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Teemu Pukki
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Pukki with Norwich City in 2019
Personal information
Full name Teemu Eino Antero Pukki[1]
Date of birth (1990-03-29) 29 March 1990 (age 29)[2]
Place of birth Kotka, Finland
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[2]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Norwich City
Number 22
Youth career
KTP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 KTP 29 (3)
2008–2010 Sevilla Atlético 17 (3)
2009–2010 Sevilla 1 (0)
2010–2011 HJK 25 (13)
2011–2013 Schalke 04 37 (8)
2013–2014 Celtic 26 (7)
2014–2018 Brøndby 130 (55)
2018– Norwich City 48 (35)
National team
Finland U17 9 (5)
Finland U19 9 (3)
2007–2011 Finland U21 23 (7)
2009– Finland 76 (20)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:25, 14 September 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 September 2019

Teemu Eino Antero Pukki (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈt̪e̞ːmu ˈpukki]; born 29 March 1990) is a Finnish professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club Norwich City and the Finland national team.

He began his career with KTP and moved to Sevilla in 2008, where he played only one La Liga game for the first team before returning to Finland with HJK. He then played in the top divisions of Germany for Schalke 04, Scotland for Celtic and Denmark for Brøndby. In 2018 he signed for Norwich City on a free transfer and was named player of the season in the 2018–19 EFL Championship.

Pukki made his international debut for Finland in 2009 and has earned 76 caps, scoring 20 goals.

Club career

KTP

Pukki began his football career in childhood in HOPS (Hovinsaaren Palloseura) while living in Hovinsaari, Kotka. As a youth he joined his official hometown club, KTP, playing for their under-19 side. He made his debut for the first team at 16 years old and his performances saw him called up to play for Finland's youth international sides.[3][4] In two seasons of first-team football, Pukki made 29 appearances in the Finnish Premier League (Veikkausliiga) and scored three goals.[4]

Sevilla

Pukki moved to Sevilla from KTP[4] and was called up for the Sevilla first team for the away match against Real Madrid on 7 December 2008,[5] but was an unused substitute. He received his La Liga debut at home against Racing on 25 January 2009.[6] He found himself unused in Sevilla playing mostly for the reserve side Sevilla Atletico and he decided to return to Finland.

HJK Helsinki

Pukki playing for HJK

On 28 August 2010, Pukki signed a three-and-half-year contract with the Finnish Veikkausliiga club HJK.[7] Pukki made his debut 30 August a match against IFK Mariehamn. He managed to score his first goal for HJK in the next match against FF Jaro which was his first goal in a league match for nearly two years. During season 2010 he managed to play in seven games and score two goals for HJK in the 2010 season. At the end of the season HJK and Pukki won the Finnish Veikkausliiga and silver in the Finnish Cup.

During season 2011 he scored 11 goals and notched eight assists in 18 league matches out of which he was in the starting line up in 13. He was chosen to 2011 Veikkausliiga All Stars -team.[8] Pukki was also a key figure in HJK's UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League qualifications. He scored two goals against Bangor City and HJK's both goals in a 2–0 home win against FC Schalke 04.[9] Pukki also scored HJK's only goal in the 6–1 away defeat against Schalke.[10]

Schalke 04

Pukki scored three goals in two matches against FC Schalke 04 in August 2011 during the Europa League qualifier. First he scored twice in the first leg in Helsinki, and in Gelsenkirchen he scored an away goal. However, it was not enough to help HJK qualify to the group stage. On 31 August 2011, Pukki joined Schalke on a three-year contract.[11]

On 6 November, he scored two goals for Schalke as he debuted in the starting 11 against Hannover 96. By doing so, he became the third Finn to score a brace in the German Bundesliga, after Ari Hjelm and Pasi Rautiainen.[12]

