Svetozar Popović

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Svetozar Popović
Personal information
Date of birth 6 February 1902
Place of birth Kragujevac, Yugoslavia
Date of death 26 October 1985(1985-10-26) (aged 83)
Place of death Belgrade, Yugoslavia
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1918–1919 Soko Pro Roma
1919–1925 BSK Belgrade
1925–1927 Juventus București
1927–1929 Venus București
National team
1925 Romania 1 (0)
Teams managed
1937–1938 Yugoslavia
1939 Yugoslavia
1940–1941 Yugoslavia
1941 BSK Belgrade
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Svetozar Kika Popović (Serbian Cyrillic: Светозар Поповић) (February 6, 1902; Kragujevac – October 26, 1985; Belgrade) was a Yugoslav and Romanian national football player and coach.

He began his playing career while being a refugee in Rome, Italy, while the Kingdom of Serbia was fighting World War I. At the end of the war, he returned to Serbia and played with BSK Belgrade until 1925.[1] Then, as an employee of the Commercial Bank Italia, he moved to Bucharest, Romania. While still a bank employee, he continued to play football by playing with Juventus Bucharest and Venus Bucharest.[2] On May 1, 1925, he played one match for the Romanian national team as Svetozar Popovici,[3] against Turkey.[4][5]

After retiring, he became a coach. He coached BSK Belgrade in their 1940 Mitropa Cup campaign.[6] He coached on three occasions the Kingdom of Yugoslavia national football team between 1937 and 1941. He was technical director of BSK Belgrade and later worked in the direction of Red Star Belgrade, where he was one of the founders of the club.[2][7]



BSK Belgrade
Venus București


  1. ^ Istorijska anketa (in Serbian)
  2. ^ a b "Bsk - Jugoslavija, Sećanja Na Prvi Beogradski Večiti Derbi" by Živko M. Bojanić, pag. 183 (in Serbian)
  3. ^ Svetozar Popovici at
  4. ^ Svetozar Popovici at
  5. ^ Svetozar Popovici at Romanian Football Federation official website
  6. ^ Match report at IFFHS
  7. ^ Svetozar Popović (in Serbian)