Ghencea Stadium
Steaua Stadium (or Ghencea) ( Romanian: Stadionul Steaua) is a football stadium in Bucharest, Romania, home of Ministry of National Defence of Romania. Also called Ghencea Stadium, it was inaugurated on 9 April 1974 when Steaua played a friendly game against OFK Belgrade, 2”“2. Tătaru was the first player to score on the new stadium.

At the time it was one of the first football-only stadiums ever built in Romania, as there are no athletic (track and field) facilities, and the stands are very close to the pitch. The original capacity was 30,000 on benches, but in 1991 when the plastic seats were installed, the capacity dropped to 28,365 , along with 126 press seats, 440 seats in VIP boxes and 733 armchairs. The floodlighting system, with a density of 1400 lux, has been inaugurated in 1991. Today, following two general renovations in 1996 and 2006 in order to host UEFA Champions League games, Ghencea is the most modern stadium in Romania offering some state-of-the-art facilities such as: a four-star establishment with all the facilities required for the team, internet for the press-room, 17 cameras for video surveillance, electrically heated pitch, an automated irrigation system, and a modern scoreboard capable of playing replays. Lately there have been talks for increasing the capacity to either 45,000 or 60,000 with the company that, among others, has worked on building stadia such as Commerzbank-Arena in Frankfurt and renovating ones as Olympiastadion in Berlin. The Romanian national football team is also a tenant. The first game played by the national team at Steaua was in March 1977 against Turkey. Since then other 59 games were played, the last one in May 2008 against Montenegro. Also, several matches from the 1998 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, including the final, have been hosted by the arena.

Important matches

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Date Match Result Notes 09-04-1974 Steaua”“ Belgrade 2”“2 A friendly game, the first ever played on Ghencea Stadium. 28-04-1974 Steaua”“ Braşov 2”“2 First official match played on Ghencea Stadium. 23-03-1977 Romania”“ Turkey 4”“0 A Balcanic Cup game. The first game played by Romania on Ghencea Stadium. 03-10-1979 Steaua”“ Young Boys 6”“0 Steaua's largest win in European Cups. 16-04-1986 Steaua”“ Anderlecht 3”“0 European Cup semifinal. Following this win, Steaua qualified for the European Cup final. 06-04-1988 Steaua”“ Benfica 0”“0 European Cup semifinal. 07-12-1988 Steaua”“ Corvinul 11”“0 Steaua's largest win in Liga I. 15-03-1989 Steaua”“ Göteborg 5”“1 European Cup quarter-finals. 05-04-1989 Steaua”“ Galatasaray 4”“0 European Cup semifinal. An important win for Steaua which virtually opened the door to the European Cup final. 15-11-1989 Romania”“ Denmark 3”“1 Following this win, Romania qualified to 1990 FIFA World Cup, the first World Cup Romania attended in twenty years. 01-08-1991 Steaua”“ Brăila 2”“0 A Divizia A game, in which occasion the installation night was inaugurated. 28-09-1991 Steaua”“ Bacău 4”“1 A Divizia A game, in which occasion the floodlighting system was inaugurated. 13-09-1995 Steaua”“ Rangers 1”“0 First match won in UEFA Champions League new format. 04-04-1998 Steaua”“ Dinamo 5”“0 A Divizia A game, Steaua's largest win against Dinamo. 31-05-1998 Greece U21”“ Spain U21 0”“1 A 1998 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Final. 25-02-2005 Steaua”“ Valencia 2”“0 Steaua won 4-3 on penalty shootout, and thus Steaua qualified for the Round of 16 of the UEFA Cup. Many consider this game, the most important win of the past 15 years, marking the beginning of "a new era" for the Romanian side. 24-11-2009 Urziceni”“ Sevilla 1”“0 A UEFA Champions League game. First victory of one Romanian team on their home stadium after 13 years.

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