Jussi Jääskeläinen

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Jussi Jääskeläinen
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Jääskeläinen training with West Ham United in 2012
Personal information
Full name Jussi Albert Jääskeläinen[1]
Date of birth (1975-04-19) 19 April 1975 (age 41)
Place of birth Mikkeli, Finland
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)[2]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Wigan Athletic
Number 22
Youth career
MP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1995 MP 64 (0)
1996–1997 VPS 54 (0)
1997–2012 Bolton Wanderers 474 (0)
2012–2015 West Ham United 57 (0)
2015– Wigan Athletic 35 (0)
National team
1998–2010 Finland 56 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 April 2016.


Jussi Albert Jääskeläinen (pronounced [ˈjussi ˈjæːskelæi̯nen]; born 19 April 1975) is a Finnish footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for English club Wigan Athletic.

He played for Bolton Wanderers from 1997 until 2012, making 527 appearances across all competitions. He left Bolton for West Ham United at the end of the 2011–12 season after turning down a contract extension. After three seasons at West Ham, he moved to Wigan Athletic on a free transfer, winning League One in his first season there.

Jääskeläinen earned 56 caps for the Finland national football team, making his debut in 1998 and retiring from international football in 2010.

Club career[edit]

Jääskeläinen was born in Mikkeli, and made his Veikkausliiga debut for MP Mikkeli in 1992, becoming the club's first choice goalkeeper in 1994. In 1996, he moved to VPS Vaasa where he spent two seasons.

Bolton Wanderers[edit]

Jääskeläinen was bought by manager Colin Todd for £100,000 for Bolton Wanderers of the Football League First Division in 1997.[3] He soon established himself as the club's first choice keeper, though a cruciate ligament injury ruled him out for half of Bolton's 2000–01 promotion season.

In October 2006 he saved two penalties in one match from Blackburn Rovers' Benni McCarthy and Jason Roberts to secure a 1–0 away win.[4] On 13 May 2007, Jääskeläinen received Bolton's "Player of the Year Award" and also the "Players' Player of the Year Award" after helping Bolton secure a UEFA Cup spot for only the second time in their history.[5] Despite much speculation linking him with a move away from Bolton when his contract expired following the 2007–08 season, Jääskeläinen agreed a new four-year contract on 11 June,[6] which he signed on 9 July.[7]

His 400th appearance came against Manchester City on 2 November 2008, with his 400th start coming six days later against Hull City.[8] In January 2009 he saved another penalty from Benni McCarthy in a match against Blackburn Rovers, now managed by his former manager Sam Allardyce, to secure a 2–2 draw.[9] After twelve years, Jääskeläinen was granted a testimonial match against Hibernian in August 2009 in which he kept a clean sheet.[10][11]

Jääskeläinen playing against Chelsea in December 2010

His 500th appearance came against Birmingham City on 12 March 2011 in an FA Cup Quarter-Final[12] and his 500th start a week later at Manchester United.

In 2012, in the Premier League 20 Seasons Awards, a double-save from Jääskeläinen against Manchester United on 20 October 2001 came third in a poll deciding the best save in the Premier League's 20-year existence.[13]

At the end of the 2011–12 season Bolton were relegated from the Premier League and Jääskeläinen rejected a two-year contract bringing an end to his 15-year stay with the club.[14] He made 530 appearances in all competitions, putting him joint third in Bolton's all-time appearance list.[15]

West Ham United[edit]

On 13 June 2012, West Ham confirmed that Jääskeläinen had agreed personal terms on a one-year deal with an option for a second year. Jääskeläinen was once again reunited with former manager Sam Allardyce, under whom he worked for eight years at Bolton Wanderers.[16] He made his debut for West Ham on 18 August 2012 in a 1–0 win against Aston Villa.[17] On 12 April 2013, the option for contract extension was activated, keeping Jääskeläinen with "the Hammers" until summer 2014.[18] He played all 38 games of West Ham's 2012–13 season, in the Premier League and was named runner-up in the Hammer of the Year.[19][20] He played 18 games in the next Premier League season before being dropped in January for Adrián.[21]

On 4 June 2014, signed a new one-year contract extension with West Ham keeping him at the club until the end of the 2014–15 season, saying "Physically I feel good and I felt good last season so I hope I can carry on from there."[21] Jääskeläinen played just one game for West Ham in the 2014–15 season, coming on for Carlton Cole after Adrián had been sent-off in a goalless draw at Southampton on 11 February 2015.[22][23] He was released at the end of the campaign.[24]

Wigan Athletic[edit]

After his release from West Ham, Jääskeläinen trialled with Bradford City.[25] On 11 August 2015, he signed a one-year deal with Wigan Athletic, newly relegated to League One.[26] Initially back-up to fellow incomer Richard O'Donnell, he made his debut on 3 October at the age of 40, keeping a clean sheet in a goalless draw with Walsall at the DW Stadium.[27]

On 31 March 2016, after his 15 clean sheets in 32 games helped Wigan onto an 18-match unbeaten run and second place in the table, he extended his contract for another season.[28] The Latics ended the season as champions.[29]

International career[edit]

Jääskeläinen next to Andrey Arshavin in goal against Russia in 2008

Jääskeläinen made his debut for Finland on 25 March 1998 against Malta. He was Finland's second choice behind Antti Niemi for years, but after Niemi retired from international football in 2005, Jääskeläinen finally became the Finnish number one. On 29 October 2009 Jääskeläinen announced his retirement from international football having collected 55 caps for his country. In explaining his decision Jääskeläinen stated that he hoped that it would allow him to prolong his club career.[30] However, on 6 October 2010 Jääskeläinen announced his comeback to national team in a match against Hungary as Otto Fredrikson was unable to play because of an injury but confirmed that this was just a one-off.[31]

Personal life[edit]

Jääskeläinen's son William plays for Bolton's youth teams, in the same position.[32]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

[33][34]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Finland League Finnish Cup League Cup Europe Total
1992 MP Mikkeli Veikkausliiga 6 0 6 0
1993 6 0 6 0
1994 26 0 26 0
1995 26 0 26 0
MP Mikkeli total 64 0 64 0
1996 VPS Vaasa Veikkausliiga 27 0 27 0
1997 27 0 27 0
VPS Vaasa total 54 0 54 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1997–98 Bolton Wanderers Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1998–99 Division 1 34 0 1 0 5 0 0 0 40 0
1999–00 36* 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 41 0
2000–01 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 27 0
2001–02 Premier League 34 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 38 0
2002–03 38 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 38 0
2003–04 38 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 41 0
2004–05 36 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 40 0
2005–06 38 0 3 0 2 0 5 0 48 0
2006–07 38 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 40 0
2007–08 28 0 0 0 1 0 6 0 35 0
2008–09 38 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 40 0
2009–10 38 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 43 0
2010–11 35 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 38 0
2011–12 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 0
Bolton Wanderers total 476 0 21 0 19 0 11 0 527 0
2012–13 West Ham United Premier League 38 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 40 0
2013–14 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 0
2014–15 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
West Ham United total 57 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 60 0
2015–16 Wigan Athletic League One 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 34 0
Wigan Athletic total 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 34 0
Career total 657 0 23 0 20 0 11 0 732 0
As of 13 February 2015

* includes 2 play off matches

International[edit]

International statistics[35]
National team Year Apps Goals
Finland 1998 2 0
1999 2 0
2000 3 0
2001 0 0
2002 3 0
2003 6 0
2004 2 0
2005 7 0
2006 8 0
2007 9 0
2008 5 0
2009 8 0
2010 1 0
Total 56 0

Honours[edit]

Wigan Athletic

References[edit]

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