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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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The home team is listed first.Last updated: 09/09/2019 01:08 CET
4 September 2016 04 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group E)
Romania1-1Montenegro
Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG) Stadium: Cluj Arena, Cluj-Napoca (ROU)
06/15/2018 12:59:18
8 October 2016 08 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group E)
Armenia0-5Romania
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS) Stadium: Vazgen Sargsyan anvan Hanrapetakan Marzadasht, Yerevan (ARM)
06/15/2018 13:23:38
11 October 2016 11 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group E)
Kazakhstan0-0Romania
Referee: Jorge Sousa (POR) Stadium: Astana Arena, Astana (KAZ)
06/15/2018 13:49:48
11 November 2016 11 Nov - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group E)
Romania0-3Poland
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN) Stadium: Arena Națională, Bucharest (ROU)
06/15/2018 13:50:40
26 March 2017 26 Mar - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group E)
Romania0-0Denmark
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG) Stadium: Cluj Arena, Cluj-Napoca (ROU)
06/15/2018 14:19:35
Poland3-1Romania
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA) Stadium: Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw (POL)
06/15/2018 14:34:07
1 September 2017 01 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group E)
Romania1-0Armenia
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO) Stadium: Arena Națională, Bucharest (ROU)
06/15/2018 14:41:10
4 September 2017 04 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group E)
Montenegro1-0Romania
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO) Stadium: Gradski Stadion Podgorica, Podgorica (MNE)
05/11/2018 19:45:17
5 October 2017 05 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group E)
Romania3-1Kazakhstan
Referee: Sandro Schärer (SUI) Stadium: Ilie Oană, Ploiesti (ROU)
07/20/2018 09:37:20
8 October 2017 08 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group E)
Denmark1-1Romania
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER) Stadium: FC København Stadium, Copenhagen (DEN)
06/01/2018 12:11:51
Romania0-0Montenegro
Referee: not available Stadium: Stadionul Ilie Oană, Ploiesti (ROU)
09/05/2019 06:21:45
Serbia2-2Romania
Referee: not available Stadium: Stadion FK Partizan, Belgrade (SRB)
09/05/2019 06:21:45
Lithuania1-2Romania
Referee: not available Stadium: LFF stadionas, Vilnius (LTU)
09/05/2019 06:21:45
Romania0-0Serbia
Referee: not available Stadium: Arena Națională, Bucharest (ROU)
09/05/2019 06:22:00
Romania3-0Lithuania
Referee: not available Stadium: Stadionul Ilie Oană, Ploiesti (ROU)
09/05/2019 06:22:00
Montenegro0-1Romania
Referee: not available Stadium: Gradski Stadion Podgorica, Podgorica (MNE)
09/05/2019 06:22:00
08 September 2019 08 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group F)
RomaniaMalta
Referee: Duje Strukan (CRO) Stadium: Stadionul Ilie Oană, Ploiesti (ROU)

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)