Dimitris Papadopoulos

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Dimitris Papadopoulos
Dimitrios Papadopoulos 2009.JPG
Papadopoulos playing for Dinamo Zagreb in 2009
Personal information
Full name Dimitrios Papadopoulos
Date of birth (1981-10-20) 20 October 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Gagarin, Uzbek SSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Number 9
Youth career
1989–1999 Akratitos
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2001 Akratitos 57 (20)
2001–2003 Burnley 39 (3)
2003–2008 Panathinaikos 126 (50)
2008–2009 Lecce 14 (1)
2009–2010 Dinamo Zagreb 13 (2)
2010–2012 Celta Vigo 25 (1)
2012 Levadiakos (loan) 10 (0)
2012–2013 Panthrakikos 25 (11)
2013–2014 Atromitos 35 (14)
2014– PAOK 11 (1)
National team
2002– Greece 22 (2)
2004 Greece U23 3 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 November 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 March 2014

Dimitris Papadopoulos (Greek: Δημήτρης Παπαδόπουλος; born 20 October 1981) is a Greek professional footballer who plays for PAOK FC and the Greek national team as a striker.

Playing career[edit]

Akratitos FC[edit]

He started his career from the youth academies of Greek minnows Akratitos, and made his debut in 1999, contributing to the team's promotion to Alfa Ethniki in 2001 for its first time in history.


Shorthly after he was transferred to Burnley in England, where he stayed for 2 seasons, On 20 August 2002 he won his first cap for Greece.


In July 2003 he moved to Panathinaikos. He starred in his very first season with the team, becoming its top scorer with 17 goals in 26 games in the 2003/4 double winning season for Panathinaikos which marked the team's first championship honor in almost 10 years of Olympiakos domination in Greek championship.

He was subsequently voted best footballer of that year in the league and was awarded a place in the Euro 2004 Greek squad that went on to win the tournament. He played in the game against Russia and had a contribution in Greece goal that determined its qualification to the next round. He also took part in the Greek Olympic Football team during the Olympic Games of Athens 2004 in the very same summer.

He has been since an integral part of Panathinaikos offense signing a 3-year extension with the team in the summer of 2006 and his stellar performances were one of the reasons that the team's board let fellow start Michalis Konstantinou leave the team.


On 13 November 2008 Serie A club Lecce announced to have signed Papadopoulos in a free transfer.[1] He made his Italian Serie A debut for Lecce on 18 January 2009 in a home match at the Stadio Via del Mare against Genoa C.F.C. coming on as a substitute for Gianni Munari late in the match. He scored his first goal in the Serie A on 19 April against A.S. Roma at the Stadio Olimpico.

Dinamo Zagreb[edit]

On 26 June 2009, he signed a three-year contract worth €650.000 annually with the Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb. He contributed to Dinamo Zagreb, scoring goals to go forward in the Croatian cup and to win the Croatian League.

Celta Vigo[edit]

On 22 January 2010, Papadopoulos signed a contract with Celta Vigo until the end of the season. Things looked good for him but in late April, he got injured and was unable to play quite regularly. During the next summer, Celta Vigo signed striker David Rodríguez and winger De Lucas in order to strengthen the squad. This fact relegated Papadopoulos to the position of third striker of the team and therefore he was not included in many of the team's lineups during that season. At the beginning of the 2010/2011 season, Celta Vigo's manager Paco Herrera claimed that he would not count with Papadopoulos any more,[2] putting pressure on him to leave the club due to his high salary and his poor performances. Although he played more than 20 matches, he failed to score a single goal. His contract was due to expire in 2013.


On January 2012, Papadopoulos moved on loan to Levadiakos of the Greek Super League but he failed to score a goal although the team finished in 7th place.


