Indian Super League (ISL) side FC Pune City has roped in Ranko Popovic as their new head coach for the 2017-18 season who has had 15 years of experience as a manager at various clubs in Austria, Serbia and Japan. Popovic had begun his managerial career in 2001 with Austrian club TuS FC Arnfels.
The Rajesh Wadhawan Group-owned Indian Super League (ISL) club FC Pune City today announced Ranko Popovic as their new Head Coach. The Serbian will make his managerial debut in the Indian Super League with FC Pune City in the 2017-18 season.
Popovic began his managerial career in 2001 with Austrian club TuS FC Arnfels followed by a stint with another Austrian club FC Pachern from 2004-2006. In 2006, he took the reins of Sanfrecce Hiroshima in the J1 league for a year before going back to his homeland coaching FC Spartak Subotica in the Serbian SuperLiga until 2009.
Popovic returned to Japan managing Oita Trinita, FC Machida Zelvia, FC Tokyo eventually climbing the progress ladder to manage Cerezo Osaka, one of the strongest teams in Japanese league football. It was during his managerial stint when the club signed Uruguayan star Diego Forlan.During his time in Japan, he promoted several young players who went on to receive debut call-ups for the national team. Twice, his teams created a record for scoring
In 2014-15, he went to Spain to coach Segunda Division club Real Zaragoza where he led the team to finals of the La Liga
Gaurav Modwel, CEO of FC Pune City, said: “In Ranko, we have a Manager with distinguished coaching career spanning 15 years. His successful stints in different leagues vastly differing in the
“I am delighted to be joining FC Pune City. The people at the club, their vision and their values together with the opportunity to develop and build this team to its full potential made this an offer that was difficult to turn down. I can’t wait to get started,” said Ranko Popovic.