Hyypiä in 2012
|Full name||Sami Hyypiä|
|Date of birth||7 October 1973|
|Place of birth||Kuusankoski, Finland|
|Height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Current club||Bayer Leverkusen (manager)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Sami Hyypiä (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈsɑmi ˈhyːpiæ]; born 7 October 1973) is a Finnish football manager and former defender. Alongside Sascha Lewandowski, he is the current manager of German Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen. Hyypiä began his playing career with Ykkönen side Kumu and soon moved to Veikkausliiga outfit MyPa. He spent four years at the club, helping them win the Finnish Cup in 1992 and 1995. He moved to Willem II Tilburg in 1995 and spent the next four years there. He became the team captain and was nominated their player of the year after helping them qualify for the UEFA Champions League.
In 1999 Hyypiä moved for ten years to Liverpool, the team he supported as a child, in a deal worth £2.6 million. He quickly established himself in the first team, partnering Stéphane Henchoz in defence. By 2001, he regularly captained the team and that season Liverpool won a slew of honours, completing a cup treble of the League Cup, FA Cup and UEFA Cup, in addition to winning the UEFA Super Cup and FA Community Shield. He became first choice captain in the 2001–02 season and was part of the Football League Cup winning team in 2003. Steven Gerrard superseded him as captain in 2003 but Hyypiä still occasionally captained the side in his absence. Hyypiä won his highest football honour in 2005 as a part of Liverpool's victorious 2004–05 Champions League campaign. He is fondly remembered by many fans as a Liverpool legend. From 2009 to 2011 Hyppiä played for German Bundesliga side Bayer 04 Leverkusen.
Hyypiä has been a prominent figure in the Finland national team and has been selected as the Finnish Sports' Journalists and Football Association Player of the Year numerous times. He made his debut in 1992 and since then has captained the team on various occasions, as second choice captain. He is the second most capped Finnish player after Jari Litmanen.
Early life 
Hyypiä was born in Porvoo and raised in Kuusankoski, Finland, 100 miles (160 km) north-east of Helsinki; the son of Irma and Jouko Hyypiä. Hyypiä's parents were both footballers, his father Jouko playing for Finnish team Pallo Peikot, and his mother an amateur goalkeeper. The young Sami played ice hockey, but his parents' influence was important in him choosing a career in football; as he commented "I guess there was only one career option for me."
Club career 
Early career 
Hyypiä started his career with Pallo-Peikot where he played every position except his final position of defender and KuMu, before joining Veikkausliiga club MyPa for the 1992 season. He won the Finnish Cup with MyPa in 1992, when Jari Litmanen was one of his team mates, and again in 1995.
In 1995 at the age of 22, he went for a trial at Newcastle United, his first taste of English football. Hyypiä said "They (Newcastle) certainly helped my career. I had a two-week trial in 1995 under Kevin Keegan and it gave me an insight into English football. I was a young player in Finland and I didn't really expect it to lead to anything. I just went for the experience, but it was good experience and I enjoyed my time there. It helped me a lot at the time to see a big English club at close hand and I always look forward to going back."
Willem II Tilburg 
Later that year, Hyypiä joined Dutch club Willem II and spent four years with the Eredivisie team, soon becoming a favourite with the fans and winning their player of the year award in his final season. Hyypiä captained the side to qualification for the Champions League, thus earning a place in the hearts of supporters although he would not be taking part in the campaign.
In May 1999, Hyypiä was signed by Liverpool, the team he supported as a boy, for £2.6 million, having been recommended to former chief executive Peter Robinson by a TV cameraman. Initially, Hyypiä was regarded as an unknown who would not live up to expectations but this preconception was dismissed when he 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…" Fourteen years on, Hyypiä, himself, told BBC that joining Liverpool was a dream come true. In the 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. He also went on to claim a “treble” of three consecutive FAF Finnish Footballer of the Year awards from 2001–03.
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 his Liverpool career came a relative lull and in 2003, Hyypiä was replaced as Liverpool captain by Steven Gerrard. With some of the pressure lifted, his performances generally improved.
In 2003, Hyypiä received a red card against Manchester United, the only red of his career. "Van Nistelrooy was going through and maybe I took his 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."
In 2004, new Liverpool manager Rafael Benítez moved Jamie Carragher from fullback to partner Hyypiä in central defence. This seemingly reinvigorated Hyypiä and the team went on to have a successful season, winning the UEFA Champions League, on the back of their solid defence. On 10 August 2005, it was reported that Hyypiä had agreed to a new three-year contract after weeks of talks with the Reds which would keep him at Anfield until 2008.
During the 2005–06 season, Hyypiä was relegated to third-choice captain after Jamie Carragher's ascent as Gerrard's deputy on the field. In the FA Cup Sixth Round against Birmingham City, he scored the opening goal in the first minute as the Reds thrashed the home team 7–0. He started in the victorious 2006 FA Cup Final against West Ham, though he missed his spot kick in the penalty shoot-out. During the season, he climbed into the top 25 in the club's all-time appearances table after featuring in the League Cup against Arsenal in January 2007.
