Romania at Euro 2024: Key Facts About the Starting Lineup, Squad, and Selection News

The Romanian national team is gearing up for a friendly match against Northern Ireland on March 22, 2024 (1-1). According to coach Laszlo Bölöni, the team’s primary focus is on defense, disrupting the opponent’s rhythm, playing securely, and capitalizing on opportunities to counterattack.

Manager Edward Iordanescu relies on a solid 4-2-3-1 formation, occasionally switching to a 4-3-3, with a strong emphasis on a sturdy and aggressive defense. Creativity on the field is mainly entrusted to captain Nicolae Stanciu (30 years old), who is instrumental in the team’s gameplay.

The team’s goal is to advance past the group stage for the second time in six European Championship appearances, following their 2000 achievement.

Coach: Edward Iordanescu, Carrying on the Family Legacy

Edward Iordanescu, son of the renowned former national team coach Anghel Iordanescu, took over the managerial role two years ago. Previously, he coached several club teams, primarily in Romania, with a brief stint in Bulgaria at CSKA Sofia in 2016. His success with Cluj, winning a league title and two Romanian Cups, paved the way for his national team appointment.

Edward Iordanescu is 45 years old and looks to make his mark on the Romanian national team.

Player Spotlight: Nicolae Stanciu, Leading the Charge

Nicolae Stanciu, with 68 caps and 14 goals at 31 years old, is a key figure in the Romanian team. As the technical leader, vocal presence in the locker room, and a trusted player by coach Iordanescu, Stanciu’s experience from Euro 2016 will be invaluable. Currently playing in Saudi Arabia for Damac FC, Stanciu’s role will be crucial in the team’s attempt to surprise the competition.

Key Stat: 13

Romania’s upcoming participation in Euro 2024 marks their 13th appearance in a major international tournament, including six European Championships and seven World Cups.