RomaniaPosted on: 05 June 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves
Romania will be hoping things go bump in the night for their Group of Death opponents.
Coach: Victor Piturca (52) Piturca guided the Romanians to Euro 2008 in a tough group and has restored a sense of pride to the national set-up.
Away From The Game
Currency: Romanian Leu
Famous Export: Dracula, Transylvania.
National Food: Mamaliga (dish made from yellow maize), Mititei (grilled mine-meat rolls), Cozonac (sweet bread), Fasole cu Carnati (baked beans and sausages)
National Drink: Tuica (alcoholic drink made from plums).
National Animal: Golden Eagle
Star: Cristian Chivu (27), Inter Milan (Ita) resilient defender being tracked by a host of giant European clubs.
Hidden Gem: Adrian Mutu (29), Fiorentina (Ita) remember him? Banned and disgraced by Chelsea after failing a drugs test, Mutu is back to his best after finding solace in Italy.
How They Qualified: Group G winner, finishing in front of Holland, Bulgaria, Belarus, Slovenia, Albania and Luxembourg.
Previous Best: Quarter-finals 2000.
FIFA Ranking: 12
Key Fact: Right-sided midfielder Banel Nicolita claims he grew up in such poverty that he never tasted chocolate until he was 16.
Overview: After eight years of frustration trying to qualify for a major tournament Romania are back in business. An impressive qualification campaign has set many minds believing they could be the new Greece but after the finals draw was made many have now joined the pessimistic camp. Romania could be the team to cause a shock at this year’s tournament but a quarter-final place seems out of reach.
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