Football in Romania
Romania has long been renowned for high-quality, technical football. Romanian clubs have discovered countless talented players who have enjoyed distinguished careers in top European leagues. Georghe Hagi, Georghe Popescu, Dan Petrescu, Dorinel Munteanu and Cristian Chivu are just a few of the names to have made the grade abroad. Romania is also well known for its excellent system for educating coaches - Stefan Covaci, Emeric Ienei, Anghel Iordanescu and Mircea Lucescu have all enjoyed international fame. Romania were one of the 13 countries to take part in the inaugural FIFA World Cup? in Uruguay in 1930. They have since qualified on six further occasions (1934, 1938, 1970, 1990, 1994 and 1998). In 1994, they reached the quarter-finals, a feat that still ranks as Romania's greatest triumph on the international stage.
The first Goal Project
On 22 August 2002, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter opened the national association headquarters, constructed in Bucharest as part of the Goal Programme. This new facility provides the ideal environment for the association staff to complete their daily work, coordinate the various activities in the development programmes and supervise the domestic league championship. An integrated auditorium and spacious meeting rooms are also ideal for seminars, courses and other events.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
National association headquarters in Bucharest and technical centre in Mogosoaia
Project approved
29 October 2001
Opened on 22 August 2002
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 FAP USD 1,000,000 NA USD 3,450,000 Government Land Total cost USD 4,850,000