Mixu Paatelainen Player Profile

Player Details



Playing History


Season Win % Draw % Loss %
1991-92 20 (15) 9 0 0 45.7% 22.9% 31.4%
1990-91 11 (15) 1 0 0 46.2% 23.1% 30.8%
1989-90 37 (4) 9 0 0 39.0% 29.3% 31.7%
1988-89 45 17 3 0 44.4% 33.3% 22.2%
1987-88 24 (2) 11 2 0 38.5% 30.8% 30.8%
Totals: 137 (36) 47


 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 GtGR = Goals to Games Ratio | W/D/L - Games won, drawn or lost as percentage of games played in
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals

 Recent First Team Starts
 21/03/92 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 2 - 0
 17/03/92 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (A) 0 - 1
 14/03/92 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 1 - 0
 07/03/92 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (A) 1 - 0
 29/02/92 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (H) 2 - 1

 Recent First Team Goals
 29/02/92 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (H) 2 - 1
 11/02/92 4th Round vs. Celtic (A) 1 - 2
 01/01/92 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 4 - 0
 28/12/91 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A) 2 - 3
 26/10/91 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (A) 3 - 1

 List of Goals Scored (click to expand)
 29/02/92 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (H)  2 - 1
 29/02/92 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (H)  2 - 1
 11/02/92 4th Round vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 2
 01/01/92 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  4 - 0
 28/12/91 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  2 - 3
 26/10/91 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (A)  3 - 1
 05/10/91 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (A)  4 - 0
 03/09/91 Quarter Final vs. Dunfermline (A)  1 - 3
 20/08/91 2nd Round vs. Montrose (H)  3 - 2
 08/12/90 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  3 - 1
 07/04/90 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  1 - 0
 26/02/90 4th Round vs. QOS (H)  2 - 1
 27/01/90 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  2 - 3
 23/12/89 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  1 - 1
 16/12/89 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  1 - 1
 25/11/89 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H)  2 - 1
 04/11/89 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (A)  1 - 1
 31/10/89 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Antwerp (H)  3 - 2
 19/08/89 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A)  3 - 4
 29/04/89 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  2 - 1
 21/03/89 Quarter Final vs. Rangers (A)  2 - 2
 27/02/89 4th Round 2nd Replay vs. Aberdeen (H)  1 - 0
 22/02/89 4th Round Replay vs. Aberdeen (H)  1 - 1
 18/02/89 4th Round vs. Aberdeen (A)  1 - 1
 14/01/89 Premier Division vs. Hamilton (A)  5 - 0
 17/12/88 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  2 - 0
 05/11/88 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H)  2 - 0
 29/10/88 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  1 - 1
 08/10/88 Premier Division vs. Hamilton (A)  4 - 0
 08/10/88 Premier Division vs. Hamilton (A)  4 - 0
 17/09/88 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  1 - 1
 03/09/88 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A)  3 - 0
 03/09/88 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A)  3 - 0
 24/08/88 3rd Round vs. St Mirren (A)  3 - 1
 16/08/88 2nd Round vs. Partick Th (A)  2 - 0
 16/08/88 2nd Round vs. Partick Th (A)  2 - 0
 30/04/88 Premier Division vs. Morton (A)  4 - 0
 30/04/88 Premier Division vs. Morton (A)  4 - 0
 30/04/88 Premier Division vs. Morton (A)  4 - 0
 30/04/88 Premier Division vs. Morton (A)  4 - 0
 13/04/88 Semi Final Replay vs. Aberdeen (N)  1 - 1
 27/02/88 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  1 - 1
 30/01/88 3rd Round vs. Arbroath (A)  7 - 0
 16/01/88 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A)  2 - 0
 12/12/87 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  3 - 1
 14/11/87 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H)  1 - 0
 31/10/87 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  2 - 3

