Wednesday, June 21, 2017

FK Partizan All-Time Team

European Cup Finalist 1966

Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for the club.  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.


Partizan was founded by young high officers of the Yugoslav People's Army (JNA) in 1945 in Belgrade, as part of the Yugoslav Sports Association Partizan.  Their best period was from 1958 to 1966.  That generation of players was known as "Partizan Babies".  In 1966, the club became the first Eastern European club to reach the Final of the European Cup.


2016-2017 League Champion
Team
GK:  Milutin Soskic  (Yugoslavia)
He was a legend with FK Partzan.  He was capped by Yugoslavia for 50 times between 1959 and 1966.  He went to the 1960 European Championship and the WC finals in 1962.
Milutin Soskic 
GK: Ivan Ćurković (Yugoslavia)
He played for AS Saint-Étienne during the 1970s and early 1980s and was instrumental in the successful runs of Saint-Étienne's football club to the top of the French League and to the finals of the European Cup in the 1975–76 season.  He was capped 13 times for Yugoslavia.

GK: Fahrudin Omerović (Yugoslavia/Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Omerović begin his career in FK Sloboda Tuzla.  In summer of 1984, he was transferred to FK Partizan where he will become the main goalkeeper for the following 8 seasons. With Partizan he won two Yugoslav championships, two Yugoslav Cups, and one Supercup. After the dissolution of SFR Yugoslavia, he played for Kocaelispor for 4 years and İstanbulspor. Capped by beth Yugoslavia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

RB/LB: Fahrudin Jusufi (Yugoslavia)
He was the greatest fullback in Yugoslavian football history.  He played at the 1962 FIFA World Cup and at the 1960 Summer Olympics, where his team won the gold medal.  He played for FK Partizan and Eintracht Frankfurt.
 Fahrudin Jusufi
RB: Ivan Golac (Yugoslavia)
Goals played for Partizan in Yugoslavia before he was allowed to play overseas at the age of 28.  He became a star with Southampton and became the first foreigner to appear in a Final played in Wembley Stadium in 1979.  He also played for AFC Bournemouth, Manchester City and Portsmouth.  Capped once.

CB: Branko Rašović (Yugoslavia)
Rašović played five years in Partizan, from 1964 until 1969.  The peak of his career was the 1966 European Cup Final in Brussels, when Partizan played in the final agains Real Madrid. In 1969, he moved to Borussia Dortmund.  Capped 10 times.

CB: Velibor Vasovic (Yugoslavia)
He was a legend at FK Partizan.  He lost the European Cup to Real Madrid in 1966.  A year later, he later joined Ajax and established himself as one of the best defenders in Europe.  In 1971, he captained Ajax as they won their first European Cup.  He is considered one of the greatest Ajax defenders. He played 32 times for Yugoslavia.
Velibor Vasovic 
DF: Blagoje Paunović (Yugoslavia)
He started his youth career in FK Partizan.  He spent most of his career with Partizan. As a player or coach, he was part of Partizan for almost half a century.  At 28, in 1975, Paunović joined FC Utrecht in the Netherlands. He played for OFK Kikinda, Oakland Stompers of the North American Soccer League and FK Sinđelić; whilst in North America, he played under the name Paki Paunovich. Paunović played a total of 39 matches for Yugoslavia, and participating at the final stages in the Euro 1968.

CB: Bruno Belin (Yugoslavia)
He started his career at Zagreb based NK Metalac and in 1950 he joined Belgrade-based giants FK Partizan where he won one national championship and 3 cup titles. He made a total of 25 appearances for the Yugoslav national team between 1952 and 1959.

CB: Nenad Stojković (Yugoslavia) 
During his 18-year professional career, Stojković played for Partizan, Monaco, Montpellier, Mulhouse, Nancy and Amiens, making over 500 league appearances. At international level, Stojković represented Yugoslavia at the 1982 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 1984.

LB: Milan Damjanović (Yugoslavia)
He played for Partizan in Yugoslavia, and Angers and La Mans in France.  On the national level he played for Yugoslavia national team (7 matches), and was a participant at Euro 1968.

LW/LB/CB: Branco Zebec (Yugoslavia)
Zebec was one of the greatest players ever from Yugoslavia. In his heyday the player from FK Partizan and Red Star Belgrade fascinated the world with his performances at the World Cups in 1954 and 1958. With Partizan he won 3 Yugoslav Cups (1952, 1954, 1957). With Red Star Belgrade he won the national championship in 1960. He led Yugoslavia to second-place at Euro 1960. 

