Cult Hero: Mixu Paatelainen

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19th, July 2007

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Mixu.JPGThe first Finn to play in the Premier League? Jari Litmanen. Nope. Sami Hyypia. Nein. It was in fact journeyman Mixu Paatelainen. The striker played for 10 clubs before his retirement in 2005, but it was at Dundee United, Aberdeen, Hibs and Bolton that he really made himself at home. With a name like his, Paatelainen was always likely to be decent Cult Hero material. Indeed, he has the unusual honour of being framed for a prank phone call in Bolton-born Peter Kay’s sitcom Phoenix Nights.

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