 List of Games Played (click to expand)
 21/03/92 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  2 - 0
 17/03/92 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (A)  0 - 1
 14/03/92 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  1 - 0
 07/03/92 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (A)  1 - 0
 29/02/92 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (H)  2 - 1
 11/02/92 4th Round vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 2
 08/02/92 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  0 - 1
 01/02/92 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (A)  1 - 1
 26/01/92 3rd Round vs. Berwick (H)  6 - 0
 18/01/92 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  1 - 3
 11/01/92 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (H)  2 - 1
 04/01/92 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (A)  3 - 1
 01/01/92 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  4 - 0
 28/12/91 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  2 - 3
 03/12/91 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  1 - 1
 30/11/91 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A)  1 - 1
 23/11/91 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H)  0 - 1
 06/11/91 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (A)  2 - 1
 02/11/91 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  1 - 0
 26/10/91 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (A)  3 - 1
 19/10/91 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (H)  1 - 2
 12/10/91 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 4
 05/10/91 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (A)  4 - 0
 28/09/91 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  2 - 2
 21/09/91 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  1 - 1
 14/09/91 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  1 - 1
 07/09/91 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H)  3 - 0
 03/09/91 Quarter Final vs. Dunfermline (A)  1 - 3
 31/08/91 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  0 - 0
 27/08/91 3rd Round vs. Falkirk (H)  1 - 0
 24/08/91 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  0 - 1
 20/08/91 2nd Round vs. Montrose (H)  3 - 2
 17/08/91 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (A)  1 - 1
 13/08/91 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  4 - 1
 10/08/91 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  3 - 4
 30/03/91 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (H)  0 - 0
 23/03/91 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  1 - 2
 09/02/91 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  0 - 0
 26/01/91 3rd Round vs. East Fife (A)  1 - 1
 05/01/91 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  3 - 2
 02/01/91 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  1 - 0
 29/12/90 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  1 - 2
 22/12/90 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (A)  0 - 1
 15/12/90 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  0 - 0
 08/12/90 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  3 - 1
 07/11/90 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Vitesse (H)  0 - 4
 03/11/90 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  2 - 0
 27/10/90 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (H)  1 - 2
 24/10/90 2nd Round 1st Leg vs. Vitesse (A)  0 - 1
 20/10/90 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  0 - 0
 13/10/90 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  1 - 0
 10/10/90 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H)  3 - 0
 29/09/90 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  0 - 1
 25/09/90 Semi Final vs. Celtic (N)  0 - 2
 22/09/90 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  2 - 1
 18/09/90 1st Round 1st Leg vs. FH (A)  3 - 1
 15/09/90 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  1 - 1
 08/09/90 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  1 - 0
 04/09/90 Quarter Final vs. Motherwell (H)  2 - 0
 01/09/90 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  1 - 0
 25/08/90 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (A)  3 - 1
 05/05/90 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A)  0 - 0
 21/04/90 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  0 - 1
 18/04/90 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  0 - 1
 14/04/90 Semi Final vs. Aberdeen (N)  0 - 4
 07/04/90 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  1 - 0
 31/03/90 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (A)  1 - 0
 24/03/90 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H)  1 - 2
 17/03/90 Quarter Final vs. Hibernian (H)  1 - 0
 10/03/90 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  1 - 0
 03/03/90 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  0 - 3
 26/02/90 4th Round vs. QOS (H)  2 - 1
 17/02/90 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  2 - 0
 10/02/90 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  1 - 1
 03/02/90 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  1 - 3
 27/01/90 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  2 - 3
 23/01/90 3rd Round Replay vs. Dundee (H)  1 - 0
 20/01/90 3rd Round vs. Dundee (A)  0 - 0
 13/01/90 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  2 - 0
 06/01/90 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  0 - 0
 03/01/90 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H)  1 - 0
 30/12/89 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A)  1 - 1
 23/12/89 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  1 - 1
 16/12/89 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  1 - 1
 09/12/89 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  0 - 2
 25/11/89 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H)  2 - 1
 18/11/89 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 0
 08/11/89 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  1 - 0
 04/11/89 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (A)  1 - 1
 31/10/89 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Antwerp (H)  3 - 2
 28/10/89 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H)  0 - 0
 21/10/89 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  2 - 3
 17/10/89 2nd Round 1st Leg vs. Antwerp (A)  0 - 4
 14/10/89 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  1 - 2
 23/09/89 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  1 - 1
 16/09/89 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  2 - 2
 13/09/89 1st Round 1st Leg vs. Glentoran (A)  3 - 1
 26/08/89 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H)  2 - 1
 23/08/89 3rd Round vs. Hamilton (A)  1 - 2
 19/08/89 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A)  3 - 4
 16/08/89 2nd Round vs. Partick Th (H)  1 - 0
 12/08/89 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  1 - 1
 13/05/89 Premier Division vs. Hamilton (H)  0 - 1
 06/05/89 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  0 - 0
 02/05/89 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  0 - 2
 29/04/89 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  2 - 1
 22/04/89 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  1 - 1
 27/03/89 Quarter Final Replay vs. Rangers (H)  0 - 1
 25/03/89 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  0 - 1
 21/03/89 Quarter Final vs. Rangers (A)  2 - 2
 14/03/89 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  2 - 1
 11/03/89 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  1 - 4
 27/02/89 4th Round 2nd Replay vs. Aberdeen (H)  1 - 0
 22/02/89 4th Round Replay vs. Aberdeen (H)  1 - 1
 18/02/89 4th Round vs. Aberdeen (A)  1 - 1
 11/02/89 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  1 - 1
 28/01/89 3rd Round vs. Dundee (A)  2 - 1
 21/01/89 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H)  0 - 0
 14/01/89 Premier Division vs. Hamilton (A)  5 - 0
 07/01/89 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A)  1 - 0
 03/01/89 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  1 - 1
 31/12/88 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A)  1 - 0
 17/12/88 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  2 - 0
 10/12/88 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  4 - 1
 03/12/88 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  1 - 0
 26/11/88 Premier Division vs. Hamilton (H)  1 - 0
 19/11/88 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  0 - 0
 12/11/88 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  1 - 1
 05/11/88 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H)  2 - 0
 02/11/88 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  1 - 1
 29/10/88 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  1 - 1
 26/10/88 2nd Round 1st Leg vs. Din. Bucharest (H)  0 - 1
 22/10/88 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  0 - 1
 12/10/88 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  0 - 1
 08/10/88 Premier Division vs. Hamilton (A)  4 - 0
 05/10/88 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Floriana (H)  1 - 0
 27/09/88 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  0 - 1
 24/09/88 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  2 - 1
 20/09/88 Semi Final vs. Aberdeen (N)  0 - 2
 17/09/88 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  1 - 1
 06/09/88 1st Round 1st Leg vs. Floriana (A)  0 - 0
 03/09/88 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A)  3 - 0
 27/08/88 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  2 - 2
 24/08/88 3rd Round vs. St Mirren (A)  3 - 1
 20/08/88 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  1 - 0
 16/08/88 2nd Round vs. Partick Th (A)  2 - 0
 13/08/88 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A)  1 - 0
 14/05/88 Final vs. Celtic (N)  1 - 2
 07/05/88 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H)  0 - 0
 30/04/88 Premier Division vs. Morton (A)  4 - 0
 20/04/88 Semi Final 2nd Replay vs. Aberdeen (N)  1 - 0
 13/04/88 Semi Final Replay vs. Aberdeen (N)  1 - 1
 28/03/88 Quarter Final 2nd Replay vs. Dundee (A)  3 - 0
 19/03/88 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  0 - 2
 12/03/88 Quarter Final vs. Dundee (A)  0 - 0
 05/03/88 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  0 - 0
 27/02/88 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  1 - 1
 20/02/88 4th Round vs. Airdrie (A)  2 - 0
 13/02/88 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (A)  3 - 0
 06/02/88 Premier Division vs. Morton (H)  2 - 0
 03/02/88 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  1 - 1
 30/01/88 3rd Round vs. Arbroath (A)  7 - 0
 16/01/88 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A)  2 - 0
 09/01/88 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (H)  0 - 0
 02/01/88 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  0 - 0
 26/12/87 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  1 - 2
 16/12/87 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  1 - 2
 12/12/87 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  3 - 1
 05/12/87 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  0 - 1
 28/11/87 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H)  1 - 3
 14/11/87 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H)  1 - 0
 07/11/87 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  1 - 2
 31/10/87 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  2 - 3


