Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Steaua have been struggling to find their best form of late. The Romanian side suffered a 2-0 loss to Osmanlispor in their Europa League opener, while losing to Cluj in front of home fans in the national championship at the weekend. Steaua face an uphill task in Thursday’s football match against Villarreal and we do not believe that they are capable of upsetting the La Liga team at their Arena Nationala. Villarreal did remarkably well to share the spoils with Real Madrid at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in their last away game in La Liga and seeing that they outplayed Zurich in their Europa League opener, we predict that the visitors are going to emerge triumphant in Thursday’s football match. Italian attacker Sansone, who played for Sassuolo last season, has been scoring goals for fun in recent weeks and he is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders.
Highlighted Player (Mateo Musacchio):
Mateo Musacchio is an Argentine footballer who plays for Spanish team Villarreal as a defender. The 182-cm-tall footballer plays as a centre back and he was born in Rosario. However, his grandparents are Albanian. Musac hio began his senior career at River Plate, playing for the Argentine giants between 2006 and 2009, but he made no more than 10 appearances for los Millionarios.
On August 2009 he joined Spanish club Villarreal and he has been playing for the Yellow Submarine ever since. Musacchio scored three goals in 22 appearances for Villarreal II in the 2009/2010 campaign, but he made seven appearances for the first team during the season as well.
Nonetheless, he played no more than 13 games for the Yellows in the 2015/2016 La Liga campaign. Mateo Musacchio has 3 caps for the Argentina national team. Speaking of his honours, the Argentine defender did well to clinch the 2008 Clausura with River Plate.
Highlighted Team (Steaua Bucharest):
Over the years Steaua have established themselves as one of the most successful clubs in Romania. Founded on 7 June, 1947 the club won their first domestic trophy in 1951 and they have been the dominant force in the Romanian football ever since.
In 2015 Steaua won their 26th national championship, but the club’s biggest success is winning of the 1985/1986 Champions League (European Cup) trophy. The Ros-Albastrii did well to beat Barcelona in the title game at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in Seville. Three years later they made it to the final of the elite competition, but Milan proved to be a big catch for the Romanian champions in the Camp Nou showdown.
Steaua suffered a 4-0 loss to Rossoneri in the 1989 European Cup final. A number of high-profile footballers played for Steaua in the past, but, no doubt, Gheorghe Hagi is the most famous player who wore the club’s shirt. The Ros-Albastrii play their home games at Arena Nationala, the stadium that was opened on 20 February, 2008.