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Schalke win race for Papadopoulos

Kyriakos Papadopoulos has joined FC Schalke 04 from Olympiacos FC for an undisclosed fee, with the Greek Under-21 international defender signing a four-year deal in Gelsenkirchen.

Schalke win race for Papadopoulos
Schalke win race for Papadopoulos ©UEFA.com

Greece Under-21 defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos has left Olympiacos FC to sign a four-year contract with UEFA Champions League group stage hopefuls FC Schalke 04, who finished second in Germany last season.

Papadopoulos, 18, moves for an undisclosed fee. He made his Olympiacos debut as a 16-year-old before impressing with Greece at the 2008 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, prompting a number of top clubs to monitor his progress. Coach Felix Magath persuaded him to move to Gelsenkirchen, where he has become Schalke's eighth signing of the summer, joining fellow defensive newcomers Christoph Metzelder and Tim Hoogland.

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