Eugen Bopp

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Eugen Bopp
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Bopp playing for York City in 2012
Personal information
Full name Eugen Bopp[1]
Date of birth (1983-09-05) 5 September 1983 (age 31)[1]
Place of birth Kiev, Ukrainian SSR
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
000?–2000 Bayern Munich
2000–2001 Nottingham Forest
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2006 Nottingham Forest 77 (8)
2006–2007 Rotherham United 29 (5)
2007–2009 Crewe Alexandra 17 (2)
2010–2011 FC Carl Zeiss Jena 16 (0)
2012 York City 2 (0)
National team
2001 Germany U19 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:16, 3 July 2012 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15:16, 3 July 2012 (UTC)

Eugen Bopp (born 5 September 1983) is a footballer who plays as a midfielder and is currently unattached. Born in Ukraine, he represented the Germany national under-19 team.

Early life[edit]

Bopp was born in Kiev, Ukrainian SSR to a German father and a Ukrainian mother.[3] His brother Viktor Bopp is also a footballer.[citation needed]

Club career[edit]

Nottingham Forest[edit]

Bopp played in the Bayern Munich youth system before joining the Academy of English club Nottingham Forest as a 16-year old on 20 June 2000.[3] He signed for Forest after Academy manager Paul Hart persuaded him, despite there being interest from other European clubs.[4] He progressed through the ranks and signed his first professional contract with Forest on 11 September 2000.[1] Bopp was an important member of the Forest under-19 side, playing alongside Jermaine Jenas, that comfortably won their league in the 2000–01 season.[3]

He eventually played 77 games for the Forest first team, but only half of those were in the starting line-up. In his four years at the club he scored eight goals and despite some strong reserve performances, he struggled to ever truly establish himself in the first team. His best spell of form at the club was during the 2002–03 season, this was abruptly ended by a rash challenge from Derby County's Craig Burley from which he suffered a serious knee injury. Bopp never returned to those heady heights and was eventually released at the end of the 2005–06 season. He is probably best known during his time at Forest for his thrilling late equaliser against Gillingham on the last day of the 2004–05 season which ultimately relegated the opposition, dragging them down with Forest and Rotherham United.

Rotherham United[edit]

Following his release from Nottingham Forest, he was taken on trial by Rotherham United for the majority of the South Yorkshire club's pre-season. After an impressive trial spell he signed a short term contract on 3 August 2006. As a result of his continued excellent performances on the pitch (and one spectacular goal against Scunthorpe United), Bopp was offered a contract extension until the end of the season. He played in 30 games for Rotherham and scored five goals.

Crewe Alexandra[edit]

Bopp was signed by Crewe Alexandra on 30 May 2007.[5] He initially struggled to fit into the team, and was available for transfer during the January 2008 transfer window.[6] However, he returned to the side for a match against Brighton, and did well enough to retain his place. Once again, speculation about Bopp's future arose as he struggled to maintain his place in the squad, and on 7 May Crewe announced that Bopp's contract had been terminated by mutual consent.[7]

Trial at Portsmouth[edit]

Bopp was included in the Portsmouth squad for the first 2009–10 pre-season friendly away to Havant and Waterlooville. Bopp played the entire second half and scored both of Portsmouth's goals in a 2–2 draw.[8] After an injury crisis, Portsmouth were eager to sign Bopp ahead of a Premier League match against Wigan Athletic on 31 October. However, the Premier League refused to register the player because of Portsmouth's debts and a transfer embargo was placed on the club. Bopp continued, however, to play games for the reserve team.

FC Carl Zeiss Jena[edit]

He signed with German 3. Liga club FC Carl Zeiss Jena on 7 December 2010.[9] Bopp played his debut for Carl Zeiss Jena in the match on 11 December against Dynamo Dresden.[10] He made 16 appearances for the club before he was released in June 2011.[11]

York City[edit]

Bopp returned to England after signing for Conference Premier club York City on a contact until the end of the 2011–12 season on 22 March 2012.[12] His debut came as a 69th minute substitute for Jon Challinor in a 2–1 victory away at Luton Town on 30 March 2012,[13] before dislocating his shoulder on his full debut in his following appearance, a 1–0 defeat at home to Fleetwood Town on 7 April 2012.[14] This ruled him out for the rest of the season,[14] which York finished with promotion to League Two through the play-offs.[15] Having made two appearances he was released by York on 3 July 2012.[13][16]

