Sokratis Papastathopoulos Breaks Unlikely World Cup Name Record in Greece Loss

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterJune 30, 2014

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Greece may be out of the World Cup after defeat on penalties to Costa Rica, but their goalscorer, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, made a little piece of World Cup history during the match.

His last-minute equaliser to take the game into extra time—his first international goal to boot—means he has the longest surname of any goalscorer at the tournament.

As per OptaJoe:

16 - #GRE defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos' surname is the longest (single) second name of any goalscorer in World Cup history. Mouthful.

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 30, 2014

According to Infostrada, he's not the only player to have set a name-related record at the 2014 World Cup:

This WC, Jô became the player with the shortest name to appear, now Papastathopoulos becomes the longest family name to score in WC history.

— Infostrada Sports (@InfostradaLive) June 29, 2014

A very small crumb of comfort after the desperation of a World Cup loss.

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