|Full name||Simo Johannes Valakari|
|Date of birth||28 April 1973|
|Place of birth||Helsinki, Finland|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|2011–2012||Käpylän Pallo (youth coach)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Valakari began his career with KontU in the Finnish lower divisions, before first moving to FinnPa in 1995 and then to Scottish club Motherwell in 1996. After four seasons in Scotland, it was off to Derby County in the English Premiership. However, Valakari failed to become a first team regular at Pride Park Stadium and decided to join Dallas Burn for the 2004 MLS season and finished the year with a goal and four assists. Following the 2006 season, his contract was not renewed with the team, known by that time as FC Dallas. Valakari decided to return to Finland for the 2007 Veikkausliiga season, where he signed for TPS Turku managed by Mixu Paatelainen.
Valakari was a regular with the Finnish national team during his stay in Europe. He has made a total of 32 caps for his country.
He was named manager of Åbo IFK in January 2010 and subsequently ended his playing career. He however returned "home" as he announced his return to Käpylän Pallo as a youth coach after the 2010 season.
Since 2012 he has been the head coach of SJK. In 2013, he managed the team to gain promotion to the Finnish premier division Veikkausliiga and they went on to win the Finnish championship in 2015. The team also won the Finnish League Cup in 2014.