Cristian Pustai

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Cristian Pustai
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Pustai in 2012
Personal information
Full name Cristian Dumitru Pustai
Date of birth (1967-10-12) 12 October 1967 (age 56)
Place of birth Mediaș, Romania
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Position(s) Striker
Youth career
0000–1985 Gaz Metan Mediaş
1985–1987 Șoimii Sibiu
Senior career*
1987–1995 Gaz Metan Mediaş
1995–1998 Apullum Alba Iulia
1998–2000 Chimica Târnăveni
Managerial career
2000 Chimica Târnăveni
2003–2007 Gaz Metan Mediaş (youth)
2007–2013 Gaz Metan Mediaş
2013–2014 Pandurii Târgu Jiu
2014 ASA Târgu Mureș
2015 Rapid București
2015–2016 Botoșani
2016–2018 Gaz Metan Mediaș
2018–2019 Gaz Metan Mediaș (technical director)
2019–2021 Dunărea Călărași
2021–2022 FC Buzău
2022–2024 Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Cristian Dumitru Pustai (born 12 October 1967) is a Romanian football manager and former footballer who played as a striker.


Club career

Cristian Pustai played as a striker for Gaz Metan Mediaş, Unirea Alba Iulia and Chimica Târnăveni. [1] He is credited for scoring 170 goals for these teams. [2]

Coaching career

Chimica Târnăveni

He began his coaching career at Chimica Târnăveni, towards the end of the 1999–2000 edition of Division B, when he led the team as a playing-coach. He quit his job there after the team was relegated from the Liga III. [3] Afterwards he became a math teacher.

Gaz Metan Mediaş

In 2003, he became a part of Gaz Metan Mediaş's staff, coaching the youth teams. [4]

In 2007 Pustai was appointed head coach of then Liga II club Gaz Metan Mediaş. He managed to win the 2007–08 Liga II in the first season with the team, gaining promotion to the Liga I. [5] In the first division, the team under his guidance had a constant progress. [6] In the 2011–12 season Gaz Metan Mediaş played in the UEFA Europa League under his command. They managed to knock out Mainz 05, but were subsequently knocked out by Austria Wien. [7]

Pandurii Târgu Jiu

In January 2013, Pustai took over Pandurii Târgu Jiu. [8] At the end of 2012–13 season, Pandurii finished as Liga I runner-up for the first time in the history, becoming the vice-champion of Romania, and qualified for the first time in Europa League. [9] Starting its European adventure from the second qualifying round, Pandurii qualified in the group stage after surprisingly eliminating Sporting Braga with 2–0, after the pandurs were defeated with 0–1. In the group stage, Pandurii failed to win any match, drawing twice with Paços de Ferreira and losing against Fiorentina and Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk. In the championship, Pandurii failed to maintain its position between the first squads, and after a poor series of results which led the team to fall to the sixth place, Pustai resigned from his duties on 23 April 2014.

ASA Târgu Mureș

On 30 September 2014, he signed a contract with ASA Târgu Mureș. [10] He was sacked on 29 December 2014. [11]

Rapid București

On 8 January 2015, he was announced as the new head coach of Rapid București. His objective was to save the team from its precarious position, the 18th in Liga I. He was however sacked on 14 April 2015 due to poor results. He was replaced by Cristiano Bergodi. [12]

Managerial statistics

As of 11 May 2024
Flag of Romania.svg Gaz Metan Mediaş 9 March 200718 January 2013223915577296218040.81
Flag of Romania.svg Pandurii Târgu Jiu 20 January 201323 April 2014582611219467044.83
Flag of Romania.svg ASA Târgu Mureș 30 September 201417 December 201411632165054.55
Flag of Romania.svg Rapid București 8 January 201514 April 2015932468033.33
Flag of Romania.svg Botoșani 2 October 20151 April 2016196492628031.58
Flag of Romania.svg Gaz Metan Mediaş 6 April 201630 June 201898323234116112032.65
Flag of Romania.svg Dunărea Călărași 23 June 201915 June 2021592315217283038.98
Flag of Romania.svg FC Buzău 1 July 20214 October 202240236119040057.50
Flag of Romania.svg Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț 8 November 202218 May 2024482213138158045.83



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  1. Pustai a jucat pentru mai multe echipe in diviziile inferioare
  2. Pustai a marcat mai mult de 150 de goluri
  3. Am renuntat la cariera de jucator pentru a ma face profesor
  4. Dupa 3 ani m-am intors la Gaz Metan
  5. Pustai a promovat cu Gazul
  6. "Cristian Pustai: "Am fost echipa mai matura"" (in Romanian). 26 July 2010. Retrieved 30 July 2010.
  7. Gaz Metan spera sa l foloseasca pe Eric cu Austria
  8. "Clubul Pandurii Târgu Jiu a ajuns la un acord cu antrenorul Cristi Pustai" (in Romanian). 19 January 2013. Archived from the original on 6 August 2013. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
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  10. "Cristian Pustai, noul antrenor al echipei" (in Romanian). Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  11. "Mulțumim, Cristian Pustai !" (in Romanian). Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  12. "Cristi Pustai – antrenorul Rapidului" (in Romanian). Archived from the original on 8 January 2015. Retrieved 8 January 2015.