|Date of birth||15 June 1988|
|Place of birth||Helsinki, Finland|
|Height||1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2006||→ FC Espoo (loan)||8||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 December 2016.
‡ 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. 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.
Arajuuri made his debut on senior level in the ranks of FC Espoo during season 2005. He gained 8 caps and scored one goal.
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.
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.
Finland youth teams
Arajuuri made his debut in the Finland national under-21 football team in a friendly against Poland in Jyväskylä on 3 June 2008. 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. Arajuuri has also represented Finland's U-23 national team in the International Challenge Trophy.
Finland first team
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. Arajuuri scored his first goal for the national team on 11 October 2015 in a UEFA Euro 2016 qualification match against Northern Ireland.
- As of 18 December 2016.
1 Including Polish SuperCup.
Statistics accurate as of matches played on 15 January 2017
- Scores and results list Finland's goal tally first.
|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|
- Lech Poznań
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