Antti Niemi

Date of birth31 May 1972
Place of birthOulu
NationalityFinnish
Weight88 kg
Height1.85 m
PositionGoalkeeper

This experienced and reliable goalkeeping spent the early years of his professional career with HJK Helsinki before moving on to FC Copenhagen in 1995.

He subsequently joined Rangers in 1997 where he was seen as a successor to Andy Goram.

However, his career at Ibrox was hampered by injury and he then fell out of favour in the 1999-2000 campaign.

He had a loan spell at Charlton Athletic in November 1999 but failed to make a senior appearance and the following month he was sold to Heart of Midlothian.

He quickly became first choice at Tynecastle.

Antti made his full international debut for Finland against Tunisia in 1992.

He extended his contract at Southampton to June 2008 in July 2004.

Antti joined Fulham in January 2006 with a contract to June 2008 that was extended to June 2009 in July 2007.

He retired in September 2008 due to a wrist injury but returned with Portsmouth in August 2009 on a one-year contract.

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
FC Haka 01 Jul 1989 15 Dec 1990
HJK Helsinki 15 Dec 1990 03 Jan 1996
FC København 03 Jan 1996 26 Jun 1997
Rangers 26 Jun 1997 18 Dec 1999
Charlton Athletic 09 Nov 1999 08 Dec 1999 L
Heart of Midlothian 18 Dec 1999 27 Aug 2002
Southampton 27 Aug 2002 10 Jan 2006
Fulham 10 Jan 2006 03 Sep 2008
Portsmouth 04 Aug 2009 30 Jun 2010

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Clean sheets Conceded Y R
1999-00 Heart of Midlothian Scottish FA Cup 3 1 6
1999-00 Heart of Midlothian Scottish League Cup 1 1
1999-00 Heart of Midlothian Scottish Premier League 17 7 16
1999-00 Rangers Scottish Premier League 1 1
2000-01 Heart of Midlothian Scottish FA Cup 5 1 3
2000-01 Heart of Midlothian Scottish League Cup 2 1 5
2000-01 Heart of Midlothian Scottish Premier League 36 10 48
1
2000-01 Heart of Midlothian UEFA Cup 4 2 3
2001-02 Heart of Midlothian Scottish FA Cup 1 3
2001-02 Heart of Midlothian Scottish League Cup 1
2001-02 Heart of Midlothian Scottish Premier League 32 6 50
2002-03 Heart of Midlothian Scottish Premier League 3 3
2002-03 Southampton FA Cup 6 3 3
2002-03 Southampton League Cup 2 4
2002-03 Southampton Premier League 25 6 24
2003-04 Southampton FA Cup 1 3
2003-04 Southampton League Cup 3 2 1
2003-04 Southampton Premier League 28 4 33
1
2003-04 Southampton UEFA Cup 1 1
2004-05 Southampton FA Cup 2 2
2004-05 Southampton League Cup 2 1 2
2004-05 Southampton Premier League 28 1 46
2005-06 Fulham Premier League 9 4 8
2005-06 Southampton League Championship 25 6 25
1
2006-07 Fulham Premier League 31 3 43
1
2007-08 Fulham FA Cup 1 2
2007-08 Fulham Premier League 22 1 37


