headshot of head coach Nikola Popovic

NIKOLA POPOVIC
HEAD COACH

 

Popovic joins Fury FC after spending the 2017 season as the head coach of Swope Park Rangers leading them to their second straight Eastern Conference Championship and their second consecutive berth in the USL Cup Final. In 2017, Popovic and his squad produced a record of 17W-8L-7D in just their second season. Popovic served as an assistant to former Fury FC head coach Marc Dos Santos during Swope Park’s inaugural season in 2016.

A UEFA Pro licensed coach – the highest UEFA license available – Popovic has coached in eight countries, speaks four languages (Serbian, Portuguese, English and Spanish) and has coached at the academy, club and international levels. He harvested his coaching philosophies with Inter Milan (2012-13), Portugal Under-21s (2013) and Serbia and Montenegro Under-21s (2006).

Born in Belgrade, Popovic is a dual citizen of Serbia and Portugal – where he began his career with CD Olivais e Moscavide in the Segunda Division. Originally an internship in the 2005-06 season CD Olivais e Moscavide won the title and gained promotion to the Segunda Liga, where Popovic was hired as an assistant for the following season. Following the 2006-07 season, Popovic moved to FC Vihren Sandanski in the Bulgarian A Football Group as an assistant but returned to Portugal later that same year with Segunda Liga side Varzim SC, where he won the Liga Intercalar.

Popovic enjoyed a stint as an assistant coach with the Cape Verde National Team in 2010, before joining Spanish Segunda Division B side AD Ceuta helping guide the club to the Copa Del Rey Round of 32 – the club’s best ever showing in the tournament falling to eventual runners-up, Barcelona. Later that same season, Popovic linked up with Bulgarian side Chernomorets Burgas in the Bulgarian A Football Group, helping the side to a quarterfinal appearance in the Bulgarian Cup.

He then moved to the United Arab Emirates joining Al Dahfra for the 2011-12 season as an assistant to Baltemar Brito – Jose Mourinho’s former assistant coach – helping them win the Vice President Cup. Popovic then took charge of Sertanense FC in the Portuguese Second Division – his first head coaching role in 2012-13. He then joined Qatar’s Aspire Academy in 2014, before returning to Portugal and Benfica B in 2015.