Romania (ROU)

No team in the history of the EHF EURO has waited longer between two appearances than Romania. After making the cut in 1994 and 1996, when they won a single match on both occasions, Romania needed 28 years to secure their next berth, but they finally did so for 2024.

It was far from easy, as Romania were the only team in the qualifiers to make it from the second spot with only four points, after conceding two losses against Austria and one each against Ukraine and the Faroe Islands, with their only wins coming against the latter two sides in Bucharest.

While fortunate in the EHF EURO 2024 Qualifiers, Romania have drawn the short straw for the final tournament, as they will face perennial contenders Spain, an experienced and well-versed side in Croatia, and, once again, Austria, with their underdog status confirmed.

The lack of experience looks to be Romania’s main issue, with the core of the team featuring in the domestic league, albeit several crucial players have been getting important minutes in the EHF European League Men this season for Dinamo Bucuresti and CSM Constanta, an important plus for the team’s chances of delivering a surprise at EHF EURO 2024.

Another big advantage is the coach, as Xavi Pascual returned to the bench for his second stint, after his first which span from 2016 to 2018, when Romania failed to qualify for any major international competition. A demanding and experienced coach, Pascual will have to do with what he has at his disposal, as he is striving to implement a system and build a better squad for the future, with plenty of the players still some years away from hitting their prime.

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EHF competition history

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Key Players

Dan Emil Racotea)
Dan Emil Racotea
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Dan Emil Racotea made his debut in the Romanian national team aged 19, and the EHF EURO 2024 is his first major event at the age of 28. After beginning his career at CSM Bucuresti, Racotea left for Orlen Wisla Plock in 2014, joined Veszprém in 2019 and played on loan for Chartres and Bidasoa Irun, before returning to Dinamo in the summer of 2021. He scored 117 goals in total during his four EHF Champions League seasons at Plock. Racotea has tattoos with the numbers of his friends and fellow handball players, Robert Militaru and Vlad Rotaru, who have matching tattoos

Ionut Ciprian Iancu)
Ionut Ciprian Iancu

With 76 caps for Romania, the 29-year-old Ionut Ciprian Iancu is one of the most experienced players in the national team. He has been the number one goalkeeper in the squad for the past five years. Iancu has spent most of his career in Romania at HCM Constanta, CSM București, HC Dobrogea Sud Constanta, and CSA Steaua București; his only stint elsewhere was in Hungary, at Tatabánya, between 2017 and 2018. Iancu is nicknamed “rubber man” by local media for his excellent skills between the posts.

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Head Coach

Xavier Pascual Fuertes)
Xavier Pascual Fuertes

Xavi Pascual is in his second stint as Romania's national team coach after 2016-18 - he took over again in 2021. In the same year the legendary Spanish coach joined Dinamo Bucuresti after 12 highly successful seasons at the helm of Barça, winning more than 60 trophies, including three EHF Champions League titles. Under his leadership, Romania have reached an EHF EURO for the first time in 28 years. 

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