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Dinamo Tbilisi vs. Steaua Bucaresti – Preview
Additional statistics and information before the start of the expected Champions League match between Georgian and Romanian champions.
For the Third Qualifying Round to the Champions League 2013-2014 season the Georgian champions – Dinamo Tbilisi – will face the Romanian champions – Steaua Bucaresti. The first match will be held in the Boris Paichadze National Stadium in Tbilisi tomorrow.
This is going to be the first confrontation between a Georgian and a Romanian side in the UEFA Champions League editions, and the first direct official international match between these teams.
Despite this fact, Dinamo Tbilisi already knows what is to face Romanian teams on European tournaments. In the 1987-1988 UEFA Cup the Georgians managed to beat Victoria Bucaresti (0-0, 2-1) when the country was still part of the Soviet Union. At the UEFA Cup 1994-1995, Dinamo eliminated another Romanian team, this time it was Universitae Craiova (2-0, 2-1).
Steaua Bucaresti is a very serious team which eliminated the Macedonian FK Vardar Skopje in the Second Qualifying Round and looked pretty strong as well. The Romanians won at home 3-0 and away 1-2.
But their most recent success is not this tie against Macedonians; Steaua is between the best 50 European clubs due to the prestigious rankings of IFFHS, they held the 36th spot in March of this year.
Ranking can’t lie about the success of the Romanian team; the last campaign of Europe League was a hit for them. After beating Lithuanian Kaunas in the Play Off Round by 5-0 on aggregate, Steaua managed to win the Group E over three strong contingents: German Stuttgart, Danish Copenhagen and Norwegian Mölde. In the Round of 32 teams Steaua eliminated the glorious Ajax Amsterdam from the Netherlands. After losing away 0-2, the Romanians worked though in Bucaresti and pushed to the penalties thanks to the 2-0 victory. On penalties the luck was on their side and qualified to the Round of 16.
There they had to play the strong Chelsea, team that become champion of the edition later. The Romanians managed to beat them in Bucaresti by 1-0, and lost away in London 3-1 after really serious strong fight on the pitch. Steaua needed one goal to eliminate the favorites of the championship.
The success of Romanian football is global as well, in the last three Champions League seasons; Romanian sides have been participles of the Group Stages.
The well known Georgian team Dinamo Tbilisi arrives to the present Champions League with high expectations due to their two year project now. The well based team and most winner of Georgia achieved the double title in the country after winning the league and the cup this year.
The results were based on their nice and effective football style, which at the beginning of the new season lost a few key players due to transfers and injuries, but also new players have joined the squad.
The victories in the Second Qualifying Round against Faroese EB Streymur were not completely satisfactory, despite the 2-9 result on aggregate, the Georgian side looked somehow insecure in a few areas of the pitch. The club is missing two starters, as Irakli Dzaria and Peter Grajcier, one midfielder from the right and the other from the left. Both of them have serious injuries and will be missing the team’s matches until September.
On the international arena Dinamo Tbilisi hasn’t been so lucky since the Independence of Georgia, but the hugest success was in the 2004-2005 UEFA Campaign when surprisingly the coached by Georgi Geguchadze, qualified to the UEFA Cup Group Stage after eliminating BATE Borisov (Belarus), Slavia Prague (Czech Republic) and Wisla Krakow (Poland) in the qualifying stages.
Also an interesting streak follows the team; the last defeat in Tbilisi for continental tournaments was in the 2007-2008 UEFA Cup when Dinamo lost to Austrian Rapid Wien 0-3. It’s important to stand out the fact of that game being played on the Mikheil Meskhi Stadium, which is not the home field of the club.
After that season Dinamo Tbilisi has played 12 official matches, and won 9 of them. The most recent hardest game was the last season when Dinamo received the Greek AEK Athens in the Europe League 2012-2013 Play Offs. The Georgian had a defeat away by 0-1 so they needed two goals to make it thru the Group Stage. Despite the early goal from the Georgian side, the team couldn’t score anymore, and the game went to extra times. The Greeks managed to qualify after a last minute penalty awarded to them.
Generally in history Dinamo Tbilisi has played 28 games in Champions League, and rescues 13 victories, 2 draws and 13 defeats. The Georgians has scored 46 goals and received 41.
The official website of Dinamo Tbilisi exposed the historical results between the Georgian team and Romanian sides, not only in official competitions:UEFA CUP (1987) – 1/16 FinalsViktoria Bucaresti 1-2 Dinamo Tbilisi(Goals: Chedia, Shengelia). Dinamo Tbilisi 0-0 Viktoria Bucaresti UEFA CUP (1994) – Qualifying 1st RoundDinamo Tbilisi 2-0 Universitae Craiova(Goals: Kinkladze, S. Arveladze). Universitae Craiova 1-2 Dinamo Tbilisi(Goals: Kavelashvili, Kinkladze). ---- ROMANIAN TOURNAMENT (1945)CFR Bucaresti 1-2 Dinamo TbilisiJuventus Bucaresti 5-10 Dinamo TbilisiTimisoara Team 0-5 Dinamo Tbilisi FRIENDLY MATCH (1953)Romanian National Team 2-1 Dinamo Tbilisi ROMANIAN TOURNAMENT (1953)Dinamo Bucaresti 2-1 Dinamo TbilisiFlamura Roshe Aradi 2-2 Dinamo TbilisiShtianca Cluj 1-1 Dinamo TbilisiKKA Bucaresti 1-0 Dinamo Tbilisi FRIENDLY MATCHES:Dinamo Tbilisi 2-2 Lokomotiv Bucaresti (1955)Dinamo Tbilisi 4-0 Dinamo Bucaresti (1957)Dinamo Tbilisi 4-2 Petrolul Ploesti (1961)Dinamo Tbilisi 2-1 Progresul Bucaresti (1966)Universitat Cluj 1-0 Dinamo Tbilisi (1971) ROMANIAN TOURNAMENT (1980)Arjesi Piteshki 0-1 Dinamo TbilisiRomanian National Team 0-2 Dinamo TbilisiKonstanta 1-2 Dinamo TbilisiSports Studentsko 1-1 Dinamo Tbilisi FRIENDLY MATCH (2013)CFR Cluj 0-0 Dinamo Tbilisi