DM/CM: Jovan Miladinović (Yugoslavia)
During his club career he played for FK Partizan between 1956 and 1966 and 1. FC Nuremberg between 1966 and 1967. He earned 17 caps for the Yugoslavia national football team, and participated in the 1960 European Nations' Cup.

CB/DM: Miodrag Jovanović (Yugoslavia)
He played for UDS-OS, Red Stars Belgrade and OFK Beograd before joining Partizan in 1946.  Capped 25 times.   He participated in the 1948 Olympic Games in London and at the World Cup in Brazil in 1950.

CM: Radoslav Bečejac (Yugoslavia)
During his playing days and even now, he was affectionately known as Zaza. Best known for being member of the FK Partizan team that played the 1966 European Cup Final vs Real Madrid. Bečejac is also known for the record transfer in the summer 1967 when Olimpija bought him from Partizan for YUD65 million. Capped 13 times.

CM: Zlatko Čajkovski (Yugoslavia)
He was considered one of the best Yugoslavian players ever.  He played for FK Partizan before moving to play for Koln in Germany. He also participated in the FIFA World Cups of 1950 and 1954.  

CM: Zvezdan Čebinac (Yugoslavia)
Čebinac began his football career in 1954 in the youth team of Partizan, making his senior debut 4 years later.  He also played for  Red Star Belgrade, and in the Netherlands, with  PSV Eindhoven (1966-67), and in West Germany with Nurnberg and Hanover 96.

LW/FW: Josip Pirmajer (Yugoslavia)
Born in modern day Slovenia,  he played for Elan Srbobran and RFK Novi Sad.  During the winter-break of the 1963–64 season, he was brought by FK Partizan, reaching the 1966 European Cup Final. During his spell in Partizan he got the record of having played 252 consecutive competitive matches. He also played with FK Vojvodina and abroad, in France, with Nîmes Olympique. Capped 4 times.

AM: Momčilo Vukotić (Yugoslavia)
He began his professional career with FK Partizan in 1968. He also played for the Yugoslav national team and participated in the European Championship in 1976, which was hosted in his country, where Yugoslavia finished fourth. In 1978, he transferred to the French side FC Bordeaux.  The following year, he returned to Partizan.

FW:  Stjepan Bobek (Yugoslavia)
He played for Partizan between 1945 and 1959 helping them win two Yugoslav First League titles and four Yugoslav Cups, and was named the club's greatest player in history in 1995. Internationally, he is the all-time top scorer for Yugoslavia, scoring 38 goals in 63 appearances between 1946 and 1956, and was member of Yugoslav squads which won two Olympic silver medals (in 1948 and 1952) and played in two World Cups (in 1950 and 1954).
Stjepan Bobek
ST: Vladica Kovačević (Yugoslavia)
Kovačević had a successful playing career with FK Partizan, and in France with FC Nantes and Angers SCO. With Partizan, he was the European Cup Top Goal Scorer during the 1963–64 season with 7 goals, alongside Sandro Mazzola of Inter, and Ferenc Puskás of Real Madrid, and he reached the 1966 European Cup Final with the club. At International level, he played at theWorld Cup 1962 for Yugoslavia, finishing the tournament in fourth place. 

ST/SS:  Miloš Milutinović (Yugoslavia)
He was one of the Milutinović brothers who were famous players and coaches in Yugoslavia.  He earned 33 caps in total and represented the country in the 1954 and 1958 World Cups.  During his club career he played for FK Bor, FK Partizan, OFK Beograd, FC Bayern Munich, RCF Paris, and Stade Français Paris. 


ST/SS: Milan Galic (Yugoslavia)
He scored 37 international goals in 51 matches for the Yugoslavia. He participated in the 1960 Summer Olympics, winning the gold medal, the 1960 UEFA European Football Championship, where Yugoslavia finished second and the 1962 FIFA World Cup, where Yugoslavia finished fourth. On the club level, he played for FK Partizan and Standard Liège.
Milan Galic 
ST: Mustafa Hasanagić (Yugoslavia) 
Born in Priboj, Hasanagić started playing football at FAP, before moving to Partizan in 1961. He was a member of the team that played in the 1966 European Cup Final against Real Madrid. In later years, Hasanagić played with Servette and La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland. Hasanagić also made five appearances for the Yugoslav national team between 1965 and 1967.

