’86 Euro Cup Final : Steaua Bucharest


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The Startelf of Romanian army club STEAUA BUCHAREST line-up for the team photo just prior to the kick-off of the European Cup Final against Spanish side FC Barcelona at the “neutral site” of the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in Seville, Spain. (Bob Thomas/Getty Images)
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STEAUA BUCHAREST
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GK —- 1 — Helmuth DUCKADAM ——— (Romania 82 : 2 caps)
DF —- 2 — Stefan IOVAN ——————— (Romania 83-90 : 35 caps, 3 goals)
DF —- 3 — Ilie BARBULESCU ————– (Romania 79-87 : 5 caps, 0 goals)
DF —- 4 — Adrian BUMBESCU ———— (Romania 84-90 : 15 caps, 1 goal)
MF —- 5 — Lucian BALAN ——————– (Romania 87 : 1 cap, 0 goals)
DF —- 6 — Miodrag BELODEDICI ——– (Romania 84-00 : 53 caps, 5 goals)
MF —- 7 — Marius LACATUS ————– (Romania 84-98 : 84 caps, 13 goals)
MF —- 8 — Mihali MEJEARU ————– (Romania 87 : 1 cap, 0 goals)
ST —- 9 — Victor PITURCA —————- (Romania 85-87 : 13 caps, 6 goals)
ST – 10 — Gavril BALINT —————— (Romania 82-92 : 34 caps, 14 goals)
MF – 11 — Laszlo BOLONI —————— (Romania 75-88 : 108 caps, 25 goals)

substitutes
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MF – 13 — Anghel IORDANESCU —— (Romania 71-81 : 64 caps, 26 goals)
for Balan (75th min)
ST – 16 — Marin RADU ——————— (Romania 76-82 : 7 caps, 0 goals)
for Piturca (107th min)

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Readers with a sharp eye for the details of football history know that it was international striker ANGHEL IORDANESCU who tallied the winning goal in Romania’s 2-1 victory over England in the 1980 World Cup qualification match at the Stadionul National in Budapest featured here at this blog with the article, “RADUCANU’s ROMANIAN REVOLUTION”.

Upon leading the Romanian First Division in goal-scoring with Steaua Bucharest for the 1981-82 season, at the age of 32, the international striker was allowed by government authorities to play outside the country. After two seasons in Greece with OFI Crete, Iordanescu returned to Romania in 1984 and rejoined Steaua Bucharest as an assistant coach to manager EMERICH JENEI. Because of Iordanescu’s high technical skill level as well as extensive international experience, it was decided that the assistant coach could be an asset to Steaua Bucharest on the field against FC Barcelona in the 1986 European Cup Final.

Today, Iordanescu is a Major General in the Romanian Army and also a member of the Romanian Senate representing the Social Democratic Party.

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