Kyriakos Papadopoulos to remain at HSV
After six months on loan at the Volksparkstadion, Greek defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos has agreed terms on a permanent deal which expires on June 30th 2020 so ending his tenure with Bundesliga rivals Bayer leverkusen. HSV sport boss Jens Todt: “He is an absolute win for us.”
The deal that everyone was hoping for is now done and dusted: After spending six months on loan at HSV Greek defensive kingpin Kyriakos Papadopoulos has joined the Rothosen on a permanent basis from Bayer Leverkusen. “Papa” as he is known to team mates and fans has put pen to paper on a deal which lasts until June 30th 2020. Todt explained: “Anyone who saw Papa play for us could see what kind of push he gave our team with his winning mentality and passion.”
The Greek international (25 games, 4 goals) joined the Rothosen for the second half of last season. He made 15 Bundesliga appearances, scoring twice in the process. During that time he became a crucial cornerstone in the team and was instrumental in ensuring top flight status for the club: “Despite his young years Papa takes responsibility and leads from the front. He is a real win for us”, knows Todt.
At the age of only 15 in 2007 Papadopoulos joined Greek top flight side Olympiakos Piräus and won the double in 2008 and 2009. Three years later he joined Bundesliga club Schalke with whom won the DFB Cup in 2011. That season saw him become a full Greece international. He moved to Leverkusen in 2014 before being loaned out to RB Leipzig in 2016. January 2017 saw the defender join HSV on loan. That deal has now been made permanent much to the delight of everyone involved.
Date of birth: 23.2.1992
Height: 1,85 m
Position: Central defender
Previous Clubs: Olympiakos Piräus, Schalke 04, Bayer Leverkusen, RB Leipzig
Bundesliga games: 107 (7 goals)
Champions League games: 23 (2 goals)
Europa League games: 17 (2 goals)
Caps of Greece: 25 (4 goals)