Kasper Hämäläinen

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Kasper Hämäläinen
Kasper Hamalainen 2013.jpg
Personal information
Full name Kasper Woldemar Hämäläinen
Date of birth (1986-08-08) 8 August 1986 (age 30)
Place of birth Turku, Finland
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Legia Warsaw
Number 22
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2009 TPS 97 (12)
2010–2012 Djurgården 90 (8)
2013–2015 Lech Poznań 101 (33)
2016– Legia Warsaw 26 (7)
National team
2002–2003 Finland U17 3 (0)
2008–2009 Finland U21 16 (0)
2008– Finland 52 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 December 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 June 2016

Kasper Woldemar Hämäläinen (born 8 August 1986) is a Finnish professional football attacking midfielder who plays for Legia Warsaw and represents Finland national team. Hämäläinen was born in Turku, Finland where he started his senior career in TPS before moving to Djurgården.

Club career[edit]

TPS Turku[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 trequartista. 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. Hämäläinen gained 14 caps during the spring season of 2013 out of which he was in the starting eleven 12 times. In those 14 matches he scored three goals. Lech Poznań won silver medals and made it to UEFA Europa League qualifications for the next season.

Legia Warsaw[edit]

On 11 January 2016, he joined Lech's archrivals Legia Warsaw on a free transfer, signing three-and-a-half year deal.[4]

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 when Stuart Baxter chose him to the starting line up for a match played in St. Gallen.[5][6] Hämäläinen scored his first international goal on 17 November 2010 against San Marino as he scored a brace in the 8–0 home victory.

Personal life[edit]

Hämäläinen´s father Heikki Hämäläinen is a former track and field athlete.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 26 December 2015.[7][8]
Club Season League League Cup Europe Other1 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Djurgården 2010 Allsvenskan 30 2 1 0 31 2
2011 30 2 2 0 32 2
2012 30 4 1 2 31 6
Total 90 8 4 2 94 10
Lech Poznań 2012–13 Ekstraklasa 14 3 14 3
2013–14 36 9 2 0 4 0 42 9
2014–15 36 13 4 1 4 1 44 15
2015–16 15 8 3 0 12 1 1 0 31 9
Total 101 33 9 1 20 2 1 0 131 36

1 Including Polish SuperCup.

International[edit]

As of 1 June 2016[9]
Finland national team
Year Apps Goals
2008 1 0
2009 3 0
2010 7 2
2011 9 3
2012 9 1
2013 10 2
2014 4 0
2015 6 0
2016 3 1
Total 52 9

International goals[edit]

As of match played 1 June 2016. Finland score listed first, score column indicates score after each Hämäläinen goal.[10]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 17 November 2010 Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland 11  San Marino 2–0 8–0 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
2 5–0
3 10 August 2011 Skonto Stadium, Riga, Latvia 15  Latvia 1–0 2–0 Friendly
4 2 September 2011 Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland 16  Moldova 1–0 4–1 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
5 2–0
6 12 October 2012 Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland 28  Georgia 1–1 1–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
7 7 June 2013 Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland 33  Belarus 1–0 1–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
8 14 August 2013 Veritas Stadion, Turku, Finland 35  Slovenia 2–0 2–0 Friendly
9 1 June 2016 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium 52  Belgium 1–0 1–1 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Lech Poznań
Legia Warsaw

References[edit]

  1. ^ Turun Sanomat
  2. ^ "Kasper Hämäläinen till DIF" (in Swedish). dif.se. 2009-12-30. Retrieved 2009-12-30. 
  3. ^ Kasper Hämäläinen pelaa jatkossa Puolan hulluimpien fanien edessä (Kasper Hämäläinen will be playing in front of the craziest fans of Poland); 29.1.2013; Iltasanomat.fi (Finnish)
  4. ^ "Kasper Hamalainen piłkarzem Legii! - Legia Warszawa". legia.com. 
  5. ^ Finland vs Switzerland (Finnish)
  6. ^ "Sveitsi kaatoi Suomen St. Gallenissa" (in Finnish). YLE Urheilu. 19 November 2008. Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "Kasper Hämäläinen". Soccerway. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 
  8. ^ "Kasper Hämäläinen". 90minut.pl. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 
  9. ^ "Kasper Hämäläinen" (in Finnish). palloliitto.fi. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  10. ^ Kasper Hämäläinen at Soccerway

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