Defender who is famous for his international club career, including for FC Augsburg of the German Bundesliga. He has also contributed as a defensive midfielder for the Greek national team, with whom he debuted in November 2012.
He joined Greek club PAOK at age 12 in 2006. He later earned his senior team debut for the club in 2011.
He played the end of the 2017-2018 season on loan with Stoke City FC. He scored his first national team goal for Greece in 2015.
He was born and raised in Thessaloniki, Greece.
His aggressive style of defensive play has been compared to fellow Greek defender Kostas Manolas.