-GKs: Lobont (Dinamo), D.Coman (Rapid) + 1 from Popa (Poli Timisoara), Tatarusanu (Gloria) and Stanca (Mioveni)
-Defenders: Contra (Getafe), Ogararu (Ajax), Goian (Steaua), Tamas (Auxerre), Moti (Dinamo), Chivu (Inter), Radu (Lazio), Rat (Shakhtar)
-Midfielders: Radoi (Steaua), Ov.Petre (Steaua), Codrea (Siena), Cocis (Lokomotiv Moscow), Nicolita (Steaua), Fl.Petre (CSKA Sofia), Dica (Steaua) + 1 from Trica (CFR Cluj), Zicu (Dinamo), Cristea (Dinamo), Torje (Dinamo), Deac (Otelul), Aliuta (Poli Timisoara) and Costea (U.Craiova)
-Strikers: Mutu (Fiorentina), Marica (Stuttgart), D.Niculae (Auxerre) + 1 from Costea (U.Craiova), M.Niculae (Inverness), Bucur (Poli Timisoara) and Bratu (Dinamo)
The coach and tactical issues:
Victor Piturca. A former striker who was European champion with Steaua in 1986. As coach he qualified the U21 NT for European championship in 1998. He took the senior NT after WC 98 and qualified them for Euro 2000 without losses, but he left the job before the final tournament due to problems with some players and the federation. In 2005, after successives NT failures with other coachs, he returned to the national bench. He qualified Romania for Euro 2008 without big problems, after 8 years of Romanian absences in top tournaments.
In 29 official games under Piturca, Romania have only lost 3 of them. His best results (in official games, not friendlies) have been 0-1 in Portugal, 1-5 in Slovakia, 2-0 against Czech Rep and 1-0 against Holland.
He likes the tactical discipline, a strong defence and fast players with a big work capacity. He can use a 4-2-3-1, or more probably a 4-3-2-1 against strong teams like the ones he will face in the Euros. It´s almost impossibe to predict with which players he will play in the first game against France. For sure Lobont, Goian, Tamas, Rat, Chivu, Mutu, Marica and very probably Cocis and Contra will be starters. But there are many possible combinations.
-Mutu: The key man in the attack. He´s not only the most creative offensive player but the main goalscorer too. After his problems, he shows like a leader now. Very astute and clever in his movements from the left to the centre. He´s in great form in the last 2 years.
-Chivu: The captain and leader of the defensive zone. Since Piturca found a solid couple of centre backs in Goian and Tamas, Chivu plays in midfield, where his technique and accurated passes are very important. He solves some problems of creation in midfield.
-Lobont: Goalkeeper of big reflexes and great agility. He can make miraculous saves and his experience is essential for the NT. He´s the leader of the NT along with Chivu, Mutu and Contra.
-Goian: Big defender, elegant, a bit slow and absolutely dangerous in air balls where he´s one of the biggest Romanian threats. The corner kick takers will surely look for his head. He forms a solid centre back with Tamas, a player of similar characteristics. But they need the help of the DMs against fast strikers.
-Marica: Not a good season for him at Stuttgart, but that´s never a problem for a Romanian player in the NT, where he feels very comfortable and where the coach knows how to obtain the best from him. Very fast and restless striker with a very good understanding with Mutu. He can be a nightmare for the defenders due to his constant movements and pace.
-Lack of creativity in some players, especially in midfield where Piturca wants essentially workers (like Codrea, Radoi, Ov.Petre, Fl.Petre or Nicolita). Sometimes the defenders abuse of long balls looking for direct attacks.
-Defending of set pieces. Chronic problem in Romanian football. A simple lack of concentration in a concrete moment can be fatal.
-Against opponents like France, Italy and Holland, Romanian players are clearly in disadvantage from the experience in big games point of view.
-Physical weakness, especially compared with the French players.
-Tactical discipline. What in the past was a problem, Piturca has turned it into a positive point. Every player knows what to do in every situation and position.
-Pressing. It´s essential not to let the rival to make their game. That was the strategy against Holland in the qualifiers. The Dutchs didn´t score a single goal in the 2 games and were absolutely clueless in attack. If Piturca has to play with 3 DMs, he will do it.
-Fast attacks. The forwards make the ball go very fast in every attack, that´s ideal for players like Mutu, Marica or Daniel Niculae. The wingbacks always support the attacks, Rat and Contra know how to make danger in the flanks.
-Unknown team. Only Holland really know Romania; we are a mystery for Italy and France, and that can be an advantage for Romania. Also, Romanian players haven´t the pressure on them like the other 3 opponents. They can play with the "there is nothing to lose" spirit.
-In Euro 2000, Romania was drew in a terrible group too with Germany, England and Portugal. Romania managed to qualify for quarter-finals along with Portugal. They lost 2-0 with Italy in that round, one of the opponents in Euro 2008.
-Romania only beat Holland once in the history. It was in their last game, in Euro 2008 qualifiers.
-It was Romania who kicked Italy out of the Euro 1984 qualifiers, when the Italians were world champions. Romania won the group over Italy, Sweden and Czechoslovakia.
-Romania and France played their first game in Euro 1996 against eachother like it will happen in Switzerland. In that ocassion France won by 1-0. They had qualified in the same group for that tournament, with Romania as first placed and France as second placed.
-5 players of the current squad participated in the last final tournament for Romania (Euro 2000): Chivu, Mutu, Contra, Lobont and Florentin Petre.