Romania national football team

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Romania
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Nickname(s) Tricolorii (The Tricolours)
Association Federația Română de Fotbal (FRF)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Edward Iordănescu
Captain Vlad Chiricheș
Most caps Dorinel Munteanu (134)
Top scorer Gheorghe Hagi
Adrian Mutu (35)
Home stadium Various
FIFA code ROU
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FIFA ranking
Current 54 Decrease2.svg 6 (23 June 2022) [1]
Highest3 (September 1997)
Lowest57 (February 2011, September 2012)
First international
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(Belgrade, Kingdom of SCS; 8 June 1922)
Biggest win
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(Bucharest, Romania; 14 October 1973)
Biggest defeat
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(Budapest, Hungary; 6 June 1948)
World Cup
Appearances7 (first in 1930 )
Best resultQuarter-finals (1994)
European Championship
Appearances5 (first in 1984 )
Best resultQuarter-finals (2000)

The Romania national football team (Romanian : Echipa națională de fotbal a României) represents Romania in international men's football competition and is administered by the Romanian Football Federation (Federația Română de Fotbal), also known as FRF. They are colloquially known as Tricolorii (The Tricolours).

Romania is one of only four national teams from Europe—the other three being Belgium, France and Yugoslavia—that took part in the inaugural FIFA World Cup in 1930. Including that participation, Romania have qualified for seven World Cup editions, the latest in 1998. The national team's finest hour came in 1994, when it reached the quarter-finals of the competition. Led by playmaker Gheorghe Hagi, they were eliminated by Sweden on a penalty shoot-out after having defeated Argentina 3–2 in the previous round.

At the European Championships, Romania's best performance was in 2000 when they advanced to the quarter-finals from a group with Germany, Portugal and England, before falling to eventual runners-up Italy. They also reached the last eight in 1960 and 1972, and have qualified for a total of five tournaments.

History

Early years

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Romania playing against Peru at the 1930 World Cup in Uruguay.

The Romanian Football Federation (Federația Română de Fotbal) was established in October 1909 in Bucharest. Romania played their first international match on 8 June 1922, a 2–1 win over Yugoslavia in Belgrade, being coached by Teofil Moraru. [2] Several temporary coaches were employed, before Moraru resumed control in August 1924, managing the side for nearly four years. Romania enjoyed some success during the 1930s; manager Costel Rădulescu took them to the first three FIFA World Cup tournaments, a feat matched only by Brazil, Belgium and France.

World Cups in the 1930s

At the 1930 World Cup, Romania won their first match against Peru, 3–1, with goals from Adalbert Deșu, Constantin Stanciu, and Nicolae Kovács and Samuel Zauber as goalkeeper, before being thrashed 4–0 by hosts and eventual winners Uruguay.

Romania qualified for the next World Cup in 1934 after beating Yugoslavia 2–1 in a repeat of their first international. At the finals, Romania played only one game in a new knock-out format, losing 2–1 to Czechoslovakia in Trieste, Italy, with Ștefan Dobay scoring their only goal of the tournament.

Romania qualified by default for the 1938 World Cup after their qualifying playoff opponents Egypt withdrew. They suffered a shock defeat in the finals in France, losing to minnows Cuba, who, like Romania, had only qualified due to the withdrawal of their qualifying opponents, the United States. The first match at the Stade du T.O.E.C. in Toulouse ended 3–3 after extra time, but Cuba won the replay four days later 2–1.

1970 World Cup

Despite a 3–0 thrashing by Portugal in Lisbon and two unconvincing draws against unfancied Greece, Romania was able to qualify for the 1970 World Cup in Mexico. Angelo Niculescu's promising side were given the toughest of draws, in Group 3 with holders England, giants Brazil and Czechoslovakia.

A Geoff Hurst goal gave England a narrow victory in Romania's first match at the Estadio Jalisco in Guadalajara. Chances were improved with a 2–1 win over the Czechs. Despite going behind early to a Ladislav Petráš goal, Romania turned it around after half-time with Alexandru Neagu and Florea Dumitrache scoring to give them two vital points. Even then, only a win over the excellent Brazilians would take them into the quarter-finals.

There were rumours before the match that Brazil might prefer Romania to progress than world champions England; despite beating them 1–0 in their previous match in Guadalajara, the South American giants still viewed England as one of its biggest obstacles to tournament victory. But Brazil played some of the best football of the competition, with Pelé scoring twice and a Jairzinho goal in between. Romania battled bravely; Dumitrache pulled the score back to 2–1 before the break and a late Emerich Dembrowski goal made it 3–2, but they were out.

1972 to 1978

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Romania and the Netherlands drawing goalless at De Kuip, 1974.

On 26 September 1973, under new coach Valentin Stanescu, Romania suffered a significant defeat to East Germany in Leipzig. The East Germans won 2–0 to effectively seal their first ever qualification for the World Cup, which would be held over the border in West Germany. With East Germany scoring a predictable 4–1 win in Albania, Romania were out, despite a huge 9–0 win over Finland in Bucharest.

Romania continued to suffer poor form in the UEFA European Championship. In their qualifying group for the 1976 European Football Championship, they were out-qualified by Spain despite an impressive 1–1 draw in the away match. Romania failed to win matches, drawing twice with Scotland and Spain and dropping points in Denmark with a dismal goalless draw.

Romania were again beaten by Spain for a place in the 1978 World Cup in Argentina. Despite a 1–0 win in Bucharest, Romania lost a bizarre match at home to Yugoslavia 6–4 having led 3–2 at half time. Spain won 1–0 in Belgrade to seal passage to South America.

1984 European Championship

Romania's sole successful qualifying campaign between 1970 and 1990 was for the European Championships in 1984 in France. At the finals, Romania were drawn with regular rivals Spain, holders West Germany and dark horses Portugal. Under head coach Mircea Lucescu, an encouraging opening game in Saint-Étienne saw them draw with the Spanish. Francisco José Carrasco opened the scoring from the penalty spot but Romania equalized before half-time with a goal from Laszlo Bölöni.

