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Mika Väyrynen

Mika Väyrynen Finnish footballer (born 1965)

Finnish footballer (born 1965)
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Finnish footballer (born 1965)
Countries Finland
Occupations Athlete Football player Association football player
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 16 January 1965 (Espoo, Helsinki sub-region, Uusimaa, Southern Finland Regional State Administrative Agency)
Family
Children: Tim Väyrynen
The details
Biography

Mika Väyrynen (born 28 December 1981) is a Finnish footballer who plays for HIFK. He is a Finland international, with 64 caps since 2002.

Club career

Early career

Väyrynen started his career with FC Lahti and joined FC Jokerit for the 2001 season.

Heerenveen

Midway through that year SC Heerenveen beat Internazionale to his signature, Väyrynen opting for the Dutch club in order to have a better chance of a regular starting place. He immediately broke into the Heerenveen side, though the switch from a summer to winter season meant he began to suffer from injury problems. However, in 2003–04 he became their key player in midfield, and ended up scoring 17 goals in 100 Eredivisie games.

PSV

In the summer of 2005, Väyrynen joined PSV, upon joining stating, "PSV is the best option for me. At Heerenveen I learned to play more simple football. I am not the player I was in Finland any more, tactically and physically especially I have grown a lot." He was brought in to replace Mark van Bommel by PSV manager Guus Hiddink. Väyrynen was, however, ruled out for much of the early 2005–06 season with an ankle injury. Väyrynen returned to action as a substitute on 17 December 2005 against Willem II, and immediately scored his first goal for PSV. He was not able to earn a regular starting place in the spring season, and mostly made substitute appearances, as PSV secured the Dutch title for the second year in a row.

Väyrynen was linked with a move to Rangers and newly promoted Premier League side Derby County as they looked to strengthen for the 2007–08 season. Väyrynen almost moved to Derby in August 2007, but the move collapsed because of a calf injury.

In the summer of 2008, Väyrynen was again linked with Rangers and an undisclosed Belgian team, believed to be Club Brugge. He was also linked with Derbyfor the second time on 22 July 2008, according to Derby's local radio, despite their relegation to the Championship.

Heerenveen

31 August 2008, two days before the closing of the transfer window, Väyrynen was signed by former club Heerenveen to a contract until 2011 with an option of one year more. He picked up a knee injury in a January 2009 match against Ajax which ruled him out of play until the end of 2009. In his final season at Heerenveen, he scored 9 league goals for the club in 30 games.

Leeds United

On 13 September 2011, Väyrynen, now a free agent, signed a one-year deal – with an option of a further year – with English Championship side Leeds United. Väyrynen was rumoured to have been on the verge of signing Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg at the time Leeds came in for him.

In signing for Leeds, Väyrynen joined compatriot Mikael Forssell at Elland Road. Väyrynen made his first appearance in a Leeds squad on 20 September, he was named on the bench against rivals Manchester United, and was brought on with Forssell in the 52nd minute. Väyrynen made his league debut as a substitute in the 3–3 draw against Brighton & Hove Albion on 23 September, coming on for the last nine minutes. He made his Elland Road league debut against Portsmouth on 1 October, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 1-0 win. He made his first start for Leeds on 22 October, coming into the side for the injured Robert Snodgrass against Peterborough United.

Väyrynen was ruled out for a few weeks when he had groin surgery which also ruled him out of some of the international fixtures with Finland. He returned as a substitute for Leeds against Watford on 10 December, and he made an immediate impact when he won an injury time penalty for Leeds to equalise. His second start came in Leeds 4–1 loss against Barnsley on 31 December 2011.

On 16 April, Leeds united terminated Väyrynen's contract by mutual consent after eight months at the club.

HJK Helsinki

Since leaving Leeds, Väyrynen had been training with HJK Helsinki in order to maintain match fitness. On 10 July, HJK announced that Väyrynen had signed a three-month contract with the club. He made his debut one week later, scoring from a penalty, in a 7−0 home win against KR Reykjavik in UEFA Champions League qualifiers. He made in total of 12 league appearances, scoring three goals, as HJK were crowned as league champions for the fourth consecutive season.

On 1 February 2013, Väyrynen signed a two-year contract extension with HJK.

LA Galaxy

In February 2015, Väyrynen trialed with LA Galaxy of Major League Soccer and signed with them on 6 March 2015. On 15 March 2015, he made his debut against the Portland Timbers, coming off the bench in the 62nd minute and replacing Baggio Hušidić in an eventual 2–2 draw.

International career

Väyrynen is a key player for the Finland national team. He made his debut on 20 March 2002 against South Korea. Väyrynen's breakthrough for Finland came in June 2003, when he was the star performer in matches against Serbia and Montenegro and Italy. Väyrynen was also a key player for Finland at the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship.

Career stats

Club

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Finland League Finnish Cup Europe Total
1999 FC Lahti Veikkausliiga 15 1 15 1
2000 21 10 21 10
2001 Jokerit 30 4 30 4
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Total
2001–02 Heerenveen Eredivisie 18 0 18 0
2002–03 22 4 22 4
2003–04 32 5 32 5
2004–05 29 8 29 8
2005–06 PSV 11 2 2 0 1 0 14 2
2006–07 17 0 4 0 8 1 29 1
2007–08 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 0
2008–09 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Heerenveen 17 1 3 0 6 2 26 1
2009-10 10 1 1 0 3 1 14 2
2010-11 30 9 1 1 0 0 30 10
England League FA Cup Europe Total
2011-12 Leeds United Championship 10 0 1 0 0 0 11 0
Finland League Finnish Cup Europe Total
2012 HJK Helsinki Veikkausliiga 11 3 0 0 4 1 15 4
2013 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2014 25 2 3 1 10 1 38 4
Total Finland 105 20 3 1 14 2 122 23
Netherlands 187 30 11 1 20 4 205 31
England 10 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Career total 275 48 11 1 24 5 310 54

International

As of 7 March 2015
Finland national team
Year Apps Goals
2002 1 0
2003 7 0
2004 8 0
2005 2 0
2006 8 2
2007 6 0
2008 9 1
2009 0 0
2010 7 2
2011 8 0
2012 1 0
2013 2 0
2014 2 0
2015 2 0
Total 64 5

International goals

Finland's score first.

# Date Location Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 16 August 2006 Finland Helsinki  Northern Ireland 1–2 Lose Friendly
2. 2 September 2006 Poland Bydgoszcz  Poland 3-1 Win UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
3. 10 September 2008 Finland Helsinki  Germany 3-3 Draw 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
4. 3 March 2010 Malta Ta'Qali  Malta 2-1 Win Friendly
5. 17 November 2010 Finland Helsinki  San Marino 8-0 Win UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying

Honours

PSV

  • Eredivisie: 2005–06, 2006–07
  • KNVB Cup: 1
2009

HJK

  • Veikkausliiga: 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Finnish Cup: 2014

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