Saturday, October 4, 2008


Leading up to next weekends key Romania - France World Cup qualifying match, it was revealed that Marius Niculae (Dinamo Bucureşti) will miss the match due to a thigh strain. As of this time the Romanian Football Federation (Federaţia Română de Fotbal) or FIFA have yet to release Victor Piţurcă selections.

Possibly one of the most important concerns for the Tricolorii is investing in the furture. The U-21 squad has shown itself well and players such as Bogdan Stancu (Steaua Bucureşti) and Gabriel Torje (Dinamo Bucureşti) are certainly deserving of call-up. While there will naturally will be revisions (i.e questions related Adrian Mutu...) the following is the squad list from the prior two matches:

Bogdan Lobonţ Dinamo Bucureşti
Eduard Stăncioiu CFR Cluj

Gabriel Tamaş Dinamo Bucureşti
Sorin Ghionea Steaua Bucureşti
Dorin Goian Steaua Bucureşti
Cosmin Moţi Siena
Cristian Săpunaru FC Porto
Cosmin Contra Getafe
Mihai Neşu Utrecht

Costin Lazăr Rapid Bucureşti
Mirel Rădoi Steaua Bucureşti
Marian Aliuţă FC Vaslui
Paul Codrea A.C. Siena
Răzvan Cociş Lokomotiv Moscow
Nicolae Dică Catania

Florin Costea Universitatea_Craiova
Marius Niculae Dinamo Bucureşti (out due to injury)
Florin Bratu Dinamo Bucureşti
Daniel Niculae AJ Auxerre
Ciprian Marica VfB Stuttgart