Yiannis Papadopoulos

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Giannis Papadopoulos
Personal information
Full name Giannis Papadopoulos
Date of birth (1989-03-09) 9 March 1989 (age 28)
Place of birth Thessaloniki, Greece
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 19
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Iraklis 23 (1)
2008–2011 Olympiacos 34 (1)
2011–2013 Dynamo Dresden 33 (0)
2013–2014 Aris 16 (0)
2014 Cracovia 12 (2)
2014–2015 Bnei Sakhnin 17 (2)
2015 Hapoel Acre 12 (2)
2015–2016 Hapoel Kfar Saba 16 (1)
2016– Veria 7 (0)
National team
2007–2008 Greece U19 9 (2)
2010–2011 Greece U21 11 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 May 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 October 2010

Yiannis Papadopoulos (Greek: Γιάννης Παπαδόπουλος; born 9 March 1989 in Thessaloniki) is a Greek footballer, playing for Super League club Veria. He was the captain of the Greece Under-19 team. He plays in a central midfield role predominantly, although he is capable of playing as a left midfielder and also as an attacking midfielder.

Club Career[edit]

Iraklis F.C.[edit]

Papadopoulos started out his career at Iraklis F.C. as a trainee. His second season was a very impressive one, catching the eye of major Greek teams in 2007–08, which eventually earned him a move to Olympiacos F.C. on 3 June 2008. The transfer fee was thought to be around 800,000 Euros. Papadopoulos is left-footed, and his main strength is his powerful shot which he uses to great effect by often shooting from long distances.

Olympiacos F.C.[edit]

On 5 October 2008, Papadopoulos became a man as he made his Olympiakos debut as a substitute for teammate Dudu Cearense against city rivals AEK Athens. He impressed, having played a creative role in the second goal of Olympiakos' 2–0 win. After he had terminated his contract with Olympiacos in July 2011, he switched to Dynamo Dresden.[1]

Dynamo Dresden[edit]

On 12 August 2011 he debuted with the club in a victorious 4–0 home win against Union Berlin. His first year in 2. Bundesliga was an impressive one having 24 appearances, 15 as a starter. Unfortunately the period 2012/13 was mostly a substitute, therefore after he had terminated his contract with Dynamo Dresden in July 2013, he signed a 1-year contract with Aris, returning to Super League.


He made his debut with the club on 18 August in an away loss from Apollon Smyrni. On March 2, 2014 Papadopoulos terminates his contract with the club, signing with the Polish club Cracovia. There will have the opportunity to find a mate from Greek Super League,the former Croatian central defender of Panthrakikos Tomislav Mikulic. " Aris F.C. announces the termination of cooperation with the footballer Yannis Papadopoulos. The management team would like to thank the 24 years' old for his contribution and wishes him continued success in his career" said the announcement of the club. Papadopoulos had informed his coach Soulis Papadopoulos for his intention to leave the club due to serious economic problems and that was the reason that was not among the starting XI in the home game against OFI.[2]


On 1 March 2014 he signed a one and a half year contact with the Polish club Cracovia. He made his debut with the club on March, 17 in a 1–0 home win against Jagiellonia Białystok and a week later he scored the only goal in a 1–1 away draw against Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biała.[3] At the end of the 2013/14 season Cracovia announced the end of cooperation with the Greek midfielder due to financial disagreements.

Career in Israel[edit]

On 11 July 2014, Papadopoulos signed a one-year contact with the Israeli football club Bnei Sakhnin F.C. playing for Israeli Premier League.[4] In February 2015, he signed for the rest of the season with the Israeli club Hapoel Acre.[5]

During this period Hapoel Acre began to show a different face making a championship rally, as in the next nine games, managed to lose only from Hapoel Tel Aviv counting 5 wins and 4 draws. Papadopoulos described as "multi-tool" from the sports press, as in addition to defensive midfielder role in the game, he could play both as central back as well as an attacking midfielder, and with his goals helped his team in that achievement. As a result of this outstanding performance one of the biggest sports' sites in the country («sports.walla») indicate that his acquisition was crucial for the club, a fact that is also acknowledged from the team coach, Shlomi Dora, who in an interview he gave on the same site asked what were the five key moments of the year and of course stated that the acquisition of the Papadopoulos is one of them. "I had seen Yiannis several times at Bnei Sakhnin F.C. and I think he is an excellent player, so when his contract expired, we moved immediately for his acquisition and we have not been disappointed" he said among others.[6][7]

On 16 July 2015 signed to Hapoel Kfar Saba[8] On 20 December 2015, he scored his first goal in the season, helping his club to escape with a 1-1 draw against Maccabi Haifa. On 30 April 2016, he scored with an incredible left kick in a 2-1 home win against Ironi Kiryat Shmona.[9]


On 2 August 2016, he signed a year contract with Greek club Veria for an undisclosed fee, returning in Super League after 2,5 years.[10]

International Career[edit]

He was member of Greece U21 and Captain of Greece U19. On 29 May he demonstrated this capability by scoring a 30-yard shot against Russia for the Greece U19 team.


Papadopoulos is the son of Iraklis all-time leader in appearances Daniil Papadopoulos.[11]




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