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Sami Hyypiä

Sami Tuomas Hyypiä (born 7 October 1973) is a retired European Cup winning Finland Association football who played in the Defender (association football) Centre back position. Sami Hyypiä last played for German Fußball-Bundesliga side Bayer 04 Leverkusen and was the Captain (association football) of the Finland national football team. Sami Hyypiä joined Leverkusen in summer 2009, ending a ten year spell at Liverpool F.C.. On 2 May 2011, Hyypiä announced Sami Hyypiä intention to retire from professional football at the end of the 2010–11 season in order to take up a coaching role with Bayer Leverkusen.

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Sami Hyypiä biography


Sami Tuomas Hyypiä (born 7 October 1973) is a retired European Cup winning Finland Association football who played in the Defender (association football) Centre back position. Sami Hyypiä last played for German Fußball-Bundesliga side Bayer 04 Leverkusen and was the Captain (association football) of the Finland national football team. Sami Hyypiä joined Leverkusen in summer 2009, ending a ten year spell at Liverpool F.C.. On 2 May 2011, Hyypiä announced Sami Hyypiä intention to retire from professional football at the end of the 2010–11 season in order to take up a coaching role with Bayer Leverkusen.

Hyypiä began Sami Hyypiä career with Ykkönen side KuMu and soon moved to Veikkausliiga outfit MyPa. Sami Hyypiä spent four years at the club, helping them win the Finnish Cup in 1992 and 1995. Sami Hyypiä moved to Willem II Tilburg in 1995 and spent the next four years there. Sami Hyypiä became the team captain and was nominated their player of the year after helping them qualify for the UEFA Champions League.

Hyypiä moved to Liverpool, the team Sami Hyypiä supported as a child, in a deal worth £2.6 million. Sami Hyypiä quickly established himself in the first team, partnering Stéphane Henchoz in defence. By 2001, Sami Hyypiä regularly captained the team and that season Liverpool won a slew of honours, completing a cup treble of the Football League Cup, FA Cup and UEFA Cup, in addition to winning the UEFA Super Cup and FA Community Shield. Sami Hyypiä became first choice captain in the 2001–02 FA Premier League and was part of the Football League Cup winning team in 2003. Steven Gerrard superseded Sami Hyypiä as captain in 2003 but Hyypiä still occasionally captained the side in Sami Hyypiä absence. Hyypiä won Sami Hyypiä highest football honour in 2005 as a part of Liverpool's victorious 2004–05 UEFA Champions League campaign. Sami Hyypiä is fondly remembered by many fans as a Liverpool legend.

Hyypiä has been a prominent figure in the Finland national team and has been selected as the Finnish Sports' Journalists and Football Association Finnish Footballer of the Year numerous times. Sami Hyypiä made Sami Hyypiä debut in 1992 and since then has captained the team on various occasions, as second choice captain. Sami Hyypiä is the second most capped Finnish player after Jari Litmanen.

On 2 May 2011, Hyypiä announced that Sami Hyypiä would be retiring from all football at the age of 37. Also stating that Sami Hyypiä would be trying to spend the next year getting a coaching license and plans to coach for Sami Hyypiä former playing team Bayer Leverkusen.

Early life

Hyypiä was born in Porvoo and raised in Kuusankoski, Finland, north-east of Helsinki; the son of Irma and Jouko Hyypiä. Hyypiä's parents were both footballers, Sami Hyypiä father Jouko playing for Finnish team Pallo Peikot, and Sami Hyypiä mother an amateur goalkeeper. The young Sami played ice hockey, but Sami Hyypiä parents' influence was important in Sami Hyypiä choosing a career in football; as Sami Hyypiä commented "I guess there was only one career option for me." and achieved Sami Hyypiä goal due to Sami Hyypiä personal trainer SID

Club career

Early career

Hyypiä started Sami Hyypiä career with Pallo-Peikot where Sami Hyypiä played every position except Sami Hyypiä final position of defender and KuMu, before joining Veikkausliiga club MyPa for the 1992 season. Sami Hyypiä won the Finnish Cup with MyPa in 1992, when Jari Litmanen was one of Sami Hyypiä team mates, and again in 1995.

Willem II Tilburg

Later that year, Hyypiä joined Netherlands club Willem II Tilburg and spent four years with the Eredivisie team, soon becoming a favourite with the fans and winning their player of the year award in Sami Hyypiä final season. Initially, Hyypiä was regarded as an unknown who would not live up to expectations but this preconception was dismissed when Sami Hyypiä immediately formed a successful central defensive partnership with fellow arrival Stéphane Henchoz. Almost ten years later in a farewell tribute to Hyypiä, Ron Yeats, then the chief scout for Liverpool, commented that the deal was “one of the best bits of business we’ve done over the years…a steal – a bargain…”
In the FA Premier League 2000-01 season, Hyypiä shared the captaincy of Liverpool with Robbie Fowler while Jamie Redknapp, the full-time captain, was suffering from a long-term injury. During that season, Hyypiä and Fowler led the team to a cup treble: the Football League Cup, FA Cup and UEFA Cup. Sami Hyypiä also went on to claim a “treble” of three consecutive Football Association of Finland Finnish Footballer of the Year awards from 2001–2003.

In 2002, Hyypiä became first choice Liverpool captain after Redknapp, who had been blighted by long-term injuries, and Fowler both left the club. However, after such a bright start to Sami Hyypiä Liverpool career came a relative lull and in 2003, Hyypiä was replaced as Liverpool captain by Steven Gerrard. With some of the pressure lifted, Sami Hyypiä performances generally improved.