Against the Germans in Lens, Marcel Coraș scored an equalizer in the first minute of the second half in response to Rudi Völler's opener, but Völler would score a winning goal. Their last match in Nantes was a must-win match, but Nené's late winner meant Portugal progressed with Spain, who netted a dramatic late winner against West Germany at the Parc des Princes in Paris.

Romania stuttered throughout the rest of the decade, but a stronger squad at the end of the decade saw them qualify for their fifth World Cup in 1990. A win over Denmark in their last match took Emerich Jenei's side to the finals for the first time in 20 years.

Golden Team era

1990 World Cup

Romania's squad was entirely domestic-based, despite an increasing trend for the major sides in Italy and Spain buying up the best foreign talent. Midfielder Ilie Dumitrescu, striker Florin Răducioiu and genius playmaker Gheorghe Hagi, were in the squad. With world champions Argentina stunned by Cameroon in the tournament's opening match, Romania did their chances no harm with a convincing win over the Soviet Union at the San Nicola in Bari, with Marius Lăcătuș scoring in each half. The result was all the more impressive given the absence of Hagi. There was controversy, however, as Lăcătus' second was a penalty given for a handball by Vagiz Khidiatullin that television replays clearly showed to be some way outside the penalty area.

Romania were the next victims of Cameroon in Bari. Cult hero Roger Milla, 38 years of age, came on as a substitute for Emmanuel Maboang Kessack and scored twice before Gavril Balint pulled one back. Romania needed a point in their last match against improving Argentina at the San Paolo in Naples; Pedro Monzón gave Argentina the lead after an hour, but Balint quickly equalized and Romania held on to reach Round 2.

Against Jack Charlton's Republic of Ireland side in Genoa, Romania did not have the quality to break down a defensive opposition. Daniel Timofte was the only player to miss in the penalty shoot-out  – his kick saved by Packie Bonner  – and Romania were out.

1994 World Cup

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1994 FIFA World Cup stamp issued by Poșta Română.

Romania missed out on Euro 1992. Scotland qualified after Romania drew a must-win last match in Sofia against Bulgaria, with Nasko Sirakov's equalizer sealing their fate.

Romania was successful, however, in reaching another World Cup in the United States in 1994. Despite losing in Belgium and suffering a heavy 5–2 defeat in Czechoslovakia, Romania went into their last match at Cardiff Arms Park with Wales needing a win to pip them to a place in the finals. Goals from Gheorghe Hagi and Dean Saunders meant the game was finely balanced, before Wales were awarded a penalty. Paul Bodin of Swindon Town stepped up but hit the woodwork and Romania went on to win 2–1, Florin Răducioiu's late goal proving unnecessary as Czechoslovakia dropped a point in Belgium and were eliminated.

At the finals, Romania were one of the most entertaining teams in the early stages, with Gheorghe Hagi, Florin Răducioiu and Ilie Dumitrescu on form. Romania beat Colombia at the Pasadena Rose Bowl in Los Angeles 3–1. All but one of Romania's games took place in California, and they were awarded the advantage of playing most of their games in Los Angeles. Răducioiu opened the scoring before Hagi scored a spectacular second from wide on the left touchline. Adolfo Valencia pulled one back with a headed goal just before half-time, but Romania held on and Răducioiu sealed the win with a late third.

In Detroit's indoor Pontiac Silverdome, the temperature soared due to the greenhouse effect in the indoor arena. Switzerland, acclimatized after having already played the hosts there, outran Romania in the second half and turned a 1–1 half time score into a surprising 4–1 win. Romania responded by beating the hosts 1–0 in Pasadena with an early Dan Petrescu goal.

In the Round of 16 knockout stage they faced Argentina in Los Angeles who were shorn of Diego Maradona who was thrown out of the tournament for taking drugs. Răducioiu, suspended, was hardly missed, as coach Anghel Iordănescu pushed Dumitrescu forward to play as a striker and the player responded by scoring twice in the first 20 minutes, one a superbly subtle left foot flick from a right-wing Hagi cross slotted between the Argentine defenders. In between, Gabriel Batistuta scored a penalty, but after half-time Romania netted a superb third on the counterattack, with Hagi beating goalkeeper Luis Islas. Abel Balbo pulled one back, but Romania held on for a shock win.

Romania would suffer penalty heartbreak again, in the quarter-final against Sweden in San Francisco. With just 13 minutes to play, a tight match opened up as Sweden's Thomas Brolin scored from a clever free-kick move, the ball passed outside the Romanian wall by Håkan Mild for Brolin to smash in. Iordănescu threw caution to the wind and the returning Răducioiu found a late equalizer, again from a free-kick move but this time down to a deflection and a failure of the Swedes to clear. In extra time Răducioiu scored again after a mistake by Patrik Andersson, but Sweden then scored their own late equalizer as giant striker Kennet Andersson climbed above goalkeeper Florin Prunea to head home a long ball. Prunea had come in after two matches to replace Bogdan Stelea, whose confidence was shattered by the 4–1 loss to the Swiss. In the shoot-out, Dan Petrescu and Miodrag Belodedici had their kicks saved by Thomas Ravelli and Sweden went through.

Euro 1996

At Euro 1996, held in England, Romania arrived as a highly thought-of and popular team but had a nightmare. Iordănescu's side were based in the north east, with their first two games at St James' Park in Newcastle. Against France, they lost to a Christophe Dugarry header reminiscent of Kennet Andersson's two years earlier, beating the goalkeeper to a lofted through ball. An early goal from Bulgaria striker Hristo Stoichkov at St James' Park put Romania on the back foot in Euro 1996, but Dorinel Munteanu appeared to have kept Romania in the match – and in the tournament – with a thunderbolt that hit the bar, bounced over the line, and back out. Referee Peter Mikkelsen merely waved play on, however, and Romania went on to lose the game 1–0 a defeat which sent them out of the tournament. English manager Harry Redknapp was in the crowd that day, and later said that it convinced him there and then that goal-line technology was needed in football. Romania finally scored in their last game, Florin Răducioiu equalizing an early goal by Spain's Javier Manjarín. Spain had to win to qualify with France at the expense of Bulgaria and did so when Guillermo Amor stooped to head a late winner. Romania exited in total shame, with no points and tons of regrets of what could have been.

