FM 2012 player profile – Kyriakos Papadopoulos

FM 2012 Defenders

written by Darren Smith

Kyriakos Papadopoulos

Age: 19

Position: DC/DMC

Club: Schalke

Nationality: Greek

Value: £4.6 million

Price tag: £38.5 million (in patch 12.2)

Kyriakos Papadopoulos’ profile in 2011 (after starting new game, patch 12.2)


Kyriakos Papadopoulos’ scouting report from Cagigao of Arsenal

Kyriakos Papadopoulos’ profile aged 24 in the year 2016

Kyriakos Papadopoulos’ career history until the year 2016

This FM 2012 player profile of Kyriakos Papadopoulos shows one of the best CB’s in FM 2012. This wonderkid may cost around £38.5 million from the start of the game, but you should be able to sign him for less as the seasons pass by and I can’t think of a better way to splash your cash in defence. Papadopoulos develops to have 20 for marking, 18 tackling, 19 strength and certainly puts his body on the line with 19 for determination and 20 for bravery.

Best buy rating: 9/10

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  • comment avatar jason December 19, 2011

    Doesn’t have the greatest mentals at the start of the game in terms of anticipation and positioning and concentration, but looks like he grows well, would be a great limited defender!

    • comment avatar Darren Smith December 19, 2011

      This kid can grow very well, the reason its taken me so long to profile him is because of the attributes you mentioned…I was worried that these would hold him back but as you can see he grows past those weakness’ well.

  • comment avatar tom December 19, 2011

    after two seasons managed to get him for 12mill…

    very good defender…train his passing and he also be a fine DM…

    • comment avatar Darren Smith December 19, 2011

      I agree Tom, this guy reminds me of Mascherano if trained correctly.

    • comment avatar Matty March 30, 2012

      I’m playing as Man Utd after the first season got him for 9.75M during the summer, very impressed!

      • comment avatar Darren Smith March 30, 2012

        That is insanely cheap…a bargain.

  • comment avatar Martin K December 19, 2011

    i bought him in january 2012 for 14,5 mill. He is my favorite defender in the game. now im at start of my third season and he is becoming better and better and more consistent. Just train him on his positioning and it will raise very fast.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith December 19, 2011

      Agreed Martin, he can improve at an alarming rate and that is the mark of a true wonderkid. Shame you have to wait for the price tag to go down but its assuring to know it eventually does.

      • comment avatar Nathan December 26, 2011

        Very high determination and work rate coupled with already good defensive attributes means you can just focus on the mental side of his game to get the beast defender he can be. He is quick as well which helps

        • comment avatar Darren Smith December 26, 2011

          Agreed, while he does seem to have a few problem areas they’re no problem to sort and you can really focus on them because everything else is almost there.

  • comment avatar mario December 19, 2011

    my favorite CB.managed to get him for Wolfsburg in second season for 8mill (Schalke got relegated so I bought Holtby and Draxler too) but never got the chance to manage him as I felt to powerful for bundesliga so I started again with Wolverhampton and although I finished 4th he still wouldn’t join…such a shame

    • comment avatar Darren Smith December 19, 2011

      That’s a shame but I’m sure he’ll wanna join soon as long as Barca don’t pick him up.

      • comment avatar mario December 19, 2011

        in another save,leverkusen bought him for 10mill.btw does my reputation have anyhing with that?I chose sunday league footballer instead automatic.I know it’s setback in 1st season but rep should increase further on

        • comment avatar Darren Smith December 19, 2011

          Yeah your reputation will certainly effect which players want to join you for sure. That will start increasing with success though.

  • comment avatar Wilko December 19, 2011

    This Bloke is a legend for me, Got him in first season for 30mil took a while to get used to English game but now has got a great partnership with Shawcross and won the league twice, He is still young so over time his Mental Attributes will get even better. Also Darren I cant seem get Hazard playing well on Right wing any ideas

    • comment avatar Darren Smith December 19, 2011

      He certainly is. As for Hazard, he isn’t best used on the right wing as he’s better from the left. But my only recommendations are to train him on the right, other than that there’s not much else you can do.

  • comment avatar Lawrence December 19, 2011

    Hey Darren,
    Just asking if you could perhaps profile Ruben Rochina, Craig Dawson and Kevin Strootman. Really doing well on my save.


    • comment avatar Darren Smith December 19, 2011

      Strootman looks good but and so does Rochina but not quite good enough to profile just yet, Dawson seems to have a little potential but hasn’t reached it in my game.

      • comment avatar mario December 19, 2011

        what about alex teixeira?could you do a profile for him?also,can you tell me what does move into channels mean for aml/amr as inside forwards?is it effective?

        • comment avatar Darren Smith December 19, 2011

          I don’t bother with the preferred moves so don’t know how effective that one is. As for Teixeira, like many I am waiting for a better future profile.

          • comment avatar Fábio Morgado December 21, 2011

            What about Joel Valencia!He´s a very decent player on my save at 5th season?

  • comment avatar Zola January 1, 2012

    uh,Papadopoulos or Prestia?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith January 1, 2012

      I personally would go for Papadopoulos.

  • comment avatar Leon January 10, 2012

    Hi Darren, i like using ur site to scout for young talents..I bought Kyriakos for my barca team and when i compared the stats of both,(he’s 23 now), i realised in my save kyriakos agility and natural fitness were way off(both in the grey section) whereas urs has really high stats..i don’t know if i’m doing it wrong but i’ve played him for my 1st team 17-24 apps over the seasons..Simply to say i’ve problem getting my players to reach to their max potential like urs in the screenies..Do you have any idea why?

