Pukki training for FC Schalke 04 in 2013
|Full name||Teemu Pukki|
|Date of birth||29 March 1990|
|Place of birth||Kotka, Finland|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|2014||→ Brøndby (loan)||5||(4)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 October 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Teemu Pukki (born 29 March 1990) is a Finnish footballer who plays currently as a forward for Danish Superliga club Brøndby on loan from Scottish Premiership club Celtic. He also plays at international level for Finland. He operates mainly as a centre-forward who often plays on the wings.
Pukki began his career as a youth at his hometown club, KooTeePee, playing for their under 19 side. He made his debut for the first team at 16 years old and his performances saw him called up to play for Finland's youth international sides. In two seasons of first-team football, Pukki made 29 appearances in the Finnish Premier League (Veikkausliiga) and scored 3 goals.
Pukki moved to Sevilla from KooTeePee and was called up for the Sevilla first team for the away match against Real Madrid on 7 December 2008, but was an unused substitute. He received his La Liga debut at home against Racing on 25 January 2009. He found himself unused in Sevilla and he decided to return to Finland.
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.
FC Schalke 04
Pukki scored three goals in two matches against FC Schalke 04 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.
On 6 November, he scored two goals for Schalke as he debuted in the starting eleven against Hannover 96. By doing so, he became the third Finn to score a brace in the German Bundesliga, after Ari Hjelm and Pasi Rautiainen.
Pukki signed a four-year deal with Celtic from FC Schalke 04 for an undisclosed fee on 31 August 2013. He scored on his debut in a 3–1 win against Hearts on 14 September 2013 and again on his home debut against St. Johnstone on 21 September. On 26 January 2014 he scored against Hibernian. Overall though, Pukki's first season at Celtic was considered something of a disappointment as he struggled with form and failed to fill the void left by Gary Hooper who had left at the start of the season. Pukki himself later acknowledged the lack of impact he had made, admitting he initially felt playing in Scotland would be "easier" than in Germany. He found the speed and physical nature of the game in Scotland difficult to adjust to, and stated "Scottish football is not easy. It’s not a bad league at all".
On 8 July 2014, Pukki scored his first Celtic hat trick in a pre-season friendly against LASK Linz in a 5-2 Victory for Celtic. Pukki scored twice in Celtic's victory against KR Reykjavik at Murrayfield Stadium in Celtic's UEFA Champions League qualifying match, the match ended 4-0 with Celtic winning 5-0 on aggregate. However, he struggled to make any impact in the next qualifying round matches against Legia Warsaw and was substituted at half-time in the league defeat to Inverness Caledonian Thistle on 6 August 2014.
Pukki debuted in the Finland national team on 4 February 2009, coming on as a substitute against Japan in a friendly match. 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
Scores and results list Finland's goal tally first.
|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|
- As of 6 October 2014
|FC KooTeePee Total||29||3||0||0||-||-||0||0||29||3|
|Sevilla Atlético Total||17||3||0||0||-||-||0||0||17||3|
|HJK Helsinki Total||24||13||1||0||2||0||6||5||33||19|
|FC Schalke 04|
|FC Schalke 04 Total||37||8||4||0||0||0||5||0||46||8|
|Brøndby IF Total||5||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||6||5|
- As of 14 October 2014
|Finland national team|
- "Finland's Wonderkid". Betting Advisory. Retrieved 23 July 2014.
- "Football prospect Teemu Pukki chooses Spain and Sevilla FC". www.helsinginsanomat.fi/english. Retrieved 23 July 2014.
- "PUKKI, GRAN NOVEDAD EN LA LISTA DE 18 PARA EL BERNABÉU" (in Spanish). sevillafc.es. 6 December 2008. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
- "El Sevilla nunca pudo con el orden del Racing" (in Spanish). sevillafc.es.[dead link]
- "Pukki Schalkeen kolmen vuoden pestillä" (in Finnish). yle.fi. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
- "Pukki makes Finnish football history" (in Finnish). suomifutis.com. 6 November 2011. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
- "Celtic sign Teemu Pukki from Schalke on four-year deal". BBC Sport. 31 August 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
- "Pukki’s Celtic career will take off – Paatelainen". The Independent (Ireland). 7 January 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
- "Teemu Pukki nets hat-trick as Celtic thrash LASK Linz 5-2 in Austria". Sky Sports. 8 July 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
- Gannon, Michael (8 July 2014). "Celtic striker Teemu Pukki: I thought Scotland would be easy after Schalke.. I was wrong". Daily Record. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
- Campbell, Alan (22 July 2014). "Celtic make light work of KR Reykjavik to progress in Champions League". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
- Coyle, Andy (1 September 2014). "Celtic forward Teemu Pukki seals surprise move to Danish side Brondb". STV Sport. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
- "Pukki, Teemu". FitbaStats. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
- "Football: Japan thrash Finland 5–1 in international friendly". channelnewsasia.com. 4 February 2009. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
- "NFT Profile". National Football Teams. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
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- Teemu Pukki at Celtic F.C.
- Teemu Pukki – UEFA competition record
- Teemu Pukki – FIFA competition record
- Teemu Pukki at National-Football-Teams.com
- Teemu Pukki career stats at Soccerbase
- Teemu Pukki at fussballdaten.de (German)
- Teemu Pukki at Soccerway.com
- Profile at FA of Finland's official website (Finnish)
- Profile at ESPNsoccernet
- Profile at Veikkausliiga.com (Finnish)