While it's true that Romania is not playing well...the 90% of European teams aren't either.
Even Spain are having terrible problems to win games against teams like Belarus, Georgia or Finland. Maybe only Germany, Holland and Belgium (and probably Russia too) are in a sweet period. The rest are in a low-average moment or aren't reliable enough.
This doesn't change the fact that Piturca is an idiot and his style is ugly and negative.
It´s pointless to compare us to other nations. In none of them things are done badly on purpose. If Piturca was clean, we would see players like Sanmartean, Nistor, Rusescu, Stoian, Budescu, etc, more of guys like Maxim, Keseru, Lazar and we wouldn´t see Grigore I, Grigore II, Cocis, Gaman as starter, and many examples more.
If we had a clean federation we wouldn´t see such an outdated, stubborn, close-minded and corrupt coach as Piturca, and of course players would be selected in a clean way, and the youth teams would be important, we would play competitive friendlies, etc.
The thing is that we could do much better than this, and actually be competitive. This way we don´t have a plan after 2 years under the same freken coach. You still see the team and think all is improvised. If we still have a chance it´s because we actually have a good generation and we played against a Turkey that did anything until Terim and Hungary. We also beneffited from Holland cruising trough the group.
Andorra are hard to play against, we played against a pack of dogs not a football team. I think we could get a result against Ukraine or Greece.
So can you tell me a game from the NT when you actually liked how we played? Even the "majestic" games against Hungary 1-8 was full of flaws.
We have played incredibly awful, like beyond crap football this whole qualifying campaign.
We speak of ourselves as a second or third rank nation, and how we never pick our best players, or even have tactics or ambition..
The irony? We are qualified for the play-off of the world cup still (pending estonia result) and in 2006 for example, we actually didn't do all that bad and we had a world class player in Mutu, another in Chivu.. but we couldn't really manage anything close to this position without playing very well...
Either the level in Europe has dropped drastically, or we have improved a lot even though we aren't doing anything close to our potential.. (or a mix of both) What do you guys think?
Back then we had 2 World class players in their prime, but we had submediocre spots, with players like Cocis, Mazilu, no other creative players outside Mutu, etc