Sanna Valkonen

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Sanna Valkonen
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Full nameSanna Margit Valkonen [1]
Date of birth (1977-12-12) 12 December 1977 (age 41)
Place of birth Hyvinkää, Finland [2]
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
1994 Kontu
1995–1996 PuiU
1997 MPS
1998–2002 HJK
2002 Boston Renegades
2002–2005 Umeå
2006–2007 AIK
2008–2010 Örebro 62 (0)
National team
1995–2010 Finland 120 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Sanna Margit Valkonen (born 12 December 1977) is a Finnish former football defender. She played for KontU, PuiU, MPS Malmin and HJK Helsinki in the Naisten Liiga, Boston Renegades in the W-League, [3] and Umeå IK, AIK Fotboll and KIF Örebro [4] in the Damallsvenskan. She was named Finnish Footballer of the Year in 2001 and 2002. [5]

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  3. Finnish-ing touch for Renegades: Kalmari and Valkonen lead Boston into Final Four tonight. The Daily News Transcript
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  5. Profile in UEFA's Euro 2009 archive
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