Biography


Mixu began his career Finnish side Valkeakosken Haka, winning the Finnish Cup in his first season as a first team player after making his debut in 1985. After completing National Service in his home country, the Olympic and Under-21 international striker was brought to Tannadice in October 1987 by Jim McLean for a reputed fee of £100,000.

The 20-year-old unknown was signed initially on a part-time contract but scored on his first team debut against St Mirren at Tannadice, quickly establishing himself as a first team regular. With a bustling style that made him a fans favourite, Mixu scored 11 goals in his first season, including all four goals in a 4-0 win over Morton, and collected a runners-up medal after United lost out to Celtic in the 1988 Scottish Cup final.

At the start of the 1988-89 season Mixu became a full internationalist, playing for Finland against the USSR and Germany in August, and went on to score his first goal for his country in a 2-2 draw with Wales in October. He finished that season as United's top scorer with 17 goals, with several important counters against Aberdeen and Rangers in another memorable Scottish Cup run.

He continued to command a regular place in the squad for two more years, finishing as top scorer again over the 1989-90 season. However, with the emergence of Duncan Ferguson at centre forward, Mixu was often pushed out wide or used more from the bench. Continuing to appear regularly for his country, the striker would go on to win over 70 caps for Finland, scoring 18 goals. Although still playing regularly out on the left wing during the 1991-92 season, in March 1992 Mixu was sold to Aberdeen for £400,000.

