Juhani Ojala

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Juhani Ojala
Juhani Ojala 2012.jpg
With Young Boys in 2012
Personal information
Date of birth (1989-06-19) 19 June 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Vantaa, Finland[1]
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Terek Grozny
Number 4
Youth career
VJS
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Klubi 04 14 (1)
2009–2011 HJK 41 (1)
2011-2013 Young Boys 23 (0)
2013- Terek Grozny 23 (0)
National team
Finland U-19 1 (0)
Finland U-20 3 (0)
Finland U-21 9 (0)
2011– Finland 14 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 June 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 June 2014

Juhani Ojala (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈjuhɑni ˈojɑlɑ]; born 19 June 1989, Vantaa, Finland) is a Finnish footballer who currently plays for FC Terek Grozny[2] in the Russian Premier League.

Club career[edit]

HJK Helsinki[edit]

During the 2009 season, Ojala represented mostly Klubi-04, HJK's reserve squad. In the beginning of the 2010 season, however, he was selected to HJK's first eleven, due to various injuries in the squad. His performances were outstanding, and he quickly established himself as one of the key players in HJK's victorious 2010 campaign, playing in all games. Ojala became one of the best and most talented players in the Veikkausliiga, and his performances provoked widespread international interest.[3] At the end of the 2010 Veikkausliiga season, he was officially selected as the defender of the year.[4]

Young Boys[edit]

On 9 April 2011 Ojala signed a contract extension with HJK, the new contract running until 2014.[5] But in July, HJK announced that Ojala would transfer to Swiss team BSC Young Boys on 13 August.[6]

He gained notoriety in England during Young Boys' 2012–13 UEFA Europa League group stage match against Liverpool at the Stade de Suisse. In an incredible match which ended 5–3 to the Reds, Ojala opened the scoring by embarrassingly putting the ball past Marco Wölfli, his own goalkeeper. He later made amends by scoring a header to bring Young Boys level at 2–2 just after half time.

Terek Grozny[edit]

After a year and a half in Switzerland on 12 February 2013 it was announced that Ojala would transfer to Russian Premier League team Terek Grozny.[7]

International career[edit]

In November 2010, after representing Finland on youth levels, Ojala was called up to the national team squad to face San Marino. He made his national team debut on 15 November 2011 in a friendly match against Denmark.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 13 May 2014[8]
Club statistics
Season Club League League Cup Continental Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
2009 Klubi-04 Ykkönen 11 1 11 1
2009 HJK Veikkausliiga 4 0 4 0
2010 24 0 11 1 6 1 41 2
2011 17 1 4 0 2 0 23 1
2011–12 Young Boys Swiss Super League 11 0 1 0 12 0
2012–13 12 0 0 0 10 1 22 1
2012–13 Terek Grozny Russian Premier League 3 0 0 0 3 0
2013–14 19 0 1 0 20 0
Total Finland 56 2 15 1 8 1 79 4
Switzerland 23 0 1 0 10 1 34 1
Russia 22 0 1 0 23 0
Career total 101 2 17 1 18 2 136 5

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

HJK Helsinki

Career statistics[edit]

International[edit]

As of 16 November 2013
Finland national team
Year Apps Goals
2011 1 0
2012 5 0
2013 4 0
Total 10 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ HJK Profile
  2. ^ http://www.fc-terek.ru/news/?id=363
  3. ^ Isotalo Mikko, Judesoturi, Iltalehti Urheilu 27.7.2010, p. 6
  4. ^ HJK:n Ojala ja Mäkelä pelipaikkojensa parhaat HS.fi, 21.10.2010
  5. ^ HJK:n oma kasvattitoppari jatkosopimukseen (Finnish)
  6. ^ Toppari Juhani Ojala siirtyy Sveitsiin (Finnish)
  7. ^ "Juhani Ojala siirtyy Venäjän liigaan Terek Groznyin riveihin" (in Finnish). Helsingin Sanomat. 12 February 2013. Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  8. ^ "J. OJALA". Soccerway. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 

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