|Full name||Tony Popovic|
|Date of birth||4 July 1973|
|Place of birth||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|Height||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Playing position||Centre Back|
|Western Sydney Wanderers (manager)|
|1994||→ Canberra FC (loan)||5||(1)|
|2008–2011||Sydney FC (assistant)|
|2009||Sydney FC (caretaker)|
|2011–2012||Crystal Palace (assistant)|
|2012–||Western Sydney Wanderers|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Popovic was born in Sydney, New South Wales to a Croatian family. Popovic grew up in Fairfield, New South Wales. Popovic began his career with Sydney United. He rose through the youth ranks, making 162 appearances in seven years for the first team, before moving to play in the J-League. Popovic signed with Sanfrecce Hiroshima where he stayed for five years scoring 13 goals in 94 appearances.
Crystal Palace FC
Tony Popovic signed for Crystal Palace on a free transfer in August 2001 from Sanfrecce Hiroshima. He became an integral part of the Palace defence, eventually becoming club captain. He played more than 120 matches for Crystal Palace. In his last season he played for Crystal Palace in 21 Premier League matches. In total he made more than 120 appearances for the club.
In 2007, with the growth of the A-League and slight homesickness, Popovic moved to Sydney FC, signing a two-year deal, with coach Branko Čulina also announcing him the club's captain. Popovic scored his first goal on 28 October 2007 from a corner to beat the Mariners 3–2 in front of his home crowd of 17,850.
Popovic announced his retirement on 11 November 2008 after nearly 20 years as a professional footballer.
Popovic competed at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona for the Australian U-23 team. He began his full international career in 1995 with the Australian national team. Over the next eleven years Popovic made 58 appearances for the Socceroos, scoring 8 goals.
The highlight of Popovic's career came in 2006 when the Australian national team qualified for the FIFA World Cup under the management of Guus Hiddink. He took part in both legs in the qualifying match against Uruguay. Being replaced in the first half of the second leg due to injury by Harry Kewell. The tall defender was named in the competing squad and made his World Cup debut against Brazil on 18 June. He suffered a calf injury 40 minutes into the game and was replaced by Marco Bresciano for the second half. His injury ruled him out of Australia's last match in the group stage, against Croatia, and their second round loss against eventual winners, Italy.
On 4 October 2006 Tony Popovic announced his retirement from the Socceroos.
His final game was a friendly against Paraguay that month. He scored his eighth international goal, from a Mark Bresciano free kick, in his final minute on field to put Australia ahead, 1–0 in a game that finished 1–1.
After retiring, Popovic moved into an Assistant Coach's role with Sydney FC, where he remained until February 2011, when he returned to England and to Crystal Palace as first team coach, after former team-mate Dougie Freedman was appointed manager. In May 2012 Popovic left Palace to become the inaugural manager of A-League club Western Sydney Wanderers FC. After the Wanderer's first season, Popovic was named A-League Coach of the Year for 2012/13. He led Wanderer to 2014 AFC Champions League final for the first time by defeating FC Seoul. They defeated Al-Hilal at the final and won the tournament to become the first Australian team to win the AFC Champions League. As a result of this achievement, Popovic was named as the 2014 AFC Coach of the Year award. The 2014/15 season saw Popovic and his Wanderers crash back to reality. Poor recruiting and the loss of highly infuential assistant coach Ante Milicic lead to the Wanderers narrowly avoiding the dubious honour of finishing bottom of the league by 1 point. Although they performed much better in the AFC Champions League and were in contention to progress out of their group up until the final match, the result of the other tie did not go in their favour thus bringing an end to Popovic's "midas" touch of the previous 2 seasons.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Total|
|1989/90||Sydney Croatia||National Soccer League||13||0||13||0|
|1993/94||Sydney United||National Soccer League||27||2||27||2|
|Japan||League||Emperor's Cup||J. League Cup||Total|
|1997||Sanfrecce Hiroshima||J. League 1||11||0||0||0||6||0||17||0|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Total|
|2001/02||Crystal Palace||First Division||20||2||1||0||21||2|
|Qatar||League||Emir Cup||Sheikh Jassem Cup||Total|
|Australia national team|
|19 June 2000||Papeete, Tahiti||Cook Islands||17–0||Won||Oceania Nations Cup||1 (1)|
|9 April 2001||BCU International Stadium||Tonga||22–0||Won||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification (OFC)||1 (2)|
|11 April 2001||BCU International Stadium||American Samoa||31–0||Won||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification (OFC)||2 (4)|
|16 April 2001||BCU International Stadium||Samoa||11–0||Won||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification (OFC)||2 (6)|
|12 February 2003||Boleyn Ground, London||England||3–1||Won||Friendly||1 (7)|
|7 September 2006||Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane||Paraguay||1–1||Draw||Friendly||1 (8)|
- As of 31 April 2015
|Western Sydney Wanderers||17 May 2012||Present||100||36||23||41||36.00|
As a player
As a manager
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- Tony Popovic at National-Football-Teams.com
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