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Postat de gest pe 15 August 2013, 18:53
Throughout the history of Romanian football, FC Steaua Bucureşti have been making things look easy. With the highest number of league titles (24), Romanian Cups (21) and Super Cups (6), not to mention Romania's only European trophy, Steaua's success has appeared effortless at times.
However, the 1985/86 European Champion Clubs' Cup winners and 1989 runners-up can never be accused of enjoying a comfortable ride in Europe. Since the 1993/94 season, when they reached the second round, the club have had to negotiate the qualifying rounds in every one of their subsequent 11 UEFA Champions League campaigns (this one included). Six of those qualification attempts have resulted in group stage appea
They could argue they have been dealt a rough hand, in that their endless perseverance has helped maintain Romania's coefficient, enabling the likes of CFR 1907 Cluj (2008/09, 2010/11), FC Unirea Urziceni (2009/10) and FC Oțelul Galați (2011/12) to cruise directly into the group stage – a privilege never afforded to Steaua themselves.
This season they are again battling through qualifying, seeing off FK Vardar and FC Dinamo Tbilisi to earn a play-off with Legia Warszawa over the next two weeks, and those hard-fought campaigns of the past are providing inspiration. "We have spoken about the performances of the past which honour the club, and about our predecessors who have given Steaua