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Romania's record against Group A opponents

Romania have never won a competitive game against opening-night opponents France, but can feel more optimistic about taking on Switzerland and Albania.

France's William Gallas up against Romania's Daniel Niculae at UEFA EURO 2008
France's William Gallas up against Romania's Daniel Niculae at UEFA EURO 2008 ©Getty Images

Qualifying: Group F runners-up
Top scorer: Constantin Budescu, Bogdan Stancu, Paul Papp (2 goals)
Qualifying record: P10 W5 D5 L0 F11 A2 Pts20
EURO best: quarter-finals 2000
Last EURO: 2008 (group stage)
EURO appearances: 4 (1984, 1996, 2000, 2008)

Romania v France (21.00CET, 10 June, Saint-Denis)

EURO P6 W0 D3 L3 F1 A6
World Cup P2 W0 D2 L0 F3 A3
Friendlies P7 W3 D0 L4 F11 A10

  • France and Romania drew 0-0 at UEFA EURO 2008 in Zurich before being paired together in the next two qualifying tournaments, for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and UEFA EURO 2012.
  • Three of those four qualifying matches were also drawn, the exception being a 2-0 home win for France in October 2010 in which Loïc Rémy opened the scoring.
  • France and Romania met competitively for the first time in EURO '96 fixtures, both in qualifying and at the finals. At the latter, a Christophe Dugarry goal decided the group game in Newcastle and gave Les Bleus a tenth successive victory under coach Aimé Jacquet.
Romania: Top five qualifying goals
Romania: Top five qualifying goals

Romania v Switzerland (18.00CET, 15 June, Paris)

EURO P4 W2 D1 L1 F6 A9
World Cup P6 W2 D1 L3 F5 A8
Friendlies P2 W1 D0 L1 F2 A2

  • Switzerland enjoyed one of their finest FIFA World Cup victories when they beat Romania 4-1 indoors at the Pontiac Silverdome, Detroit in 1994. However, Romania recovered to win the group and progress to the quarter-finals while the Swiss exited in the round of 16.
  • Swiss hopes of qualifying for EURO '92 were ruined when, needing a point from their final fixture in Bucharest, they lost to a late goal from Romania midfielder Dorin Mateuţ. That meant Scotland reached the finals instead.
  • Romania have beaten Switzerland on Swiss soil twice in six attempts, including their latest visit, in May 2012, when they prevailed 1-0 in Lucerne.

Romania v Albania (21.00CET, 19 June, Lyon)

EURO P6 W4 D2 L0 F16 A4
World Cup P2 W2 D0 L0 F6 A1
Friendlies P9 W5 D2 L2 F20 A5

  • Romania are Albania's most frequent opponents having faced them on 16 occasions.
  • Albania are yet to beat Romania in eight competitive fixtures. Romania won the first six until qualifying for UEFA EURO 2012, when the teams twice drew 1-1.
  • Experienced Romania left-back Răzvan Raţ scored the only goal when the teams last met, in Yverdon, Switzerland in a friendly in May 2014.