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

Club matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
19 Dec 1999 Heart of Midlothian v Hibernian L 0-3 Scottish Premier League
22 Dec 1999 Rangers v Heart of Midlothian L 1-0 Scottish Premier League
22 Jan 2000 Heart of Midlothian v Dundee W 2-0 Scottish Premier League
29 Jan 2000 Heart of Midlothian v Stenhousemuir W 3-2 Scottish FA Cup 3rd round
02 Feb 2000 Kilmarnock v Heart of Midlothian L 1-0 Scottish League Cup Quarter-final
05 Feb 2000 Celtic v Heart of Midlothian W 2-3 Scottish Premier League
19 Feb 2000 Clyde v Heart of Midlothian W 0-2 Scottish FA Cup 4th round
01 Mar 2000 Motherwell v Heart of Midlothian W 0-2 Scottish Premier League
04 Mar 2000 Dundee United v Heart of Midlothian W 0-1 Scottish Premier League
12 Mar 2000 Rangers v Heart of Midlothian L 4-1 Scottish FA Cup Quarter-final
15 Mar 2000 St Johnstone v Heart of Midlothian W 0-1 Scottish Premier League
18 Mar 2000 Hibernian v Heart of Midlothian L 3-1 Scottish Premier League
22 Mar 2000 Heart of Midlothian v Aberdeen W 3-0 Scottish Premier League
08 Apr 2000 Heart of Midlothian v Celtic W 1-0 Scottish Premier League
12 Apr 2000 Heart of Midlothian v Rangers L 1-2 Scottish Premier League
15 Apr 2000 Aberdeen v Heart of Midlothian W 1-2 Scottish Premier League
22 Apr 2000 Heart of Midlothian v Dundee United L 1-2 Scottish Premier League
29 Apr 2000 Kilmarnock v Heart of Midlothian W 0-1 Scottish Premier League
06 May 2000 Heart of Midlothian v St Johnstone D 0-0 Scottish Premier League
13 May 2000 Rangers v Heart of Midlothian L 1-0 Scottish Premier League
21 May 2000 Heart of Midlothian v Hibernian W 2-1 Scottish Premier League
29 Jul 2000 Heart of Midlothian v Hibernian D 0-0 Scottish Premier League
06 Aug 2000 St Johnstone v Heart of Midlothian D 2-2 Scottish Premier League
10 Aug 2000 ÍBV Vestmannaeyjar v Heart of Midlothian W 0-2 UEFA Cup 1st qualifying round 1st leg
13 Aug 2000 Aberdeen v Heart of Midlothian D 1-1 Scottish Premier League
19 Aug 2000 Heart of Midlothian v Celtic L 2-4 Scottish Premier League
24 Aug 2000 Heart of Midlothian v ÍBV Vestmannaeyjar W 3-0
Agg: 5-0
UEFA Cup 1st qualifying round 2nd leg
27 Aug 2000 Dundee v Heart of Midlothian D 1-1 Scottish Premier League
06 Sep 2000 Livingston v Heart of Midlothian W 0-2 Scottish League Cup 3rd round
09 Sep 2000 Heart of Midlothian v Dunfermline Athletic W 2-0 Scottish Premier League
14 Sep 2000 VfB Stuttgart v Heart of Midlothian L 1-0 UEFA Cup 1st round 1st leg
17 Sep 2000 Rangers v Heart of Midlothian L 1-0 Scottish Premier League
20 Sep 2000 Heart of Midlothian v St Mirren W 2-0 Scottish Premier League
24 Sep 2000 Heart of Midlothian v Kilmarnock L 0-2 Scottish Premier League
28 Sep 2000 Heart of Midlothian v VfB Stuttgart W 3-2
Agg: 3-3
UEFA Cup 1st round 2nd leg
01 Oct 2000 Heart of Midlothian v Motherwell W 3-0 Scottish Premier League
14 Oct 2000 Dundee United v Heart of Midlothian W 0-4 Scottish Premier League
22 Oct 2000 Hibernian v Heart of Midlothian L 6-2 Scottish Premier League
28 Oct 2000 Heart of Midlothian v St Johnstone L 0-3 Scottish Premier League
01 Nov 2000 Heart of Midlothian v Celtic L 2-5 Scottish League Cup Quarter-final
04 Nov 2000 Heart of Midlothian v Aberdeen W 3-0 Scottish Premier League
11 Nov 2000 St Mirren v Heart of Midlothian W 1-2 Scottish Premier League
18 Nov 2000 Celtic v Heart of Midlothian L 6-1 Scottish Premier League
25 Nov 2000 Heart of Midlothian v Dundee W 3-1 Scottish Premier League
29 Nov 2000 Dunfermline Athletic v Heart of Midlothian L 1-0 Scottish Premier League
03 Dec 2000 Heart of Midlothian v Rangers L 0-1 Scottish Premier League
09 Dec 2000 Kilmarnock v Heart of Midlothian W 0-3 Scottish Premier League
16 Dec 2000 Motherwell v Heart of Midlothian L 2-0 Scottish Premier League
23 Dec 2000 Heart of Midlothian v Dundee United W 3-1 Scottish Premier League
26 Dec 2000 Heart of Midlothian v Hibernian D 1-1 Scottish Premier League
30 Dec 2000 St Johnstone v Heart of Midlothian D 2-2 Scottish Premier League
