Papadopoulos playing for Dinamo Zagreb in 2009
|Full name||Dimitrios Papadopoulos|
|Date of birth||20 October 1981|
|Place of birth||Gagarin, Uzbek SSR, Soviet Union|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|2012||→ Levadiakos (loan)||10||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 March 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
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. Thus far he has earned 24 caps scoring 3 times for the national team.
On 13 November 2008 Serie A club Lecce announced to have signed Papadopoulos in a free transfer. 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.
On 26 June 2009, he signed a three-year contract worth 650.000€ annualy 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.
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, 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.
After a great season, in the summer of 2013 he signed 2-year contract with Atromitos, 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.
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 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. On March 5, replaced Alexandros Tziolis at the 59 minutes of the second half in the friendly against North Korea at the Karaiskakis Stadiumin Athens.
|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
- Super League Greece Greek Footballer of the Year: 2003–04
- Super League Greece Greek Footballer of the Year: 2012–13
- "Trovato l'accordo con il calciatore Papadopoulos" (in Italian). US Lecce. 13 November 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-13.
- BDFutbol profile
- Dimitrios Papadopoulos at National-Football-Teams.com
- Dimitrios Papadopoulos – FIFA competition record
- Transfermarkt profile