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 KĂžbenhavn 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.

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.