Euro 2016 Group A


10 June - France (8pm GMT Stade de France, Saint-Denis)
15 June - Switzerland (5pm GMT Parc des Princes, Paris)
19 June - Albania (8pm GMT Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon)

Lacking in creativity and with a cautious in approach, this is not a typical Romania side, writes Dave Stacey.

No surprises in store

Romania have only ever won one of their European Championship games but optimism is on the up after a first qualification in eight years. With no big names in the team, the Tricolorii hope to cause an upset with an approach in contrast to Romanian football traditions. Cautious and lacking creative spark, Romania will look to keep clean sheets against the lesser lights of Group A.

Coach: Anghel Iordanescu — Iordanescu came out of retirement eight years ago having swapped football for politics. Led his country to the last eight at USA 94 and is in his third spell in charge.

Preferred XI: Tatarasanu; Sapunaru, Chiriches, Grigore, Rat; Hoban, Pintilii; Torje, Stanciu, Stancu; Andone

Nicolae Stanciu will be relied upon to provide spark in a cautious formation, whilst Gabriel Torje remains the only natural wide player. Captain Razvan Rat provides width from the back.

Look out for: Romania rely on organisation and efficient pressing, happy to concede possession and hit on the counter. Do not expect goals aplenty.

Did you know?

  • Romania conceded just two goals in qualifying, the lowest of any team.
  • Romania’s only European Championship victory came against England at Euro 2000.
  • With the exception of Razvan Rat, Romania are an inexperienced side - no player likely to be selected has more than the 48 caps of Gabriel Torje.

Romania versus…

…France P 15 W 3 D 5 L 7 F 15 A 19

…Switzerland P 12 W 5 D 3 L 4 F 15 A 19
…Albania P 16 W 11 D 3 L 2 F 41 A 9


Population: 19.5m
Nickname: Tricolorii
Calcio fans might remember... Ciprian Tatarasanu (Fiorentina 2014 – present)
Top Division: Liga I
FIFA World Ranking: 19
International honours: None
Most capped player: Dorinel Munteanu (134)
Leading international scorer: Gheorghe Hagi, Adrian Mutu (35)
Romania at the European Championships:

1960 – Did not qualify
1964 - Did not qualify
1968 - Did not qualify
1972 - Did not qualify
1976 - Did not qualify
1980 - Did not qualify
1984 – Group stage
1988 – Did not qualify

1992 – Did not qualify

1996 – Group stage

2000 – Quarter finals

2004 – Did not qualify

2008 – Group stage

2012 – Did not qualify

How they got to Euro 2016: Romania finished second in their group, behind Northern Ireland and unbeaten with five wins and five draws.