EURO 2016: France vs. Romania, opening match Friday night. Coach Iordanescu – optimistic

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The European Championship 2016 is to start Friday evening in Paris with the match between hosts France and Romania, 22.00h (Bucharest time) on Stade de France in Saint-Denis. The match is to be broadcast by ProTV and DolceSport.

According to latest information, the probable teams are:

France: Lloris – Sagna, Rami, Koscielny, Evra – Matuidi, Kante, Pogba – Griezmann, Giroud, Payet.

Romania: Tătăruşanu – Săpunaru, Chiricheş, Grigore, Raţ – Pintilii, Hoban – Popa, N. Stanciu, B. Stancu – Fl. Andone.

The coach of Romania’s national football team Anghel Iordanescu, said on Thursday, at Stade de France, that France are the favourites of EURO 2016.

“’France play in front of their fans, they are a famous team, and their offensive is well planned. France lost one game in the last ten. Through quality and manner of expression, they are among the tournament’s favourites,’” Iordanescu said at the official press conference of the match.

“’We are extremely honoured, it is a great honour for Romania and for the national team to open such a big tournament as EURO 2016. We are playing with the host team, France, one of the favourites. Official training will conclude preparations and we are confident that we will look like a competitive team and we will rise to the level of the opponent,”’ said the Romanian coach.

“’We know the level of France’s team, the individual level of players, especially the first-choice eleven ones, but we are optimistic and hope to make a good impression,”’ said Iordanescu.

The coach of Romania’s national team said that he had studied the opponents on video: “I believe that a match versus France is special and we must consider exactly how France will look like in the encounter with us. We have had several video and analysis sessions with the boys. We will try to make our play with what we know, to live up to the level of the opponent.’”

”We have no players to make the difference individually. We have a group, players who can play together to bring us the joy of the goal,” said Iordanescu.

‘”France is a team of great quality, a valuable one, their footballers play in the Champions League or Europa League, it is a team worth millions of euros, hundreds of millions of euros, more exactly,” Iordanescu went on praising Romania’s opponents on Friday.

“’I have prepared the players for this [the pressure of France] and I am convinced that they have the experience to go over the moments of domination. We will follow the line that we have prepared, not to be defensive, but balanced and cause problems in the offensive, because France have their problems in defence,” said Iordanescu.

The coach said that Romania has two players with hand problems (Alibec and Andone), but the national team’s doctor and the doctors in Bucharest assured that there will be no problems for them.

“We must not think of one player from the team of France, any of their midfielders or strikers can make the difference,” Iordanescu added.

Captain Chiriches – The match of my career

Captain of Romania’s national football squad Vlad Chiriches told a news conference on Thursday at Stade de France in Paris that the Romania versus France EURO 2016 opener is the match of his career.

“It is the match of my career so far. I hope we start well, with a good attitude and play well,” said Chiriches.

”We know very well that France is a strong squad with its players playing with top clubs in Europe. I hope we will prevail thanks to good organisation and team force,” added Chiriches.

He said that the EURO 2016 opener will be played “under the sign of anxiousness,” adding that he is expecting support from fans: ”Let our supporters cheer us on, let’s hear them roar at Stade de France. I hope we will not disappoint them.”

Unfavourable record for Romania

The record of the encounters between France and Romania is not favourable to our team, in the contrary.

France and Romania played 15 matches, of which France won 7, Romania won 3 and 5 matches concluded in a draw.

  • 1932 Bucharest – Romania vs. France 6-3;
  • 1967 Parc de Princes – France vs. Romania 1-2 (friendly match);
  • 1969 Parc de Princes – France vs. Romania 1-0;
  • 1970 Reims – France vs. Romania 2-0 (friendly match);
  • 1972 Bucharest – Romania vs. France 2-0 (friendly match);
  • 1974 Parc de Princes – France vs. Romania 1-0;
  • 1975 – France vs. Romania 4-0 (qualifying match for Olympics);
  • 1994 Saint Etienne – France vs. Romania 0-0 (EURO 1996 qualifier);
  • 1995 Bucharest – Romania vs. France 1-3 (EURO 1996 qualifier);
  • 2008 EURO – France vs. Romania 0-0
  • 2010 qualifiers for World Cup – Romania vs. France 2-2, France vs. Romania 1-1;
  • 2010 Stade de France – France vs. Romania 2-0;
  • 2011 Bucharest – Romania vs. France 0-0.


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