ST:  Predrag Mijatović (Yugoslavia/Montenegro)
He is best remembered for scoring the winning goal against Juventus as Real Madrid won the 1998 Champions' league, its first title since 1966.  He played 73 times for Yugoslavia.  In 1997, Mijatović was runner-up for the Ballon d'Or, behind Ronaldo and ahead of Zinedine Zidane.
Predrag Mijatović

Honorable Mention
Franjo Glaser, Tomislav Kaloperović, Marko Valok, Nenad Bjeković, Dragan Holcer, Miroslav Pavlović.

Formation



Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Red Star Belgrade All-Time Team

1991 European Cup
Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for the club.  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.

Red Star Belgrade are the only Serbian and ex-Yugoslav club to have won the European Cup, having done so in 1991, and the only team from Eastern Europe to have won the Intercontinental Cup, also in 1991. Red Star was the most successful club in former Yugoslavia and finished as first in the Yugoslav First League all-time table, and is the most successful club in Serbia.

Please see also Red Star Belgrade vs AC Milan in 1988.

2016 Superliga
Team
GK: Vladimir Beara  (Yugoslavia) 
He played on three World Cups; 1950, 1954 and 1958.  He was considered one of the greatest keepers from the Warsaw Pact.  With Hajduk Split (1946–55), he won the Yugoslav league title in 1950, 1952 and 1955. In 1955, he moved to Belgrade's Red Star (1955–60), where he won even more Yugoslav league titles, in 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960, and won the Yugoslav Cup in 1958 and 1959. He was Red Star's goalkeeper against Manchester United in the last game United had played before the Munich Air Disaster. Beara ended his career in German clubs Alemannia Aachen (1960–62) and Viktoria Köln (1963–64).

GK: Srđan Mrkušić  (Yugoslavia) 
He was capped by both the Kingdom of Yugoslavia and  Federal People's Republic of Yugoslavia between 1941 and 1950.  He went to the WC Finals in 1950.  He also went down in history as one of the founders of Red Star Belgrade football club in early March 1945.

GK: Stevan Stojanović (Yugoslavia)
He came through Red Star's youth ranks. He quickly became a fans' favourite and was nicknamed Mali Dika ("Dika Jr.") after Red Star's goalkeeper from late seventies and early eighties, Aleksandar Stojanović (no family relationship to Dika Sr.).  He was the team captain and led his team mates to Red Star's first and only European Cup title in 1990–91. He missed only one game and bailed out his team mates on many occasions during the campaign.  Later he played for Belgium's Royal Antwerp. 
Stevan Stojanović
RB:  Vladimir Durković  (Yugoslavia) 
He ws capped 50 times.  He went to Euro 1960, where Yugoslavia finished second.  Then, he won the Olymouc Gold the same summer.  In 1962, he went to the WC Finals and reached the semifinal.  He played with Red Star Belgrade until he was 28 and moved to Saint Etienne.

RB: Branko Stanković (Yugoslavia) 
He was best remembered for his career with Red Star Belgrade, where he won 4 league titles and established himself as one of the best defender in Yugoslavian football history.  He played in both 1950 and 1954 World Cup Finals.

He helped Steaua become the first Eastern European club to win the European Cup in 1985–86.  He was an ethnic Serb and in 1988, he deflected to Yugoslavia.  He joined Red Star Belgrade and helped them winning the 1990-1991 European Cup, the second time an Eastern European side to win the European Cup.

CB/LB: Ilija Najdoski
He played for Red Star Belgrade and was part of their European Cup victory in 1991. He also played in Spain for Real Valladolid in Spain's La Liga and Denizlispor in Turkey's Super Lig.

CB: Nemanja Vidic
He spent 9 seasons as the starting center-back at Manchester United from 2006 and 2014, where he won every major trophy and established himself as one of the best center-backs of his generation.  He also played for Red Star Belgrade and Spartak Moscow.  He went to the WC Finals in 2006 and 2010.
Nemanja Vidic

CB/LB: Sinisa Mihajlovic
He was capped 63 times between 1991 and 2003.  He was one of the best defender in Serie , notably played for Roma, Sampdoria, Lazio and Inter Milan.  He was part of the golden generation of Yugoslav players who won the 1987 FIFA World Youth Championship in Chile.

