Markku Kanerva

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Markku Kanerva
Personal information
Full name Markku Kanerva
Date of birth (1964-05-24) 24 May 1964 (age 52)
Place of birth Helsinki, Finland
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Finland (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1990 HJK Helsinki 184 (26)
1991–1992 IF Elfsborg 44 (3)
1993 FinnPa 26 (1)
1994–1995 HJK Helsinki 42 (1)
1996 FC Honka 1 (0)
1996–1998 HJK Helsinki 37 (1)
National team
1986–1995 Finland 59 (1)
Teams managed
2003 FC Viikingit
2004–2010 Finland U21
2011 Finland (caretaker)
2011–2015 Finland (assistant)
2015 Finland (caretaker)
2016 Finland (assistant)
2016– Finland
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Markku Kanerva (born 24 May 1964) is a Finnish football manager and former player. He is currently managing the Finnish national team.

Playing career[edit]

Kanerva, who is known by the nickname "Rive", was born in Helsinki. In Finland, he played as a central defender and full back in his hometown clubs HJK (1983–1990 and 1994–1998) and the season 1994 in the then local rivals FinnPa. The seasons 1991 and 1992, he played in the Swedish team IF Elfsborg. At international level, Kanerva went on to win 59 caps, and scored one goals for the Finnish national team. His last years as a player were shadowed by injuries, but he was still an important part of the HJK defence. His playing career ended in 1998 which included the historical Champions League participation. At the Finnish top league, he played total of 291 matches and scored 29 goals.

Coaching career[edit]

Kanerva worked as a school teacher already during his playing career, but since then he has been concentrating on football coaching. In 2001 and 2002, he was an assistant coach of Jyrki Heliskoski and Keith Armstrong in his former club HJK, and in 2003 he was the head coach of the East Helsinki club FC Viikingit. As the head coach of under-21 side, he led the team to the 2009 European Championships final tournament. In the same year, he was awarded the Coach of the Year in Finland.

On 29 November 2010, it was announced that Kanerva would coach the Finnish national team for the Spring period in 2011 while the Finnish FA will be seaking a new head coach.[1][2] Mika Laurikainen took his place as the U21 coach. Kanerva had another spell as caretaker manager of Finland in 2015. In December 2016 he was permanently appointed manager of the Finnish national team on a three year contract.[3]