Tomi Petrescu (born 24 June 1986), is a Finnish professional football winger and attacking midfielder who plays for Finnish Veikkausliiga side Ilves and has represented Finland national under-21 football team. Petrescu was born in Jyväskylä, Finland where he played for the local JJK youth team before moving to Leicester City F.C.
|Date of birth||24 June 1986|
|Place of birth||Jyväskylä, Finland|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position||Winger / Attacking midfielder|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 September 2016|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 March 2014
Petrescu´s career began in the junior organisation of JJK Jyväskylä. In 2001, he moved to Leicester´s youth academy. In Leicester he represented the academy team and the reserves. He made one appearance in the first team on 4 May 2003 in a match against Wolverhampton Wanderers. When he failed to make a break through he terminated his contract in the end of 2004.
For season 2005 Petrescu joined Veikkausliiga team Inter Turku. where he quickly established his place in the midfield and scored seven goals during the season. During season 2006 he gained 20 caps and scored three goals.
In December 2006 Petrescu signed a two-year contract with Tampere United. He stated that his main reason to join Tampere United was coach Ari Hjelm. Season 2007 was a true break through for Petrescu to the elite of Veikkausliiga. He was one of the key players that led the team two a second consecutive championship. During the second qualifying round of the 2007/2008 Champions League edition, Petrescu scored a goal to help Tampere secure a prestigious 1:0 win against Bulgarian champions Levski Sofia in their home game. Tampere repeated the feat in the away game and became the first Finnish side to eliminate a Bulgarian club from the high-profile competition. However, the Finns were unable to qualify for the group stages of the Champions League, as they were eliminated by Norwegian side Rosenborg BK in the third qualifying round.
In 2007, he was selected as the best footballer of Pirkanmaa.
Petrescu represented seasons 2011-12 FC Honka in the Veikkausliiga. He gained 32 caps and scored two goals.
Petrescu became well known after playing in the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Championship, which were held in Finland where he scored two of three goals of Finland. He scored a goal in the opening game against China in the tournament. He was nominated as candidate by head coach Markku Kanerva for the Finland U-21 team for the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship finals but he suffered an injury one month prior to the tournament and was forced to withdraw.
Petrescu's father is Romanian and he has got an older brother, Ștefan Petrescu, who also plays football.
- Tampere United
- As of 2 April 2015
|Inter Turku Total||44||10||0||0||0||0||44||10|
|Tampere United Total||76||15||5||0||8||2||89||17|
|CSM Iași Total||5||0||0||0||0||0||5||0|
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