Mikael Forssell

Date of birth15 March 1981
Place of birthSteinfurt, Germany
NationalityFinnish
Weight80 kg
Height1.85 m
PositionForward

The classy Chelsea striker spent the whole of 2000-01 on loan at Crystal Palace as he continued with his football education.

Although in and out of the Eagles starting line-up in the first few months of the campaign, he made himself an automatic choice by scoring 11 goals in a run of 13 matches and made a significant contribution to Palace's run to the Worthington Cup semi-final.

He showed excellent ball control and looked particularly impressive when receiving through balls to feet.

Mikael also broke through to become a regular member of the Finland international squad.

Mikael spent the 2003-04 season on loan at Birmingham City, a deal that was extended for the 2004-05 campaign in April 2004.

He made the permanent move to the Blues in June 2005 with a three-year contract.

Mikael joined Leeds United in September 2011 with a one-year contract.

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
HJK Helsinki 01 Apr 1997 18 Dec 1998
Chelsea 18 Dec 1998 10 Jun 2005
Crystal Palace 23 Feb 2000 08 May 2000 L
Crystal Palace 27 Jul 2000 07 May 2001 L
Borussia Mönchengladbach 31 Jan 2003 31 May 2003 L
Birmingham City 28 Aug 2003 06 Jan 2005 L
Birmingham City 10 Jun 2005 30 Jun 2008
Hannover 96 01 Jul 2008 30 Jun 2011
Leeds United 08 Sep 2011 30 Jun 2012
HJK Helsinki 29 Oct 2012

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1998-99 Chelsea FA Cup 1
2
2
1998-99 Chelsea Premier League 4
6
1
1999-00 Chelsea League Cup 1
1
1999-00 Chelsea UEFA Champions League 1
2000-01 Crystal Palace FA Cup 1
1
2000-01 Crystal Palace League Cup 8
2
2000-01 Crystal Palace League Division 1 31
8
13
2001-02 Chelsea FA Cup 2
4
3
2001-02 Chelsea League Cup
4
2
2001-02 Chelsea Premier League 2
20
4
1
2001-02 Chelsea UEFA Cup
3
2002-03 Borussia Mönchengladbach Bundesliga 16
7
2003-04 Birmingham City FA Cup 3
1
2
2003-04 Birmingham City League Cup
1
2003-04 Birmingham City Premier League 32
17
1
2003-04 Chelsea UEFA Champions League 1
2004-05 Birmingham City Premier League 4
2004-05 Chelsea Premier League
1
2004-05 Chelsea UEFA Champions League
1
2005-06 Birmingham City FA Cup 4
1
3
2005-06 Birmingham City League Cup 2
1
2
2005-06 Birmingham City Premier League 10
17
3
1
2006-07 Birmingham City League Championship 3
5
1
2006-07 Birmingham City League Cup 2
2007-08 Birmingham City FA Cup 1
2007-08 Birmingham City League Cup 1
2007-08 Birmingham City Premier League 21
9
9
2011-12 Leeds United FA Cup
1
2011-12 Leeds United League Championship 1
14
2011-12 Leeds United League Cup
1


