- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - The Romanian football federation has named Anghel Iordanescu as Romania’s coach for a third time in a bid to qualify for the Euro 2016 finals.

Iordanescu, 64, will lead Romania in a home qualifier against Northern Ireland on Nov. 14, the federation said Monday announcing he had been appointed for a one-year contract.

He first coached Romania from 1993 to 1998, leading it to the quarterfinals in the 1994 World Cup, and then from 2002 to 2004. He replaces Victor Piturca, who left to take over Ittihad, Saudi Arabia.

Romania is second in the Group F table behind Northern Ireland.

A statement said that Iordanescu has named 14 overseas-based players for the Northern Ireland match including Spurs’ defender Vlad Chiriches, Sunderland goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon and Inter Milan’s George Puscas.


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