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Bavarian Giants Seek Solution to Defensive Problems: Bayern Munich Eyes Acquiring Sokratis Papastathopoulos

Bayern Munich are currently facing serious problems in their defence. The coach of the reigning German champion believes that the acquisition of the Greek defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos, who has been out of contract since the summer, could contribute to their solution.

The Bavarian giants have a significantly weakened defense after injuries to Matthijs de Ligt and Dayot Upamecan, and Thomas Tuchel needs to act as soon as possible.

After the German coach ruled out the return of Jérome Boateng, he set his sights on signing another free agent. According to Bild, he plans to bring in Sokratis Papastathopoulos, who spent the last two seasons at Olympiakos.

news-item-description">The German football club Bayern Munich ruled out the arrival of defender Jerome Boateng. Although the 35-year-old stopper and former Bavarian player trained with the team last week, the club did not offer him a new contract.

Thomas Tuchel was the coach of the 35-year-old footballer during his time at Borussia Dortmund, where the Greek spent 5 seasons between 2013 and 2018. During that time, he managed to win the German Cup and 2 times in the Super Cup.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos won the “Scudetto” with AC Milan in the 2010/11 season, but he played only 5 matches. In addition, he also worked in the AEK Athens, Genoa, Werder Bremen and Arsenal teams.

In 2018, Arsenal will pay Borussia Dortmund 20 million euros for him, and he played 2 seasons in the Gunners’ jersey, during which he won the FA Cup.

The Greek defender was close to signing with Real Betis a few days ago to replace his former team-mate Marco Bartra who suffered an Achilles injury. However, the conclusion of the agreement between Sokratis Papastathopoulos and the Andalusian club did not happen in the end.

Slovak football fans know Sokratis Papastathopoulos mainly from the matches of Slovan Bratislava with Greek Olympiacos last and the season before last, when the well-known club from Piraeus knocked him out of the European League twice. The experienced defender played in three of the four games.

2023-10-17 17:00:00
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