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Pasi Rautiainen

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Full namePasi Pentti Rautiainen
Date of birth18 July 1961(age 55)
Place of birthHelsinki, Finland
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing positionMidfielder

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Pasi Pentti Rautiainen (born 18 July 1961 in Helsinki) is a Finnish football manager and former player. He has coached PK-35, FC Jokerit and FC KooTeePee in Finland and FC Levadia Tallinn and FC Flora Tallinn in Estonia. His last club was TPS.

Rautiainen was very talented as a young player, and he joined Bayern Munich at the age of just 18 in 1980. He only made one appearance for the club, but was still named German champion with Bayern in the 1980 81 season. Rautiainen later made 115 appearances in the Bundesliga for Werder Bremen (1981 82) and Arminia Bielefeld (1982 1985), scoring 14 goals. He also played in the 2. Bundesliga for Bielefeld and SG Wattenscheid 09. In Finland Rautiainen played for HJK Helsinki, winning the Finnish championship in 1978 and 1990. He also earned 25 caps for the Finland national football team, scoring once. 1982 the sports journalists of his home country elected him Finnish Footballer of the Year.

Rautiainen is also a popular football pundit in Finland. Previoisly commenated UEFA Champions League games for the TV channel Nelonen. In the 2003 04 season he promised he'd walk from Helsinki to Porvoo (some 50 kilometres) if Deportivo were able to knock A.C. Milan out in the quarter finals which indeed happened. He never wore socks even when live on TV. He was also featured on the broadcasts of Estonian channel ETV during the 2006 World Cup. Now he works as a studio commentator in Finland's national team matches.

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