FC Steaua București

FC Steaua București was a Romanian professional football club of which two current entities are claiming the records. The original FC Steaua București team was part of the namesake CSA Steaua București sports club and belonged to the Ministry of National Defence.

In 1998, the club and facilities were separated from the sports club and taken over by a group of shareholders in a post-Ceaușescu privatisation scheme, allegedly leading to one of the shareholders (Gigi Becali) acquiring full ownership five years later. However, CSA Steaua București sued the football club in 2011, claiming that this was a new entity; the two have since been in a legal conflict regarding the ownership of the Steaua brand and honours, which resulted in multiple court cases and the forced change of the name of FC Steaua București to FCSB in early 2017.[1][2] UEFA and LPF are attributing all of the original club history to FCSB. According to the newest court decision, CSA Steaua holds all honours up to 1998.[3]

The claimants to the club records are:

  • FCSB, which has been financed by George Becali since the establishment of his public share company in 2003
  • CSA Steaua București, which was reestablished in 2017 by the Ministry of National Defence and is part of the CSA Steaua București sports club.


  1. ^ Rosu, Emanuel (2014-12-27). "Where the team has no name: the fight over Steaua Bucharest's identity | Emanuel Rosu". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  2. ^ "Belodedici intervine in scandalul FCSB – CSA! "Generalii au fugit cu buzunarele pline si i-au dat echipa lui Becali" Ce spune de proiectul CSA Steaua!". Sport.ro (in Romanian). Retrieved 2019-07-10.
  3. ^ "Lovitură catastrofală pentru FCSB! CSA Steaua a câștigat procesul pentru palmares - ProSport.ro". prosport.ro. 28 June 2021.