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 29)
Place of birth Sânnicolau Mare, Romania
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Concordia Chiajna
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)
2010–2014 Dinamo București 90 (0)
2010 Unirea Urziceni (loan) 4 (0)
2014–2016 CSU Craiova 50 (0)
2016– Concordia Chiajna 15 (0)
National team
2011– Romania 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 May 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 March 2016

Cristian Emanuel Bălgrădean (born 21 March 1988 in Sânnicolau Mare) is a Romanian footballer who plays for Concordia Chiajna as a goalkeeper.


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 initially lost his place in the first team when the Italian manager chose Kristijan Naumovski as first goalkeeper. 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]

In July 2014, Bălgrădean was released by Dinamo.[9]

On 26 August, he signed a contract with the newly promoted in Liga I, Universitatea Craiova.[10]

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. 
  9. ^ Adrian Ţone (2014). "Anghelache: Am reziliat contractele cu Rus şi Bălgrădean" (in Romanian). Mediafax. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 
  10. ^ CS Universitatea Craiova (2014). "Bălgrădean a semnat cu Universitatea" (in Romanian). Retrieved 26 August 2014. 

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