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Valeri Popovitch


Valeri Popovitch

Valeri Popovitch
FC Haka (youth coach)
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* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Valeri Aleksandrovich Popovitch (Russian: Валерий Александрович Попович, born 18 May 1970, in Gorky, USSR, now Nizhny Novgorod, Russia) is a 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


  • UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship: Champion: 1988
  • UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship: Bronze: 1986

Personal awards and achievements

  • 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)


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