Tim Sparv

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Tim Sparv
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Personal information
Full name Tim Sparv
Date of birth (1987-02-20) 20 February 1987 (age 28)
Place of birth Oravais, Finland
Height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 12 in)
Playing position Defensive Midfielder
Club information
Current team
FC Midtjylland
Number 3
Youth career
1993–2003 Norrvalla FF
2003–2006 Southampton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Southampton 0 (0)
2007–2009 Halmstad 51 (1)
2008 VPS (loan) 8 (0)
2010–2013 FC Groningen 98 (4)
2013–2014 Greuther Fürth 28 (1)
2014– FC Midtjylland 19 (0)
National team
Finland U16 6 (1)
Finland U17 22 (1)
Finland U19 19 (0)
2007–2009 Finland U21 19 (6)
2009– Finland 45 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 March 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 February 2015

Tim Sparv (born 20 February 1987), is a Finnish professional football midfielder who plays for Danish Superliga side FC Midtjylland and represents Finland national team. Sparv was born in Oravais,[1] Ostrobothnia, Sparv signed for Southampton in 2003,[2] leaving the Finnish third division outfit Norrvalla FF.[3]

Club career[edit]

Southampton[edit]

He spent three years in the renowned youth academy of Southampton.[4] He was a member of Southampton's youth team that reached the final of the FA Youth Cup in 2005,[5] where he played alongside Theo Walcott,[6] losing on aggregate to Ipswich Town.[7] He was named in the first team squad for 2006–07 season[8] and made numerous reserve team appearances but, as Southampton had a plethora of midfielders from which to choose, he was unable to break through into the first team itself.

Halmstad[edit]

On 7 January 2007, he moved to Halmstads BK to play in Allsvenskan, on the advice of both his father and former Halmstads BK player Michael Svensson.[9] On 1 May 2008, he was loaned out to Vaasan Palloseura after suffering illness as well as a lack of playing time with Halmstads.[10]

Groningen[edit]

In August 2009, he was close to a move to Groningen, but Halmstad refused to let him go at that point.[11] On 14 August, FC Groningen announced that Sparv would join them as of 1 January 2010.[12] He scored his first goal for Groningen in the opening match of the 2010–11 season, in a 1–1 draw against AZ.

Fürth[edit]

In May 2013 Sparv signed a three year contract with Fürth.[13] He made his 2. Bundesliga debut in 21 July 2013 in a match against Arminia Bielefeld.

FC Midtjylland[edit]

On July 3, 2014 Tim Sparv signed a four year contract with Danish Superliga side FC Midtjylland.[14]

International career[edit]

Sparv was the second youngest player in the squad for the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Championship played at home but did not make an appearance in the tournament. He made his Finland U21 debut on 7 October 2006 and played a big part in the successful 2009 European Championship qualifying campaign, playing in 9 out of 10 games and scoring three goals. He was made team captain during the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship and scored a penalty in a 2–1 defeat by England on 15 June 2009.[15]

On 4 February 2009, Sparv made his debut for the senior team in a friendly match against Japan, which ended in a 5–1 defeat.[16] He played his first FIFA World Cup qualification game in 10 October 2009 when Stuart Baxter chose him to the starting line up against Wales in Helsinki Olympic Stadium.[17]

International goals[edit]

# Date Location Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 15 August 2012 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland  Northern Ireland 1–2 3–3 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Country[edit]

Finland national football team

Individual[edit]

  • 2007: Finland U21 Player of the Year [18]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 28 February 2015[19][20]
Club Season Division League Domestic Cups Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
VPS
2008 Veikkausliiga 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
VPS Total 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Halmstad
2007 Allsvenskan 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
2008 Allsvenskan 13 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
2009 Allsvenskan 26 1 1 0 0 0 27 1
Halmstad Total 51 1 1 0 0 0 52 1
Groningen
2009-10 Eredivisie 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
2010-11 Eredivisie 34 2 3 0 0 0 37 2
2011-12 Eredivisie 30 0 1 0 0 0 31 0
2012-13 Eredivisie 23 3 1 0 0 0 24 3
Groningen Total 98 5 5 0 0 0 103 5
Greuther Fürth
2013-14 2. Bundesliga 28 1 4 0 0 0 32 1
Greuther Fürth Total 28 1 4 0 0 0 32 1
Midtjylland
2014-15 Superliga 19 0 0 0 1 0 20 0
Midtjylland Total 19 0 0 0 1 0 20 0
Career Total 204 7 10 0 1 0 215 7

International[edit]

As of 28 March 2015[21]
Finland national team
Year Apps Goals
2009 5 0
2010 7 0
2011 6 0
2012 9 1
2013 7 0
2014 9 0
2015 2 0
Total 45 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tim Sparv aloittaa Pohjalaisen kolumnistina" (in Finnish). POHJALAINEN.fi. 2 March 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Tim Sparv valitsi Halmstadin Southamptonin jälkeen" (in Finnish). Turun Sanomat. 15 July 2007. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Tim Sparv tulossa lainapapereilla Suomen kentille?" (in Finnish). Iltasanomat. 19 April 2008. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "England out to start the party right". The Independent. 15 June 2009. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Town starlets win Youth Cup". Ipswich Star. 23 April 2005. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal: Theo Walcott must learn from Gareth Bale's ascent". The Telegraph. 2 March 2013. Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "GALLERY: Ipswich Town lift 2005 Youth Cup with win over Southampton". greenun24.co.uk. 11 December 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  8. ^ "Southampton squad 2006/07". footballsquads.co.uk. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  9. ^ "Finländsk U21-landslagsman klar för HBK" (in Swedish). Svenskafans.com. 20 November 2006. Retrieved 26 June 2008. 
  10. ^ "HBK lånar ut Sparv till Vaasa" (in Swedish). Hallandsposten.se. 3 May 2008. Retrieved 26 May 2008. 
  11. ^ "Groningen fail in Sparv bid". skysports.com. 1 August 2009. Retrieved 13 August 2009. 
  12. ^ "Sparv per 2010 naar FC Groningen" (in Dutch). fcgroningen.nl. 14 August 2009. Retrieved 14 August 2009. 
  13. ^ "Maajoukkuefutaaja Tim Sparv siirtyy Saksaan" (in Finnish). Ilta-Sanomat. 30 May 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  14. ^ "Finsk landsholdsspiller på plads i FC Midtjylland" (in Danish). fcm.dk. 3 July 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  15. ^ Fletcher, Paul (15 June 2009). "England U21s 2–1 Finland U21s". BBC Sport. Retrieved 16 June 2009. 
  16. ^ "Sparv debuterade" (in Swedish). HBK.se. 4 February 2009. Retrieved 4 February 2009. 
  17. ^ "Suomi löi Walesin ja varmisti kolmospaikan" (in Finnish). YLE Urheilu. 10 October 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  18. ^ "Kauden 2007 parhaat" (in Finnish). Veikkausliiga. 19 November 2007. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  19. ^ http://www.national-football-teams.com/player/29773/Tim_Sparv.html
  20. ^ http://nr.soccerway.com/players/tim-sparv/6141/
  21. ^ "Tim Sparv" (in Finnish). palloliitto.fi. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 

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