November 17, 1993
Wales 1-Romania 2
World Cup Qualifying-Group 4
Venue: Cardiff - Arms Park (The National Stadium)
Referee: Kurt Rothlisberger (Switzerland)
Goalscorers: (Wales): Saunders 61
(Romania): Hagi 32, Raduciou 85
1-Neville Southall (Everton Football Club-Liverpool / England) [71 caps / 0 goals]
2-David Owen Phillips (Nottingham Forest Football Club / England) [49 caps / 1 goals]
3-Paul John Bodin (Swindon Town Football Club / England) [21 caps / 3 goals] (16-Malcolm Allen (Newcastle United Football Club / England) [14 caps / 3 goals] 71)
4-Andrew Roger Melville (Oxford United Football Club / England) [17 caps / 0 goals]
5-Eric Young (Crystal Palace Football Club-London / England) [19 caps / 1 goals]
6-Christopher Jeremiah ‘Kit’ Symons (Portsmouth Football Club / England) [13 caps / 0 goals] (15-Jeremy Goss (Norwich City Football Club / England) [5 caps / 0 goals] 53)
7-Barry Horne (Everton Football Club-Liverpool / England) [41 caps / 2 goals]
8-Dean Nicholas Saunders (Aston Villa Football Club-Birmingham / England) [43 caps / 14 goals]
9-Ian James Rush (Liverpool Football Club / England) [63 caps / 27 goals]
10-Gary Andrew Speed (Leeds United Association Football Club / England) [23 caps / 0 goals]
11-Ryan Joseph Giggs (Manchester United Football Club / England) [10 caps / 2 goals]
Coach: Terence Charles Yorath
Booked: Horne 53
Team Captain: Barry Horne
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Umbro
Uniform Colors: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks
1- Florin Prunea (Fotbal Club Dinamo Bucuresti) [15 caps / 0 goals]
2- Dan Vasile Petrescu (Genoa 1893-Genova / Italy) [28 caps / 2 goals]
3- Daniel Claudiu Prodan (Clubul Sportiv al Armatei Steaua- Bucuresti) [5 caps / 0 goals]
4- Miodrag Belodedici (Valencia Club de Fútbol / Spain) [28 caps / 4 goals]
5- Ioan Angelo Lupescu (Turn und Sportverein Bayer 04 Leverkusen e.V. / Germany) [25 caps / 5 goals]
6- Gheorge Popescu (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven / Wales) [40 caps / 2 goals]
7- Tibor Selymes (Koninklijke Sportvereniging Cercle Brugge / Romania) [9 caps / 0 goals] (15-Dorinel Ionel Munteanu (Koninklijke Sportvereniging Cercle Brugge / Romania) [24 caps / 2 goals] 74)
8- Ioan Ovidiu Sabau (Brescia Calcio / Italy) [42 caps / 7 goals]
10-Gheorge Hagi (Brescia Calcio / Italy) [80 caps / 21 goals]
9- Florin Valeriu Raducioiu (Associazione Calcio Milan-Milano / Italy) [21 caps / 11 goals]
11- Ilie Dumitrescu (Clubul Sportiv al Armatei Steaua- Bucuresti) [31 caps / 7 goals] (14-Gheorge Mihali (Fotbal Club Dinamo Bucuresti) [13 caps / 0 goals] 89)
Coach : Anghel Iordanescu
Team Captain: Gheorge Hagi
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Adidas
Uniform Colors: Yellow Shirts, Yellow Shorts and Yellow Socks
Dumitru Stingaciu (Clubul Sportiv al Armatei Steaua- Bucuresti)
Basarab Nica Panduru (Clubul Sportiv al Armatei Steaua- Bucuresti)
Ion Vladoiu (Clubul Sportiv al Armatei Steaua- Bucuresti)
|Photo from: Soccer Illustrated, June/July 1994|
-Match number 449 for Wales and number 459 for Romania.
-This was the 5th meeting between the nations.
