Valeri Popovitch

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Valeri Popovitch
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Personal information
Full name Valeri Aleksandrovich Popovitch
Date of birth (1970-05-18) 18 May 1970 (age 44)
Place of birth Gorky, USSR
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker, Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
HJK Helsinki
Number 14
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986 Khimik Dzerzhinsk 3 (1)
1987 Lokomotiv Gorky 3 (0)
1988–1989 CSKA Moscow 25 (0)
1990–1991 FC Spartak Moscow 10 (0)
1992–1993 TPV 48 (26)
1994 Ilves 12 (3)
1994–2008 FC Haka 323 (170)
1995–1996 Ikast FS (loan) 6 (3)
1999–2000 SC Heerenveen (loan) 18 (6)
2009 HJK Helsinki 16 (3)
2010-2012 Ilves Tampere
National team
USSR U-17
USSR U-19
Teams managed
2010−2012 Ilves Tampere (player-coach)
2012 FC Haka (youth coach)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Valeri Aleksandrovich Popovitch (Russian: Валерий Александрович Попович, born 18 May 1970, in Gorky, USSR, now Nizhny Novgorod, Russia) is a Russian football striker with Finnish nationality. Popovitch is the all-time scoring leader of FC Haka. After his contract ended with HJK in 2010, he joined Ilves Tampere playing in Kakkonen, as a player-coach, signing a two-year contract. Currently he is a youth coach at FC Haka.

He has also capped several times for Soviet U-17 and U-19 National football teams. U-17 finished third in the 1986 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship, and U-19 won the UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship in 1988. Popovitch played in both tournaments.

Popovitch played for FC CSKA Moscow in Soviet First League and FC Spartak Moscow in the Soviet Top League.[1]

Legacy[edit]

Popovitch holds a legendary status in Finland and especially in Valkeakoski, where his regarded as one of the best players ever to play for FC Haka. FC Haka retired his number, 14.

Honours[edit]

Club titles[edit]

International[edit]

Personal awards and achievements[edit]

  • Finnish Veikkausliiga Player of the Year: 1995, 1998, 2002, 2003
  • Finnish league top scorer: 1995, 1999
  • Finnish first division top scorer: 1992, 1997
  • All time top scorer of Veikkausliiga: 163 goals (in 2008)
  • Ilta-Sanomat Player of the Year Award: 1995, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007
  • Shares the record for most goals in a single Veikkausliiga season: 23 (shared with Kimmo Tarkkio)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Popovich Valeriy Aleksandrovich". KLISF. Retrieved 2010-03-30.