|Full name||Roni Porokara|
|Date of birth||12 December 1983|
|Place of birth||Helsinki, Finland|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|2012||Ironi Kiryat Shmona||3||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 September 2014.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 June 2012
Roni Porokara (born 12 December 1983) is a Finnish international football player, who currently plays for FC Honka in the Kakkonen. Porokara is the first Jewish player in the Finnish national team since 1949.
On 15 May 2003, at age 19, Roni Porokara made his league debut in a match between FC Hämeenlinna and KuPS. During his two-year spell with Hämeenlinna, he made 46 league appearances and scored 6 goals.
He joined FC Honka in 2005, and played there until the end of 2007, making 76 league appearances and scoring 24 goals.
At the end of the 2009 Allsvenskan season, after playing for a year in Örebro SK, Porokara entered into negotiations with Israeli clubs, Maccabi Haifa and Maccabi Tel Aviv. Porokara attracted interest from Maccabi Haifa due to his eligibility to receive Israeli citizenship under the law of return.
He was set to transfer to Maccabi Haifa in January 2010, for $700,000, but the deal fell through.
In August 2010, Porokara attracted interest from number of clubs in Europe. Wigan Athletic from the Premier League was the big name out of this clubs along with Cesena from Serie A, and few clubs from Germany, Belgium, and Switzerland. After Örebro finished third in 2010, Porokara announced that he will not renew his contract with the Swedes.
Back to FC Honka
Porokara returned to FC Honka in 2015 after the team was relegated to Kakkonen due to financial problems. After injury-filled first season, Porokara still remains an active player but has moved towards the administration side of the club.
On 13 April 2005, Porokara made his only appearance for the Finnish under-21 side in a friendly match against their Estonian counterparts. His full national team debut came a year later on 25 May 2006 in a friendly against Sweden. Porokara was a late substitute and only got a minute on the pitch.
In 11/8/2010 Porokara scored the winning goal against Belgium in friendly game.
As of 12 December 2009
|1.||2 February 2009||Olympic Stadium, Tokyo||Japan||1–3||1–5||Friendly match|||
|2.||10 October 2009||Olympic Stadium, Helsinki||Wales||1–0||2–1||FIFA World Cup 2010 qualifying|||
|3.||11 August 2010||Veritas Stadion, Turku||Belgium||1-0||1-0||Friendly|||
|4.||17 November 2010||Olympic Stadium, Helsinki||San Marino||7-0||8-0||UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying|
|5.||9 February 2011||Jules Ottenstadion, Ghent||Belgium||1-1||1-1||Friendly|
- Ykkönen: 2005
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Finland||League||Finnish Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|Sweden||League||Svenska Cupen||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|Belgium||League||Belgian Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|2010-2011||Germinal Beerschot||Belgian Pro League||12||0||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
- "Heja Finland!" (PDF). Judiska SportMagazinet (in Swedish). Svenska Makkabiförbundet. January 2009. Retrieved 12 December 2009.
- Van Wagenen, Jon (2009-11-17). "Bedoya Reaping Rewards For Hard Wor". Yanks-Abroad.com. Retrieved 12 December 2009.
- Tuchman, Yaniv (2009-12-10). אילייב: אנחנו יכולים להיות ברמה של חיפה והפועל [Iliev: We Can Be On The Level Of Haifa & Hapoel]. Ma'ariv (in Hebrew). NRG.co.il. Retrieved 12 December 2009.
- חיפה תשלם 600 אלף דולר על פורוקוארה [Haifa will pay for Porokara $700,000] (in Hebrew). walla.co.il. 2010-01-12. Retrieved 12 January 2010.
- Porokara signs with Beerschot (Finnish)