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Encyclopedia > Jari Litmanen
Jari Litmanen
Personal information
Full name Jari Olavi Litmanen
Date of birth February 20, 1971 (1971-02-20) (age 37)
Place of birth    Lahti, Finland
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Playing position Striker, attacking midfielder, second striker
Club information
Current club Fulham
Number 10
Contract end July 1, 2008
Youth clubs
1977–1987 Reipas
Senior clubs1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1987–1990
1991
1992
1992–1999
1999–2001
2001–2002
2002–2004
2004
2005
2005–2007
2008–
Reipas
HJK
MyPa
Ajax
FC Barcelona
Liverpool
Ajax
FC Lahti
Hansa Rostock
Malmö FF
Fulham
086 (28)
027 (16)
018 0(7)
159 (91)
021 0(3)
026 0(5)
020 0(5)
011 0(3)
013 0(1)
010 0(3)
000 0(0)   
National team2
1989- Finland 112 (30)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of October 17, 2006.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 18:58 March 26, 2008.
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Jari Olavi Litmanen (pronunciation ) (born February 20, 1971 in Lahti) is a Finnish footballer, widely considered the country's greatest ever.[1] He was chosen as the best Finnish player of the last 50 years by the Football Association of Finland in the UEFA Jubilee Awards in November 2003 [2]. Litmanen also finished 42nd in the 100 Greatest Finns voting in 2004. The Association of Football Statisticians' (The AFS) compendium of 'Greatest Ever Footballers' listed Litmanen as the 53rd best footballer ever [3]. In Finland he is often called "Litti" or "Kuningas" ("The King" or "King Litmanen"). Image File history File links Fi-Jari_Litmanen. ... is the 51st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar, known as the year of cyclohexanol. ... Location within Finland Lahti (Lahtis in Swedish) is a Finnish city of 100,049 inhabitants (2006), bordering the Vesijärvi lake. ... Soccer redirects here. ... The Football Association of Finland (SPL/FBF) (Finnish: Suomen Palloliitto; Swedish: Finlands Bollförbund) is the governing body of football in Finland. ... In 2004, when Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) celebrated its 50th anniversary, each member association selected its best player from 1954 to 2003. ... Suuret suomalaiset (Great Finns) was a 2004 television show by YLE (the Finnish Broadcasting Company), which determined the 100 greatest Finns of all time according to the opinions of its viewers. ...


Litmanen currently plays for Fulham, and is the captain of the Finnish national team, in an international career spanning almost two decades. He has also represented Reipas, HJK, MyPa and FC Lahti in Finland, as well as Ajax Amsterdam, FC Barcelona, Liverpool FC and Hansa Rostock abroad. Considered one of the best attacking midfielders [4], he became the first Finnish footballing superstar while playing for Ajax in the mid-1990s. Current season Fulham Football Club are an English football team based in Fulham, in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. ... The team captain of a football team, sometimes known as the skipper, is a team member chosen to be the on-pitch leader of the team: it is often one of the older or more experienced members of the squad, or a player that can heavily influence a game. ... First international Finland 2 - 5 Sweden (Helsinki, Finland; October 22, 1911) Biggest win Finland 10 - 2 Estonia (Helsinki, Finland; August 11, 1922) Biggest defeat Germany 13 - 0 Finland (Leipzig, Germany; September 1, 1940) The Finland national football team represents Finland in international football competitions and is controlled by the Football... Helsingin Jalkapalloklubi (or HJK), internationally known as HJK Helsinki, is a Finnish football club, based in the capital Helsinki. ... Myllykosken Pallo –47 (or MyPa) is a Finnish football club, based in the industry town of Anjalankoski. ... FC Lahti is a Finnish football club, based in the town of Lahti. ... Amsterdamsche Football Club Ajax (Euronext: AJAX) also referred to as Ajax Amsterdam, AFC Ajax, or simply Ajax (pronounced /ˈʌɪjaks/), is a professional football club from Amsterdam, Netherlands. ... Fútbol Club Barcelona, known familiarly as Barça (pronounced ), is a Spanish sports club based in Barcelona. ... {{Football club infobox | clubname = Liverpool FC | image = fullname = Liverpool FC | nickname = The Reds | founded = 1892 | ground = Anfield | capacity = 45,000 | chairman = D.R.Moores | Chief Executive Officer = R.N.Parry | manager = Rafael Benitez | league = FA Premiership | season = 2005-06 | position = FA premiership, 5th | pattern_la1=|pattern_b1=|pattern_ra1=| leftarm1=FFFFFF|body1=FF0000... FC Hansa Rostock is a German football club of the 2. ... The Midfield in relation to the football positions In association football, a midfielder is a player whose position of play is midway between the attacking strikers and the defenders (highlighted in blue on the diagram). ...

