Mika Ääritalo

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Mika Ääritalo
Personal information
Full name Mika Ääritalo
Date of birth (1985-07-25) 25 July 1985 (age 28)
Place of birth Taivassalo, Finland
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Holstein Kiel
Number 38
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 TPS Turku 5 (0)
2003–2005 Aston Villa 0 (0)
2005– TPS Turku 196 (47)
2014– Holstein Kiel (loan) 4 (0)
National team
2010– Finland 6 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 February 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2 June 2012

Mika Ääritalo (born 25 July 1985) is a Finnish international footballer who plays as a striker for German 3. Liga side Holstein Kiel.

Career[edit]

Club career[edit]

After beginning his senior career in 2002 with hometown club TPS Turku,[1] English Premiership side Aston Villa beat a host of clubs from across Europe to the signing of Ääritalo in January 2003.[2] After failing to make a first-team appearance for Aston Villa, Ääritalo returned to first club TPS Turku in February 2005.

In June 2008, Portuguese BWINLIGA club C.D. Nacional were interested in signing Ääritalo, but the deal fell through due to cost and the fact that Ääritalo didn't want to move to Portugal.[3]

In January 2014, he joined the German 3. Liga side Holstein Kiel on a six-month loan.

International career[edit]

Ääritalo made his international debut in 2010.[4] He scored his first international goal on 22 January 2012, in a friendly against Trinidad and Tobago.

Career statistics[edit]

International goals[edit]

# Date Location Opponent Score Result Competition
1. January 22, 2012 Trinidad and Tobago Port of Spain  Trinidad and Tobago 2−3 2−3 Friendly

International[edit]

As of 2 June 2012
Finland national team
Year Apps Goals
2010 1 0
2011 3 0
2012 2 1
Total 6 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Finnish) "Veikkausliiga statistics". Veikkausliiga official website. 
  2. ^ "Villa snap up teenage star". BBC Sport. 18 October 2002. Retrieved 16 November 2010. 
  3. ^ (Finnish) Jari Welling (15 June 2008). "Nacional tekemässä TPS:lleuuden tarjouksen". Turun Sanomat. Retrieved 16 November 2010. 
  4. ^ Mika Ääritalo at National-Football-Teams.com