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A product of AEK's youth system, Papastathopoulos emerged as a starter in the AEK first team and quickly became an integral part of the Athens club. Despite a loan-move to Niki Volou half-way through his AEK career, Papastathopoulos established himself as a prominent part of the AEK fold and featured for the club during the 2006-07 Champions League group stages.
The youth ranks of the national team have really been the launching pad for Papastathopoulos' career as successful tenures as U-19 and U-21 captain paved the way to a starting spot with the senior squad. His ability to keep attackers in check has seen Otto Rehhagel opt to include Papasathopoulos in the starting line-up despite the German’s tendency to favour older and more experienced defenders. His experience earned with Genoa could also cement his place in the starting line-up ahead of Avraam Papadopoulos and Vangelis Moras.
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During his time at AEK, Papastathopoulos became the youngest captain of the club when he wore the AEK armband during a derby clash with Panathinaikos at the tender age of 19.
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