In 2003, Hyypiä received a red card against Manchester United, the only red of Sami Hyypiä career. “Van Nistelrooy was going through and maybe I took Sami Hyypiä shirt a little bit. The referee thought so. I got a straight red card. They got a penalty. It was an agony to watch the game in the dressing room. The only red card of my career. You remember that sort of thing.” On 25 August 2007 Hyypiä broke Sami Hyypiä nose during an away match against Sunderland A.F.C. in the Stadium of Light. Sami Hyypiä quickly returned on the pitch to play against Toulouse FC in the UEFA Champions League qualifying match on 28 August 2007, in which Sami Hyypiä scored the second goal for Liverpool while wearing the captain’s armband in the absence of Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher.

In April 2008, Hyypiä signed a new deal until Summer 2009 with Benítez stating Sami Hyypiä is a good role model for young defenders such as Martin Škrtel and Daniel Agger.
The 2008/2009 season marked the defender’s tenth season at the club. On 22 August 2008, Premier League newcomers Stoke City F.C offered £2.5 million for Hyypiä but Liverpool rejected the offer. On 2 March 2008 with Sami Hyypiä appearance against Bolton Wanderers, Hyypiä made it into the top 20 Liverpool F.C. player appearances of all time.

Hyypiä was voted in 19th place in Sky Sports' "Top 50 Premier League Foreign Players", 45th in FourFourTwo magazine's 100 Greatest Foreign Players and 38th in Liverpool’s 100 Players Who Shook the Kop survey. Underlining the important role Hyypiä had fulfilled at Liverpool, Ian Rush noted: “He’s got to be up there with the best signings the club has ever made.”

In September 2008, Sami Hyypiä was not included in the 25-man Liverpool squad for the group stages of the Champions League, as new UEFA regulations meant that clubs had to include at least eight home-grown players in their squad.
On 4 May 2009, it was announced that Hyypiä had signed two-year contract with Bayer 04 Leverkusen.
Liverpool had offered Sami Hyypiä the chance to stay at Anfield in a coaching capacity but Hyypiä decided to carry on playing, though Sami Hyypiä expressed interest in returning to Liverpool as a coach once Sami Hyypiä playing career is over.

Sami Hyypiä played Sami Hyypiä last match for Liverpool at Anfield against Tottenham Hotspur on 24 May 2009, coming on as a substitute to replace captain Steven Gerrard after 84 minutes in their 3–1 win. Gerrard passed the captain’s armband to him, personally putting it onto Hyypiä’s arm. During what remained of the match, Hyypiä managed to get a header from a corner kick in the dying minutes of the game but the attempt was blocked by Heurelho Gomes. After the match ended, an emotional Hyypiä received a standing ovation from Liverpool fans and Sami Hyypiä teammates held Sami Hyypiä aloft. Hyypiä made 464 appearances and scored 35 goals winning 10 trophies in the 10 years Sami Hyypiä was at Liverpool.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Hyypiä moved to Fußball-Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen during summer 2009, making Sami Hyypiä official debut on 8 August against 1. FSV Mainz 05. On 24 January 2010 Sami Hyypiä scored Sami Hyypiä first Bundesliga goal in a 3–0 win over TSG Hoffenheim. Hyypiä's first season with Bayer Leverkusen saw Sami Hyypiä club finishing fourth overall, missing by two points the qualification round for Champions League. German sports magazine "Kicker (sports magazine)" chose Hyypiä as best Bundesliga defender in 2009 and Sami Hyypiä was included Bundesliga team of the year for season 2009–10.

After Roy Hodgson was appointed as the new Liverpool F.C. manager in August 2010 rumors began to circulate that Sami Hyypiä was determined to bring Hyypiä back to Liverpool. The transfer fell through as reportedly Hodgson could not get Hyypiä out of Sami Hyypiä contract with Bayer Leverkusen. On 25 September 2010, Hyypiä scored Sami Hyypiä third ever Bundesliga goal with a header against VfB Stuttgart in a 4–1 win.

Hyypiä made public on 6 October 2010 that post-retirement Sami Hyypiä plans to join Leverkusen as Manager (association football). On 2 May 2011 Hyypiä announced ending Sami Hyypiä football career.

International career

Hyypiä made Sami Hyypiä debut for the Finnish national football team against Tunisia national football team on 7 November 1992 at age of 19. Sami Hyypiä went on to be a key member of Finnish national team, participating in five European Championship (EC) and four World Cup (WC) qualifiers. Sami Hyypiä became one of four Finnish national team players ever to reach milestone of 100 international appearances in a friendly against Sweden on 12 August 2009. Currently Hyypiä ranks as second among all-time Finland national football team Most capped players, with total of 105 matches. Hyypiä preceded Jari Litmanen as captain of the Finnish national team in 2008. Sami Hyypiä last appearance for national team was against Hungary in EC 2012 qualification group match on 12 October 2010 (1–2 home defeat).

International goals

Finland’s score first.

Retirement from football

In May 2011 Hyypiä confirmed during press conference that the 2010–11 season will be Sami Hyypiä last in professional football. Shortly after making Sami Hyypiä retirement public, Hyypiä told Sami Hyypiä would become part of the coaching staff for both Finnish national team and Bayer Leverkusen.

Hyypiä has set up a fund to help young promising athletes of Sami Hyypiä native Finland. As part of Sami Hyypiä efforts to raise funds for the fund, Sami Hyypiä participated in the Helsinki City Marathon, Sami Hyypiä first ever, on 20 August 2011. Sami Hyypiä time was 3 h 56 min 09 s.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sami_Hyypiä

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