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Teemu Pukki

Teemu Pukki (born 29 March 1990) is a Finnish professional footballer who plays as a striker for Norwich City and the Finland national team. Pukki began his career as a youth at his 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. In two seasons of first-team football, Pukki made 29 appearances in the Finnish Premier League (Veikkausliiga) and scored three goals.

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Teemu Pukki
With Schalke 04 in 2013
Personal information
Full name Teemu Pukki
Date of birth (1990-03-29) 29 March 1990 (age 28)
Place of birth Kotka, Finland
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
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 30 (23)
National team
Finland U17 9 (5)
Finland U19 9 (3)
2007–2011 Finland U21 23 (7)
2009– Finland 70 (15)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:22, 16 February 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 November 2018

Teemu Pukki (born 29 March 1990) is a Finnish professional footballer who plays as a striker for Norwich City and the Finland national team.

Club career

KTP

Pukki began his career as a youth at his 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.[1][2] In two seasons of first-team football, Pukki made 29 appearances in the Finnish Premier League (Veikkausliiga) and scored three goals.[2]

Sevilla

Pukki moved to Sevilla from KTP[2] and was called up for the Sevilla first team for the away match against Real Madrid on 7 December 2008,[3] but was an unused substitute. He received his La Liga debut at home against Racing on 25 January 2009.[4] 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 Helsingin Jalkapalloklubi

On 28 August 2010, Pukki signed a three-and-half-year contract with the Finnish Veikkausliiga club HJK.[5] 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 which he was in the starting line up in 13. He was chosen to 2011 Veikkausliiga All Stars -team.[6] 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.[7] Pukki also scored HJK´s only goal in the 6–1 away match against Schalke.[8]

FC 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.[9]

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.[10]

Celtic

Pukki signed a four-year deal with Celtic from FC Schalke 04 for an undisclosed fee on 31 August 2013.[11] He scored on his debut in a 3–1 win against Hearts on 14 September 2013[12] and again on his home debut against St Johnstone on 21 September. On 26 January 2014 he scored against Hibernian.[13] 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.[14][15] Pukki himself later acknowledged the lack of impact he had made, admitting he initially felt playing in Scotland would be "easier" than in Germany.[16] 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".[16]

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.[15] 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.[17] 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.[18][19]

Brøndby

On 1 September 2014, Pukki signed a one-year loan deal with option to buy with Danish side Brøndby IF.[18] He made his debut 13 days later in a league match at home against Randers[20] and scored his first goal two weeks later in a 2–2 draw away against Esbjerg.[20] He went on to score another four goals in his next four games,[20][21] and was rewarded for his form by being voted the Superliga Player of the Month for October,[22] finishing the season as the club's top scorer, with nine goals.[23] On 19 June 2015, Pukki signed a three-year contract with Brøndby for an undisclosed fee.[23] 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.[24]

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.[25] On 10 May 2018 he played as Brøndby beat Silkeborg IF 3–1 in the 2017–18 Danish Cup final.[26][27]

He was released at the end of the 2017–18 season after failing to agree a new deal with the club.[28]

Norwich City

On 30 June 2018, Pukki joined English Championship club Norwich City on a free transfer, signing a three-year-deal.

His first Norwich goal came on 11 August 2018, on his home debut in a 4-3 defeat to newly relegated West Bromwich Albion.[29]

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.[30][31] 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.

In May 2014, Pukki, on six goals at the time, scored his first international double. He scored twice in two minutes in a friendly with the Czech Republic national football team. The Czechs scored in between Pukki's two goals and later equalised as the match ended two apiece. The match was held at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium.

International goals

As of match played 11 September 2018. Finland score listed first, score column indicates score after each Pukki goal.[32]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 26 May 2012Red Bull Arena, Wals-Siezenheim, Austria11 Turkey2–23–2Friendly
2 15 August 2012Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland14 Northern Ireland3–3
3 11 September 2012Na Stínadlech, Teplice, Czech Republic16 Czech Republic1–01–0
4 14 November 2012GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus18 Cyprus3–0
5 22 March 2013El Molinón, Gijón, Spain20 Spain1–11–12014 FIFA World Cup qualification
6 11 June 2013Central Stadium, Gomel, Belarus23 Belarus1–0
7 21 May 2014Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland30 Czech Republic2–2Friendly
8 2–1
9 6 October 2016Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland52 Iceland1–02–32018 FIFA World Cup qualification
10 5 September 2017Loro Boriçi Stadium, Shkodër, Albania59 Kosovo1–0
11 26 March 2018Gloria Golf Resort Pitch A, Belek, Turkey64 Malta5–0Friendly
12 3–0
13 8 September 2018Ratina Stadium, Tampere, Finland65 Hungary1–01–02018–19 UEFA Nations League C
14 11 September 2018Veritas Stadion, Turku, Finland66 Estonia
15 13 October 2018A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, Estonia67

Career statistics

Club

As of match played 26 January 2019[20][33][34]
Club Season Division League Cup League Cup Europe Total
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
FC KooTeePee 2006 Veikkausliiga 50????50
2007 243????243
Total 293293
Sevilla Atlético 2008–09 Segunda División 17300173
Total 17300173
Sevilla 2008–09 Primera División 10000010
Total 10000010
HJK Helsinki 2010 Veikkausliiga 7210000082
2011 18110020652616
Total 25131020653418
FC Schalke 04 2011–12 Bundesliga 1952000215
2012–13 1732050243
2013–14 10001020
Total 3784060478
Celtic 2013–14 Scottish Premiership 257101050327
2014–15 1000004252
Total 267101092379
Brøndby IF 2014–15 Danish Superliga 27921002910
2015–16 33931834413
2016–17 342011864327
2017–18 361751414519
Total 13055114201016169
Norwich City 2018–19 Championship 282310213124
Career total 291105184514117355128

International

As of 18 November 2018[32]
National teamYearAppsGoals
Finland
200910
201020
201160
201294
2013102
201492
201570
2016101
201781
201885
Total7015

Honours

Club

Sevilla Youth

HJK

Celtic

Brøndby IF

Individual

  • 2011: Veikkausliiga All Stars[37]

Pukki scoring in winning game is referred to as "Pukki Party".[38] Some who stress the importance of Pukki for his team use the saying "No Pukki, no party."[39]

References

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  2. 1 2 3 "Football prospect Teemu Pukki chooses Spain and Sevilla FC". www.helsinginsanomat.fi/english. Retrieved 23 July 2014.
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  4. "El Sevilla nunca pudo con el orden del Racing" (in Spanish). sevillafc.es. Archived from the original on 6 January 2010.
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