In the summer of 2014, after two years of being unattached, he was on trial at Hartlepool United.[17]

International career[edit]

Bopp was capped twice by Germany at under-19 level,[18] making his debut as a 65th minute substitute in a 4–0 victory over Sweden on 4 September 2001.[19] His second and final cap came after starting a 2–2 draw with Turkey on 11 October 2001, in which he was substituted at half-time for Philipp Lahm.[20]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 7 April 2012.
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Nottingham Forest 2001–02[21] First Division 19 1 0 0 2 0 21 1
2002–03[22] First Division 13 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 15 2
2003–04[23] First Division 15 1 1 0 2 2 18 3
2004–05[24] Championship 18 3 1 0 1 0 20 3
2005–06[25] League One 12 1 2 0 0 0 1[a] 1 15 2
Total 77 8 4 0 7 2 1 1 89 11
Rotherham United 2006–07[26] League One 29 5 1 0 1 0 0 0 31 5
Crewe Alexandra 2007–08[27] League One 10 1 0 0 1 0 1[a] 0 12 1
2008–09[28] League One 7 1 0 0 0 0 2[a] 0 9 1
Total 17 2 0 0 1 0 3 0 21 2
FC Carl Zeiss Jena 2010–11[11] 3. Liga 16 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
York City 2011–12[13] Conference Premier 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Career totals 141 15 5 0 9 2 4 1 159 18
  1. ^ a b c Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2009). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2009–10. Mainstream Publishing. p. 53. ISBN 9781845964740. 
  2. ^ "First Team". Crewe Alexandra F.C. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Eugen Bopp". The Bridport Red Archive. Retrieved 23 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Forest go Bopp". BBC Sport. 11 July 2000. Retrieved 23 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Bopp departs Rotherham for Crewe". BBC Sport. 30 May 2007. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Crewe open way for Bopp to leave". BBC Sport. 8 January 2008. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "Crewe Alex: Bopp is latest to leave Crewe". The Sentinel (Stoke-on-Trent). 7 May 2009. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Bopp aims for Portsmouth contract". BBC Sport. 22 July 2009. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  9. ^ "FCC holt Eugen Bopp". FC Carl Zeiss Jena. 7 December 2010. Retrieved 15 December 2010. 
  10. ^ "Jena verlässt die Abstiegsplätze – Dynamo verliert den Anschluss – Hähnge dämpft Dresdens Aufstiegshoffnung". Kicker Online. 11 December 2010. Retrieved 15 December 2010. 
  11. ^ a b "Bopp, Eugen". Kicker Online. Retrieved 15 December 2010. 
  12. ^ "York City sign midfielder Eugen Bopp". BBC Sport. 22 March 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  13. ^ a b c "Games played by Eugen Bopp in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 20 April 2012. 
  14. ^ a b Flett, Dave (9 April 2012). "Gary Mills calling a halt to York City's hard luck stories". The Press. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  15. ^ Maiden, Phil (20 May 2012). "Luton 1–2 York". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  16. ^ Flett, Dave (3 July 2012). "Treble joy as Blanchett, Challinor and Doig sign up for York City". The Press (York). Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  17. ^ http://www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk/sport/football/hartlepool-utd/hartlepool-united-release-trialists-eugen-bopp-and-biko-bradnock-brennan-1-6743384
  18. ^ "Eugen Bopp". 11v11. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  19. ^ "Schweden – Deutschland". German Football Association. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  20. ^ "Türkei – Deutschland". German Football Association. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  21. ^ Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2002). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2002/2003. Queen Anne Press. p. 465. ISBN 9781852916480. 
  22. ^ Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2003). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2003/2004. Queen Anne Press. p. 482. ISBN 9781852916510. 
  23. ^ Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2004). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2004/2005. Queen Anne Press. p. 465. ISBN 9781852916602. 
  24. ^ Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2005). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2005/2006. Queen Anne Press. p. 466. ISBN 9781852916626. 
  25. ^ Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2006). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2006–07. Mainstream Publishing. p. 464. ISBN 9781845961114. 
  26. ^ Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2007). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2007–08. Mainstream Publishing. p. 467. ISBN 9781845962463. 
  27. ^ Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2008). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2008–09. Mainstream Publishing. p. 458. ISBN 9781845963248. 
  28. ^ Hugman (ed.). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2009–10. p. 458. 

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