)Malta - Romania0-4
Ta' QaliPuşcaş 7, 29, Chipciu 34, Man 90+1
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal
HomeAway  
PldWDLPldWDLPldWDLPldWDLGFGA
EURO
Romania----1100----110040
Malta1001--------100104
FIFA*
Romania------------------
Malta------------------
Friendlies
Romania------------------
Malta------------------
Total
Romania----1100----110040
Malta1001--------100104

* FIFA World Cup/FIFA Confederations Cup

Last updated 09/09/2019 11:51CET

Squad list Only this chapter

Romania - Squad list
Current season
Qual.FT
No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGls
Goalkeepers
-Ciprian Tătăruşanu09/02/198633Lyon - 5000
-Florin Niță03/07/198732Sparta Praha - 0000
-Ionuț Radu28/05/199722Genoa - 0000
Defenders
-Alexandru Chipciu18/05/198930Sparta Praha - 4100
-Romario Benzar26/03/199227Lecce - 2000
-Alin Toşca14/03/199227Gazişehir Gaziantep - 2000
-Vlad Chiricheş14/11/198929Sassuolo - 1000
-Ionuţ Nedelcearu25/04/199623Ufa - 2000
-Florin-Bogdan Ștefan09/05/199623Sepsi Sfantu Gheorghe - 0000
-Adrian Rus18/03/199623Fehérvár - 0000
Midfielders
-Ciprian Deac16/02/198633CFR Cluj - 3100
-Paul Anton10/05/199128Krylya Sovetov - 1000
-Nicolae Stanciu07/05/199326Slavia Praha - 4000
-Alexandru Maxim08/07/199029Mainz - 3000
-Răzvan Marin23/05/199623Ajax - 4000
-Alexandru Cicâldău08/07/199722Universitatea Craiova - 1000
-Ianis Hagi22/10/199820Genk - 5000
-Mihai Bordeianu18/11/199127CFR Cluj - 0000
Forwards
-Claudiu Keșerü02/12/198632Ludogorets - 5500
-Gheorghe Grozav29/09/199028Varda - 1000
-George Puşcaş08/04/199623Reading - 5300
-Constantin Păun 01/04/199524CFR Cluj - 0000
-Florin Andone11/04/199326Galatasaray - 1100
Coach
-Cosmin Contra15/12/197543 - 5000
Malta - Squad list
Current season
Qual.FT
No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGls
Goalkeepers
-Justin Haber09/06/198138Gżira - 0000
-Andrew Hogg02/03/198534Birkirkara - 0000
-Henry Bonello13/10/198830Valletta - 5000
Defenders
-Andrei Agius12/08/198633Hibernians - 4000
-Steve Borg15/05/198831Valletta*5100
-Joseph Zerafa31/05/198831Valletta - 3000
-Jurgen Pisani03/09/199227Floriana - 0000
-Ferdinando Apap29/07/199227Hibernians - 2000
-Karl Micallef08/09/199623Hamrun - 1000
-Dunstan Vella27/04/199623Hibernians - 1000
Midfielders
-Paul Fenech20/12/198632Balzan - 5000
-Rowen Muscat05/06/199128Valletta - 5000
-Tristan Caruana15/09/199127Hamrun - 0000
-Zach Muscat22/08/199326Olhanense - 5000
-Jake Grech18/11/199721Hibernians - 3000
-Luke Gambin16/03/199326Colchester - 2000
-Nikolai Muscat13/07/199623Gżira - 0000
-Dexter Xuereb21/09/199721Mosta - 0000
Forwards
-Jean Paul Farrugia21/03/199227Sliema - 1000
-Alfred Effiong29/11/198434Balzan - 3000
-Juan Corbolan03/01/199722Gżira - 5000
-Kyrian Nwoko04/07/199722Valletta*4100
-Joseph Mbong15/07/199722Hibernians - 5000
Coach
-Raymond Farrugia01/10/195563 - 5000

Last updated 09/09/2019 12:23CET

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.

https://www.uefa.com/news/newsid=704218.html#cosmin+contra

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Ray Farrugia

Date of birth: 1 October, 1955
Nationality: Maltese
Playing career: Floriana, Melita Eagles, Naxxar Lions
Coaching career: Naxxar Lions, Malta Under-21 (twice), Pietà Hotspurs, Marxsaxlokk, Sliema Wanderers, Malta (assistant), Malta

• A combative midfielder, 'Zazu' made his debut for the senior team of local club Floriana at 16 and remained there for four seasons, winning two league titles and the FA Trophy and also claiming the first of four senior caps for Malta.

• He left for Australia aged just 21, joining top-flight outfit Melita Eagles, where he would spend the next 12 years, winning four State League championships and three Grand Finals and scoring 123 goals in 318 matches. He returned to his homeland in 1990, joining Naxxar Lions, and eventually hung up his boots at the age of 42.

• Started coaching while still playing at Naxxar before moving on to take charge of the Malta Under-21 side from 1998 to 2002. He later returned to club football on the island, serving Pietà Hotspurs, Marsaxlokk and Sliema Wanderers as head coach.

• In 2011 Farrugia was re-appointed as Malta U-21 head coach, remaining in charge until 2014, when he was promoted to the senior side as assistant to Pietro Ghedin.

