Soccer financier George Becali considers leaving Steaua Bucharest for Petrolul Ploiesti

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George 'Gigi' Becali, financier of the Steaua Bucharest soccer team said on Tuesday in a press conference he wishes to leave this team, thinking to invest in Petrolul Ploiesti instead.

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"Petrolul Ploiesti is what I'd like the most, because it is the team of the Municipality, it's near Bucharest [approximately 60 km north of the capital — editor's note], with 15,000 — 20,000 spectators per match. Then, I'll win the championship there, and go to the Champions League. I'll demonstrate that I perform elsewhere, too," Becali told the journalists.

In connection with the several disputes on the demands by the Steaua Army Sports Club, Becali said: "If they want it, I give it back, because they say they make a team. This is how I give it back. I took it over from the 12th place and losses worth 10 million euros. I give it back with zero debts in its accounts. In fact, I'm going to do the necessary so the moment they take back Steaua, from the very first month, they pay the salaries, plus the taxes to the state budget, which is approximately one million euros."

The Steaua Army Sports Club has already made the first step to reopening the soccer section and to accomplishing one of the greatest wishes of the fans of the most acclaimed teams in Romania.

The Steaua Bucharest soccer team plays no more on the Ghencea stadium since this spring; it has lost its logo and many fans, and the situation of its team record is yet unclear: Becali claims it belongs to his company, whilst the Army says that the businessman has never taken it over, so he couldn't own it.AGERPRES

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