This Eastern European footballing nation has been competing internationally since the early 1900s with Romania only one of four European countries – alongside Belgium, France, Yugoslavia—that participated in the first FIFA World Cup in 1930. The national Romanian football team, known as Tricolorii, is administered by the Romanian Football Federation.
Romanian football achievements:
- Since 1930, Romania has qualified for six FIFA World Cups (1934, 1938, 1970, 1990, 1994 and 1998)
- The Romanian football team reached the FIFA World Cup quarter-finals in 1994 when they were eliminated by Sweden
- The Romanian football team also reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA European Championships in 2000 before losing out to Italy
- They qualified for the 1984, 1996, 2008 and 2016 UEFA European Championships
Members from the national side work their way through the Romanian football league first, with the top-tier professional league, Liga I (formerly Divizia A). This was established in 1909 and is administered by the Liga Profesionistă de Fotbal (LPF). Contested by 14 clubs, Liga I operates on a system of promotion and relegation with Liga II, the second-tier division. The teams play 26 matches each during the season, and then enter the championship play-off or the relegation play-out according to their position.
The best-performing team in Liga I is FCSB which has taken 26 titles, followed by the big rival Dinamo București, which has 18 titles. Of the remaining 21 Liga 1 clubs, only eight have won it. They are Venus București, UTA Arad, Chinezul Timișoara, Universitatea Craiova, Petrolul Ploiești, Ripensia Timișoara, Rapid București and CFR Cluj.