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Club career

Litmanen made his first-team debut for Reipas in Finland's top division Veikkausliiga at the age of 16 in 1987. After four seasons he moved to HJK Helsinki, Finland's biggest club, in 1991. A year later he joined MyPa, where he was coached by Harri Kampman, who later became his agent. Litmanen won the Finnish Cup with MyPa before moving abroad in the summer of 1992. His performance in the cup final convinced a scout of Ajax that the club should sign him. “For me, he was the player,” the scout later told the Finnish television. Veikkausliiga is the premier division of Finnish football, comprising the top 14 clubs of the country (season 2006 was played exceptionally with 13 teams because of the AC Allianssi-bankrupt). ... Helsingin Jalkapalloklubi (or HJK), internationally known as HJK Helsinki, is a Finnish football club, based in the capital Helsinki. ... Myllykosken Pallo –47 (or MyPa) is a Finnish football club, based in the industry town of Anjalankoski. ... The Finnish Cup (Finnish:Suomen Cup) is Finlands main national cup competition in football. ... Amsterdamsche Football Club Ajax (Euronext: AJAX) also referred to as Ajax Amsterdam, AFC Ajax, or simply Ajax (pronounced /ˈʌɪjaks/), is a professional football club from Amsterdam, Netherlands. ...


Litmanen had been chased by a host of European clubs, but in the end it was Ajax who bought him. His first season in the Netherlands was spent in Dennis Bergkamp's shadow, but when Bergkamp moved to Inter Milan it was Litmanen who was given the famous number 10 shirt. He scored 26 goals in the 1993-94 season, becoming the league's top scorer, and leading Ajax to the title. For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... Amsterdamsche Football Club Ajax (Euronext: AJAX) also referred to as Ajax Amsterdam, AFC Ajax, or simply Ajax (pronounced /ˈʌɪjaks/), is a professional football club from Amsterdam, Netherlands. ... Dennis Nicolaas Maria Bergkamp (born May 10, 1969 in Amsterdam) is a retired Dutch professional footballer. ... Internazionale Milano Football Club is an Italian football club based in Milan, Lombardy, which plays in the Serie A. It is more commonly known as Inter, and often named Inter Milan in foreign countries. ...


He was one of the star players of Louis van Gaal's team that reached the UEFA Champions League final twice in a row. Litmanen became the first ever Finnish player to have won the European Cup when Ajax beat AC Milan in the 1994-95 final. In 1995-96, Litmanen was the Champions League top scorer with nine goals, including the equaliser in the final against Juventus, which Ajax lost on penalties 4-2. He also won the Intercontinental Cup against Grêmio in 1995, and came third in the voting for the Ballon d'Or, having finished eighth the previous year. Aloysius Paulus Maria (Louis) van Gaal (born August 8, 1951 in Amsterdam) is a Dutch football manager currently in charge of AZ Alkmaar in the Dutch Eredivisie. ... European Cup redirects here. ... Champions League Logo The UEFA Champions League is an annual international inter-club football competition between Europes most successful clubs, regarded as the most prestigious club trophy in the sport. ... Associazione Calcio Milan, commonly referred to by the abbreviation AC Milan or simply Milan, is an Italian professional football club based in Milan, Lombardy. ... The season 1994-95 of the European UEFA Champions League football club tournament was won by Ajax Amsterdam with a late goal in the final against AC Milan. ... The season 1995-96 of the European UEFA Champions League football club tournament was won by Juventus on penalties in the final against defending champions Ajax. ... Juventus redirects here. ... 1980-2004 Logo The European/South American Cup, commonly referred to as the Intercontinental Cup or Toyota Cup, was a football competition endorsed by UEFA and CONMEBOL, contested between the winners of the European Champions League and the South American Copa Libertadores in a match played each year, from 1980... Grêmio is a Brazilian football team team from Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, founded on September 15, 1903. ... The Ballon dOr trophy, as awarded to Hristo Stoichkov in 1994. ...


