Marco Parnela

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Marco Parnela
Personal information
Date of birth (1981-01-05) 5 January 1981 (age 37)
Place of birth Orivesi, Finland
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2003 FC Thun 33 (1)
2003–2004 FC Zwolle 8 (0)
2004–2010 Go Ahead Eagles 162 (14)
Total 203 (15)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Marco Parnela (born 5 January 1981) is a Finnish former professional footballer who played as a defender. Active in both Switzerland and the Netherlands, Parnela made over 200 career league appearances.[1]


Despite being born in Finland, Parnela spent all his professional career abroad. He played from 2001 to 2003 in Switzerland for FC Thun, then moving to the Netherlands later that year to join Eerste Divisie club FC Zwolle. In 2004, he then agreed to join another Eerste Divisie team, Go Ahead Eagles from Deventer, where he spent the remainder of his career.

In December 2010 Parnela announced his decision to put an end to his professional career and focus on a business career instead, effective 1 January 2011.[2]

He joined Dutch amateurclub SV Zwaluwen Wierden in January 2011.


  1. ^ (in Dutch) Voetbal International
  2. ^ "Parnela zegt profvoetbal vaarwel" (in Dutch). Jupiler League. 17 December 2010. Archived from the original on 13 June 2011. Retrieved 18 December 2010.