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 27)
Place of birth Oravais, Finland
Height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 12 in)
Playing position Defensive Midfielder
Club information
Current team
FC Midtjylland
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 14 (0)
National team
Finland U16 6 (1)
Finland U17 22 (1)
Finland U19 19 (0)
2007–2009 Finland U21 19 (6)
2009– Finland 43 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 December 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 November 2014

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, losing on aggregate to Ipswich Town. He was named in the first team squad for 2006–07 season 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.[6] On 1 May 2008, he was loaned out to Vaasan Palloseura after suffering illness as well as a lack of playing time with Halmstads.[7]

Groningen[edit]

In August 2009, he was close to a move to Groningen, but Halmstad refused to let him go at that point.[8] On 14 August, FC Groningen announced that Sparv would join them as of 1 January 2010.[9] 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.[10]

FC Midtjylland[edit]

On July 3, 2014 Tim Sparv signed a four year contract with Danish Superliga side FC Midtjylland.[11]

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.[12]

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.[13]

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

Career statistics[edit]

International[edit]

As of 16 November 2013
Finland national team
Year Apps Goals
2009 5 0
2010 7 0
2011 6 0
2012 9 1
2013 7 0
Total 34 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. ^ "Finländsk U21-landslagsman klar för HBK" (in Swedish). Svenskafans.com. 20 November 2006. Retrieved 26 June 2008. 
  7. ^ "HBK lånar ut Sparv till Vaasa" (in Swedish). Hallandsposten.se. 3 May 2008. Retrieved 26 May 2008. 
  8. ^ "Groningen fail in Sparv bid". skysports.com. 1 August 2009. Retrieved 13 August 2009. 
  9. ^ "Sparv per 2010 naar FC Groningen" (in Dutch). fcgroningen.nl. 14 August 2009. Retrieved 14 August 2009. 
  10. ^ "Maajoukkuefutaaja Tim Sparv siirtyy Saksaan" (in Finnish). Ilta-Sanomat. 30 May 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "Finsk landsholdsspiller på plads i FC Midtjylland" (in Danish). fcm.dk. 3 July 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  12. ^ Fletcher, Paul (15 June 2009). "England U21s 2–1 Finland U21s". BBC Sport. Retrieved 16 June 2009. 
  13. ^ "Sparv debuterade" (in Swedish). HBK.se. 4 February 2009. Retrieved 4 February 2009. 

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