Today's Romania national football team Talking Points
The Romania national football team (Romanian: Echipa națională de fotbal a României) is the national football team of Romania and is controlled by the Romanian Football Federation.
Romania is one of only four national teams from Europe, the other three being Yugoslavia, France, and Belgium, that took part in the first FIFA World Cup in 1930.
Since that performance, Romania have qualified for the 1934, 1938, 1970, 1990, 1994 and 1998 editions. The team's finest hour came at the 1994 World Cup where Romania, led by playmaker Gheorghe Hagi, reached the quarter-finals by defeating South American powerhouse Argentina before losing to Sweden on a penalty shootout.
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 qualified for the 1984, 1996, 2008 and 2016 tournaments.Close