BUCHAREST, Romania -- Anti-corruption prosecutors have charged Romania's top football official with abusing his position and forging documents seven years ago when he was chairman of a local club.
Gheorghe Chivorchian, general secretary of the Romanian Football Federation, was charged by the anti-corruption prosecutors' office on Saturday in connection with an illegal €1 million paid from local authorities to Poli Timisoara in 2008, when he was the club chairman.
Gareth Bale's winning goal against Belgium on Friday fired Wales to the brink of qualification for Euro 2016 -- and guaranteed Chris Coleman's side a place among the seeds in next month's World Cup qualifying draw.
Wales will not be the only surprise name with Romania also appearing in the top pot as one of the nine top-rated European nations in FIFA's World Ranking.
It is a remarkable rise for two nations who have seldom qualified for a place at football's top table. While Romania, who knew they...
Aside from the World Cup, the European championship is the most competitive tournament in the world. The tournament features some of the globe's best players, and the upcoming 2016 competition in France will serve as an indicator of which teams are poised to excel at the 2018 World Cup.
The current crop of 53 eligible teams is split into nine groups, with the group winners, runners-up and the best third-placed team earning a tournament berth. The eight remaining third-placed teams face off in a playoff to determine the last four teams to join the host nation in the 24-team field. While this week marks the halfway point in the qualification process for most nations, there are some teams that already stand out for either playing above or below their expected standard.
Here is a look at three Euro 2016 contenders that are showing signs of vulnerability and could be in danger of not qualifying, along with three overachieving teams that could be dangerous sleepers to not only earn a berth to the tournament but make waves at the Euros.
Belgium | Qualifying record: 1-0-2 (win-loss-draw) | Group rank: 4th
Snapshot: Belgium, which is fourth in Group B, will battle Bosnia-Herzegovina, Wales and Israel for the top spots.
Belgium started strong with a 6-0 opening win over Andorra but subsequent draws against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Wales have raised questions about how the team uses its attacking resources. ...