Litmanen spent seven years in Amsterdam, winning four Dutch championships and three Dutch Cups. He is the club's top scorer in European competition with 24 goals in 44 matches. Litmanen owns the honour of being one of just three players presented in a special video featurette at the Ajax Museum. The other two are Marco van Basten and Johan Cruyff.[5]In his time at Ajax, some fans called him "Merlin" because of the magic he brought to the pitch. For other uses, see Amsterdam (disambiguation). ... The Eredivisie (English: Honorary Division) is the highest football league in the Netherlands. ... The KNVB Cup is a competition organized by the Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB) since 1899. ... Marcel Marco van Basten (October 31, 1964 in Oog in Al, Utrecht) is a Dutch football manager, currently in charge of the Dutch national team. ... Johan Cruijff Johan Cruijff (born April 25, 1947 in Amsterdam) is a Dutch football trainer/coach and former star player. ...


In 1999, Litmanen was re-united with his old boss van Gaal at FC Barcelona. His stint with the club was, however, largely plagued by injuries, and when van Gaal was replaced by Llorenç Serra Ferrer, his chances of playing became even smaller. In the end, Litmanen moved to Liverpool FC on a free transfer, in January 2001. Fútbol Club Barcelona, known familiarly as Barça (pronounced ), is a Spanish sports club based in Barcelona. ... Lorenzo Serra Ferrer (born March 4, 1953) is a Spanish football manager currently employed by AEK Athens FC. He was born in Mallorca and also played in the lower leagues with the club. ... {{Football club infobox | clubname = Liverpool FC | image = fullname = Liverpool FC | nickname = The Reds | founded = 1892 | ground = Anfield | capacity = 45,000 | chairman = D.R.Moores | Chief Executive Officer = R.N.Parry | manager = Rafael Benitez | league = FA Premiership | season = 2005-06 | position = FA premiership, 5th | pattern_la1=|pattern_b1=|pattern_ra1=| leftarm1=FFFFFF|body1=FF0000...


Litmanen was hailed as "one of the most exciting signings Liverpool have ever made" by the manager Gérard Houllier upon signing for the club he had supported as a boy.[6] But, once again, injuries meant that Litmanen was given little playing time. He did score goals against Tottenham Hotspur and Bayer Leverkusen, and scored a penalty in Liverpool's victory over AS Roma in the Champions League. He was part of the Liverpool team that won the "cup treble" of the Worthington Cup, FA Cup and UEFA Cup in 2001, even though he missed all three finals because of injury. Litmanen was again given permission to move clubs for free after the 2001-02 season. Gérard Houllier, OBE, (IPA: , born 3 September 1947, in Thérouanne, Pas-de-Calais, France) is a football manager. ... Tottenham Hotspur F.C. is a North London association football team, also known by the nickname Spurs. ... Bayer 04 Leverkusen Fußball is a German football club based in Leverkusen, North Rhine-Westphalia. ... For other uses, see Liverpool (disambiguation). ... A.S. Roma (Associazione Sportiva Roma) is a Italian football club. ... The Football League Cup, commonly known as the League Cup, is an English football competition. ... This article is about the English FA Cup. ... For the current season, see UEFA Cup 2007-08. ...


