Cristian Bălgrădean

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Cristian Bălgrădean
Personal information
Full name Cristian Emanuel Bălgrădean
Date of birth (1988-03-21) 21 March 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Sânnicolau Mare, Romania
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Dinamo București
Number 34
Youth career
Atletico Arad
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Minerul Lupeni 16 (0)
2007–2008 FC Brașov 3 (0)
2008–2009 Liberty Salonta 17 (0)
2009–2010 UTA Arad 27 (0)
2010– Dinamo București 90 (0)
2010 Unirea Urziceni (loan) 4 (0)
National team
2011– Romania 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 November 2011

Cristian Emanuel Bălgrădean (born 21 March 1988 in Sânnicolau Mare) is a Romanian football goalkeeper who currently plays for Dinamo București.


Bălgrădean started his career as a youngster at Helmuth Duckadam football school in Arad.[1] After the school was disbanded, he joined the junior groups of Atletico Arad. In 2005 he signed his first professional contract with Minerul Lupeni. His evolution was impressive, and he was bought by FC Brașov.[2] In 2008 he was transferred permanently by Liberty Salonta.[3] From the Bihor team, Bălgrădean was called to the Romania U-21 team.[4] In 2009, he returns home to Arad, being bought by Gloria Arad,[5] and then loaned to UTA Arad.

In June 2010 he signed a contract for five seasons with Dinamo București.[6] He failed to gain a position in the first squad and was loaned for a season at Unirea Urziceni.[7] In the Winter break, Bălgrădean was called back to Dinamo by Ioan Andone who decided to give him a chance in the first 11 after an injury of Emilian Dolha. He kept his position after Andone was replaced with Liviu Ciobotariu in July 2011.

Following the arrival of Dario Bonetti as head-coach, Bălgrădean lost for a while his place in the first team, the Italian manager chosing as first goalkeeper Kristijan Naumovski. After a while, the two players were used alternately because they both became eligible for their national teams and for a possible future transfer.[8]

International career[edit]

Bălgrădean is a Romanian international since 15 November 2011, when he played from start to finish in a friendly 3–1 win against Greece.


Dinamo Bucuresti:


  1. ^ Bogdan Savin, Marius Pitaru (2011). "Voinţa i-a mărit salariul lui "Pufi"" (in Romanian). Adevărul. Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  2. ^ Loredana Juglea (2009). "Bălgrădean e viitorul portar al Naționalei" (in Romanian). Retrieved 19 June 2010. 
  3. ^ Teodor Biris (2008). "Bălgrădean s-a transferat la CF Liberty" (in Romanian). Retrieved 19 June 2010. 
  4. ^ Glasul Aradului (2009). "Cristian Balgradean, la tineret!" (in Romanian). Retrieved 19 June 2010. 
  5. ^ (2009). "Gloria Arad l-a readus pe Bălgrădean de la Liberty" (in Romanian). Retrieved 19 June 2010. 
  6. ^ D.S. (2010). "Bălgrădean a semnat cu Dinamo" (in Romanian). Retrieved 19 June 2010. 
  7. ^ I.G. (2010). "Vezi ultimele mutari de la Dinamo" (in Romanian). Retrieved 19 September 2010. 
  8. ^ Eduard Apostol, Cătălin Gheorghiu (2012). "Rotaţie pentru export » Naumovski şi Bălgrădean schimbă cu rîndul mănuşile pentru un transfer din iarnă" (in Romanian). Gazeta Sporturilor. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 

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