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Sokratis Papastathopoulos

Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Greek language: Σωκράτης Παπασταθόπουλος) (born 9 June 1988) is a Greece professional Association football who plays for SV Werder Bremen on loan from Genoa C.F.C. and the Greece national football team, as a Defender (association football). Since the surname Papastathopoulos cannot fit on Sokratis Papastathopoulos club shirt, Sokratis Papastathopoulos first name Sokratis is usually displayed instead; however, a common nickname for Sokratis Papastathopoulos is Papa. Sokratis Papastathopoulos is often compared to the likes of Stelios Manolas and Tony Adams (footballer) by fans and is the youngest player ever to captain AEK Athens F.C..

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Sokratis Papastathopoulos biography


Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Greek language: Σωκράτης Παπασταθόπουλος) (born 9 June 1988) is a Greece professional Association football who plays for SV Werder Bremen on loan from Genoa C.F.C. and the Greece national football team, as a Defender (association football). Since the surname Papastathopoulos cannot fit on Sokratis Papastathopoulos club shirt, Sokratis Papastathopoulos first name Sokratis is usually displayed instead; however, a common nickname for Sokratis Papastathopoulos is Papa. Sokratis Papastathopoulos is often compared to the likes of Stelios Manolas and Tony Adams (footballer) by fans and is the youngest player ever to captain AEK Athens F.C..

Club career

AEK Athens

Papastathopoulos joined AEK Athens from Apollon Petalidiou. On 26 October 2005 Sokratis Papastathopoulos made Sokratis Papastathopoulos debut for AEK Athens in a Greek Football Cup match against PAS Giannina F.C. scoring in the 7th minute of the game leading AEK Athens to a 3–0 win.

Loan to Niki Volou

In January 2006 Sokratis Papastathopoulos was loaned to Second Division (Greece) club Niki Volos F.C. for six months in order to gain first team football and gather valuable experience. Sokratis Papastathopoulos made a total of 15 appearances for Niki Volou.

Return to AEK Athens

During the 2006–07 Super League 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 3 out of the 6 group games. In these 3 games AEK Athens managed 1 win (the famous 1–0 victory over A.C. Milan), 1 draw (the 2–2 away draw with R.S.C. Anderlecht) and one loss (the 3–1 away defeat to Lille OSC). During the 2007–08 Super League Greece, Sokratis Papastathopoulos has been a mainstay in AEK's defence, keeping out competition from Geraldo Alves.

Genoa

On 1 August 2008, Papastathopoulos agreed to transfer to Genoa C.F.C., a Serie A team, for undisclosed fee. Sokratis Papastathopoulos also played a club friendly against Genoa on the same day.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos made Sokratis Papastathopoulos debut for Genoa on 27 September 2008 against ACF Fiorentina, followed by a start against Ravenna Calcio in the Coppa Italia a few days later. Sokratis Papastathopoulos first goal for Genoa came on the 5 October 2008 at home against S.S.C. Napoli. Genoa won the game 3–2, but Papastathopoulos was sent off in the 89th minute During the 2009–10 season Sokratis Papastathopoulos has managed to play in most games and has become somewhat of a fan favorite.

Milan

On 20 July 2010, it was confirmed in AC Milan website that Papastathopoulos has joined the team, after Genoa and Milan had reached an agreement to transfer Papastathopoulos to the club for €14 million, with the following payment schedule: Gianmarco Zigoni (half of registration rights valued €3.75M), Nnamdi Oduamadi (half rights valued €3.5M) and Rodney Strasser (half rights €2.25M) in Co-ownership (football), plus €4.5 million cash.

Return to Genoa

On 24 May 2011, Adriano Galliani and Enrico Preziosi formed a verbal agreement to solve the players ownership (subject to player agreements) including Kevin-Prince Boateng, Alberto Paloschi, Marco Amelia and Giacomo Beretta. The deal included Milan bought back Gianmarco Zigoni, Rodney Strasser and Nnamdi Oduamadi, while Genoa bought back Papastathopoulos. In 2011, Sokratis Papastathopoulos moved to Werder Bremen on another loan deal until the end of 2011-12 season.

International career

UEFA U-19 Championship 2007

At the 2007 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship in Austria, Papastathopoulos was captain of the Greece national under-19 football team but controversially missed out on the final against Spain national under-19 football team due to a suspension. Papastathopoulos picked up Sokratis Papastathopoulos second yellow card of the tournament against Germany national under-19 football team in the semi-final, following up on Sokratis Papastathopoulos first yellow card against Austria national under-19 football team in the group stage. The Hellenic Football Federation tried to appeal the yellow card to UEFA but were rejected. The match referee of the Germany game, Kevin Blom, apologized to Papastathopoulos for giving Sokratis Papastathopoulos the yellow, as it was later shown on video that it was not a booking. Papastathopoulos was a key figure of Greece's defensive line and was sorely missed the final.

Senior squad

Sokratis Papastathopoulos was called up on 1 February 2008 and made Sokratis Papastathopoulos debut on 5 February 2008 in the 1–0 friendly victory against Czech national football team. The Greece squad for 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.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos was recalled for a friendly against Slovakia national football team on 10 August 2008, about a month after Euro 2008. From then, Sokratis Papastathopoulos has been a regular squad member for Greece. Sokratis Papastathopoulos featured in 4 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA) and helped Sokratis Papastathopoulos country to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sokratis_Papastathopoulos

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