LB: Slobodan Marović   (Yugoslavia) 
Born in Bar, SR Montenegro, during his playing career he played for NK Osijek, IFK Norrköping, and Silkeborg IF. With Red Star Belgrade, he was part of their European Cup victory in 1991. He earned four caps for the Yugoslavia national football team.

CM/DM: Jovan Aćimović (Yugoslavia)
Known for his career with Red Star Belgrade, he played for Yugoslavia national team for 55 matches(3 goals), and was a participant at the 1974 FIFA World Cup, and at UEFA Euro 1968 and UEFA Euro 1976.

CM: Vladica Popović (Yugoslavia)
Popović started playing at local side Jedinstvo but his talent was spotted while he was still very young and giants Red Star Begrade brough him to their youth team where he will later play for more than a decade becoming team captain and also regular member of the Yugoslav national team.  He also played for Stuttgart and Stuttgart Kickers.

CM: Vladimir Jugovic
He was a member of Red Star Belgrade that won the European Cup in 1990.  He won another one with Juventus in 1996. He played at Euro 2000 and the World Cup 1998 for Yugoslavia. He was capped 41 times.
Vladimir Jugovic

LW: Bora Kostić (Yugoslavia) 
He is the all-time leading scorer Red Star Belgrade,  During his club career he played for Red Star Belgrade, Lanerossi Vicenza and St. Louis Stars. He earned 33 caps and 26 goals for the Yugoslavia, and participated in the 1960 European Nations' Cup.

LW: Dragan Dzajic (Serbia)
Džajić is viewed by some football experts as perhaps one of the most underrated players in European football, partly because he played in Yugoslavia.  He is considered one of the greatest left wing in history of the game.  He played most of his career with Red Star Belgrade.  He was capped 85 times for Yugoslavia.  He was voted the best player at Euro 1968.
Dragan Dzajic
LW/FW: Bora Kostić (Yugoslavia)
Kostić is regarded as one of finest Yugoslav players of his generation.  During his club career he played for Red Star Belgrade, Lanerossi Vicenza and St. Louis Stars. He earned 33 caps and 26 goals for the Yugoslavia, and participated in the 1960 European Nations' Cup.  Kostić remains to this day the all-time leading scorers with 158 league strikes for Red Star Belgrade.

AM: Dejan Petković  (Yugoslavia) 
After leaving Red Star Belgrade in 1995, Petkovic's career in Europe did not succeed.  In 1997, he joined Vitória in Brazil.  He was one of the few Europeans to play and succeed in the Brazilian league.  He was considered one of the best players in Brazil during his days there.  Between 2000 and 2011, he played for 7 Brazilian clubs.  He was a hero for three Rio clubs.  His international career, however, was limited to 7 caps.

AM/CM: Vladimir Petrović   (Yugoslavia) 
During his playing career, he mostly played for Red Star Belgrade and is one of only five Zvezdine zvezde (stars of the Star) — the legends of the club. He started out at Red Star making his debut in 1971, at the age of 16.  In 1980, he was named the Yugoslav Footballer of the Year. In 1982, he moved abroad, and briefly played for Arsenal.  He subsequently played for Brest and AS Nancy in France, and Royal Antwerp and Standard Liège in Belgium. In all he played 526 matches for the clubs.
Vladimir Petrović  

AM: Dejan Savicevic (Montenegro)
He was a part of the Red Star Belgrade team that won the 1990–91 European Cup before joining A.C. Milan in 1992. With Milan, he won three Serie A titles and the 1993–94 UEFA Champions League. He represented Yugoslavia at the 1990 and 1998 FIFA World Cups.

AM: Dragan Stojkovic (Serbia)
He is considered one of the best players in the history of Yugoslavian and Serbian football. He starred for Yugoslavia at the 1990 FIFA World Cup (where he was named in the World Cup All-Star Team) and 1998 FIFA World Cup where he captained the team. He was a star player at Red Star Belgrade, but he was playing for Marseille when Red Star Belgrade beat Marseille in the 1990 Final of the European Cup.
Dragan Stojkovic 

AM: Dragoslav Sekularac (Serbia)
He was considered one of the best player in Red Star Belgrade history.  He played in the 1958 and 1962 World Cup Finals, where his team reached the semifinal in 1962.  
Dragoslav Sekularac
FW: Dušan Savić (Yugoslavia)
Savić started with Red Star Belgrade in 1974. He quickly grew into a feared striker and a fan favourite. At still only 19, he made his national team debut for Yugoslavia. He ended up playing more than 400 official matches for Red Star Belgrade. After leaving Red Star,  Savić  played Sporting de Gijón, Lille OSC, and AS Cannes.

