Tero Penttilä

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Tero Penttilä
Personal information
Full name Tero Penttilä
Date of birth (1975-03-09) 9 March 1975 (age 43)
Place of birth Suomussalmi, Finland
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1993 Reipas Lahti 9 (0)
1994–1996 FC Kuusysi 70 (12)
1997–1998 FC Lahti 45 (19)
1999 Haka Valkeakoski 39 (4)
1999–2002 Rangers 5 (0)
2002–2005 HJK Helsinki 20 (1)
Total 187 (36)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Tero Penttilä (born 9 March 1975 in Suomussalmi, Finland) is a former professional football player who played for Rangers in defence.

Club career[edit]

Penttilä began football career at Reipas Lahti, before moving to arch rivals FC Kuusysi in 1994. By 1997, the two sides had merged and become FC Lahti. Penttilä continued to play for the side until 1999, when he moved to Haka Valkeakoski, where he won his first Veikkausliiga title. It was at Haka that the then Rangers manager Dick Advocaat noticed him during a UEFA Champions League qualifier. Penttilä joined the Gers in the summer of 1999, he cost £300,000.[1]

He made a total of five top team appearances (four in the league) over three seasons and left Rangers on 16 May 2002.[2] He made 4 of his 5 appearances in the 1999/2000 season, but didn't make his 5th and final appearance until the 2001/02 season when he came on as a substitute against Kilmarnock.[3] He returned to Veikkausliiga, with HJK Helsinki a month later. Penttilä was named team captain and won 2002 & 2003 league titles with the club. He retired in 2005 due to a knee injury and went on to study medicine.[4]

International career[edit]

Penttila won five caps for Finland.


  1. ^ "United ready to sell struggling Taibi" Independent (17 November 1999)
  2. ^ "Penttilä and the Rangers about erkanivat"[permanent dead link] MTV3.fi (16 May 2002)
  3. ^ "Rangers trounce Kilmarnock". BBC. 20 March 2002. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Penttila moves to Rangers to learn". The Herald (Glasgow). 17 November 1999. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 

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