Lauri Dalla Valle

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Lauri Dalla Valle
Dalle Valle alone.jpg
Dalla Valle while contracted to Liverpool
Personal information
Full name Lauri Dalla Valle[1]
Date of birth (1991-09-14) 14 September 1991 (age 22)
Place of birth Kontiolahti, Finland
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Sint-Truiden
Number 10
Youth career
2004–2005 JIPPO
2005 Internazionale
2005–2007 JIPPO
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007 JIPPO 8 (0)
2008–2010 Liverpool 0 (0)
2010–2013 Fulham 0 (0)
2011 Bournemouth (loan) 8 (2)
2011–2012 Dundee United (loan) 12 (3)
2012 Exeter City (loan) 5 (0)
2012–2013 Crewe Alexandra (loan) 10 (5)
2013 Molde 4 (0)
2013– Sint-Truiden 21 (0)
National team
2006 Finland U16 2 (3)
2007–2008 Finland U17 7 (4)
2008–2009 Finland U19 8 (3)
2011–2012 Finland U21 10 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 June 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 September 2012

Lauri Dalla Valle (born 14 September 1991) is a Finnish professional footballer who plays for Belgian club Sint-Truiden. Dalla Valle plays as a striker and is 1.80m tall.[2]

Early life[edit]

Dalla Valle was born in Kontiolahti, near the city of Joensuu, Finland on 14 September 1991, one of three children to Loreno, an Italian former police officer and mushroom company boss, and Marketta, who is Finnish.[3]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

He began his career in Finland with JIPPO, and his talent saw him join Internazionale's youth team in 2005. However, Dalla Valle, struggling with the language, soon became homesick and returned to Finland after a few months.[3][4][5] He started the 2007 season with JIPPO in the Finnish First Division, but was seriously injured in the fourth round of the Finnish Cup in May 2007, and was out for several months.[6] He scored his only senior goal of the 2007 season in that match before being injured.[7] In the end he only played in 8 matches in Finnish Division I (Miesten Ykkönen) in the 2007 season.[8] He was a transfer target for Chelsea in October 2007.[9]

Liverpool[edit]

In early November 2007 he trialled with Liverpool,[10] for the second time (the original time being in November 2006)[11] and he signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with the club a few days later,[5][12][13][14] arriving at the club in January 2008.[4] He was part of the Liverpool team that reached the final of the FA Youth Cup in 2009 scoring 8 goals, including 4 against Birmingham in the two-legged semi-final.[15] He was promoted to the Liverpool Reserves squad in June 2009 and started the 2009–10 season as a senior member of the reserves at Melwood.[16] On 12 January 2010, Lauri scored a 32 minute hat-trick in the FA Youth Cup 5–1 win against Leicester City at the Walkers Stadium.

At the start of the 2010–2011 season he was allotted the No. 38 shirt in the senior team. He played against the Swiss opponent Grasshoppers & German team FC Kaiserslautern in the pre-season friendly matches.

On 29 July 2010, he made his first and only appearance for Liverpool, coming on as a substitute for Alberto Aquilani in the 83rd minute of the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round tie against FK Rabotnički.[17]

Fulham[edit]

On 31 August 2010, both Dalla Valle and fellow youngster Alex Kačaniklić signed for Fulham, as part of the deal that took left-back Paul Konchesky to Liverpool.[18]

On 4 March 2011, Dalla Valle joined Bournemouth on a one month loan.[19] On 5 March 2011, Dalla Valle scored on his league debut for Bournemouth in a 3–0 home win over Oldham Athletic.[20] He scored his second goal for Bournemouth in a 1–3 defeat against Southampton on 12 March 2011.[21]

Dalla Valle made his Fulham debut as a substitute for the Europa League match against NSÍ Runavík on 30 June 2011,[22] before joining Scottish Premier League side Dundee United two months later on loan until mid-January.[23][24]

Dalla Valle joined Exeter City on a one-month loan deal on 19 March 2012.[25] He returned to Fulham on 19 April 2012 after his loan expired.

On 5 November 2012, Lauri joined Crewe Alexandra on loan until 8 December 2012.[26] He scored on his debut the next day as Crewe won at Doncaster Rovers,[27] and then scored on his home debut in a 3–2 win over Colchester United.[28] On 24 November, he scored both goals in a 2–0 win against Crawley Town.[29]

Molde[edit]

Fulham confirmed that Dalla Valle had left the club on a permanent basis on 25 February 2013 to join Norwegian team Molde managed by ex–Manchester United player Ole Gunnar Solskjær.[30] Dalla Valle played four matches without scoring a goal for Molde, until he left the club after half a year in July 2013.[31]

Sint-Truiden[edit]

On 5 July 2013, Dalla Valle joined Belgian second division side Sint-Truiden on a three year contract.[32]

International career[edit]

Dalla Valle's father is Italian, and consequently he is eligible to represent Italy at international level, but some have said that it is unlikely that he will opt for Italy,[4] and Dalla Valle has represented the Finnish under-17 side in qualifying for the 2006 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship.[33] Dalla Valle, however, has since refused to play for the Finnish under-21 side team in the 2011 European Championship qualification. U21 manager Markku Kanerva and the A national team coach Stuart Baxter criticised the decision.[34]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 15 March 2014[35][36]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
JIPPO 2007 8 0 1 1 0 0 9 1
Total 8 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 9 1
Liverpool 2008–09 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009–10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010–11 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Fulham 2010–11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011–12 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0
Bournemouth (loan) 2010–11 8 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 2
Dundee United (loan) 2011–12 12 3 1 0 2 0 0 0 15 3
Exeter City (loan) 2011–12 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Crewe Alexandra (loan) 2012–13 10 5 1 0 0 0 1 0 12 5
Molde 2013 4 0 2 0 0 0 6 0
Sint-Truiden 2013–14 21 0 2 0 0 0 23 0
Career total 68 10 7 1 2 0 4 0 81 11