02 Jan 2001 Aberdeen v Heart of Midlothian L 1-0 Scottish Premier League
27 Jan 2001 Berwick Rangers v Heart of Midlothian D 0-0 Scottish FA Cup 3rd round
31 Jan 2001 Heart of Midlothian v St Mirren W 1-0 Scottish Premier League
04 Feb 2001 Heart of Midlothian v Celtic L 0-3 Scottish Premier League
07 Feb 2001 Heart of Midlothian v Berwick Rangers W 2-1 Scottish FA Cup 3rd round replay
17 Feb 2001 Heart of Midlothian v Dundee D 1-1 Scottish FA Cup 4th round
24 Feb 2001 Heart of Midlothian v Dunfermline Athletic W 7-1 Scottish Premier League
07 Mar 2001 Dundee v Heart of Midlothian W 0-1 Scottish FA Cup 4th round replay
11 Mar 2001 Celtic v Heart of Midlothian L 1-0 Scottish FA Cup
14 Mar 2001 Heart of Midlothian v Kilmarnock W 3-0 Scottish Premier League
31 Mar 2001 Heart of Midlothian v Motherwell W 3-0 Scottish Premier League
07 Apr 2001 Dundee United v Heart of Midlothian D 1-1 Scottish Premier League
22 Apr 2001 Celtic v Heart of Midlothian L 1-0 Scottish Premier League
27 Apr 2001 Kilmarnock v Heart of Midlothian D 1-1 Scottish Premier League
05 May 2001 Heart of Midlothian v Rangers L 1-4 Scottish Premier League
13 May 2001 Hibernian v Heart of Midlothian D 0-0 Scottish Premier League
20 May 2001 Heart of Midlothian v Dundee W 2-0 Scottish Premier League
28 Jul 2001 Livingston v Heart of Midlothian L 2-1 Scottish Premier League
04 Aug 2001 Heart of Midlothian v Aberdeen W 1-0 Scottish Premier League
11 Aug 2001 Celtic v Heart of Midlothian L 2-0 Scottish Premier League
18 Aug 2001 Heart of Midlothian v Dundee W 3-1 Scottish Premier League
25 Aug 2001 Dunfermline Athletic v Heart of Midlothian W 0-1 Scottish Premier League
08 Sep 2001 Heart of Midlothian v Rangers D 2-2 Scottish Premier League
16 Sep 2001 Kilmarnock v Heart of Midlothian L 1-0 Scottish Premier League
22 Sep 2001 Motherwell v Heart of Midlothian L 2-0 Scottish Premier League
25 Sep 2001 Ross County v Heart of Midlothian D 0-0 Scottish League Cup 2
29 Sep 2001 Heart of Midlothian v Dundee United L 1-2 Scottish Premier League
13 Oct 2001 Heart of Midlothian v St Johnstone W 3-0 Scottish Premier League
21 Oct 2001 Hibernian v Heart of Midlothian L 2-1 Scottish Premier League
27 Oct 2001 Aberdeen v Heart of Midlothian L 3-2 Scottish Premier League
03 Nov 2001 Heart of Midlothian v Livingston L 1-3 Scottish Premier League
10 Nov 2001 Heart of Midlothian v Dundee W 2-0 Scottish Premier League
17 Nov 2001 Heart of Midlothian v Celtic L 0-1 Scottish Premier League
24 Nov 2001 Dundee v Heart of Midlothian D 1-1 Scottish Premier League
01 Dec 2001 Heart of Midlothian v Dunfermline Athletic D 1-1 Scottish Premier League
09 Dec 2001 Rangers v Heart of Midlothian L 3-1 Scottish Premier League
15 Dec 2001 Heart of Midlothian v Kilmarnock W 2-0 Scottish Premier League
22 Dec 2001 Heart of Midlothian v Motherwell W 3-1 Scottish Premier League
23 Jan 2002 Celtic v Heart of Midlothian L 2-0 Scottish Premier League
26 Jan 2002 Heart of Midlothian v Inverness Caledonian Thistle L 1-3 Scottish FA Cup 4th round
02 Feb 2002 Dunfermline Athletic v Heart of Midlothian D 1-1 Scottish Premier League
09 Feb 2002 Heart of Midlothian v Rangers L 0-2 Scottish Premier League
16 Feb 2002 Kilmarnock v Heart of Midlothian D 3-3 Scottish Premier League
02 Mar 2002 Motherwell v Heart of Midlothian W 1-2 Scottish Premier League
09 Mar 2002 Heart of Midlothian v Dundee United L 1-2 Scottish Premier League
14 Mar 2002 Aberdeen v Heart of Midlothian W 2-3 Scottish Premier League
16 Mar 2002 Hibernian v Heart of Midlothian W 1-2 Scottish Premier League
23 Mar 2002 Heart of Midlothian v St Johnstone L 1-3 Scottish Premier League
07 Apr 2002 Rangers v Heart of Midlothian L 2-0 Scottish Premier League
20 Apr 2002 Heart of Midlothian v Dunfermline Athletic W 2-0 Scottish Premier League
28 Apr 2002 Heart of Midlothian v Celtic L 1-4 Scottish Premier League
03 Aug 2002 Dundee v Heart of Midlothian D 1-1 Scottish Premier League
11 Aug 2002 Heart of Midlothian v Hibernian W 5-1 Scottish Premier League
18 Aug 2002 Aberdeen v Heart of Midlothian D 1-1 Scottish Premier League


