Adrian Popa (footballer, born 1988)

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Adrian Popa
Adrian Popa - Steaua (2 Oct 2013).jpg
Popa with Steaua București in 2013
Personal information
Full name Adrian Dumitru Popa
Date of birth (1988-07-24) 24 July 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth Bucharest, Romania
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Reading
Number 25
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2009 Politehnica II Timișoara 87 (26)
2008 Buftea (loan) 11 (2)
2009 Gloria Buzău (loan) 12 (0)
2009–2010 Universitatea Cluj 24 (3)
2010–2012 Concordia Chiajna 60 (10)
2012–2017 Steaua București 137 (20)
2017– Reading 8 (1)
National team
2012– Romania 21 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 April 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 November 2016

Adrian "Adi" Dumitru Popa (born 24 July 1988) is a Romanian professional footballer who plays as a winger for English side Reading and the Romania national team.

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Popa was one of the most proficient players of the Politehnica Timișoara reserve team, and was loaned to CS Buftea and Gloria Buzău.

Universitatea Cluj[edit]

In July 2009, Popa signed a contract with Universitatea Cluj. Although he showed impressive skills and helped the team get promoted to the first division, he left the club after one year.

Concordia Chiajna[edit]

In 2010, Popa joined Concordia Chiajna. He contributed to the club's promotion to the first division and was kept for the following season.

Steaua București[edit]

On 15 August 2012, Popa signed a five-year contract with Steaua București for an undisclosed transfer fee.[1][2] One week later, he scored his first goal for the club in a 2–0 away win over FK Ekranas in the Europa League play-off round's first leg.[3]

He played over 200 games during his spell with the capital-based club.

Reading[edit]

On 27 January 2017, it was announced that Popa agreed to transfer to English team Reading after reaching the final six months of his contract with Steaua.[4] The transfer was made official three days later.[5]

His first goal came on 17 March 2017, scoring Reading's second in injury time in a 2–0 win over Sheffield Wednesday at the Hillsborough Stadium.[6]

International career[edit]

Popa made his debut for the Romania senior team in October 2012, in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Netherlands.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 22 April 2017[8]
Club statistics
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Politehnica II Timișoara 2005–06 ? ? ? ? ? ?
2006–07 ? ? ? ? ? ?
2007–08 ? ? ? ? ? ?
Total 87 26 ? ? 87 26
Buftea (loan) 2008–09 11 2 ? ? 11 2
Total 11 2 ? ? 11 2
Gloria Buzău (loan) 2008–09 12 0 12 0
Total 12 0 12 0
Universitatea Cluj 2009–10 24 3 0 0 24 3
Total 24 3 0 0 24 3
Concordia Chiajna 2011–12 27 4 ? ? 27 4
2011–12 29 3 1 1 30 4
2012–13 4 3 4 3
Total 60 10 1 1 61 11
Steaua București 2012–13 30 1 2 0 11 1 43 2
2013–14 28 7 5 0 11 0 1 0 45 7
2014–15 28 5 4 3 3 0 10 0 0 0 45 8
2015–16 32 4 5 0 3 0 6 1 0 0 46 5
2016–17 19 3 1 0 1 0 10 0 31 3
Total 137 20 17 3 7 0 48 2 1 0 210 25
Reading 2016–17 8 1 0 0 0 0 8 1
Total 8 1 0 0 0 0 8 1
Career total 339 62 18 4 7 0 48 2 1 0 413 68

International[edit]

As of 15 November 2016[9]
National team Year Apps Goals Ratio
Romania
2012 1 0 0.00
2013 3 0 0.00
2014 1 0 0.00
2015 5 0 0.00
2016 11 3 0.27
Total 21 3 0.14

International goals[edit]

As of 15 November 2016 (Romania score listed first, score column indicates score after each Popa goal)[9]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 3 June 2016 Arena Națională, Bucharest, Romania 14  Georgia 1–0 5–1 Friendly
2 4 September 2016 Cluj Arena, Cluj-Napoca, Romania 17  Montenegro 1–0 1–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
3 8 October 2016 Vazgen Sargsyan, Yerevan, Armenia 18  Armenia 0–2 0–5 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Steaua București

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Adrian Popa este noul jucător al Stelei!" [Adrian Popa is the new player of Steaua!] (in Romanian). FC Steaua București. 15 August 2012. Retrieved 11 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Astea-s contractele! » Gazeta are toate datele din acordurile pe care le-au semnat Adi Popa şi Szukala" [These are the contracts! » Gazeta has all the details about the agreements signed by Popa and Szukala] (in Romanian). Gazeta Sporturilor. 18 August 2012. Retrieved 11 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Ekranas - Steaua 0-2! Kawasaki-vicius! Titular în premieră, Adi Popa a înscris PRIMUL său gol în tricoul grupării din Ghencea" [Ekranas – Steaua 0–2! Kawasaki-vicius! A starter for the first time, Adi Popa scored his FIRST goal for the Ghencea-based team] (in Romanian). Pro Sport. 23 August 2012. Retrieved 11 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "Despărțire emoționantă la Steaua! Adi Popa și-a luat "la revedere" de la colegi" [Heartwarming farewell at Steaua! Adi Popa said goodbye to his teammates] (in Romanian). Digi Sport. 27 January 2017. Retrieved 27 January 2017. 
  5. ^ "Royals complete Popa signing". Reading FC. 30 January 2017. Retrieved 30 January 2017. 
  6. ^ "Sheffield Wednesday 0-2 Reading". BBC Sport. 17 March 2017. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  7. ^ "Romania 1–4 Netherlands". FIFA.com. 16 October 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2017. 
  8. ^ "Adrian Popa". Soccerway. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  9. ^ a b "Adrian Popa". European Football. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 

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