Romania’s national football team will start its World Cup 2014 qualifiers by playing against Estonia and will end 2012 with two “fiery” games in just four days’ time: an away game against Turkey and a home game against Netherlands.
Here is the schedule established by the draws that took place on Tuesday in Amsterdam: (2012) September 7: Andorra vs. Hungary, ESTONIA vs. ROMANIA, Netherlands vs. Turkey; September 11: Turkey vs. Estonia, ROMANIA vs. ANDORRA, Hungary vs. Netherlands; October 12: TURKEY vs. ROMANIA, Estonia vs. Hungary and Netherlands vs. Andorra; October 16: ROMANIA vs. NETHERLANDS, Hungary vs. Turkey, Andorra vs. Estonia; (2013) March 22: HUNGARY vs. ROMANIA, Andorra vs. Turkey, Netherlands vs. Estonia; March 26: Turkey vs. Hungary, Estonia vs. Andorra, NETHERLANDS vs. ROMANIA; September 6: Turkey vs. Andorra, ROMANIA vs. HUNGARY, Estonia vs. Netherlands; September 10: Hungary vs. Estonia, ROMANIA vs. TURKEY, Andorra vs. Netherlands; October 11: ANDORRA vs. ROMANIA, Estonia vs. Turkey, Netherlands vs. Hungary; October 15: Turkey vs. Netherlands, ROMANIA vs. ESTONIA, Hungary vs. Andorra.
The schedule will become official only after it is ratified by FIFA.
Present in Amsterdam, head coach Victor Piturca expressed his satisfaction. “Looking strictly from our point of view, the schedule is good, incomparably better than the one established on October 24, the one we didn’t accept. We can win maximum points from our first two games, then we’ll play two difficult games in October 2012 and March 2013, but we’ll finish the campaign with an advantageous schedule, by playing three games at home and one away. The Netherlands has a more difficult schedule, but we should be interested exclusively in our team. Anyway, I’m pleased,” Piturca stated for the Romanian Football Federation’s (FRF) official website.