Sami Ristilä

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Sami Ristilä
Personal information
Full name Sami Ristilä
Date of birth (1974-08-15) 15 August 1974 (age 44)
Place of birth Valkeakoski, Finland
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1996 Haka 87 (14)
1995–1996 Neukirchen 15 (3)
1996–1999 Zwolle 79 (17)
1999–2000 Jokerit 46 (9)
2001 MyPa 29 (6)
2002–2004 Haka 70 (25)
2005–2008 Drogheda United ? (?)
2009 Haka 16 (2)
Teams managed
2009–2012 Haka[1]
2013–2016 KTP
2016– Shamrock Rovers (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Sami Ristilä (born 15 August 1974, in Valkeakoski) is a Finnish football manager and former player who is currently part of the Shamrock Rovers coaching team.

Player career[edit]

Ristilä played an important role in the Drogheda midfield and sometimes played up front. He has represented the Finland national side on two occasions. Before he joined Drogheda Ristilä played for MyPa, SC Neukirchen, FC Zwolle and FC Haka. He played three seasons with Zwolle in the Dutch Eerste divisie.[2] In December 2008 he returned to FC Haka and signed a contract to 30 December 2011.

He has played 247 games in the Veikkausliiga.

Manager career[edit]

Longest spell of his career was 2013-2016 with finnish club KTP. After 2015 season KTP got relegated from Veikkausliiga. Poor results continued the next year and Ristilä got replaced by his assistant coach in middle of the season on June 30, 2016.

On 31 August 2016, he joined the coaching staff of Shamrock Rovers.[3]



Drogheda United


  • Vuorinen, Juha (2007). Pelimiehet (Complete record of Finnish league football). The Sports Museum Foundation of Finland. p. 288. ISBN 978-952-99075-9-5.
  • Guardian Football
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  2. ^ "Sami Ristilä" (in Dutch). Voetbal International. Retrieved 23 September 2009.
  3. ^ "Sami Ristilä appointment". Shamrock Rovers. 31 August 2016. Archived from the original on 11 September 2016. Retrieved 1 September 2016.

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