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Mika Väyrynen

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Mika Väyrynen
Mika Väyrynen profile 2017.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1981-12-28) 28 December 1981 (age 37)
Place of birth Eskilstuna, Sweden
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)[1]
Playing position Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 FC Lahti 36 (11)
2001 Jokerit 30 (4)
2001–2005 Heerenveen 101 (17)
2005–2008 PSV 29 (2)
2008–2011 Heerenveen 57 (11)
2011–2012 Leeds United 10 (0)
2012–2014 HJK Helsinki 40 (5)
2015 LA Galaxy 19 (0)
2016–2017 HIFK 40 (0)
National team
2002–2015 Finland 64 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 August 2016
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13:34, 2 May 2013 (UTC)

Mika Väyrynen (born 28 December 1981) is a Finnish former footballer.

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Ilari I know Ilari. Hey everyone and welcome to a new video! I'm honored to have Mika Väyrynen as a guest today. How are you? Good, thanks. Thank you for inviting me here. You quit your career, but you can't stay away from the pitch. Why is that? This is the number one thing. You know it too. You've been a player and you're still doing it. This is the coolest sport. That's understandable. This video is made in a cooperation with adidas and we got a couple of huge boxes from them. Let's check what's inside them. -Let's go. Here's the boxes. They really are big. Do you have any clue what's inside? I have a feeling, but what do you think? I have a feeling too, but I'm still excited. Big boxes like that are always exciting. It's always cool to get one of these. Let's open them. How do these even open? -Thanks. A clean box. The Predator is back. What do you think? You already took a little smell test. What was the first impression like? Unbelievable. I don't know what's the fetish to smelling new shoes. You a Predator guy, so I'd guess you like these a lot. As you noticed I went for these right away. I started my professional career with the Predators. Then they were taken off for a while and I dropped a few tears. Now it's back. I'm not the only one who's been waiting for the comeback. This is a great thing. These are really cool, but I've liked the X's a lot. I think this is a great boot. The upper is smooth and thin. You get a close touch to the ball. I like these a lot and there's nothing bad about the colourway either. They look cool. Unbelievable boots. Talking about the colourway, white/red/black just works with the football boots. It does. -They're clean. I can see we both share the same interest to boots. Of course the most important thing is that the boots feel good but to me it's also important that they looks good. Of course. Of course they have to look good. We're not the only ones who think that. Many others think that too. To me, when the boot looks good it somehow feels good too. Then it hopefully reflects to the pitch as positive action. That's right. Which.. well, I think I know which boots you're going to use. I guess the Predator. The Predator is definitely my choice. If that's all right? I'm more than okay with that. I'll wear the X's. Let's put the boots on and start playing. -Great. The boots are on. How are you feeling? Great feeling. When do we get to play? Now. Let's put the ball rolling or we'll get cold. Good little warm up. How do you feel? Feeling good. It went surprisingly well. I'm honestly surprised how good you were at ATW and all the tricks. You been practicing! When? As a kid. Maybe once or twice. Now we'll start shooting. Do you prefer shooting to a moving ball or just a free kick? To a moving ball. Moving picture. -All right, let's do that. Is it true that you haven't practiced shooting in a while? Last season I took a shot maybe ten shots in total. Last time I really kicked a ball in 2014. We'll see. The first shots of the day. Well, nothing amazing yet. A couple of good ones, but now we'll get more. This is our thing. -Now we'll hit more. Why would anyone ever want to shoot to a moving ball? Sick! Two in a row? -Yeah. You can go home now. That's for being on the video. See you. -See you. That's okay. That's what it's like on top. Are you satisfied with your shots today? No. -Not yet? Nah, those were terrible. Couple of good ones, but the average was.... Have you been shooting knuckleballs? I've heard about it. -Have you ever done it? Today, once. -Yeah. Let's try that. From a bit further distance. That's crazy. It's getting cold. -Yeah, I can feel it. I think that that for shooting. A lot of shots, some good ones too actually. A few nice ones. You shot a few crazy knuckles. A lot of bad ones too, but the vibe was positive. -Yeah, a good feeling. You have a long career behind you. What was your strength as a footballer? Talking about skills. Was it crosses? You were a midfielder. Was it the first touch or what? The first touch. That and playing with one touch was my thing. How can you practice that if you go to the pitch alone? You can practice the first touch anywhere. Throw the ball up, kick it against a wall and it comes back bouncing. You always have to try to control it. You can do it anywhere even if you're alone. That's right. I'd like you to show me and us, the viewers a skill you used to do at younger age. Maybe you haven't used that many skills lately. -Yeah. Some cool skill or what ever that could be useful in a match. Okay, let's do that. -Let's go. That was Väykkä's skill. I was a bit surprised. What name would you give that skill? I don't know. Old school greatness of the archives. You don't really see this skill anymore, but people used to do it back in the days. Looked cool. Go practice it. I think we need a bit of competition to the end. -Always. You like it. You're a competitive guy. -Yeah. Competition is always good. Small bets and everything works. Can you guess what's the best competition for this situtation? Some people have talked about a crossbar challenges and juggling... I don't know. What do you have? A crossbar challenge. -Legendary. You have to hit three crossbars. The one who hit's them first is today's champion. I'll start. -You'll start? How didn't I hit it? Usually I always do. In the middle. Do I get two points with a rabona? Okay, if Väykkä hits a rabona, he'll get two. Same thing for me? -Yeah. 3-0? Three nil. That was quick action. Thanks for the session. It was cool. Pretty well. We've had a good afternoon at the pitch. Thanks for coming here. It's been an honor. Thanks to you. I'm also glad and honored to be on your video. As I've said many times, you quit your career after the last season. I have a few question about that. If that's okay? -That's totally okay. Everyone knows football was your job and you got paid for playing. What else did your career give you? A lot of life experiences. I've learned languages and got friends. It gave me so much. Not only football but so much from around it. It's been very fruitful. You played in many countries. Does some club or country stand out from the others? The most unforgettable. Maybe the Netherlands, because I played there for ten years, which is most of my professional career. Also Enland, the U.S. and Finland has given me something. That a richness I'll always remember. I can imagine. You played in many clubs. Can you say who's the most skilful player you've played with? Might be a difficult question. -The most skilful player? That's a tough one. I've been playing with many skilful players. Actually one guy stands out. He's Moroccan player, Assaidi. He's a street football kind of guy with all the skills. He always got past the opponent. Played in Liverpool later on. Definitely the most skilful player. -Okay. Thanks for this. It's been a cool day. Great, thanks. Hopefully you enjoyed the video. Give a thumbs up and send greeting to Väykkä in the comments. Do that and follow me. Ilari will tag me. Follow me on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and everywhere. If you enjoyed, give a thumbs up, leave a comment and subscribe for more. See you next time, bye! -Ciao!


