Hamburg permanently sign Kyriakos Papadopoulos

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Bundesliga side Hamburg SV have confirmed the permanent signing of Kyriakos Papadopoulos from Bayer Leverkusen on a three-year deal.

The 25-year-old Greek defender joined Die Rothosen during the January transfer window, making 15 appearances in total while scoring twice.

“Despite his young years Papa takes responsibility and leads from the front. He is a real win for us”, Hamburg Sporting Director Jens Todt said. “Anyone who saw Papa play for us could see what kind of push he gave our team with his winning mentality and passion.”

‘Papa’, as he is fondly called by the fans, made his first team debut for Olympiakos Piräus in 2007 at the tender age of 15. That season he won the treble with the club – the league title, the Greek Cup and the Greek Super Cup. In the following campaign, he would go on to win another league and cup double.

Papadopoulos then joined Schalke in 2011 and won the DFB-Pokal and DFL-Supercup. In 2014, he joined Bayer Leverkusen. Last season, he was sent on loan to RB Leipzig before joining Hamburg in January.

Papadopoulos has made 25 appearances for the Greek national side so far, scoring four times.

Hamburg had a torrid campaign last season, when they managed to avoid relegation play-off in the final match of the campaign, sending Wolfsburg instead. Manager Markus Gisdol will look to strengthen his squad as they prepare for their 54th consecutive Bundesliga campaign. The club has already signed Germany’s U-21 goalkeeper Julian Pollersbeck who is currently in Poland as they prepare for their final of the European Championship against Spain.