Toni Kallio

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Toni Kallio
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Personal information
Full name Toni Kallio[1]
Date of birth (1978-08-09) 9 August 1978 (age 35)
Place of birth Tampere, Finland
Height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 12 in)
Playing position Left back / Centre back / Forward
Club information
Current team
Ilves
Number 33
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1999 TPV 74 (14)
1997 FC Jazz (loan) 1 (0)
2000–2004 HJK Helsinki 123 (17)
2004–2007 Molde FK 53 (6)
2007–2008 BSC Young Boys 21 (2)
2008 Fulham (loan) 0 (0)
2008–2010 Fulham 4 (0)
2009 Sheffield United (loan) 2 (0)
2010 Sheffield United (loan) 6 (0)
2010 Viking 1 (0)
2011 Muangthong United 1 (0)
2011 FC Inter Turku 16 (2)
2012– Ilves 38 (6)
National team
Finland U19 2 (0)
Finland U21 5 (1)
2000– Finland 49 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:03, 12 January 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 00:04, 14 July 2010 (UTC)

Toni Kallio (born 9 August 1978 in Tampere) is a Finnish footballer who is currently playing for Ykkönen side Ilves. His preferred position is left back, but he can also operate as centre back and used to play as forward when he joined HJK. His nickname is "Bonecrusher", coming from his great physical presence and playing style.

Club career[edit]

He started out as a winger, but during his time at Norwegian club Molde was changed into a defender. He is known for his forward runs and good heading, given his tall frame. However, he is also known for making occasional blunders in the national team as he has been forced to play out of his preferred position.

Before joining Molde he played for FC Jazz, TPV Tampere and HJK Helsinki in Finland's Veikkausliiga. He won the Norwegian Cup in 2005. In 2007, he briefly went on trial at Lokomotiv Moscow and played 3 times. In 2007 he moved to Young Boys in Switzerland.

On 31 January 2008, Kallio joined Fulham on loan, together with Jari Litmanen.[2] He made his Fulham debut the following season against Arsenal, in which he helped secure a 1–0 victory.[3] He was immediately awarded the Man of the Match award by visitors of the BBC website. On 3 July 2008, Kallio signed a two-year deal with Fulham.[4]

Kallio joined Sheffield United on a one month loan deal in late November 2009,[5] making his debut just over a week later at Plymouth.[6] After making two appearances, Sheffield United extended his loan deal until the end of January 2010 but just hours after Roy Hodgson recalled Kallio due to injuries in defence.[7]

On 1 February 2010, Kallio once again joined the Blades on loan until the end of the season.[8]

On 1 July 2010, Fulham announced that Kallio had been released from his contract with Fulham.[9]

After being released by Fulham, Kallio joined Norway's Tippeligaen side Viking for the rest of the 2010 season.[10] But after making only one appearance as a substitute for the club, the 32-year old defender was released from his contract on 16 November 2010.[11]

Kallio signed a contract at the beginning of year 2011 with Thai Premier League side Muangthong United F.C. which won the Premier League title on season 2010.[12]

On 19 May 2011 Muangthong United F.C. has been terminated contract. Kallio joined Finnish Premier League side FC Inter Turku on 8 June 2011.[13]

Career statistics[edit]

International[edit]

As of 18 August 2011[14]
Finland national team
Year Apps Goals
2000 5 1
2001 0 0
2002 3 0
2003 0 0
2004 4 0
2005 6 0
2006 9 0
2007 8 0
2008 8 1
2009 5 0
2010 1 0
2011 0 0
Total 49 2

International goals[edit]

Finland's score given first. As of 18 August 2011.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 230. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0. 
  2. ^ "Litmanen Joins Fulham". Fulham FC. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Match: Fulham vs Arsenal". ESPNsoccernet. 23 August 2008. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Kallio Signs". Fulham FC. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Sheff Utd sign Ikeme and Kallio". BBC Sport. 26 November 2009. Retrieved 5 December 2009. 
  6. ^ "Bonecrusher on debut win". Sheffield United F.C. 8 December 2009. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "Kallio deal falls through". Sky Sports. 24 December 2009. Retrieved 24 December 2009. 
  8. ^ "Kallio in Return". Sheffield United F.C. 1 February 2010. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "Player Contract Round-Up". Fulham FC. 1 July 2010. Archived from the original on 26 May 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "Kallio joins Viking" (in Norwegian). Viking FK. 27 August 2010. Archived from the original on 26 May 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  11. ^ Kallio released from Viking (Finnish)
  12. ^ Toni Kallio signs for Muangthong United FC
  13. ^ Kallio palaa Veikkausliigaan (Finnish)
  14. ^ Toni Kallio at National-Football-Teams.com
  15. ^ "Kallio Toni" (in Finnish). Suomen Palloliitto (Football Association of Finland). Retrieved 8 December 2013. 

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