|Full name||Maija Karoliina Saari|
|Date of birth||26 March 1986|
|Place of birth||Vaasa, Finland|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
| * Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 06:21, 29 December 2015 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 06:21, 29 December 2015 (UTC)
Maija Karoliina Saari (born 26 March 1986) is a Finnish international footballer who plays as a defender. She previously represented AIK, Mallbackens IF and Umeå IK in Sweden, Kolbotn, Stabæk Fotball Kvinner, and Vålerenga in the Norwegian Toppserien and FC Honka and HPK in her home country. Since making her debut for the Finland women's national football team in 2007, Saari has won over 85 caps and captained the team.
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