1998 World Cup

Despite a poor performance at Euro 1996, Romania impressed in qualifying, finishing ten points clear of the Republic of Ireland and were seeded for the final tournament of the 1998 World Cup thanks to their strong showing in 1994. Despite being drawn in a group with England, progression to the next round was expected in light of a declining Colombia and minnows Tunisia.

Adrian Ilie scored the only goal with a fine chip in their first match against Colombia at Lyon's Stade Gerland. In Toulouse, they met an England side starting with prodigal striker Michael Owen on the bench, with Teddy Sheringham preferred alongside Alan Shearer. A mistake by Tony Adams was punished by Viorel Moldovan, who played for Coventry City, before Owen came on to claim an equalizer. But Romania won with a wonderful late goal from Dan Petrescu, also playing in England with Chelsea, fighting off his club teammate Graeme le Saux and nutmegging goalkeeper David Seaman.

The next match was against Tunisia. Romania decided to bleach their hair before the match. Despite England–Colombia being the more decisive game, the Stade de France in Paris was an 80,000-strong sell out and the crowd were nearly rewarded with a shock as Skander Souayah scored an early penalty to give the north Africans the lead. Romania needed a point to win the group and, crucially, avoid Argentina in the round of 16, and got it when Moldovan volleyed a late equalizer. It did them little good, however, as in the round of 16 match at Bordeaux against Croatia, Davor Šuker scored a twice-taken penalty to eliminate Romania.

Euro 2000

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Line-ups for Romania versus England at the UEFA Euro 2000.

Romania had a strong qualifying campaign, winning a tough Group 7 with Portugal, Slovakia, Hungary, Azerbaijan and Liechtenstein. The Romanians impressed, never losing and winning seven times, including a big upset in Porto after defeating Portugal thanks to a late goal scored by Dorinel Munteanu. In Bucharest, the score finished 1–1.

At Euro 2000, held in Belgium and the Netherlands, Romania was facing a very difficult group against 1996 champions Germany, semi-finalists England and Portugal. The chances for the Romanians to qualify through quarter-finals were seen as slim.

Romania, however, started brightly against the Germans in Liège, with Viorel Moldovan scoring from close range. A long-range Mehmet Scholl equalizer meant they had to be content with a point and their position looked shaky after Costinha headed a last minute winner for Portugal in their second match.

Emerich Jenei, back as coach, threw caution to the wind in the last match in Charleroi against England, a match which Romania had to win. Defender Cristian Chivu's cross went in off the post in the 22nd minute but, despite Romania dominating, England led at half-time through an Alan Shearer penalty and a late Michael Owen goal after he rounded goalkeeper Bogdan Stelea to score a tap-in, both in the last five minutes of the half. Romania attacked after the break and were quickly rewarded; Dorinel Munteanu punishing a poor punch from Nigel Martyn, a late replacement for injured goalkeeper David Seaman, to equalize three minutes after the restart. England cracked under the pressure. Unable to retain possession or pose an attacking threat, they fell deep and late on Phil Neville, playing out of position at left-back, conceded a penalty scored by Ioan Ganea in the 89th minute.

Romania's relief was tempered by tough opposition in the last eight, and Italy, who would end up seconds from being crowned European champions in an agonizing final, comfortably saw them off 2–0 in Brussels. Francesco Totti and Filippo Inzaghi scoring towards the end of the first half. In the 35th minute, Gheorghe Hagi, in his final international tournament, hit the woodwork with goalkeeper Francesco Toldo stranded off his line and, after the break, was sent off for diving. Romania's tournament was over and Emerich Jenei left his job as coach again.

2000s – World Cup dry spell

Romania failed to qualify for the next three major tournaments. They drew Slovenia, who had been surprise qualifiers for Euro 2000 in a playoff for a place in the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan. A narrow 2–1 deficit – having led through a Marius Niculae goal – after the first leg in Ljubljana was not irretrievable. With fans' hero Gheorghe Hagi now coaching the side, they were confident of getting the win they needed in Bucharest against the Balkan upstarts, but Slovenia took the lead before the hour through Mladen Rudonja. Right wing-back Cosmin Contra quickly equalized but Romania could not find the goal they needed to force extra time and Slovenia, with maverick manager Srečko Katanec, were in a major tournament again.

Euro 2004

Romania were confident of qualifying for the tournament, drawn in Group 2 with seeds Denmark, Norway, Bosnia and Herzegovina and minnows Luxembourg, with Anghel Iordanescu back as coach. Despite a good start – a 3–0 win away to Bosnia in Sarajevo – Romania stuttered. Steffen Iversen's late goal gave Norway a surprise win in Bucharest and they were stunned at home by the Danes, 5–2, with Thomas Gravesen scoring a spectacular goal from around 50 yards out, despite leading twice. They recovered slightly, completing a double over the Bosnians and earning a point in Oslo, but conceded a cutting injury time equalizer in Denmark to draw 2–2. It was decisive, as they now required Norway to fail to win at home to Luxembourg to stand any realistic chance of qualifying. Eventually, the Danes got a point in Bosnia to scrape through a tight group, with Norway going to a play-off with Spain.

2006 World Cup

Romania were put in a difficult group for the qualifying tournament for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. The Netherlands and the Czech Republic were favourites to qualify, then ranked first and second in Europe respectively. Early wins over Finland and Macedonia were unconvincing, and they were some way behind the two leaders by the time they earned a good 2–0 home win over the Czechs. Despite a record of eight wins, three losses and one draw, they finished third behind the Dutch and the Czechs and missed out on another major tournament.