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Clean sheets Conceded Y R
1989-90 Finland A v OT 1
1989-90 Finland OT 1 1
1990-91 Finland OT 1
1990-91 Finland UEFA Under-21 2 2
1991-92 Finland UEFA Under-21 1
1992-93 Finland International Friendly 3 1
1992-93 Finland UEFA Under-21 5 3 4
1992-93 Finland Under-21 1 1
1993-94 Finland International Friendly 3 1 2
1993-94 Finland UEFA Under-21 3 7
1994-95 Finland International Friendly 4 1 5
1995-96 Finland International Friendly 2
1
4
1995-96 Finland Kings Cup 1 1
1995-96 Finland UEFA European Championship 1 3
1996-97 Finland FIFA World Cup 5 1 6
1996-97 Finland International Friendly 1
1
1997-98 Finland Cyprus Tournament 3 3
1997-98 Finland FIFA World Cup 1 1
1997-98 Finland International Friendly 3 2
1998-99 Finland International Friendly 3 2
1998-99 Finland UEFA European Championship 6 9
1999-00 Finland International Friendly 2 1
1999-00 Finland UEFA European Championship 1 2
2000-01 Finland FIFA World Cup 4 5
1
2000-01 Finland International Friendly 2 1
2000-01 Finland Under-18 2 1
2001-02 Finland FIFA World Cup 3 2
2001-02 Finland Four Team Tournament, Bahrain
1
2001-02 Finland International Friendly 4 4
2002-03 Finland UEFA European Championship 3 6
2003-04 Finland International Friendly 3 5
2003-04 Finland UEFA European Championship 1 1
2004-05 Finland Cyprus Tournament 1 1
2004-05 Finland FIFA World Cup 5 2 6
2007-08 Finland International Friendly 1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
15 May 1990 Greece v Finland D 2-2 OT
28 May 1990 Finland v Japan D 0-0 A v OT
11 Sep 1990 Finland v Portugal L 0-1 OT
11 Sep 1990 Finland v Portugal L 0-1 UEFA U21 Group
26 Jun 1991 Finland v Malta W 3-1 UEFA U21 Group
13 May 1992 Finland v Bulgaria D 0-0 UEFA U21 Group 6
25 Aug 1992 Finland v Poland W 2-0 U21
08 Sep 1992 Finland v Sweden W 1-0 UEFA U21 Group 6
07 Nov 1992 Tunisia v Finland D 1-1 International Friendly
14 Nov 1992 France v Finland W 1-2 UEFA U21 Group 6
20 Jan 1993 India v Finland D 0-0 International Friendly
28 Jan 1993 Finland v Cameroon L 0-2 International Friendly
27 Apr 1993 Bulgaria v Finland L 3-1 UEFA U21 Group 6
12 May 1993 Finland v Austria W 2-0 UEFA U21 Group 6
15 Jun 1993 Finland v Israel W 1-0 UEFA U21 Group 6
07 Sep 1993 Finland v France L 0-1 UEFA U21 Group 6
12 Oct 1993 Sweden v Finland L 4-0 UEFA U21 Group 6
09 Nov 1993 Israel v Finland L 2-1 UEFA U21 Group 6
27 Jan 1994 Qatar v Finland D 0-0 International Friendly
30 Jan 1994 Oman v Finland W 0-2 International Friendly
02 Jun 1994 Finland v Spain L 1-2 International Friendly
17 Aug 1994 Denmark v Finland L 2-1 International Friendly
26 Oct 1994 Estonia v Finland W 0-7 International Friendly
30 Nov 1994 Spain v Finland L 2-0 International Friendly
16 Feb 1995 Trinidad and Tobago v Finland D 2-2 International Friendly
04 Oct 1995 Finland v Turkey D 0-0 International Friendly
15 Nov 1995 Russia v Finland L 3-1 UEFA European Championship Group 8
09 Feb 1996 Thailand v Finland L 1-0 KINGS CUP
29 May 1996 France v Finland L 2-0 International Friendly
02 Jun 1996 Finland v Turkey W 2-1 International Friendly
14 Aug 1996 Latvia v Finland D 0-0 International Friendly
01 Sep 1996 Hungary v Finland L 1-0 FIFA World Cup Group 3
06 Oct 1996 Finland v Switzerland L 2-3 FIFA World Cup Group 3
12 Feb 1997 Turkey v Finland D 1-1 International Friendly
02 Apr 1997 Azerbaijan v Finland W 1-2 FIFA World Cup Group 3
30 Apr 1997 Norway v Finland D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Group 3
