Werder Bremen pounce for Papastathopoulos

BERLIN - Greece defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos has joined Werder Bremen on loan from Genoa, the Bundesliga club said on Thursday.

"We've been watching him for a long time and all the information we have collected has been very convincing," coach Thomas Schaaf told the club's website.

"He is dogged and aggressive in a positive way, is good in the air and likes to join in the attack."

Werder said the 23-year-old, who has 18 caps and played at the World Cup last year, will wear the number 22 shirt which belonged to former captain Torsten Frings.

"That's a big motivation for me, that such an important player has worn this number," said Papastathopoulos, who spent last season at AC Milan where he made only five Serie A appearances.