|Date of birth||20 June 1964|
|Place of birth||Modena, Italy|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
A physical centre midfielder, Pulga started his career at Serie D amateurs Carpi; after a rather unsuccessful loan at Bologna (no first team appearances), he moved back into professionalism in 1984 by joining Serie C1 club Modena. In 1985, he joined Cagliari, then in Serie C1 as well; from 1989 to 1991 he was one of the protagonists, as team captain and established fan favourite player, of the club's two consecutive promotions to Serie A under the tenure of Claudio Ranieri.
He then joined high-flyers Parma in 1991, winning a Coppa Italia and a UEFA Cup Winners Cup while at the club but playing far less than before. Pulga left Parma in 1993 to sign for Serie B club Vicenza, and then returned to Carpi one year later, ending his playing career after five more seasons there.
An UEFA Pro licensed coach, Pulga was named to replace Massimo Ficcadenti as new coach of Serie A club Cagliari, alongside newly appointed assistant Diego López, on 2 October 2012 in a somewhat surprise move due to his lack of managerial experience. He swapped roles with López in July 2013, after the latter was allowed to serve as head coach after being admitted at the yearly UEFA Pro License course. He was relieved from his assistant coach duties on 18 February 2014 by club chairman Massimo Cellino, who however changed his mind on 6 April 2014 by dismissing Diego López instead and re-hiring Pulga, this time as head coach.
He returned into management on 29 April 2018, as the new head coach of Brescia in the Serie B league, a team that was acquired by Cellino (his former president at Cagliari) just a few months earlier. On 6 June 2018, he was replaced as head coach by David Suazo.
- As of 19 May 2014.
|Cagliari||2 October 2012||31 May 2013||34||13||9||12||44||47||−3||38.24|
|Cagliari||7 April 2014||20 June 2014||6||2||1||3||3||10||−7||33.33|
- "Sul Web gli auguri dei tifosi a Ivo: "Sei sempre rimasto nei nostri cuori"" [Supporters congratulate Ivo from the Web: "You have always been in our hearts"] (in Italian). L'Unione Sarda. 2 October 2012. Archived from the original on 18 February 2013. Retrieved 2 October 2012.
- "Nuovo corso" [New path]. Cagliari Calcio. 2 October 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2012.
- "Cagliari: esonerato vice-allenatore Pulga" [Cagliari: assistant trainer Pulga sacked] (in Italian). ANSA.it. 18 February 2014. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
- "Cagliari: Cellino esonera Lopez, torna Pulga: "Non ho avuto scelta"" [Cagliari: Cellino sacks Lopez, Pulga back: "I had no choice"] (in Italian). La Repubblica. 6 April 2014. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
- "Brescia, esonerato Boscaglia: Pulga nuovo allenatore" (in Italian). SKY Sport Italia. 29 April 2018. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
- "David Suazo nuovo allenatore del Brescia" (in Italian). Brescia Calcio. 6 June 2018.