Euro 2008

Romania were drawn in a group with group favourites the Netherlands and tough opponents Bulgaria for Euro 2008 qualifying. Romania, however, had a good qualifying campaign, losing only away against Bulgaria and beating the Netherlands 1–0 at home with a goal scored by Dorin Goian from a suspicious off-side position not seen by referee Kyros Vassaras. On 17 October 2007, Romania became the fourth team to qualify for Euro 2008, the nation's first international tournament since Euro 2000. Coincidentally, Victor Pițurcă also led Romania to qualification for Euro 2000, only to sit back and let Emerich Jenei coach the team in the final tournament; this time, however, he stayed in the role, the first time he coached a national team in the final stages of a tournament.

Romania was drawn in the so-called "Group of death" alongside the Netherlands, world champions Italy and France, runners-up in the 2006 World Cup. Romania started with a 0–0 draw against a lacklustre France while Italy were soundly beaten by the Netherlands, 3–0. In their next match, against Italy, Adrian Mutu opened the scoring early in the second half. Their lead was a very short one, however, as Italy's Christian Panucci scored a minute later off of a corner kick. Nearing the end of the match, Daniel Niculae earned a penalty for his team, but goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon saved the subsequent Mutu penalty, leaving Romania with two points and needing a win against the Netherlands, who defeated France 4–1 that same evening. The Netherlands beat Romania 2–0 in the final game of the group, which meant that Italy joined the Netherlands in the quarter-finals and Romania finished third, ahead of France.

2010 World Cup

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Romanian fans at the new Arena Națională in June 2013.

Romania were drawn into the UEFA qualifying round for the 2010 World Cup alongside France, Serbia, Austria, Lithuania and the Faroe Islands. Although Romania were seeded in the second pot, suggesting that they were a strong challenge for the first place in the group, they eventually finished fifth, above only the Faroe Islands. Their campaign was a disaster that began with a 3–0 home loss to Lithuania and included a 5–0 trashing in Belgrade by Serbia. Furthermore, various problems were caused during the poor campaign, such as the retirement from international football of Cosmin Contra, Mirel Rădoi and Adrian Mutu (the latter would later be recalled after a year's absence). Also, coach Victor Pițurcă resigned and was replaced by Răzvan Lucescu.

Euro 2012

In Euro 2012 qualifying, Romania was drawn into Group D along with France, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus, Albania and Luxembourg. Although the team initially seemed prepared to continue their awful form from their disastrous World Cup campaign, beginning with a 1–1 draw with Pot 5 members Albania and following up with a goalless draw with Belarus and a pair of losses to France and Bosnia and Herzegovina, the team was able to rebound somewhat and register their first two victories. The first was an expected win against Luxembourg but the second was an important win in the rematch against Bosnia and Herzegovina. Romania's last good result came when they battled group favorite France to a goalless draw before ending the campaign the way it began – two disappointing draws with Albania and Belarus. They finished qualification in a distant third place and only one point ahead of Belarus.

2014 World Cup

Romania was drawn into the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying round with the Netherlands, Turkey, Hungary, Estonia and Andorra. Romania, Turkey and Hungary were expected to battle it out for second place behind the Netherlands. They made an impressive start with a 2–0 away win in Estonia followed by a 4–0 win at home against modest Andorra and another away win in Turkey (1–0). After that, Romania was defeated by Netherlands, both at home and away, and managed to secure only a draw in Hungary, in between. Romania started the last part of the campaign with a victory at home, against Hungary, but was defeated by Turkey. The last two match days were decisive, with Romania securing its place in the play-off with two wins, against Andorra and Estonia, while qualification rivals Turkey and Hungary were both defeated by the winner of the group, the Netherlands. Romania were drawn to play Greece for a place in the World Cup finals, but a 3–1 loss in Greece and a 1–1 home draw ended its run.

Euro 2016

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A 2–1 win of France over Romania at the Stade de France opened the UEFA Euro 2016.

For the qualifying stage of the Euro 2016 Romania was drawn into Group F along with Greece, Hungary, Finland, Northern Ireland and the Faroe Islands. Romania began its first successful qualification campaign since 2008 with a win over group favourites Greece before following up with a 1–1 draw with Pot 2 member Hungary and a 2–0 win over Finland. Despite the initial success, Romania decided to part with coach Victor Pițurcă by mutual consent. Anghel Iordănescu came out of retirement to return to coach Romania for a third time.

Under Iordănescu, Romania was able to follow up with comfortable 2–0 win over surprise force Northern Ireland and, despite a disappointing 1–0 win over the Faroe Islands and a 0–0 draw in the return game against Northern Ireland, Romania remained on top of Group F, one point above Northern Ireland and three points above third-placed Hungary. After a goalless draw in the match against Hungary in Budapest, however, the team fell back on the second place, one point behind Northern Ireland and three above Hungary, still placed third.

Following a 1–1 draw clinched in overtime at home against Finland, Romania secured their spot at the final tournament in the last game after a confident 3–0 win in the Faroe Islands. Romania finished the qualification group second, one point behind group winners Northern Ireland, completing their first successful qualification campaign in eight years undefeated after five wins and five draws. Romania advanced to Euro 2016 and were drawn in the same group as tournament hosts France, Switzerland and Albania. Romania was defeated by France thanks to an 89th-minute strike by Dimitri Payet to cancel out Bogdan Stancu's equalizer as Romania dropped last in Group A. In its second group match, against Switzerland, another Stancu penalty helped Romania claim its first point of the tournament after a 1–1 draw. In its last group stage match, Romania lost 0–1 against Albania to finish last in Group A, with only one point and two goals scored, both from penalties.

2018 World Cup

For the qualification round, Romania was drawn in Group E, being in Pot 1 for the first time after a long time. Romania's two strongest opponents appear to be Denmark and Poland; its other opponents are Montenegro, Armenia and Kazakhstan. The qualifying campaign started with a 1–1 home draw against Montenegro followed by a thrashing away victory against Armenia, 0–5. In the next match, Romania recorded another draw (0–0), against Kazakhstan. The last match played in 2016 was a 0–3 defeat against Poland, with Robert Lewandowski scoring a double. After an uninspiring campaign, Romania ended in the fourth place in Group E with 13 points. After 8 of the 10 games, due to lackluster performances, coach Christoph Daum was fired and replaced with a promising new coach, Cosmin Contra.

