Matti Oivanen

Matti Tapio Oivanen (born 26 May 1986 in Huittinen) is a Finnish volleyball player, a member of Finland men's national volleyball team and Finnish club Hurrikaani Loimaa. His twin brother is Mikko Oivanen also volleyball player.

Matti Oivanen
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Personal information
Full nameMatti Tapio Oivanen
NationalityFinnish
Born (1986-05-26) 26 May 1986 (age 36)
Huittinen, Finland
Height1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Weight90 kg (198 lb)
Spike355 cm (140 in)
Block320 cm (130 in)
Volleyball information
PositionMiddle blocker
Current teamHurrikaani Loimaa
Number15
Career
YearsTeams
2001–2002
2002–2003
2003–2004
2004–2005
2004–2006
2006–2008
2008–2009
2009–2010
2010–2011
2011–2012
2012
2012–2013
2013–2014
2014–
Kiikoisten Kirma
Kuortane
Vammalan Lentopallo
Fakel Novy Urengoy
Raision Loimu
Pielaveden Sampo
Beauvais OUC
Copra Berni Piacenza
Volley Forlì
Guberniya Nizhniy Novgorod
Al-Arabi Doha
Hurrikaani Loimaa
Indykpol AZS Olsztyn
Hurrikaani Loimaa
National team
2005– Finland
Honours
Last updated: 21 February 2017

CareerEdit

Matti Oivanen was born on 26 May 1986 in Huittinen, Finland, the same day as his brother Mikko Oivanen. He began his volleyball career with his brother, playing for Kiikoisten Kirma. During this time, the pair was selected by coaches for the Finland youth national volleyball team. They moved to Kuortane, Finland, to attend high school, where they trained with the national team until graduation. Oivanen and his brother also played with Vammalan Lentopallo during their last years of high school, until they graduated in 2004.

Raision LoimuEdit

After leaving Kuortane in 2004, Oivanen signed a contract with the Raision Loimu team, which plays in the Finland volleyball league. While there, he helped the team achieve fourth place in the league championship. During his second season, he helped the team make it to the finals, where they lost to Napapiirin Palloketut.

Pielaveden SampoEdit

After two seasons with Loimu, Oivanen left the team and signed with Pielaveden Sampo. His brother signed with Rovaniemen Santasport, marking the first time the two had separated since they started playing volleyball years earlier. Oivanen helped Sampo win the Finland Cup Championship, while they lost the Finland league championship. During his second season with the team, he led them to the Finland Cup Championship, but lost in the finals to Santasport.

Beauvais OiseEdit

During the 2008–2009 season, Oivanen played in France's Pro A league with Beauvais OUC.

Copra Berni PiacenzaEdit

In 2009–2010 season, Oivanen plays with the Italian Volleyball League club Copra Berni Piacenza.

Yoga Volley ForlìEdit

During the 2010–2011 season, Matti will play in the A1 Italian League with Yoga Volley Forlì 1975.

In 2013/2014 was a player of Polish team Indykpol AZS Olsztyn.[1]

National teamEdit

 
Matti Oivanen serving at the FIVB World League 2008

Oivanen's first game as a member of the Finland men's national volleyball team was against Germany in the summer of 2005. That year, Finland made it to the Men's European Volleyball League finals and won second place. During the 2007 Men's European Volleyball Championship, the Finland national team won fourth place.

AchievementsEdit

Henkilökohtaiset:

  • Finland league All-Stars player 2008
  • Best server on the Finland league 2008
  • Sport Channel All-Stars player Finland league 2008
  • Best newcomer player on the Finland league 2004

Maajoukkueessa:

  • European Championships 4. place 2007
  • European league silver medal 2005

SM-liigassa:

  • Finland league silver 2007, 2008
  • Finland Cup Champion 2004, 2006–2007

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ PlusLiga: Drugi z bliźniaków Olsztynie - przegladsportowy.pl - 20-05-2013

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