Ella Vanhanen

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Ella Vanhanen
Personal information
Full nameElla Vanhanen
Date of birth (1993-09-15) September 15, 1993 (age 26)
Place of birth Kuopio, Finland
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Åland United
Number 24
Youth career
2013 Pittsburgh Panthers
Senior career*
2009–2011 KMF 50 (3)
2010–2012 Pallokissat 36 (5)
2014– Åland United
National team
2010–2012 Finland U-19 11 (0)
2013– Finland 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 10 July 2013
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:56, 13 September 2014 (UTC)

Ella Vanhanen (born 15 September 1993) is a Finnish football striker. She plays for Åland United of the Naisten Liiga.

Åland United association football club

Åland United is a Finnish women's football club from Lemland.

Naisten Liiga is the premier division of women's football in Finland. It was established in 2006 as the successor of 1971 founded Naisten SM-sarja. The first Naisten Liiga season was played in 2007.


Club career

She played for KMF before joining Pallokissat. In February 2013 Vanhanen signed a National Letter of Intent to join the University of Pittsburgh, where she will play varsity soccer for the Pittsburgh Panthers. [1]

Pallokissat is a women's association football club from Kuopio, Finland, playing in the Finnish women's premier division Naisten Liiga. Home ground for Pallokissat is the Savon Sanomat Areena.

The National Letter of Intent (NLI) is a document used to indicate a student athlete's commitment to participating in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) colleges and universities in the United States. The NCAA Eligibility Center manages the daily operations of the NLI program while the Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA) provides governance oversight of the program. Started in 1964 with seven conferences and eight independent institutions, the program now includes 676 Division I and II participating institutions. There are designated dates for different sports, and these dates are commonly referred to as "Signing Days".

University of Pittsburgh American state-related research university located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The University of Pittsburgh is a state-related research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was founded as the Pittsburgh Academy in 1787 on the edge of the American frontier. It developed and was renamed as Western University of Pennsylvania by a change to its charter in 1819. After surviving two devastating fires and various relocations within the area, the school moved to its current location in the Oakland neighborhood of the city; it was renamed as the University of Pittsburgh in 1908. Pitt was a private institution until 1966 when it became part of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education.

International career

She was called up to be part of the national team for the UEFA Women's Euro 2013. [2]

Finland womens national football team womens national association football team representing Finland

The Finland women's national football team represents Finland in international women's football. The team, controlled by the Football Association of Finland (SPL/FBF), reached the semi-finals of the 2005 European Championship, surprising the female football world having drawn with Sweden and beaten Denmark. Finland hosted the 2009 EC finals.

UEFA Womens Euro 2013 2013 edition of the UEFA Womens Euro

The 2013 UEFA Women's Championship, commonly referred to as Women's Euro 2013, was the 11th European Championship for women's national football teams organised by UEFA. The final tournament, held in Sweden from 10 to 28 July 2013, became the most-watched in the history of the Women's Euros. It concluded with Germany, the defending champions, winning their sixth consecutive and eighth overall Women's Euro title after defeating Norway in the final.





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  1. "Women's Soccer Signs 12 Athletes to a National Letter of Intent". University of Pittsburgh. 13 February 2013. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
  2. "Naisten EM-kisajoukkue valittu" (in Finnish). palloliitto.fi. Archived from the original on 2 July 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2013.