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 27)
Place of birth Turku, Finland
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Lech Poznań
Number 19
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2009 TPS 96 (9)
2010–2013 Djurgården 90 (8)
2013– Lech Poznań 49 (12)
National team
2002–2003 Finland U17 3 (0)
2008–2009 Finland U21 16 (0)
2008– Finland 39 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 June 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 June 2014

Kasper Hämäläinen (born 8 August 1986) is a Finnish footballer, who plays midfield. He currently represents Polish club Lech Poznań. He is also a regular player for the Finland national football team.

Club career[edit]

Early career[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.

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.[4]

Hämäläinen scored his first international goal on 17 November 2010 against San Marino as he scored a brace in the 8–0 home victory.


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