Toni Kolehmainen

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Toni Kolehmainen
Personal information
Date of birth (1988-07-20) 20 July 1988 (age 25)
Place of birth Oulu, Finland
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Defensive Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 13
Youth career
2004–2005 Blackburn Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005 OLS Oulu 14 (0)
2006–2007 AC Oulu 25 (3)
2007–2009 AZ 0 (0)
2009 AC Oulu 5 (1)
2010–2012 TPS Turku 72 (7)
2012– Hønefoss 26 (0)
National team
2008–2010 Finland U-21 6 (0)
2012– Finland 7 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 September 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 March 2013

Toni Kolehmainen (born 20 July 1988 in Oulu) is a Finnish professional football midfielder who currently plays for Hønefoss in Norwegian Tippeligaen.

He had previously played for AZ in Alkmaar, Netherlands. Kolehmainen also played in Blackburn Rovers' youth academy during 2004-05.

Early career[edit]

After ending his stay with Blackburn Rovers' youth academy Toni returned to Finland to play for OLS Oulu. In 2006 he joined town rival AC Oulu and helped the club gain promotion to the Veikkausliiga. His play with AC Oulu led to interest from Dutch Eredivisie club AZ Alkmaar who signed Kolehmainen in 2007.

Club career[edit]

During his time with AZ he was primarily a member of the reserve squad. In 2008 he was promoted to the first team squad by Louis van Gaal and made his debut in a 3-0 KNVB Cup victory over Achilles '29.[1] Once the 2009 season concluded Kolehmainen did not exercise the option on his contract with AZ and returned to AC Oulu for a brief stay, which led to a promotion after the season.

Kolehmainen however left Oulu and went on signing a two-year contract with TPS on February 2010.[2]

After some promising performances, Kolehmainen was spotted by Hønefoss BK, where he would reunite with a TPS team-mate Riku Riski. A long-term contract was signed on 31 August 2012.[3]

International career[edit]

On 22 January 2012 Kolehmainen scored for Finland in his senior level debut, in a friendly match against Trinidad and Tobago.

Career statistics[edit]

International goals[edit]

# Date Location Opponent Score Result Competition
1. January 22, 2012 Trinidad and Tobago Port of Spain  Trinidad and Tobago 2−2 2−3 Friendly
2. June 3, 2012 Estonia Võru  Latvia 1−0 1−1 (6-7 p) Baltic Cup final
3. 14 November 2012 Cyprus Nicosia  Cyprus 0−3 0−3 Friendly


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