Romania national football team

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The Romania national football team (Echipa națională de fotbal a României) represents Romania in international men's football competition, and is administered by the Romanian Football Federation.wikipedia
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Gheorghe Hagi

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Led by playmaker Gheorghe Hagi, the team's finest hour came in 1994 when it reached the quarter-finals. Midfielder Ilie Dumitrescu, striker Florin Răducioiu and genius playmaker Gheorghe Hagi, were in the squad.
Hagi played for the Romanian national team in three FIFA World Cups, in 1990, 1994 (where he was named in the World Cup All-Star Team) and 1998; as well as in three UEFA European Championships, in 1984, 1996 and 2000.

1990 FIFA World Cup

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Since that performance, Romania have qualified for the 1934, 1938, 1970, 1990, 1994 and 1998 editions.
This was the last tournament to feature a team from West Germany, with the country being reunified with East Germany a few months later in October, as well as teams from the Eastern Bloc prior to the end of the Cold War in 1991, as the Soviet Union, Romania, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia teams made appearances.

1998 FIFA World Cup

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Since that performance, Romania have qualified for the 1934, 1938, 1970, 1990, 1994 and 1998 editions.
As of 2018, this is the most recent time Austria, Scotland, Norway, Bulgaria, Romania, and Jamaica have qualified for a FIFA World Cup finals, as well as the last time Portugal missed out.

FIFA World Cup

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Romania is one of the only four national teams from Europe—the other three being Belgium, France, Yugoslavia—that took part in the first FIFA World Cup in 1930. 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.
Rimet eventually persuaded teams from Belgium, France, Romania, and Yugoslavia to make the trip.

Constantin Rădulescu (footballer, born 1896)

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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.
At one time or another Rădulescu had been associated with the Romania national team as either coach, manager or administrator within the Romanian Football Federation between 1923 and 1938.

Cuba national football team

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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.
There, they defeated Romania in a replay 2–1 after drawing against them 3–3.

Nicolae Kovács

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At the 1930 World Cup, Romania won their first match against Peru, 3–1, with goals from Adalbert Desu, Constantin Stanciu and Nicolae Kovács and Samuel Zauber as goalkeeper, before being thrashed 4–0 by hosts and eventual winners Uruguay.
He was a dual international football player and played both for Romania and Hungary.

1930 FIFA World Cup

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Romania is one of the only four national teams from Europe—the other three being Belgium, France, Yugoslavia—that took part in the first FIFA World Cup in 1930. At the 1930 World Cup, Romania won their first match against Peru, 3–1, with goals from Adalbert Desu, Constantin Stanciu and Nicolae Kovács and Samuel Zauber as goalkeeper, before being thrashed 4–0 by hosts and eventual winners Uruguay.
FIFA president Jules Rimet intervened, and eventually four European teams made the trip by sea: Belgium, France, Romania, and Yugoslavia.

Sweden national football team

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They were eliminated by Sweden on a penalty shoot-out after having previously defeated Argentina.
Sweden's quarter-final match in San Francisco against Romania has become a memorable match for Swedish football fans.

1970 FIFA World Cup

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Since that performance, Romania have qualified for the 1934, 1938, 1970, 1990, 1994 and 1998 editions.
Half of the eventual qualifying teams had also been present at the previous World Cup, but three teams qualified for the first time: El Salvador, Israel and Morocco, while Peru, Romania, Belgium and Sweden made their first World Cup appearances since 1930, 1938, 1954 and 1958 respectively.

UEFA Euro 2016

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They also reached the last eight in 1960 and 1972, and qualified for the 1984, 1996, 2008 and 2016 tournaments.
Romania, Turkey, Austria and Switzerland all returned after missing out in 2012, with the Austrians qualifying for just their second final Euro tournament, after having co-hosted Euro 2008.

Adalbert Deșu

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At the 1930 World Cup, Romania won their first match against Peru, 3–1, with goals from Adalbert Desu, Constantin Stanciu and Nicolae Kovács and Samuel Zauber as goalkeeper, before being thrashed 4–0 by hosts and eventual winners Uruguay.
He was a member of Romania national football team which competed at the 1930 FIFA World Cup in Uruguay.

Romanian Football Federation

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The Romania national football team (Echipa națională de fotbal a României) represents Romania in international men's football competition, and is administered by the Romanian Football Federation.
The Federation organizes the national team and the women's national team, as well as most of the Romanian football competitions.

1938 FIFA World Cup

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Since that performance, Romania have qualified for the 1934, 1938, 1970, 1990, 1994 and 1998 editions.
In one replay, Cuba advanced to the next round at the expense of Romania.

Brazil national football team

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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.
They won all six of their games—against Czechoslovakia, England and Romania during group play, and against Peru, Uruguay and Italy in the knockout rounds.

Angelo Niculescu

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Angelo Niculescu's promising side were given the toughest of draws, in Group 3 with holders England, giants Brazil and Czechoslovakia.
He was the coach of the Romania national football team during the 1970 FIFA World Cup.

Albania national football team

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With East Germany scoring a predictable 4–1 win in Albania, Romania were out, despite a huge 9–0 win over Finland in Bucharest.
In 1946, Albania also participated for the first time in the Balkan Cup in which Albania won by beating Romania 1–0 in the final.

Mircea Lucescu

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Under head coach Mircea Lucescu, an encouraging opening game in Saint-Étienne saw them draw with the Spanish.
During his playing career, Lucescu won six Romanian league titles with his home town club Dinamo București and made 70 appearances for the Romania national football team, captaining the nation at the 1970 FIFA World Cup.

1994 FIFA World Cup

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Since that performance, Romania have qualified for the 1934, 1938, 1970, 1990, 1994 and 1998 editions.

Portugal national football team

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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.
In the 1966 World Cup qualification, Portugal was drawn into the same group as Czechoslovakia, Romania and Turkey.

Czechoslovakia national football team

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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.
At the finals in Italy, Czechoslovakia advanced past Romania, Switzerland and Germany to reach the final, where it lost 2–1 to the host country after extra time.

Ștefan Dobay

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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.
He played for Ripensia Timișoara and the Romania national football team for whom he got 41 caps, scored 19 goals and he appeared at the 1934 and 1938 World Cups as a forward and scoring a goal in each tournament.

Florea Dumitrache

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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.
Dumitrache got 31 caps and 15 goals for the Romanian national team.

Ilie Dumitrescu

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Midfielder Ilie Dumitrescu, striker Florin Răducioiu and genius playmaker Gheorghe Hagi, were in the squad.
A tricky forward, he shot to fame when his frontline partnership with Gheorghe Hagi and Florin Răducioiu led the Romania national team to the 1994 FIFA World Cup quarterfinal, eliminating Argentina en route.

Florin Răducioiu

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Midfielder Ilie Dumitrescu, striker Florin Răducioiu and genius playmaker Gheorghe Hagi, were in the squad.
He played for Romania at the 1990 FIFA World Cup hosted by Italy, the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States, and England's UEFA Euro 1996.