|Date of birth||June 20, 1964|
|Place of birth||Modena, Italy|
|Playing position||Central midfielder|
|Current club||Cagliari (assistant coach)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
A physical centre midfielder, Pulga started his career at Serie D amateurs Carpi; after a rather unsuccessful loan at Bologna (no first team appearances), he moved back into professionalism in 1984 by joining Serie C1 club Modena. In 1985 he joined Cagliari, then in Serie C1 as well; from 1989 to 1991 he was one of the protagonists, as team captain and established fan favourite player, of the club's two consecutive promotions to Serie A under the tenure of Claudio Ranieri.
He then joined high-flyers Parma in 1991, winning a Coppa Italia and a UEFA Cup Winners Cup while at the club but playing far less than before. Pulga left Parma in 1993 to sign for Serie B club Vicenza, and then returned to Carpi one year later, ending his playing career after five more seasons there.
An UEFA Pro licensed coach, Pulga was named to replace Massimo Ficcadenti as new coach of Serie A club Cagliari, alongside newly appointed assistant Diego López, on 2 October 2012 in a somewhat surprise move due to his lack of managerial experience. He swapped roles with López in July 2013, after the latter was allowed to serve as head coach after being admitted at the yearly UEFA Pro License course.
- As of 25 August 2013.
|Cagliari||2 October 2012||31 May 2013||34||13||9||12||44||47||−3||38.24|
- "Sul Web gli auguri dei tifosi a Ivo: "Sei sempre rimasto nei nostri cuori"" [Supporters congratulate Ivo from the Web: "You have always been in our hearts"] (in Italian). L'Unione Sarda. 2 October 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2012.
- "Nuovo corso" [New path]. Cagliari Calcio. 2 October 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2012.