Steaua Bucharest play first game without famous name

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A quite incredible story has emerged from Romania this afternoon concerning 1986 European Cup winners Steaua Bucharest, or should I say the club formally known as Steaua Bucharest.

The 25-time champions of Romania lost a long-running legal battle with the Ministry of Defence earlier this week, losing their claim to the famous name because the army had it first and don't eel like sharing without being financially compensated.

Steaua owner Gigi Becali now faces the task of negotiating with the Romanian MOD to get permission to use the name after the supreme court ruled against him, which helped produce quite farcical scenes at their game against CSMS Iasi.

'Hosts' have history wiped out

Twitter Updates from Romanian football journalist Emanuel Rosu brought to light the news that Steaua played under the more modest moniker of 'Hosts' today, with the Steaua name also taped over on the club's tracksuits and shirts.

The famous red and blue kit was also nowhere to be seen, with 'Hosts' sporting a yellow number which makes Cardiff City fans' complaints about playing in red look like a pretty minor debate.

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Farcical situation needs a resolution

Quite ridiculously even the team's bus driver had the Steaua name and emblem removed from his suit, in what has to rank as one of the more embarrasing situations for a nation which is no stranger to scandal's dogging their sporting pursuits.

Steaua’s president Valeriu Argaseala expects the club to begin talks in a bid to get their identity back tomorrow, but the high court's decision is final and means that unless the Ministry of National defence are willing to reach a compromise a more permanent alternative may have to be found.

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