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Mixu Paatelainen to lead Hong Kong

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
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Hong Kong: The Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA) has appointed Mixu Paatelainen from Finland as head coach of the national team.

In announcing the appointment, HKFA said former Finland head coach Paatelainen, 52, will lead Hong Kong's campaign in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers and the 2019 EAFF Cup in Korea Republic this December.

Among the clubs Paatelainen, a striker, played for were Scottish sides Hibernian, Dundee United and Aberdeen as well as England's Bolton Wanderers and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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He scored 18 goals in 70 appearances for the Finnish national team.

"I am very honoured to be able to join the Hong Kong Football Association. We will work hard to achieve results," said Paatelainen to the HKFA website.

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