Romania coach Lucescu resigns

Romania coach Razvan Lucescu resigned Saturday, hours after his

team beat Bosnia 3-0 in a qualifier for the 2012 European


Lucescu was widely criticized in recent months because of

Romania’s poor performances in its qualifying campaign.

The Romanian Football Federation announced Lucescu’s resignation

in a press release on its website. It said the resignation comes

into effect ”immediately,” adding that the parting was ”amiable,

civilized and without any conflict.”

The federation said Romania played 21 matches under Lucescu

since June 2009, with seven wins and seven losses. The team is

fourth in Group D in Euro 2012 qualifying.

Romania’s players are due to leave Saturday night for South

America, where they will play friendlies against Brazil and