2018–19 Nations League

Romania's poor performance previously meant that the country had to participate in the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League C, where they were grouped again with Montenegro, alongside neighbor Serbia and minnows Lithuania. Romania managed an acceptable performance, with the team beat Lithuania and Montenegro, but three draws, two against Serbia, meant that Romania was unable to gain the top spot or a direct playoff ticket. However, when the UEFA revised the format, Romania was officially promoted to 2020–21 UEFA Nations League B.

Euro 2020

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Romania playing Sweden at Friends Arena, March 2019.

Romania was drawn in a group including the national teams of Spain, Sweden, and Norway alongside Malta and the Faroe Islands in UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying. In the opening game, Romania suffered a 1–2 away defeat to Sweden. [3] This was followed by an easy 4–1 victory over the Faroe Islands and a 2–2 draw with Norway in Oslo, two victories over Malta and a 1–2 loss at home to Spain. Eventually, Romania kept on track by beating Faroe Islands 3–0 away, but it was later followed with a disappointing 1–1 home draw to the Norwegians. [4] This had reduced significantly their chances of automatic qualification, as they had to meet strong Swedish and Spanish sides for the two remaining competitive games. A 0–2 home defeat to Sweden ensured that Romania would be unable to finish in the automatic qualification places. [5] Romania eventually qualified for the playoff, but their performance cost Cosmin Contra his coaching position, as he was sacked prior to the playoff. Romania went on to lose 1–2 to Iceland, and was eliminated from UEFA Euro 2020 contention.

World Cup 2022

For the 2022 FIFA World Cup hosted in Qatar, Romania was drawn in UEFA Group J, along with Germany, Armenia, North Macedonia, Iceland, and Liechtenstein. [6] Romania failed to qualify, finishing in third in the group.

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Rivalry

Romania has a long-standing rivalry with its neighbours Hungary. The rivalry between the two nations dates back from the Treaty of Trianon, where Hungary lost Transylvania to Romania, after World War I. They throw flares and matches between the two sides usually end in a fight between Hungarian and Romanian supporters, however, recently also before the matches conflicts have emerged outside the stadium. These was seen as they shared the same group in 1982 FIFA World Cup qualifying (The other teams of the group were England, Switzerland and Norway), UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying (The other teams of the group were Portugal, Slovakia, Azerbaijan and Liechtenstein), 2002 World Cup qualifying (The other teams of the group were Italy, Georgia and Lithuania), 2014 World Cup qualifying (The other teams of the group were Netherlands, Turkey, Estonia and Andorra) and UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying (The other teams of the group were Greece, Northern Ireland, Finland and Faroe Islands).

Kits

Romania's kits have been supplied by Spanish company Joma from 2015, which replaced Adidas following a three-decade contract. In 2017, the Romanian Football Federation announced its first brand identity and a new kit; the new emblem references the coat of arms of all five Romanian provinces with the intention to symbolise the unity of Romania. [7]

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Flag of France (lighter variant).svg Le Coq Sportif 1977–1983
Flag of Germany.svg Adidas 1984–2015
Flag of Spain.svg Joma 2015–present

Kit history

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1994 Home
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1994 Away
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1996 Home
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1996 Away
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1998 Home
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1998 Away
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2000 Home
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2006 Home
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2008 Home
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2008 Away
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2010 Home
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2010 Away
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2012 Home
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2012 Away
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2014 Home
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Home stadium

The Romania national team mainly plays its home games at the Arena Națională in Bucharest, the largest stadium in the country, which was opened in 2011 and has a capacity of 55,600 seats. The National Stadium is a Category 4 venue and hosted the 2012 UEFA Europa League Final and UEFA Euro 2020 matches.

Other games, including not only friendlies but also FIFA World Cup and UEFA European Championship qualifiers, have been played in recent years at other venues such as the Cluj Arena (Cluj-Napoca), the Ion Oblemenco Stadium (Craiova), the Steaua Stadium (Bucharest), or the smaller Ilie Oană (Ploiești), Dr. Constantin Rădulescu (Cluj-Napoca) and Rapid-Giulești (Bucharest) stadiums.

Media coverage

Romania's UEFA Nations League games, major tournament qualifiers and friendlies are to be televised on Pro TV up until 2022. Between 2008 and 2014, Antena 1 had the rights to broadcast the country's home matches, friendlies and qualifiers. From 2014 to 2018, Romania's qualifying matches for the European Championship and the World Cup, plus two pre-Euro and one post-Euro friendly match were taken over by TVR. The friendly matches that were not broadcast by TVR were taken over by Pro TV. In March 2019, the latter took over all broadcasts of Romania's fixtures from TVR, with the effective broadcasting starting in September 2018.

Results and fixtures

2021

2 September 2021 (2021-09-02) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Iceland  Flag of Iceland.svg0–2Flag of Romania.svg  Romania Reykjavík
20:45 (18:45 UTC±0) Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
  • Man Soccerball shade.svg47'
  • Stanciu Soccerball shade.svg83'
Stadium: Laugardalsvöllur
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (Belarus)
8 October 2021 (2021-10-08) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Germany  Flag of Germany.svg2–1Flag of Romania.svg  Romania Hamburg
20:45
Report (FIFA)
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Stadium: Volksparkstadion
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
11 October 2021 (2021-10-11) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Romania  Flag of Romania.svg1–0Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia Bucharest
20:45 (21:45 UTC+3) Report (FIFA)
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Stadium: Stadionul Steaua
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy)
11 November 2021 (2021-11-11) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Romania  Flag of Romania.svg0–0Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland Bucharest
20:45 (21:45 UTC+2) Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Stadionul Steaua
Referee: Sergei Karasev (Russia)

