Bolton Legend Jussi Jaaskelainen Announces Retirement

  • January 18, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Jussi Jaaskelainen, one of the Premier League's all-time great goalkeepers, has announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 42.

Jaaskelainen, who joined Bolton in a £100,000 transfer from Finnish side VPS in 1997, spent 15 years at the Reebok Stadium - with his 527 appearances putting him in 5th-place in club history.

A former Finland international, Jaaskelainen departed Wanderers upon their relegation to the Championship in 2012 and signed for West Ham United, where he would spend the next three years before making a switch to Wigan Athletic.

After the Latics were relegated to League One at the end of the 2016/17 campaign, reports emerged speculating the big goalkeeper was set to retire. Those proved to be premature, however, as in September 2017 he signed a deal to become a player/coach at Indian Super League franchise Atletico Kolkata.

With just one outing to his name since, Jaaskelainen has decided to hang up his gloves, instead opting to see out the remainder of his contract by increasing his coaching responsibilities.

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