Jarno Parikka

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Jarno Parikka
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Personal information
Date of birth (1986-07-21) 21 July 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Vantaa, Finland
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
VPS
Number 16
Youth career
1991–2000 Korson Palloseura
2000–2003 HJK Helsinki
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006-2011 HJK Helsinki 118 (22)
2012− VPS 26 (8)
National team
2009- Finland 1 (0)
Finland U-21 19 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 April 2012.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 September 2011

Jarno Parikka (born 21 July 1986, Vantaa, Finland) is a Finnish footballer who plays for Finnish Veikkausliiga club VPS. His position is a striker. He is known to be a striker who possesses a good footballing brain also bringing his teammates in the game while having an undeniable eye for the goal. His preferred position in the pitch is playing with another striker and lying just behind him. He has been criticized for being somewhat lightweight for a striker.

Biography[edit]

Parikka was born and raised in Vantaa. He is a second generation footballer, as his father Jari also played for HJK Helsinki in the 1980s. He played also ice hockey for seven years before moving to HJK and choosing football. He has also played futsal.

Club career[edit]

Jarno Parikka got started with football in the age of five, when he joined Korson Palloseura in Vantaa. He joined HJK's youth squad in 2000. He had played as a midfielder for Korso, but was converted from a midfield role to striker in HJK. After three years on the youth team, Parikka made his first appearance for HJK's reserve team Klubi 04 in Kakkonen. His season was successful and for the following season he was promoted to the first team. Unfortunately, he broke his anterior crucial ligament in a pre-season match against FC Inter Turku and lost the whole season 2005.

Parikka made his first appearance for senior side at the age of nineteen, when coach Keith Armstrong let him play in the 1-2 away defeat against FC KooTeePee on 21 April 2006. He succeeded in scoring his first goal on 28 June 2006 in a 3-2 win against TPS.

In 2007, he made seven goals in the Finnish league cup, which is a shared record with Ari Hjelm and Aleksei Kangaskolkka. His final breakthrough came in the season 2008, when he scored 9 league goals. In the 2009 season, he is HJK's vice-captain and a regular in the starting eleven. His former Finland U-17 coach Jyrki Heliskoski has compared him to Raúl González, as he has many similarities with the Spaniard.

On 21 January 2009, Parikka signed a new three-year deal with HJK.[1] On 23 November 2011, after his contract with HJK expired, it was announced that Parikka had signed a 2+1 year-contract with Vaasan Palloseura.[2] He scored his first goal for VPS on 22 April 2012, in a 2−1 home win over newly promoted FC Lahti.

International career[edit]

Parikka has played for his country in different national junior teams, most recently the Finland national under-21 football team. In the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Championship he played on the Finnish U-17 team and scored the equalising goal in Finland's 2-1 win against China in the opening fixture.

He was also a part of the Finnish under-21 team, that qualified for the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship final tournament in 2009.

On 4 February 2009 Parikka made his debut in the Finnish national team in a friendly match against Japan.

Family[edit]

Parikka's father Jari is also a footballer who played for also played for HJK. His younger brother Mikko Parikka is a regular cast member of the popular prime time soap opera Salatut elämät.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Individual[edit]

  • Finland
    • The Most Promising Young Player: 2004[3]

Statistics[edit]

Club goals[edit]

Last update: 23 April 2012.

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Finland League Finnish Cup Europe Total
Veikkausliiga 2005 HJK Helsinki Veikkausliiga 0 0 0 0 - 0 + 4 0 + 1
Veikkausliiga 2006 14 1 5 4 1 0 20 + 2 5 + 0
Veikkausliiga 2007 24 3 4 2 4 0 32 + 8 5 + 7
Veikkausliiga 2008 22 9 7 5 - 29 + 7 14 + 0
Veikkausliiga 2009 24 3 0 0 0 0 11 + 8 2 + 4
2010 Veikkausliiga 15 3 0 0 0 0 0 + 0 0 + 0
2011 Veikkausliiga 19 3 0 0 0 0 0 + 0 0 + 0
2012 Veikkausliiga VPS Veikkausliiga 3 1 0 0 - 3 + 1 3 + 1
Career total 121 23 16 11 5 0 94 + 291 27 + 121

1Includes app & goals in Finnish League Cup.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jarno Parikka jatkaa HJK:ssa vuoteen 2011 asti". www.hjk.fi. 2009-01-16. Retrieved 2009-04-21. 
  2. ^ Parikka joins VPS (Finnish)
  3. ^ "SPL palkitsi parhaita Captain's Ball-gaalassa". www.palloliitto.fi. 2004-10-31. Retrieved 2009-04-22. 

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