At 42 years old, Mikael Forssell has this physical status:
Mikael Kaj Forssell (born 15 March 1981) is a Finnish football striker who played for HJK in 1997 and 1998, but he only remained at the club for a single season, making 17 league appearances before transferring to England to join Chelsea in 1998.
He never joined Chelsea (making 33 league appearances in seven years) and two loan spells at Crystal Palace, one at Borussia Mönchengladbach, and two at Birmingham City.
In 2005, he migrated to the latter team permanently, but injury limitations limited him to just 65 league appearances in three seasons.
He joined Hannover 96 on a free transfer in July 2008 but the club has had to struggle with form and injuries once more, and he left the club in 2011 after making 44 appearances in the Bundesliga.
This was followed by an uneven season in England this year, this time with Leeds United; 15 league games did not result in a single goal.
In October 2012, Forssell returned to his former club, HJK. Forssell made his full international debut for Finland in 1999 and has been a regular player for his country in almost every year since; the one exception being 2012, where he didn't make a single appearance.
He earned 87 caps for his country and scored 29 goals, making him the sixth most capable Finnish player and his country's second highest goalscorer.
Christina Forssell, Forssell's older sister, was also a footballer who competed for HJK and Finland. Forssell and Metti Lukkarila married Metti Lukkarila in August 2013, and Lilia, born in May 2014, and Lucas Mikael were born in August 2016.
Forssell, a born in Steinfurt, Germany, and known as one of the best Finnish footballers of all time, made his Veikkausliiga debut for HJK at the age of 16.
His goal-scoring form for Finland's youth teams made him a target for a number of Europe's top clubs, and Chelsea bought the 17-year-old striker in 1998 from Chelsea, who were then managed by Gianluca Vialli. Forssell made his debut in a league match against Arsenal in January 1999, and three days later, he made his first appearance for the club against Oxford United in the FA Cup. His first league goal came three weeks later when he scored against Nottingham Forest. Forssell, who was loaned out twice to Crystal Palace in the then First Division, scoring 16 league goals in just over 50 appearances, was loaned out twice.
Forssell found it difficult to find a place in Chelsea's first team with Gianfranco Zola, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Tore Andre Flo, and Eir Gujr Guenysen, who were all ahead of him in the pecking order. Claudio Ranieri, the new boss who had been playing in four straight games, was sent out on loan again and then to Borussia Mönchengladbach of the German Bundesliga and twice to Birmingham City of the Premier League, after first impressing new managers in four games. Forssell scored seven Bundesliga goals for Mönchengladbach in the spring of 2003 and then 17 Premier League goals for Birmingham in the 2003-2004 season (more league goals than any other Chelsea player), during which he was the division's fifth highest goalscorer. He was named Premier League Player of the Month for March 2004, a month in which he scored twice in a 4–1 victory over Leeds United, and won Birmingham's Player of the Year award.
He returned to Birmingham on loan for the 2004-05 season, but he suffered his second serious knee injury of his career. He returned to Chelsea to rest, played for Chelsea in the Champions League and in the last home match against Charlton Athletic as Chelsea celebrated their first top-flight title in 50 years.
Forssell joined Birmingham in 2005 on a three-year contract for a fee of £3 million, after Chelsea decided that he did not participate in Chelsea's long-term goals. He struggled in the 2005–06 season, not having recovered his best form after his injury, and Birmingham was not able to save Birmingham from relegation. During preparation in October 2006, Forssell sustained another horrific knee injury blast. Since recovering from knee surgery, he remained on the sidelines until returning to training in February 2007. He stayed at Birmingham to restart his career.
His pre-season records in 2007-08 were good; he scored five goals in five games. Steve Bruce, his boss, was ecstatic about his return to form. He maintained his good form into the season by scoring the first goal against Chelsea and retaining his good form with two assists in the next three matches. In the 4–1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur, one on the right and one with the head, he scored his first hat-trick at club level on March 1st. As Birmingham's club were relegated from the Premier League for the final season, he finished the season as their top scorer with nine goals.
Forssell signed a pre-contract agreement to join Hannover 96 on a free transfer when his Birmingham deal came to an end in June. At the end of the 2010–11 season, his Hannover deal came to an end.
In one friendly game against amateurs FC Boffzen, he scored ten goals on his pre-season debut for Hannover, as well as an eight-minute hat-trick. The game ended as a 23-0 win.
Forssell, who left Hannover at the end of the 2010–11 season, had trials with clubs including West Ham United and Leeds United of the English Football League Championships (second tier). He went from international service with Finland to Leeds in September 8th and has been on his hunt for the 2011-12 season. Forssell was given the number 18 shirt and took his first bench seat against his former club, Crystal Palace, two days later. He appeared in Leeds as a second-half replacement for his Leeds debut and then assisted Ross McCormack for their winning goal in a 3–2 victory. In a 3–0 League Cup loss to mighty rivals Manchester United, he came back as a replacement against a 3-1 loss.
Forssell was told by Neil Warnock that his one-year deal would not be renewed at the end of the 2011–12 season and that he would be released from the club at the end of his deal.
Forssell will be returning to Finland after 14 years in the United States, signing a two-year deal with his former club HJK on October 29, 2012. Forssell scored by a header in a 2–0 away victory over Honka on April 22, 2013. HJK won their fifth straight championship as a result of his season with 14 league goals, the club's top goalscorer.
Forssell, a former player with VfL Bochum, returned to HJK on March 3rd, 2016.
Forssell has signed a one-year deal with HIFK on April 10, 2017. In May 2018, Forssell announced his retirement.
Forssell was a regular for the Finnish national team for the bulk of the 2000s. He played his first match for Finland against Moldova on June 9, 1999, and scored his first goal against Luxembourg on February 28, 2001. Jari Litmanen used to be a partner for him. Forssell has also played for Finland in the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship.
In a 2002 World Cup qualifier, Forssell scored twice against Germany; the match ended 2–2.
Forssell recorded two hat-tricks for Finland. He scored three goals against FYR Macedonia in qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup on September 7, 2005 in Tampere. In the Euro 2012 qualifying round, Forssell scored three of Finland's eight goals against San Marino on November 17, 2010.
Appearances and goals of the national team and year-old slew of goals.
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