Litmanen decided to return to Ajax, and was given a hero's welcome with the crowd once again singing his name. He was one of the key players as Ajax reached the quarter-finals of the 2002-03 Champions League. Much of the following season, though, was once again spent on the sidelines, and once again, in the spring of 2004, Litmanen was released.


Litmanen's return to Finland, as he joined FC Lahti, was much hyped, and was hailed as "the return of the king".[7]However, Litmanen moved to German Bundesliga strugglers Hansa Rostock in January 2005 to help save them from relegation. At Rostock he had the longest run of first-team football in recent memory. In the end, though, Hansa were relegated, which ended Litmanen's stint at the club. FC Lahti is a Finnish football club, based in the town of Lahti. ... The official Bundesliga logo. ... FC Hansa Rostock is a German football club of the Bundesliga (premier league), based in the City of Rostock. ...


Litmanen joined Malmö FF in July 2005 in a bid to help the Swedes qualify for the Champions league. This bid, however, failed, and Litmanen himself was injured during the whole of the autumn, only making a few appearances. He decided to continue his career with Malmö in the 2006 season, which saw Litmanen continue to be sidelined with a number of injuries for much of the season. However, the matches he did play showed he remains a brilliant player when healthy. After an operation to repair a damaged ankle during the winter break, Malmö and Litmanen decided to extend his contract over the 2007 season. However, an ankle injury in June 2007 forced Litmanen to cancel it.[1] This article is about Malmö FFs football section. ... Swede (turnip /neep in Scotland) is also the British name for what the Americans call rutabaga. ...


In January 2008, Litmanen received a 10-day trial invitation from Fulham FC, managed by former Finland manager Roy Hodgson, and was signed on January 31, 2008 alongside countryman Toni Kallio. Just weeks after signing with Fulham, Litmanen had to return to his native Finland to rest, after serious heart concerns. Fulham Football Club (FFC) is a football team based in Fulham, London. ... Roy Hodgson (born August 9, 1947) is an English football manager. ... is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ... Toni Kallio (born August 9, 1978 in Tampere) is a Finnish footballer. ...


On March 31, 2008, Litmanen made his debut in a Fulham shirt, in a Reserve-team match against Tottenham Reserves. Five minutes before half time, Litmanen scored the opening goal from a penalty kick. He was substituted after 63 minutes, and Fulham Reserves went on to lose the match 1-3. is the 90th day of the year (91st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ... Current season Fulham Football Club are an English football team based in Fulham, in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. ...


International career

Litmanen made his Finland debut on October 22, 1989 against Trinidad and Tobago, and scored his first goal on May 16, 1991 against Malta. The fact that Finland have never qualified for a major tournament has also prevented Litmanen from proving his talent at the highest level in international competition. Litmanen served as Finland's captain since 1996, and arguably its key player for more than a decade. is the 295th day of the year (296th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 136th day of the year (137th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ...


Litmanen received his 100th cap on January 25, 2006 against South Korea. He now holds the record for most caps for Finland, and is one of only two Finns to have reached a century of caps, the other being Ari Hjelm. Litmanen is also Finland's all-time leading scorer with 31 goals. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Cap (sport). ... is the 25th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... First international South Korea 5 - 3 Mexico (London, England; August 2, 1948) Largest win South Korea 16 - 0 Nepal (Incheon, South Korea; September 29, 2003) Worst defeat Sweden 12 - 0 South Korea (London, England; August 5, 1948) World Cup Appearances 6 (First in 1954) Best result Fourth place, 2002 AFC... Ari-Juhani Hjelm (born February 24, 1962 in Tampere), nicknamed Zico after the famous Brazilian player, is a Finnish football manager and former player, currently the head coach of home-town club Tampere United in Finlands Veikkausliiga. ...


