Goran Popov

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Goran Popov
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Personal information
Full name Goran Popov[1]
Date of birth (1984-10-02) 2 October 1984 (age 29)
Place of birth Strumica, Macedonia
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Left back / Left midfielder
Club information
Current team
Dynamo Kyiv
Number TBD
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Belasica 6 (0)
2003 Proodeftiki (loan) 0 (0)
2004 AEK Athens 8 (0)
2004 Red Star Belgrade 0 (0)
2004–2005 Odra Wodzisław (loan) 11 (0)
2005–2007 Egaleo 45 (1)
2007–2008 Levadiakos (loan) 20 (0)
2008–2010 Heerenveen 51 (2)
2010– Dynamo Kyiv 32 (2)
2012–2014 West Bromwich Albion (loan) 14 (0)
National team
2002 Macedonia U-19 5 (2)
Macedonia U-21 10 (2)
2004– Macedonia 46 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:50, 21 April 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 May 2014

Goran Popov (Macedonian: Горан Попов, born 2 October 1984) is a Macedonian footballer, who plays as a defender for Ukrainian Premier League side Dynamo Kyiv and the Macedonia national team.

Popov started his career with local side Belasica and moved to Greece with Proodeftiki and AEK Athens. He signed for Red Star Belgrade in 2004 but injuries prevented him from making an impact and he returned to Greek football with Egaleo after a short loan spell in Poland with Odra Wodzisław. Egaleo were relegated in 2007 and Popov joined Levadiakos before moving to Dutch club Heerenveen in July 2008. At Heerenveen he finally found some success and won the KNVB Cup in 2009 scoring in the final against FC Twente. After good form in European competitions Popov signed for Ukrainian side Dynamo Kyiv.

Life and career[edit]

Popov was born in Strumica, Socialist Republic of Macedonia, SFR Yugoslavia and played football with local club Belasica making six appearances as the side finished second in the First Macedonian Football League. He moved on to Greek side Proodeftiki and then AEK Athens. His time at Athens was short and after eight matches he left for Red Star Belgrade where he made his debut away at PSV Eindhoven in the UEFA Champions League as Red Star lost 5–0.[2] Injuries prevented him from making at impact with Red Star and he joined Polish side Odra Wodzisław on loan. At the end of the 2004–05 season Popov returned to Greek football with Egaleo spending two seasons there and then one season with Levadiakos. In 2008 he made the move to Dutch football with Heerenveen where he won the KNVB Cup in 2009 and impressed enough in European football to earn a move to Ukrainian giants Dynamo Kyiv in June 2010.[3]

On 10 August 2012, Popov signed for English Premier League side Stoke City on a season long loan deal.[4] But the move fell through after he failed to be granted a UK work permit.[5] On the deadline day, Popov UK work permit has been approved and he signed for whole season loan for West Bromwich Albion. In the Premier League season 2013–14. Popov will be again part of West Bromwich Albion loaned from Dynamo Kyiv.

After Artim Šakiri, Goran Popov is the second Macedonian football player who has ever played at West Bromwich Albion.

On 3 February 2013, Popov was dismissed by referee Mark Clattenberg for allegedly spitting at fullback Kyle Walker, in a game that ended 1–0 to Tottenham Hotspur.

On 9 July 2013, Popov signed a one-year loan deal to return to West Bromwich Albion

International career[edit]

Goran Popov has been part of the Macedonian U-19 and U-21 teams before making his debut for the Macedonian national team in 2004.[6]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 30 May 2004 A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, Estonia  Estonia 2–4 Win Friendly
2. 19 November 2008 Estadi Comunal d'Aixovall, Andorra la Vella, Andorra  Montenegro 2–1 Lost Friendly
Correct as of 13 January 2013[7]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Statistics accurate as of match played 4 January 2014[8]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Belasica 2002–03 1. MFL 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 7 0
AEK Athens 2003–04 Alpha Ethniki 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Red Star Belgrade 2004–05 First League 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 0
Odra Wodzisław (loan) 2004–05 Ekstraklasa 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Egaleo 2005–06 Alpha Ethniki 19 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
2006–07 Superleague Greece 26 1 0 0 0 0 26 1
Total 45 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 45 1
Levadiakos (loan) 2007–08 Superleague Greece 20 0 0 0 0 0 20 0
Heerenveen 2008–09 Eredivisie 24 1 5 2 0 0 4 0 33 3
2009–10 Eredivisie 27 1 3 1 0 0 8 0 1 0 39 2
Total 51 2 8 3 0 0 12 0 1 0 72 5
Dynamo Kyiv 2010–11 Ukrainian Premier League 15 1 3 0 0 0 11 0 29 1
2011–12 Ukrainian Premier League 16 1 1 0 0 0 6 0 1 0 24 1
2012–13 Ukrainian Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 4 0
Total 32 2 4 0 0 0 19 0 2 0 57 2
West Bromwich Albion (loan) 2012–13 Premier League 12 0 1 0 0 0 13 0
2013–14 Premier League 2 0 1 0 2 0 5 0
Total 14 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 18 0
Career total 187 5 14 3 2 0 35 0 3 0 241 8
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Johan Cruijff-schaal XIV and Ukrainian Super Cup.

International[edit]

As of August 2012[9]

Macedonia national team
Year Apps Goals
2004 2 1
2005 6 0
2006 1 0
2007 5 0
2008 5 1
2009 10 0
2010 6 0
2011 6 0
2012 3 0
Total 44 2

Honours[edit]

SC Heerenveen
Dynamo Kyiv

Personal life[edit]

He is the younger brother of Robert Popov who is also a football player.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Barclays Premier League Squad Numbers 2013/14". Premier League. 16 August 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "PSV progress in style". UEFA.com. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Zlateski, Alexsadar. "Goran Popov made season debut for Dynamo Kyiv". Macedonian Football. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Potters Swoop For Goran Popov". Stoke City F.C. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Popov set to pop off after work permit blow". The Sentinel. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Goran Popov at UEFA.com
  7. ^ Football PLAYER: Goran Popov
  8. ^ "Goran Popov". Soccerway. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Popov, Goran". National Football Teams. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 

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