Onni Valakari

Onni Valakari (born 18 August 1999) is a Finnish professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Cypriot First Division club Pafos and the Finnish national team.

Onni Valakari
Onni Valakari.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1999-08-18) 18 August 1999 (age 22)
Place of birth Motherwell, Scotland
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Position(s) Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Pafos
Number 24
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2016 SJK Akatemia 2 (0)
2017–2018 TPS 29 (10)
2017SalPa (loan) 2 (0)
2018–2019 Tromsø 42 (9)
2020– Pafos 51 (23)
National team
2017 Finland U19 1 (0)
2019– Finland U21 13 (4)
2020– Finland[2] 9 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:57, 7 November 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:08, 16 November 2021 (UTC)

CareerEdit

On 5 August 2018 Valakari signed with the Norwegian club Tromsø,[3] In January 2020 he moved to Pafos.[4]

International careerEdit

He played for Finland at under-19 and under-21 levels.[5]

Valakari made his senior international debut for Finland on 11 November 2020, scoring on his debut in a 2-0 victory over France. The other goalscorer was fellow debutant Marcus Forss.[6]

Valakari was called up for the UEFA Euro 2020 pre-tournament friendly match against Sweden on 29 May 2021.[7] He was eligible for Scotland due to being born in the country.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

His father Simo and brother Paavo have also played football professionally.[9] Onni was born in Scotland when his father had a stint as a player at Motherwell.[10] He was eligible for Scotland due to being born in the country.[8]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 7 June 2021.[11]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Akatemia 2015 Kakkonen 2 0 0 0 2 0
TPS 2017 Ykkönen 13 6 0 0 13 6
2018 Veikkausliiga 16 4 4 1 20 5
Total 29 10 4 1 33 11
SalPa (loan) 2017 Kakkonen 2 0 0 0 2 0
Tromsø 2018 Eliteserien 13 2 0 0 13 2
2019 29 7 3 0 32 7
Total 42 9 3 0 45 9
Pafos 2019–20 Cypriot First Division 6 5 0 0 6 5
2020–21 36 13 2 2 38 15
Total 42 18 2 2 44 20
Career total 117 37 9 3 0 0 126 40

InternationalEdit

As of 16 November 2021
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Finland 2020 4 1
2021 5 0
Total 9 1
As of match played on 29 May 2021. Scores and results list Finland's goal tally first.
No Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 11 November 2020 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France 1   France 2–0 2–0 Friendly

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Onni Valakari at Soccerway. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Onni Valakari". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmermann. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  3. ^ "Valakari klar for Gutan" (in Norwegian). Tromsø IL. 5 August 2018. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  4. ^ "onni valakari joins pafos fc".
  5. ^ Onni Valakari at WorldFootball.net
  6. ^ "Finland beat world champions France" – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  7. ^ "Näillä pelaajilla Huuhkajat lähtevät kohti EM-kisoja – kaksi nimeä kiinnostivat yli muiden" (in Finnish). Helsingin Sanomat. 19 May 2021. Retrieved 24 May 2021.
  8. ^ a b https://www.theguardian.com/football/ng-interactive/2021/jun/04/euro-2020-complete-guide-to-all-622-players-ratings%7Ctitle=Euro 2020: your complete guide to all 622 players
  9. ^ Kuparinen, Heikki (12 November 2020). "Marcus Forss ja Onni Valakari nousivat sukujensa parhaiksi maalintekijöiksi A-maajoukkueessa heti debyyteissään".
  10. ^ Christenson, Marcus; Bloor, Steven; Christenson, Marcus; Bloor, Steven. "Euro 2020: your complete guide to all 622 players" – via www.theguardian.com.
  11. ^ "Onni Valakari". altomfotball.no (in Norwegian). TV2. Retrieved 26 August 2019.