Valeri Popovitch

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Valeri Popovitch
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Personal information
Full name Valeri Aleksandrovich Popovitch
Date of birth (1970-05-18) 18 May 1970 (age 46)
Place of birth Gorky, USSR
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker, Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
HJK Helsinki
Number 14
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986 Khimik Dzerzhinsk 3 (1)
1987 Lokomotiv Gorky 3 (0)
1988–1989 CSKA Moscow 25 (0)
1990–1991 FC Spartak Moscow 10 (0)
1992–1993 TPV 48 (26)
1994 Ilves 12 (3)
1994–2008 FC Haka 323 (170)
1995–1996 Ikast FS (loan) 6 (3)
1999–2000 SC Heerenveen (loan) 18 (6)
2009 HJK Helsinki 16 (3)
2010–2012 Ilves Tampere
National team
Teams managed
2010−2012 Ilves Tampere (player-coach)
2012 FC Haka (youth coach)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Valeri Aleksandrovich Popovitch (Russian: Валерий Александрович Попович, born 18 May 1970 in Gorky, USSR, now Nizhny Novgorod, Russia) is a former Russian football striker with Finnish nationality. Popovitch is the all-time scoring leader of FC Haka. After his contract ended with HJK in 2010, he joined Ilves Tampere playing in Kakkonen, as a player-coach, signing a two-year contract. Currently he is a youth coach at FC Haka.

He has also capped several times for Soviet U-17 and U-19 National football teams. U-17 finished third in the 1986 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship, and U-19 won the UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship in 1988. Popovitch played in both tournaments.

Popovitch played for FC CSKA Moscow in Soviet First League and FC Spartak Moscow in the Soviet Top League.[1]


Popovitch holds a legendary status in Finland and especially in Valkeakoski, where his regarded as one of the best players ever to play for FC Haka. FC Haka retired his number, 14.


Club titles[edit]


Personal awards and achievements[edit]

  • Finnish Veikkausliiga Player of the Year: 1995, 1998, 2002, 2003
  • Finnish league top scorer: 1995, 1999
  • Finnish first division top scorer: 1992, 1997
  • All time top scorer of Veikkausliiga: 163 goals (in 2008)
  • Ilta-Sanomat Player of the Year Award: 1995, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007
  • Shares the record for most goals in a single Veikkausliiga season: 23 (shared with Kimmo Tarkkio)


  1. ^ "Popovich Valeriy Aleksandrovich". KLISF. Retrieved 2010-03-30.