Mika Aaltonen

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Mika Aaltonen
Personal information
Date of birth (1965-11-16) 16 November 1965 (age 49)
Place of birth Turku, Finland
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1987 TPS 85 (12)
1987–1988 Internazionale 0 (0)
1988 Bellinzona (loan) 14 (3)
1988–1989 Bologna (loan) 3 (0)
1989–1990 Hertha BSC 12 (0)
1990–1993 TPS 86 (7)
1993–1994 Hapoel Be'er Sheva 11 (3)
1994 TPV 5 (1)
National team
1988–1994 Finland 18 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Mika Aaltonen (born 16 November 1965 in Turku) is a former Finnish football player. His position was an attacking central midfielder. He also played for the Finnish national team.

During his career (1982–1994) he played in Finland, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, and Israel for TPS, Internazionale, Bellinzona, Bologna, Hertha BSC, Hapoel Be'er Sheva F.C. and Tampereen Pallo-Veikot. He finished his career at a relatively young age because of a persistent ankle injury, and because of this, he ended up concentrating more on his studies. Aaltonen studied throughout his playing career, and after he retired from football, he earned a doctorate degree in economics.

Aaltonen is best remembered for a superb goal scored against Italian goalkeeper Walter Zenga in UEFA Cup in 1987 during a match between Turun Palloseura and Inter Milan at the San Siro stadium in Milan.[1] This goal more or less earned him a transfer to Inter shortly afterwards.

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