CSA Steaua București (football)

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Steaua București
Steaua București.svg
Full name Clubul Sportiv al Armatei Steaua București
  • Steliștii
  • Militarii (The Military Men)
  • Roș-albaștrii (The Red and Blues)
  • Viteziștii (The Speedsters)
Short name Steaua
  • 1947; 71 years ago (1947)
    2017; 1 year ago (2017)
Ground Ghencea IV
Capacity 1,000[1]
Owner Ministry of National Defence
Chairman Cristian Neagoe[2]
Manager Marius Lăcătuș
Coach Marius Lăcătuș[3]
League Liga IV
2017–18 Liga IV, Bucharest, 2nd
Website Club website
Current season

Clubul Sportiv al Armatei Steaua București (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈste̯awa bukuˈreʃtʲ]), commonly known as, Steaua București, or simply Steaua, is a Romanian football club based in Bucharest and one of the sporting sections of CSA Steaua București.

The original football section of the Steaua organisation, founded in 1947 as ASA București, spent their entire history in the Liga I up until 2003, when the legal status of the football team's governing institution was changed to a share company. However, in 2014 this action's procedure was found in Court to be non-statutory, and the ownership of the Steaua football team brand returned to the parent club CSA Steaua.[4] The club which had acted as Steaua between 2003 and 2014 (always remaining in the top division) was ruled to retroactively be a distinct one and is now called Fotbal Club FCSB.[5]

In 2017, the parent club reactivated its football section and entered it into the 2017–18 season of Liga IV, the fourth tier of the Romanian Championship.

According to the club's own records[6] it is the most successful football club in Romania, with national records for winning the domestic trophies, plus the European Cup in 1986 and European Super Cup in 1987.[7] However, ownership of the titles is disputed between two entities,[4][8][9] with agencies such as UEFA and LPF attributing all of the original club history to the other club, FCSB.[10][11]

They play their home matches on Ghencea V, one of the former training fields of the Complexul Sportiv Steaua, as the previous stadium, used by the historic Steaua entity during its heyday, was demolished in order for a new replacement to serve as a training pitch for Euro 2020. The team colours are red and blue.


Separation from the Romanian Army[edit]

In 1998, the Steaua football section separated from CSA Steaua and changed its name to FC Steaua București (Fotbal Club Steaua),[12] ruled by a non-profit association led by Romanian businessman Viorel Păunescu. Păunescu performed poorly as a president and soon the club was plunged into debt.[13] George Becali, another businessman, was offered the position of vice-president in hope of richer investment in the club. Eventually in 2003, Becali managed to gain control over the club by turning it from non-profit to a public share company.[14]

Subsequently, even though the club managed to win five national championships and to qualify for the UEFA Champions League four times, it became increasingly associated with Becali's controversial character, infamous for his homophobia,[15] xenophobia, misogyny, racism,[16] tax evasion[17] and even imprisonments.[18] Apart from this, the club also moved from the historical Stadionul Ghencea to the newly built Arena Națională.

CSA Steaua vs FCSB lawsuit[edit]

In December 2014, following legal action from former parent club CSA Steaua, the Becali-backed club lost its right to use the "Steaua" trademark, its use having never been approved by CSA Steaua.[5] The club which had acted as Steaua throughout this time was summoned to change their name and logo;[19] presently, they are officially called Fotbal Club FCSB SA[20] and continue to play in Liga I. A further ongoing trial has been initiated by CSA Steaua, claiming FCSB must pay almost 37 million Euros as compensation for having unlawfully used the Steaua brand from 2003.[21]

Nevertheless, FCSB has been continuing to use Steaua's heritage in communication, despite court orders.[9]

According to comments made by Constantin Danilescu (a former Steaua employee who worked for the club until 1999), during the 1998 separation CSA Steaua did not relinquish ownership of the team's name, honours or brand, as was believed until 2017. The club only allowed the non-profit it partnered with to use these elements, but the non-profit never had any right to sell them, placing doubt over the claims of FCSB to titles won before the takeover by Becali.[22]

Football section reopened[edit]

Having legally reclaimed the football team, CSA Steaua București reactivated its football section and entered it to Liga IV's 2017–18 season, the fourth tier of the Romanian Championship. Funded from privately owned CSA Steaua finances,[23] the team's objective is to promote every year to the higher league, until it reaches Liga I, a timeline which is to coincide with the opening of the new Stadionul Ghencea.

