|Full name||Jurijs Popkovs|
|Date of birth||6 July 1962|
|Place of birth||Kiev, Soviet Union
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|1984–1991||FK Daugava Rīga||309||(35)|
|1993–1994||Visby IF Gute||43||(14)|
|2008||FK Blāzma Rēzekne|
|2009–2010||FK Tauras Tauragė|
|2012||FK Daugava Riga|
|2013||FK Spartaks Jūrmala|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 February 2015.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 February 2015
Jurijs Popkovs was born in Kiev, Ukraine. His first professional club was Dynamo Minsk which he joined in 1980. In four years which he stayed with Dynamo he made only one appearance in the Soviet Top League. In 1984 Popkovs joined FK Daugava Rīga which under the management of Jānis Skredelis was then on the up-rise. With Daugava Popkovs made 309 appearances until 1991 scoring 33 goals. He rarely missed a game for Daugava and together with Aleksandr Kanischev and Genādijs Šitiks he formed the strong midfield on the Daugava squad.
In 1993 transferred to Sweden where he joined Visby IF Gute where he played for 2 seasons, scoring 14 goals in 43 matches. During the 1995 Virslīga season for which Popkovs had started with Amstrig Rīga as a player he was offered to replace club's coach Georgijs Gusarenko.
Popkovs also played for Latvia national football team in early 1990s, making in total 18 appearances for Latvia.
Popkovs' first club as a manager was the one where he finished playing - Amstrig Riga (renamed to Daugava in 1996). In 1996 and 1997 Daugava finished second in the Latvian league behind Skonto FC, proving Popkovs as one of the best club managers in Latvia. In 1998 when Daugava was on the road to bankruptcy, Popkovs became head coach of Liepājas Metalurgs which he brought to second place in Virslīga in 1998 and 1999. In 2000 Popkovs was fired from Metalurgs as the club still couldn't stop the hegemony of Skonto in the Latvian league. In 2001, he took up PFK Daugava, a team with no big ambitions and little finance. Both the 2001 and 2002 seasons PFK Daugava finished fifth in the Latvian league, but after the 2002 the team dissolved.
In 2003 Popkovs took up the new and ambitious team FK Jūrmala with which he won the 1st Latvian league and earned a promotion for 2004 Virslīga. In 2004 Jūrmala proved itself as a tough team by finishing 5th in its debut year, just two points behind one of the league heavyweights - Dinaburg FC. However the team owners ambitions for the team to climb higher failed to materialize - in 2005 it finished 6th and in the middle of the 2006 season when Jūrmala was again struggling Popkovs was fired.
In September 2011 he joined Jūrmala-VV in the Latvian Higher League. In March 2012 the team was renamed to Daugava Riga and he stayed in the manager's position. He left the club in December 2012, being replaced by Virginijus Liubšys.
In September 2013 Popkovs was appointed by the Latvian Higher League club FK Spartaks Jūrmala, as he replaced Aleksandrs Stradiņš, who had worked with the team since July 2013. Popkovs was replaced by Fabio Micarelli in December 2013.
Popkovs has also worked with Latvia national under-21 football team.
- Popkovs stats in Soviet leagues
- Popkovs profile on Gute website
- Popkovs - to Rēzekne (in Latvian)
- Tauras appoint Latvian coach(in Lithuanian)
- Jurijs Popkovs at National-Football-Teams.com