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
31 Jan 1999 Arsenal v Chelsea L 1-0 Premier League
03 Feb 1999 Chelsea v Oxford United W 4-2 FA Cup 4th round replay
06 Feb 1999 Chelsea v Southampton W 1-0 Premier League
17 Feb 1999 Chelsea v Blackburn Rovers D 1-1 Premier League
20 Feb 1999 Nottingham Forest v Chelsea W 1-3 Premier League
27 Feb 1999 Chelsea v Liverpool W 2-1 Premier League
07 Mar 1999 Manchester United v Chelsea D 0-0 FA Cup Quarter-final
10 Mar 1999 Chelsea v Manchester United L 0-2 FA Cup Quarter-final replay
13 Mar 1999 Chelsea v West Ham United L 0-1 Premier League
25 Apr 1999 Sheffield Wednesday v Chelsea D 0-0 Premier League
01 May 1999 Chelsea v Everton W 3-1 Premier League
05 May 1999 Chelsea v Leeds United W 1-0 Premier League
10 May 1999 Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea D 2-2 Premier League
25 Aug 1999 Skonto Riga v Chelsea D 0-0
Agg: 0-3
UEFA Champions League 3rd qualifying round 2nd leg
13 Oct 1999 Chelsea v Huddersfield Town L 0-1 League Cup 3rd round
27 Sep 2001 Levski Sofia v Chelsea W 0-2
Agg: 0-5
UEFA Cup 1st round 2nd leg
09 Oct 2001 Coventry City v Chelsea W 0-2 League Cup 3rd round
13 Oct 2001 Chelsea v Leicester City W 2-0 Premier League
18 Oct 2001 Hapoel Tel Aviv v Chelsea L 2-0 UEFA Cup 2nd round 1st leg
21 Oct 2001 Leeds United v Chelsea D 0-0 Premier League
24 Oct 2001 West Ham United v Chelsea L 2-1 Premier League
28 Oct 2001 Derby County v Chelsea D 1-1 Premier League
01 Nov 2001 Chelsea v Hapoel Tel Aviv D 1-1
Agg: 1-3
UEFA Cup 2nd round 2nd leg
04 Nov 2001 Chelsea v Ipswich Town W 2-1 Premier League
28 Nov 2001 Leeds United v Chelsea W 0-2 League Cup 4th round
01 Dec 2001 Manchester United v Chelsea W 0-3 Premier League
05 Dec 2001 Chelsea v Charlton Athletic L 0-1 Premier League
09 Dec 2001 Sunderland v Chelsea D 0-0 Premier League
26 Dec 2001 Arsenal v Chelsea L 2-1 Premier League
29 Dec 2001 Newcastle United v Chelsea W 1-2 Premier League
01 Jan 2002 Chelsea v Southampton L 2-4 Premier League
05 Jan 2002 Norwich City v Chelsea D 0-0 FA Cup 3rd round
09 Jan 2002 Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur W 2-1 League Cup Semi-final 1st leg
12 Jan 2002 Bolton Wanderers v Chelsea D 2-2 Premier League
16 Jan 2002 Chelsea v Norwich City W 4-0 FA Cup 3rd round replay
20 Jan 2002 Chelsea v West Ham United W 5-1 Premier League
23 Jan 2002 Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea L 5-1
Agg: 6-3
League Cup Semi-final 2nd leg
26 Jan 2002 Chelsea v West Ham United D 1-1 FA Cup 4th round
30 Jan 2002 Chelsea v Leeds United W 2-0 Premier League
02 Feb 2002 Leicester City v Chelsea W 2-3 Premier League
06 Feb 2002 West Ham United v Chelsea W 2-3 FA Cup 4th round replay
09 Feb 2002 Aston Villa v Chelsea D 1-1 Premier League
17 Feb 2002 Chelsea v Preston North End W 3-1 FA Cup 5th round
02 Mar 2002 Charlton Athletic v Chelsea L 2-1 Premier League
06 Mar 2002 Chelsea v Fulham W 3-2 Premier League
10 Mar 2002 Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea W 0-4 FA Cup Quarter-final
13 Mar 2002 Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur W 4-0 Premier League
16 Mar 2002 Chelsea v Sunderland W 4-0 Premier League
30 Mar 2002 Chelsea v Derby County W 2-1 Premier League
01 Apr 2002 Ipswich Town v Chelsea D 0-0 Premier League
13 Aug 2003 ŠK Žilina v Chelsea W 0-2 UEFA Champions League 3rd qualifying round 1st leg
06 Apr 2005 Chelsea v Bayern München W 4-2 UEFA Champions League Quarter-final 1st leg
07 May 2005 Chelsea v Charlton Athletic W 1-0 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 Goals Y R
1998-99 Finland UEFA European Championship
1
1998-99 Finland UEFA Under-21 2
2
1
1998-99 Finland Under-21
1
1999-00 Finland International Friendly 2
