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Teemu Tainio (born 27 November 1979 in Torniomarker) is a Finnishmarker footballer who plays for Birmingham City on loan from Sunderland in the Premier League in Englandmarker. He can play both as a defensive and attacking midfielder and out wide. Tainio also played at right-back under Juande Ramos at Tottenham.

Club career

Early career

Tainio was promoted to the first team of his home-town club TP-47 in Kakkonen, Finland's third division, at the age of fourteen. He was signed by Veikkausliiga club FC Haka for the 1996 season. Following a trial at Manchester United in March 1997, Tainio joined Frenchmarker club AJ Auxerre in 1997, and spent eight years at the club. He won the Coupe de France with Auxerre twice, and also gained UEFA Champions League experience.

Tottenham Hotspur

With Tainio's contract with Auxerre due to expire in 2005, he became available on a free transfer. In January 2005, it was announced that he would move to Tottenham Hotspur on a seven-year deal in the summer of 2005. He became a regular for Spurs in his first season, playing in various midfield positions.

He scored his first goal for his new club in December 2005 against Newcastle United during a Premiership match at White Hart Lanemarker. Tainio was one of ten Spurs squad members struck down by food poisoning on the evening of 6 May, 2006 before their crucial final game of the season against West Ham. He nevertheless played in the match, which Spurs lost, missing out on a place in the Champions League.

He scored his second Spurs goal on 9 December, 2006, the third goal in the 5-1 home win against Charlton Athletic. His third goal for the club was an equaliser against West Ham to make the score 2-2 on 4 March, 2007. Spurs went on to win the game 4-3.

Tainio won the 2008 Football League Cup (also known as the Carling Cup) when Tottenham took a 2-1 extra-time win over Chelsea at Wembley Stadiummarker in the final played on 24 February, 2008. He came on as a substitute in the 75th minute when the score was 1-1.

Sunderland

He joined Sunderland on the 23 July 2008 for an undisclosed fee. He became their first summer signing and the first Finnish player ever for Sunderland.

He scored his first goal for Sunderland in a second round Carling Cup game at Norwich on 24 August 2009.

Birmingham City (loan)

Tainio joined Birmingham City on 1 September 2009, on loan for the remainder of the 2009–10 season. Having recovered from a calf injury sustained on international duty, he made his debut for the club on 13 September in a 1–0 home defeat in the Birmingham derby against Aston Villa, in which he produced a good performance in a less-familiar role at right-back.

International career

Tainio made his debut for the Finnish national team on 5 February, 1998 againstCyprus, and has been a regular for the team through most of the 2000s.

Honours

FC Haka

AJ Auxerre

Tottenham Hotspur

References

  1. Helsingin Sanomat - International Edition - Sport


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