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Romania to terminate contract of coach Piturca

April 9, 2009

Romania's soccer federation will negotiate a mutual termination of coach Victor Piturca's contract after the team's poor showing in qualifiers for next year's World Cup in South Africa, officials said on Thursday.

"I asked the board to negotiate with Mr Piturca a mutual termination of the contract, given that our chances to qualify are close to zero and that is putting it politely," Romanian federation (FRF) chief Mircea Sandu told a news conference.

Romania have lost their last two matches in Group Seven against Serbia and Austria and lie fifth in a group also containing France, Lithuania and Faroe Islands.

They are eight points behind group leaders Serbia. Sandu said the FRF board would discuss a possible replacement for Piturca by May 10.