Gabi Balint

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Gavril Balint
Personal information
Full name Gavril Pele Balint
Date of birth (1963-01-03) 3 January 1963 (age 54)
Place of birth Sângeorz-Băi, Romania
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1974–1978 Hebe Sângeorz-Băi
1978 Luceafărul București
1978–1980 Gloria Bistrița
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1990 Steaua București 234 (69)
1990–1993 Real Burgos 83 (28)
Total 317 (97)
National team
1982–1992[1] Romania 34 (14)
Teams managed
1994–1998 Romania (assistant)
1998–1999 FC Bihor
1999–2000 Sportul Studențesc
2000 Romania (assistant)
2000–2001 Galatasaray (assistant)
2001 Romania (assistant)
2002–2003 Sheriff Tiraspol
2003–2004 Sportul Studențesc
2004–2005 Galatasaray (assistant)
2005–2006 FCU Politehnica Timișoara (assistant)
2008–2009 FC Timișoara
2010–2011 Moldova
2013 FC Vaslui
2014 Universitatea Craiova
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Gavril Pele "Gabi" Balint (born 3 January 1963 in Sângeorz-Băi, Bistrița-Năsăud, Romania) is a Romanian football manager and former player.

Club career[edit]

Born in Sângeorz-Băi, Bistrița Balint made his Divizia A debut with Steaua București in 1981 where he played until 1990 winning the league title in 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988 and 1989, the Romanian Cup in 1985, 1987, 1988 and 1989, the 1985–86 European Cup in 1986 and the European Super Cup in 1987. At the end of the 1989–90 season Balint became top goalscorer of Divizia A with 19 goals. He scored the second and last goal at the penalties shoot-out during the 1986 European Cup final, helping his team, Steaua to win the trophy.

In 1990, he was bought by Real Burgos for $1,000,000. He played for the Spanish side until his retirement in 1993.

International career[edit]

Balint was capped 34 times by Romania, and scored 14 goals. He played at the 1990 World Cup where he scored twice, against Cameroon and Argentina.

International goals[edit]

Romania's goal tally first.

Managerial career[edit]

Balint started his coaching career in 1994, aged 31, when he was appointed as assistant coach of Romania under Anghel Iordănescu's regime. Four years later comes his first chance as head coach after taking the charge at Sportul Studențesc, but in May 2000 he is called again to join the coaching team of Romania as the squad prepared for the UEFA Euro 2000.

In the summer of 2000 Balint was requested by Mircea Lucescu as his assistant to Galatasaray, however left the job after only one season, to join again Romania as assistant coach, this time under Gheorghe Hagi's regime.

After Hagi resigned, Balint went to Sheriff Tiraspol for his second job as head coach, taking the team in 2002.

In 2003, he returned to Romania and signed to Sportul Studențesc, now in Liga II but helped the team win promotion back to Liga I.

Balint returned as assistant coach to Galatasaray in 2004 to work again with Gheorghe Hagi.

In 2005, he was appointed assistant coach of FCU Politehnica Timișoara, working again with Hagi. When Hagi left, a few months later, Balint resigned also. Two years later, Balint returned to FC Timișoara, this time as a head coach.

In 2010, he became head coach of the Moldova national team, but after the campaign for the UEFA Euro 2012, his contract ended and wasn't renewed. He then became television pundit, signing a contract with Digi Sport.

In April 2013, Balint returned to coaching, singning a contract for one and a half years with FC Vaslui.

Career statistics[edit]

As a manager[edit]

Team Nat From To Record
G W D L GF GA Win %
Sheriff Tiraspol Moldova 01.06.2002 03.06.2003 28 20 5 3 50 16 71.43
Sportul Studentesc Romania 23.12.2003 01.06.2004 13 9 2 2 39 12 69.23
FC Timisoara Romania 29.12.2008 01.06.2009 18 12 2 4 32 18 66.67
Moldova Moldova 20.01.2010 19.12.2011 16 5 1 10 17 23 31.25
FC Vaslui Romania 09.04.2013 16.05.2013 9 5 3 1 15 8 55.56
CS U Craiova Romania 17.03.2014 10.06.2014 15 11 2 2 28 9 73.33
Total 99 62 15 22 181 86 62.63


As a player[edit]


  • Balint has a passion for music and Harley Davidson. He even produced his own CD.


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Gheorghe Hagi
Steaua Top Scorer
Succeeded by
Dan Petrescu
Preceded by
Dorin Mateuț
Divizia A Top Scorer
Succeeded by
Ovidiu Cornel Hanganu