ST/SS:  Rajko Mitic (Yugoslavia)
He was the captain of Red Star Belgrade when it was found in 1945.  He was considered one of the club's greatest players.  He won 59 caps (in which he was captain 34 times) for Yugoslavia, and scored 32 goals. 
Rajko Mitić
ST: Zoran Filipović (Yugoslavia)
Filipović made his name in Yugoslavia as a potent striker with Red Star Belgrade from 1969 to 1980. He still holds the club record for most goals in European competitions.  He played abroad for Club Brugge in Belgium, S.L. Benfica and Boavista FC. On an international level, Zoran Filipović played 13 matches for the Yugoslav national team scoring 2 goals. 

ST:  Darko Pancev (Yugoslavia/Macedonia)
He was the European Golden Boot winner in 1991 when he scored 34 goals.  With Red Star Belgrade, he scored 84 goals from 91 league appearances, and winning the European Cup and the Intercontinental Cup in 1991.  He was capped 27 times for Yugoslavia and 6 times for Macedonia.
Darko Pancev

Honorable Mention
Duško Radinović, Ljubiša Spajić, Milan Jovin, Ratomir Dujković, Miroslav Pavlović, Stanislav Karasi, Kosta Tomašević, Miroslav Pavlovic, Vladislav Bogicevic, Nikola Jovanović, Miloš Šestić.

Squad Explanation
-- Red Star gave away the title of the Star of Red Star (Serbian: Звездина звезда / Zvezdina zvezda) to the players that had a major impact on the club's history and have made the name of the club famous around the globe. Vladimir Petrović, Rajko Mitić, Dragan Dzajic, Dragan Stojkovic, Dragoslav Sekularac and and the entire 1991 team were officially given the title. 
-- Vladimir Durković and Branko Stanković are ahead of Duško Radinović.
-- I am uncertain about the left back position.  Milan Jovin and Slobodan Marović were the names I came up with.
-- Vladimir Petrović was a legend at the club, despite his setback in England.
-- And I am uncertain about Dejan Petković.
-- Branko Zebec's career with Red Star Belgrade was very short.

Formation




Sunday, June 18, 2017

Steaua București All-Time Team



Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for the club.  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.

The team had previously belonged to the Romanian Army, however the football department separated in 1998. The Army sued the club in 2011 and has since been in a conflict regarding the ownership of the Steaua brand, which led to the change of the name to the acronym FCSB in 2017.  The Golden period of the club was in the 1980's when it won the European Cup in 1986. Plesase read my blog: Forgotten Great Team: Steaua București 1986-1989 for more information on the rise of the team in the 1980's.
2014-2015 Winning the Double
Team
GK: Ion Voinescu (Romania)
He is regarded as one of the greatest Romanian keeper.  He won 22 caps for Romania. He also played for Romania at the 1952 Summer Olympics.

GK: Silviu Lung (Romania)
He was capped 77 times for Romania between 1979 and 1993, and represented his country at Euro 1984 and the 1990 FIFA World Cup, where he was captain in all four matches.  He reached the European Cup Final in 1989 where AC Milan beat Steaua Bucureşti 4-0.

GK: Helmuth Duckadam (Romania)
He is best remembered as the keeper who saved four consecutive penalty shots in the shootout against Barcelona in the 1987 European Cup Final as Steaua București became the first ever Romanian club to win an European trophy.  He was dubbed "the Hero of Seville".

Duckadam

RB: Dan Petrescu (Romania)
He is famous for having played for Steaua Bucharest in the 1989 European Cup Final and winning the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and UEFA Super Cup with  Chelsea. Petrescu also received 95 international caps for Romania.  He was also a part of the World Cup team in 1994.


