Hennadiy Popovych

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Hennadiy Popovych
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Personal information
Full name Hennadiy Ivanovych Popovych
Date of birth (1973-02-09)9 February 1973
Place of birth Dniprodzerzhynsk, Ukrainian SSR
Date of death 4 June 2010(2010-06-04) (aged 37)
Place of death Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1989 FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
1990 FC Prometei Dniprodzerzhynsk
1991 FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1993 FC Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih 66 (4)
1992 FC Prometei Dniprodzerzhynsk 1 (2)
1994 FC Zirka Kirovohrad 17 (5)
1994–1995 FC Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih 25 (3)
1995 FC Shakhtar Donetsk 3 (0)
1996–1997 FC Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih 38 (5)
1997–2001 FC Zenit Saint Petersburg 109 (30)
National team
1995 Ukraine (U-21) 1 (0)
Teams managed
2002–2005 FC Zenit Saint Petersburg (administrator)
2005–2006 FC Zenit Saint Petersburg (reserves assistant)
2007 FC Zenit Saint Petersburg (reserves administrator)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Hennadiy Ivanovych Popovych (Ukrainian: Геннадій Іванович Попович; Russian: Геннадий Иванович Попович) (9 February 1973 – 4 June 2010) was an Ukrainian professional footballer. He was born in Dniprodzerzhynsk. He made his professional debut in the Soviet Second League B in 1991 for FC Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih.[1]


Popovych was a trainee of the sport academy of Mettalurg from Dniprodzerzhynsk. He was playing for various teams at the early stage of his career including Prometei (1990), Kryvbas (1991–1994), Zirka (1994–1995), Shakhtar (1995–1996). In 1997, he moved to Russia, where he started to play for Zenit from Saint Petersburg, where he performed more than 100 caps and scored 41 goal. Together with "Zenit" he reached a peak of his career. In 2000, he scored two goals in the final of Intertoto Cup against Celta. Nevertheless, his goals did not help Zenit to win the cup. In 2001 Popovych won the bronze medal of Russian championship with Zenit also being the first sniper of the team in the season of 2001. In the end of 2001 according to strong recommendation from medics finished his football career due to the problems with heart.

Between 2002 and 2005 he was working as an administrator of Zenit. Between 2005 and 2008 he was a coach of Zenit youth team. In 2009 Popovych became a coach of Zenit Academy [2] and since 2010 youth team of Lokomotiv.[3] In his spare time he liked playing hockey and fishing.[4]

Popovich died on 4 June 2010 after a heart attack.[5] 4 days after the visitation was organized at the Petrovskiy Stadium. He was buried at Smolensky Cemetery in Saint Petersburg.

In January 2011 in the youth sport complex Zenit the tournament in the name of Popovich was organized.[6]

In June 2012 on the Petrovskiy Stadium Zenit fans opened the memorial tablet dedicated to Popovich.

In popular culture[edit]

Saint Petersburg band "Bivny" mentioned Popovich in their song "Forwards" ("Форварды" in Russian).


  • Russian Premier League bronze: 2001.
  • Russian Cup winner: 1999.
  • Russian Cup finalist: 2002 (played in the early stages of the 2001/02 tournament for FC Zenit Saint Petersburg).

European club competitions[edit]

With FC Zenit Saint Petersburg.


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