Whilst at Pittodrie he collected runners-up medals in the League Cup and the Scottish Cup. His next move took him south to Bolton Wanderers where he collected a runners-up medal in the English League Cup and helped them win promotion to the Premiership twice. In August 1997 he signed for Wolves where he spent one season before returning to Scotland in September 1998 to join Hibs, helping them win the First Division in 1999 and collected a Scottish Cup second runners-up medal in 2001. After a year with RC Strasbourg, he returned to Hibs for a second spell before playing from St Johnstone and then St Mirren, holding a player/assistant manager role at both clubs until he retired in 2005, when he took up the manager position at Cowdenbeath. After managerial appointments with TPS, Hibs, Kilmarnock and Finland, Mixu returned to Tannadice as head coach in 2015, but saw the Club relegated at the end of that season.





Debut

October 31st, 1987
Dundee United 2 - 3 St Mirren

League (Premier Division)


Timeline


  • Date of Birth

    Mixu was born on this date in Helsinki, Finland.

  • Signed For Dundee United

    Mixu began his career Finnish side Valkeakosken Haka, winning the Finnish Cup in his first season as a first team player after making his debut in 1985. After completing National Service in his home country, the Olympic and Under-21 international striker was brought to Tannadice in October 1987 by Jim McLean for a reputed fee of £100,000.

  • The St. Mirren bogey struck again, but for a long time, the luck appeared to be heading our way after 'keeper Campbell Money had to be replaced. He was one of two Saints carried off but the Buddies came from behind to grab a victory. Things looked good when we took an early lead. John Clark played a long searching ball up the left. It struck Finnish striker Mixu on the back, but he retained control and sent in a cross from the left which Iain Ferguson headed past Money from six yards - time 7 minutes. In 24 minutes Saints Ian Ferguson was put through by Davies and he drew Billy Thomson before sliding the ball in from a narrowing angle. Shortly afterwards Campbell Money was injured in cutting out a cross from Hamish French. He carried on but had to go off eventually, Kenny McDowell taking over in goal. It was a mistake by the deputy goalie which brought us our second goal. John Clark fed Jim McInally on the left and his cross was dropped by McDowell at the feet of our new Finnish striker Mixu Paatelainen shot home in the 48th minute of the first half.

  • The St. Mirren bogey struck again, but for a long time, the luck appeared to be heading our way after 'keeper Campbell Money had to be replaced. He was one of two Saints carried off but the Buddies came from behind to grab a victory. Things looked good when we took an early lead. John Clark played a long searching ball up the left. It struck Finnish striker Mixu on the back, but he retained control and sent in a cross from the left which Iain Ferguson headed past Money from six yards - time 7 minutes. In 24 minutes Saints Ian Ferguson was put through by Davies and he drew Billy Thomson before sliding the ball in from a narrowing angle. Shortly afterwards Campbell Money was injured in cutting out a cross from Hamish French. He carried on but had to go off eventually, Kenny McDowell taking over in goal. It was a mistake by the deputy goalie which brought us our second goal. John Clark fed Jim McInally on the left and his cross was dropped by McDowell at the feet of our new Finnish striker Mixu Paatelainen shot home in the 48th minute of the first half.

  • We completed the full set against Falkirk at Tannadice yesterday with the fourth Premier success of the season over the Brockville men. And it was Finn Mixu Paatelainen - out of contract at the end of the season - who was at the double to put the skids under them this time. United's opening surge had threatened much, with Argentinian Victor Ferreyra back and relishing his striking role. His skills in combining with youngster Duncan Ferguson posed numerous problems for the Falkirk rearguard - only for the finishing to lack that vital spark. Indeed, despite United being well on top, it was Falkirk who almost grabbed the lead in 17 minutes through Alex Taylor. But the former United man saw his snapshot rebound to safety off the underside of the bar. In stepped big Mixu Paatelainen to right matters in 27 minutes with a simple far post header from a Ferguson cross. And with United gaining in confidence, Ferreyra and then Ferguson went close before Mixu Paatelainen struck again. Six minutes from the interval, following right wing invention by Darren Jackson, the big fellow swung his right foot to volley home a loose ball from 12 yards.

  • Last Appearance - Aberdeen 0 - 2 Dundee United

    Following the defeat at Airdrie, manager Jim McLean rested Dave Bowman to ensure that he would be fully fit for Scotland's friendly with Finland. Jim Mclnally replaced his former Coventry colleague and was endeavouring to maintain his remarkable scoring run against Aberdeen. The only other change was the inclusion of Darren Jackson from the start, replacing Ray McKinnon. Despite the fact that Aberdeen got off to a good start with Ten Caat shooting narrowly past in the eighth minute and then having the greater share of possession, the Dons had few chances to score apart from a couple of dangerous Irvine headers.