Mika Ojala (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈmikɑ ˈojɑlɑ]; (born 21 June 1988) in Paimio, Finland) is a Finnish professional footballer who currently plays as a midfielder for Finnish Veikkausliiga side Inter Turku and represents the Finland national football team. He began his senior club career playing for VG-62, before signing with Inter Turku at age 18 in 2006.
|Full name||Mika Ojala|
|Date of birth||21 June 1988|
|Place of birth||Paimio, Finland|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position(s)||Right winger|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 September 2017|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 December 2015
Ojala made his international debut for Finland in January 2010, at the age of 21.
Ojala started his football career in Paimion Haka and later moved to Inter Turku´s junior system. He made his debut on senior level at the age of 16 in Inter Turku´s reserve team VG-62.
On 9 November 2012, after his contract with Inter had expired, it was announced that Ojala had signed a three-year contract with Swedish topflight club BK Häcken, joining with compatriot Kari Arkivuo.
Return to Inter TurkuEdit
He returned to Inter Turku in February 2014 when he signed a contract for season 2014.
Ojala was selected in the Finnish national squad by Stuart Baxter in August 2008. He was also a member of the U21 squad that reached the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship. Ojala made his national team debut on 18 January 2010 as he came from the bench to replace Roni Porokara in friendly match against South Korea at Málaga, Spain where Finland had winter training camp. Ojala gained his second appearance for the national team on 10 August 2011 at Skonto Stadium in a friendly match against Latvia when he and Timo Furuholm replaced Teemu Pukki and Mika Ääritalo as forwards.
|Inter Turku Total||205||63||38||9||5||0||248||72|
Honours and achievementsEdit
- "Mika Ojala" (in Finnish). Suomen Palloliitto. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
- Trial at Heerenveen
- Mika Ojala siirtyy Ruotsiin Archived 22 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine (in Finnish)
- "Archived copy" (in Finnish). Archived from the original on 15 April 2012. Retrieved 12 May 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Näin Huuhkaijen Latvia-ottelu eteni" (in Finnish). Ilta-Sanomat. 10 August 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
- "Mika Ojala". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman.
- Media related to Mika Ojala at Wikimedia Commons
- VfR Aalen official profile (in German)
- Mika Ojala – UEFA competition record
- Mika Ojala – FIFA competition record
- Mika Ojala at National-Football-Teams.com
- Mika Ojala at Soccerbase
- Mika Ojala at Soccerway
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