Paulus Roiha

Paulus Roiha (born 3 August 1980) is a Finnish former professional footballer who played as a forward.

Paulus Roiha
Personal information
Date of birth (1980-08-03) 3 August 1980 (age 41)
Place of birth Espoo, Finland
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Forward
Youth career
Honka
0000–2000 HJK
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1999 Honka 32 (7)
1999–2001 HJK 65 (32)
2001–2004 Utrecht 39 (6)
2003–2004 Zwolle 11 (0)
2004–2006 Cercle Brugge 41 (10)
2006–2007 ADO Den Haag 10 (0)
2007–2008 Újpest 6 (1)
2008–2009 HJK 23 (8)
2010 Åtvidaberg 28 (7)
2011 KuPS 4 (1)
National team
2001–2010 Finland 20 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Roiha began his Veikkausliiga career in Finland with HJK Helsinki. He was the top scorer in Finland in 2001 with 22 goals. In September 2001 he scored twice for the club against Celtic in a UEFA Cup tie, which HJK eventually lost 3–2 on aggregate. Roiha has since also played for Utrecht and Zwolle in the Netherlands and for Cercle Brugge in Belgium. He joined ADO Den Haag on a free transfer from Cercle Brugge during the January 2006 transfer window playing his first Eredivisie match with them on 28 January 2007.[1]

After a short stint with Hungarian club Újpest, the club released him because of an injury in January 2010, and a few days later he signed a two-year contract with HJK Helsinki. However, injuries kept him sidelined for most of the 2009 season and he was released by HJK at the end of the season. In 2010, Roiha joined newly promoted Allsvenskan club Åtvidabergs FF on a free transfer. The club, however, suffered relegation to Superettan and he left after the season.[2] In the 2011 season, Roiha played for Finnish club KuPS. After the season, he decided to retire from football.[3]

International careerEdit

Roiha played his first match for the Finnish national team on 1 February 2001 against Sweden; however, he was not able to become a regular for Finland in qualifying matches due to injuries.

International goalsEdit

Finland's score first.
# Date Location Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 2 February 2005 Nicosia, Cyprus   Cyprus 2–1 Win Friendly
2.
3. 17 October 2005 Skopje, Macedonia   Macedonia 3–0 Win 2006 World Cup qualification
4. 21 January 2006 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia   Saudi Arabia 1–1 Draw Friendly

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Tactical Formation". Football-Lineups.com. Retrieved 5 February 2007.
  2. ^ Thapper, Kenneth (12 November 2010). "ÅFF tvingas släppa minst tre spelare – Folkbladet". folkbladet.se (in Swedish).
  3. ^ "Veikkausliiga.com: Paulus Roiha lopettaa uransa". Iltalehti (in Finnish). 24 November 2011.

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