Andrei Cristea

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Andrei Cristea
Personal information
Date of birth (1984-05-15) 15 May 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Bacău, Romania
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Politehnica Iași
Number 10
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2004 Bacău 35 (7)
2004–2006 Steaua București 52 (10)
2006–2008 Politehnica Timișoara 35 (6)
2008 FC Politehnica Iași (loan) 13 (6)
2008–2010 Dinamo București 48 (22)
2009 FC 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 16 (3)
2016– Politehnica Iași 40 (17)
National team
2003–2006 Romania U-21 14 (0)
2003–2010 Romania 10 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 March 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 March 2013

Andrei Cristea (born 15 May 1984 in Bacău) is a Romanian footballer who plays for Liga I club Politehnica Iași.[1] He is a forward who is known for his pace and represented the Romania national team from 2003 to 2010.[2]

Club career[edit]

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

Steaua București[edit]

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[edit]

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. 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[edit]

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 I and 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 the Romanian league in the 2009–10 season with 16 goals.

Karlsruhe[edit]

On 16 January 2011, Karlsruhe signed Cristea in the attempt of avoiding the relegation.[3][4] On 13 February, Cristea scored two goals against the leader of Second Bundesliga, Hertha BSC. These were his first goals on this new club.[5] On 27 February, he scored the last goal of the game in the 1–4 loss against FC Ingolstadt 04, after coming from bench.[5] On 11 March, Cristea scored the first goal of the match in Karlsruhe-Duisburg, 3–1 final score.[5] 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.[5] The next season (2011–12) Karlsruhe were relegated after a play-off, and Cristea left the club and became a free agent.

Initially, Cristea wanted to stay in Germany, where he had offers from Ingolstadt and Energie Cottbus.[6] 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.[7]

On 22 June 2014, Cristea signed a one-year contract with Azerbaijan Premier League side Gabala FK.[8] In December of the same year Cristea had his contract with Gabala terminated.[9] Following his release from Gabala, Cristea signed with Lega Pro side U.S. Salernitana 1919 until the end of the season.[10]

Politehnica Iași[edit]

In February 2016, after his experiences in the lower leagues of Italy, Cristea returned to Romania to joing Liga I club CSMS Iași.[1] He subsequently signed a one and a half year contract with his former team (FC Politehnica Iași restructured as CSM Politehnica Iași after the club declared bankruptcy in 2010).[11] Cristea scored 7 goals in 17 games in the second half of the 2015–16 Liga I and helped CSMS qualify for the 2016–17 Europa League qualifying phase for the first time in their history.[12] He then opened the scoring in a 2-2 draw against Hajduk Split in their first European game.[13]

International career[edit]

Cristea has played ten times for the Romanian national team.[2]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 12 March 2017.[14]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
FCM Bacău 2001–02 Liga I 1 0 0 0 1 0
2002–03 Liga I 11 1 1 0 12 1
2003–04 Liga I 23 6 0 0 23 6
Total 35 7 1 0 36 7
Steaua București 2004–05 Liga I 28 7 1 0 8 2 37 9
2005–06 Liga I 24 3 1 0 12 0 37 3
Total 52 10 2 0 20 2 74 12
Politehnica Timișoara 2006–07 Liga I 28 6 4 2 32 8
2007–08 Liga I 7 0 2 0 9 0
Total 35 6 6 2 41 8
Politehnica Iași (loan) 2007–08 Liga I 13 6 0 0 13 6
2008–09 Liga I 23 8 0 0 23 8
Total 36 14 0 0 36 14
Dinamo București 2008–09 Liga I 8 2 2 2 1 0 11 4
2009–10 Liga I 29 16 2 3 7 1 38 20
2010–11 Liga I 11 4 3 1 4 2 18 7
Total 48 22 7 6 12 3 67 31
Karlsruher SC 2010–11 2. Bundesliga 11 6 0 0 11 6
Dinamo București 2012–13 Liga I 19 1 0 0 19 1
Brașov 2013–14 Liga I 29 8 2 0 31 8
Gabala 2014–15 Premier League 9 0 0 0 2 0 11 0
Salernitana 2014–15 Lega Pro 9 3 0 0 9 3
Martina Franca 2015–16 Lega Pro 16 3 0 0 16 3
Politehnica Iași 2015–16 Liga I 17 7 0 0 17 7
2016–17 Liga I 23 10 3 1 2 1 28 12
Total 40 17 3 1 2 1 45 19
Career total 339 97 21 9 36 6 396 112

International[edit]

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 4 0
Total 10 0

Statistics accurate as of match played 29 December 2012[15]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Steaua Bucureşti
Dinamo Bucureşti
Salernitana

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Andrei Cristea a semnat cu CSMS Iaşi pentru un an şi jumătate" (in Romanian). ProSport. 2 February 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Andrei Cristea: "Nu mă autopropun pentru Euro, nu pun presiune inutilă"" (in Romanian). Gazeta Sporturilor. 12 March 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "Cristea verstärkt den KSC" [Cristea strengthens KSC] (in German). DFL. 16 January 2011. Retrieved 16 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "Cristea, Andrei" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 14 April 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Andrei Cristea". soccerway.com. 15 May 2011. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  6. ^ Barbu, Radu (8 June 2012). "Andrei Cristea vrea sa ramana in Germania". ofsaid.ro (in Romanian). Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  7. ^ Apostol, Eduard (10 June 2012). "Primul transfer important la Dinamo » Cristea, pînă în 2015". gsp.ro (in Romanian). Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  8. ^ ""Qəbələ"də iki yeni futbolçu" (in Azerbaijani). Gabala FK. 22 June 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "Габала отказалась от 3 протеже Мунтяну" (in Russian). 26 December 2014. Retrieved 26 December 2014. 
  10. ^ "Andrei Cristea è un giocatore della Salernitana" (in Italian). Salernitana. 9 February 2015. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  11. ^ "Andrei Cristea a semnat cu CSMS Iași!" (in Romanian). Digi Sport. 2 February 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  12. ^ "CSMS Iași, ultima echipă care merge în Europa League" (in Romanian). Digi Sport. 30 May 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  13. ^ "Andrei Cristea, în culmea dezamăgirii după ce CSMS Iaşi a fost egalată în ultimele secunde" (in Romanian). ProSport. 14 July 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  14. ^ "Andrei Cristea". National Football Teams. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  15. ^ "Andrei Cristea". National Football Teams. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 

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