2022

25 March 2022 Friendly Romania  Flag of Romania.svg0–1Flag of Greece.svg  Greece Bucharest, Romania
UTC+3 ( UTC+3) Report Stadium: Stadionul Steaua
Referee: Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea (Spain)
29 March 2022 Friendly Israel  Flag of Israel.svg2–2Flag of Romania.svg  Romania Netanya, Israel
19:45 UTC+2 (20:45 UTC+3)
Report
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Netanya Stadium
Attendance: 6,970 [10]
Referee: Daniel Stefański (Poland)
4 June 2022 Nations League Montenegro  Flag of Montenegro.svg2–0Flag of Romania.svg Romania Podgorica, Montenegro
20:45 Report Stadium: Podgorica City Stadium
Attendance: 3,998
Referee: Andreas Ekberg (Sweden)
7 June 2022 Nations League Bosnia and Herzegovina  Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg1–0Flag of Romania.svg Romania Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
21:05 Report Stadium: Bilino Polje Stadium
Attendance: 4,500
Referee: Sascha Stegemann (Germany)
Note: The match was originally scheduled to kick-off at 20:45 but was delayed to 21:05 due to adverse weather conditions.
11 June 2022 Nations League Romania Flag of Romania.svg1–0Flag of Finland.svg  Finland Bucharest, Romania
21:45
Report Stadium: Stadionul Rapid-Giulești
Attendance: 11,503
Referee: Harald Lechner (Austria)
14 June 2022 Nations League Romania Flag of Romania.svg0–3Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro Bucharest, Romania
21:45 Report
Stadium: Stadionul Rapid-Giulești
Attendance: 11,657
Referee: João Pinheiro (Portugal)
23 September 2022 Nations League Finland  Flag of Finland.svgvFlag of Romania.svg Romania Finland
21:45 Report
26 September 2022 Nations League Romania Flag of Romania.svgvFlag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina Romania
21:45 Report
17 November 2022 Friendly Romania  Flag of Romania.svgvFlag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia Cluj-Napoca, Romania
22:00 Report Stadium: Cluj Arena
20 November 2022 Friendly Moldova  Flag of Moldova.svgvFlag of Romania.svg  Romania Chişinău, Moldova
22:00 Report Stadium: Zimbru Stadium

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for the UEFA Nations League matches against Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Finland on 4, 7, 11 and 14 June 2022, respectively. [11]

Caps and goals as of 14 June 2022 after the match against Montenegro. [12] [13]

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
11 GK Florin Niță (1987-07-03) 3 July 1987 (age 35)190 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Sparta Prague
1 GK Ștefan Târnovanu (2000-05-09) 9 May 2000 (age 22)00 Flag of Romania.svg FCSB
161 GK Mihai Aioani (1999-09-07) 7 September 1999 (age 22)00 Flag of Romania.svg Farul Constanța
121 GK Horațiu Moldovan (1998-01-20) 20 January 1998 (age 24)00 Flag of Romania.svg Rapid București

62 DF Vlad Chiricheș (captain) (1989-11-14) 14 November 1989 (age 32)760 Flag of Italy.svg Cremonese
112 DF Nicușor Bancu (1992-09-18) 18 September 1992 (age 29)262 Flag of Romania.svg Universitatea Craiova
42 DF Cristian Manea (1997-08-09) 9 August 1997 (age 25)202 Flag of Romania.svg CFR Cluj
172 DF Adrian Rus (1996-03-18) 18 March 1996 (age 26)140 Flag of Italy.svg Pisa
152 DF Andrei Burcă (1993-04-15) 15 April 1993 (age 29)120 Flag of Romania.svg CFR Cluj
222 DF Mário Camora (1986-11-10) 10 November 1986 (age 35)80 Flag of Romania.svg CFR Cluj
22 DF Andrei Rațiu (1998-06-20) 20 June 1998 (age 24)80 Flag of Spain.svg Huesca
32 DF Iulian Cristea (1994-07-17) 17 July 1994 (age 28)40 Flag of Romania.svg FCSB
2 DF Virgil Ghiță (1998-06-04) 4 June 1998 (age 24)10 Flag of Poland.svg Cracovia
2 DF Marius Ștefănescu (1998-08-14) 14 August 1998 (age 23)10 Flag of Romania.svg Sepsi OSK

103 MF Alexandru Maxim (1990-07-08) 8 July 1990 (age 32)577 Flag of Turkey.svg Gaziantep
183 MF Răzvan Marin (1996-05-23) 23 May 1996 (age 26)412 Flag of Italy.svg Empoli
83 MF Alexandru Cicâldău (1997-07-08) 8 July 1997 (age 25)253 Flag of Turkey.svg Galatasaray
233 MF Alexandru Mitriță (1995-02-08) 8 February 1995 (age 27)183 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al Raed
133 MF Valentin Mihăilă (2000-02-02) 2 February 2000 (age 22)101 Flag of Italy.svg Parma
53 MF Alexandru Crețu (1992-04-24) 24 April 1992 (age 30)70 Flag of Romania.svg Universitatea Craiova
3 MF Deian Sorescu (1997-08-29) 29 August 1997 (age 24)70 Flag of Poland.svg Raków Częstochowa
203 MF Sergiu Hanca (1992-04-04) 4 April 1992 (age 30)70 Flag of Romania.svg Universitatea Craiova
143 MF Darius Olaru (1998-03-03) 3 March 1998 (age 24)60 Flag of Romania.svg FCSB
3 MF Marius Marin (1998-08-30) 30 August 1998 (age 23)60 Flag of Italy.svg Pisa
213 MF Octavian Popescu (2002-12-27) 27 December 2002 (age 19)50 Flag of Romania.svg FCSB
3 MF Nicolae Păun (1999-01-19) 19 January 1999 (age 23)10 Flag of Romania.svg Sepsi OSK

4 FW George Pușcaș (1996-04-08) 8 April 1996 (age 26)308 Flag of England.svg Reading
74 FW Denis Alibec (1991-01-05) 5 January 1991 (age 31)252 Flag of Romania.svg Farul Constanța
94 FW Andrei Ivan (1997-01-04) 4 January 1997 (age 25)171 Flag of Romania.svg Universitatea Craiova
194 FW Florin Tănase (1994-12-30) 30 December 1994 (age 27)141 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al Jazira

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up for the team within the last 12 months.

