Sokratis Papastathopoulos

  • Date of birth : 09/06/1988
  • Position : Defender
  • Country : Greece Greece
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Sokratis Papastathopoulos

Sokratis Papastathopoulos

Celebrated for the excellent man-marking job he carried out on Lionel Messi while playing against Argentina at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Sokratis Papastathopoulos is a muscular, abrasive defender who played a leading role in Greece's successful UEFA EURO 2012 qualification.

• A scorer on his debut for AEK Athens FC in a Greek Cup game, he had a spell in the second division on loan at Niki Volou FC before making his Super League debut in 2006/07, when he also accrued three appearances in the UEFA Champions League, one of which brought a famous 1-0 win against AC Milan.

• Helped AEK finish Super League runners-up twice and the UEFA Cup round of 32 in 2007/08 before leaving for Italy shortly after his 20th birthday and joining Genoa CFC.

• The captain of the Greek Under-19 team that reached the 2007 European final in Austria, he was handed his first senior cap in February 2008 but did not appear at UEFA EURO 2008 despite being voted Greece's young player of the year.

• Impressed in Serie A with Genoa, making 51 league appearances for the club − plus five in Europe − before representing Greece at the 2010 World Cup, his place in the team having been cemented by two excellent displays in the qualifying play-off against Ukraine.

• Joined Milan after the World Cup but was unable to break into Massimiliano Allegri's Scudetto-winning team, making just five league outings and none in Europe, before returning to Genoa and being despatched on a season loan in 2011/12 to SV Werder Bremen.

• Despite his troubles at Milan he remained key to Greece's UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying bid and started eight of the ten matches, in which the team conceded just four goals.

UEFA honours
UEFA European Under-19 Championship: runner-up 2007

Last updated: 20/01/12 16.31CET

Match log

The home team is listed first.Last updated: 01/12/2015 02:51 CET
07.09.2014UEFA EUROQualifying roundGreeceGreece0-1RomaniaRomania9000
11.10.2014UEFA EUROQualifying roundFinlandFinland1-1GreeceGreece9000
14.10.2014UEFA EUROQualifying roundGreeceGreece0-2Northern IrelandNorthern Ireland9000
29.03.2015UEFA EUROQualifying roundHungaryHungary0-0GreeceGreece9000
13.06.2015UEFA EUROQualifying roundFaroe IslandsFaroe Islands2-1GreeceGreece9010
16.06.2015Friendlies 2014-16Final tournament - Group stagePolandPoland0-0GreeceGreece4600
30.07.2015UEFA Europa LeagueThird qualifying roundWolfsbergWolfsberg0-1DortmundDortmund9000
06.08.2015UEFA Europa LeagueThird qualifying roundDortmundDortmund5-0WolfsbergWolfsberg9000
09.08.2015German DFB CupFirst roundChemnitzChemnitz0-2DortmundDortmund9000
15.08.2015German BundesligaDortmundDortmund4-0MönchengladbachMönchengladbach9000
20.08.2015UEFA Europa LeaguePlay-offsOddOdd3-4DortmundDortmund4400
27.08.2015UEFA Europa LeaguePlay-offsDortmundDortmund7-2OddOdd6400
30.08.2015German BundesligaDortmundDortmund3-1HerthaHertha9000
04.09.2015UEFA EUROQualifying roundGreeceGreece0-1FinlandFinland9000
07.09.2015UEFA EUROQualifying roundRomaniaRomania0-0GreeceGreece9000
12.09.2015German BundesligaHannoverHannover2-4DortmundDortmund9000
17.09.2015UEFA Europa LeagueGroup stageDortmundDortmund2-1KrasnodarKrasnodar9000
20.09.2015German BundesligaDortmundDortmund3-0LeverkusenLeverkusen9000
23.09.2015German BundesligaHoffenheimHoffenheim1-1DortmundDortmund9000
27.09.2015German BundesligaDortmundDortmund2-2DarmstadtDarmstadt9000
04.10.2015German BundesligaBayernBayern5-1DortmundDortmund9000
08.10.2015UEFA EUROQualifying roundNorthern IrelandNorthern Ireland3-1GreeceGreece9000
11.10.2015UEFA EUROQualifying roundGreeceGreece4-3HungaryHungary6400
16.10.2015German BundesligaMainzMainz0-2DortmundDortmund9000
22.10.2015UEFA Europa LeagueGroup stageQäbäläQäbälä1-3DortmundDortmund9000
25.10.2015German BundesligaDortmundDortmund5-1AugsburgAugsburg9000
28.10.2015German DFB CupSecond roundDortmundDortmund7-1PaderbornPaderborn7100
31.10.2015German BundesligaBremenBremen1-3DortmundDortmund9000
08.11.2015German BundesligaDortmundDortmund3-2SchalkeSchalke9000
20.11.2015German BundesligaHamburgHamburg3-1DortmundDortmund9000
29.11.2015German BundesligaDortmundDortmund4-1StuttgartStuttgart9000

UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Team of the Year

General info

  • Name: Sokratis Papastathopoulos
  • Position: Defender
  • Date of birth (Age): 09/06/1988 (27)
  • Country: Greece
  • Squad number: 25
  • Club: Dortmund ( GER)

  • Height: 185cm
  • Weight: 82kg

  • Currently playing:
    • UEFA European Football Championship 2014/16
    • UEFA Europa League 2015/16

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Champions League (Group stage)
    17/10/06: LOSC 3-1 AEK
  • National team: UEFA European Under-17 Championship (First qualifying round)
    09/10/03: Greece 3-0 Faroe Islands

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

Greece U-2172
Greece U-19132
Greece U-17112

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Last updated: 27/11/2015 01:20 CET