Matias Ojala

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Matias Ojala
Personal information
Date of birth (1995-02-28) 28 February 1995 (age 24)
Place of birth Oulu, Finland
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 6
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2016 AC Oulu 85 (11)
2013–2014HSV II (loan) 14 (1)
2016–2017 PS Kemi 58 (0)
2018– Ilves 6 (0)
National team
2010–2011 Finland U-17 6 (0)
2011–2013 Finland U-19 8 (0)
2012–2013 Finland U-18 2 (1)
2014 Finland U-20 2 (0)
2014–2015 Finland U-21 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 May 2018

Matias Ojala (born 28.2.1995) is a Finnish footballer, currently playing for Ilves in the Finnish Veikkausliiga.

Early career[edit]

Born and raised in Oulu, Ojala started his footballing career with local club AC Oulu, making his debut on Finnish top-flight on 12 August 2010, only at the age of 15. By doing this, he became the youngest player in history to make an appearance in Veikkausliiga.[1]

He was however unable to make more appearances during the season as AC Oulu finished 11th. Because of their financial situation, the club however dropped down a level as they were denied a league license by the Finnish FA[2]

This proved to be a good career point for Ojala, as he went on making 58 appearances and scoring 9 goals for Oulu during the next three seasons combined in the Finnish second division. During his final season with Oulu, he replaced the legendary Mika Nurmela as the team captain, only at the age of 18.


On 27 August 2013, it was announced that Ojala had joined German Bundesliga side HSV on loan until summer 2014, with an option to buy.[3] He was promoted to train with the first team for the first time in early October.