Paulus Arajuuri

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Paulus Arajuuri
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Personal information
Date of birth (1988-06-15) 15 June 1988 (age 28)[1]
Place of birth Helsinki, Finland
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)[1]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Lech Poznań
Number 23
Youth career
1993-1999 Halkian Alku
2002-2003 NuPS
2004 Jokerit
2005 FC Espoo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005 FC Espoo 8 (1)
2006 Honka 1 (0)
2006 FC Espoo (loan) 8 (2)
2007 Klubi-04 25 (0)
2008–2009 IFK Mariehamn 48 (3)
2009–2013 Kalmar FF 56 (3)
2014–2016 Lech Poznań 60 (3)
2017– Brøndby IF 0 (0)
National team
2008 Finland U20 3 (0)
2008–2010 Finland U21 12 (0)
2010– Finland 11 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 May 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 December 2015

Paulus Verneri Arajuuri (born 15 June 1988 in Helsinki, Finland) is a Finnish professional footballer, who plays for Lech Poznań in the Ekstraklasa until his contract expires in December 2016. When his contract expires he will join 10-time Danish League Champions Brøndby IF. He has signed a 3-year deal with Brøndby IF.

Club career[edit]

Arajuuri (left) and Mika Niskala at IFK Mariehamn

Originally from Helsinki, Arajuuri moved to the Åland Islands and IFK Mariehamn in 2008. He had already made his debut in the Veikkausliiga with FC Honka against rivals HJK Helsinki. During his first season with IFK Mariehamn, he participated in all except two games, making it a total of 24 appearances.

During the summer of 2009, Arajuuri was frequently linked with a move to Sweden, especially to Djurgårdens IF. Arajuuri's player agent, Jonas Wirmola, admitted to one of the major newspapers of Åland that Djurgården and several other clubs had shown interest in the young Finnish defender.[2]

Eventually, Arajuuri signed a four-year deal (on a Bosman-transfer) with the Swedish champions of 2008, Kalmar FF on 24 September 2009.[3]

Arajuuri netted his first league goals for Kalmar FF home against GAIS on 23 June 2011. He scored twice to help the Småland club earn a 2 - 1 victory.[4] From January 1, 2014 he will play for Polish side KKS Lech Poznań.[5]

International career[edit]

Arajuuri made his debut in the Finland national under-21 football team in a friendly against Poland in Jyväskylä on 3 June 2008.[6]

Arajuuri has also represented Finland's U-23 national team in the International Challenge Trophy.[7]

Arajuuri was called up to represent Finland in the U-21 national team qualifiers for the 2011 U-21 Euros. He was a part of the squad that faced Holland and Poland in September 2009, and has since that become a regular.[8] Arajuuri earned his first cap for Finland in a friendly against South Korea on 18 January 2010 in Málaga, Spain. Arajuuri came on as a substitute in the 84th minute.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 11 July 2016.[10]
Club Season League League Cup Europe Other1 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Kalmar FF 2010 Allsvenskan 13 0 2 0 1 0 16 0
2011 10 2 0 0 10 2
2012 21 1 0 0 6 0 27 1
2013 12 0 3 0 15 0
Total 56 3 5 0 7 0 68 3
Lech Poznań 2013–14 Ekstraklasa 5 0 5 0
2014–15 25 3 4 1 0 0 29 4
2015–16 28 0 5 1 3 0 0 0 36 2
2016–17 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 58 3 9 2 3 0 0 0 70 7

1 Including Polish SuperCup.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Lech Poznań[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "P.Arajuuri". soccerway.com. SOCCERWAY. Retrieved 25 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "Fortfarande oklart kring Arajuuri-flytt". Nya Åland (in Swedish) (Mariehamn, Finland). 20 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-21. 
  3. ^ "Paulus Arajuuri siirtyy Kalmariin". Veikkausliiga (in Finnish) (Mariehamn, Finland). 24 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-24. 
  4. ^ "Paulus frälste Guldfågeln Arena". Kalmar FF (in Swedish) (Kalmar, Sweden). 23 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-23. 
  5. ^ http://www.lechpoznan.pl/news/paulus,arajuuri,pilkarzem,lecha
  6. ^ "U21 Suomi-Puola 3.6". Futismaailma.com (in Finnish) (Jyväskylä, Finland). 3 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-03. 
  7. ^ "U23: Suomi Italian kimppuun keskiviikkona". Palloliitto.fi (in Finnish) (Helsinki, Finland). 1 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-01. 
  8. ^ "Paulus representerar Finland". GMM (Helsinki, Finland). 26 August 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-26. [dead link] (Swedish)
  9. ^ "Förlust för Lyyski och Arajuuri i debuten". Nya Åland (in Swedish) (Mariehamn, Finland). 18 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-19. 
  10. ^ a b "Paulus Arajuuri". Soccerway. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 

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