|Full name||Goran Popov|
|Date of birth||2 October 1984|
|Place of birth||Strumica, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Playing position||Left back / Left midfielder|
|2003||→ Proodeftiki (loan)||0||(0)|
|2004||Red Star Belgrade||0||(0)|
|2004–2005||→ Odra Wodzisław (loan)||11||(0)|
|2007–2008||→ Levadiakos (loan)||20||(0)|
|2012–2014||→ West Bromwich Albion (loan)||18||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:50, 21 April 2014 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 May 2014
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
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. 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.
On 10 August 2012, Popov initially signed for English Premier League side Stoke City on a season long loan deal, but the move fell through after he failed to be granted a UK work permit. On deadline day, Popov received a UK work permit and he signed instead on a season-long loan for West Bromwich Albion. After Artim Šakiri, Goran Popov is the second Macedonian football player who has ever played at West Bromwich Albion.
On 9 July 2013, Popov signed a one-year loan deal to return to West Bromwich Albion.
|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|
Statistics accurate as of match played 4 January 2014
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other[A]||Total|
|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|
|Levadiakos (loan)||2007–08||Superleague Greece||20||0||0||0||0||0||–||–||20||0|
|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|
|West Bromwich Albion (loan)||2012–13||Premier League||12||0||1||0||0||0||–||–||13||0|
As of August 2012
|Macedonia national team|
- Ukrainian Premier League runner-up: 2010–11, 2011–12
- Ukrainian Cup runner-up: 2010–11
- Ukrainian Super Cup winner: 2012
He is the younger brother of Robert Popov who is also a football player.
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- "Popov set to pop off after work permit blow". The Sentinel. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
- "Goran Popov rejoins West Brom on season-long loan deal". http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/. BBC Sport. 9 July 2013. Retrieved 31 March 2015. External link in
- Официјално: Горан Попов во Ф.К. Вардар 3 години
- Goran Popov at UEFA.com
- Football PLAYER: Goran Popov
- "Goran Popov". Soccerway. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
- "Popov, Goran". National Football Teams. Retrieved 12 August 2012.