Celtic

Pukki signed a four-year deal with Celtic from FC Schalke 04 for an undisclosed fee on 31 August 2013.[13] He scored on his debut in a 3–1 win against Hearts on 14 September 2013[citation needed] and again on his home debut against St Johnstone on 21 September. On 26 January 2014 he scored against Hibernian.[14] Overall though, Pukki's first season at Celtic was considered something of a disappointment as he struggled with form and failed to fill the void left by Gary Hooper who had left at the start of the season.[15][16] Pukki himself later acknowledged the lack of impact he had made, admitting he initially felt playing in Scotland would be "easier" than in Germany.[17] He found the speed and physical nature of the game in Scotland difficult to adjust to, and stated "Scottish football is not easy. It’s not a bad league at all".[17]

On 8 July 2014, Pukki scored his first Celtic hat trick in a pre-season friendly against LASK Linz in a 5–2 victory for Celtic.[16] Pukki scored twice in Celtic's victory against KR Reykjavik at Murrayfield Stadium in Celtic's UEFA Champions League qualifying match, the match ended 4–0 with Celtic winning 5–0 on aggregate.[18] However, he struggled to make any impact in the next qualifying round matches against Legia Warsaw and was substituted at half-time in the league defeat to Inverness Caledonian Thistle on 6 August 2014.[19][20]

Brøndby

Pukki with Brøndby IF in 2016

On 1 September 2014, Pukki signed a one-year loan deal with option to buy with Danish side Brøndby IF.[19] He made his debut 13 days later in a league match at home against Randers[21] and scored his first goal two weeks later in a 2–2 draw away against Esbjerg.[21] He went on to score another four goals in his next four games,[21][22] and was rewarded for his form by being voted the Superliga Player of the Month for October,[23] finishing the season as the club's top scorer, with nine goals.[24] On 19 June 2015, Pukki signed a three-year contract with Brøndby for an undisclosed fee.[24] On 4 August 2016, Pukki scored three goals when Brøndby knocked out Hertha BSC in the third round of the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League qualifiers, winning 3–1, thereby overcoming a 0–1 deficit from the first leg in Berlin.[25]

On 13 July 2017, he scored one goal against VPS in the first leg of the second qualifying round for the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League, Brøndby would go on to win the match 2–0.[26] On 10 May 2018 he played as Brøndby beat Silkeborg IF 3–1 in the 2017–18 Danish Cup final.[27][28]

He was released at the end of the 2017–18 season after failing to agree a new deal with the club.[29]

Norwich City

2018–19 season

On 30 June 2018, Pukki joined English Championship club Norwich City on a free transfer, signing a three-year deal.[30] He made his debut on 4 August, playing the full 90 minutes of a 2–2 draw at Birmingham City,[31] and a week later he scored his first goal in a 4–3 home loss to West Bromwich Albion.[32]

From January to February 2019, Pukki scored eight goals across six consecutive matches, ending with two goals in a 4–0 win at Bolton Wanderers.[33] This run included two goals on 10 February in a 3–0 win over Ipswich Town in the Old Farm derby, with which he became the Finn with the most goals in a Championship season, overtaking former Ipswich player Shefki Kuqi's 20 in 2004–05.[34]

In April 2019, Pukki was named EFL Championship Player of the Season and was included in the 2018–19 Championship Team of the Season.[35][36] He was also named Norwich City F.C. Player of the Season by Norwich City's supporters for 2018–19 and received the Barry Butler Memorial Trophy.

2019–20 season

On 3 July 2019, Pukki signed a new three-year contract with the Premier League newcomers.[37] On 9 August, he scored his first Premier League goal in a 4–1 away loss to Liverpool on the opening day of the new season.[38] Eight days later, he scored a hat-trick against Newcastle United in a 3–1 victory, Norwich's first hat-trick in the Premier League since Efan Ekoku against Everton in September 1993.[39][40] For the month of August he was named the Premier League Player of the Month,[41] and the PFA Premier League Player of the Month.[42]

International career

Pukki debuted in the Finland national team on 4 February 2009 when Stuart Baxter used him as a substitute against Japan in a friendly match played in Tokyo.[43][44] He scored his fifth goal for his country on 22 March 2013, scoring the equaliser as Finland recorded a 1–1 draw at reigning world and European champions Spain in World Cup qualifying.[45]

