Euro 2008 Romania Team Guide
Welcome to the euro2008betting.com Romania Team Guide for Euro 2008. Here we preview the chances of Romania for Euro 2008 plus take a look back at their Euro 2008 qualifiying performance and previous appearances at the European Championships.
Coach: Victor Piţurcă
Victor Piţurcă is a former football striker and current coach of the Romanian national team. Piţurcă led Romania to Euro 2000 before being unceremoniously sacked. He returned to the job but failed to qualify for the 2006 World Cup but is back in the hot-seat once again for Euro 2008. Piţurcă won the European Cup as a player with Steaua Bucaresti in 1986.
Euro 2008 Qualifying:
Romania confirmed their progress to their first finals tournament since UEFA EURO 2000 with two games to go, with a 2-0 win in Luxembourg completing a run of ten unbeaten games in Group G. It was vindication for coach Victor Piţurcă, who had also led Romania through qualifying for UEFA EURO 2000 but was no longer in the post when the finals came round. Romania got their campaign off to a shaky start when they conceded two late goals in a 2-2 home draw with Bulgaria but that was to be their biggest setback. A 0-0 draw in Holland in their fourth game sparked a run of six straight wins, with Dorin Goian scoring the only goal in the return against the Dutch in Constanta to leave Romania on the threshold of the finals. They took the final step by winning 2-0 in Luxembourg through goals from Florentin Petre and Ciprian Marica. Although Piţurcă's side let their unbeaten record slip in their next game, losing 1-0 in Bulgaria, they finished the campaign with a 6-1 victory over nine-man Albania to confirm their place as group winners.
Past Euro Performance:
Romania topped their qualification round group for UEFA EURO 2000 with 24 points from their ten matches. Their reward was to be drawn against England, Germany and Portugal in the group stage of the final tournament. Romanian hopes were receding following one point from their opening two games, but a 3-2 defeat of England, with Ioan Ganea scoring the winner in the 89th minute, provided them with a place in the knockout stage. Italy ended their involvement in the competition, running out 2-0 winners following their quarter-final meeting with goals from Francesco Totti (33) and Filippo Inzaghi (43).