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.
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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Author: Karel Stokkermans
Last updated: 9 Jun 2016
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