Matti Hietanen

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Matti Hietanen
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Personal information
NationalityFinnish
Born (1983-01-03) 3 January 1983 (age 35)
Helsinki, Finland
Height1.99 m (6 ft 6 in)
Weight93 kg (205 lb)
Spike340 cm (134 in)
Block315 cm (124 in)
Volleyball information
PositionOpposite/Outside hitter
Current clubTampereen Isku-Volley
Number7
Career
YearsTeams
2000–2001
2001–2003
2003–2005
2005–2006
2006–2007
2007–2008
2008–2009
2009–2010
2010–2011
2011–2013
2013–2014
2014–2015
2015–2016
2017
2017–
Tampereen Isku-Volley
Salon Piivolley
Tampereen Isku-Volley
Sempre Volley
Avignon VB
Top Team Mantova
Framasil Pineto
P.A.O.K. Thessaloniki
Sir Safety Perugia
Lotos Trefl Gdańsk
Al-Shabab Dubai
Kokkolan Tiikerit
PV Lugano
VK Kladno
Tampereen Isku-Volley
National team
2004– Finland
Last updated: 29 December 2017

Matti Hietanen (born 3 January 1983) is a professional volleyball player from Finland.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Hietanen started his career with Vilppula Tähti. After that he moved to Tampere and started study in Varala Sport High School. At the same time he played on the youth national team. At the youth national teams U-19 European Championship qualifications, Hietanen was the best player, but Finland did not survive to European Championships.

Finland league[edit]

Hietanen played his first season in the Finland volleyball league season of 2000-2001. His club was Tampereen Isku-Volley. After one season in Isku-Volley he made a two-year contract with Salon Piivolley. During season 2001-2003 Hietanen played in Piivolley, but when his contract ended he came back to Tampereen Isku-Volley.

Hietanen did not win anything with Isku-Volley season 2003-2004, but during season 2004-2005 he won Finland volleyball league bronze when Isku-Volley won Raision Loimu in the bronze medal match. The media chose him after the season for the league All-Stars team. After this season he made a contract with Sempre Volley Padova.

Professional career[edit]

Hietanen made a longer three-season contract with Sempre Volley Padova. On the same club were two Finnish setters, Mikko Esko and Simo-Pekka Olli. Hietanen's first season in Padova was difficult. German opposite-player Christian Pampel was team leader opposite player and Matti was forced to second opposite player role. After season Padova rented him to the France Pro A-league. He played season 2006-2007 in Avignon Volley. When the season ended Avignon fell to France Pro B-league.

After the season Hietanen came back to Italy and made a contract with Mantova Volley. He was a rented player in Mantova because Padova still had his license. He played a good season in Mantova Volley.

During season 2008-2009 Hietanen played in Framasil Cucine Pineto in the Italy A1-league.[1]

National team[edit]

Hietanen played his first national team game in the 2004 season. During season 2005 he got a good opportunity when the national team needed a new opposite player. Before that time, Hietanen had only played wing-spiker but he changed roles and became the team opposite player. His team took fourth place in the European Championships 2007.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Matti Hietanen playerbio". Finnvolley. 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-06-06. Retrieved 2008-07-05.