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Andrei Cristea

Andrei Cristea
Personal information
Date of birth (1984-05-15) 15 May 1984
Place of birth Bacău, Romania
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Second striker
Club information
Current team
Martina Franca
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2004 Bacău 35 (7)
2004–2006 Steaua București 52 (10)
2006–2008 Politehnica Timișoara 35 (6)
2008 Politehnica Iași (loan) 13 (6)
2008–2010 Dinamo București 48 (22)
2009 Politehnica Iași (loan) 23 (8)
2011–2012 Karlsruher SC 11 (6)
2012–2013 Dinamo București 19 (1)
2013–2014 Brașov 29 (8)
2014 Gabala 9 (0)
2015 Salernitana 9 (3)
2015– Martina Franca 4 (0)
National team
2003–2006 Romania U21 14 (0)
2003–2010 Romania 10 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 October 2015.

† Appearances (goals)

Andrei Cristea (born 15 May 1984 in Bacău) is a Romanian footballer who plays for Italian club Martina Franca. He is a second striker who is known for his pace.

Contents

  • Career 1
    • Club career 1.1
      • Early career 1.1.1
      • Steaua București 1.1.2
      • Politehnica Timișoara 1.1.3
      • Politehnica Iași 1.1.4
      • Dinamo București 1.1.5
      • Karlsruhe 1.1.6
      • Return to Dinamo 1.1.7
      • Gabala 1.1.8
      • Salernitana 1.1.9
    • International career 1.2
  • Career statistics 2
    • Club 2.1
    • International 2.2
  • Honours 3
    • Club 3.1
    • Individual 3.2
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Career

Club career

Early career

Cristea started football in his home town and made his debut in the Divizia A in 2001, for local club FCM Bacău.

Steaua București

His 2004 transfer to Steaua Bucureşti cost the team over one million dollars. However, Cristea did not manage to earn a first-team place there, despite scoring the two goals that eliminated Valencia CF in the UEFA Cup 2004–05 season. His fall from grace lead to him being transfer-listed in the summer of 2006.

Politehnica Timișoara

While FC Sochaux had taken up an initial interest in the Romanian youngster, he was finally transferred by Politehnica Timişoara, in a swap which saw Gigel Coman moving to Steaua Bucureşti.

Politehnica Iași

After failing to impress at Politehnica Timişoara, he was loaned at Poli Iaşi for the second part of the 2007–08 season, where he had a great part in saving the team from relegation, with man of the match performances with CFR Cluj (1–0) and his former team, Steaua Bucureşti (2–1).

Dinamo București

On 9 May 2008, Cristea signed a five-year contract with Dinamo, just six days before turning 24. He called the transfer "a birthday present" and joined Dinamo after the summer holiday. He started scoring for the red and white team in the friendly games they played in pre-season. Cristea played only the first half on the season for Dinamo, netting two goals in eight matches and entering Dinamo's history by scoring the goal that brought the 1.000th victory of the team in all-time domestic championship, against Farul Constanta. He went on loan in the winter transfer window to Poli Iasi, where he was very well received and scored seven times in 15 games, goals which proved crucial in helping the team continue in the first division. He returned to Dinamo in the summer and stated that, because he was so loved at Poli Iasi, he wanted to retire from football in ten years or more, from this team. Upon his return, he became a very important player, scoring goals that brought significant victories in Liga 1, Romanian Cup or Europa League. Although he was regarded reluctantly at his first spell in Stefan cel Mare, Cristea proved to be a player that coaches and fans could rely on, with his consistent performances, steady scoring, his modest and intelligent opinions and discreet lifestyle.

He was top scorer of Romanian league in the 2009–10 season with 16 goals.

