1
Oct

Steaua Bucharest owner makes Champions League prediction… from back of prison van

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(Photo: 101GreatGoals)

Usually when we see the owner of a football team, they’re sitting comfortably in an owner’s box or relaxing on the deck of a yacht somewhere in the Mediterranean. Gigi Becali, however, isn’t your typical owner.

Steaua Bucharest’s front man is serving a three-year prison sentence for illegal land-swap dealings. Ever the good owner, however, Becali was confident his side would emerge the victors in Tuesday’s Champions League tilt against Chelsea.

Seen here in the back of a police van flashing “2-0,” we can’t help but think the Romanian politician was being a bit brash. In reality, it was Chelsea who would hold that lead by halftime, before finishing Steaua off 4-0 after the full 90.

Perhaps he was predicting the scoreline in Chelsea’s favor?

(h/t 101GreatGoals)

28
Aug

Legia Warsaw fans protest UEFA sanctions with intense display

Away goals put Steaua Bucharest into the Champions League Group Stage over Polish side Legia Warsaw after a 2-2 draw on Tuesday. Although Steaua squandered a two-goal lead and let Legia battle back, the real fireworks started well before the opening kick:

UEFA, prompted by what the administrative body deemed “racist behavior by supporters,” sanctioned Legia Warsaw by closing a section of the stands in the team’s home arena, Polish Army Stadium, and fined the team €30,000.

The fans responded with a giant middle finger in the form of this massive demonstration, unfurling a large tifo that read “UEFA Ultra Extreme Fanatical Atmosphere,” before giving way to an onslaught of flares and fire crackers.

It’s certainly impressive and intimidating, and there are plenty of reasons to be upset with UEFA, but it’s important to remember the ban was imposed because of alleged racist behavior. So, no matter how cool it is to “stick it to the man,” maybe Legia fans should put their efforts toward ridding racism from their support section. Maybe.

(h/t Deadspin)