RB: Ștefan Iovan (Romania) 
Iovan made his debut at CSM Reşiţa in 1977, before joining the squad of Luceafărul Bucureşti one year later. Iovan returned to Reşiţa in 1979, but in the winter of 1981 joined Steaua Bucureşti where he played for ten years, until 1991.  He was also the team's captain when they won the European Cup in 1986.  He later played the English club Brighton & Hove Albion, Rapid Bucharest, Electroputere Craiova and CSM Reşiţa. He won the European Cup in 1986.  Capped 35 times.
Ștefan Iovan 
CB: Anton Doboș (Romania)
Dobos debuted in Divizia A with U Cluj in 1988. He went to Dinamo Bucureşti in 1989 and helped win one league title before he headed to their rival team Steaua Bucureşti, where he helped win four league titles. Doboș capped 23 times. He was in the squad for the 1998 World Cup and Euro 1996. After Euro 1996 he signed with AEK Athens FC in Greece. 

CB: Ștefan Sameș (Romania)
Sameş began playing football for the youth side of FC Steaua Bucureşti. He made his Romanian first division debut at age 19, playing for FC Universitatea Craiova while on loan from Steaua during 1971. After two seasons in Craiova, he returned to Steaua and made 274 league appearances for the club and was named Romanian footballer of the year in 1979.  Capped 47 times.

CB: Daniel Prodan (Romania)
Prodan came to prominence with FC Steaua București, having signed in late 1992 from hometown side FC Olimpia Satu Mare. With the capital club he won five consecutive Liga I titles. In 1997, he joined Atletioc Madrid.  A year later, he joined Rangers, but never played for them due to an injury. He earned 54 caps, and went USA 1994 and Euro 1996 in England.

SW/CB: Alexandru Apolzan (Romania)
He has been credited with the invention of the sweeper role and is considered as one of the best sweepers in the history of Romanian football.  He played mainly for Steaua Bucureşti.  He also won 22 caps for Romania.
Alexandru Apolzan 

SW/CB: Miodrag Belodedici (Romania)
He helped Steaua become the first Eastern European club to win the  European Cup in 1985–86.  He was an ethnic Serb and in 1988, he deflected to Yugoslavia.  He joined Red Star Belgrade and helped them winning the 1990-1991 European Cup, the second time an Eastern European side to win the European Cup.

LB: Ilie Bărbulescu (Romania)
He was a member of Steaua Bucureşti's winning squad for the European Cup in 1986 and for the European Supercup in 1987.
He spent the majority of his career with FC Argeş Piteşti. Bărbulescu also won five caps for the Romanian national team.

DM/CM: Constantin Gâlcă (Romania)
He first made a name for himself at Steaua București, then proceeded to spend one full decade in Spain, playing in 318 matches in both major levels combined and representing five clubs. Additionally, Gâlcă appeared for Romania in two World Cups(1994 and 1998) and as many European Championships(1996 and 2000), gaining 68 caps.


CM: Tudorel Stoica (Romania)
In 1975, he transferred to country giants FC Steaua Bucureşti from FCM Galaţi. He was part of the squad that won the first European title in Romanian football's history, the 1985–86 European Cup, even though he did not play in the final. In 1989, 35-year-old Stoica moved abroad for the first time, playing one season in France with second level side RC Lens.

CM: László Bölöni (Romania)
He was the hero of the qualification campaign for Euro 1984 where Romania eliminated Italy and qualified for the Finals in France.  He was also a part of Steaua Bucureşti that won the European Cup.
László Bölöni 
CM: Ion Dumitru (Romania)
Dumitru played mainly for Rapid Bucureşti and Steaua.  He represented his country at the 1970 FIFA World Cup. Regarded as one of Romania's greatest players he won the Romanian Footballer of the Year in 1973 and 1975.

AM: Marcel Răducanu (Romania)
Between 1976 and 1981, he played 21 games for Romanian national team.  After playing for Steaua Bucureşti in the 1970s,  Răducanu defected following a match in Dortmund, West Germany in 1981. He was sentenced to nearly six years in prison in his absence. for his action.  He also played for FC Zurich.

