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Sami Hyypia

Sami Hyypia
Complete Name: Sami Hyypiä
Nationality: Finnish
Place of Birth: Porvoo, Finland
Date of Birth: October 7, 1973
Height: 196 cm
Weight: 85 kg
National team: Finland- A, U21, U19, U18
Current club: Liverpool FC (England)
Positions: Central Defender


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Club career history

Mypa-47 (Finland), Anjalankoski (Finland), Willem 2 (Holland), Liverpool FC (England)


2001 European SuperCup winner (Liverpool)
2005 Champions League winner (Liverpool)
2001 UEFA Cup winner (Liverpool)
2001 FA Cup winner (Liverpool)
2001 League Cup winner (Liverpool)
2003 League Cup winner (Liverpool)
2001 Charity Shield winner (Liverpool)
2005 League Cup Finals (Liverpool)


Sami Hyypiä (born October 7, 1973 in Porvoo) is a Finnish footballer who plays for Liverpool F.C. in the English Premiership. Hyypiä is considered one of the best central defenders in Europe.

He played for Pallot-Peikot and KuMu, before joining Veikkausliiga club MyPa for the 1992 season. He won the Finnish Cup with MyPa in 1992 and 1995. In 1995, Hyypiä was bought by the Dutch club Willem II. He had a successful time at the club and soon became a fan favourite there. In 1999, Hyypiä departed the Netherlands for the UK when he was bought by Liverpool, the team he supported as a boy, for £3 million, and would soon prove to be a bargain buy.

His height of 1.92 m has helped Hyypia become known as the towering figure of the Liverpool team, and he has also scored a number of times with his head. He has been a highly composed and competent defender for Liverpool, though has been shown lacking at time due to his slow pace, but has proven to be arguably one of the best defenders in Europe. He had a successful partnership in the centre of defence with his former teammate Stephane Henchoz, but has not faired well with other players in the center, such as Igor Biscan. Alongside Jamie Carragher however, a solid and consistent defensive partnership has once again emerged for Liverpool.

He is an inspirational figure for the Liverpool team, and in the 2000–2001 season, Hyypiä shared the captaincy of Liverpool with striker Robbie Fowler while Jamie Redknapp, the then full-time captain, was suffering from a long-term injury. During that season, Hyypiä and Fowler lead the team to a historic cup treble: the Worthington Cup, FA Cup, and UEFA Cup. In 2002, Hyypiä became the full-time Liverpool captain after Redknapp, who had been blighted by long-term injuries, left the club. In 2003, Hyypiä was replaced as Liverpool captain by the English international Steven Gerrard, which drew no anger, at least publicly, from Hyypiä; indeed, after some poor performances as captain, Hyypiä's performances improved upon the captaincy change. As of 2005, he has seemingly been relegated to third-choice captain after Jamie Carragher's ascent as Gerrard's deputy on the field. Hyypia had also contributed in the victory of the UEFA Champions League final against AC Milan with his teammates at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey on May 25, 2005. Hyypiä also won the European Super Cup with Liverpool twice (2001 and 2005) and the Charity Shield in 2001.

Hyypiä has made over 350 appearances for Liverpool, and has also scored over 20 goals in the process. On 10 August, 2005 it was reported that Hyypiä had agreed to a new three-year contract after weeks of talks with the Reds which will keep him at Anfield until 2008.

Hyypiä made his debut for the Finnish national team against Tunisia in 1992. As of 2005, he has played 74 times for Finland, and scored 4 goals. He is the leader of Finland's defence, and is also the second choice captain of the team.

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