|Full name||Anne Maarit Mäkinen|
|Date of birth||1 February 1976|
|Place of birth||Helsinki, Finland|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|1997–2000||Notre Dame Fighting Irish||90||(65)|
|2004||New Jersey Wildcats||13||(5)|
|2008–2009||AIK Fotboll Dam|
| * Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 12:00, 25 March 2011 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:00, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
Anne Maarit Mäkinen (born 1 February 1976) is a Finnish former footballer who last played for Swedish club AIK in Stockholm. She was a central midfielder.
Finland, officially the Republic of Finland is a country in Northern Europe bordering the Baltic Sea, Gulf of Bothnia, and Gulf of Finland, between Norway to the north, Sweden to the northwest, and Russia to the east. Finland is a Nordic country and is situated in the geographical region of Fennoscandia. The capital and largest city is Helsinki. Other major cities are Espoo, Vantaa, Tampere, Oulu and Turku.
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Mäkinen's playing style was very powerful. She was skillful with the ball, and dictated the run of her team's play from central midfield with her effective tackling and telling passes.
Mäkinen's soccer jersey number was retired in 2011 at the IMG Soccer Academy where she trained in her early years, often competing against male players for a challenge.
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