Ranko Popović

Ranko Popović
Ранко Поповић
Personal information
Full name Ranko Popović
Date of birth (1967-06-26) 26 June 1967
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)
1989–1990Leotar (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– 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

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


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]


On 25 August 2016, Buriram United F.C. of Thai League 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 won 2–1 over Bangkok Glass F.C. at home in the game of Thai League.

Managerial statistics

As of 21 September 2016 [6]
Team From To Record
Oita Trinita 2009 2009 16 6 5 5 37.50
FC Tokyo 2012 2013 78 34 16 28 43.59
Cerezo Osaka 2014 2014 13 4 4 5 30.77
Buriram United 2016 Present 3 1 1 1 33.33
Total 111 46 26 39 41.44


  1. "Fudbal ex-YU 1945.-1992. > Igrači P". Fudbal ex-YU. Retrieved 2008-12-09.
  2. "Ficha del Jugador: Popovic". LFP. Retrieved 2008-12-09.
  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(Japanese)
This article is issued from Wikipedia - version of the 10/10/2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.