1999-00 Finland UEFA Under-18 1
1
1999-00 Finland UEFA Under-21 2
2
2000-01 Finland FIFA World Cup 3
2
2
2000-01 Finland International Friendly 5
1
2000-01 Finland UEFA Under-18 2
1
1
2000-01 Finland UEFA Under-21 1
2
2000-01 Finland Under-19 1
1
2000-01 Finland World Youth Cup Under-20 3
2001-02 Finland FIFA World Cup 3
2
2001-02 Finland International Friendly 3
2
2002-03 Finland International Friendly 2
1
2002-03 Finland UEFA European Championship 3
1
2003-04 Finland International Friendly 3
1
2003-04 Finland UEFA European Championship 2
1
2004-05 Finland FIFA World Cup 2
1
1
2004-05 Finland International Friendly
1
2005-06 Finland Cyprus International Tournament 1
1
2005-06 Finland FIFA World Cup 4
1
3
2005-06 Finland International Friendly
1
2006-07 Finland International Friendly 1
2006-07 Finland UEFA European Championship 2
4
2007-08 Finland Cyprus International Tournament 1
2007-08 Finland International Friendly 3
2007-08 Finland UEFA European Championship 2
2
1
1
2008-09 Finland FIFA World Cup 6
2
2008-09 Finland International Friendly 3
2009-10 Finland International Friendly 1
2
2010-11 Finland International Friendly 2
1
2010-11 Finland UEFA European Championship 5
1
6
2011-12 Finland International Friendly
1
2011-12 Finland UEFA European Championship 3
1
1
2012-13 Finland FIFA World Cup
1
2012-13 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
18 Aug 1998 Slovakia v Finland L 3-2 U21
04 Sep 1998 Finland v Moldova W 1-0 UEFA U21 Group 3
09 Oct 1998 Northern Ireland v Finland D 1-1 UEFA U21 Group 3
13 Oct 1998 Turkey v Finland D 1-1 UEFA U21 Group 3
30 Mar 1999 Germany v Finland L 2-0 UEFA U21 Group 3
09 Jun 1999 Moldova v Finland D 0-0 UEFA European Championship Group 3
03 Sep 1999 Finland v Germany W 3-1 UEFA U21 Group 3
08 Oct 1999 Finland v Northern Ireland W 2-1 UEFA U21 Group 3
29 Mar 2000 Wales v Finland W 1-2 International Friendly
26 Apr 2000 Poland v Finland D 0-0 International Friendly
10 May 2000 Finland v Slovakia W 2-1 (5-4) UEFA U18 2nd round group 3
07 Jul 2000 Finland v Lithuania W 3-0 U19
17 Jul 2000 France v Finland W 1-2 UEFA U21 Final round group B
19 Jul 2000 Russia v Finland D 1-1 UEFA U18 Final round group B
21 Jul 2000 Finland v Czech Republic L 2-3 UEFA U18 Group B
16 Aug 2000 Finland v Norway W 3-1 International Friendly
02 Sep 2000 Finland v Albania W 2-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 9
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
15 Nov 2000 Republic of Ireland v Finland L 3-0 International Friendly
28 Feb 2001 Luxembourg v Finland W 0-1 International Friendly
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
17 Jun 2001 Argentina v Finland L 2-0 World Youth Cup Under-20 Group A
20 Jun 2001 Jamaica v Finland W 0-1 World Youth Cup Under-20 Group A
23 Jun 2001 Finland v Egypt L 1-2 World Youth Cup Under-20 Group A
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
20 Mar 2002 Finland v Korea Republic L 0-2 International Friendly
27 Mar 2002 Portugal v Finland W 1-4 International Friendly
12 Feb 2003 Northern Ireland v Finland W 0-1 International Friendly
29 Mar 2003 Italy v Finland L 2-0 UEFA European Championship Group 9
30 Apr 2003 Finland v Iceland W 3-0 International Friendly
07 Jun 2003 Finland v Serbia and Montenegro W 3-0 UEFA European Championship Group 9
11 Jun 2003 Finland v Italy L 0-2 UEFA European Championship Group 9
20 Aug 2003 Denmark v Finland D 1-1 International Friendly
06 Sep 2003 Azerbaijan v Finland W 1-2 UEFA European Championship Group 9
10 Sep 2003 Wales v Finland D 1-1 UEFA European Championship Group 9
11 Oct 2003 Finland v Canada W 3-2 International Friendly
28 May 2004 Finland v Sweden L 1-3 International Friendly
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
