Tinja-Riikka Korpela

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Tinja-Riikka Korpela
Korpela in 2009
Personal information
Full name Tinja-Riikka Tellervo Korpela[1]
Date of birth (1986-05-05) 5 May 1986 (age 37)
Place of birth Oulu, Finland
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Team information
Current team
Tottenham Hotspur
Number 1
Youth career
1992–2004 OLS Oulu
2004–2005 SC Raisio
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 FC Honka
2010–2011 Kolbotn 43 (0)
2012–2013 LSK Kvinner 40 (0)
2013–2014 Tyresö FF 4 (0)
2014–2017 Bayern Munich 51 (0)
2018–2019 Vålerenga 17 (0)
2019–2021 Everton 16 (0)
2021–2023 Tottenham Hotspur 22 (0)
2023- AS Roma 5 (0)
International career
2007– Finland 105 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 3 January 2024
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 8 April 2022

Tinja-Riikka Tellervo Korpela (born 5 May 1986) is a Finnish professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for AS Roma. She previously played for Tottenham Hotspur in the FA WSL, Bayern Munich in the German Frauen-Bundesliga, Tyresö FF in Sweden's Damallsvenskan, LSK Kvinner and Kolbotn of Norway's Toppserien,[2] and FC Honka of Finland's Naisten Liiga.[3]

Korpela debuted for Finland's national team in 2007. She represented her country at the UEFA Women's Championships in 2009 and 2013.

Club career[edit]

Playing for Tyresö in 2014

Swedish UEFA Women's Champions League contenders Tyresö FF signed Korpela to a contract in December 2013.[4] Korpela competed with Carola Söberg for a starting place and was a substitute in Tyresö's 4–3 defeat by Wolfsburg in the 2014 UEFA Women's Champions League Final.[5] Tyresö suffered a financial implosion in 2014 and withdrew from the 2014 Damallsvenskan season, expunging all their results and making all their players free agents.[6]

Korpela signed a two-year contract with German Frauen-Bundesliga club FC Bayern Munich in June 2014.[7] On 18 February 2016, she extended her contract until 2018.[8] At their request and in agreement of the association their contract was dissolved at the end of 2017; She left FC Bayern Munich after just three and a half years.[9] It was duly approved before the last round game on 17 December 2017 before the home game against 1. FFC Frankfurt.

On 6 July 2021, Korpela signed for Tottenham after leaving Everton in the WSL.[10]

International career[edit]

Korpela was part of the Finland squad at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women's World Championship.[11] She made her senior Finland women's national football team debut in March 2007, against Sweden at the Algarve Cup. By the time of UEFA Women's Euro 2009, hosted in Finland, Korpela was the first choice goalkeeper.[12]

In June 2013, Korpela was named in national coach Andrée Jeglertz's Finland squad for UEFA Women's Euro 2013.[13] After playing in Finland's first two matches at the tournament, she was replaced with longstanding rival Minna Meriluoto for the final group game; a 1–1 draw with Denmark.

On 21 October 2021, she played her 100th match for Finland in a 3–0 win over Georgia in the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Korpela is openly gay.[15]


FC Honka
Bayern München


  1. ^ "2009 UEFA EUROPEAN WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH PRESS KIT" (PDF). UEFA. Retrieved 31 October 2011.
  2. ^ Suomen naisten EM-karsintajoukkue valittu YLE
  3. ^ "Naisten Liiga – Suomen Palloliitto". Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Tyresö sign Korpela and secure quartet". Uefa.com. UEFA. 11 December 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  5. ^ Saffer, Paul (22 May 2014). "Müller the hero again as Wolfsburg win classic final". UEFA. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
  6. ^ Jönsson, Fredrik; Nordmark, Kasja (5 June 2014). "Tyresö lämnar damallsvenskan" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
  7. ^ "FC Bayern verpflichtet Korpela und verlängert mit Manieri". fcbayern-frauenfussball.de (in German). 23 June 2014. Retrieved 27 June 2014.
  8. ^ "Tinja-Riikka Korpela weitere zwei Jahre beim FC Bayern" (in German). Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  9. ^ "Torhueterin Korpela verlaesst die FCB-Frauen" (in German). Pressemitteilung auf der Homepage des FC Bayern München.
  10. ^ Lea, Connie (6 July 2021). "Tottenham Hotspur sign former Everton duo". Her Football Hub. Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  11. ^ "Tinja-Riikka Korpela". Uefa.com. UEFA. Retrieved 21 July 2013.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ Statistics Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine in the Football Association of Finland's web
  13. ^ "Jeglertz turns to youth for Finland". Uefa.com. UEFA. 28 June 2013. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
  14. ^ "Internationals - Tinja-Riikka joins 100 club". Tottenham Hotspur. 22 October 2021.
  15. ^ Sundelin, Saku-Pekka (12 February 2015). "Suomalainen jalkapalloammattilainen homoudestaan: Pitää uskaltaa puhua". Iltasanomat.fi (in Finnish). Retrieved 8 June 2016.

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