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RomaniaRomaniaArena Națională - BucharestFriday 11 November 2016
20.45CET (21.45 local time)
Group E - Matchday 4
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

EURO '96
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
06/09/1995PR (GS)Poland - Romania0-0Zabrze
29/03/1995PR (GS)Romania - Poland2-1
BucharestRăducioiu 45, 54; Juskowiak 41
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal

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Squad list Only this chapter

Romania - Squad list
Current season
-Costel Pantilimon01/02/198729Watford - 1000
-Ciprian Tătăruşanu09/02/198630Fiorentina - 2000
-Silviu Lung04/06/198927Astra - 0000
-Cosmin Moţi03/12/198431Ludogorets*2000
-Cristian Săpunaru05/04/198432Astra - 3000
-Iasmin Latovlevici11/05/198630Karabükspor - 1000
-Romario Benzar26/03/199224Viitorul - 3000
-Alin Toşca14/03/199224Steaua - 1000
-Dragoş Grigore07/09/198630Al-Sailiya - 3000
-Vlad Chiricheş14/11/198926Napoli - 0000
-Andrei Prepeliţă08/12/198530Rostov - 0000
-Eric Bicfalvi05/02/198828Tom - 2000
-Ovidiu Hoban27/12/198233H. Beer-Sheva - 3000
-Nicolae Stanciu07/05/199323Anderlecht - 3100
-Gabriel Enache18/08/199026Steaua - 1000
-Alexandru Maxim08/07/199026Stuttgart - 0000
-Răzvan Marin23/05/199620Viitorul - 2100
-Claudiu Keșerü02/12/198629Ludogorets - 2000
-Alexandru Chipciu18/05/198927Anderlecht - 2100
-Bogdan Stancu28/06/198729Gençlerbirliği - 3100
-Florin Andone11/04/199323Deportivo*2000
-Adrian Popa24/07/198828Steaua - 3200
-Andrei Ivan04/01/199719U Craiova - 0000
-Christoph Daum24/10/195363 - 3000
Poland - Squad list
Current season
-Artur Boruc20/02/198036Bournemouth - 0000
-Łukasz Fabiański18/04/198531Swansea - 3000
-Wojciech Szczęsny18/04/199026Roma - 0000
-Łukasz Piszczek03/06/198531Dortmund*2000
-Artur Jędrzejczyk04/11/198729Krasnodar - 2000
-Kamil Glik03/02/198828Monaco*3000
-Maciej Sadlok29/06/198927Wisła - 0000
-Michał Pazdan21/09/198729Legia - 0000
-Bartosz Bereszyński12/07/199224Legia - 0000
-Igor Lewczuk30/05/198531Bordeaux - 0000
-Sławomir Peszko19/02/198531Lechia - 1000
-Jakub Błaszczykowski14/12/198530Wolfsburg*3000
-Grzegorz Krychowiak29/01/199026Paris - 3000
-Kamil Grosicki08/06/198828Rennes - 2000
-Tomasz Jodłowiec08/09/198531Legia - 0000
-Krzysztof Mączyński23/05/198729Wisła - 0000
-Paweł Wszołek30/04/199224QPR - 1000
-Piotr Zieliński20/05/199422Napoli*3000
-Karol Linetty02/02/199521Sampdoria - 2000
-Jacek Góralski21/09/199224Jagiellonia - 0000
-Robert Lewandowski21/08/198828Bayern*3500
-Kamil Wilczek14/01/198828Brøndby - 1000
-Łukasz Teodorczyk03/06/199125Anderlecht - 1000
-Adam Nawalka23/10/195759 - 3000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Christoph Daum

Date of birth: 24 October 1953
Nationality: German
Playing career: Eintracht Duisburg, 1. FC Köln
Coaching career: 1. FC Köln (twice), VfB Stuttgart, Beşiktaş JK (twice), Bayer 04 Leverkusen, FK Austria Wien, Fenerbahçe SK (twice), Eintracht Frankfurt, Club Brugge KV, Bursaspor, Romania

• Born in the former East Germany but raised in the West, Daum's playing career was low key before a move into coaching in the amateur department at Köln.