-The two teams have not played one another since this match.
- The previous match between the nations was the World Cup Qualifier on May 20, 1992, that Romania had won 5-1 at Bucharest.
Wales players: Southall, Phillips, Melville, Giggs, Saunders, Horne, Rush and Speed and Romania players: Petrescu, Beloidedici, Popescu, Mihali, Munteanu, Lupescu, Sabau and Hagi were the players remaining from that match.
Hagi, Lupescu and Rush scored in that match.
-The previous between the nations on welsh soil was a friendly on October 12, 1983 that Wales won 5-0.
Wales’s Southall and Rush were the players still remaining from that match.
Ian Rush scored twice in this match.
The previous match between the nations at Cardiff was a European Championship Qualifier at Ninian Park on November 11, 1970 (0-0 tie).
-Romania qualified for the World Cup in USA from this group along with Belgium. This was their second straight World Cup qualification.
-Wales has failed to qualify for the finals of major tournament since the 1958 World cup.
-Romania’s Miodrag Beloidedici was the first player to win the Champions Cup with two different clubs, Steaua Bucharest (1986) and Red Star Belgrade (1991) and both times on penalty kick shoot-outs.
-On June 23, 1993, Anghel Iordanescu was appointed as Romanian national team manager. The previous manager Cornel Dinu was dismissed following Romania’s 2-5 loss vs. Czechoslovakia on June 2, 1993.
-This was Malcolm Allen’s last appearance for Wales.
-This was the third straight season that Florin Raduciou had changed clubs in the offseason.
He had been playing for a different club every season since 1989-1990.
In 1989-90 he was with Dinamo Bucharest, in 1990 he joined Italian club Bari, in 1991 he joined Italian club Verona, in 1992 he joined Italian club Brescia, and this season joined Italian club AC Milan.
The following season he would play for Spanish club Espanyol of Barcelona.
Photo From: France Football, Issue 2496, February 8, 1994(Romanian Captain Gheorge Hagi vs. Welsh Captain Barry Horne)
-The referee, Kurt Rothlisberger, was later banned for life from refereeing due to allegations of match fixing; He was accused of trying to arrange the result of the October 30th, 1996 Champions League match between Grasshoppers Zurich and Auxerre. He allegedly contacted the Grasshoppers manager and assured that the match referee would throw the match for a sum.
He is also remembered for not awarding a penalty kick for Belgium during its 1994 World Cup match vs. Germany after a clear foul on Belgium’s Josip Weber.
-Wales’s striker Mark Hughes was unavailable for this match.
-Gary Speed is the current manager of Wales. Romania’s Gheorge Hagi has also managed Romania.
-Paul Bodin missed a penalty kick for Wales in the 65th minute.
Photo from:World Soccer, May 1994(Paul Bodin’s penalty kick miss)
-This was Wales’ first loss at home in a competitive match since losing to Holland 2-1 on October 10, 1989.
-The Wales squad was selected on November 4th
Goalkeepers: Neville Southall, Anthony Roberts
Defenders: David Phillips, Paul Bodin, Mark Bowen, Eric Young, Andrew Melville, Kit Symons, and Chris Coleman
Midfielders/Strikers: Ryan Giggs, Gary Speed, Barry Horne, Clayton Blackmore, Mark Pembridge, Ian Rush, Jeremy Goss, Dean Saunders, Malcolm Allen
-Romania’s Gheorge Hagi and Ioan Sabau were playing for Italian Second Division Club Brescia Calcio.
-Romanians Hagi and Popescu would be teammates at Barcelona and Galatasaray.
-Romanians Petrescu (at Sheffield Wednesday, Chelsea, Bradford City and Southampton), Popescu (at Tottenham), Dumitrescu (at Tottenham and West Ham United), Raduciou (at West Ham United) would all play in United Kingdom for English Premier League clubs.
-Ryan Giggs is the only player still active to this day from either team.
-Welsh manager Terry Yorath was dismissed after Wales’ failure to qualify.