Romania’s history in international soccer dates back to the early 1900s when the Tricolorii played its first international match in 1922 and earned a 3-1 victory over Yugoslavia. Romania was one of only four countries to participate in the first three World Cups (1930, 1934, 1938). Historically drawn in tough groups, Romania’s strongest international performance came at the 1994 World Cup in the United States, when it reached the quarter-finals before losing to Sweden on penalties.
At Euro 2000, Romania made it out of the group of death, which contained Germany, Portugal and England, before eventually losing to Italy in the quater-finals. Formed in 1909, Romania, which is coached by Angehl Iordanescu, enjoyed its highest FIFA ranking at No. 3 in 1997. Romania returned to UEFA Euro 2016 after falling short of qualifying for the tournament in 2012 and being knocked out of the Group Stage in the 2008 championships.
In 2016 Euro qualifying, Romania finished unbeaten with five wins and five draws to place second behind Northern Ireland in Group F.
In total, Romania has qualified for seven World Cups, but haven’t competed in the international tournament since 1998.
Romania has had its fair share of top scorers throughout the years — notably Gheorghe Hagi, who has 124 international caps under his belt and remains tied for all-time goals in team history with 35 along with Adrian Mutu.
Romania Next Game
Be sure to keep track of which team Romania will play next, whether it’s a friendly or competitive game, allowing you to discover how the club stacks up against its opponents.
Romania Soccer Team Scores & Schedule
You can view Romania’s full schedule for the tournament along with odds for each match in the table below.
Considered an underdog in Group A, the road to Euro 2016 glory will begin with a tough match for Romania, which opens the championships against host France on June 10. Romania then faces Switzerland in its second match on June 15 before wrapping up group play on June 19 against Albania.
Romania Soccer Team Standings Right Now
Romania qualified for Euro 2016 by finishing second in their group behind Northern Ireland. But can they advance to the knockout stage of the European tournament?
Be sure to keep track of Romania’s progress during the tournament using the standings table below.
- 1st half
- 2nd half
|Group stage - Group A|
|Group stage - Group B|
|Group stage - Group C|
|Group stage - Group D|
|Group stage - Group E|
|Group stage - Group F|
How To Win At Romania Betting
Advancing to the knockout stage of any international tournament is a victory for Romania, which history shows is a middle-of-the pack team when it comes to either the World Cup or the Euro championships.
Currently ranked 19th in the world, Romania is pegged at +1000 by Bovada to win its first-ever European crown.
Strikers Bogdan Stancu and Constantin Budescu will be expected to carry much of the offensive load. On the back end, Romania will be led by skipper Vlad Chiriches, who is a calming presence on defence. Typically not mentioned in the same group with other powerhouse soccer nations, Romania is considered underdogs to advance to the round-of-16 after being grouped in a division with host and tournament favourite France, Switzerland and Albania at Euro 2016.
Iordanescu, 65, is in his third stint as head coach of Romania — his first was in 1994 during the team’s magical run to the final eight of the World Cup. The lack of offensive depth has Iordanescu focussing his tactics on the defensive side of the ball.
Romania qualified for Euro 2016 as one of the top defensive teams, having conceded just two goals in 10 matches. However, their group contained weak opponents. The Romanians tend to keep games close, which may work to their advantage when they open the tournament against France.
Having scored just 11 goals in qualifying, Romania will once again rely on its defence to earn success at Euro 2016.
Ready to place your bet on Romania? Here are some online sportsbook options for all your betting needs.