Șumudică at a press conference in 2016
|Full name||Marius Ninel Șumudică|
|Date of birth||4 March 1971|
|Place of birth||Bucharest, Romania|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|CFR Cluj (manager)|
|1992–1993||→ Dacia Unirea Brăila (loan)||11||(1)|
|1994||→ Corvinul Hunedoara (loan)||6||(1)|
|2005||Rapid București (assistant)|
|2005–2006||Rapid II București|
|2007||AS Dodu Berceni|
|2008||Inter Gaz București|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Șumudică was a striker who began his senior career with Sportul Studențesc and represented five other teams in his native country, as well as Marítimo, Debrecen and Omonia abroad. Șumudică was part of Mircea Lucescu's squad that won Rapid București the national title in 1999, scoring 17 goals during the season. He also claimed two Cupa României trophies with "the Burgundy Eagles".
Șumudică began his managerial career in 2005 as an assistant at Rapid București. He brought Astra Giurgiu its first Liga I title in the 2015–16 campaign, during his third stint with the club. For that performance, Șumudică was named the 2016 Romania Coach of the Year by the Gazeta Sporturilor newspaper. Apart from his time in Romania, he has coached sides in Greece, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey.
On 28 April 2015, Șumudică was appointed as manager of Astra Giurgiu, following Dorinel Munteanu's resignation. It was his third term at the club, after two short spells in 2009 and 2011. He led the team to a 4th-place finish, qualifying them for the UEFA Europa League. The European campaign was almost a success, as Astra stopped short of reaching the Europa League group stages after knocking out West Ham United in the third round, but lost to AZ Alkmaar in the play-offs.
Domestically, despite the poor start which saw Astra losing 1–5 to previous runner-ups ASA Targu Mures, Astra managed to finish the regular season on first place, 3 points above Dinamo București. However, Șumudică was suspended 6 months by the Romanian FA on charges of betting on football matches. He later managed to have his sentence reduced to 2 months by appeal. Despite of his suspension, Astra kept their momentum during the play-offs, ending up in them being crowned Liga I champions for the first time in their history, also marking Șumudică's first domestic title as manager.
After a quick exit to Danish champions Copenhagen in the UEFA Champions League, Șumudică managed to guide Astra to 2016–17 UEFA Europa League group stage eliminating West Ham – for the second time in a row – along the way, after a 1–0 win in London. In the group stages, he faced Roma, Viktoria Plzeň and Austria Wien. Despite losing the first two games of the group with Austria Wien (2–3 at Giurgiu) and Roma (0–4 in Italy), Astra managed two 2–1 away wins at Plzeň and Wien (along with a home draw with Viktoria) to stay in the race for a place in the knock-out stages. In the end, Astra's 0–0 draw with Roma and Austria Wien's failure against Plzeň in the last matchday secured Astra's place in the tournament's round of 32. There, they were eliminated by Belgian side Genk after a 2–2 draw at Giurgiu followed by 0–1 defeat in Belgium.
Astra's campaign in the league, meanwhile, was disappointing, with the team finishing 5th and losing the Romanian Cup final to FC Voluntari. However, due to Astra's position in the league and Voluntari not applying for a European license, the vacant spot was given to Astra, thus qualifying yet again in Europe.
On 14 June 2019, Șumudică was appointed as manager of Turkish club Gaziantep. In January 2021, following an away defeat in the Süper Lig against Sivasspor, the club announced that they had parted ways with the Romanian manager, following a few weeks of tension and public discussion about his contract.
- As of 20 July 2021.
|AS Dodu Berceni||2007||2007||17||7||3||7||41.18|
|Inter Gaz București||2008||2008||0||0||0||0||—|
|Progresul București||27 February 2008||15 December 2008||32||18||6||8||56.25|
|Farul Constanța||5 July 2009||15 November 2009||15||7||3||5||46.67|
|Gloria Bistrița||4 January 2010||31 May 2010||17||8||3||6||47.06|
|Rapid București||10 June 2010||28 April 2011||32||14||10||8||43.75|
|AO Kavala||15 July 2011||10 August 2011||0||0||0||0||—|
|Astra Ploiești||11 August 2011||31 October 2011||12||6||4||2||50.00|
|FC Brașov||2 November 2011||16 April 2012||14||5||2||7||35.71|
|FC Vaslui||11 July 2012||24 September 2012||13||4||5||4||30.77|
|Universitatea Cluj||9 November 2012||15 November 2012||1||0||0||1||0.00|
|Al Shaab||27 December 2012||31 December 2013||25||7||3||15||28.00|
|Concordia Chiajna||13 March 2014||6 April 2015||38||8||15||15||21.05|
|Astra Giurgiu||28 April 2015||8 June 2017||110||55||25||30||50.00|
|Kayserispor||3 July 2017||15 May 2018||39||18||9||12||46.15|
|Al Shabab||14 June 2018||13 June 2019||32||16||9||7||50.00|
|Gaziantep||14 June 2019||11 January 2021||51||20||19||12||39.22|
|Çaykur Rizespor||25 January 2021||4 March 2021||7||0||3||4||0.00|
|CFR Cluj||2 June 2021||present||5||3||1||1||60.00|
- Gazeta Sporturilor Romania Coach of the Year: 2016
- Saudi Professional League Manager of the Month: December 2018
- "Şumudică este noul antrenor al Astrei, după demisia lui Dorinel Munteanu: "Vreau să ne calificăm în Europa"" [Şumudică is Astra's new coach, after Dorinel Munteanu's resignation: "I want us to qualify for European cups"] (in Romanian). Digi Sport. 28 April 2015. Archived from the original on 1 May 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
- "Marius Sumudica, prins si el la pariuri? Antrenorul Astrei va merge astazi la Comisia de Disciplina a FRF!" [Șumudică, also caught betting? Astra's head coach will go to FRF's discipline committee today] (in Romanian). SportTotal FM. 10 February 2016. Archived from the original on 1 May 2018. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
- "Pedeapsa lui Şumudică, redusă de la 6 la 2 luni: sancţiunea intră în vigoare începând cu sezonul 2016–2017! Reacţia antrenorului" [Șumudică's sanction, reduced from 6 to 2 months: the suspension will be applied starting with the 2016–2017 season! The coach's reaction] (in Romanian). ProSport. 8 March 2016. Archived from the original on 13 June 2016. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
- "Steaua și Astra și-au aflat adversarele din grupele Europa League" [Steaua and Astra Europa League groups revealed] (in Romanian). Digi24. 26 August 2016. Archived from the original on 2 November 2016. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
- "Marius Șumudică este noul antrenor al lui Gazisehir Gaziantep". mediafax. 13 June 2019. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
- "Bașkanul lui Gaziantep a rupt tăcerea după despărțirea de Șumudică: "A depășit limita"". GSP. 11 January 2021. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
- "سوموديكا الشباب والمغربي حمدالله نجوم الدوري لشهر ديسمبر". SPL. 2 January 2019. Retrieved 2 January 2019.