Mikko Sumusalo

Mikko Sumusalo (born 12 March 1990), is a Finnish professional football defender who plays for IFK Mariehamn and the Finnish national team.[4] Sumusalo was born in Porvoo, Finland. Sumusalo began his senior club career playing for Klubi-04, before making his league debut for HJK at age 19 in 2009. He can play either leftback or wingback.

Mikko Sumusalo
Mikko Sumusalo.jpg
Sumusalo with HJK in 2018.
Personal information
Date of birth (1990-03-12) 12 March 1990 (age 31)[1]
Place of birth Porvoo, Finland
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9+12 in)[2]
Position(s) Left back[3]
Club information
Current team
IFK Mariehamn
Number 23
Youth career
1997−1999 Futura
1999−2009 HJK
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007−2010 Klubi-04 20 (1)
2009−2013 HJK 80 (3)
2014−2016 RB Leipzig 2 (0)
2015Hansa Rostock (loan) 14 (0)
2015−2016 RB Leipzig II 6 (0)
2016−2017 Rot-Weiß Erfurt 21 (0)
2018 Chemnitzer FC 16 (1)
2018 HJK 7 (0)
2019 FC Honka 23 (3)
2020– IFK Mariehamn 30 (0)
National team
2004–2005 Finland U15 6 (1)
2005–2006 Finland U16 18 (0)
2006–2007 Finland U17 6 (0)
2007–2008 Finland U18 19 (1)
2009 Finland U19 6 (0)
2009–2012 Finland U21 21 (1)
2012– Finland 7 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:17, 17 September 2020 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 January 2017

Sumusalo made his international debut for Finland in January 2012, at the age of 21.

Club careerEdit

HJK HelsinkiEdit

After starting his footballing career at his local FC Futura, the nine-year-old defender moved to HJK in 1999. After coming through the junior levels and the reserves, Sumusalo made his first division debut on 25 May 2009 against FC Lahti. Since then he made a total of 25 league appearances and some appearances in both Champions League qualifiers and Europa League qualifiers for HJK.

RB LeipzigEdit

In January 2014, after the expiration of his contract with HJK, Sumusalo moved to Germany and joined 3. Liga side RB Leipzig signing until 2016.[5] However, also due injuries, Sumusalo wasn't able to establish himself, earning only two caps until the end of the 2013−14 season.[6] This situation lasted also for the first leg of the following campaign, especially since Leipzig had been promoted to the 2. Bundesliga and signed several high acclaimed players. To gain match practice, he was therefore loaned to 3. Liga club Hansa Rostock until the end of the 2014−15 season.[7]

Rot-Weiß Erfurt and Chemnitzer FCEdit

In June 2016 Sumusalo transferred from RB Leipzig to Rot-Weiß Erfurt.[8] After only one year with 21 deployments in the league, the contract was dissolved. After a longer-term of Unemployment, the Chemnitzer FC took hin on January 17, 2018 until June 30 with an option to renewal under contract. However, he was discharged at the end of the season.

Back to HelsinkiEdit

For the season 2018/2019 Mikko Sumusalo returned to back to HJK Helsinki to play in the highest Finnish football league.[9]

FC HonkaEdit

On 15 January 2019, Sumusalo signed for FC Honka.[10]

International careerEdit

Sumusalo made his debut for Finland U21 in 2009 and was a regular member ever since. He made his senior debut on 22 January 2012 in a friendly against Trinidad and Tobago. In January 2013 he scored his first goal for the national team on the 5th minute in a match against Thailand.[11]

Career statisticsEdit

InternationalEdit

Statistics accurate as of matches played on 13 January 2017[12]

National team Year Apps Goals
Finland
2012 1 0
2013 3 1
2014 0 0
2015 1 0
2016 0 0
2017 2 0
Total 7 1

International goalsEdit

# Date Location Opponent Result Competition
1. 23 January 2013 Chiang Mai, Thailand   Thailand 3−1 2013 King's Cup

Honours and achievementsEdit

Klubi-04

HJK Helsinki

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Mikko Sumusalo profil". tablesleague.com. TablesLeague. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Mikko Sumusalo profil". tablesleague.com. TablesLeague. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  3. ^ Profile at WorldFootball, worldfootball.net
  4. ^ "Sumusalo hakee lisää maaotteluita" (in Finnish). Suomen Palloliitto. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  5. ^ "1. Winter-Neuzugang! Mikko Sumusalo wird ein Roter Bulle!" [First winter signing: Mikko Sumusalo becomes a Red Bull] (in German). RasenBallsport Leipzig. 21 December 2013. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Der Pech-Finne" [The misfortune Finn] (in German). Bild. 17 November 2014. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  7. ^ "F.C. Hansa leiht Mikko Sumusalo bis zum Saisonende aus" [F.C. Hansa loans Mikko Sumusalo until the end of the season] (in German). F.C. Hansa Rostock. 30 January 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  8. ^ "Mikko Sumusalo verstärkt den FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt" (in German). Rot-Weiß Erfurt. 25 June 2016. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  9. ^ "Mikko Sumusalo palaa Klubiin" (in Finnish). Veikkausliiga. 10 July 2018. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  10. ^ Sopimusuutisia – Mikko Sumusalo Honkaan, esporthonka.fi, 15 January 2019
  11. ^ "Thailand vs. Finland". National Football Teams. 23 January 2013. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  12. ^ Mikko Sumusalo at National-Football-Teams.com

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