Anna-Kaisa Rantanen

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Anna-Kaisa Rantanen
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Full nameAnna-Kaisa Rantanen
Date of birth (1978-02-10) 10 February 1978 (age 40)
Place of birth Turku, Finland
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
1992–1996 Pyrkivä
1997–1998 HJK
1999–2000 Pyrkivä
2001–2003 HJK
2004–2008 Linköping
2009 Djurgården 22 (2)
2010–2011 Wolfsburg 21 (1)
2011 Jitex 11 (0)
2012–2013 Klepp IL
National team
1996–2011 Finland 105 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Anna-Kaisa Rantanen (born 10 February 1978) is a Finnish former football midfielder, who most recently played for Klepp IL of the Norwegian Toppserien. [1] She previously played for HJK Helsinki in the Naisten Liiga, Linköping FC, Djurgårdens IF and Jitex BK in the Swedish Damallsvenskan, [2] and VfL Wolfsburg in the German Bundesliga.

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Klepp IL association football club

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She is a member of the Finnish national team since 1996, [3] taking part in the 2005 and 2009 European Championships. She scored Finland's first goal in a final tournament. [4] Rantanen announced her retirement from football in early 2014 after spending two seasons in Norway with Klepp. [5] She later agreed to play on an informal basis for local minnows Randaberg IL. [6]

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UEFA Womens Euro 2009 2009 edition of the UEFA Womens Euro

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  1. Espen Primstad (2012-02-02). "Finsk landslagskaptein til Klepp". Klepp IL. Archived from the original on 2013-05-24. Retrieved 2012-02-03.
  2. Anna-Kaisa Rantanen fixes Jitex. Sveriges Radio
  3. Profile Archived June 23, 2003, at the Wayback Machine . in the Finnish Football Association's website
  4. Profile in UEFA's Euro 2009 archive
  5. Karlsen, Thomas (5 February 2014). "Rantanen: - Norsk fotball er bedre" (in Norwegian). Fotball Magasinet. Archived from the original on 12 September 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  6. "Anna-Kaisa Rantanen klar for Randaberg!" (in Norwegian). Randaberg IL. 26 February 2014. Archived from the original on 13 September 2014. Retrieved 13 September 2014.