• After four years with Köln's professional side between 1986 and 1990, moved to Stuttgart, leading the club to a Bundesliga title in 1992 but being dismissed the following year. He re-emerged in Turkey, winning the 1994/95 Süper Lig title with Beşiktaş.

• Hired by Leverkusen in 1996, Daum's side finished as Bundesliga runners-up in three of his four seasons in charge. Tipped to become Germany coach, revelations concerning his private life instead prompted his departure from the BayArena in 2000.

• A second spell at Beşiktaş preceded a third domestic title, this time with Austria Wien in 2003. Two more crowns followed in his first two seasons at Fenerbahçe, though Daum resigned after his third campaign in 2006.

• Returned to Germany to coach Köln, guiding them to promotion to the Bundesliga, but left the club again when he was appointed Fenerbahçe coach for the second time in the summer of 2009. Short spells with Eintracht Frankfurt, Club Brugge and Bursaspor followed before, after a two-year break from coaching, Daum took charge of Romania in July 2016.



Adam Nawałka

Date of birth: 23 October 1957
Nationality: Polish
Playing career: Wisła Kraków, PAAC Eagles
Coaching career: GKS Świt Krzeszowice, Wisła Kraków (three times), Zagłębie Lubin, MKS Sandecja Nowy Sącz, Jagiellonia Białystok, GKS Katowice, Górnik Zabrze, Poland

• Nawałka, part of Poland's squad at the 1978 FIFA World Cup, spent most of his playing days in the Wisła midfield before ending his career in the late 1980s in Chicago.

• Having qualified as a coach, he took charge of Krzeszowice in 1996 before returning to Wisła two years later to head their youth set-up. He twice had spells at the senior helm, winning the 2001 Polish League Cup.

• After several adventures in the dugouts of clubs in Poland's top two divisions, culminating in a 2006–07 return to Wisła, Nawałka had a short stint as assistant to national coach Leo Beenhakker, aiding their UEFA EURO 2008 qualification.

• Soon back in club coaching with Katowice, at the start of 2010 Nawałka switched to Górnik and within six months had guided them to promotion.

• With Górnik top of the Polish First Division in October 2013, Nawałka agreed to take the Poland job, beginning the following month. Qualifying for UEFA EURO 2016 started in style with a first win against Germany in 19 meetings and, though Poland finished second behind their opponents, it was still enough for a finals place. They went on to reach the quarter-finals in France, losing to eventual champions Portugal on penalties.



Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeDamir Skomina (SVN)
  • Assistant refereesJure Praprotnik (SVN) , Robert Vukan (SVN)
  • Fourth officialMatej Jug (SVN)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerMark Blackbourne (ENG)
  • Referee observerRodger Gifford (WAL)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Damir Skomina05/08/19768114

FIFA Wold Cup matches involving teams from the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue

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

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
29/06/2003UICR1FC Ceahlăul Piatra NeamţTampere United2-1Piatra Neamt
05/07/2005RCUPGS-FTMałopolskaSouth-West Bulgaria0-4Libiaz
14/09/2006UELR1Legia WarszawaFK Austria Wien1-1Warsaw
27/08/2009UELPOAEK Athens FCFC Vaslui3-0Athens

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Competition facts Only this chapter

The Week of Football concept enables fans around the world to enjoy the very best action from the European Qualifiers – which will determine UEFA's representatives at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup comprises nine groups of six teams, with matches played on a home-and-away basis.

Qualifying takes place under the 'Week of Football' concept, introduced ahead of the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying campaign, in which games are spread out from Thursday to Tuesday, shining the spotlight on more teams on the road to the finals in Russia. Moreover, thanks to the Week of Football, at least 43% of matches will be played on weekends, giving fans a better chance to follow the action on television, in the stadiums and on

Kick-off times will be set mainly at 18:00CET and 20:45CET on Saturdays and Sundays and at 20:45CET for Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays. In double-header matchweeks, sides will play on Thursday/Sunday, Friday/Monday or Saturday/Tuesday. Each day of the Week of Football will feature eight to ten games.

The nine group winners will qualify directly for the final tournament. The eight best runners-up will contest play-offs to decide the last four qualifiers for the finals.

The 13 qualifiers then join hosts Russia in the finals to make it 14 UEFA member associations represented.

