Sokratis Papastathopoulos

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Sokratis Papastathopoulos
Sokratis Papastatopulos.JPG
Papastathopoulos with Borussia Dortmund in 2014
Personal information
Full name Sokratis Papastathopoulos
Date of birth (1988-06-09) 9 June 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth Kalamata, Greece
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back / Right back
Club information
Current team
Borussia Dortmund
Number 25
Youth career
Apollon Petalidiou
AEK Athens
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 AEK Athens 58 (1)
2006 Niki Volos (loan) 11 (0)
2008–2010 Genoa 51 (2)
2010–2012 Milan 5 (0)
2011–2012 Werder Bremen (loan) 30 (1)
2012–2013 Werder Bremen 29 (1)
2013– Borussia Dortmund 74 (3)
National team
2003–2005 Greece U17 11 (2)
2005–2007 Greece U19 13 (2)
2007–2010 Greece U21 7 (2)
2008– Greece 65 (2)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 May 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 June 2016

Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Greek: Σωκράτης Παπασταθόπουλος, pronounced [soˈkratis papastaˈθopulos]; born 9 June 1988) is a Greek footballer who plays as a centre back for German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund as well as the Greek National Team. Since the surname Papastathopoulos is too long to print on the back of most sweaters, the name Sokratis is usually displayed and is the singular name that he is most known by in the football world.[1]

Club career[edit]

AEK Athens[edit]

Papastathopoulos joined AEK Athens from Apollon Petalidiou after being scouted by Toni Savevski. On 26 October 2005, he made his debut for AEK in a Greek Cup match against PAS Giannina, scoring in the seventh minute of the game to help lead AEK to a 3–0 win.

Niki Volou loan[edit]

In January 2006, he was loaned to Greek Second Division club Niki Volou for six months in order to gain first team football and gather valuable experience. He made a total of 15 appearances for Niki Volou.

AEK Athens return[edit]

During the 2006-07 Superleague Greece, Papastathopoulos managed to make 14 appearances whilst competing against the likes of Bruno Cirillo, Traianos Dellas and Vangelis Moras. In AEK Athens' 2006–07 UEFA Champions League campaign, Papastathopoulos managed to play in three out of six group games. In these three games, AEK managed one win (the famous 1–0 victory over Milan, where he man-marked Filippo Inzaghi), one draw (the 2–2 away draw with Anderlecht) and one loss (the 3–1 away defeat to Lille). During the 2007–08 Superleague Greece, he was a mainstay in AEK's defence, keeping out competition from Geraldo Alves. He also played in the 2007–08 Champions League campaign, and in a Superleague match, he became AEK's youngest-ever captain, at age 19, in a game against local Athens rivals Panathinaikos in 2008.

Genoa[edit]

On 1 August 2008, Papastathopoulos agreed to transfer to Genoa of the Italian Serie A for an undisclosed fee.[2] He also played a club friendly against Genoa on the same day.[3]

He made his debut for Genoa on 27 September 2008 against Fiorentina, followed by a start against Ravenna in the Coppa Italia a few days later. His first goal for Genoa came on 5 October 2008 at home against Napoli. Genoa won the game 3–2, but Papastathopoulos was sent off in the 89th minute[4][5] During the 2009–10 season, he managed to play in most games and became somewhat of a fan favourite.

Milan[edit]

On 20 July 2010, it was confirmed on Milan's website that Papastathopoulos had joined the team, after Genoa and Milan reached an agreement to transfer Papastathopoulos to the club for €14 million, with the following payment schedule: Gianmarco Zigoni (half of his registration rights, valued at €3.75 million), Nnamdi Oduamadi (half of his rights, valued at €3.5 million) and Rodney Strasser (half of his rights, valued at €2.25 million) in a co-ownership deal, plus €4.5 million in funds.[6][7][8] Papastathopoulos was the club's first arrival under new manager Massimiliano Allegri.[9]

Genoa return[edit]

On 24 May 2011, Milan and Genoa executives Adriano Galliani and Enrico Preziosi, respectively, formed a verbal agreement to solve the player ownerships (subject to player agreements) of Kevin-Prince Boateng, Alberto Paloschi, Marco Amelia and Giacomo Beretta. The deal entailed that Milan bought back Gianmarco Zigoni, Rodney Strasser and Nnamdi Oduamadi (all under original price), [10] while Genoa bought back Papastathopoulos for €13 million, which effectively made the de facto loan cost for Milan €1 million.[10] [11][12]

Werder Bremen[edit]

Sokratis at Werder Bremen.

