Republic FC’s first new signing of the offseason – Petteri Pennanen – has been a playmaker across the Atlantic since 2007, when he made his first professional for his hometown club Kuopion Palloseura - KuPS.
He rose through the youth ranks at KuPS, eventually joining the senior club at age 16 to help guide his side to promotion into the Finnish first tier, where the club still competes to this day.
His career has led him to top flight competition in Indonesia, Poland and the Netherlands – but the majority of his service was in Finland for his hometown Kuopion Palloseura. Now that he’s set to join the the boys in Old Glory Red, it’s time to take a look at the numbers ‘Pete’ has racked up over his decorated career.
0 – number of red cards accumulated during Pennanen’s pro career that's consisted of nearly 350 fixtures
2 – All-League and Midfielder of the Year honors – 2018 and 2019 – as well as the number of major trophies in Finnish football Pennanen lifted during his career – one Veikkausliiga league title (with Kuopion Palloseura) and one Finnish League Cup (with Turun Palloseura)
4 – number of goals scored during a single match against IFK Mariehamn in 2018 while playing with Kuopion Palloseura – the most ‘Pete’ netted during a single game over his pro career
16 – Age he made his pro debut with KUPS, and number of years of senior team experience ‘Pete’ has under his belt
43 – number of assists he contributed over his career - 27 of which he tallied while playing for Kuopion Palloseura
60 – total number of goals scored – 40 of which he bagged while wearing the kit of his hometown club, Kuopion Palloseura
336 – number of professional matches Pennanen has competed in over his career since 2007
26,926 – number of minutes played over the playmaker’s 16-year pro career
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