• On 2 May 2018 he was appointed as Malta's head coach, replacing Tom Saintfiet who had been dismissed after just six months at the helm.

https://www.uefa.com/news/newsid=2568426.html#ray+farrugia

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Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeDuje Strukan (CRO)
  • Assistant refereesGoran Perica (CRO) , Vedran Ðurak (CRO)
  • Fourth officialIvan Bebek (CRO)
  • UEFA DelegateEdy Kindle (LIE)
  • UEFA Referee observerKaj Østergaard (DEN)

Referee

NameDate of birthUEFA EURO matchesUEFA matches
Duje Strukan16/05/1984014

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

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
14/11/2018U19QRFranceMalta1-0Ta' Qali
17/11/2018U19QRBelgiumMalta1-1Ta' Qali

Last updated 09/09/2019 12:05CET

Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter

Romania

  • Final tournament - Qualifying round
    Group F - Group Standings
    TeamPldWDLGFGAPts
    Spain660017318
    Sweden632113811
    Romania631213710
    Norway62311189
    Malta61052133
    Faroe Islands60063200
    Matchday 1 (23/03/2019)
    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
  • Matchday 2 (26/03/2019)
    Romania 4-1 Faroe Islands
    1-0 Deac 26, 2-0 Keșerü 29, 3-0 Keșerü 33, 3-1 V. Davidsen 40 (P) , 4-1 Puşcaş 63
    Tătăruşanu, Benzar (46 Hagi), Moţi, Chipciu, Puşcaş, Stanciu (78 Man), Bancu, Keșerü (69 Cicâldău), Deac, Marin, Grigore
  • Matchday 3 (07/06/2019)
    Norway 2-2 Romania
    1-0 T. Elyounoussi 56, 2-0 Ødegaard 70, 2-1 Keșerü 77, 2-2 Keșerü 90+2
    Tătăruşanu, Toşca, Chipciu, Puşcaş (60 Ţucudean), Grozav (60 Hagi), Keșerü, Anton, Deac, Grigore, Săpunaru, Stanciu (71 Maxim)
  • Matchday 4 (10/06/2019)
    Malta 0-4 Romania
    0-1 Puşcaş 7, 0-2 Puşcaş 29, 0-3 Chipciu 34, 0-4 Man 90+1
    Tătăruşanu, Cristea, Nedelcearu (35 Săpunaru), Băluţă, Chipciu, Hagi, Puşcaş, Bancu, Keșerü (65 Man), Marin, Maxim (74 Rotariu)
  • Matchday 5 (05/09/2019)
    Romania 1-2 Spain
    0-1 Ramos 29 (P) , 0-2 Paco Alcácer 47, 1-2 Andone 59
    Tătăruşanu, Benzar, Toşca, Nedelcearu, Chiricheş, Stanciu (63 Hagi), Puşcaş, Keșerü (56 Andone), Deac (71 Maxim), Marin, Grigore
  • Matchday 6 (08/09/2019)
    Romania-Malta
  • Matchday 7 (12/10/2019)
    Faroe Islands-Romania
  • Matchday 8 (15/10/2019)
    Romania-Norway
  • Matchday 9 (15/11/2019)
    Romania-Sweden
  • Matchday 10 (18/11/2019)
    Spain-Romania

Malta

  • Final tournament - Qualifying round
    Group F - Group Standings
    TeamPldWDLGFGAPts
    Spain660017318
    Sweden632113811
    Romania631213710
    Norway62311189
    Malta61052133
    Faroe Islands60063200
    Matchday 1 (23/03/2019)
    Malta 2-1 Faroe Islands
    1-0 Nwoko 13, 2-0 S. Borg 77 (P) , 2-1 J. Thomsen 90+8
    Bonello, Caruana, S. Borg, Agius, Guillaumier, Mbong, P. Fenech, Mifsud (71 J. Zerafa), Nwoko, R. Muscat (84 Mintoff), Corbolan (63 Z. Muscat)
  • Matchday 2 (26/03/2019)
    Malta 0-2 Spain
    0-1 Morata 31, 0-2 Morata 73
    Bonello, Caruana (85 Micallef), S. Borg, Guillaumier, Mbong (65 R. Muscat), P. Fenech, Nwoko, Corbolan, Mintoff (69 Mifsud), J. Zerafa, Z. Muscat
  • Matchday 3 (07/06/2019)
    Sweden 3-0 Malta
    1-0 Quaison 2, 2-0 Claesson 50, 3-0 Isak 81
    Bonello, S. Borg (80 Apap), Agius, J. Grech (64 P. Fenech), Mbong, Montebello (71 Nwoko), R. Muscat, Corbolan, Effiong, Gambin, Z. Muscat
  • Matchday 4 (10/06/2019)
    Malta 0-4 Romania
    0-1 Puşcaş 7, 0-2 Puşcaş 29, 0-3 Chipciu 34, 0-4 Man 90+1
    Bonello, S. Borg, Agius, Mbong, P. Fenech (59 J. Grech), R. Muscat, Corbolan (84 Montebello), Effiong, J. Zerafa, Gambin (67 Mifsud), Z. Muscat
  • Matchday 5 (05/09/2019)
    Norway 2-0 Malta
    1-0 Berge 34, 2-0 King 45+1 (P)
    Bonello, S. Borg, Agius, J. Grech (77 Effiong), Mbong, P. Fenech (64 J.P. Farrugia), Nwoko, R. Muscat, Vella, Corbolan, Z. Muscat (20 Apap)
  • Matchday 6 (08/09/2019)
    Romania-Malta
  • Matchday 7 (12/10/2019)
    Malta-Sweden
  • Matchday 8 (15/10/2019)
    Faroe Islands-Malta
  • Matchday 9 (15/11/2019)
    Spain-Malta
  • Matchday 10 (18/11/2019)
    Malta-Norway

Last updated 09/09/2019 12:05CET

Legend

:: 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.

Competitions

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
  • Disclaimer: Although UEFA has taken all reasonable care that the information contained within this document is accurate at the time of publication, no representation or guarantee (including liability towards third parties), expressed or implied, is made as to its accuracy, reliability or completeness. Therefore, UEFA assumes no liability for the use or interpretation of information contained herein. More information can be found in the competition regulations available on UEFA.com.