Markus Heikkinen

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Markus Heikkinen
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Personal information
Date of birth (1978-10-13) 13 October 1978 (age 39)
Place of birth Katrineholm, Sweden
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back, Defensive midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1997 Oulun Palloseura 24 (5)
1997–1999 TPS 22 (0)
1999–2001 MyPa 43 (1)
2001–2003 HJK 85 (1)
2003 Portsmouth (loan) 2 (0)
2003–2005 Aberdeen 68 (2)
2005–2007 Luton 76 (2)
2007–2013 Rapid Wien 173 (4)
2013 Start 10 (2)
2014–2015 HJK 42 (0)
2016– AC Oulu 39 (0)
National team
Finland U18 2 (0)
Finland U21 3 (0)
2002–2011 Finland 61 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 June 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 September 2011

Markus "Mako" Heikkinen (born 13 October 1978 in Katrineholm, Sweden) is a Finnish footballer, currently playing for AC Oulu. Heikkinen can play either as a defensive midfielder or central defender.

Club career[edit]

An integral part of the Luton side that finished 10th in The Championship in the 2005-2006 season, Heikkinen collected four awards – the Player of the Year trophy, Players’ Player of the Season, Internet Player of the Season and the Luton News Player of the Season.[1]

His previous clubs include OPS, TPS Turku, MyPa, HJK, Portsmouth, Aberdeen and Luton Town.

During his two years with Aberdeen, Heikkinen was popular and important player, who usually featured in central midfield, where he had a reputation as a tough tackling and dependable player. Despite repeated attempts by Aberdeen manager Jimmy Calderwood to get the player to sign a new deal, he indicated that he was unsettled at Aberdeen and wanted to move on.

On 29 December 2006, in a game for Luton against Birmingham City he was feared to have a compound fracture of the fibula, however it was in fact a nasty gash down his leg, after a late challenge by midfielder Fabrice Muamba.[2][3] He returned to action against Stoke City on 17 February 2007.

After his years in England Heikkinen played six seasons for Rapid Wien. He was a key player of the team, making over 170 appearances for the Austrian Bundesliga side.

On 10 August 2013, he signed for Norwegian Tippeliga club Start.[4] Heikkinen helped Start avoid relegation with solid performances.

After years abroad, "Mako" returned to Finland and HJK in December 2013. After two seasons with the Helsinki-based side, on September 2, 2015 it was reported that the 36-year-old Heikkinen had signed a three-year player-coach contract with his hometown team AC Oulu.[5]

International career[edit]

Heikkinen made his national team debut on 4 January 2002 against Bahrain. He immediately became an important defensive player to his native team. He often played as defensive midfielder. However, he returned to his old position as centre back in 2010, after Hannu Tihinen retired in professional football. He announced his retirement from international football on 26 September 2011.[6]

Career statistics[edit]


As of 18 August 2011[7]
Finland national team
Year Apps Goals
2002 4 0
2003 7 0
2004 2 0
2005 7 0
2006 6 0
2007 7 0
2008 8 0
2009 9 0
2010 7 0
2011 4 0
Total 61 0


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