Having conceded only two goals in 10 games, Romania have an outstanding defensive record. Will this be enough to help them progress past the group stage?

We take a closer look in our profile of the Romanian national team.

Ladbrokes odds

To win the tournament: 125/1
To win Group A: 8/1
To qualify for Round of 16: 8/11

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Route to Euro 2016

Five wins and five draws gave Romania enough points to qualify as runners-up to Northern Ireland in Qualifying Group F, with just a point separating the two teams.

Ultimately, it was a goalless draw away to Greece in September 2015 that cost them the top spot. Romania were great defensively and conceded only two goals in 10 matches, but their attacking play did not match their inspired defence.

Tournament history

Romania have qualified four times for the European Championships finals: 1984, 1996, 2000, and 2008.

Yet the only time they have found their way into the knockout stage was in 2000, when the likes of Dan Petrescu, Gheorghe Popescu, and Gheorghe Hagi were still in the squad.

Despite beating England 3-2 to become runners-up in their group, they were no match for Italy in the quarter-final.


Anghel Iordănescu

Head coach, Anghel Iordănescu, is in his third spell at the helm of the Romanian national squad. During his first spell between 1993 and 1998, Iordănescu led Romania to the quarter finals at the 1994 World Cup and to the Round of 16 in France ‘98.

He returned to coach the national side in 2002, before resigning and going back to club football in the Middle East two years later.

Iordănescu retired from football in 2007, but returned to coach Romania once again in November 2014. His first game in charge was a 2-0 win over eventual group winners, Northern Ireland.

Most important player

Alexandru Maxim

Alexandru Maxim is an attacking midfielder who plays for VfB Stuttgart, playing in the classic number 10 role (with a shirt number to match).

He is known for his dribbling and crossing skills, as well as for his ability to pass with either foot.

Rising star

Claudiu Bumba

22-year-old Claudiu Bumba began his international career in Romania’s Under-17 and Under-21 teams. Loaned to A.S. Roma in 2012, he solely played for their youth side after suffering an injury early on in the campaign.

He then returned to parent club, Tȃrgu Mureș, a year later to terrorise defenders with sheer pace and control.

Claudiu chose to move to Hapoel Tel Aviv for financial reasons. However, if he continues to fulfil his promise, it would seem that it’s only a matter of time until he makes a return to one of Europe’s big leagues.

In Iordănescu, Romania have their most inspired coach back at the helm, but we’ve given them little chance of winning the tournament, with odds of 125/1.

Even with the highly-talented Hagi and Popescu in their team at Euro 2000, they could only manage to reach the quarter-finals. The fact they have reached the last 16 of the Euros only once in their history shows what a tall order it would be to do so again.

Despite this, their impressive recent defensive record gives them reasonably short odds of 11/8 to reach the knockout phase. They’ll meet home nation France in the tournament’s traditional curtain-raiser, which will serve as a true test of their defensive capabilities.

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