On May 7, 1986 in Seville, the most popular Barcelona and Steaua won the European championship. The clubs behind the Iron Curtain have never won the “clumsy ears” trophy, and many claim that the Romanians have no chance to clashed with the powerful Catalans.
After 120 minutes of the game, no goals were scored, and then the great Helmuth Duckadam (Helmuth Duckadam) appeared. The 193 cm tall goalkeeper has continuously shot at Jose Ramon Alexanko, Angela Pedraza, Pichi Alonso and Marcos, and has achieved unprecedented achievements in football history, at least reaching the highest level. Steaua won 2-0 after a penalty kick, and Duckadam did not admit a goal.
This is the craziest single player game in the history of elite football matches. This final is still known as the final in Duckadam football history. All the players who played in the cup or in the UEFA Champions League final get the honor only for this confused Romanian.
”As a child, I always dreamed of playing a big game and becoming a hero by helping the team celebrate. But even then, I dare not dream of entering the Champions League final. Fines are my specialty. After a few hours of training with my teammates, I stayed and bet on how many penalties I could defend. All the exercises came in handy in the finals,” Helmuth Duckadam said as he recalled the biggest night of his life.
In the following years, until the Berlin Wall fell and communism fell, Steaua imposed himself as a new European power. After the tragedy of Heysel and the elimination of English clubs from the European Cup, there was a vacuum in European club football, and Steaua was one of the clubs that took full advantage of the new situation. After winning the first two years of the European championship, the Ceausescu family team played against Benfica in the semifinals of the Classic. One year later, the Dutch-led Milan performed strongly in the final (4:0). Ironically, just a few months after the club reached the Champions League final, on Christmas Day 1989, Nicolae Ceausescu (Nicolae Ceausescu) and his wife Elena (Elena) The coup overthrew a family in Romania that was destroyed by the monarchy and communism and was executed.
Until 1986, Romanian football, both the club and the national team, had never achieved any significant results. They only qualified for the three World Cups (1934, 1938, and 1970), but they won nothing in these three games. Romania has always been a gymnastic country, and football did not become a background until the mid-1980s. It was not until 1983 that the ruling Communist Party realized that football is the sport that attracts the masses the most, and its ultimate success will cover up the disastrous situation in the country.
After World War II, two clubs from Bucharest, Dynamo and Steaua had a duopoly on Romanian football. Dinamo ruled in the early 1980s under the patronage of the secret intelligence police, the annoying Securitate, and wanted to solve this problem in 1983. National interest. He succeeded in doing this, and Steaua won the national championship title for six consecutive years. From June 1986 to September 1989, Steaua did not lose 119 home league games, which was a world record at the time. Today, no one in Europe can do this.
In a society where the government strictly defends professionalism, Steaua players still get paid. In today’s situation, these amounts may be insignificant, but the lives of Steaua players are much better than other Romanians. They formally enlisted in the army and received cars, televisions and video recorders provided by the state in recognition of their outstanding achievements. This was a luxury that other Romanian countries could only dream of.
Valentin actually played an important role in our success and winning the European Championship. He took us all to the mountain of our winter training camp. In spring, we are as strong as the bull. He helped us to train under the spotlight at home, which is usually impossible due to the Communist regime’s restrictions on electricity consumption. According to the memory of that season, I can write twelve books. The home game against Lahti is a special story. Romania subsequently suffered terrible flooding. The whole state is underwater, and the water in our stadium is more than 2 feet high. Nevertheless, we still played the game. how is it? The Romanian army was ordered to dry the terrain with several helicopters.
Valentin Ceausescu knows that he can do whatever he wants and behaves like a football dictator. The goal is clear-to turn Steaua into a strong European team, and the way to reach that goal is irrelevant.
Fans came to the game knowing that they might have been manipulated, and the state even designated reporters who allowed reporters to cover the game. Of course the judge is corrupt.
Romanian veteran journalist Constantin Firanescu said: “The players of Steaua and other teams supported by the Chiosescu regime are full of fear and fear that they will be retaliated against if they win by accident.
In June 1988, the final cup was played by city rivals Dinamo and Steaua. At the end of the game, Stuya striker Gavrila Balint (Gavrila Balint) scored a goal from behind. The offside foul was so obvious that even the referee had to cancel the goal, but Valentin Ceausescu ordered his players to pick it up from the court and the trophy went to Dynamo. However, the celebration by the team led by the famous Mircea Lucescu lasted only a few hours. The Ceausescu family explicitly convened a meeting of the Central Committee of the Romanian Communist Party and awarded the trophy to Steaua.