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Award completes Dimitris Papadopoulos revival

Published: Monday 3 February 2014, 22.29CET
Dimitris Papadopoulos said "I always believed I could get my career back on track" after capping his return to grace by being named 2012/13 players' player of the season in Greece.
by Vassiliki Papantonopoulou
from Athens
Award completes Dimitris Papadopoulos revival
Dimitris Papadopoulos in action for Atromitos in January ©Getty Images
Published: Monday 3 February 2014, 22.29CET

Award completes Dimitris Papadopoulos revival

Dimitris Papadopoulos said "I always believed I could get my career back on track" after capping his return to grace by being named 2012/13 players' player of the season in Greece.

Dimitris Papadopoulos has been named 2012/13 players' player of the season in Greece, edging out Kostas Mitroglou and PAOK FC's Stefanos Athanasiadis.

Papadopoulos, now 32, put several frustrating campaigns behind him as he scored 11 goals in 25 league starts last term as unfancied Panthrakikos FC avoided relegation. "I always believed I could get my career back on track," he said at Monday's award ceremony in Athens. "I was given that chance at Panthrakikos, where we fought a tough war in order to secure our place in the league."

Papadopoulos, a member of Greece's UEFA EURO 2004-winning squad, had not registered more than three league goals in five previous campaigns. He joined Atromitos FC last summer, his nine league strikes helping the side to third after 22 games.

Other awards
Best foreign player: Rayo (Asteras Tripolis FC, now Maccabi Haifa FC)
Best young player: Ergys Kace (PAOK FC)
Best goalkeeper: Orestis Karnezis (Panathinaikos FC, now Granada CF)
Best coach: Giannis Christopoulos (PAS Giannina, now SC Tavriya Simferopol)
Special award: Greece coach Fernando Santos and captain Giorgos Karagounis for securing a 2014 FIFA World Cup spot

Last updated: 03/02/14 22.47CET

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