Netherlands-Romania matches 1924-2013

Official Matches


The Netherlands and Romania first met at the 1924 Paris Olympics, where Romania paid the price for inexperience against the three times bronze medalists. Two later Olympic encounters, in the qualifying tournament for the 1976 Olympics in Montréal, were easily won by Romania but only featured the Dutch amateur selection; they were never considered official by the Dutch but only removed from the list of official matches by Romania in 2007.

The majority of the meetings between the two was played after the turn of the millennium, and all were competitive matches: four in World Cup qualifying (for the 2006 and 2014 final tournaments), all won by Oranje, and three for the 2008 European championship (two qualifiers, including the only win (to date) of the Tricolorii against the Netherlands, in the Black Sea port of Constanţa, and a dead rubber at the final tournament in Switzerland won by the Dutch).

Partially due to the fact that the decade between 2005 and 2014 does not count among the best in Romania's football history, the overall record is surprisingly one-sided. Given that Romania have a more than respectable record against other traditional European powers such as England, Spain and the Soviet Union (and its official successor Russia), it is fair to consider the Dutch their worst bête noire.

Official Matches

All matches listed are friendlies unless otherwise stated.

Game Date        Venue      Result                      Remark

  1. 27- 5-1924  Paris      Netherlands 6-0 Romania     [Olympic Games]
  2.  5- 6-1968  Bucureşti  Romania     0-0 Netherlands
  3.  2-12-1970  Amsterdam  Netherlands 2-0 Romania 
  4.  5- 6-1974  Rotterdam  Netherlands 0-0 Romania
 O1.  6- 4-1976  Roosendaal Netherlands 0-3 Romania     [Olympic Games Qual.]
 O2. 14- 4-1976  Bucureşti  Romania     5-1 Netherlands [Olympic Games Qual.]
  5.  1- 6-1988  Amsterdam  Netherlands 2-0 Romania  
  6. 27- 5-2000  Amsterdam  Netherlands 2-1 Romania  
  7. 26- 3-2005  Bucureşti  Romania     0-2 Netherlands [World Cup Qual.]
  8.  4- 6-2005  Rotterdam  Netherlands 2-0 Romania     [World Cup Qual.]
  9. 24- 3-2007  Rotterdam  Netherlands 0-0 Romania     [European Champ. Qual.]
 10. 13-10-2007  Constanţa  Romania     1-0 Netherlands [European Champ. Qual.]
 11. 17- 6-2008  Bern       Netherlands 2-0 Romania     [European Champ.]
 12. 16-10-2012  Bucureşti  Romania     1-4 Netherlands [World Cup Qual.]
 13. 26- 3-2013  Amsterdam  Netherlands 4-0 Romania     [World Cup Qual.]

NB: the two matches in 1976 involved the Dutch Olympic team and were never official
    for the Netherlands; they were deleted from the list of official international
    matches of Romania in 2007.


Total record:

Netherlands          13  9  3  1  26-  3  21
Romania              13  1  3  9   3- 26   5

Some more stats:

                     Pd  N  D  R  NG- RG

In the Netherlands:   7  5  2  0  12-  1
In Romania:           4  2  1  1   6-  2
Elsewhere:            2  2  0  0   8-  0

Netherlands - List of International Matches
Romania - List of International Matches

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Prepared and maintained by Karel Stokkermans for the Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation

Author: Karel Stokkermans
Last updated: 9 Jun 2016

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