Pasanen with Red Bull Salzburg in July 2011
|Date of birth||24 September 1980|
|Place of birth||Lahti, Finland|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 1 1⁄2 in)|
|1997||→ FC Hämeenlinna (loan)||4||(0)|
|1998||→ FC Hämeenlinna (loan)||1||(0)|
|2004||→ Portsmouth (loan)||12||(0)|
|2011–2012||Red Bull Salzburg||18||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Petri Pasanen (born 24 September 1980) is a Finnish former professional football defender. He was most comfortable in central defense, but also played right back and left back as well. Pasanen was born in Lahti, Finland where he played for the local teams before moving to Ajax. He spent most of his career at Bundesliga club Werder Bremen which he represented in the UEFA Champions League in multiple seasons, and in the 2009 UEFA Cup Final.
Born Lahti, Finland, Pasanen became a regular for local club Lahti during the club's promotion season in 1998. During the next two seasons he made 42 appearances for the club in Finland's Veikkausliiga.
Many of Europe's top clubs had become interested in the promising Pasanen, and in the summer of 2000 he joined Dutch club Ajax. He became a regular in the Ajax defense in his first season, but his progress was halted when he broke his foot in August 2001, and had to miss most of the 2001–02 season. Next season he was a regular again as Ajax reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League.
He fell out of favour at Ajax in 2003–04, and spent the second half of the season on loan at English club Portsmouth in the Premier League. Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp was interested in purchasing Pasanen at the end of the season, but claimed Ajax's asking price was too high.
Pasanen was then signed by reigning German champions Werder Bremen in the summer of 2004. He became a key player for the club, helping them to a top three finish in the Bundesliga and the second round of the Champions League in each of his first two seasons at the club. Whilst at Bremen he played in the 2009 UEFA Cup Final.
Red Bull Salzburg
On 30 June 2011, after the end of his contract, he left Werder Bremen, and signed for Red Bull Salzburg. On 12 May 2012, Salzburg announced that they would not renew Pasanen's contract and he would be free to look for a new club during the summer.
Return to Lahti
In May 2014, FC Lahti announced that Pasanen would return to Lahti and that he had signed a contract until the end of the 2016 season. On 29 September 2015, Pasanen announced that he would retire from professional football at the end of the season.
Pasanen was also a regular for the Finland national team. He made his international debut on 15 November 2000 against the Republic of Ireland. Pasanen has mostly played at right back for Finland, and has also served as the national team's captain, when Sami Hyypiä and Jari Litmanen have not played. He scored his only goal on 22 May 2002 in a home friendly at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium against Latvia, which Finland won 2–1.
Pasanen has also played in Finland national futsal team, where he has six caps and two goals.
- 2008: Finnish Sports Journalists footballer of the year
|FC Hämeenlinna Total||5||0||0||0||0||0||5||0|
|FC Lahti Total||72||2||0||0||0||0||72||2|
|Werder Bremen Total||144||3||5||1||37||0||186||4|
|Red Bull Salzburg|
|FC Lahti Total||30||1||6||0||2||0||38||1|
- As of 16 November 2013
|Finland national team|
- Score and Result lists Finland's goals first
- As of 12 June 2013
|1.||22 May 2002||Helsingin olympiastadion, Helsinki, Finland||Latvia||2–1||2−1||Friendly|
- "Pasanen verlässt Werder Bremen" (in German). sueddeutsche.de. 23 March 2011. Retrieved 23 March 2011.
- "Maajoukkuepakki sai seurastaan lähtöpassit" [Finnish international not given a contract renewal] (in Finnish). 12 May 2012. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
- "Petri Pasanen palaa FC Lahden paitaan" (in Finnish). FC Lahti. 24 May 2014. Archived from the original on 22 December 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
- "Petri Pasanen lopettaa uransa kauden jälkeen" (in Finnish). Veikkausliiga. 29 September 2015. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
- "Finns hold their nerve". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 22 May 2002. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
- "P. Pasanen". Soccerway. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
- "Petri Pasanen palaa FC Lahteen" (in Finnish). Palloliitto. 27 May 2014. Archived from the original on 28 May 2014. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
- "Player profile". National-Football-Teams.com. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
- "Pasanen Petri" (in Finnish). palloliitto.fi. Retrieved 6 June 2012.