In the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League, Finland won promotion from League C. Pukki scored the only goal of each of the Finns' first three matches, at home against Hungary and home and away to Estonia.[46]

Career statistics

Club

As of match played 14 September 2019[21][47][48]
Club Season Division League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
FC KooTeePee 2006 Veikkausliiga 5 0 ? ? ? ? 5 0
2007 24 3 ? ? ? ? 24 3
Total 29 3 29 3
Sevilla Atlético 2008–09 Segunda División 17 3 0 0 17 3
Total 17 3 0 0 17 3
Sevilla 2008–09 La Liga 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
HJK Helsinki 2010 Veikkausliiga 7 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 8 2
2011 18 11 0 0 2 0 6 5 26 16
Total 25 13 1 0 2 0 6 5 34 18
Schalke 04 2011–12 Bundesliga 19 5 2 0 0 0 21 5
2012–13 17 3 2 0 5 0 24 3
2013–14 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
Total 37 8 4 0 6 0 47 8
Celtic 2013–14 Scottish Premiership 25 7 1 0 1 0 5 0 32 7
2014–15 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 2 5 2
Total 26 7 1 0 1 0 9 2 37 9
Brøndby IF 2014–15 Danish Superliga 27 9 2 1 0 0 29 10
2015–16 33 9 3 1 8 3 44 13
2016–17 34 20 4 3 8 6 46 29
2017–18 36 17 5 1 4 1 45 19
Total 130 55 14 6 20 10 164 71
Norwich City 2018–19 Championship 43 29 1 0 2 1 46 30
2019–20 Premier League 5 6 0 0 0 0 5 6
Total 48 35 1 0 2 1 51 36
Career total 312 124 21 6 5 1 41 17 378 148

International

As of 8 September 2019[49]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Finland
2009 1 0
2010 2 0
2011 6 0
2012 9 4
2013 10 2
2014 9 2
2015 7 0
2016 10 1
2017 8 1
2018 8 5
2019 6 5
Total 76 20

International goals

As of match played 8 September 2019. Finland score listed first, score column indicates score after each Pukki goal.[49]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 26 May 2012 Red Bull Arena, Wals-Siezenheim, Austria 11  Turkey 2–2 3–2 Friendly
2 15 August 2012 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland 14  Northern Ireland 3–3
3 11 September 2012 Na Stínadlech, Teplice, Czech Republic 16  Czech Republic 1–0 1–0
4 14 November 2012 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus 18  Cyprus 3–0
5 22 March 2013 El Molinón, Gijón, Spain 20  Spain 1–1 1–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
6 11 June 2013 Central Stadium, Gomel, Belarus 23  Belarus 1–0
7 21 May 2014 Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland 30  Czech Republic 2–2 Friendly
8 2–1
9 6 October 2016 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland 52  Iceland 1–0 2–3 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
10 5 September 2017 Loro Boriçi Stadium, Shkodër, Albania 59  Kosovo 1–0
11 26 March 2018 Gloria Golf Resort Pitch A, Belek, Turkey 64  Malta 5–0 Friendly
12 3–0
13 8 September 2018 Ratina Stadium, Tampere, Finland 65  Hungary 1–0 1–0 2018–19 UEFA Nations League C
14 11 September 2018 Veritas Stadion, Turku, Finland 66  Estonia
15 13 October 2018 A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, Estonia 67
16 8 June 2019 Ratina Stadium, Tampere, Finland 73  Bosnia and Herzegovina 2–0 UEFA Euro 2020 qualification
17 2–0
18 11 June 2019 Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz, Liechtenstein 74  Liechtenstein 1–0
19 5 September 2019 Ratina Stadium, Tampere, Finland 75  Greece 1–0 1–0
20 8 September 2019 76  Italy 1–1 1–2

Honours

Sevilla Youth

HJK

Celtic

Brøndby IF

Norwich City

Individual

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