Pyry Kärkkäinen

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Pyry Kärkkäinen
Pyry Karkkainen KuPS.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1986-11-10) 10 November 1986 (age 30)
Place of birth Kiuruvesi, Finland
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Central defender
Club information
Current team
FC Lahti
Number 6
Youth career
Kiuruveden Palloilijat
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003 PK-37 ? (?)
2004–2006 KuPS 35 (1)
2007–2008 FC Lahti 46 (3)
2009–2010 HJK 35 (2)
2011–2012 KuPS 63 (2)
2013– FC Lahti 25 (2)
National team
2006–2009 Finland U21 12 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 September 2012.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2 September 2006

Pyry Kärkkäinen (born 10 November 1986 in Kiuruvesi) is a Finnish footballer who currently plays for FC Lahti in the Finnish Veikkausliiga.

Club career[edit]

Kärkkäinen started his career with Kiuruveden Palloilijat where he played, until joining PK-37 for the season 2003. In 2003, he went on trial at Molde FK. For the season 2004, he moved to Kuopio and KuPS. He signed for three years. KuPS was relegated in 2006 and Kärkkäinen left the club and signed with FC Lahti. At that time he was already a regular in the Finnish under-19 national team. FC Honka had Kärkkäinen at trial in 2006, but chose not to offer a contract and FC Lahti's coach Antti Muurinen signed him for the first time.


In November 2008, Kärkkäinen signed a two-year contract with the capital city club HJK. Also in this time Muurinen wanted to have the talented centre-back. He made his first appearance for HJK in the 5-1 home win against his old club KuPS on 18 April 2009. He also scored his first goal for HJK in the same match.

International career[edit]

He was a part of the Finnish under-21 team, that qualified for the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship final tournament in 2009. He has also played for U17's and U19's.

Career honours[edit]


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