In the summer of 2012 he moved to Panthrakikos. He made his debut against his former team Panathinaikos, scoring the winning goal. On 8 October he scored by penalty in the 1-0 away victory against Levadiakos, another ex-team. On 11 November 2012, Papadopoulos scored his fourth goal of the season against Asteras Tripolis giving the victory to Panthrakikos and he was elected Man of the Match. On 26 November 2012 he scored two goals against Aris Thessaloniki allowing Panthrakikos to win 4-0. Papadopoulos had not scored two goals in one match of Greek league since 26 November 2006. On 15 December 2012 he scored the second goal of the 2-0 away win against Kerkyra. On 16 January 2013 he made his first appareance in Greek Cup after several years against Apollon Smyrni replacing Leonidas Kyvelidis in the 78th minute. On 19 January 2013, he scored another goal against Panathinaikos at the Athens Olympic Stadium, drawing the goal of Toché. On 13 March 2013 he reached the semifinals of the Greek Cup with Panthrakikos. On 7 April 2013 he scored a penalty leading to a 3-1 win against OFI Crete; with this goal Papadopoulos reached 10 goals in the Greek Super League.

Papadopoulos was named Best Player of the Super League. The player of Panthrakikos stood out with his performances in the Greek Super League. He was the top goal-scorer of his team, scoring 11 times. In critical games, Papadopoulos excelled, helping his team to finish mid-table and avoid relegation comfortably. Panthrakikos also reached the semi-finals of the Greek Cup. PSAP spokesman Stamatis Sirigos added: "With his character, leadership skills and experience, Dimitros Papadopoulos helped his team-mates and boosted their confidence. All this combined with his ethos was recognised with his first position in the vote of professional footballers in Greece". [3]

On the other hand, Papadopoulos put several frustrating campaigns behind him : "I always believed I could get my career back on track," he said at Monday's award ceremony in Athens. "I was given that chance at Panthrakikos, where we fought a tough war in order to secure our place in the league."[4]


After a great season, in the summer of 2013 he signed 2-year contract with Atromitos,[5] a team that got 4th place in the previous year of Greek Superleague. He scored his first goal with the club on 17 August 2013, in a 2-2 home draw against Ergotelis.

On August 30, 2013 in a dramatic game against AZ Alkmaar for the Europa League, the latter beat Atromitos after fire causes delay by playing the remaining 33 minutes. Spectators were evacuated after the match was halted in the 57th minute, with Atromitos leading 1-0, but trailing 3-2 on aggregate, through a goal from Dimitris Papadopoulos before play was stopped. When the action resumed next day, Thanasis Karagounis made it 2-0 in the second leg but the Greek team could not find a winning goal as the tie ended 3-3 on aggregate, with the Dutch side advancing into the group phase.[6]

On a 0-0 cup game against the Greek giant Olympiakos after an excellent appearance he said in front of TV : "We have a good team confronting any opponent. Our team has experienced players who know what to do in such games. In the first half Olympiacos pushing us so we could not keep the ball, and be aggressive. In the second half we got better and by entering Karamanos the whole match changed. Against Olympiakos we tried to have a good run defense, as our mail target was not to nil in the first match and see what happens in the second". [7]

At the end of the 2013/14 regular season he scored 14 league goals being the top scorer of his club.[8] On 27 May 2014 Atromitos announced the end of cooperation with the striker.[9]


On 29 August 2014, Papadopoulos, although, he was linked with Veria as they had an oral agreement, signed a contract with Superleague Greece team PAOK for one year.[10] On September 18, he made his debut with the shirt of PAOK in the Europa League by scoring the fifth goal in the 6-1 victory of PAOK against Dinamo Minsk.

National team[edit]

Dimitrios Papadopoulos made his debut in the Greek National Team on 20 November 2002 against Republic of Ireland and he was included in the squad of Euro 2004 that went on to win the tournament. His pass for the goal of Zisis Vryzas allowed Greece to qualify from the group stage in expense of Russia and Spain and then become Champions of Euro 2004. He also participated in all three games of Greece Olympic football team in the 2004 Summer Olympics scoring 1 goal. As Euro 2004 winner, Dimitrios Papadopoulos was included in the Greek squad for the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup in Germany. Otto Rehhagel also included him in the squad during qualification but he did not make it to the final selection for UEFA Euro 2008 in Switzerland and Austria.

On 29 August 2013, the coach of the Greek National team, Fernando Santos announced the return of Dimitrios Papadopoulos after six years [11] for the match against Liechtenstein in Vaduz at the Rheinpark Stadion stadium for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification. He came in in the 84th minute replacing Lazaros Christodoulopoulos.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 18 February 2004 Piraeus, Greece  Bulgaria 2–0 Win Friendly
2. 7 October 2006 Piraeus, Greece  Georgia 1–0 Win 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier


Dinamo Zagreb


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