Petri Pasanen

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Petri Pasanen
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Personal information
Date of birth (1980-09-24) 24 September 1980 (age 33)
Place of birth Lahti, Finland
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996 Kuusysi Lahti 2 (0)
1996–2000 Lahti 71 (2)
1997 Hämeenlinna (loan) 4 (0)
1998 Hämeenlinna (loan) 1 (0)
2000–2004 Ajax 52 (7)
2004 Portsmouth (loan) 12 (0)
2004–2011 Werder Bremen 144 (3)
2011–2012 Red Bull Salzburg 18 (0)
2012–2014 AGF 44 (2)
2014– Lahti 0 (0)
National team
Finland U-16 2 (0)
Finland U-18 3 (0)
Finland U-21 6 (0)
2000– Finland 76 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 November 2013

Petri Pasanen (born 24 September 1980 in Lahti) is a Finnish footballer who plays for FC Lahti in Finland. He is a defender, who is most comfortable in central defense, but can play right back and left back as well.

Club career[edit]

FC Lahti[edit]

Pasanen became a regular for Lahti during the club's promotion season in 1998. During the next two seasons he made 42 appearances for the club in Finland's Veikkausliiga.


Many of Europe's top clubs had become interested in the promising Pasanen, and in the summer of 2000 he joined Dutch club Ajax. He became a regular in the Ajax defense in his first season, but his progress was halted when he broke his foot in August 2001, and had to miss most of the 2001–02 season. Next season he was a regular again as Ajax reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League.

He fell out of favour at Ajax in 2003–04, and spent the second half of the season on loan at English club Portsmouth in the Premier League. Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp was interested in purchasing Pasanen at the end of the season, but claimed Ajax's asking price was too high.

Werder Bremen[edit]

Pasanen was then signed by reigning German champions Werder Bremen in the summer of 2004. He has become a key player for the club, helping them to a top three finish in the Bundesliga and the second round of the Champions League in each of his first two seasons at the club. Whilst at Bremen he played in the 2009 UEFA Cup Final.

Red Bull Salzburg[edit]

After the end of his contract on 30 June 2011 he left Werder Bremen,[1] and signed for Red Bull Salzburg. On 12 May 2012, Salzburg announced that they will not renew Pasanen's contract and he will be free to look for a new club during the summer.[2]

AGF Aarhus[edit]

On 28 July 2012, Pasanen signed a two-year contract with Danish topflight side AGF. He scored his first goal for AGF on 10 December 2012, in a 3−3 home draw against Silkeborg.

International career[edit]

Pasanen is also a regular for the Finland national team. He made his international debut on 15 November 2000 against the Republic of Ireland. Pasanen has mostly played at right back for Finland, and has also served as the national team's captain, when Sami Hyypiä and Jari Litmanen have not played.

Pasanen has also played in Finland national futsal team, where he has six caps and two goals.


Werder Bremen
FC Red Bull Salzburg

Career statistics[edit]


As of 16 November 2013[3]
Finland national team
Year Apps Goals
2000 1 0
2001 5 0
2002 5 1
2003 6 0
2004 8 0
2005 3 0
2006 7 0
2007 10 0
2008 3 0
2009 9 0
2010 5 0
2011 5 0
2012 3 0
2013 6 0
Total 76 1

International goals[edit]

Score and Result lists Finland's goals first
As of 12 June 2013
# Date Location Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 22 May 2002 Helsingin olympiastadion, Helsinki, Finland  Latvia 2–1 2−1 Friendly


  1. ^ "Pasanen verlässt Werder Bremen" (in German). 23 March 2011. Retrieved 23 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Maajoukkuepakki sai seurastaan lähtöpassit" [Finnish international not given a contract renewal] (in Finnish). 12 May 2012. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Pasanen Petri" (in Finnish). Retrieved 6 June 2012. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Sami Hyypiä
Finland football captain
Succeeded by
Niklas Moisander