On 21 July 2011, Papastathopoulos moved to German club Werder Bremen on a loan deal until the end of the 2011–12 season, with the option to purchase outright.[13][14][15] Following impressive performances on loan, on 16 April 2012, it was announced that Papastathopoulos would join Bremen on a permanent basis for a €5 million transfer fee.[16][17][18] The 2012–13 season, however, was not a good one for the club. On March 2013, in the midst of a relegation battle and with tensions high, Papastathopoulos engaged in a training ground brawl with teammate Marko Arnautović.[19] Bremen would ultimately finish the year in 14th, staving-off relegation.

Borussia Dortmund[edit]

On 24 May 2013, the eve of the 2013 Champions League Final between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, Papastathopoulos completed a €9.5 million transfer to Dortmund, agreeing to a five-year contract through to 2018.[20] [21] [22] Upon signing, he spoke about the deal, saying, "Money did not play a role in my decision to join Dortmund. My own future was all that mattered and I am convinced that I made the right decision."[23] With centre back Felipe Santana departing Dortmund for Schalke 04, Papastathopoulos began as the effective third-choice behind tandem Neven Subotić and Mats Hummels. Borussia Dortmund Sporting Director Michael Zorc expressed his satisfaction with the deal: "We are delighted that Sokratis has decided to join Borussia Dortmund. He is a flexible player capable to play in a variety of positions in defence who we believe has tremendous potential."[24]

On 10 July 2013, Papastathopoulos made his debut for Dortmund in a pre-season friendly away to Swiss club Basel at St. Jakob-Park, along with fellow BVB debutants Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. On 27 July, he won his first title with the club after entering the match as a substitute in a 4–2 win over Bayern Munich for the 2013 DFL-Supercup.[25] On 1 November 2013, he scored his first goal for Dortmund in a 6–1 win over VfB Stuttgart in the Bundesliga.[26]

Papastathopoulos' strong first year with Dortmund was rewarded with his selection to the best XI of the 2013–14 Bundesliga campaign. The selection was organized in a worldwide fan vote by the governing body of the Bundesliga through its official website. The description of his play following his nomination was, "The definition of defense falls on him. The Greek stopper took advantage of the opportunities given to him by the absence of Neven Subotić and Mats Hummels. Stable, with leadership characteristics and tendency to win the ball without making easily a mistake."[27][28]

In November 2014, Papastathopoulos was ruled out of action for two weeks with a broken fibula. He suffered the injury to his right leg in Dortmund's 1–0 win over Borussia Mönchengladbach, a result that ended a five-match Bundesliga losing streak for the club. After recovering early, he was deemed fit for BVB's Champions League match against Arsenal on 26 November.[29] On 3 January 2015, football news website Goal.com assessed statistics to determine which players maintained the highest tackle success rate in the first half of the 2014–15 season across Europe's top five leagues; Papastathopoulos finished joint-third, alongside Hamburger SV's Matthias Ostrzolek, having won 92.59 percent of all tackles.[30]

In the summer of 2015, Papastathopoulos was linked with moves to various English Premier League clubs as Dortmund prepared for a new start following long-time manager Jürgen Klopp's departure. Dortmund Sporting Director Michael Zorc, however, said Papastathopoulos would still have a part to play for BVB in new manager Thomas Tuchel's debut season with the club.[31] On 26 October 2015, Papastathopoulos extended his contract with Borussia Dortmund until 2019. [32]

