Mika Ojala

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Mika Ojala
Personal information
Full name Mika Ojala
Date of birth (1988-06-21) 21 June 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth Paimio, Finland
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Right winger
Club information
Current team
VfR Aalen
Number 8
Youth career
1998–2000 PaiHa
2001–2005 Inter Turku
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 VG-62 39 (8)
2006–2012 Inter Turku 175 (53)
2013 BK Häcken 21 (0)
2014–2015 Inter Turku 33 (10)
2015– VfR Aalen 40 (10)
National team
2007–2010 Finland U21 17 (2)
2010– Finland 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 January 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 December 2015

Mika Ojala (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈmikɑ ˈojɑlɑ]; (born 21 June 1988) in Paimio, Finland) is a Finnish professional footballer who currently plays as a midfielder for German 3. Liga side VfR Aalen and represents the Finland national football team.[1] He began his senior club career playing for VG-62, before signing with Inter Turku at age 18 in 2006.

Ojala made his international debut for Finland in January 2010, at the age of 21.

Club career[edit]

VG-62[edit]

Ojala started his football career in Paimion Haka and later moved to Inter Turku´s junior system. He made his debut on senior level at the age of 16 in Inter Turku´s reserve team VG-62.

Inter Turku[edit]

He gained his first appearance in Veikkausliiga during season 2006.

On 17 November 2008 Ojala joined the Dutch club Heerenveen for a one-week-trial together with Wilhelm Ingves from IFK Mariehamn.[2] He visited FC Zürich in 2006.

Häcken[edit]

On 9 November 2012, after his contract with Inter had expired, it was announced that Ojala had signed a three-year contract with Swedish topflight club BK Häcken, joining with compatriot Kari Arkivuo.[3]

Return to Inter Turku[edit]

He returned to Inter Turku in February 2014 when he signed a contract for season 2014.

Aalen[edit]

In the beginning of July 2015 Ojala transferred to German 3. Liga side VfR Aalen.

International career[edit]

Ojala was selected in the Finnish national squad by Stuart Baxter in August 2008. He was also a member of the U21 squad that reached the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship. Ojala made his national team debut on 18 January 2010 as he came from the bench to replace Roni Porokara in friendly match against South Korea at Málaga, Spain where Finland had winter training camp.[4] Ojala gained his second appearance for the national team on 10 August 2011 at Skonto Stadium in a friendly match against Latvia when he and Timo Furuholm replaced Teemu Pukki and Mika Ääritalo as forwards.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 28 January 2017[6][7]
Club Season Division League Domestic Cups Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Inter Turku
2006 Veikkausliiga 20 0 0 0 0 0 20 0
2007 Veikkausliiga 24 4 0 0 0 0 24 4
2008 Veikkausliiga 26 8 0 0 0 0 26 8
2009 Veikkausliiga 22 7 0 0 2 0 24 7
2010 Veikkausliiga 23 6 9 1 1 0 33 7
2011 Veikkausliiga 32 16 7 5 0 0 39 21
2012 Veikkausliiga 28 12 9 3 2 0 39 15
Häcken
2013 Allsvenskan 21 0 2 0 2 0 25 0
Inter Turku
2014 Veikkausliiga 16 6 6 0 0 0 22 6
2015 Veikkausliiga 14 4 7 3 0 0 21 7
Aalen
2015–16 3. Liga 21 5 1 0 0 0 22 5
2016–17 3. Liga 19 5 0 0 0 0 19 5
Inter Turku Total 205 63 38 9 5 0 248 72
Häcken Total 21 0 2 0 2 0 25 0
Aalen Total 40 10 1 0 0 0 41 10
Career Total 266 73 41 9 7 0 314 82

International[edit]

Statistics accurate as of matches played on 24 January 2014[8][9]

National team Year Apps Goals
Finland
2010 1 0
2011 1 0
2012 4 0
2013 2 0
2014 1 0
Total 9 0

Honours[edit]

Team[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mika Ojala" (in Finnish). Suomen Palloliitto. Retrieved 2 August 2016. 
  2. ^ Trial at Heerenveen
  3. ^ Mika Ojala siirtyy Ruotsiin (Finnish)
  4. ^ http://www.palloliitto.fi/viestinta/?num=157901 (Finnish)
  5. ^ "Näin Huuhkaijen Latvia-ottelu eteni" (in Finnish). Ilta-Sanomat. 10 August 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2016. 
  6. ^ http://www.national-football-teams.com/player/27312/Mika_Ojala.html
  7. ^ http://nr.soccerway.com/players/mika-ojala/8315/
  8. ^ Mika Ojala at National-Football-Teams.com
  9. ^ Palloliitto

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