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 50)
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 FC Machida Zelvia
2012–2013 FC Tokyo
2014 Cerezo Osaka
2014–2015 Zaragoza
2016–2017 Buriram United
* 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.

Popovic also subsequently went onto become manager of some of the most recognized clubs in Japan including FC Tokyo & Cerezo Osaka. During this period he has also coached Japanese clubs in the Asian Champions League Competition.

Popovic is well known for having worked with many young players at his clubs who have gone onto play in Europe and also the Japan National Team. Close to 15 players went onto play for the Japan and South Korean National Teams after he worked with them at the club level.


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] While at Zaragoza, he was named "Coach of the Month" in October 2015. He also led Real Zaragoza to the finals of the La Liga play-offs, but fell short losing to Las Palmas.[citation needed]

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


On 25 August 2016, Buriram United F.C. of Thai League T1 appointed Ranko Popović as the club head coach to fill the vacant role after the dismissal of Afshin Ghotbi.[5] He made the official debut on 10 September 2016, guided Buriram to win 2–1 over Bangkok Glass F.C. at home in the game of Thai League. In October 2016, he led Buriram United to win the Thai League Cup. He officially left Buriram United on 10 June 2016 on mutual terms. He left the club sitting on the top of the Thai league rankings.

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 15 June 2017 [6]
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Oita Trinita 2009 2009 16 6 5 5 037.50
FC Tokyo 2012 2013 78 34 16 28 043.59
Cerezo Osaka 2014 2014 13 4 4 5 030.77
Buriram United 2016 2016 22 13 5 4 059.09
Total 130 58 30 42 044.62



Buriram United


  1. ^ "Fudbal ex-YU 1945.-1992. > Igrači P". Fudbal ex-YU. Archived from the original on 2016-03-30. Retrieved 2008-12-09. 
  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. 
  5. ^ Insawang, Arwatchanon (28 August 2016). "Buriram united appoints Ranko Popovic as new head coach". Football Channel Asia. Retrieved 10 September 2016. 
  6. ^ J.League Data Site(in Japanese)

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