Club career

Early career

Väyrynen started his career with FC Lahti and joined FC Jokerit for the 2001 season.


Midway through that year SC Heerenveen beat Internazionale to his signature, Väyrynen opting for the Dutch club in order to have a better chance of a regular starting place. He immediately broke into the Heerenveen side, though the switch from a summer to winter season meant he began to suffer from injury problems. However, in 2003–04 he became their key player in midfield, and ended up scoring 17 goals in 100 Eredivisie games.


In the summer of 2005, Väyrynen joined PSV, upon joining stating, "PSV is the best option for me. At Heerenveen I learned to play more simple football. I am not the player I was in Finland any more, tactically and physically especially I have grown a lot." He was brought in to replace Mark van Bommel by PSV manager Guus Hiddink. Väyrynen was, however, ruled out for much of the early 2005–06 season with an ankle injury. Väyrynen returned to action as a substitute on 17 December 2005 against Willem II, and immediately scored his first goal for PSV. He was not able to earn a regular starting place in the spring season, and mostly made substitute appearances, as PSV secured the Dutch title for the second year in a row.

Väyrynen was linked with a move to Rangers[2] and newly promoted Premier League side Derby County as they looked to strengthen for the 2007–08 season. Väyrynen almost moved to Derby in August 2007, but the move collapsed because of a calf injury.

In the summer of 2008, Väyrynen was again linked with Rangers and an undisclosed Belgian team, believed to be Club Brugge.[3] He was also linked with Derby for the second time on 22 July 2008, according to Derby's local radio, despite their relegation to the Championship.


31 August 2008, two days before the closing of the transfer window, Väyrynen was signed by former club Heerenveen to a contract until 2011 with an option of one year more.[4][5] He picked up a knee injury in a January 2009 match against Ajax which ruled him out of play until the end of 2009. In his final season at Heerenveen, he scored 9 league goals for the club in 30 games.

Leeds United

On 13 September 2011, Väyrynen, now a free agent, signed a one-year deal – with an option of a further year – with English Championship side Leeds United.[6] Väyrynen was rumoured to have been on the verge of signing Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg at the time Leeds came in for him.[7][8]

In signing for Leeds, Väyrynen joined compatriot Mikael Forssell at Elland Road. Väyrynen made his first appearance in a Leeds squad on 20 September, he was named on the bench against rivals Manchester United, and was brought on with Forssell in the 52nd minute.[9] Väyrynen made his league debut as a substitute in the 3–3 draw against Brighton & Hove Albion on 23 September, coming on for the last nine minutes.[10] He made his Elland Road league debut against Portsmouth on 1 October, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 1-0 win.[11] He made his first start for Leeds on 22 October, coming into the side for the injured Robert Snodgrass against Peterborough United.[12]

Väyrynen was ruled out for a few weeks when he had groin surgery which also ruled him out of some of the international fixtures with Finland. [13] He returned as a substitute for Leeds against Watford on 10 December, and he made an immediate impact when he won an injury time penalty for Leeds to equalise.[14] His second start came in Leeds 4–1 loss against Barnsley on 31 December 2011.[15]

On 16 April, Leeds united terminated Väyrynen's contract by mutual consent after eight months at the club.[16]

HJK Helsinki

Since leaving Leeds, Väyrynen had been training with HJK Helsinki in order to maintain match fitness. On 10 July, HJK announced that Väyrynen had signed a three-month contract with the club.[17] He made his debut one week later, scoring from a penalty, in a 7−0 home win against KR Reykjavik in UEFA Champions League qualifiers. He made in total of 12 league appearances, scoring three goals, as HJK were crowned as league champions for the fourth consecutive season.

