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Mixu Paatelainen

Published: Wednesday 5 January 2011, 16.54CET
Mixu Paatelainen
Finland coach Mixu Paatelainen ©Getty Images
Published: Wednesday 5 January 2011, 16.54CET

Mixu Paatelainen


Date of birth: 3 February 1967
Playing career:
Valkeakosken Haka, Dundee United FC, Aberdeen FC, Bolton Wanderers FC, Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, Hibernian FC (twice), RC Strasbourg, Saint Johnstone FC, Saint Mirren FC
Coaching career: Cowdenbeath FC, TPS Turku, Hibernian FC, Kilmarnock FC, Finland

• The son of Finnish international forward Matti Paatelainen, Mixu began his playing career at Haka in Valkeakoski before starting a long association with Scotland in 1987, joining Dundee United.

• A powerful striker who never considered himself a target man despite being much used in the role, Paatelainen spent five years with United and two at Aberdeen before heading south to England in 1994, signing for Bolton.

• Helped the club to promotion to the Premier League and the English League Cup final in his first term. Although relegation followed a year later, Paatelainen won another promotion before leaving for a single season at Wolves in 1997/98.

• Headed back to Scotland and Hibernian in 1998, breaking for a short and injury-plagued spell at Strasbourg in 2001/02. The final campaign of his playing days, which also featured 18 goals in 70 games for Finland, was at St Mirren in 2004/05, when he also worked as the club's assistant manager.

• Took charge of Cowdenbeath in 2005, securing the side's first divisional title in 67 years in his only full season. Also a success during a solitary campaign at TPS, in January 2008 he earned his first top-flight assignment with Hibernian. Left Easter Road in May 2009, later returning to management at Kilmarnock before being appointed Finland coach in March 2011.

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