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GK Florin Iacob INJ (1993-08-16) 16 August 1993 (age 28)00 Flag of Romania.svg UTA Arad v. Flag of Greece.svg  Greece , 25 March 2022
GK Andrei Vlad (1999-04-15) 15 April 1999 (age 23)10 Flag of Romania.svg FCSB v. Flag of Liechtenstein.svg  Liechtenstein , 14 November 2021

DF Alin Toșca RET (1992-03-14) 14 March 1992 (age 30)301 Flag of Turkey.svg Gaziantep v. Flag of Israel.svg  Israel , 29 March 2022
DF Ionuț Nedelcearu (1996-04-25) 25 April 1996 (age 26)212 Flag of Italy.svg Palermo v. Flag of Israel.svg  Israel , 29 March 2022
DF Radu Drăgușin (2002-02-03) 3 February 2002 (age 20)10 Flag of Italy.svg Genoa v. Flag of Israel.svg  Israel , 29 March 2022

MF Dennis Man (1998-08-26) 26 August 1998 (age 23)144 Flag of Italy.svg Parma v. Flag of Israel.svg  Israel , 29 March 2022
MF Mihai Bordeianu (1991-11-18) 18 November 1991 (age 30)40 Flag of Romania.svg CFR Cluj v. Flag of Israel.svg  Israel , 29 March 2022
MF Claudiu Petrila (2000-11-07) 7 November 2000 (age 21)00 Flag of Romania.svg CFR Cluj v. Flag of Israel.svg  Israel , 29 March 2022
MF Nicolae Stanciu (1993-05-07) 7 May 1993 (age 29)5411 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Wuhan Three Towns v. Flag of Liechtenstein.svg  Liechtenstein , 14 November 2021
MF Ianis Hagi (1998-10-22) 22 October 1998 (age 23)242 Flag of Scotland.svg Rangers v. Flag of Liechtenstein.svg  Liechtenstein , 14 November 2021
MF Olimpiu Moruțan (1999-04-25) 25 April 1999 (age 23)30 Flag of Italy.svg Pisa v. Flag of Liechtenstein.svg  Liechtenstein , 14 November 2021
MF Enes Sali (2006-02-23) 23 February 2006 (age 16)10 Flag of Romania.svg Farul Constanța v. Flag of Liechtenstein.svg  Liechtenstein , 14 November 2021
MF Dragoș Nedelcu (1997-02-16) 16 February 1997 (age 25)60 Flag of Romania.svg Farul Constanța v. Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland , 11 November 2021
MF Andrei Cordea (1999-06-24) 24 June 1999 (age 23)20 Flag of Romania.svg FCSB v. Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia , 11 October 2021
MF Alexandru Albu (1993-08-17) 17 August 1993 (age 28)10 Flag of Romania.svg Rapid București v. Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia , 11 October 2021
MF Dorin Rotariu COV (1995-07-20) 20 July 1995 (age 27)101 Flag of Greece.svg Atromitos v. Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland , 2 September 2021

FW Claudiu Keșerü (1986-12-02) 2 December 1986 (age 35)4713 Flag of Romania.svg UTA Arad v. Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia , 11 October 2021
FW Jovan Marković (2001-03-23) 23 March 2001 (age 21)30 Flag of Romania.svg Universitatea Craiova v. Flag of North Macedonia.svg  North Macedonia , 8 September 2021
FW Denis Drăguș INJ (1999-07-06) 6 July 1999 (age 23)20 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Standard Liège v. Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland , 2 September 2021
Notes

Statistics

Most capped players

As of 18 November 2020 [14]
Players in bold are still active with Romania.
RankPlayerCapsGoalsYears
1 Dorinel Munteanu 134161991–2007
2 Gheorghe Hagi 124351983–2000
3 Gheorghe Popescu 115161988–2003
4 Răzvan Raț 11322002–2016
5 László Bölöni 102231975–1988
6 Dan Petrescu 95121989–2000
7 Bogdan Stelea 9101988–2005
8 Michael Klein 8951981–1991
9 Bogdan Lobonț 8601998–2018
10 Marius Lăcătuș 83131984–1998
Mircea Rednic 8321981–1991

Top goalscorers

As of 18 November 2020 [14]
Players in bold are still active with Romania.
#PlayerGoalsCapsRatioCareer
1 Adrian Mutu 35770.452000–2013
Gheorghe Hagi 351240.281983–2000
3 Iuliu Bodola 31480.651931–1939
4 Viorel Moldovan 25700.361993–2005
Ciprian Marica 25720.352003–2014
6 László Bölöni 231020.231975–1988
7 Dudu Georgescu 21400.531973–1984
Florin Răducioiu 21400.531990–1996
Anghel Iordănescu 21570.371971–1981
Rodion Cămătaru 21730.291978–1990

Youngest debutants

As of 15 November 2021, the five youngest debutants for Romania are: [15]

#PlayerAgeMatchYearRef
1 Enes Sali 15 years, 8 months and 22 days Liechtenstein–Romania 0–22021 [16]
2 Cristian Manea 16 years, 9 months and 22 daysRomania–Albania 1–02014 [17]
3 Grațian Sepi 17 years, 3 months and 15 daysRomania–Turkey 4–21928 [17]
4 Ilie Balaci 17 years, 6 months and 10 days France–Romania 1–01974 [17]
5 Nicolae Kovács 17 years, 8 months and 17 days Bulgaria–Romania 2–31929 [17]

