Ranko Popović

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Ranko Popović
Ранко Поповић
Ranko Popović 2012.jpg
Personal information
Full name Ranko Popović
Date of birth (1967-06-26) 26 June 1967 (age 49)
Place of birth Peć, Yugoslavia
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
1978–1988 Budućnost Peć
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1992 Partizan 2 (0)
1989–1990 Leotar (loan) 13 (0)
1992–1994 Spartak Subotica
1994–1995 Ethnikos Piraeus 10 (0)
1995–1997 Almería 16 (0)
1997–2001 Sturm Graz 74 (10)
2001–2002 TuS FC Arnfels
Teams managed
2001–2003 TuS FC Arnfels
2003–2006 Sturm Graz (assistant)
2006–2007 Sanfrecce Hiroshima (assistant)
2007–2009 Spartak Zlatibor Voda
2009 Oita Trinita
2011–2012 Machida Zelvia
2012–2013 FC Tokyo
2013–2014 Cerezo Osaka
2014–2015 Zaragoza

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Ranko Popović (Serbian Cyrillic: Paнкo Пoпoвић, born 26 June 1967) is a Serbian retired footballer who played as a central defender, and a current coach. He also holds an Austrian passport.

Club career[edit]

Born in Peć, SAP Kosovo, SR Serbia, Popović played in the Yugoslav First League with FK Partizan.[1] He also had a brief spell with UD Almería in the Spanish Segunda División.[2]

Coach career[edit]

In July 2009, Popović accepted an offer to coach the J-league club Oita Trinita, which had experienced 14 consecutive defeats in the season. In his first six matches, the team only won once, but in the last ten matches of the season, it did not lose once (5 wins and 5 draws). This result earned him and offer to coach the team for the next season, but the team nearly went bankrupt, and his contract had to be canceled.

Popović was appointed manager of Machida Zelvia on 15 December 2010. On 24 November 2014, after stints at FC Tokyo and Cerezo Osaka, he was appointed at the helm of Real Zaragoza, replacing fired Víctor Muñoz.[3]

Popović was dismissed on 20 December 2015, after a 1–3 loss against Gimnàstic de Tarragona.[4]


  1. ^ "Fudbal ex-YU 1945.-1992. > Igrači P". Fudbal ex-YU. Retrieved 2008-12-09. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Ficha del Jugador: Popovic". LFP. Retrieved 2008-12-09. [dead link]
  3. ^ "El serbio Popovic, nuevo entrenador del Real Zaragoza" [Serbian Popovic, new manager of Real Zaragoza] (in Spanish). Marca. 24 November 2014. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "El Real Zaragoza decide prescindir de los servicios de Ranko Popovic" [Real Zaragoza decides to let go of Ranko Popovic's services] (in Spanish). Zaragoza's official website. 20 December 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2015. 

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