Nevertheless, during the communist era, the clubs from Bucharest, which were under the direct patronage of the army and the police, had the biggest primacy. The best performance of Politehnica in the championship of the season 1977/78 was when it had the same number of points as Steaua four rounds before the end of the championship. There was a mutual duel between these two teams on the stadium named May 1st, from Timisoara. Steaua was convincingly the triumphant despite the good atmosphere and crowded stadiums. Its first appearance in the European competitions the club from Timisoara recorded in the season 1978/79 when they were eliminated by Honved from Budapest in the second round of the UEFA Cup.
In the period from 1973 to 1983, Dan Paltinișan performed for Polytechnic. According to many, the best defender in the history of the club had the nickname "tata mare" (Big Daddy). He was the winning goal shooter of the victorious goal of the National Cup final in 1980 in Bucharest against the favorite Steaua in the 96th minute. Citizens of Timisoara organized a festive welcome for their favorites after this historic triumph, and Dan found himself on the shoulders of the fans. His confirmed his role of hero of Timisoara playing the decisive goal against Seltic, by which Polytechnic eliminated this Scottish giant in the first round of the Winners' Cup in 1980, at the stadium today named after him. Dan Pǎltinișan died at the age of 44 after a serious illness.