Playing for Åland United in February 2013
|Full name||Tiina Saario|
|Date of birth||January 15, 1982|
|Place of birth||Helsinki, Finland|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
| * Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 5 July 2013|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:08, 17 July 2013 (UTC)
Tiina Saario (born 15 January 1982) is a Finnish football midfielder. She plays club football for MPS in the Finnish second tier Naisten Ykkönen.
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