Boban Grncharov

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Boban Grncharov
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Personal information
Full name Boban Grncharov
Date of birth (1982-08-12) 12 August 1982 (age 36)
Place of birth Skopje, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Centre-back
Club information
Current team
FK Vardar
Number 6
Youth career
FK Vardar
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 FK Vardar 4 (0)
2000–2003 OFK Beograd 53 (2)
2003–2007 Metalurh Donetsk 29 (1)
2006–2007Stal Alchevsk (loan) 19 (1)
2007–2009 KAA Gent 20 (3)
2008–2009Maccabi Petah Tikva (loan) 31 (2)
2009–2011 APOEL 43 (8)
2011–2012 Lierse 29 (2)
2012–2013 Botev Plovdiv 45 (3)
2014 Tavriya Simferopol 8 (0)
2014– FK Vardar 101 (11)
National team
2001–2014 Macedonia 34 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2014
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 May 2014

Boban Grncharov (Macedonian: Бобан Грнчаров; born 12 August 1982) is a Macedonian footballer who plays as a central defender for FK Vardar.

Club career[edit]

OFK Beograd[edit]

Born in Skopje (SR Macedonia, SFR Yugoslavia), Grnčarov began his career playing with FK Vardar. After playing in their youth team, he made his senior debut in the 1998–99 season of the First Macedonian Football League. In 2000, he moved to Serbia and signed with OFK Beograd. By then he had already been a regular in the U-16, U-18 and U-21 national team levels[1] his regular appearances in the First League of FR Yugoslavia at his first season with OFK made him earn his debut for the Macedonia national football team at the young age of 20.[2] Despite his age, he has been a regular in the league starting line-up during those seasons in Belgrade, and following the success of his signing, OFK had turned their attention to the Macedonian market and, by the 2002–03 season, 5 other Macedonians were playing in OFK along Grnčarov: Bajevski, Despotovski, Fakić, Kirovski and Panov.[3] During the previous seasons the club had been struggling to maintain consistency and Grnčarov became one of the fundamental players in the 2002–03 season when OFK finished the season in 3rd place and archive to qualify for European competitions after exactly 30 years of their last continental competition appearance. Boban Grnčarov had played a total of 53 league matches, and scored 2 goals, at the time he left OFK Beograd.

In 2003, he moved to Ukraine and signed with Metalurh Donetsk where he played until 2006. After spending the first half of the 2006/07 season on loan to FC Stal Alchevsk, Grncarov signed a deal with KAA Gent in the Belgian Jupiler League.[4] The season 2008/09 he moved on loan to Maccabi Petah Tikva.


On June 2009, the board of APOEL announced that the player signed a two-year contract with the club. In his first season in Cyprus, he won the Super Cup (he scored a goal in the Super Cup final) and he also appeared in four official group stage matches of the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League with APOEL. The next season, he became an essential member of APOEL and – although he played in all matches as a central defender – he scored 6 goals in the league (all goals scored by head), helping his team to win the 2010–11 Cypriot First Division. On May 2011, Grnčarov left APOEL after two years, when the club and the player did not agree on signing a new contract due to financial reasons.


On 5 July 2011, Grnčarov signed a one-year deal with Lierse with an option for an additional season.

Botev Plovdiv[edit]

On 3 July 2012, Grncharov signed a three-year contract with Botev Plovdiv of the Bulgarian A PFG.[5] On 9 March 2013, he scored the opening goal for Botev Plovdiv in the 2:0 milestone home win (the first one in 16 years) over Levski Sofia.[6] In the end of 2013 Grncarov was removed from the first team after a scandal with the sports director of Botev Aleksandar Aleksandrov. During the winter break Grncharov's contract was mutually terminated and after spending some time as a free agent, in mid January 2014 he joined Tavriya Simferopol in the Ukrainian Premier League.[7]

International career[edit]

Grncharov has made 25 appearances for the senior Macedonia national football team and scored one goal against Norway on 9 September 2009.[8]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Macedonia's goal tally first.[3]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 9 September 2009 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, Norway  Norway
2010 FIFA World Cup qualification




  1. ^ Boban Grnčarov at
  2. ^ Boban Grnčarov at
  3. ^ a b OFK Beograd at
  4. ^ "Boban Grnčarov: Facts". Archived from the original on 26 March 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2008.
  5. ^ "Македонски национал подписа с Ботев". Retrieved 2012-07-03.
  6. ^ "Ботев (Пд) подчини Левски след 16-годишно чакане, Цветков и Грънчаров точни за голямата победа с 2:0". Retrieved 2014-02-05.
  7. ^ "Бобан: бързо казах "да" на Николай Костов, доволен е от избора си". Retrieved 2014-02-05.
  8. ^ "Macedonia - Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 2009-06-09.

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