Despite speculation in the summer of 2007 linking him to various other Premier League teams, Hyypiä insisted that he would stay at Liverpool for the remainder of his contract. On 25 August 2007, Hyypiä broke his nose during an away match against Sunderland in the Stadium of Light. He quickly returned on the pitch to play against Toulouse in the Champions League qualifying match on 28 August 2007, in which he 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 he is a good role model for young defenders such as Martin Škrtel and Daniel Agger. The 2008–09 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 his 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, he 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 him the chance to stay at Anfield in a coaching capacity but Hyypiä decided to carry on playing, though he expressed interest in returning to Liverpool as a coach once his playing career is over.
He played his 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 his teammates held him aloft. Hyypiä made 464 appearances and scored 35 goals winning 10 trophies in the 10 years he was at Liverpool.
Bayer Leverkusen 
Hyypiä moved to Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen during summer 2009, making his official debut on 8 August against 1. FSV Mainz 05. On 24 January 2010 he scored his first Bundesliga goal in a 3–0 win over Hoffenheim. Hyypiä's first season with Bayer Leverkusen saw his club finishing fourth overall, missing by two points the qualification round for Champions League. German sports magazine "kicker" chose Hyypiä as best Bundesliga defender in 2009 and he was included Bundesliga team of the year for season 2009–10.
After Roy Hodgson was appointed as the new Liverpool manager in August 2010 rumors began to circulate that he was determined to bring Hyypiä back to Liverpool. The transfer fell through as reportedly Hodgson could not get Hyypiä out of his contract with Bayer Leverkusen. On 25 September 2010, Hyypiä scored his third ever Bundesliga goal with a header against VfB Stuttgart in a 4–1 win.
International career 
Hyypiä was capped 27 times by the Finland national under-21 team. made his debut for the Finnish national football team against Tunisia on 7 November 1992 at age of 19. He went on to be a key member of Finnish national team, participating in five European Championship (EC) and four World Cup (WC) qualifiers. He 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 most capped Finnish players, with total of 105 matches. Hyypiä succeeded Jari Litmanen as captain of the Finnish national team in 2008. His last appearance for national team was against Hungary in EC 2012 qualification group match on 12 October 2010 (1–2 home defeat).
International goals 
|1||9 October 1999||Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland||Northern Ireland||
||UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying|
|2||12 October 2002||Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland||Azerbaijan||
||UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying|
|3||2 February 2003||Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland||Northern Ireland||
|4||7 June 2003||Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland||Serbia and Montenegro||
||UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying|
|5||11 October 2006||Almaty Central Stadium, Almaty, Kazakhstan||Kazakhstan||
||UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying|
Coaching career 
Hyypiä told he would become part of the coaching staff for both Finnish national team and Bayer Leverkusen. He started a coaching formation at the Finnish football federation. October 2011 Hyppiä was in Leverkusen for 6 weeks as a trainee with then head coach Robin Dutt. On 1 April 2012, Hyypiä and under-19 coach Sascha Lewandowski were named as caretaker coaches of Bayer Leverkusen, after the sacking of then-manager Robin Dutt. On 15 May 2012, Hyypiä was confirmed as team manager (Teamchef) and Lewandowski as head coach (Cheftrainer) of Bayer Leverkusen until the summer of 2015. In an unusual team work they are equally responsible. As Lewandowski has the training license, he has to be at the press conferences after the match, he also takes care of the training sessions. Hyppiä watches them, intervenes with personal talks, and is at the pre-game press conference. Despite his not yet perfect German, he addresses the team last before the match. This system proved successful, until mid of the 2012–13 season Leverkusen is second in the league, were the only side beating Bayern at home, qualifying for the next round in the European cup, and German cup.
Career statistics 
Club statistics 
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Finland||League||Finnish Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|Netherlands||League||KNVB Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|1995–96||Willem II Tilburg||Eredivisie||14||0||0||0||—||—||14||0|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|2009–10||Bayer 04 Leverkusen||Bundesliga||32||2||2||0||—||34||2|
National team statistics 
|Finland national team|
Managerial statistics 
- As of 18 May 2013
|Bayer Leverkusen||1 April 2012||Present||51||29||11||11||96||54||+42||56.86|
Career honours 
- Finnish Cup (2): 1992, 1995
- FA Cup (2): 2000–01, 2005–06
- League Cup (2): 2000–01, 2002–03
- FA Community Shield (2): 2001, 2006
- UEFA Champions League (1): 2004–05
- UEFA Cup (1): 2000–01
- UEFA Super Cup (2): 2001, 2005
Personal awards 
- Finnish Sports' Journalists Player of the Year (9): 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010
- Finnish Football Association Player of the Year (9): 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010
- Finnish Sportsperson of the Year: 2001
- UEFA Team of the Year selection: 2001
- Premier League Player of the Month: November 1999
- Goal.com Central Defender of the Decade: December 2009
- Goal.com Team of the Decade selection: December 2009
- Soccer Aid Winner – 2010
Private life 
Hyypiä has set up a fund to help young promising athletes of his native Finland. As part of his efforts to raise funds, he participated in the Helsinki City Marathon, his first ever, on 20 August 2011. His time was 3 h 56 min 09 s.
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- Sami Hyypiä – UEFA competition record
- Sami Hyypiä career stats at Soccerbase
- Profile at ESPNsoccernet
- Sami Hyypiä – FIFA competition record
- LFCHistory.net Profile
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