Matti Paatelainen

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Matti Paatelainen
Personal information
Date of birth (1944-07-17) 17 July 1944 (age 73)
Place of birth Äänekoski, Finland
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
FC Haka
National team
1970–1977 Finland 47 (11)
Teams managed
1979–1980 FC Haka
1993 Ilves[1]
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Matti Paatelainen (born 17 June 1944) is a Finnish former international footballer who played as a striker.


Paatelainen earned 47 caps for Finland, scoring eleven goals, between 1970 and 1977.[2] He played club football at HIFK and FC Haka.[3]

He appeared in nine FIFA World Cup qualifying matches, scoring once.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Paatelainen has three sons who all have played professional football - Mixu, Mikko and Markus.