The goals of Ianis Hagi and George Pușcaș took National to a new final tournament. After eight years, Romania will be present at a European Championship thanks to the evolution of some players who have shown that nothing is impossible ever since they played for the national youth teams. Hagi and Pușcaș are exponents of a generation of players who brought us back to the forefront of European football.
With the love of football instilled by his father, Ianis Hagi is already following in the footsteps of the great Romanian striker. Moreover, the decisive goal scored against Israel reminded of the success of now exact three decades of Gheorghe Hagi, from the match with Wales. Then, Romania also won 2-1 away and qualified for the 1994 World Championship.
Ianis Hagi debuted in big football in 2014, when he played his first match in League I at Viitorul Constanța. After only two years, the young Hagi took the step towards the Italian championship and signed with Fiorentina. He returned to Viitorul after a year and a half and was then transferred abroad again first to Genk and then to Rangers in Scotland.
He currently plays in Spain, at Deportivo Alaves, and has become a key player for the Romanian national team, for which he made his debut in 2018. In 26 caps, he scored three goals, the last decisive in qualifying for Euro 2024.
The scorer of the first goal in the match against Israel, George Pușcaș, started football in Oradea, and at only 17 years old he arrived at Internazionale Milano. First as a loan, after which he was bought by the Italian club. It was happening in 2013.
However, the Romanian striker did not play in many matches for the team from Milan, and later he was loaned to several clubs in the second Italian league.
In 2019, George Pușcaș was transferred to the English club Reading. His excellent run at the European Under-21s also contributed to his move to England.
Just like Pușcaș, Ianis Hagi, but also other players from the current National Team, were part of the team that was close to the final of the competition.
George Pușcaș made his debut in the National team in an official match in 2018, and in 39 matches he scored 11 goals.
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Editor: Liviu Cojan