It was thought that Litmanen would miss the rest of the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign, due to the operation on his ankle in 2007, and would have to be out for 6 months. However, Finland coach Hodgson announced Litmanen once again for the squad on November 8, with two crucial qualifying games left. He was Finland's leading goalscorer in Finland's Euro 2008 qualifying campaign with three goals, one against Kazakhstan and two against Poland. His last game for Finland was the qualifier against Portugal on 21.11.2007 as a starter (substituted on the 67th minute). On February 6, 2008, he scored his 29th international goal, giving Finland the lead in a friendly played in Nicosia, Cyprus, against Greece, eventually won 2-1 by the reigning European champions. On March 26, 2008, Litmanen played as a starter in a friendly against Bulgaria, and scored the opening goal, his 30th international goal, from a penalty kick. Although he played very well, he was substituted after the first half, and Bulgaria eventually won the friendly by 2-1. The 2008 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly referred to as Euro 2008, will take place in Austria and Switzerland, from 7 to 29 June 2008. ... is the 312th day of the year (313th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 37th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ... Nicosia, known locally as Lefkosia (Greek: Λευκωσία) or Lefkosa (Turkish: Lefkoşa), population 177,410 (1992), is the capital of Cyprus. ... Euro 2004 Logo The 2004 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly called EURO 2004, was held in Portugal between 12 June and 4 July 2004. ... March 26 is the 85th day of the year (86th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ...


Personal life

Litmanen was born into a footballing family. His father, Olavi Litmanen, was also a Finnish international and a Reipas player. His mother also played for Reipas at the women's highest level. Litmanen became a father in November 2005, when his Estonian girlfriend Ly Jürgenson gave birth to a son named Caro. In September 2007, the couple's second son was born.


Honours

Club titles

The Finnish Cup (Finnish:Suomen Cup) is Finlands main national cup competition in football. ... The Eredivisie (English: Honorary Division) is the highest football league in the Netherlands. ... The KNVB Cup is a competition organized by the Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB) since 1899. ... The Johan Cruijff Schaal is a football trophy in the Netherlands named after legendary Dutch football player Johan Cruijff, also often referred to as the Dutch Super Cup. ... For the rugby league competition, see Charity Shield (rugby league) The Football Association Community Shield (formerly the Charity Shield) is an English association football trophy contested in an annual match between the champions of the FA Premier League and the winners of the FA Cup. ... European Cup redirects here. ... The season 1994-95 of the European UEFA Champions League football club tournament was won by Ajax Amsterdam with a late goal in the final against AC Milan. ... For the current season, see UEFA Cup 2007-08. ... The 2000-01 UEFA Cup was won by Liverpool F.C. in a dramatic golden goal final against Deportivo Alavés for their third title in the competition. ... The European Super Cup (UEFA Super Cup) is at stake in an annual football game between the reigning champions of the UEFA Cup(formally UEFA Cup Winners Cup) and the Champions League. ... 1980-2004 Logo The European/South American Cup, commonly referred to as the Intercontinental Cup or Toyota Cup, was a football competition endorsed by UEFA and CONMEBOL, contested between the winners of the European Champions League and the South American Copa Libertadores in a match played each year, from 1980...

Personal awards and achievements

  • Finnish Player of the Year: 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000
  • Finnish Sportsperson of the Year: 1995
  • Dutch Player of the Year: 1993
  • European Footballer of the Year, 8th place: 1994
  • European Footballer of the Year, 3rd place: 1995
  • Dutch league top scorer: 1993-94
  • UEFA Champions League top scorer: 1995-96
  • All-time cap leader of the Finnish national team
  • All-time top scorer of the Finnish national team
Awards
Preceded by
Flag of the Netherlands Dennis Bergkamp
Dutch Footballer of the Year
1993
Succeeded by
Flag of the Netherlands Ronald de Boer
Preceded by
Flag of Finland Jani Sievinen
Finnish Sportsman of the Year
1995
Succeeded by
Flag of Finland Mika Myllylä
Preceded by
-
UEFA Jubilee Awards
Finland
Succeeded by
-
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Flag of the Netherlands Dennis Bergkamp
Dutch Eredivisie Topscorer
19931994
Succeeded by
Flag of Brazil Ronaldo
Preceded by
Ari Hjelm
Finland football captain
1996–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent

