|Full name||Maija Karoliina Saari|
|Date of birth||26 March 1986|
|Place of birth||Vaasa, Finland|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 06:21, 29 December 2015 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 06:21, 29 December 2015 (UTC)
Maija Karoliina Saari (born 26 March 1986) is a Finnish international footballer who plays as a defender for Norwegian club Stabæk Fotball Kvinner. She previously represented AIK, Mallbackens IF and Umeå IK in Sweden, Kolbotn in the Norwegian Toppserien and FC Honka in her home country. Since making her debut for the Finland women's national football team in 2007, Saari has won over 85 caps and captained the team.
A strong, left-sided defender, Saari won three consecutive domestic titles with FC Honka in 2006, 2007 and 2008. She joined the club aged 10 after moving to Helsinki from her birthplace of Vaasa and rose to captain the club. In December 2008 Saari signed a two-year contract with Swedish club Umeå IK. In 2011, she played for Kolbotn Fotball in the Norwegian Toppserien, before returning to Sweden with AIK.
She made her debut for the senior Finland team on 7 March 2007; playing 90 minutes against Sweden in the Algarve Cup. Saari also played in all four of Finland's matches at UEFA Women's Euro 2009, including the quarter final defeat to England.
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- Maija Saari – FIFA competition record
- Maija Saari – UEFA competition record
- Profile at the Wayback Machine (archived September 5, 2011) at Kolbotn IL (Norwegian)
- Player domestic stats (Swedish) at SvFF
- Maija Saari at Soccerway
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