Roni Porokara

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Roni Porokara
Personal information
Full name Roni Porokara
Date of birth (1983-12-12) 12 December 1983 (age 33)
Place of birth Helsinki, Finland
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
FC Honka
Number 33
Youth career
FinnPa
AC Allianssi
FC Jokerit
Klubi-04
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 FC Hämeenlinna 49 (6)
2005–2007 FC Honka 76 (24)
2008–2010 Örebro SK 84 (11)
2010–2012 Beerschot 29 (3)
2012 Ironi Kiryat Shmona 3 (0)
2013–2014 FC Honka 52 (11)
2014 HJK Helsinki 4 (1)
2015– FC Honka 0 (0)
Total 297 (56)
National team
2005 Finland U21 1 (0)
2006– Finland 24 (5)
* 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.[1]

Club career[edit]

FC Hämeenlinna[edit]

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.

FC Honka[edit]

He joined FC Honka in 2005, and played there until the end of 2007, making 76 league appearances and scoring 24 goals.

Örebro SK[edit]

In 2008, Porokara moved to the Swedish Premier Division side Örebro SK staying there until the end of 2010, making 84 league appearances and scoring 11 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.[2] Porokara attracted interest from Maccabi Haifa due to his eligibility to receive Israeli citizenship under the law of return.[3]
He was set to transfer to Maccabi Haifa in January 2010, for $700,000,[4] 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.

Beerschot AC[edit]

On 3 December 2010 he signed with Beerschot,[5] where he stayed until the summer of 2012, before moving to Ironi Kiryat Shmona in Israel.

Back to FC Honka[edit]

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.

International career[edit]

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.

International goals[edit]

As of 12 December 2009

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Reports
1. 2 February 2009 Olympic Stadium, Tokyo  Japan 1–3 1–5 Friendly match [1]
2. 10 October 2009 Olympic Stadium, Helsinki  Wales 1–0 2–1 FIFA World Cup 2010 qualifying [2]
3. 11 August 2010 Veritas Stadion, Turku  Belgium 1-0 1-0 Friendly [3]
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

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

FC Honka[edit]

Individual[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Finland League Finnish Cup League Cup Europe Total
2003 FC Hämeenlinna Ykkönen 25 1 - - - - - - - -
2004 24 5 - - - - - - - -
2005 FC Honka 26 13 - - - - - - - -
2006 Veikkausliiga 24 8 - - - - - - - -
2007 26 3 - - - - 4 2 - -
Sweden League Svenska Cupen League Cup Europe Total
2008 Örebro SK Allsvenskan 29 2 - - - - - - - -
2009 29 5 - - - - - - - -
2010 26 3 - - - - - - - -
Belgium League Belgian Cup League Cup Europe Total
2010-2011 Germinal Beerschot Belgian Pro League 12 0 - - - - - - - -
Total Finland 125 30 - - - - - - - -
Sweden 84 11 - - - - - - - -
Belgium 12 0 - - - - - - - -
Career total 209 41 - - - - - - - -

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Heja Finland!" (PDF). Judiska SportMagazinet (in Swedish). Svenska Makkabiförbundet. January 2009. Retrieved 12 December 2009. 
  2. ^ Van Wagenen, Jon (2009-11-17). "Bedoya Reaping Rewards For Hard Wor". Yanks-Abroad.com. Retrieved 12 December 2009. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ Porokara signs with Beerschot (Finnish)

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