02 Jun 2005 Finland v Denmark L 0-1 International Friendly
08 Jun 2005 Finland v Netherlands L 0-4 FIFA World Cup Europe group 1
17 Aug 2005 FYR Macedonia v Finland W 0-3 FIFA World Cup Europe group 1
03 Sep 2005 Andorra v Finland D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 1
07 Sep 2005 Finland v FYR Macedonia W 5-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 1
08 Oct 2005 Finland v Romania L 0-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 1
12 Oct 2005 Finland v Czech Republic L 0-3 FIFA World Cup Europe group 1
01 Mar 2006 Finland v Belarus D 2-2 CYPRUS INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT
25 May 2006 Sweden v Finland D 0-0 International Friendly
16 Aug 2006 Finland v Northern Ireland L 1-2 International Friendly
02 Sep 2006 Poland v Finland W 1-3 UEFA European Championship Group A
07 Oct 2006 Armenia v Finland D 0-0 UEFA European Championship Group A
11 Oct 2006 Kazakhstan v Finland W 0-2 UEFA European Championship Group A
28 Mar 2007 Azerbaijan v Finland L 1-0 UEFA European Championship Group A
02 Jun 2007 Finland v Serbia L 0-2 UEFA European Championship Group A
06 Jun 2007 Finland v Belgium W 2-0 UEFA European Championship Group A
08 Sep 2007 Serbia v Finland D 0-0 UEFA European Championship Group A
12 Sep 2007 Finland v Poland D 0-0 UEFA European Championship Group A
17 Nov 2007 Finland v Azerbaijan W 2-1 UEFA European Championship Group A
21 Nov 2007 Portugal v Finland D 0-0 UEFA European Championship Group A
06 Feb 2008 Greece v Finland L 2-1 Cyprus International Tournament
26 Mar 2008 Bulgaria v Finland L 2-1 International Friendly
29 May 2008 Finland v Turkey L 0-2 International Friendly
02 Jun 2008 Finland v Belarus D 1-1 International Friendly
20 Aug 2008 Finland v Israel W 2-0 International Friendly
10 Sep 2008 Finland v Germany D 3-3 FIFA World Cup Europe group 4
11 Oct 2008 Finland v Azerbaijan W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 4
15 Oct 2008 Russia v Finland L 3-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 4
11 Feb 2009 Portugal v Finland L 1-0 International Friendly
28 Mar 2009 Wales v Finland W 0-2 FIFA World Cup Europe group 4
01 Apr 2009 Norway v Finland L 3-2 International Friendly
06 Jun 2009 Finland v Liechtenstein W 2-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 4
10 Jun 2009 Finland v Russia L 0-3 FIFA World Cup Europe group 4
12 Aug 2009 Sweden v Finland L 1-0 International Friendly
21 May 2010 Estonia v Finland L 2-0 International Friendly
29 May 2010 Poland v Finland D 0-0 International Friendly
11 Aug 2010 Finland v Belgium W 1-0 International Friendly
03 Sep 2010 Moldova v Finland L 2-0 UEFA European Championship Group E
07 Sep 2010 Netherlands v Finland L 2-1 UEFA European Championship Group E
12 Oct 2010 Finland v Hungary L 1-2 UEFA European Championship Group E
17 Nov 2010 Finland v San Marino W 8-0 UEFA European Championship Group E
09 Feb 2011 Belgium v Finland D 1-1 International Friendly
29 Mar 2011 Portugal v Finland L 2-0 International Friendly
03 Jun 2011 San Marino v Finland W 0-1 UEFA European Championship Group E
07 Jun 2011 Sweden v Finland L 5-0 UEFA European Championship Group E
02 Sep 2011 Finland v Moldova W 4-1 UEFA European Championship Group E
06 Sep 2011 Finland v Netherlands L 0-2 UEFA European Championship Group E
07 Oct 2011 Finland v Sweden L 1-2 UEFA European Championship Group E
11 Oct 2011 Hungary v Finland D 0-0 UEFA European Championship Group E
15 Nov 2011 Denmark v Finland L 2-1 International Friendly
06 Feb 2013 Israel v Finland L 2-1 International Friendly
07 Jun 2013 Finland v Belarus W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group I


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