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FC Steaua Bucharest

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Adrian Popa

Midfielder

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Biography

Date of birth

24/07/1988

Height

169 cm

Signed

30/01/2017

Country

Romania

Romanian international forward Adrian Popa signed for the Royals in January 2017, joining the Madejski Stadium ranks from Steaua Bucharest.

The winger had played his whole career in his homeland, earning promotion to the top tier with both FC Universitatea Cluj and CS Concordia Chiajna before signing a five-year deal with Steaua in 2012. 

The Bucharest-born wide man went on to make more than 200 appearances for the club, winning four domestic cup competitions and three consecutive top flight titles whilst also playing Europa League and Champions League football in the capital as well as representing his country at Euro 2016!

A regular Romanian international, Popa featured against Poland, Kazakhstan and scored against both Armenia and Montenegro in the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.

He became the first Romanian to play and then score for the Royals – making his bow in a goalless home draw with Barnsley and scoring a vital injury time goal by racing nearly the full length of the pitch to tap home at Hillsborough – securing victory over promotion-rivals Sheffield Wednesday.

Popa spent the second half of the 2017-18 campaign in the Middle East, representing Saudi side Al-Taawoun, but returned to the Royals ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.

Ludogorets acquired his signature on loan for the second half of that campaign, where he made a handful of appearances in the Bulgarian League before moving back to Arena Națională to compete in the Romanian top tier for FCSB for the duration of the 2019-20 season.

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