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Steaua Bucharest vs Chelsea
PRE-MATCH DISCUSSION AND LIVE CHAT

Eden+Hazard+Chelsea+FC+v+AC+Sparta+Praha

Europa League Last 16 First Leg
7th March, Thursday 2013
National Arena, Bucharest
18:00 Kick Off (UK time)

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Well, going by their league form, they're a good side! Won 16 of 20 matches this season, and losing only two. They have won all ten of their home league matches, conceding only four goals in the process.

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It's pretty simple, if we play to our capabilities, we'll comfortably get through this tie. But we haven't played to our capabilities very often at all since that orgasmic win at WHL so it's not a gimme. It will be like the Benfica and Prague games i guess.

Last time we went to Romania we were awful in which must be described as one of the worst matches of all time. I would take a draw though and have a one off home game. Middlesbrough had an epic with them in 2006, which i posted in the other thread.

All in all, we will get through. Who's next?

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Fotbal Club Steaua București is a Romanian professional football club based in Bucharest. They are the most successful Romanian football team in European competitions as well in the Romanian Liga I (23 championship wins), and Romanian Cup (21 wins). They became the first East European team to win the European Cup, being victorious in the 1986 European Cup final (against Barcelona on penalties). Steaua played again in the final of the 1988/1989 European Cup (AC Milan).

More infos you cand find here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FC_Steaua_Bucure%C8%99ti

Recent results:

2004/2005

Uefa Cup Round of 32 eliminated Valencia (UEFA Cup holders back then):

Round of 16 we lost against Villareal.

2005/2006

Was best recent performance (Uefa Cup semi-finals): First place in a group with RC Lens, Hertha BSC Berlin, UC Sampdoria and Halmstads BK.

Round of 32: Steaua - Heerenveen 3-2

Round of 16: Steaua - Betis 3-0

Quarter- finals: Steaua Bucharest - Rapid Bucharest 1-1 (Steaua win on penalties)

Semi-finals: Steaua - Boro 1-0 at Ghencea and 2-4 in England

2006/2007

Uefa Champions League group stage - 3rd place with: Olympique Lyonnais, Real Madrid CF and FC Dynamo Kyiv.

Uefa Cup round 32 losing vs Sevilla

2007/2008 - 2008/2009

Uefa Champions League Group Stage

Beating some good teams on the way, and losing badly to some.

2009/2010 - 2010/2011

Europa league group stage.

2011/2012

Europa League Round of 32.

2012/2013

Play-offs:

Steaua - Spartak Trnava 3-1

Steaua - Ekranas 5-0

Group Stage:

Home Away Total Clubs P W D L W D L W D L F A +/- Pts 1 50065.png FC Steaua Bucureşti 6 2 0 1 1 2 0 3 2 1 9 9 0 11 2 50107.png VfB Stuttgart 6 0 2 1 2 0 1 2 2 2 9 6 3 8 3 52709.png FC København 6 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 5 6 -1 8 4 50142.png Molde FK 6 1 0 2 1 0 2 2 0 4 6 8 -2 6

Round of 32:

Steaua - Ajax:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3AanwgImI8

The Match will be played on "Arena Nationala"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arena_Na%C8%9Bional%C4%83

All goals 2012/2013 Europa League:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zamWnPLuxI

Steaua Fans:

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They are a well organised, technical team - but do (compared to EPL) teams lack the final toughness needed to win matches.

If we convert our chances, should be relatively easy, if we don't - could be a draw best case and loss worst case...

Like I said a great footballing team and we should be mindful of under estimating them a la Corinthians...

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Play the second team, and maybe oscar to run things as he should be fresher than the other 2. Try and get an away goal and stay solid at the back. Hopefully we won't need to call on mata and hazard...

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Don't want to underestimate them too much. Think Ake should have some involvement, but only from the bench in this first leg. In the 2nd leg at the Bridge, he can hopefully start

Cech

Azpi Cahill Terry Bertrand

Luiz Mikel

Moses Oscar Hazard

Torres

Turnbull, Iva, Cole, Lamps, Ake, Marin, Mata

Give Ramires a much needed break too

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