JUSSI JAASKE­LAINEN FACTFILE

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Born:

Mikkeli, Fin­land, 1975 (Age 40)

Signed by lo­cal side MP Mikkeli as a teenager, Jaaske­lainen made his de­but in 1992 and went on to play 64 times, help­ing stave off rel­e­ga­tion to the se­cond tier. In 1996, he joined VPS Vaasa and a year later was first choice as the club fin­ished se­cond to qual­ify for Europe. Signed by Bolton for £100,000 in late 1997, the Finn made his de­but in a 2-2 draw with Crys­tal Palace on the open­ing day of the 199899 cam­paign and fin­ished the sea­son with 40 ap­pear­ances in all com­pe­ti­tions. Pro­moted to the Premier League in 2001 (though he missed the play-off fi­nal due to in­jury), Jaaske­lainen was near ever-present for the next ten sea­sons, help­ing the Trot­ters reg­is­ter four con­sec­u­tive top-half fin­ishes, twice qual­i­fy­ing for Europe and mak­ing 530 ap­pear­ances, third in the club’s all-time list. Jaaske­lainen left Bolton in 2012 to join newly-pro­moted West Ham and didn’t miss a minute in his first sea­son at Up­ton Park. How­ever, the form of Adrian re­stricted him to 18 games in 2013-14 and just two last term, prompt­ing his re­lease from the club. Aged 40, Jaaske­lainen joined Wi­gan, mak­ing his de­but in Oc­to­ber. He also ap­peared 42 times for Fin­land.

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