Mihkel Aksalu

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Mihkel Aksalu
Personal information
Full name Mihkel Aksalu
Date of birth (1984-11-07) 7 November 1984 (age 29)
Place of birth Kuressaare, Estonia
Height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
SJK
Number 33
Youth career
FC Kuressaare
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2002 FC Kuressaare 1 (0)
2000–2001 → Muhumaa JK (loan) 27 (0)
2002 Sörve JK (loan) 12 (0)
2003 HÜJK Emmaste 0 (0)
2003–2009 FC Flora Tallinn 116 (0)
2004 JK Tervis Pärnu 15 (1)
2006 FC Flora II Tallinn (loan) 6 (0)
2009–2012 Sheffield United 0 (0)
2010 Mansfield Town (loan) 2 (0)
2012 FC Flora Tallinn 7 (0)
2012 FC Flora II Tallinn (loan) 1 (0)
2013– SJK 42 (0)
National team
Estonia U21 13 (0)
2007– Estonia[1] 12 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 June 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 June 2014

Mihkel Aksalu (born 7 November 1984 in Kuressaare) is an Estonian professional footballer who currently plays as a goalkeeper for Seinäjoen Jalkapallokerho in Finnish Veikkausliiga. He has had spells at Sheffield United and Mansfield Town in England.

Club career[edit]

On 29 January 2010 it was announced that Aksalu had signed for Sheffield United on a two and a half-year deal after a successful trial with the club. Kevin Blackwell, United's manager at the time, claimed that he had the potential to be Estonia's Number one, and he was the best goalkeeper trialist he'd seen.[2] The following season, after failing to break into the first team, he signed a two-month loan deal with Mansfield Town.[3] During his time at Mansfield Town, he played two league matches and one FA Cup match. He remained sidelined through most of his spell due to an abdominal muscle problem and returned to Bramall Lane in December.[4] Remaining as a regular in the reserves he was unable to make the breakthrough into the first team in the following season. After a lengthy spell on the sidelines following back surgery he was released by the Blades in January 2012.[5]

He rejoined his old club FC Flora Tallinn in early April of the same year,[6] but left the club again in June to cure his back pain that did not allow him to play.[7]

In early April 2013, Aksalu signed with Finnish Ykkonen side Seinäjoen Jalkapallokerho.[7] That season SJK won the league and got promoted to Veikkausliiga.

Statistics[edit]

Updated 7 May 2013.

Season League level Country Club First team Reserve team
Games Goals against Games Goals against
2000 1 Estonia FC Kuressaare 1 1 11
2001 0 0 16
2002 2 0 0 12
2003 Estonia HÜJK Emmaste
2003 1 Estonia FC Flora Tallinn 1
2004 1 15
2005 8 10 7
2006 15 12 6
2007 30 24 0 0
2008 30 25 0 0
2009 31 29 0 0
2009–10 2 England Sheffield United 0 0
2010–11 2 England Sheffield United 0 0
2010–11 5 England Mansfield Town (loan) 3 ?
2011–12 3 England Sheffield United 0 0
2012 1 Estonia FC Flora Tallinn 7 6 1 0
2013 2 Finland SJK 26 17 0 0
2014 1 Finland SJK 13 9 0 0

International career[edit]

He is a member of the Estonia national football team and he made his national team debut on 17 October 2007 against Montenegro. He played 13 matches for Estonian U21 national football team.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Individual[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Incumbent
Baltic League
Goalkeeper of the Year

2007
Succeeded by
Incumbent

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kõik Eesti internatsionaalid" [All Estonian internationals] (in Estonian). Eesti Jalgpalli Liit. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Blades sign international 'keeper". Sheffield United. 29 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-30. 
  3. ^ "Stags take a loan Blade". Sheffield United F.C. 6 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-06. 
  4. ^ "Aksalu returns to Blades". mansfieldtown.net. 12 August 2012. Retrieved 2010-12-10. 
  5. ^ "Goalkeeper leaves Blades". Sheffield United F.C. 19 January 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-19. 
  6. ^ Pulst, Siim (9 April 2012). "Mihkel Aksalu taasliitus Floraga" [Mihkel Aksalu rejoined Flora] (in Estonian). Soccernet.ee. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Aksalu testimisel Kamsi ja Goldbergi klubis" (in Estonian). Soccernet.ee. 7 March 2013. Retrieved 7 March 2013. 

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