Teemu Pukki

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Teemu Pukki
Teemu Pukki S04.jpg
Pukki training for Schalke in 2013
Personal information
Full name Teemu Pukki
Date of birth (1990-03-29) 29 March 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth Kotka, Finland
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Celtic
Number 20
Youth career
KTP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 KTP 29 (5)
2008–2010 Sevilla Atletico 33 (3)
2009 Sevilla 1 (0)
2010–2011 HJK 25 (13)
2011–2013 Schalke 37 (8)
2013– Celtic 26 (7)
National team
Finland U17 9 (5)
Finland U19 9 (3)
2007–2011 Finland U21 21 (6)
2009– Finland 32 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 May 2014

Teemu Pukki (born 29 March 1990) is a Finnish footballer who plays currently as a forward for Scottish Premiership club Celtic and the Finland national football team. He operates mainly as a centre-forward who often plays on the wings.

Club career[edit]

Sevilla[edit]

Pukki moved to Sevilla from his hometown club KooTeePee and was called up for the Sevilla first team for the away match against Real Madrid on 7 December 2008,[1] but was an unused substitute. He received his La Liga debut at home against Racing on 25 January 2009.[2] He found himself unused in Sevilla and he decided to return to Finland.

HJK Helsinki[edit]

On 28 August 2010, Pukki signed a three-and-half-year contract with the Finnish Veikkausliiga club HJK.

He managed to play in seven games and score two goals for HJK during the 2010 season. At the end of the season HJK and Pukki won the Finnish Veikkausliiga. During season 2011 he scored 11 goals and notched eight assists in 18 league matches.

Schalke[edit]

Pukki scored three goals in two matches against Schalke in August 2011 during the Europa League qualifier. First he scored twice in the first leg in Helsinki, and in Gelsenkirchen he scored an away goal. However, it was not enough to help HJK qualify to the group stage. Schalke was so impressed, they offered him a place in their squad. On 31 August 2011, Pukki joined the German Bundesliga side on a three-year contract.[3]

On 6 November, he scored two goals for Schalke as he debuted in the starting eleven against Hannover. By doing so, he became the third Finn to score a brace in the German Bundesliga, after Ari Hjelm and Pasi Rautiainen.[4]

Celtic[edit]

Pukki signed a four-year deal with Celtic from Schalke for an undisclosed fee on 31 August 2013.[5] He scored on his debut in a 3–1 win against Hearts on 14 September 2013[6] and again on his home debut against St. Johnstone on 21 September. On 26 January 2014 he scored against Hibernian. [7] On 8th July 2014 Pukki scored his first Celtic hat trick in a pre-season friendly against LASK Linz in a 5-2 Victory for the hoops.

International career[edit]

Pukki debuted in the Finland national team on 4 February 2009, coming on as a substitute against Japan in a friendly match.[8] He scored his fifth goal for his country on 22 March 2013, scoring the equaliser as Finland recorded a 1–1 draw at reigning world and European champions Spain in World Cup qualifying.

In May 2014, Pukki, on six goals at the time, scored his first international double. He scored twice in two minutes in a friendly with the Czech Republic national football team. The Czechs scored in between Pukki's two goals and later equalised as the match ended two apiece. The match was held at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Finland's goal tally first.[9]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Report
1 26 May 2012 Red Bull Arena, Wals-Siezenheim, Austria  Turkey 2–2 3–2 Friendly match Report
2 15 August 2012 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland  Northern Ireland 2–2 3–3 Friendly match Report
3 11 September 2012 Na Stínadlech , Teplice, Czech Republic  Czech Republic 1–0 1–0 Friendly match Report
4 14 November 2012 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus  Cyprus 1–0 3–0 Friendly match Report
5 22 March 2013 El Molinón, Gijón, Spain  Spain 1–1 1–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification Report
6 11 June 2013 Central Stadium, Gomel, Belarus  Belarus 1–0 1–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification Report
7 21 May 2014 Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland  Czech Republic 1–0 2–2 Friendly match Report
8 2–1

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 11 May 2014
Club Season Division League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
FC KooTeePee
2006 Veikkausliiga 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
2007 Veikkausliiga 24 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 24 3
FC KooTeePee Total 29 3 0 0 - - 0 0 29 3
Sevilla Atlético
2008–09 Segunda Division 17 3 0 0 - - 0 0 17 3
Sevilla Atlético Total 17 3 0 0 - - 0 0 17 3
Sevilla
2008–09 Primera Division 1 0 0 0 - - 0 0 1 0
Sevilla Total 1 0 0 0 - - 0 0 1 0
HJK Helsinki
2010 Veikkausliiga 7 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 8 2
2011 Veikkausliiga 17 11 0 0 2 0 0 0 19 11
2012 Veikkausliiga 0 0 0 0 - - 6 5 6 5
HJK Helsinki Total 24 13 1 0 2 0 6 5 33 19
Schalke 04
2011–12 Bundesliga 19 5 2 0 - - 0 0 21 5
2012–13 Bundesliga 17 3 2 0 - - 5 0 24 3
2013–14 Bundesliga 1 0 0 0 - - 0 0 1 0
Schalke 04 Total 37 8 4 0 0 0 5 0 46 8
Celtic
2013–14 Scottish Premiership 26 7 1 0 1 0 5 0 33 7
Celtic Total 26 7 1 0 1 0 5 0 33 7
Career Total 134 34 6 0 3 0 16 5 159 39

International[edit]

As of 31 May 2014
Finland national team
Year Apps Goals
2009 1 0
2010 2 0
2011 6 0
2012 10 4
2013 9 2
2014 4 2
Total 32 8

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Sevilla
HJK
Celtic

References[edit]

  1. ^ "PUKKI, GRAN NOVEDAD EN LA LISTA DE 18 PARA EL BERNABÉU" (in Spanish). sevillafc.es. 6 December 2008. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "El Sevilla nunca pudo con el orden del Racing" (in Spanish). sevillafc.es. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Pukki Schalkeen kolmen vuoden pestillä" (in Finnish). yle.fi. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Pukki makes Finnish football history" (in Finnish). suomifutis.com. 6 November 2011. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Celtic sign Teemu Pukki from Schalke on four-year deal". BBC Sport. 31 August 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  6. ^ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2420709/Hearts-1-Celtic-3-match-report-Teemu-Pukki-nets-bow-Hoops-warm-AC-Milan-style.html
  7. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/24089866
  8. ^ "Football: Japan thrash Finland 5–1 in international friendly". channelnewsasia.com. 4 February 2009. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "NFT Profile". National Football Teams. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 

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