The two sides, whose latest UEFA European Under-21 Championship final campaigns ended in the semi-finals, faced off in the opening round of Group A matches where Romania faced off at Bozsik Aréna in Budapest.
• Romania reached the last four in Italy#39 two years ago, while the Dutch have not taken part in the final tournament since 2013, when they were defeated in the same stage.
• This is only the fourth competitive Under-21 meeting of the parties and the first in almost 16 years. They were last paired together to qualify for the 2006 finals, as they each recorded a 2-0 home win. Andrei Prepeliţă (21 pens) and Costin Curelea's (81) goals in each half won Romania #39 with a 2-0 win over Urziceni on 25 March 2005'. In the same year, on June 3, the Dutch changed the situation in Rotterdam, Nicky Hofs (87 ) and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (90 + 4) hit in the final stages to get the win by the same scoreline.
• This defeat in Romania proved to be the only qualifying defeat for Netherlands'. They continued to finish first in Group 1' with 23 points and finally lifted the trophy in Portugal' Romania, which came in third after the Czech Republic with 19 points, could not make it to the final.
• The Netherlands won the 1998 quarter-final against Romania in Bucharest', goals from Nordin Wooter' (16) and John de Jong' (79) broke the hosting of the tournament in Cosmin Contra''s seventh-minute opening.
• The Dutch finished fourth in the 1998 finals; Romania finished eighth, losing all three matches.
• This is Romania's third participation in the U21 EURO finals and for the first time qualifying for consecutive tournaments.
• In 2019, a team led by Mirel Rădoi progressed through the qualifying stage (W7 D3) without beating the qualifying stage (W7 D3) and then finished first in Group C-#39 in the final tournament, finishing seven points ahead of France-#39 – England and Croatia.
• Germany proved to be very strong in the semi-finals, scoring two late goals and winning 4-2 – the first competitive U21 defeat in 14 matches since Romania''s 2-0 knockout loss in October 2016' in Bulgaria' (W9 D4).
• This was his first appearance in the final since losing to the Netherlands in the quarter-finals of the 1998 tournament hosted by Romania. They lost all three games in the 1998 finals, then finished in eighth place with Germany (0-1 aet) and Russia (1-2).
• This time, Adrian Mutu, replacing Rădoi' in January 2020, took Romania' to the finals with a top-fifth overall finish, and his team finished second to Denmark in Group 8' (W6 D2 L2). Romania scored 20 points, trailing the six Danes, but four points ahead of third-placed Ukraine'.
• The Dutch have missed the last three U21 EURO final tournaments; This is their first appearance since their loss to Italy in the 2013 semi-finals.
• Champion in Portugal in 2006-#39 and again at home 12 months later, this is the Netherlands' sixth time playing in an eight or 12-team final tournament. They also reached the two-legged semi-finals in 1988'.
• A team coached by Erwin van de Looi', who has been in charge since May 2018', finished second behind England' in the qualifying campaign for the 2019 finals.
• This time around, Van de Looi ran an almost flawless qualifying campaign, the Dutchman finishing as the top scorer with 46 goals overall – nine more than any other side – and winning nine out of ten fixtures. Portugal''s last loss, 2-1', was not enough to prevent them from finishing first in Group 7', above their opponent's head-to-head record.
Links and trivia
• Romania coach Mutu drew 0-0 with the Netherlands in the UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying round on 24 March. The striker also lost 2-0 in the Netherlands win in the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying match played on June 4, 2005', in the 1-0 victory of Romania on 13 October 2007', and 2-0 in the UEFA EURO 2008'.
• Mutu also joined Romania for the last time in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers as a reserve against the Netherlands', with a 4-1 loss to Romania on 16 October 2012 and a 4-0 loss on 26 March 2013'. Therefore, his overall record against the Netherlands was W1 D1 L5.
• Those who have played in the Netherlands:
Andrei Rațiu (ADO Den Haag loan 2020–)
Tudor Băluță (credit to ADO Den Haag 2020)