Litmanen Joins Fulham

Thursday 31 January 2008

Fulham Football Club has announced that Finnish international Jari Litmanen has joined the Club until the end of the season.


Litmanen was Hodgson’s captain during Finland’s Euro 2008 qualifying campaign and the striker has been his nation’s talisman over the past decade, earning 110 caps and scoring 28 goals along the way.


On the domestic scene Litmanen started his career with Reipas in Finland’s premier division before enjoying great success with Ajax, winning four Dutch titles, three domestic Cups and a European Cup in the Club’s famous number 10 shirt.


Litmanen went on to represent Barcelona and Liverpool. During his time on Merseyside the Finnish playmaker achieved a cup treble with the Reds in 2001, winning the Worthington Cup, FA Cup and UEFA Cup.


A return to Ajax followed before more recent spells with Bundesliga side Hansa Rostock and Swedish side Malmo FF.


Roy Hodgson said:


‘I don’t think there is a need to explain the qualities that Jari possesses as a player or the obvious reasons for wanting to bring him to Fulham, and I am delighted that he has agreed to join us for the remaining months of the season. Although he is not entirely match fit at the moment, I have no doubt that he will have a big part to play over the coming months and that we shall benefit as a team from his skill and experience.’


In addition to the signing of Jari Litmanen, the Club has also secured the services of Toni Kallio from Swiss side BSC Young Boys.


The 29-year-old Finnish international defender has made 15 appearances for his country including some impressive performances in Finland’s recent European qualifying campaign.


The versatile defender can play at both centre and left back positions and he played previously for HJK Helsinki and Molde FK.