Nosotros lo sabemos todos!

So do not doubt us, Sevillanos! Teemu Pukki finally signed for Sevilla recently, and some of the Sevillistas were a bit surprised that we at FIF were discussing how he’d do back in September. We are the first and best source for Finnish football, so long as you, erm, don’t speak Finnish….

Anyway, this is the HS article from a couple of weeks back:

One of the brightest prospects in Finnish junior football, the 17-year-old striker Teemu Pukki from the southern city of Kotka, has decided on the next stage in his footballing career. The youngster is to join the Spanish La Liga side Sevilla FC.

“I believe there I will develop best as a footballer”, Pukki says in justifying his decision to head south.
The contract covers three and a half years. His mother Teija Pukki’s decision to travel to Andalusia to provide support to her son for the first year made the young man’s decision easier.
“I aim to complete my upper secondary school studies either with the Finnish Upper Secondary School in Malaga, or through distance learning”, says Pukki, who is currently on the second grade of the upper secondary school.
Pukki had a contract with the Finnish league side FC KooTeePee until the end of the season 2009.
“The transfer is financially significant to KooTeePee. We will get money immediately, and later on in instalments depending on Teemu’s success with Sevilla. Naturally, the sums are classified”, says secretary Jukka Vilkki of FC KooTeePee.

Despite his young age, Pukki has already played in 29 Veikkausliiga premier league games in the past two seasons, scoring three goals. Naturally Pukki has been part of the national side in various age groups for youngsters.
He was the top goalscorer in the Under-17 European Championships qualifying tournament in 2007, and was selected for the Under-21 team to play Scotland last autumn, in spite of his being only 17 at the time.
Pukki will travel to Spain in the next few days. “I don’t know what I will do their first, but a place in the team will come through training hard. The first choices will be the reserve team or the under-21s side”, Pukki believes.

Sevilla FC, the winners of the last two UEFA Cups, currently stand fifth in the Spanish league, La Liga. Even the reserve team plays in the second highest division.
Pukki’s move to Spain follows hard on the heels of the departure of another highly talented Finnish youngster, 16-year-old Lauri Dalla Valle. He signed with Liverpool towards the end of last year.
As such, Spain is not a common destination for Finnish footballers. Only midfield legend Jari Litmanen has previously played in the famed La Liga in Spain.
Litmanen moved to FC Barcelona from Ajax Amsterdam, but did not enjoy the best of fortunes there.

And here’s a picture of young Teemu.


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