AM: Gheorghe Hagi (Romania)
Nicknamed "The Maradona of the Carpathians",  he was probably the best player in Romanian football history.  He was named Romanian Footballer of the Year seven times.  He led Romania to the quarter-final in the1994 World Cup Finals.  He scored one of the most memorable goals of that tournament.
Gheorghe Hagi
LW/FW: Nicolae Tătaru (Romania)
Nicolae Tătaru signed with Steaua Bucureşti in 1952, after three months when he played for one of Steaua's second teams, Armata Craiova. He was a part of Steaua's Golden team, playing also for the Romania national football team. He earned 24 caps for Romania, scoring three goals.  He was their captain for some of the matches.

LW/FW:  Adrian Ilie (Romania)
He won 55 caps for Romania, scoring 13 goals.  He played at the 1996 European Football Championship, 1998 FIFA World Cup and 2000 European Football Championship.  At Valencia, he was part of a great team that went to the European Cup Final in 2000.

FW: Ilie Dumitrescu (Romania)
He formed a frontline partnership with Gheorghe Hagi and Florin Răducioiu led Romania to the 1994 FIFA World Cup quarterfinal. He was best rememberd for scoring two goals against Argentina. He also played cl;ub football in England and Mexico.

FW: Marius Lacatus (Romania)
He is an icon for Steaua Buchares.  He won the 1987 European Cup.  He played for his country in the 1990 World Cup, Euro 1996 and 1998 World Cup.  He also played in Italy and Spain.


Marius Lacatus 
FW: Anghel Iordănescu (Romania)
One of Steaua București's greatest players, Iordănescu joined the team as a youth in 1962, aged 12. Six years later, he made his debut for the first team, followed by his first appearance for the Romania national team in 1971. During this period, he scored 155 goals, becoming the team's highest ever goalscorer. In 1982, aged 32, Iordănescu left Romania to play for OFI Crete in Greece under head coach Les Shannon, but returned to Steaua two years later to become the club's assistant manager.  He was capped 57 times.

ST: Victor Pițurcă (Romania)
In 1983, he joined by Steaua, helping the club to reach its highest peak in European football. Pițurcă won with Steaua the European Cup in 1986 and the European Supercup in 1987.As for domestic performances, Pițurcă won the championship with Steaua București five times and the Romanian Cup four times. At the end of the 1987–88 season he was the top scorer of Liga I and won UEFA's Bronze Boot.  Capped 13 times.


ST: Ion Alecsandrescu (Romania)
Voted Steaua "Man of the Century". Alecsandrescu also played football between 1947 and 1962 for Juventus Bucureşti, Steaua Bucureşti, CA Câmpulung Moldovenesc and Olimpia Bucureşti. He was top scorer of Divizia A with 18 goals in only 22 games, in 1956. Alecsandrescu won five championships and a Romanian Cup, all with Steaua Bucureşti and also won five caps for Romania.


ST: Gheorghe Constantin (Romania)
Known as The Professor, he was a symbol of Steaua Bucureşti. Constantin made his debut for Unirea Tricolor's youth team, and he later played with Venus UCB, Avântul Reghin and then CFR Iaşi before he signed a contract with Steaua Bucureşti in 1955. He played for Steaua 15-years, scoring 149 goals in Divizia A. In 1969, Romanian Communist authorities allow him to play abroad for Kayserispor in Turkey. He made his debut in the Romanian national team against Yugoslavia; that was a game made notable by the fact that the whole Romanian team was made up of players from Steaua Bucureşti. Constantin was also a member of the Romanian soccer team at the 1964 Summer Olympics
Gheorghe Constantin
Honorable Mention
Vasile Iordache, Teodor Anghelini, Adrian Bumbescu, Mirel Rădoi,  Florea Voinea, Iosif Vigu, Gheorghe Tătaru, Gabi Balint,Viorel Năstase, Florentin Dumitru, Basarab Panduru, Iosif Rotariu.

Squad Explanation
-- Helmuth Duckadam has down in one game more than any Steaua goalkeeper in their careers.
-- Most of the players played before the 1990's.
-- A large number of my players are from the Golden Generation of the mid-1980's.
-- Gheorghe Hagi arrived soon after the Golden Generation in the mid-1990's.
-- There are too many right backs.  I dropped Lajos Sătmăreanu and Vasile Zavoda.
-- Florea Voinea and Iosif Vigu were the last two players dropped.
-- Anghel Iordănescu was the chairman of Steaua Bucureşti during the team's golden era, between 1985 and 1989. He was recently declared as Steaua Bucharest's Man of the Century mainly for his role as the chairman.

Formation