Roope Riski

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Roope Riski
Roope Riski 1.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1991-08-16) 16 August 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth Askainen, Finland
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
SJK
Youth career
MaPS
TPS
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 TPS 18 (12)
2009–2010 ÅIFK (loan) 14 (12)
2010 FC Viikingit (loan) 6 (5)
2011–2014 Cesena 1 (0)
2011 TPS Turku (loan) 11 (4)
2012 Hønefoss BK (loan) 1 (0)
2012–2014 TPS (loan) 35 (8)
2014–2015 Hønefoss 23 (12)
2015–2016 Haugesund 10 (0)
2015–2016 SJK (loan) 13 (8)
2016– SJK 33 (17)
2017 SC Paderborn (loan) 10 (1)
National team
2010–2012 Finland U21 11 (6)
2015– Finland 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 May 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22 February 2016

Roope Riski (born 16 August 1991) is a Finnish footballer currently playing for German 3. Liga club SC Paderborn on loan from SJK Seinäjoki.

He is known as a clinical, well positioned forward who can get into the right place at the right time. In the middle of the 2010 season, Riski was selected to the opening squad for the first time of his career. Since then he has enjoyed a phenomenal season, starting 12 games and scoring 11 goals. He has the best game/goal ratio in the Veikkausliiga.[1] He has often been compared to Bayer Leverkusen forward Javier Hernández.

Career[edit]

On 22 September 2010, Riski scored a hat-trick against AC Oulu. By doing this, he became the first ever player in Finland to score a hat-trick in all the highest three levels of Finnish football system during one season.[2]

From 27 January 2011 he is an official Cesena player. [3] He made his Serie A debut on 19 March 2011 against Lazio on Stadio Olimpico (1−0 away loss) as a 69th-minute substitute for Fabio Caserta, he has had loan spell in Finland for TPS Turku in 2012 and Hønefoss BK in Norway. In August 2012, Riski joined English side Derby County on trial ahead of their pre-season against Chesterfield, where he started in a 3–1 loss,[4] he scored in a reserve friendly against Matlock Town.[5]

On 8 February 2016, SJK announced the signing of Riski on a two-year contract.[6] On 10 January 2017 he was loaned to SC Paderborn.[7]

International career[edit]

On 19 January 2015, Riski made his senior debut for Finland in a 1–0 friendly against Sweden, where he scored the only goal of the match.[8]

International goal[edit]

Score and result list Finland's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref
1. 19 January 2015 Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi  Sweden 1–0 1–0 Friendly [8]

Personal life[edit]

He is the younger brother of Riku Riski, who currently plays for Odds BK and the Finland national football team.

Career statistics[edit]

Season Club Division League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2010 TPS Turku Veikkausliiga 18 12 1 0 19 12
2010 Viikingit Ykkönen 6 5 0 0 6 5
2010 Åbo IFK Kakkonen 1 3 0 0 1 3
2010–11 Cesena Serie A 1 0 0 0 1 0
2011 TPS Turku Veikkausliiga 11 4 0 0 11 4
2012 Hønefoss Tippeligaen 1 0 0 0 1 0
2012 TPS Turku Veikkausliiga 7 1 0 0 7 1
2013 23 6 0 0 23 6
2014 Hønefoss 1. Divisjon 23 12 0 0 23 12
2015 Haugesund Tippeligaen 10 0 2 0 12 0
2015 SJK Seinäjoki Veikkausliiga 13 8 0 0 13 8
2016 18 9 9 7 27 16
Career Total 140 69 12 7 152 76

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

SJK

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.veikkausliiga.fi/Statistic.aspx?id=11
  2. ^ [1]; YLE.fi, 29.2010 (in Finnish)
  3. ^ http://www.cesenacalcio.it/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4408:roope-riski-e-un-giocatore-del-cesena&catid=1:news&Itemid=124&lang=it
  4. ^ www.thisisderbyshire.co.uk (13 August 2012). "No excuses as Derby County round off programme of friendlies with dismal display at Chesterfield". Derby Evening Telegraph. 
  5. ^ dcfc.co.uk (15 August 2012). "Matlock Town 1-2 Derby County XI". Derby County. 
  6. ^ "Roope Riski palaa SJK-paitaan pitkällä sopimuksella". www.sjk2007.fi (in Finnish). SJK. 8 February 2016. Retrieved 8 February 2016. 
  7. ^ "Zwei Verpflichtungen". scp07.de (in German). SC Paderborn. 10 January 2017. Retrieved 10 January 2017. 
  8. ^ a b Lundberg, Martin (19 January 2015). "Roope Riski fällde Sverige". YLE (in Swedish). Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "SJK on Suomen mestari - RoPS:lle hopeaa, Jaro putosi Ykköseen" [SJK is a Finnish champion, silver to RoPS, Jaro goes to Ykkönen]. yle.fi (in Finnish). YLE. 25 October 2015. Retrieved 6 November 2015. 

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