Pasi Rautiainen

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Pasi Rautiainen
Personal information
Full name Pasi Pentti Rautiainen
Date of birth (1961-07-18) 18 July 1961 (age 55)
Place of birth Helsinki, Finland
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1979 HJK 49 (9)
1980–1981 Bayern Munich 1 (0)
1981–1982 Werder Bremen 41 (2)
1982–1986 Arminia Bielefeld 113 (16)
1986–1987 FC Locarno
1987–1989 SG Wattenscheid 09 13 (0)
1989–1993 HJK 58 (13)
National team
Finland 29 (1)
Teams managed
1994–1998 PK-35
1999–2000 FC Jokerit
2001 FC KooTeePee
2001–2002 Levadia Maardu
2002–2003 FC Jokerit
2006–2008 FC Flora
2008–2010 TPS
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Pasi Pentti Rautiainen (born 18 July 1961 in Helsinki) is a Finnish football manager and former player. He has coached PK-35,[1] FC Jokerit and FC KooTeePee in Finland and FC Levadia Tallinn and FC Flora Tallinn in Estonia. His last club was TPS.[2]

Rautiainen was very talented as a young player, and he joined Bayern Munich at the age of just 18 in 1980.[3] He only made one appearance for the club, but was still named German champion with Bayern in the 1980–81 season. Rautiainen later made 115 appearances in the Bundesliga for Werder Bremen (1981–82) and Arminia Bielefeld (1982–1985), scoring 14 goals. He also played in the 2. Bundesliga for Bielefeld and SG Wattenscheid 09.[4] In Finland Rautiainen played for HJK Helsinki, winning the Finnish championship in 1978 and 1990. He also earned 25 caps for the Finland national football team, scoring once. 1982 the sports journalists of his home country elected him Finnish Footballer of the Year.

Rautiainen is also a popular football pundit in Finland. He's known for his energetic and enthusiastic behavior when talking about anything concerning football. He commented UEFA Champions League games for the TV channel Nelonen. In the 2003–04 season, he promised he'd walk from Helsinki to Porvoo (some 50 kilometres) if Deportivo were able to knock A.C. Milan out in the quarter finals which indeed happened. He never wore socks even when live on TV. He was also featured on the broadcasts of Estonian channel ETV during the 2006 World Cup. Now he works as a studio commentator in Finland's national team matches. He also continues to work as studio commentator for Champions League and English Premier League broadcasts.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pasi Rautiainen pyöräretkellä" (in Finnish). yle.fi. 21 June 2007. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Pasi Rautiainen ei jatka TPS-luotsina" (in Finnish). yle.fi. Retrieved 20 February 2010. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Pasi Rautiainen" (in German). Peter Böhm. Archived from the original on 9 June 2007. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "Pasi Rautiainen" (in German). fussballdaten.de. Retrieved 20 February 2010.