The squads of Hagi, Monteanu and Raducioiu are long gone and after the golden age of Romanian football between 1984 and 2000, in which they were present in 3 World Championships and three Euros, in the past 16 years they only attended the 2008 European tournament in which they failed to win a game (1L, 2T).
Anghel Iordanescu trains the national team for the third time in his career, having succeeded in getting Romania undefeated to the second place in Group F, behind a surprising Northern Ireland, while becoming the best defense to qualify for France 2016.
As results have been showing, the Romanian team is strong, especially, for its cohesive defense while lacking in the offensive midfield weapons capable of tipping more vetted teams.
In the back, Fiorentina’s goalkeeper Tatarusanu guarantees tranquility and experience in international competitions, and Naples defender and skipper of this national team Vlad Chiriches is another one of the most prominent figures, not only due the major number of recovered balls but also by the apparent ease in getting out into play.
In the attack, Stancu is always a factor to be taken into account, with the number of goals that he usually scores, despite his goalscoring being more prominent in clubs than in the national squad.
The possible way out of the group stages for Romania will be trying to be one of the best 3. if 4 points are enough, then beating Albania and trying to draw one of the other two games will be the plan for Iordanescu’s boys.