How qualification works

The other confederations have the following qualifying berths:

Africa: 5
Asia: 4.5
North and Central America and Caribbean: 3.5
Oceania: 0.5
South America: 4.5



Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Group E - Group Standings
    Matchday 1 (04/09/2016)
    Romania 1-1 Montenegro
    1-0 Popa 85, 1-1 Jovetić 87
    Pantilimon, Filip, Moţi, Hoban, Benzar, Andone (70 Torje), Bicfalvi (76 Popa), Stancu (90 Keșerü), Grigore, Săpunaru, Stanciu
  • Matchday 2 (08/10/2016)
    Armenia 0-5 Romania
    0-1 Stancu 4 (P) , 0-2 Popa 10, 0-3 Marin 12, 0-4 Stanciu 29, 0-5 Chipciu 60
    Tătăruşanu, Benzar, Latovlevici, Hoban, Chipciu (67 Rotariu), Popa, Marin, Stancu (57 Keșerü), Grigore, Săpunaru, Stanciu (82 Bicfalvi)
  • Matchday 3 (11/10/2016)
    Kazakhstan 0-0 Romania
    Tătăruşanu, Benzar, Hoban, Toşca, Chipciu (46 Enache), Popa (84 Andone), Marin, Stancu, Grigore (26 Moţi), Săpunaru, Stanciu
  • Matchday 4 (11/11/2016)
  • Matchday 5 (26/03/2017)
  • Matchday 6 (10/06/2017)
  • Matchday 7 (01/09/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (04/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (05/10/2017)
  • Matchday 10 (08/10/2017)


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (04/09/2016)
    Kazakhstan 2-2 Poland
    0-1 Kapustka 9, 0-2 Lewandowski 35 (P) , 1-2 Khizhnichenko 51, 2-2 Khizhnichenko 58
    Fabiański, Milik, Lewandowski, Krychowiak, Rybus, Glik, Błaszczykowski, Salamon, Zieliński, Piszczek, Kapustka (83 Linetty)
  • Matchday 2 (08/10/2016)
    Poland 3-2 Denmark
    1-0 Lewandowski 20, 2-0 Lewandowski 36 (P) , 3-0 Lewandowski 48, 3-1 Glik 49 (og) , 3-2 Y. Poulsen 69
    Fabiański, Jędrzejczyk, Cionek, Milik (46 Linetty), Lewandowski, Krychowiak, Grosicki (74 Rybus), Glik, Błaszczykowski (89 Peszko), Zieliński, Piszczek
  • Matchday 3 (11/10/2016)
    Poland 2-1 Armenia
    1-0 Mkoyan 48 (og) , 1-1 Pizzelli 50, 2-1 Lewandowski 90+5
    Fabiański, Jędrzejczyk (34 Wszołek), Cionek, Lewandowski, Krychowiak, Grosicki (70 Kapustka), Rybus, Teodorczyk (85 Wilczek), Glik, Błaszczykowski, Zieliński
  • Matchday 4 (11/11/2016)
  • Matchday 5 (26/03/2017)
  • Matchday 6 (10/06/2017)
  • Matchday 7 (01/09/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (04/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (05/10/2017)
  • Matchday 10 (08/10/2017)

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Club competitions
  • UCL: UEFA Champions League
  • ECCC: European Champion Clubs' Cup
  • UEL: UEFA Europa League
  • UCUP: UEFA Cup
  • UCWC: UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
  • SCUP: UEFA Super Cup
  • UIC: UEFA Intertoto Cup
  • ICF: Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
National team competitions
  • EURO: UEFA European Football Championship
  • WC: FIFA World Cup
  • CONFCUP: FIFA Confederations Cup
  • FRIE: Friendly internationals
  • U21FRIE: Under-21 friendly internationals
  • U21: UEFA European Under-21 Championship
  • U17: UEFA Under-17 Championship
  • U16: UEFA European Under-16 Championship
  • U19: UEFA Under-19 Championship
  • U18: UEFA European Under-18 Championship
  • WWC: FIFA Women's World Cup
  • WEURO: UEFA European Women's Championship

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


  • -: Denotes player substituted
  • +: Denotes player introduced
  • *: Denotes player sent off
  • +/-: Denotes player introduced and substituted

Squad list

  • D: Disciplinary
  • *: Misses next match if booked
  • S: Suspended
  • 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