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Former Finnish international, Hannu Tihinen, has been elected as the new president of the Finnish Football Players Association, JPY. The 35-year old Tihinen has experienced an outstanding career and made 76 appearances for the Finnish national team. He retired from football after the 2009-2010 season.
 
‘I think that I can help the whole of Finnish football develop by successfully making use of everything I’ve experienced during my playing career’, new president Hannu Tihinen said. ‘Naturally, Finnish football will develop best if all key stakeholders in Finnish football will cooperate.’

 

The footballers’ association JPY has an important role in Finnish top football and in its development. The goal of the association is, that at the end of this year every Finnish top footballer in Finland (3 male levels, 2 female levels and all Finnish footballers abroad) will be a member of the association.

 

Hannu Tihinen started his playing career in Kemi PS and transferred to HJK Helsinki in 1997, where he played in the Champions League’s Group stage in 1998. He then joined Norwegian side Viking FK Stavanger in 2000 and also played a few games with West Ham United. 

 

After his Norwegian period, Tihinen moved to Belgium. He played four years at Anderlecht before going to FC Zürich in Switzerland. In 2009 he was voted the Best Defender in the Swiss League. In September 2009, he scored the winning goal against AC Milan in the Champions League. The captain of FC Zürich scored with his back heel…

 

Former JPY president Tero Koskela remains in the board as vice-president. The other board members are Anna Helenius, Kati Hakala, Chris Cleaver, Kalle Sorja, Pekka Sihvola, Heikki Haara, Tuomas Haapala, Tuomas Kansikas and Ilari Äijälä. Markus Juhola is the executive manager, Heikki Möttönen  is head of communications, Timo Järvenpää is press officer and Mika Palmgren is legal adviser.