Greek defender Papastathopoulos extends Dortmund deal


Greek international defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos has extended his contract with Borussia Dortmund until 2019, the Bundesliga club announced on Monday.

The 27-year-old, who normally operates in central defense and joined the eight-time German champions in 2013 from Werder Bremen, is a regular starter in Thomas Tuchel’s side who are currently second and seven points behind leaders Bayern Munich.

The Greek international began his career at AEK Athens in 2005 before moving to Serie A and spells with Genoa and AC Milan, with whom he won the Italian title in 2011.

He played in all four of Greece's World Cup matches in 2014, and scored a late equaliser against Costa Rica in a 1-1 draw in the last 16 before the team were eventually eliminated 5-3 on penalties.