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Continent


Romania
Romania

Area

238,391 km

Population

19 million

Romania is a country in eastern Europe in the Balkan region. It borders Hungary, Serbia, Ukraine, Moldova and Bulgaria. Romania is near the Black Sea.

Ben and Toad's Contest

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Cluj Arena, the season 8 opening venue

Romania will host the Ben and Toad's Contest opening ceremony during season 8. Notable contestants that is not attending Romania include Justyna Kowalczyk and Vita Semerenko. Three season 1 internationals, Olga Fatkulina, Ina Meschik and that of Brazilian Hélio Castroneves, will have fear of flying when they arrive to Romania.

The country also shows success in BATC World Tour events, including Vaporeon's final in 2016 Annual Towering Treetop Open at Sonoma; withdrawing against fellow Generation 1 Pokemon Arcanine.

Music

Romania had a 100% semifinal qualifying record prior to the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, but it was broken as The Humans represented the country and thus failed to qualify for the final. Everyone still got Romania's failure right, but the placing in their semifinal was way off as everyone had predicted Romania to finish 16th-18th in the semifinal. They ended up being only four points away from the Grand Final, with 107 points and coming 11th.

Sports

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Romania at the FIFA World Cup

Romania's most popular sport is football. The Romania national football team qualified for the FIFA World Cup seven times; from the first three in 1930 to 1938, 1970 and 1990 to 1998. Their best result was the quarterfinals in 1994, where in the round of 16 they upset soccer powerhouse and defending finalists Argentina. They have also qualified for the UEFA European Championship, with Euro 2016 qualifying considered to be one of the greatest successes of Romanian football.

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Simona Halep reached number one

Simona Halep first reached number one on the WTA rankings, on October 9, 2017. Notable Romanian tennis players include Irina Begu, Sorana Cirstea, Victor Hanescu, Andrei Pavel, Irina Spirlea and Monica Niculescu. Unfortunately Romania made the playoffs; but came very close to qualifying for their first ever World Cup since 1998; for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Romania hosts the Bucharest Open for women, which replaced the Budapest Grand Prix.

Romania is one of the best European rugby teams alongside Georgia outside the Six Nations. They had a 100% qualifying record for the Rugby World Cup, but despite originally qualifying for the tournament, that record was broken in 2018, when they got expelled from the 2019 tournament. Their disqualification came the week after Romania's Eurovision 2018 semifinal failure to the grand final.

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