Antero Mertaranta

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Antero Mertaranta
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Antero Mertaranta in 2011.
Born Lauri Antero Johannes Mertaranta
(1956-01-17) 17 January 1956 (age 61)
Hyvinkää, Finland
Other names Mertsi, Anza
Occupation Broadcaster, musician

Lauri Antero Johannes Mertaranta (born 17 January 1956 in Hyvinkää, Finland) is a prominent Finnish sportscaster and TV personality and former elementary school teacher.

Antero Mertaranta is best known for his energetic announcing in IIHF World Championships ice hockey games, especially when Finland's team is playing. Besides ice hockey Mertaranta has also been announcing football, athletics and Finnish baseball. Mertaranta himself played Finnish baseball in his youth.

In 2001 Mertaranta began hosting a sports quiz show named Se on siinä, named after one of his most famous catchphrases: Se on siinä! (That's it! / That was it! / There it is!).

Before his sportsreporter career Mertaranta worked as a music teacher and fireman. He plays drums in a band called Anza Mertaranta Allstars. The band planned for an album release in 2005 but is yet to release its debut album.




  • 2004: Nopea rakastumaan (album by Anza Mertaranta Allstars)
  • 2009: Jytää, poppia ja rautalankaa (album by Anza Mertaranta Allstars)


  • "Ihanaa Leijonat, Ihanaa!"
  • 2010: "Sinistä ja vihreää" (single by Anza Mertaranta Allstars)
  • 2011: "Taivas varjele!" (single by Finnish Hockey Mafia feat. Antero Mertaranta) Video on YouTube

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