Minna Meriluoto

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Minna Meriluoto
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Personal information
Full nameMinna Johanna Meriluoto
Date of birth (1985-10-04) 4 October 1985 (age 33)
Place of birth Turku, Finland
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in) [1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
HJK Helsinki
Number 1
Youth career
Senior career*
 –2006 FC United (Pietarsaari)
2008 Umeå Södra FF 17 (0)
2009–2011 Hammarby IF DFF 58 (0)
2012–2013 Jitex BK 35 (0)
2014 Vittsjö 15 (0)
2015– HJK Helsinki 6 (0)
National team
2006– Finland 51 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 23 May 2015
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 August 2014

Minna Johanna Meriluoto (born 4 October 1985) is a Finnish international football goalkeeper. At club level she plays in the Naisten Liiga for HJK Helsinki.

Association football Team field sport

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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

Meriluoto participated in the 2005–06 UEFA Women's Cup with FC United. Ahead of the 2008 season, in November 2007, she moved to Sweden and joined Umeå Södra FF. [2] When her club were relegated at the end of that campaign, Meriluoto remained in the Damallsvenskan in signing for Hammarby IF DFF. In October 2011 Jitex BK announced that she was to play the following season with them. [3]

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FC United (Jakobstad)

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In December 2013 Meriluoto confirmed her departure from Jitex and signed for Damallsvenskan rivals Vittsjö GIK. [4]

Vittsjö GIK sports club in Vittsjö, Sweden

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Playing for Jitex in 2012 Minna meriluoto.jpg
Playing for Jitex in 2012

International career

Meriluoto was hosts Finland's first choice goalkeeper at the 2004 UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship. She had been voted Finland's most promising female player in 2002. [5]

The UEFA Women's U-19 Championship 2004 Final Tournament was held in Finland between 28 July – 8 August 2004. Players born after 1 January 1985 were eligible to participate in this competition. Spain won the cup after defeating Germany 2–1 in the final match.

She made her debut for the senior Finland team on 5 February 2006; playing 90 minutes against Netherlands in Spain. [6] Meriluoto also played in one of Finland's matches at UEFA Women's Euro 2009, against Ukraine.

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In June 2013 Meriluoto was named in national coach Andrée Jeglertz's Finland squad for UEFA Women's Euro 2013. [7] At the tournament, she took over goalkeeping duties from Tinja-Riikka Korpela for the final group game; a 1–1 draw with Denmark.

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UEFA Womens Euro 2013 2013 edition of the UEFA Womens Euro

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Tinja-Riikka Korpela Finnish footballer

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Personal life

Meriluoto moved to Sweden with her footballer boyfriend Jesper Törnqvist, who signed for Umeå FC. [8]

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