Sokratis Papastathopoulos Breaks Unlikely World Cup Name Record in Greece Loss

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterJune 30, 2014


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.