Steaua Bucharest change name to FC FCSB

Steaua Bucharest will now be known as FC FCSB Source: Getty Images

Steaua Bucharest have officially changed their name to FC FCSB after a dispute with the Romanian military.

Gigi Becali, the owner of Romania's greatest club, made the announcement this week after a court ruling said the club, established by several Army officers in 1947, lost their right to use a military identity.

The Romanian Football Federation approved the name change on Thursday.

The dispute between the parties arose because the Romanian Army wanted more money for the rights.

In 2011, defence ministry officials accused the club of having used the Steaua brand illegally since 2004.

Steaua won the European Cup in 1986, beating Barcelona in a penalty shootout in the final.

They have spent their entire history in the Romanian first division, and won it a record 26 times.

Source: AAP