Former Premier League player named head coach of Hong Kong national team

Hong Kong

Former Finland and Latvia national team manager Mixu Paatelainen has been announced as the new head coach of the Hong Kong national team.

Paatelainen played for a hosts of clubs including Dundee United, Bolton Wanderers, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Hibernian during his two-decade-long professional career.

The now 52-year-old helped Bolton win promotion to the English top flight in 1994 and became the first Finnish footballer to play in the Premier League after its rebranding in 1992.

He also represented Finland at the international level winning 70 caps for his nation. Paatelainen has also managed Hibernian, Kilmarnock, Dundee United and Thai League 2 outfit Ubon United FC as coach at the club level.

The former Finland international will prepare Hong Kong as they head into the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers and 2019 EAFF E1 Championship later this year.

Hong Kong are part of the four-team EAFF Championship, to be held in December 2019, along with hosts Korea Republic, Japan and China PR.