Coaching staff

As of February 2022.
PositionName
Head Coach Flag of Romania.svg Edward Iordănescu
Assistant Coaches Flag of Romania.svg Florin Constantinovici
Flag of Romania.svg Ionel Gane
Goalkeeping Coach Flag of Romania.svg Leontin Toader
Fitness Coaches Flag of Romania.svg Cristian Dragotă
Flag of Romania.svg Miodrag Todorov
Video Analyst Flag of Romania.svg Alexandru Radu
Data Analyst Flag of Italy.svg Michele Iannucci
Doctor Flag of Romania.svg Claudiu Stamatescu
Physioterapists Flag of Romania.svg Iulian Mircea
Flag of Romania.svg Gabriel Niculescu
Flag of Romania.svg Ovidiu Blendea
Flag of Romania.svg Adrian Gherovăț
Flag of Romania.svg Dragoș Paraschiv
Head of Performance Analysis Flag of Romania.svg Rareș Ene
Team Manager Flag of Romania.svg Cătălin Gheorghiu
Kit Manager Flag of Romania.svg Cornel Mateiași
Technical Director Flag of Romania.svg Mihai Stoichiță

Managers with the most appearances

As of 8 August 2022 [18]
RankManagerAppearances
1 Anghel Iordănescu 101
2 Victor Pițurcă 95
3 Mircea Lucescu 58
4 Emerich Jenei 51
5 Constantin Rădulescu 49
6 Angelo Niculescu 38
7 Valentin Stănescu 36
8 Ștefan Kovács 34
9 Gheorghe Popescu I 28
10 Răzvan Lucescu 21

Coaching history

Below is the full list of all former coaches for Romania from 1922 onwards: [19]

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

 Champions   Runners-up    Third Place    Fourth Place  

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
YearRoundPositionPldWD*LGFGAPositionPldWD*LGFGA
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1930 Group stage8th210135Qualified as invitees
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg 1934 Round of 1612th1001122211043
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg 1938 9th201145Egypt withdrew [20]
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg 1950 Did not enter
Flag of Switzerland.svg 1954 Did not qualify2420255
Flag of Sweden.svg 1958 2421164
Flag of Chile.svg 1962 Withdrew
Flag of England.svg 1966 3630397
Flag of Mexico.svg 1970 Group stage10th3102451632176
Flag of Germany.svg 1974 Did not qualify26411174
Flag of Argentina.svg 1978 2420278
Flag of Spain.svg 1982 3824255
Flag of Mexico.svg 1986 38332127
Flag of Italy.svg 1990 Round of 1612th412(1*)14316411105
Flag of the United States.svg 1994 Quarter-finals6th531*11091107122912
Flag of France (lighter variant).svg 1998 Round of 1611th421143110910374
Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg Flag of Japan.svg 2002 Did not qualifyPlayoffs105231210
Flag of Germany.svg 2006 3128132010
Flag of South Africa.svg 2010 5103341218
Flag of Brazil.svg 2014 Playoffs126242116
Flag of Russia.svg 2018 4103431210
Flag of Qatar.svg 2022 310523138
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of the United States.svg 2026 To be determinedTo be determined
TotalQuarter-finals7/23218583032Total138722937238142
**Denotes draws including knockout matches decided on penalty kicks. Darker color indicates win, normal color indicates loss.

UEFA European Championship

UEFA European Championship record UEFA European Championship qualifying record
YearRoundPositionPldWD*LGFGAPositionPldWD*LGFGA
Flag of France.svg 1960 Did not qualifyQuarter-finals410337
Flag of Spain (1945-1977).svg 1964 Preliminary round210137
Flag of Italy.svg 1968 First round63031814
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg 1972 Quarter-finals9432157
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg 1976 First round6150116
Flag of Italy.svg 1980 3622298
Flag of France (lighter variant).svg 1984 Group stage7th3012241852193
Flag of Germany.svg 1988 Did not qualify26411133
Flag of Sweden.svg 1992 38422137
Flag of England.svg 1996 Group stage15th300314110631189
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg 2000 Quarter-finals7th411246110730253
Flag of Portugal.svg 2004 Did not qualify38422219
Flag of Austria.svg Flag of Switzerland.svg 2008 Group Stage12th302113112921267
Flag of Poland.svg Flag of Ukraine.svg 2012 Did not qualify310352139
Flag of France (lighter variant).svg 2016 Group stage19th301224210550112
Flag of Europe.svg 2020 Did not qualifyPlay-off114251817
Flag of Germany.svg 2024 To be determined
TotalQuarter-finals5/171615101021Total126633726226118
*Denotes draws including knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

UEFA Nations League record

UEFA Nations League record
SeasonDivisionGroupPldWDLGFGAP/RRK
Flag of Portugal.svg 2018–19 C 4 633083Green Arrow Up Darker.svg32nd
Flag of Italy.svg 2020–21 B 1 622289Equals-sign-blue.gif26th
Flag of none.svg 2022–23 B 3 Future event
Total10552161225th

Summer Olympics

Football at the Summer Olympics was first played officially in 1908. The Olympiads between 1896 and 1980 was only open for amateur players. The 1984 and 1988 tournaments were open to players with no appearances in the FIFA World Cup. After the 1988 Olympics, the football event was changed into a tournament for U23 teams, with a maximum of three older players. See Romania Olympic football team for competition records from 1992 until present day.

Host nation(s) – YearResultGPWD*LGSGA
1900 to 1920 Did not enter------
Flag of France.svg 1924 Round of 16100106
1928 to 1948 Did not qualify------
Flag of Finland.svg 1952 Preliminary Round100112
1956 to 1960 Did not qualify------
Flag of Japan.svg 1964 Quarter-Finals6411126
1968 to 1976 Did not qualify------
1980 to 1988 Did not enter------
Since 1992 See Romania Olympic football team
Total3/2484131314

All-time head-to-head record

Last match updated was against Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro on 14 June 2022.

  Positive Record  Neutral Record  Negative Record

FIFA ranking history

The following is a chart of yearly averages of Romania's FIFA ranking. [21]

Honours

See also

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