Kasper Hämäläinen

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Kasper Hämäläinen
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Personal information
Full name Kasper Woldemar Hämäläinen
Date of birth (1986-08-08) 8 August 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Turku, Finland
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Lech Poznań
Number 19
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2009 TPS 97 (12)
2010–2012 Djurgården 90 (8)
2013– Lech Poznań 80 (22)
National team
2002–2003 Finland U17 3 (0)
2008–2009 Finland U21 16 (0)
2008– Finland 44 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 May 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 May 2015

Kasper Woldemar Hämäläinen (born 8 August 1986), is a Finnish professional football attacking midfielder who plays for Polish Ekstraklasa side Lech Poznań and represents Finland national team. Hämäläinen was born in Turku, Finland where he started his senior career in TPS before moving to Djurgården.

Club career[edit]

TPS Turku[edit]

Born in Turku, he started his career in his hometown club TPS. In June 2008, Portuguese Primeira Liga club C.D. Nacional was keen to sign him, but he was said to be too expensive.[1] He has visited Italian clubs Roma, Lazio, Udinese and Siena. NEC has also shown interest. After the 2008 season, he was near a move to an unnamed Italian club but he chose to stay in Turku to secure play time in the first team.

Djurgårdens IF[edit]

In December 2009, it was announced that Swedish club Djurgården had acquired him.[2] "Kasper" as his shirt says became a star in the Djurgården-shirt and started all the 30 league games in Allsvenskan during both the 2010 and 2011 season. During his two first season he played as a central midfielder besides his fellow country man Daniel Sjölund. In the 2012 pre-season Djurgården manager Magnus Pehrsson tried Hämäläinen in a more offensive role as a trequista. Hämäläinen did it so well that the move became permanent.

Lech Poznań[edit]

However in January 2013, it was announced that Hämäläinen had signed a three-year contract with Polish top-flight side Lech Poznań. The transfer fee was never made public, but it was believed to be around 250.000 [3] On 24 February, he scored on his debut in a 4−0 away win over Ruch Chorzów. Hämäläinen gained 14 caps during the spring season of 2013 out of which he was in the starting eleven 12 times. In those 14 matches he scored three goals. Lech Poznan won silver medals and made it to UEFA Europa League qualifications for the next season.

International career[edit]

Hämäläinen was part of the Finnish U17 team that represented in the 2003 U17 World Cup held in Finland. He was a regular member of the Finland U21 team that qualified to the 2009 U21 European Championship held in Sweden and played in all Finland's three matches.

He made his national team debut on 19 November 2008 against Switzerland when Stuart Baxter chose him to the starting line up for a match played in St. Gallen.[4][5] Hämäläinen scored his first international goal on 17 November 2010 against San Marino as he scored a brace in the 8–0 home victory.

Personal life[edit]

Hämäläinen´s father Heikki Hämäläinen is a former track and field athlete.

Honours[edit]

Country[edit]

Finland national football team

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 5 September 2014.
Club statistics
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
TPS 2003 Veikkausliiga 2 0 2 0
2004 6 1 6 1
2005 0 0 0 0
2006 18 4 18 4
2007 24 4 24 4
2008 22 3 3 0 25 3
2009 25 0 25 0
Total 97 12 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 100 12
Djurgården 2010 Allsvenskan 30 2 1 0 31 2
2011 30 2 2 0 32 2
2012 30 4 1 2 31 6
Total 90 8 4 2 0 0 0 0 94 10
Lech Poznań 2012–13 Ekstraklasa 14 3 14 3
2013–14 36 9 2 0 4 0 7 3 49 12
2014–15 10 4 4 1 11 2
Total 60 16 2 0 8 1 7 3 74 17
Career total 247 36 6 2 0 0 11 1 7 3 271 42

International[edit]

As of 24 March 2015[6]
Finland national team
Year Apps Goals
2008 1 0
2009 3 0
2010 7 2
2011 9 3
2012 9 1
2013 10 1
2014 4 0
Total 43 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ Turun Sanomat
  2. ^ "Kasper Hämäläinen till DIF" (in Swedish). dif.se. 2009-12-30. Retrieved 2009-12-30. 
  3. ^ Kasper Hämäläinen pelaa jatkossa Puolan hulluimpien fanien edessä (Kasper Hämäläinen will be playing in front of the craziest fans of Poland); 29.1.2013; Iltasanomat.fi (Finnish)
  4. ^ Finland vs Switzerland (Finnish)
  5. ^ "Sveitsi kaatoi Suomen St. Gallenissa" (in Finnish). YLE Urheilu. 19 November 2008. Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Kasper Hämäläinen" (in Finnish). palloliitto.fi. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 

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