Great one-offs – Steaua Bucharest, 1986

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Steaua Bucharest have appeared in two European Cup finals, with both being among the six where the two teams involved have changed kits.

When the club formed in 1947, they wore red and yellow striped shirts with blue shorts, utilising the colours of the Romanian flag, but the yellow’s role was soon heavily reduced.

Various combinations of red and blue were used but, when the club reached the European Cup final for the first time in 1986, their opponents were Barcelona, meaning an alternative was required.

Barca wore their light blue change shirts. While yellow might have been expected for Steaua, instead for the first time they took to the field in all-white, a red-trimmed version of adidas’s Aberdeen template.


The game in Seville finished level after 90 minutes and, with extra time failing to produce a goal, it meant that the final was going to be decided by a penalty shootout for the second time in three years.

Amazingly, the first four spot-kicks were all missed and, after both Marius Lacatus and Gavril Balint netted for Steaua, victory was theirs as Helmuth Duckadam went on to save all four of the Barça kicks. He was wearing the classic adidas diagonal striped template.


Sadly for Duckadam – named after what Eve shouted when God saw her and Adam eating from the Tree of Knowledge – he suffered a blood disorder in the weeks after the final and only resumed his career at lowly Vagonul Arad.

In 2008, he was honoured with the Ordinul “Meritul Sportiv” and in 2010 he became the Steaua club president, a position he still holds.


1 comment on “Great one-offs – Steaua Bucharest, 1986

  1. Simon

    In the Youtube clips from the game, Steaua’s substitute goalkeeper can be seen celebrating after the game wearing green socks with white trims in the same style as the outfield players.


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