“Anti Niemi?  He’s not finished, he’s only 28!  – recalling the greatest telephone in the history of radio

“Anti Niemi? He’s not finished, he’s only 28! – recalling the greatest telephone in the history of radio

“Anti Niemi?  He’s not finished, he’s only 28!  – recalling the greatest telephone in the history of radio

It remains one of the most iconic radio call moments of all time.

In 2002, just hours after Scottish manager Craig Brown announced his squad for the upcoming international break, a die-hard Hearts fan called say SPORT to reveal his fury at goalkeeper Antti Niemi, who was omitted from the national team.

The only problem? Hearts goalkeeper Antti Niemi was an experienced Finnish international.

Former Manchester United and Scotland defender Arthur Albiston, who hosted the radio show, had to break the news to a confused fan live on air, which is an amazing entertainment experience. Just look at the clip above.

If for some reason you are unable to watch the above video on YouTube, here is the full transcript of this iconic video say SPORT moment.

Guest: I was thinking about choosing a goalkeeper for Scotland and he needs to know that Hearts have a good team, we have Colin Cameron and Steven Pressley in the squad, but I just don’t know why he has been ignoring Antti Niemi for at least three seasons.

Guest: Always! I don’t know why he doesn’t have a game?

Albistone: …to Scotland?

Albiston: …comes from Finland.

Guest: He’s not finished, he’s only 28!

Albiston: …no no finishedis with Finland.

Guest: What do you mean?

Albiston: His nationality is Finnish.

Guest: Isn’t he Scottish?

Guest: Oh, I thought he was Scottish!

In 2021, the former Rangers, Hearts, Southampton and Fulham defender had something to say about the viral radio moment that never seems to go away, admitting he has been sent “a thousand times”.

“It was fun, of course it was fun, but I thought it must be winding up,” he told CoffeeFriend.co.uk in an interview.

“I thought, ‘This can’t be serious.’ Whoever was presenting the show, I thought, “Don’t argue with him, he’s obviously not serious.”

“A lot of people bought it, and I still get messages every year from people saying, ‘Have you heard of this?

“Yeah, like a thousand times and it’s not funny anymore!”

Niemi also revealed that he was later offered to speak to the man who made the call when he returned to Scotland years later.

“I actually went and spent Christmas a few years ago with my family in Edinburgh and went to a Hearts game,” explained Niemi, who has been working as a goalkeeping coach since he stopped playing in 2010.

“Before the game, a guy came to me and said, ‘Have you heard about that call? And I said, “Yes,” thinking, “We’re starting again.”

“But he told me it was actually a good friend of his who made that call, and I was talking to the guy who called on the phone.

“He explained to me that it was just a windup, he never thought it would go through, and then he got a little scared, thinking, ‘Oh my God, what have I done?

“It was a good joke, but it was never meant to be that big, so it’s a funny story, but it’s not true!”

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