  • comment avatar Paul Rodriguez January 18, 2012

    Hey Darren, he’s appearing at 10million euros at my first season, is that cheap? Oh, and when you guys mention values here in the site, you’re talking pounds right?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith January 18, 2012

      That is very cheap and you should snap him up for sure.

      P.S. You don’t have to but I’d prefer it if you commented under the same name all the time as its always nice to know who you’re speaking too. Don’t worry if you feel like you are commenting too much or something…that is impossible around here as we encourage comments and like to get to know our readers. Up to you though mate.

  • comment avatar Kyle January 28, 2012

    I’ve bought this guy in two different games for 11m euros both when he’s 19.

    He’s fantastic. I highly recommend him. He’s my starting CB.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith January 28, 2012

      Yeah he is quality that’s for sure, I see him turn into an absolute beast on almost all my saves.

  • comment avatar Heresy February 4, 2012

    I was also worried about his mental stats when I first saw him. But the profile at the age of 24 shows good improvement. His technical and physical stats are almost perfect 20s and, being a defender, he stil his best years on the pitch left to improve those mental attributes.

    Pity about his jumping and heading though. He’s not the tallest stopper so he probably won’t be a danger from set pieces. Such a shame. Was kind of hoping for a Greek Fabio Cannavaro..

    • comment avatar Darren Smith February 4, 2012

      I think this kid is one of the best CB’s on the game…Barcelona always sign him and he’s near impossible to beat with the ball on the floor. Like you said its a shame he can’t dominate from set pieces though.

  • comment avatar Adam February 12, 2012

    Got him in my first season with Spurs for £5.25mil + Vedran Corluka. Player exchange is the way to go in this game!

    • comment avatar Darren Smith February 12, 2012

      That sounds like a bargain.

  • comment avatar job March 21, 2012

    just look at the natural fitness it grows from 9 to 18 in 5 years

    • comment avatar Darren Smith March 21, 2012

      Also remember the future profile is from a save started in patch 12.0.1 whereas the top profile is from patch 12.2…so the database has changed since then.

  • comment avatar Luke March 31, 2012

    I signed him at the start of the 2012/13 season for my Arsenal save thinking he looked a pretty solid defender. It’s now January 2013 on my save and not only is he a solid defender, but a goalscoring machine! Second top scorer in my team with 13 goals in 25 games. And to top it all off I only signed him for 10.75 million. Quality signing!

    • comment avatar Darren Smith March 31, 2012

      Certainly a bargain at that price, good to see him scoring too.

  • comment avatar Tijmen Stronks April 1, 2012

    It’s a shame he doesn’t have good mental skills and no aerial ability.

    I need a good partner to play next to Phil Jones. Can he do that job or does he have to less aerial ability?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith April 1, 2012

      This guy is probably one of the best central defenders available, his mental attributes improve as shown in the screenshot above and I wouldn’t worry about his heading, he’s simply brilliant.

      • comment avatar Tijmen Stronks April 1, 2012

        Yeah, but in England you need someone with some aerial ability. And Jones and Papadopoulos don’t have aerial ability. So I might get some problems with free kicks and corners.

        • comment avatar Darren Smith April 1, 2012

          His aerial ability is deceiving, he doesn’t perform so badly in the air as his attributes may suggest, but you are right its always best to have one CB that can be dominant in the air.

  • comment avatar Tijmen Stronks April 3, 2012

    Can you train mental skills? Or should you just give him playtime?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith April 3, 2012

      You can train mental skills in either individual or just the general training schedules but game time makes the most difference.

  • comment avatar Shorty April 13, 2012

    He’s been getting insane amounts of red cards for me. I finally managed to buy him with my Middlesbrough save. But he basically gets red every match he can play. Any idea why that would be?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith April 14, 2012

      I don’t to be honest but have you tried going into his player instructions in the tactics screen and moving the ‘tackling’ slider to ‘easy’.

  • comment avatar Junayd Hoque May 3, 2012

    Hi, I need a central defender or right back that is quality or even better but I’ve only got £15 million. Who should I sign because the only really good defender I’ve got is Vincent Kompany and everyone is crap????

    • comment avatar Darren Smith May 3, 2012

      Check the ultimate list for center backs, you’ll find plenty of options there.

  • comment avatar Redle May 22, 2012

    Nice, I’ve got him on first season for just £10 M in the end of transfer window, its strange how his price can change through my saves.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith May 23, 2012

      That is ridiculously cheap for him.

  • comment avatar Oldrd001 May 27, 2012

    I got him £6mil at the start of 3rd season with United, trying to improve his heading currently

    • comment avatar Darren Smith May 27, 2012

      That certainly is a bargain price.

  • comment avatar Dominic June 7, 2012

    Best CB in the game picked him up for 10mil in Jan transfer window

    I have to offer him 350000p/w wages plus 450000 after 5 games But easily worth it clubs are bidding 400mil but I easily think he’s worth at least 1B

    • comment avatar Darren Smith June 7, 2012

      He is a great player, but I think you have your figures mistaken. No club ever offers 400mil for a player.

  • comment avatar Jamie June 9, 2012

    Best CB on the game an gets loads of headers from corners for me to 9/10

    • comment avatar Darren Smith June 9, 2012

      He is very good and would be rated higher if available cheaper and earlier in the game.

      • comment avatar Bob Johnson August 25, 2012

        got him for 18 million

        • comment avatar Darren Smith August 25, 2012

          What at the very start of a new game in patch 12.2?

  • comment avatar Karl Deighton August 25, 2012

    I have just brought this guy for San Marino in 2019 for £23m, I’ve decided to play him as a BWM and he hasn’t disappointed. He puts himself about and hardly anyone gets past him, at the time when I made the buy I thought he would be a flop because he wasn’t adapting to Italy but he’s fine now and one of my key players

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