Playing style[edit]

Dalla Valle was likened to a young Fernando Torres in the way he plays the game, due to his speed, workrate and finishing ability.[37]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "From "the field behind the church" to Anfield, perhaps". Helsingin Sanomat. 8 December 2007. Retrieved 21 February 2008. 
  3. ^ a b "Son of former drugs officer picks Liverpool". Helsingin Sanomat. 8 December 2007. Retrieved 21 February 2008. 
  4. ^ a b c "Lauri Dalla Valle, again". Football In Finland. 12 December 2007. Archived from the original on 3 February 2008. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Paul Heron (8 November 2007). "Lauri Dalla Valle has signed for Liverpool". My Anfield. Retrieved 21 February 2008. 
  6. ^ (Finnish) "Lauri Dalla Valle joutuu kentän laidalle". Miesten Ykkönen. 30 May 2007. Archived from the original on 18 February 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  7. ^ (Finnish) "Jippo jatkoon Suomen Cupissa". Miesten Ykkönen. 23 May 2007. Archived from the original on 18 February 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  8. ^ (Finnish) "Dalla Valle siirtyy Liverpooliin". Miesten Ykkönen. 8 November 2007. Archived from the original on 11 February 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  9. ^ (Finnish) Haavisto, Kari (30 May 2007). "Chelsea tarjosi miljoona puntaa". Karjalainen. Archived from the original on 7 October 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  10. ^ Oliver Kay (5 November 2007). "Liverpool set to lure John Cofie". London: The Times. Retrieved 21 February 2008. 
  11. ^ (Finnish) Sami Hyypiä (28 November 2006). "Hyypiä: Dalla Valle – nimi mieleen". Plaza.fi. Archived from the original on 24 May 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  12. ^ (Finnish) Mikko Knuuttila (8 November 2007). "Lauri Dalla Valle, 16, sopimukseen Liverpoolin kanssa". Ilta-Sanomat[dead link]. Retrieved 21 February 2008. 
  13. ^ (Finnish) "Reproduction of Ilta-Sanomat article on messageboard". Futis Forum 2. 8 November 2007. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  14. ^ (Finnish) "Liverpool hankki suomalaisjuniori Dalla Vallen". MTV3. 8 November 2007. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  15. ^ Paul Hassall. "DALLA VALLE DOUBLE CLINCHES FINAL BERTH". Liverpool F.C. official website. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  16. ^ Jimmy Rice. "CUP STARS PROMOTED TO MELWOOD". Liverpool F.C. official website. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  17. ^ "Rabotnicki Skopje 0 – 2 Liverpool". BBC Sport. 29 July 2010. Retrieved 29 July 2010. 
  18. ^ "Konchesky Departs". Fulham F.C. official website. 31 August 2010. Archived from the original on 2 September 2010. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  19. ^ "Cherries Sign Dalla Valle". A.F.C. Bournemouth official website. 4 March 2011. Archived from the original on 24 May 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  20. ^ "Dalle Valle`s debut delight". ESPN Soccernet. 5 March 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  21. ^ "Bournemouth 1–3 Southampton". BBC News. 12 March 2011. Retrieved 12 March 2011. 
  22. ^ "Fulham 3–0 Nes Soknar Itrottarfelag". BBC Sport. 23 June 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  23. ^ "United Complete Loan Signing of Dalla Valle". Dundee United FC. 24 August 2011. Retrieved 24 August 2011. 
  24. ^ "Fulham striker Lauri Dalla Valle joins Dundee United on loan". BBC Sport (BBC). 24 August 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  25. ^ "Exeter City sign Fulham's Lauri Dalla Valle on loan". BBC Sport. 19 March 2012. Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
  26. ^ "Alex Complete Dalla Valle Deal". Crewe Alexandra FC Official Site. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  27. ^ "Doncaster 0 – 2 Crewe". BBC Sport (BBC). 6 November 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  28. ^ "Crewe 3 – 2 Colchester". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 12 November 2012. 
  29. ^ "Crewe 2–0 Crawley" BBC Sport. 24 November 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2012.
  30. ^ "Dalla Valle Makes Molde Move". Fulham FC. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  31. ^ "Dalla Valle från Norge till Belgien" (in Swedish). YLE. 5 July 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  32. ^ "Lauri is een kanarie!". Sint-Truidense VV. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  33. ^ "Match report: Russia 1–1 Finland". UEFA. Archived from the original on 4 February 2008. Retrieved 21 February 2008. 
  34. ^ (Finnish) "Lauri Dalla Valle kieltäytyi nuorten maajoukkuekutsusta". Helsingin Sanomat. 26 August 2009. Retrieved 12 September 2009. 
  35. ^ Lauri Dalla Valle career stats at Soccerbase
  36. ^ Lauri Dalla Valle profile at Soccerway
  37. ^ Steve Claridge (21 April 2009). "Scouting Report: Lauri Dalla Valle, Liverpool". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 1 September 2009. 

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