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Euros: Romania news, fixtures, manager, key players, Euros record

Romania return to the Euros after missing out on the 2020 tournament and will aim to emulate their best-ever finish of a quarter-final place in 2000.

The Tricolorii took top spot in their group ahead of eternal qualifiers Switzerland and could go under the radar after being drawn alongside Belgium, Slovakia and Ukraine in Group E.

Romania's best Euros finish featured several of the mercurial side that reached the same stage at the USA World Cup six years earlier. 

They may not have a Gheorghe Popescu or Gheorghe Hagi, but some of their best players have arguably shunned silverware in Europe's top leagues to chase offers elsewhere and their performances in qualifying show that they are a team to be reckoned with.

Romania Euro 2024 fixtures

Ukraine v Romania, 14:00, Monday 17th June, Munich Football Arena
Belgium v Romania, 20:00, Saturday 22nd June, Cologne Stadium
Slovakia v Romania. 17:00, Wednesday 26th June, Waldstadion, Frankfurt 

Romania Euro 2024 squad

Goalkeepers: Florin Nița (Gaziantep), Horatiu Moldovan (Atletico Madrid), Ștefan Tarnovanu (FCSB).

Defenders: Nicușor Bancu (Universitatea Craiova), Andrei Burca (Al Okhdood), Ionuț Nedelcearu (Palermo), Adrian Rus (Pafos), Andrei Ratiu (Rayo Vallecano), Radu Dragusin (Tottenham), Vasile Mogoș (CFR Cluj), Bogdan Racovitan (Rakow Czestochowa).

Midfielders: Nicolae Stanciu (Damac), Razvan Marin (Empoli), Alexandru Cicaldau (Konyaspor), Ianis Hagi (Alaves), Dennis Man (Parma), Valentin Mihaila (Parma), Marius Marin (Pisa), Darius Olaru (FCSB), Deian Sorescu (Gaziantep), Florinel Coman (FCSB), Adrian Sut (FCSB).

Forwards: George Puscas (Bari), Denis Alibec (Muaither), Denis Dragus (Gaziantep), Daniel Birligea (CFR Cluj).

Romania manager

Edward Iordanescu

The grey hair and underwhelming playing career have inevitably seen Edward Iordanescu framed as a Romanian Jose Mourinho.

His father, Anghel, coached the Tricolorii at the 1994 and 1998 World Cups and was also in charge of their last Euros campaign in 2016.

Like Ioardanescu Sr., Edward has set his side up to attack, and with a decent batch of functional players to complement his more skilful stars, has struck a nice balance. 

Romania captain

Nicolae Stanciu 

Captain Nicolae Stanciu was part of the squad in 2016 and not only wears the armband, but is also his country's most creative player.

After spells in Belgium, Czech Republic and China, the playmaker is enjoying a second stint in Saudi Arabia and his nomadic club career means he is still underestimated on the international scene.

Romania key players

Radu Dragusin

Radu Dragusin is still to get a run at Tottenham, but there is a reason Spurs splashed out £21.5m to sign him following a fine first half of the season at Genoa.

Versatile and confident in possession, he is a throwback to what Romanian defenders used to be and stands out as something different in an otherwise functional back-line. 

Florinel Coman

A technically gifted left winger, Florinel Coman is similar to Stanciu in that he could have kicked on had he moved to one of Europe's bigger leagues.

You never quite know what to expect from the FCSB star, but if things click he may be an inspirational figure.

Horatiu Moldovan

Goalkeeper Horatiu Moldovan will likely need a phenomenal tournament for Romania to progress.

Moldovan's excellent form for Rapid Bucharest earned him a January move to Atletico Madrid and although he is yet to establish himself at the Metropolitano, the keeper is his country's number one and a top-class operator.

Romania one to watch

Dennis Man

Versatile forward Dennis Man was once described as "the full package" by his former under-21 boss Mirel Radoi and has enjoyed an encouraging season with Parma.

Capable of playing across the front line, this tall, strong, quick, yet deceptively skilful attacker could either be effective from the start or as a wildcard off the bench. 

Romania All-time Euros record




Did not qualify


Group stage


Did not qualify


Group stage




Did not qualify


Group stage


Did not qualify


Group stage


Did not qualify

Romania's Euro 2024 prospects

Romania's opening game against Ukraine could define their campaign, with either team expected to finish behind Belgium but potentially ahead of Slovakia.

The draw looks to have worked well as the Tricolorii then meet the Belgians in the middle game before facing the Slovakians in their concluding Group E contest.

Even a point against Ukraine and defeat to De Rode Duivels may still leave Iordanescu's side in a situation where they know what they need to do to qualify ahead of their final match against Francesco Calzona's underdogs.

In 2016, Romania took just one point from their three group games but played well against France, Switzerland and Albania, producing some free-flowing possession-based play but failing to score. 

This side has more magic but still managed just 16 goals in qualifying. They will need to be more clinical to progress in Germany, but if they can find confidence in front of their goal, reaching the last 16 will be well within their capability. 

Romania Euro 2024 odds

To Win Outright - 200/1
To Reach Final -
To Reach Semi-Final -
To Reach Quarter-Final -
Group Betting -
Group Qualification Yes -
Group Qualification No -

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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