"The defensive work that Sokratis puts in is just unbelievable"

Mats Hummels about Sokratis.[33]

After the extension, Zorc said, "We are very pleased that we have been able to sign with Sokratis, another top performer, on a long term."[34]

On 19 December 2015, Papastathopoulos scored his first goal in the 2015–16 Bundesliga in an eventual 2–1 away loss to 1. FC Köln, giving his club the lead in the first-half from a header form a corner.[35] On 30 January 2016, in a league game against Ingolstadt 04, Papastathopoulos reached his 100th Bundesliga appearance with Dortmund. On 22 February 2016, Papastathopoulos missed the second leg of the UEFA Europa League round-of-32 tie against FC Porto and the Bundesliga clash with Bayern Munich due to an adductor injury, as tests confirmed that the 27-year-old will be out for up to three weeks. The Greek centre-back picked up the injury during Dortmund’s 1-0 win against Bayer Leverkusen and was replaced 13 minutes from time at the BayArena. [36] [37] On 21 May 2016, Papastathopoulos in his third DFB-Pokal in a row, had a tremendous performance despite the missed penalty but he did not succeed to win the German Cup for first time in his career. [38]

International career[edit]

Sokratis playing for Greece

Papastathopoulos was called up for the Greek senior team on 1 February 2008[39] and made his debut on 5 February 2008 in the 1–0 friendly victory against the Czech Republic. The Greece squad for UEFA Euro 2008 was announced by Otto Rehhagel on 27 May 2008, and Papastathopoulos was the unfortunate player to be cut from the provisional squad of 24 to the final 23-man selection.[40]

Papastathopoulos became the first player to be sent off at UEFA Euro 2012 during the opening game of the tournament against co-hosts Poland after receiving two yellow cards, following what pundits decried as two poor decisions by referee Carlos Velasco Carballo.[41]

In June 2014, Papastathopoulos was named to Greece's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[42] He started in each of the team's group matches, helping them to a clean sheet against Japan.[43] In the round of 16, Papastathopoulos scored his first international goal, equalising in second half stoppage time against Costa Rica. However, the Greeks were eventually defeated 5–3 in a penalty shootout by the Central American champions.[44]

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 14 August 2016.
Team Season Domestic
League
Domestic
Cup
Continental
Competition1
Other
Tournaments2
Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
AEK Athens 2005–06 0 0 2 1 0 0 2 1
Niki Volos 2006 11 0 0 0 11 0
AEK Athens 2006–07 14 0 1 0 4 0 19 0
2007–08 24 1 1 0 8 0 4 0 37 1
Total[45] 38 1 4 1 12 0 4 0 58 2
Genoa 2008–09 21 2 2 0 23 2
2009–10 30 0 1 0 5 0 36 0
Total 51 2 3 0 5 0 0 0 59 2
Milan 2010–11 5 0 2 0 0 0 7 0
Total 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Werder Bremen 2011–12 30 1 1 0 0 0 31 1
2012–13 29 1 1 0 0 0 30 1
Total 59 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 61 2
Borussia Dortmund 2013–14 28 1 5 0 8 0 1 0 42 1
2014–15 21 1 4 0 6 1 1 0 32 2
2015–16 25 1 5 0 10 0 0 0 40 1
2016–17 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Total 74 3 14 0 24 1 3 0 115 4
Career Total 238 8 25 1 41 1 7 0 311 10

1Continental competitions include the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Cup.
2Other tournaments

International[edit]

As of 30 March 2016.[46]
Season Apps Goals
2008 5 0
2009 5 0
2010 8 0
2011 7 0
2012 12 0
2013 9 0
2014 7 1
2015 9 1
2016 1 0
Total 63 2

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Greece's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 29 June 2014 Arena Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil  Costa Rica 1–1 1–1 2014 FIFA World Cup
2 13 June 2015 Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn, Faroe Islands  Faroe Islands 1–2 1–2 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier

Honours[edit]

Milan
Borussia Dortmund
Individual

References[edit]

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