The Ballon dOr trophy, as awarded to Hristo Stoichkov in 1994. ... The season 1995-96 of the European UEFA Champions League football club tournament was won by Juventus on penalties in the final against defending champions Ajax. ... First international Finland 2 - 5 Sweden (Helsinki, Finland; October 22, 1911) Biggest win Finland 10 - 2 Estonia (Helsinki, Finland; August 11, 1922) Biggest defeat Germany 13 - 0 Finland (Leipzig, Germany; September 1, 1940) The Finland national football team represents Finland in international football competitions and is controlled by the Football... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Netherlands. ... Dennis Nicolaas Maria Bergkamp (born May 10, 1969 in Amsterdam) is a retired Dutch professional footballer. ... The title Dutch Footballer of the Year (Voetballer van het Jaar) has been awarded in the Netherlands since 1984. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Netherlands. ... Ronald de Boer (born May 15, 1970 in Hoorn, Netherlands) is a Dutch football midfielder for the Dutch national team as well as a host of professional clubs in Europe. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Finland. ... Jani Nikanor Sievinen (born March 31, 1974 in Vihti) is a medley swimmer from Finland, who won the silver medal in the 200 m individual medley at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. ... The Finnish Sportspersonality of the Year is chosen annually since 1947 by the national sports journalists. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Finland. ... Mika Myllylã (born September 12, 1969 in Haapajärvi). ... In 2004, when Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) celebrated its 50th anniversary, each member association selected its best player from 1954 to 2003. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Netherlands. ... Dennis Nicolaas Maria Bergkamp (born May 10, 1969 in Amsterdam) is a retired Dutch professional footballer. ... The Eredivisie (English: Honorary Division) is the highest football league in the Netherlands. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... Ronaldo Luis Nazário de Lima (born September 22, 1976), is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Brazil and the Italian Serie A club AC Milan. ... Ari-Juhani Hjelm (born February 24, 1962 in Tampere), nicknamed Zico after the famous Brazilian player, is a Finnish football manager and former player, currently the head coach of home-town club Tampere United in Finlands Veikkausliiga. ... First international Finland 2 - 5 Sweden (Helsinki, Finland; October 22, 1911) Biggest win Finland 10 - 2 Estonia (Helsinki, Finland; August 11, 1922) Biggest defeat Germany 13 - 0 Finland (Leipzig, Germany; September 1, 1940) The Finland national football team represents Finland in international football competitions and is controlled by the Football... Open seat redirects here. ...

References

  1. ^ news.bbc.co.uk
  2. ^ uefa.com
  3. ^ ESPNsoccernet - England - Your Verdict: 100 greatest ever footballers
  4. ^ guardian.co.uk
  5. ^ soccernet.espn.go.com
  6. ^ news.bbc.co.uk
  7. ^ hs.fi

External links

  • (Finnish) Profile at FA of Finland's official website
  • FootballDatabase provides Jari Litmanen's profile and stats
  • uefa.com article on Finland's Golden Player
  • Litmanen almost in tears after his (possibly) last home game, against Azerbaijan
  • Litmanen cycling during Malmö FF-trainings

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Jari Litmanen - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1185 words)
Jari Olavi Litmanen (born February 20, 1971 in Lahti) is a Finnish footballer, widely considered the country's greatest ever.
Litmanen was hailed as "one of the most exciting signings Liverpool have ever made" by the manager Gérard Houllier upon signing for the club he had supported as a boy.
Litmanen was again given permission to move clubs for free after he had become frustrated with his situation after the 2001–2002 season.
LITMANEN.com - Jari Litmanen? (318 words)
Litmanen is a quiet and reserved individual who tends to shun the limelight, but back home he enjoys the kind of celebrity status that, in sporting terms, is normally reserved for the country’s world-class car drivers, ski jumpers and ice hockey players.
Jari could have chosen ice hockey ahead of football – he was a very useful player in his youth – but preferred to follow in the footsteps of his father and began his career at hometown club Reipas Lahti, aged 15.
Jari was already an established Finnish international by the time Ajax came in for him at the start of the 1992-93 season.
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