Petri Pasanen closes 2002 with a smile

Petri Pasanen had a season full of ups and downs. He started the year with an injury and closed it off with a goal against Excelsior. He goes into the winter break with a smile.

What are you doing at Christmas and/or New Year’s Eve?
,,I celebrate Christmas with my family in Finland. We stay at home, light candles on the cemetery and I take a sauna at my grandparents’. We eat a big ham, five to ten kilos, depending of course how big the family is. After Christmas I’m always a bit bored. That is why we go out with a group of thirty friends on the 26th. People come home from everywhere at Christmas, so that is a great time. I don’t know yet what I am going to do on New Year’s Eve. Maybe I’ll go to a party. I have no tradition for that, I just do what feels right. We do not light fireworks at midnight. It is so cold in Finland at that time, sometimes minus 20 degrees, that you cannot do anything outdoors. Even fireworks don’t do anything then.’’

Looking back on 2002?
,,The best day of the year was the first day of the summer vacation! I had the whole of the vacation ahead of me. And the match against FC Utrecht, I played again after eight months of injury. The beginning of the year was not much fun because I was injured. Later the ice hockey team of Boretti Tigers won the championship, that was good. I did not go to their party, because the next day we had a match or training. We won the title and the cup in May, those were important events as well. And then the summer vacation, that was great! After the summer I was finally healthy again. I turned 22 in September and after that two black months followed. Outside of football I did have a good time. I went to the Finnish embassy to celebrate the Finnish independence day on December 6. Hat was fun, eating Finnish food and seeing Finnish people. December was a good month, so I’ll go into the winter break with a smile on my face. Privately I had a good time with people from Ajax. That was important.’’

Your expectations for 2003?
,,I haven’t set any big goals for the year to come. I hope for good moments and a hot summer!’’

With whom would you like to drink champagne?
,,I don’t know. I don’t want to pick out anybody above the others.’’