In April 2018, Steaua București played a home league fixture against AS Academia Rapid București, the principal 'phoenix club' established by supporters of the defunct FC Rapid București. Due to the high profile of the participants, the match was moved to the Arena Națională and attracted a crowd of 36,277, setting a lower-league national record; Academia Rapid won 3–1 to consolidate their position at the top of the table, with Steaua five points behind in second place.[24]

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors[edit]

Steaua's kit is currently manufactured by Jako and the club's main sponsor, featured on their kits, is betting company Go Bet.[25]


Stadionul Steaua.jpg
Location 35, Bulevardul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania
Owner Ministry of National Defence
Capacity 1,000 (secondary pitch)
Opened 9 April 1974

Currently, Stadionul Ghencea is to be demolished and reconstructed, with the same approximate capacity of 30,000 seats, in order to serve as a training pitch for Euro 2020. The stadium, built through order of the Ministry of National Defence inside a former military base, broke ground in 1973.[26]


Present day[edit]

While ultra groups stopped attending matches around the time of the Court's demand that FCSB does't have the rights to be Steaua, regular spectators continued their presence at Arena Națională matches and now form the majority of the FCSB support, mostly at important European fixtures.

Ever since the Court's decision in 2014, Peluza Sud has fully adopted the reopened football team of CSA Steaua București and represents a constant presence for the Liga IV matches.

More recently, as of 2017, the supporters have formed their own official association, called AS 47 (Asociația Steliștilor 1947 – Steaua Supporters' Association 1947), as a legal entity with its stated goals of 'reoffering Steaua and its supporters their true meaning, in harmony with the club's original values' .[27]


According to their own records,[6] CSA Steaua claims all honours won by Steaua București between 1947 and 2003. However this is disputed with the FCSB entity.[4][8][9][22]

As of June 2018, UEFA and LPF regard FCSB as the continuation of FC Steaua and attribute all honours since 1947 to that entity.[10][11] The restarted football section of CSA Steaua has no separate honours, having only completed its inaugural season, in which it did not win the division.





Season Competition Pos Pl W D L GF GA GD Romanian Cup Notes
2017–18 Liga IVBucharest[28] 2nd 28 23 4 1 154 9 +145 Premilinary Promotion play-offs[29]


First team squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Romania GK Claudiu Chiș
77 Romania DF Mihai Butoi
3 Romania DF Andrei Grigore
4 0 Romania DF Ștefan Pădureț
65 Romania DF Eduard Radu
6 Romania MF Mihai Lolescu
7 Romania MF Andrei Pătrănoiu
8 Romania MF Cadolar Curt
9 Romania FW Cătălin Mirea
10 Romania MF Alin Predescu
11 Romania MF Junior Măcriș
12 Romania GK Andrei Voican
15 Romania FW Mihai Olaru
16 Romania MF Adrian Vîlcea
17 Romania MF Roberto Chivu
No. Position Player
18 Romania MF Adrian Dorobanțu
19 Romania MF Alin Turbatu
20 Romania DF Bogdan Sitaru
21 Romania FW Gheorghiță Constantinescu
22 Romania GK Horia Iancu (captain)
23 Romania DF Sergiu Chirilă
25 Romania DF Claudiu Zamfirescu
26 Romania FW Alexandru Margarit
27 Romania DF Răzvan Prodan
28 Romania MF Gabriel Peptănuș
11 Romania FW Marius Bâtfoi [30]
17 Romania MF Florin Răsdan [31]
24 Romania MF Cristian Jitaru [32]
14 Romania MF Florin Boerean [33]
13 Senegal FW Abdou Kasse Camara [34]

Club officials[edit]


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