Paulus Arajuuri

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Paulus Arajuuri
Paulus Arajuuri.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1988-06-15) 15 June 1988 (age 29)[1]
Place of birth Helsinki, Finland
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)[1]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Brøndby IF
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 70 (5)
2017– Brøndby IF 8 (0)
National team
2008 Finland U20 3 (0)
2008–2010 Finland U21 12 (0)
2010– Finland 20 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 May 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 November 2016

Paulus Verneri Arajuuri (born 15 June 1988) is a Finnish professional footballer, who plays as a centre back for Brøndby IF in the Danish Superliga and the Finland national team.[2] He began his senior club career playing for FC Espoo, before making his Veikkausliiga debut with Honka at age 18 in 2006.

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

Club career[edit]

Arajuuri (left) and Mika Niskala at IFK Mariehamn

FC Espoo[edit]

Arajuuri made his debut on senior level in the ranks of FC Espoo during season 2005. He gained 8 caps and scored one goal.

Honka[edit]

During season 2006 he made his debut in the Veikkausliiga with FC Honka against rivals HJK Helsinki. During the season, he was loaned back to FC Espoo for 8 matches.

Klubi-04[edit]

For the season 2007 he joined HJK Helsinki. He didn't make any appearances in the first team, but spent the whole season playing for the reserve team Klubi-04 in the Ykkönen.

IFK Mariehamn[edit]

Originally from Helsinki, Arajuuri moved to the Åland Islands and IFK Mariehamn in 2008. 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.[3]

Kalmar FF[edit]

Eventually, Arajuuri signed a four-year deal (on a Bosman-transfer) with the Swedish champions of 2008, Kalmar FF on 24 September 2009.[4]

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.[5]

Lech Poznań[edit]

On 1 January 2014, Arajuuri signed for Polish side Lech Poznań.[6]

International career[edit]

Finland youth teams[edit]

Arajuuri made his debut in the Finland national under-21 football team in a friendly against Poland in Jyväskylä on 3 June 2008.[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 the Netherlands and Poland in September 2009, and since that become a regular.[8] Arajuuri has also represented Finland's U-23 national team in the International Challenge Trophy.[9]

Finland first team[edit]

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.[10] Arajuuri scored his first goal for the national team on 11 October 2015 in a UEFA Euro 2016 qualification match against Northern Ireland.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 22 May 2017.[12]
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 1
2016–17 12 2 1 0 0 0 13 2
Total 70 5 10 2 3 0 0 0 83 7
Brøndby IF 2016–17 Danish Superliga 8 0 3 0 11 0

1 Including Polish SuperCup.

International[edit]

Statistics accurate as of matches played on 15 January 2017[13]

National team Year Apps Goals
Finland
2010 1 0
2011 0 0
2012 2 0
2013 3 0
2014 0 0
2015 5 0
2016 9 1
Total 20 2

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Finland's goal tally first.[14]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 11 October 2015 Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland  Northern Ireland 1–1 1–1 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
2. 5 September 2016 Veritas Stadion, Turku, Finland  Kosovo 1–0 1–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Lech Poznań[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "P.Arajuuri". soccerway.com. SOCCERWAY. Retrieved 25 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "Paulus Arajuuri" (in Finnish). Suomen Palloliitto. Retrieved 1 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "Fortfarande oklart kring Arajuuri-flytt". Nya Åland (in Swedish). Mariehamn, Finland. 20 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-21. 
  4. ^ "Paulus Arajuuri siirtyy Kalmariin". Veikkausliiga (in Finnish). Mariehamn, Finland. 24 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-24. 
  5. ^ "Paulus frälste Guldfågeln Arena". Kalmar FF (in Swedish). Kalmar, Sweden. 23 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-23. 
  6. ^ http://www.lechpoznan.pl/news/paulus,arajuuri,pilkarzem,lecha
  7. ^ "U21 Suomi-Puola 3.6". Futismaailma.com (in Finnish). Jyväskylä, Finland. 3 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-03. 
  8. ^ "Paulus representerar Finland". GMM. Helsinki, Finland. 26 August 2009. Archived from the original on 28 March 2014. Retrieved 2009-08-26.  (in Swedish)
  9. ^ "U23: Suomi Italian kimppuun keskiviikkona". Palloliitto.fi (in Finnish). Helsinki, Finland. 1 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-01. 
  10. ^ "Förlust för Lyyski och Arajuuri i debuten". Nya Åland (in Swedish). Mariehamn, Finland. 18 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-19. 
  11. ^ "Finland 1-1 Northern Ireland: Michael O'Neill's men finish top of Group F". Sky Sports. 11 October 2015. Retrieved 2016-12-06. 
  12. ^ a b "Paulus Arajuuri". Soccerway. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  13. ^ Paulus Arajuuri at National-Football-Teams.com
  14. ^ "Arajuuri, Paulus". National Football Teams. Retrieved 14 December 2016. 

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