Romanian derby starts with impressive tifo tribute, even better goal

Brooks Peck
Dirty Tackle

The latest edition of Romania's Eternal Derby between Steaua Bucharest and Dinamo Bucharest got off to a brilliant and dizzyingly surreal start — even by derby standards. First, the Dinamo fans choreographed a giant and impressively detailed tifo displayed paying tribute to Catalin Hildan and Florea Dumitriche, two club heroes who have passed on.

Hildan died in 2000 of cardiac arrest in the 74th minute of a friendly. He was 24 years old. The north stand of Dinamo Stadium is now named after him. Dumitriche was a legendary Dinamo striker and Romanian international in the 1960s and '70s who died in 2007, hence the pair being represented as angels rising from the pitch in the display (video here).

Steaua saved their tributes for after kickoff, though. Just four minutes into the match, Steaua defender Iasmin Latovlevici opened the scoring with a rocket of a volley before hiking up his shorts and parading around with the shirt of teammate Paul Parvulescu to celebrate his 25th birthday. Watch and be thankful the keeper didn't get any part of his body in front of this shot...

Steaua went on to win 2-1, but both sides obviously did their respective clubs proud.