Romania at the FIFA World Cup

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This is a record of Romania's results at the FIFA World Cup. Romania participated at 7 of 21 final tournaments of the World Cup. They were one of the few European participants at the inaugural edition held in Uruguay in 1930. The best performance of the team was in 1994 in United States, when Romania reached quarter-finals after defeating Diego Maradona's Argentina. They eventually lost to Sweden after a penalty shoot-out. The last time Romania qualified was in 1998 in France, when they reached the round of 16, losing to Croatia. The best scorer for Romania at the World Cup is Florin Răducioiu, with 4 goals, all scored in 1994.

Record at the FIFA World Cup[edit]

FIFA World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Group stage 8th 2 1 0 1 3 5
Italy 1934 Round of 16 12th 1 0 0 1 1 2
France 1938 9th 2 0 1 1 4 5
Brazil 1950 Did not enter
Switzerland 1954 Did not qualify
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962 Withdrew
England 1966 Did not qualify
Mexico 1970 Group stage 11th 3 1 0 2 4 5
West Germany 1974 Did not qualify
Argentina 1978
Spain 1982
Mexico 1986
Italy 1990 Round of 16 12th 4 1 2 1 4 3
United States 1994 Quarter-finals 6th 5 3 1 1 10 9
France 1998 Round of 16 11th 4 2 1 1 4 3
South Korea Japan 2002 Did not qualify
Germany 2006
South Africa 2010
Brazil 2014
Russia 2018
Qatar 2022 To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026
Total Quarter-finals 7/21 21 8 5 8 30 32
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks

By Match[edit]

World Cup Round Opponent Score Result Venue Scorers
1930 Group stage  Peru 3–1 W Montevideo A. Deșu, C. Stanciu, N. Kovács
 Uruguay 0–4 L Montevideo
1934 Round of 16  Czechoslovakia 1–2 L Trieste Ș. Dobay
1938 Round of 16  Cuba 3–3 D Toulouse S. Bindea, I. Baratky, Ș. Dobay
 Cuba 1–2 L Toulouse Ș. Dobay
1970 Group stage  England 0–1 L Guadalajara
 Czechoslovakia 2–1 W Guadalajara A. Neagu, F. Dumitrache
 Brazil 2–3 L Guadalajara F. Dumitrache, E. Dembrovschi
1990 Group stage  Soviet Union 2–0 W Bari M. Lăcătuș (2)
 Cameroon 1–2 L Bari G. Balint
 Argentina 1–1 D Naples G. Balint
Round of 16  Republic of Ireland 0–0 (a.e.t.)
(4–5 pen.)
D Genoa
1994 Group stage  Colombia 3–1 W Pasadena F. Răducioiu (2), G. Hagi
  Switzerland 1–4 L Pontiac G. Hagi
 United States 1–0 W Pasadena D. Petrescu
Round of 16  Argentina 3–2 W Pasadena I. Dumitrescu (2), G. Hagi
Quarter-finals  Sweden 2–2 (a.e.t.)
(4–5 pen.)
D Stanford F. Răducioiu (2)
1998 Group stage  Colombia 1–0 W Lyon A. Ilie
 England 2–1 W Toulouse V. Moldovan, D. Petrescu
 Tunisia 1–1 D Saint-Denis V. Moldovan
Round of 16  Croatia 0–1 L Bordeaux

Record by Opponent[edit]

FIFA World Cup matches (by team)
Opponent Wins Draws Losses Total Goals Scored Goals Conceded
 Argentina 1 1 0 2 4 3
 Brazil 0 0 1 1 2 3
 Cameroon 0 0 1 1 1 2
 Colombia 2 0 0 2 4 1
 Croatia 0 0 1 1 0 1
 Cuba 0 1 1 2 4 5
 Czechoslovakia 1 0 1 2 3 3
 England 1 0 1 2 2 2
 Peru 1 0 0 1 3 1
 Republic of Ireland 0 1 0 1 0 0
 Soviet Union 1 0 0 1 2 0
 Sweden 0 1 0 1 2 2
  Switzerland 0 0 1 1 1 4
 Tunisia 0 1 0 1 1 1
 United States 1 0 0 1 1 0
 Uruguay 0 0 1 1 0 4

Record players[edit]

Gheorghe Popescu and Gheorghe Hagi, Romania's top World Cup players, were team-mates at Steaua, Barcelona and Galatasaray. They became brother-in-laws when Hagi married Popescu's sister.

No. Name Matches World Cups
1 Gheorghe Popescu 13 1990, 1994 and 1998
2 Gheorghe Hagi 12 1990, 1994 and 1998
3 Dorinel Munteanu 9 1994 and 1998
Dan Petrescu 9 1994 and 1998
5 Ilie Dumitrescu 8 1990, 1994 and 1998
Ionuţ Lupescu 8 1990 and 1994
7 Florin Răducioiu 7 1990 and 1994
8 Constantin Gâlcă 6 1994 and 1998
Bogdan Stelea 6 1994 and 1998
10 Marius Lăcătuș 5 1990 and 1998
Miodrag Belodedici 5 1994
Daniel Prodan 5 1994

Top goalscorers[edit]

No. Name Goals World Cups
1 Florin Răducioiu 4 1994
2 Ștefan Dobay 3 1934 (1) and 1938 (2)
Gheorghe Hagi 3 1994
4 Florea Dumitrache 2 1970
Gavril Balint 2 1990
Marius Lăcătuș 2 1990
Ilie Dumitrescu 2 1994
Dan Petrescu 2 1994 and 1998
Viorel Moldovan 2 1998
10 Eight players 1

See also[edit]