Mihkel Aksalu

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Mihkel Aksalu
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Aksalu with Estonia in 2015
Personal information
Full name Mihkel Aksalu
Date of birth (1984-11-07) 7 November 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Kuressaare, Estonia
Height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
SJK
Number 33
Youth career
Kuressaare
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2002 Kuressaare 1 (0)
2000–2001 Muhumaa (loan) 27 (0)
2002 Sörve (loan) 12 (0)
2003 HÜJK Emmaste 0 (0)
2006 Flora II 6 (0)
2003–2009 Flora 115 (0)
2003–2005 Tervis Pärnu (loan) 22 (1)
2009–2012 Sheffield United 0 (0)
2010 Mansfield Town (loan) 2 (0)
2012 Flora II 1 (0)
2012 Flora 7 (0)
2013– SJK 119 (0)
National team
Estonia U21 13 (0)
2007– Estonia 29 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 November 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 November 2016

Mihkel Aksalu (born 7 November 1984) is an Estonian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Finnish Veikkausliiga club SJK and the Estonia national football team.

Club career[edit]

Sheffield United[edit]

On 29 January 2010 it was announced that Aksalu had signed for Sheffield United on a two and a half-year deal after a successful trial with the club. Kevin Blackwell, United's manager at the time, claimed that he had the potential to be Estonia's Number one, and he was the best goalkeeper trialist he'd seen.[1] The following season, after failing to break into the first team, he signed a two-month loan deal with Mansfield Town.[2] During his time at Mansfield Town, he played two league matches and one FA Cup match. He remained sidelined through most of his spell due to an abdominal muscle problem and returned to Bramall Lane in December.[3] Remaining as a regular in the reserves he was unable to make the breakthrough into the first team in the following season. After a lengthy spell on the sidelines following back surgery he was released by the Blades in January 2012.[4]

Return to Flora[edit]

He rejoined his old club Flora in early April of the same year,[5] but left the club again in June to cure his back pain that did not allow him to play.[6]

SJK[edit]

In early April 2013, Aksalu signed with Finnish Ykkonen club SJK.[6] That season SJK won the league and got promoted to Veikkausliiga. In October 2014 SJK won the silver medal in Veikkausliiga, placing second after HJK. Aksalu was named as one of the best goalkeepers in the league and SJK's Player of the Year. Season 2015 brought Aksalu the taste of silverware when SJK won the first Finnish Championship in the club history. Aksalu captained the side. He was chosen as Veikkausliiga's Goalkeeper of the year and SJK's Player of the Year.

International career[edit]

Aksalu is a member of the Estonia national football team and he made his national team debut on 17 October 2007 against Montenegro.[7] He played 13 matches for Estonian U21 national football team.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 14 November 2016.[8]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Kuressaare 2000 Meistriliiga 1 0 1 0
Muhumaa (loan) 2000 Esiliiga 11 0 11 0
2001 II liiga 16 0 16 0
Total 27 0 27 0
Sörve (loan) 2002 II liiga 12 0 12 0
HÜJK Emmaste 2003 II liiga 0 0 0 0
Flora II 2006 Esiliiga 6 0 6 0
Flora 2003 Meistriliiga 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2004 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
2006 15 0 0 0 1 0 16 0
2007 30 0 2 0 4 0 36 0
2008 30 0 2 0 2 0 34 0
2009 31 0 3 0 2 0 3 0 39 0
Total 115 0 3 0 0 0 6 0 10 0 134 0
Tervis Pärnu (loan) 2004 Esiliiga 15 1 15 1
2005 7 0 7 0
Total 22 1 22 1
Sheffield United 2009–10 Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010–11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011–12 League One 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mansfield Town (loan) 2010–11 Conference National 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Flora II 2012 Esiliiga 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Flora 2012 Meistriliiga 7 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
SJK 2013 Ykkönen 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 26 0
2014 Veikkausliiga 30 0 2 0 6 0 0 0 38 0
2015 32 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 37 0
2016 31 0 1 0 4 0 2 0 0 0 38 0
Total 119 0 3 0 13 0 4 0 0 0 139 0
Total 312 1 9 0 13 0 10 0 10 0 354 1

International[edit]

As of 14 November 2016.[8]
National team Year Apps Goals
Estonia
2007 2 0
2008 3 0
2009 1 0
2010 3 0
2011 0 0
2012 1 0
2013 1 0
2014 3 0
2015 7 0
2016 8 0
Total 29 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Flora
SJK

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Blades sign international 'keeper". Sheffield United. 29 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-30. 
  2. ^ "Stags take a loan Blade". Sheffield United F.C. 6 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-06. 
  3. ^ "Aksalu returns to Blades". mansfieldtown.net. 12 August 2012. Retrieved 2010-12-10. 
  4. ^ "Goalkeeper leaves Blades". Sheffield United F.C. 19 January 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-19. 
  5. ^ Pulst, Siim (9 April 2012). "Mihkel Aksalu taasliitus Floraga" [Mihkel Aksalu rejoined Flora] (in Estonian). Soccernet.ee. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Aksalu testimisel Kamsi ja Goldbergi klubis" (in Estonian). Soccernet.ee. 7 March 2013. Retrieved 7 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Kõik Eesti internatsionaalid" [All Estonian internationals] (in Estonian). Eesti Jalgpalli Liit. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Mihkel Aksalu". National-Football-Teams.com. 

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