Tomi Maanoja

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Tomi Maanoja
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Personal information
Date of birth (1986-09-12) 12 September 1986 (age 34)
Place of birth Espoo, Finland
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Playing position(s) Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
IF Gnistan
Number 1
Youth career
Senior career*
2005 Allianssi 2 (0)
2006–2008 Honka 37 (0)
2008–2011 AIK 26 (0)
2011 Honka 23 (0)
2012 Sandefjord 1 (0)
2013 RoPS 25 (0)
2014–2015 KuPS 64 (0)
2016–2017 Lahti 12 (0)
2016–2017HIFK (loan) 13 (0)
2017–2018 HIFK 30 (0)
2020– IF Gnistan 13 (0)
National team
Finland U21
2009 Finland 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 17:45, 16 November 2020 (UTC)

Tomi Maanoja (born 12 September 1986 in Espoo, Finland) is a Finnish goalkeeper who plays for IF Gnistan. [1] Maanoja has been capped twice for Finland.



Maanoja made his first appearance in the Veikkausliiga with AC Allianssi from Vantaa in 2005. He completed a move to the neighbouring city's (Espoo) most notable football club, FC Honka, the following season. Maanoja was regarded as one of the best Finnish young goalkeepers and attracted interest from several foreign clubs before his move to AIK on 29 July 2008.

On 28 February 2009, Maanoja became seriously injured in a pre-season game against Assyriska Föreningen. He broke his leg in two places, rushing out to stop an Assyriska attack. The injury made him miss the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, hosted in Sweden, in the summer. [2] He also missed the whole 2009 Allsvenskan season, when AIK won the double. He moved back to Honka in 2011, and on 21 February 2012 he signed a contract with the Norwegian First Division club Sandefjord Fotball as a free agent. [3] Sandefjord's head coach Arne Sandstø let Maanoja play the match against Alta in May 2012 instead of Iven Austbø, [4] but Maanoja spent the rest of the season as the reserve goalkeeper. After one season in Norway, he moved back to Finland and signed for RoPS. [5]

During the season spent with RoPS, he was selected as the player of the month in Veikkausliiga (July) after showing impressive form and going through the whole month without conceding a goal.

2014 He moved to KuPS (Kuopion Palloseura) signing a two-year contract. During the 2014 season Maanoja made a new club record by keeping 13 clean sheets in the league while featuring in all of the competitive matches playing every minute during that season.


AC Allianssi


FC Honka


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  2. "Finland's Maanoja Suffers Double Leg Break". 1 March 2009. Archived from the original on 4 March 2009. Retrieved 3 March 2009.
  3. "Tomi Maanoja till Norge". Svenska YLE (in Swedish). YLE. 21 February 2012. Retrieved 22 February 2012.
  4. Hasle, Anders Mehlum (30 May 2012). "Iven rasende etter å ha blitt vraket" (in Norwegian). Sandefjords Blad. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  5. "Maanoja RoPSin maalille". Lapin Kansa (in Finnish). 4 February 2013. Retrieved 5 February 2013.