Ville Väisänen

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Ville Väisänen
Personal information
Date of birth (1977-04-19) 19 April 1977 (age 40)
Place of birth Oulu, Finland
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996 OTP ? (4)
1996–1997 FC Jazz 9 (2)
1997–2000 De Graafschap 30 (2)
1999 FC Lahti (loan) 7 (0)
1999 TPV (loan) 10 (1)
2000–2001 Ethnikos Asteras 2 (0)
2001–2002 FC Haka 45 (8)
2003 Bryne FK 21 (1)
2004 Ljungskile SK 16 (3)
2005–2006 FF Jaro 35 (2)
2006–2007 Darlington 5 (0)
2007 Oulun Palloseura 18 (2)
2008 FC OPA 4 (1)
2008–2009 Spennymoor Town 14 (2)
2009–2010 FC OPA 25 (1)
National team
2001–2003 Finland
Teams managed
2007 JS Hercules
2008 FC Marton
2009 Tervarit U17
2010 FC OPA
2011–2012 ONS
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Ville Väisänen (born 19 April 1977) is a Finnish former footballer who last played as defender in Finnish second division team FC OPA. Väisänen has also tried his hands at managing - his latest spell being with Oulun Nice Soccer for seasons 2011 and 2012.


Väisänen started his career in 1996 in his home country with his hometown team OTP which played in Finland third tier Kakkonen scoring four goals in the first few games.[1] Soon after he moved to south to city of Pori to play for league side FC Jazz, eventually making his debut the following year. He moved to the Netherlands, where he played for two seasons for De Graafschap in Doetinchem before he returned to Finland, with first TPV then FC Lahti.

In 1999, he moved to Norway for one season, before his career took him to Greece, with Ethnikos Asteras. In 2001, he again returned to Finland, spending two seasons, then moved across Scandinavia, with Norwegian-side Bryne FK then Swedish Ljungskile SK. In 2005, Väisänen moved to Finland to play two seasons with FF Jaro.[2] In August 2006, he moved to England to play with Darlington, after being signed by manager David Hodgson.[3] He played five times but suffered a knee injury, and when Hodgson was replaced by new manager Dave Penney, Väisänen was released in December.[4][5] Väisänen then moved back to Finland to play for his hometown team Oulun Palloseura playing in Kakkonen. He played as a midfielder and was a captain of the team.[6] He left the team at the end of season to continue his studies in England and to find a new team.

Väisänen eventually returned to Oulu to play for another hometown team, FC OPA for five games.[7] His brother Kalle Väisänen also played for the team.[8] After a short spell at OPA, Ville Väisänen head back to England to finish his studies and played for a Northern League Division One side Spennymoor Town for the 2008–09 season.[9]

He also earned five caps for the Finland national side.[10] He managed JS Hercules for a period of time in 2007.[11] In October 2008, he became a gym instructor at Headlam Hall hotel in Headlam, County Durham, England.[10] While studying he also managed junior side FC Marton in Middlesbrough.[12]

Väisänen has signed for FC OPA for the season 2009.[13] He is did assistant managing for Tervarit U17 team in Oulu for the season 2009.[12] In the season 2010 Väisänen took a bigger role in FC OPA. He signed a player-manager contract which kept him at FC OPA for another year.[14]


  1. ^ "Väisänen moves from OTP to Jazz". MTV3. Retrieved 6 March 2009. 
  2. ^ "Ville Väisänen". National Football Teams. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  3. ^ "Vaisanen makes Darlington switch". BBC Sport. 2006-08-31. Retrieved 2008-10-28. 
  4. ^ "Ville Vaisanen". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2008-10-28. 
  5. ^ "Quakers release Finland defender". BBC Sport. 2006-12-05. Retrieved 2008-10-28. 
  6. ^ "Ville Väisänen at OPS". Finnish FA. Retrieved 6 March 2009. 
  7. ^ "Ville Väisänen with FC OPA". FC OPA. Retrieved 6 March 2009. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Brothers at FC OPA". FC OPA. Retrieved 6 March 2009. 
  9. ^ "Finnish International Signs". Spennymoor Town F.C. Archived from the original on 23 February 2009. Retrieved 6 March 2009. 
  10. ^ a b "Former Quakers striker joins Headlam staff". The Northern Echo. 2008-10-27. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2008-10-28. 
  11. ^ "Coaching JS Hercules" (PDF). JS Hercules, page 11. Retrieved 6 March 2009. [dead link]
  12. ^ a b "Ville Väisänen's CV". Retrieved 15 June 2009. 
  13. ^ "Ville Väisänen resigns with FC OPA". FC OPA. Retrieved 30 April 2009. 
  14. ^ "FC OPA saa pelaajavalmentajan". Retrieved 5 January 2010. 

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