08 Jun 1997 Finland v Azerbaijan W 3-0 FIFA World Cup Group 3
06 Sep 1997 Switzerland v Finland W 1-2 FIFA World Cup Group 3
05 Feb 1998 Cyprus v Finland D 1-1 CYPRUS TOURNAMENT Group A
06 Feb 1998 Finland v Norway D 0-0 CYPRUS TOURNAMENT Group A
09 Feb 1998 Slovakia v Finland L 2-0 CYPRUS TOURNAMENT 3rd place
22 Apr 1998 Scotland v Finland D 1-1 International Friendly
27 May 1998 Finland v Germany D 0-0 International Friendly
05 Jun 1998 Finland v France L 0-1 International Friendly
19 Aug 1998 Slovakia v Finland D 0-0 International Friendly
05 Sep 1998 Finland v Moldova W 3-2 UEFA European Championship Group 3
10 Oct 1998 Northern Ireland v Finland L 1-0 UEFA European Championship Group 3
14 Oct 1998 Turkey v Finland W 1-3 UEFA European Championship Group 3
10 Feb 1999 Poland v Finland D 1-1 International Friendly
31 Mar 1999 Germany v Finland L 2-0 UEFA European Championship Group 3
28 Apr 1999 Slovenia v Finland D 1-1 International Friendly
05 Jun 1999 Finland v Turkey L 2-4 UEFA European Championship Group 3
09 Jun 1999 Moldova v Finland D 0-0 UEFA European Championship Group 3
04 Sep 1999 Finland v Germany L 1-2 UEFA European Championship Group 3
26 Apr 2000 Poland v Finland D 0-0 International Friendly
03 Jun 2000 Latvia v Finland L 1-0 International Friendly
12 Sep 2000 Finland v Turkey W 2-1 U18
07 Oct 2000 Greece v Finland L 1-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 9
11 Oct 2000 Finland v England D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 9
08 Nov 2000 Spain v Finland L 1-0 U18
24 Mar 2001 England v Finland L 2-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 9
25 Apr 2001 Hungary v Finland D 0-0 International Friendly
09 May 2001 Estonia v Finland D 1-1 International Friendly
02 Jun 2001 Finland v Germany D 2-2 FIFA World Cup Europe group 9
15 Aug 2001 Finland v Belgium W 4-1 International Friendly
01 Sep 2001 Albania v Finland W 0-2 FIFA World Cup Europe group 9
05 Sep 2001 Finland v Greece W 5-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 9
06 Oct 2001 Germany v Finland D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 9
04 Jan 2002 Bahrain v Finland W 0-2 FOUR TEAM TOURNAMENT, BAHRAIN
27 Mar 2002 Portugal v Finland W 1-4 International Friendly
17 Apr 2002 FYR Macedonia v Finland L 1-0 International Friendly
22 May 2002 Finland v Latvia W 2-1 International Friendly
07 Sep 2002 Finland v Wales L 0-2 UEFA European Championship Group 9
16 Oct 2002 Serbia and Montenegro v Finland L 2-0 UEFA European Championship Group 9
29 Mar 2003 Italy v Finland L 2-0 UEFA European Championship Group 9
10 Sep 2003 Wales v Finland D 1-1 UEFA European Championship Group 9
31 Mar 2004 Malta v Finland W 1-2 International Friendly
28 Apr 2004 Bosnia and Herzegovina v Finland L 1-0 International Friendly
28 May 2004 Finland v Sweden L 1-3 International Friendly
18 Aug 2004 Romania v Finland L 2-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 1
04 Sep 2004 Finland v Andorra W 3-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 1
08 Sep 2004 Armenia v Finland W 0-2 FIFA World Cup Europe group 1
09 Oct 2004 Finland v Armenia W 3-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 1
13 Oct 2004 Netherlands v Finland L 3-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 1
08 Feb 2005 Finland v Latvia W 2-1 CYPRUS TOURNAMENT Semi-final
17 Oct 2007 Finland v Spain D 0-0 International Friendly


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.