Joonas Kolkka

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Joonas Kolkka
Personal information
Full name Joonas Einari Kolkka
Date of birth (1974-09-28) 28 September 1974 (age 39)
Place of birth Lahti, Finland
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Winger
Youth career
Reipas Lahti
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1993 Reipas Lahti 4 (0)
1994–1995 MyPa 43 (17)
1996–1998 Willem II 68 (16)
1998–2001 PSV 78 (10)
2001–2003 Panathinaikos 45 (3)
2003–2004 Borussia M'gladbach 28 (2)
2004–2005 Crystal Palace 26 (3)
2005–2006 ADO Den Haag 31 (8)
2006–2007 Feyenoord 22 (3)
2007–2011 NAC Breda 113 (8)
2011–2012 Willem II 13 (1)
2012 Texas Dutch Lions 15 (2)
Total 486 (73)
National team
1994–2010[1] Finland 98 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 May 2012.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 June 2010

Joonas Einari Kolkka (born 28 September 1974 in Lahti) is a retired Finnish footballer who last played for Texas Dutch Lions in the United States. He has played as a left winger most of his career, but can also play on the right wing.

Club career[edit]

Kolkka started his career with Reipas Lahti and MyPa in Finland's Veikkausliiga. He won the Finnish Cup with MyPa in 1995 before joining Netherlands' Willem II the same year. In 1998 Kolkka joined Dutch club PSV Eindhoven where he won two league championships and got to play in the UEFA Champions League. Kolkka then moved to Greek side Panathinaikos in 2001, and he spent two seasons there. After leaving Greece, Kolkka played a season each for Borussia Mönchengladbach of the German Bundesliga and Crystal Palace of the English Premiership. He scored at both Anfield[2] and Old Trafford[3] during his stay at the club, and also scored in the thrilling 3–3 draw with Norwich.[4] He was released by Palace, and returned to the Netherlands in 2005, signing a one-year deal with ADO Den Haag. After an impressive season with ADO, he was signed by Dutch side Feyenoord in the summer of 2006, and played until summer 2011 for NAC Breda. In 2011 he was signed by his former club, Willem II, being employed as a player and a sales manager of the club.

On 4 May 2012, it was announced that Kolkka had signed a three-month-contract with Texas Dutch Lions, in the third level of American football (not Dayton Dutch Lions).[citation needed] After his contract with the Dutch Lions expired, Kolkka returned to the Netherlands, working as a youth coach for his former club PSV.

International career[edit]

Kolkka made his debut for the Finnish national team on 26 October 1994 against Estonia. He has been a regular for Finland for over a decade now.

Career statistics[edit]

International goals[edit]

Finland's score first. As of 20 August 2011.[5]

# Date Location Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 26 October 1994 Tallinna  Estonia 7–0 Win Friendly
2. 16 February 1995 Trinidad  Trinidad and Tobago 2–2 Draw Friendly
3. 6 October 1996 Helsinki  Switzerland 2–3 Lose 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
4. 5 September 1998 Helsinki  Moldova 3–2 Win UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying
5. 9 October 1999 Helsinki  Northern Ireland 4–1 Win UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying
6.
7. 15 August 2001 Helsinki  Belgium 4–1 Win Friendly
8. 5 September 2001 Helsinki  Greece 5–1 Win 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
9 . 27 March 2002 Porto  Portugal 4–1 Win Friendly
10. 7 June 2003 Helsinki  Serbia and Montenegro 3–0 Win UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
11. 11 October 2003 Tampere  Canada 3–2 Win Friendly

International[edit]

As of 20 August 2011[6]
Finland national team
Year Apps Goals
1994 2 1
1995 2 1
1996 5 1
1997 2 0
1998 7 1
1999 7 2
2000 6 0
2001 6 2
2002 7 1
2003 9 2
2004 9 0
2005 4 0
2006 8 0
2007 9 0
2008 7 0
2009 7 0
2010 1 0
Total 98 11

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Joonas Kolkka - International Appearances". The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Liverpool 3–2 Crystal Palace". BBC. 13 November 2004. Retrieved 5 November 2009. 
  3. ^ "Man Utd 5–2 Crystal Palace". BBC. 18 December 2004. Retrieved 5 November 2009. 
  4. ^ "Crystal Palace 3–3 Norwich". BBC. 16 April 2005. Retrieved 5 November 2009. 
  5. ^ "Kolkka Joonas" (in Finnish). Suomen Palloliitto (Football Association of Finland). Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Kolkka Joonas" (in Finnish). palloliitto.fi. Retrieved 16 March 2012. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Dougie Freedman
Crystal Palace F.C. Goal of the Season
2004–05
against Liverpool (A)
13 November 2004
Succeeded by
Marco Reich