Tinja-Riikka Korpela

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Tinja-Riikka Korpela
Personal information
Full nameTinja-Riikka Tellervo Korpela [1]
Date of birth (1986-05-05) 5 May 1986 (age 32)
Place of birth Oulu, Finland
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Vålerenga Oslo
Number 32
Youth career
1992-2004 OLS Oulu
2004-2005 SC Raisio
Senior career*
2006–2009 FC Honka
2010–2011 Kolbotn 43 (0)
2012–2013 LSK Kvinner 40 (0)
2013–2014 Tyresö FF 4 (0)
2014–2017 Bayern Munich 51 (0)
2018– Vålerenga 10 (0)
National team
2007– Finland 80 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 13 August 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 June 2018

Tinja-Riikka Tellervo Korpela (born 5 May 1986) is a Finnish football goalkeeper who plays for Norwegian club Vålerenga. [2] She previously played for Bayern Munich in the German Frauen-Bundesliga, Tyresö FF in Sweden's Damallsvenskan, LSK Kvinner and Kolbotn of Norway's Toppserien, [3] and FC Honka of Finland's Naisten Liiga. [4]

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Korpela debuted for Finland's national team in 2007. She represented her country at the UEFA Women's Championships in 2009 and 2013.

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Club career

Playing for Tyreso in 2014 2014-03-29 Ty32 Tinja-Riikka Korpela 4632.jpg
Playing for Tyresö in 2014

Swedish UEFA Women's Champions League contenders Tyresö FF signed Korpela to a contract in December 2013. [5] Korpela competed with Carola Söberg for a starting place and was a substitute in Tyresö's 4–3 defeat by Wolfsburg in the 2014 UEFA Women's Champions League Final. [6] Tyresö suffered a financial implosion in 2014 and withdrew from the 2014 Damallsvenskan season, expunging all their results and making all their players free agents. [7]

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Korpela signed a two-year contract with German Frauen-Bundesliga club FC Bayern Munich in June 2014. [8] On 18 February 2016, she extended her contract until 2018. [9] At their request and in agreement of the association their contract was dissolved at the end of 2017; She left FC Bayern Munich after just three and a half years. [10] It was duly approved before the last round game on 17 December 2017 before the home game against 1. FFC Frankfurt.

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International career

Korpela was part of the Finland squad at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women's World Championship. [11] She made her senior Finland women's national football team debut in March 2007, against Sweden at the Algarve Cup. By the time of UEFA Women's Euro 2009, hosted in Finland, Korpela was the first choice goalkeeper. [12]

2006 FIFA U-20 Womens World Championship

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Sweden women's national football team won the European Competition for Women's Football in 1984, one World Cup-silver (2003), as well as three European Championship-silvers. The team has participated in six Olympic Games, seven World Cups, as well as nine European Championships. Sweden won the bronze medal at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.

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In June 2013 Korpela was named in national coach Andrée Jeglertz's Finland squad for UEFA Women's Euro 2013. [13] After playing in Finland's first two matches at the tournament, she was replaced with longstanding rival Minna Meriluoto for the final group game; a 1–1 draw with Denmark.

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Personal life

Korpela is openly gay. [14]


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