Romania picks Rădoi as coach ahead of Euro 2020 playoffs
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania’s soccer federation says it promoted Mirel Rădoi to coach the national team ahead of the European Championship playoffs.
The 38-year-old Rădoi will begin with a single-game playoff away to Iceland in March. The winner advances to play away to Bulgaria or Hungary for a place at Euro 2020.
Romania’s reward for qualifying would be two home games in Bucharest in a four-team group including the Netherlands and Ukraine.
Rădoi led Romania’s Under-21 team to the semifinals of its European Championship in June. That earned Romania a place in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics lineup.
In his playing career, Rădoi was a defender for Steaua Bucharest before moving to Saudi Arabia.
He replaces Cosmin Contra, a teammate at Euro 2008, who left the job last week after a 5-0 loss against Spain.