See also Football in Romania
The finest players ever to come from Romania are Gheorghe Hagi who
played for Steaua Bucuresti (Romania), Real Madrid, FC Barcelona
(Spain) and Galatasaray (Turkey) among others, and Nicolae Dobrin.
But there have been several other stars in the Romanian game, such
as Marcel Raducanu, Dan Coe, Necula "Tamango" Raducan,
Florea Dumitrache, Emerich Dembrowschi, Radu II, Gheorghe Popescu,
Dan Petrescu, Miodrag Belodedici, Ilie Balaci, Ilie Oana, Rodion
Camataru, Dudu Georgescu, Adrian Ilie, Marius Lacatus, Silviu Lung,
Helmuth Duckadam, Ladislau Boloni, Ilie Dumitrescu, Cornel Dinu,
Florin Raducioiu, Catalin Hâldan, Ion Oblemenco, Cristian
Chivu, Adrian Mutu, Sebastian Lucaciu and Daniel Coman.
Dinamo Bucuresti, Steaua Bucuresti and Rapid
Bucuresti are the best football teams in Romania.
Handball is the most popular sport in Romania after football. The
Romanian national team has won the handball world cup a record 4
times (1961, 1964, 1970 and 1974). The only other team to have matched
this record is Sweden in 1999. Steaua and Dinamo have also won several
European titles over the years.
Romania has producest many of the greatest
handballers of all time, such as Gheorghe Gruia, Vasile Stânga,
Cornel Penu, Ioan Moser and Cristian Gatu, the most talented player
in the history of the game.
Basketball is widely popular in Romania, as it is in most Latin
countries. Gheorghe Muresan was the first Romanian to enter NBA,
and he became known as the tallest man ever to play in that league.
Toni Alexe was another product of the Romanian basketball school.
See also Rugby union in Romania
Rugby union is a fairly popular team sport played in Romania with
a tradition of more than 80 years.
Though maybe not the force they once were,
the Romanian national rugby team has so far competed at every Rugby
Romania has also reached the Davis Cup finals three times.
Tennis hall of fame presents Ilie Nastase
as "the most talented player ever to hold the raqet".
He won several Grand Slam titles and dozens of other tournaments;
he also was a successful doubles player. Ion Tiriac was also a famous
player of the era who now has his own bank and runs several other
businesses as well.
Romania is one of the top gymnastics nations in the world.
The gymnast Nadia Comaneci was the first
gymnast to score a perfect "ten" in the 1976 Summer Olympics.
She also won three gold medals, one silver and one bronze, all at
the age of fourteen. Her success continued in the 1980 Summer Olympics,
where she was awarded two gold medals and two silver medals.
Oina is a traditional Romanian sport with similarities to baseball.