Karlsruhe

On 16 January 2011, Karlsruhe signed Cristea in the attempt of avoiding the relegation.[1][2] On 13 February, Cristea scored two goals against the leader of Second Bundesliga, Hertha BSC. These were his first goals on this new club.[3] On 27 February, he scored the last goal of the game in the 1–4 loss against FC Ingolstadt 04, after coming from bench.[3] On 11 March, Cristea scored the first goal of the match in Karlsruhe-Duisburg, 3–1 final score.[3] On 15 May, in the last round of the Second Bundesliga, the Romanian striker saved his club from relegation, scoring a brace in the 3–2 win against Union Berlin.[3]

The next season (2011–12) Karlsruhe were relegated after a play-off, and Cristea left the club and became a free agent.

Return to Dinamo

Initially, Cristea wanted to stay in Germany, where he had offers from Ingolstadt and Energie Cottbus.[4] But Dinamo approached him and Cristea accepted to return to Bucharest where he had the chance to work again with Dario Bonetti, the coach that managed Dinamo the last time Cristea was under contract with the Red Dogs.[5]

Gabala

On 22 June 2014, Cristea signed a one-year contract with Azerbaijan Premier League side Gabala FK.[6] In December of the same year Cristea had his contract with Gabala terminated.[7]

Salernitana

Following his release from Gabala, Cristea signed with Lega Pro side U.S. Salernitana 1919 until the end of the season.[8]

International career

Cristea has played ten times for the Romanian national team.

Career statistics

Club

As of Match played 23 November 2014[9]
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2001–02 Bacău Divizia A 1 0 - 1 0
2002–03 11 1 - 11 1
2003–04 23 6 - 23 6
2004–05 Steaua București 28 7 8 2 36 9
2005–06 24 3 12 0 36 3
2006-07 Politehnica Timișoara 28 6 - 28 6
2007–08 7 0 - 7 0
Politehnica Iași (loan) 13 6 - 13 6
2008-09 Dinamo București 8 2 1 0 9 2
Politehnica Iași (loan) 23 8 - 23 8
2009-10 Dinamo București 29 16 2 3 7 1 38 20
2010-11 11 4 3 1 4 2 18 7
2010–11 Karlsruher 2. Bundesliga 11 6 0 0 - 11 6
2011–12 0 0 0 0 - 0 0
2012–13 Dinamo București Liga I 19 1 0 0 - 19 1
2013–14 Brașov 29 8 2 0 - 31 8
2014–15 Gabala Azerbaijan Premier League 9 0 0 0 2 0 11 0
Total Romania 254 68 7 4 32 5 293 77
Germany 11 6 0 0 - 11 6
Azerbaijan 9 0 0 0 2 0 11 0
Career total 274 74 7 4 34 5 315 83

International

Romania national team
Year Apps Goals
2003 2 0
2004 1 0
2005 2 0
2006 0 0
2007 0 0
2008 0 0
2009 1 0
2010 2 0
Total 8 0

Statistics accurate as of match played 29 March 2011[10]

Honours

Club

Steaua Bucureşti
Dinamo Bucureşti
Salernitana

Individual

References

  1. ^ "Cristea verstärkt den KSC" [Cristea strengthens KSC] (in German).  
  2. ^ "Cristea, Andrei" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 14 April 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Andrei Cristea". soccerway.com. 15 May 2011. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Barbu, Radu (8 June 2012). "Andrei Cristea vrea sa ramana in Germania". ofsaid.ro (in Romanian). Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  5. ^ Apostol, Eduard (10 June 2012). "Primul transfer important la Dinamo » Cristea, pînă în 2015". gsp.ro (in Romanian). Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  6. ^ Qəbələ"də iki yeni futbolçu""". http://gabalafc.az (in Azerbaijani).  
  7. ^ "Габала отказалась от 3 протеже Мунтяну". http://www.azerifootball.com/ (in Russian). Azerifootball. 26 December 2014. Retrieved 26 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "Andrei Cristea è un giocatore della Salernitana". http://www.ussalernitana1919.it/ (in Italian).  
  9. ^ "Andrei Cristea". http://www.national-football-teams.com. National Football Teams. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "Adrian Ropotan". National Football Teams. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 

External links

  • Career stats at RomanianSoccer.ro
  • Andrei Cristea – UEFA competition record
  • Career stats at Soccerway.ro
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