Goran Popov (Macedonian: Горан Попов; born 2 October 1984) is a Macedonian footballer, who plays as a defender for Macedonian side Vardar and the Macedonia national team.
Popov started his career with local side Belasica and moved to Greece with Proodeftiki and AEK Athens. He signed for Red Star Belgrade in 2004 but injuries prevented him from making an impact and he returned to Greek football with Egaleo after a short loan spell in Poland with Odra Wodzisław. Egaleo were relegated in 2007 and Popov joined Levadiakos before moving to Dutch club Heerenveen in July 2008. At Heerenveen he finally found some success and won the KNVB Cup in 2009 scoring in the final against FC Twente. After good form in European competitions Popov signed for Ukrainian side Dynamo Kyiv.
Popov was born in Strumica, Socialist Republic of Macedonia, SFR Yugoslavia and played football with local club Belasica making six appearances as the side finished second in the First Macedonian Football League. He moved on to Greek side Proodeftiki and then AEK Athens. His time at Athens was short and after eight matches he left for Red Star Belgrade where he made his debut away at PSV Eindhoven in the UEFA Champions League as Red Star lost 5–0. Injuries prevented him from making at impact with Red Star and he joined Polish side Odra Wodzisław on loan. At the end of the 2004–05 season Popov returned to Greek football with Egaleo spending two seasons there and then one season with Levadiakos. In 2008, he made the move to Dutch football with Heerenveen where he won the KNVB Cup in 2009 and impressed enough in European football to earn a move to Ukrainian giants Dynamo Kyiv in June 2010.
On 10 August 2012, Popov initially signed for English Premier League side Stoke City on a season long loan deal, but the move fell through after he failed to be granted a UK work permit. On deadline day, Popov received a UK work permit and he signed instead on a season-long loan for West Bromwich Albion. After Artim Šakiri, Goran Popov is the second Macedonian football player who has ever played at West Bromwich Albion.
On 3 February 2013, Popov was dismissed by referee Mark Clattenberg for allegedly spitting at fullback Kyle Walker, in a game that ended 1–0 to Tottenham Hotspur.
On 9 July 2013, Popov signed a one-year loan deal to return to West Bromwich Albion.
On 18 September, Popov signed a three-year contract with Vardar for undisclosed fee.
Goran Popov has been part of the Macedonian U-19 and U-21 teams before making his debut for the Macedonian national team in 2004.
Statistics accurate as of match played 4 January 2014
As of August 2012SC Heerenveen
KNVB Cup winner: 2008–09
Johan Cruijff Shield runner-up: 2009
Ukrainian Premier League runner-up: 2010–11, 2011–12
Ukrainian Cup runner-up: 2010–11
Ukrainian Super Cup winner: 2012
He is the younger brother of Robert Popov who is also a football player.