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Mixu Paatelainen

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Full nameMika-Matti Petteri Paatelainen
Date of birth3 February 1967(age 49)
Place of birthHelsinki, Finland
Height1.83 m
Playing positionStriker

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Mika-Matti Petteri "Mixu" Paatelainen (born 3 February 1967 in Helsinki) is a former Finnish international football player and the current manager of the Finnish national team, having started the role in April 2011. He scored 18 goals in 70 appearances for the Finnish national team, which makes him Finland’s all time twelfth most capped player and fifth top goalscorer.

Paatelainen had a 20 year playing career, playing for nine different clubs in four countries. Most of his career was spent in the Scottish leagues, with Dundee United, Aberdeen, Hibernian, St. Johnstone and St. Mirren. During a spell with English club Bolton Wanderers, Paatelainen became the first Finn to play in the Premier League.

After retiring as a player in 2005, Paatelainen became manager of Scottish club Cowdenbeath, where he helped the club win the championship of Scottish Football League Third Division and earn a promotion. After a season coaching in his native Finland with TPS, Paatelainen returned to Scotland as manager of Hibernian. He left that position by mutual consent after 18 months. After a year out of the game, Paatelainen was appointed manager of Kilmarnock.

He is the eldest of three brothers, all of whom have played professional football. Their father Matti was also a Finnish international.

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