Thursday, November 27, 2014

Romania all-time 23 member team

This is my all-time team for Romania. If there were an All-Time World Cup, this would be the 23 players I would bring to the tournament.  

Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

Romania 1994
Romania was one of four European countries at the very first World Cup in 1930, but the world did not take the notice of them until the 1980's.  They first qualified for Euro 1984 in France by eliminating World Cup holder Italy in the qualifiers.  In 1986, Steaua București won the European Cup by beating Barcelona.  The Cup was Romania's first major trophy in football.  Four years later, they went to the World Cup in 1990. Led by Gheorghe Hagi, Romania enjoyed over a decade of success at international tournaments from 1990 to 2000.

GK: Silviu Lung 
He was capped 77 times for Romania between 1979 and 1993, and represented his country at Euro 1984 and the 1990 FIFA World Cup, where he was captain in all four matches.  He reached the European Cup Final in 1989 where AC Milan beat Steaua Bucureşti 4-0.

He is regarded as one of the greatest Romanian keeper.  He won 22 caps for Romania. He also played for Romania at the 1952 Summer Olympics.

He is best remembered as the keeper who saved four consecutive penalty shots in the shootout against Barcelona in the 1987 European Cup Final as Steaua București became the first ever Romanian club to win an European trophy.  He was dubbed "the Hero of Seville".

He is famous for having played for Steaua Bucharest in the 1989 European Cup Final and winning the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and UEFA Super Cup with  Chelsea. Petrescu also received 95 international caps for Romania.  He was also a part of the World Cup team in 1994.

CB: Gheorghe Popescu   
He was perhaps the most famous Romanian defender and the second most important player during Romania's Golden Generation in the 1990's.  He was Romanian Player of the Year 6 times.  In 2000, he helped Galatasaray to win the UEFA Cup, the first time ever for a Turkish club. 


CB: Costica Stefanescu
He spent the majority of his career at Universitatea Craiova, where he made a club record 378 appearances.   He is also the second all-time appearance leader in Divizia A, having played in a total of 490 matches.

SW/CB: Alexandru Apolzan
He was considered to be the first ever sweeper in the game of football.  He played mainly for Steaua Bucureşti.

He helped Steaua become the first Eastern European club to win the European Cup in 1985–86.  He was an ethnic Serb and in 1988, he deflected to Yugoslavia.  He joined Red Star Belgrade and helped them winning the 1990-1991 European Cup, the second time an Eastern European side to win the European Cup.

SW/DM: Cornel Dinu
 He is commonly regarded as one of Romania's greatest players.  He represented his country at the 1970 FIFA World Cup.  He spent his entire career with Dinamo București.
CB/LB: Christian Chivu 
He was most prominently played professionally for Ajaxand Inter Milan. His honours at Inter included a treble of league, cup and the UEFA Champions League in 2010. He earned 75 caps between 1999 and 2010, and was part of Romania's squads for UEFA European Championships in 2000 and 2008.


LB:  Emerich Vogl 
He participated at the 1930 FIFA World Cup in Uruguay and 1934 FIFA World Cup in Italy.

CM: László Bölöni
He was the hero of the qualification campaign for Euro 1984 where Romania eliminated Italy and qualified for the Finals in France.  He was also a part of Steaua Bucureşti that won the European Cup.

LM/CM: Dorinel Munteanu
He scored 16 goals for Romania and played at the 1994 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 1996, 1998 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2000.  He is the most capped Romanian footballer.

LW/FW:  Adrian Ilie
He won 55 caps for Romania, scoring 13 goals.  He played at the 1996 European Football Championship, 1998 FIFA World Cup and 2000 European Football Championship.  At Valencia, he was part of a great team that went to the European Cup Final in 2000.

AM: Nicolae Dobrin 
He is regarded Romania's greatest players in the 1960's.  He was named Romanian Player of the Year on three occasions, in 1966, 1967, and 1971.  He mase it to the WC Finals in 1970, but did not play.  He was a long-term target of Real Madrid, but the Communist regime in Romania did not allow him to leave.
Nicolae Dobrin 

AM: Gheorghe Hagi
Nicknamed "The Maradona of the Carpathians",  he was probably the best player in Romanian football history.  He was named Romanian Footballer of the Year seven times.  He led Romania to the quarter-final in the1994 World Cup Finals.  He scored one of the most memorable goals of that tournament.


AM: Ilie Balaci 
He was considered one of the best Romanian players of all-time.  
He also became captain of the national team during the UEFA Euro 1984 qualifying campaign, but he was unable to play for Romania at UEFA Euro 84 due to an injury.  He sigend with AC Milan, but he never joined them because the Romanian did not allow him to leave.

FW: Marius Lacatus
He is an icon for Steaua Buchares.  He won the 1987 European Cup.  He played for his country in the 1990 World Cup, Euro 1996 and 1998 World Cup.  He also played in Italy and Spain.

FW: Ilie Dumitrescu
He formed a frontline partnership with Gheorghe Hagi and Florin Răducioiu led Romania to the 1994 FIFA World Cup quarterfinal. He was best rememberd for scoring two goals against Argentina.

ST: Iuliu Bodola
He was a star player in the 1930's.  He was the top scorer of the Romanian First League in the 1938–1939 and 1939–1940 seasons. He played at both the 1934 FIFA World Cup and 1938 FIFA World Cup for Romania. After World War II he represented Hungary.

ST/FW: Florin Răducioiu
He was a star at the WC Finals in 1994.  He played for Dinamo Bucureşti, A.C. Milan, Brescia Calcio, West Ham United, RCD Espanyol, VfB Stuttgart and AS Monaco.

FW: Adrian Mutu 
He is Romania's joint top-scorer.  He was regarded one of the best striker in Serie A of his generation.  He is best remembered for his drug scandals in his career.

ST: Florea Dumitrache
He is considered Romania's greatest striker.  He earned 31 caps and scored 15 goals for the national team. He represented his country at the 1970 FIFA World Cup, scoring 2 goals.  He  played 2 seaosns for Dinamo București, winning the league titles in 1971, 1973 and 1975.

Honorable Mention
Victor Pițurcă, Adrian Ilie, Viorel Moldova, Stefan Dobay, Iuliu Bodola, Ion Dumitru.

Squad Explanation
I have more modern players in this team than most of my other all-time teams.  Helmuth Duckadam did more for Romanian football in one match than most other keepers in thei lifetime.  I rewarded him with a spot.

Starting lineup

Formation: 4-2-3-1
I made use of the three great playmakers from Romania. They might get into each other way, but any Romania's all-time must field all three of them.

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