On 1 February 2013, Väyrynen signed a two-year contract extension with HJK.

LA Galaxy

In February 2015, Väyrynen trialed with LA Galaxy of Major League Soccer and signed with them on 6 March 2015.[18] On 15 March 2015, he made his debut against the Portland Timbers, coming off the bench in the 62nd minute and replacing Baggio Hušidić in an eventual 2–2 draw.[19]

International career

Väyrynen was a key player for the Finland national team. He made his debut on 20 March 2002 against South Korea. Väyrynen's breakthrough for Finland came in June 2003, when he was the star performer in matches against Serbia and Montenegro and Italy. Väyrynen was also a key player for Finland at the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship.

Career stats


Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Finland League Finnish Cup Europe Total
1999 FC Lahti Veikkausliiga 15 1 15 1
2000 21 10 21 10
2001 Jokerit 30 4 30 4
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Total
2001–02 Heerenveen Eredivisie 18 0 18 0
2002–03 22 4 22 4
2003–04 32 5 32 5
2004–05 29 8 29 8
2005–06 PSV 11 2 2 0 1 0 14 2
2006–07 17 0 4 0 8 1 29 1
2007–08 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 0
2008–09 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Heerenveen 17 1 3 0 6 2 26 1
2009-10 10 1 1 0 3 1 14 2
2010-11 30 9 1 1 0 0 30 10
England League FA Cup Europe Total
2011-12 Leeds United Championship 10 0 1 0 0 0 11 0
Finland League Finnish Cup Europe Total
2012 HJK Helsinki Veikkausliiga 11 3 0 0 4 1 15 4
2013 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2014 25 2 3 1 10 1 38 4
Total Finland 105 20 3 1 14 2 122 23
Netherlands 187 30 11 1 20 4 205 31
England 10 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Career total 275 48 11 1 24 5 310 54


As of 7 March 2015[20]
Finland national team
Year Apps Goals
2002 1 0
2003 7 0
2004 8 0
2005 2 0
2006 8 2
2007 6 0
2008 9 1
2009 0 0
2010 7 2
2011 8 0
2012 1 0
2013 2 0
2014 2 0
2015 2 0
Total 64 5

International goals

Finland's score first.

# Date Location Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 16 August 2006 Helsinki, Finland  Northern Ireland 1–2 Lose Friendly
2. 2 September 2006 Bydgoszcz, Poland  Poland 3-1 Win UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
3. 10 September 2008 Helsinki, Finland  Germany 3-3 Draw 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
4. 3 March 2010 Ta'Qali, Malta  Malta 2-1 Win Friendly
5. 17 November 2010 Helsinki, Finland  San Marino 8-0 Win UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying






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  2. ^ Rangers Target Mika Up For Sale (from Evening Times)
  3. ^ PSV put him on the transfer list and asked for £750,000 for him.
  4. ^ "Väyrynen keert terug bij sc Heerenveen". Retrieved 27 April 2010.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Mika Väyrynen palaa Heerenveeniin". 31 August 2008. Retrieved 27 April 2010.
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  9. ^ "Leeds vs Man Utd". Leeds Official Website. 20 September 2011. Retrieved 20 September 2011.
  10. ^ "Brighton 3 - Leeds 3". LUFC. 23 September 2011.
  11. ^ "Leeds Vs Portsmouth". LUFC. 1 October 2011. Retrieved 1 October 2011.
  12. ^ "Peterborough United Vs Leeds". LUFC. 22 October 2011. Retrieved 22 October 2011.
  13. ^ "FINN TO MISS TURF MOOR TRIP". LUFC. 17 November 2011.
  14. ^ "SNODDY SPOT-KICK SNATCHES POINT". LUFC. 10 December 2011.
  15. ^ "Leeds crash to Oakwell loss." LUFC. 31 December 2011.
  16. ^ "Duo set to leave Elland road". Leeds United A.F.C. 16 April 2012.
  17. ^ HJK:lle huippuvahvistus (in Finnish)
  18. ^ "LA Galaxy sign midfielder Mika Vayrynen". 6 March 2015.
  19. ^ "Portland Timbers 2–2 LA Galaxy". 15 March 2015.
  20. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 May 2007. Retrieved 9 May 2007.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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