DUJE ČOP (31 years old) returned to Dynamo after six and a half years abroad, where he was known as a shooter and became a member of the Croatian national team.
Chop has an interesting life and sports path. Although he is of Dalmatian descent, he was born and raised in Vinkovci. His father, also forward Davor, started for Hajduk. Although he scored about 20 goals, he could not break through to one of the strongest teams in Hajduk’s history, so he had to From Vinkovci to Dynamo. Many young Hajduk players, such as Igor Štimac and Zlatko Dalić, grew up in the club at the time.
Davor Cop flashed past there quickly. Playing for a small club, he became the top scorer in the Yugoslavia Championship 85/86. He therefore won the opportunity to transfer to Empoli and Serie A, but without success, he returned to Dynamo in eastern Croatia and became a legend of the club. Before the birth of the new country, his son was born, and Chop remained loyal to the club, which was then called Cibalia, which was another club of his son. The first one is Lokomotiva, but from Vinkovci. When Duje was 12 years old, the family returned to Dalmatia and he began training in Hajduk.
He played for the first team there for the first time at the age of 17. In his first professional season (2007/2008), he played 15 times and scored two goals. Then, Du Jie, who has not yet grown up, made an unexpected move, which was one of many moves in his career. With 180,000 euros in compensation, he traveled from the Adriatic to the mid-Atlantic, from Madeira to the Portuguese national team. In five games in the Portuguese league, he scored a goal and returned to Hajduk only a year after leaving.
It seems that at least Čopovo’s younger brother will be affirmed in Hajduk, because after returning to Hajduk as a substitute in the first season, Duje under the leadership of coach Ante competed for the position of the first team player in the second (2010/2011). . The promising and efficient Du Jie then became a popular figure in the local media. They wrote about a young and humble shooter who hurriedly caught the local bus to Trogir from training.
However, in the summer of 2011, a sensational turning point occurred. Čop did not become a key player of Hajduk, but was eliminated by the new coach Krasimir Balakov, which shocked Davor and Duja. Those who are familiar with Hajduk and its surroundings are not so shocked because there are many discussions about the conflict between the Bulgarian legend and the manager of Chop, Siniša Šoša. Departing from Hajduk for the second time in just two years, Čop is closer than the transatlantic route, and more precisely to RNK Split, rather than 500 meters from Poljud. He played well for the Žužul brothers and won the opportunity to move to Dynamo with 10 goals and 6 assists. However, unlike his father, he went to Zagreb.
Hajduk’s fans tolerated his leaving the annoying Split to some extent, because he was expelled there anyway, but they could not move to their biggest opponent next summer. Threatening and insulting graffiti appeared in the city, but Dujo Čop was not disturbed at all. In the first season, he started well, scoring 12 goals, but a back injury took away part of the spring game. However, next year, 2013/2014. He performed well with 33 goals, 22 of which he was the champion’s top scorer at HNL. He also started his third season brilliantly at Dynamo. He scored Dynamo into the Europa League group stage and scored 15 goals in the middle of the season. Then he made another move like his father. Cagliari’s offer came, and in January 2015, he left Dynamo for Italy.
In terms of appearance rate and goal rate, Qiaopu is one of Dynamo’s most efficient forwards in recent decades. In 116 games, he scored 60 goals, so he scored more goals than any other game. In this way, he became a member of the Croatian national team. In the fall of 2014, he made his debut with Nico Kovac in a friendly match against Cyprus. In the 2016 European Cup qualifying round, he played once, against Bulgaria in Maximir. An hour later he replaced Piaca, and he received a red card one minute before the end of the game. Ante Čačić included him in the team that participated in the European Cup in France and sent him to play against the then champion Spain national team. Croatia defeated the Spanish national team 2:1. He was on the larger roster for the World Cup in Russia, but Zlatko Dalic did not take him to the silver medal. Qiaopu scored two goals for Croatia in the friendly match.
By traveling to Italy, his nomadic journey began. In the first half of the season, he played 16 games for Cagliari and scored 4 goals, but the club was relegated from Serie A. So he was loaned to Málaga in the 2015/2016 season. Scored 32 goals in 32 appearances. Qiaopu also spent the next season in La Liga on loan, the 2016/2017 season. He was more efficient at Sporting Gijon, scoring 9 goals in 31 games including Real Madrid, but even here, his scoring contribution failed to save the club’s relegation.
This is why Cagliari returned to the first league and Qiaopu returned to that club. However, it was already at the beginning of the 2017/2018 season. Sold to Standard from Liège for 3 million euros. There, he finally played and scored for a club that did not retire but was fighting for the trophy. Qiaopu played 28 times, scored 6 goals, won the league runner-up and won the Belgian Cup.
However, he had to borrow money from the Spanish drowners for the 2018/2019 season. He was loaned to Real Valladolid, where he played 21 times without scoring. The mitigating situation is that he missed about 15 games due to a muscle injury.