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Tim Sparv (born 20 February 1987) is a Finnishmarker footballer who plays for Halmstads BK as a midfielder.

Club career

Born in Oravaismarker, Ostrobothniamarker, Sparv signed for Southampton in 2003, leaving the Finnish third division outfit Norrvalla FF. He spent three years in the renowned youth academy of Southampton. He was a member of Southampton's youth team that reached the final of the FA Youth Cup in 2005, where he played alongside Theo Walcott, losing on aggregate to Ipswich Town. He was named in the first team squad for 2006–07 season and made numerous reserve team appearances but, as Southampton had a plethora of midfielders from which to choose, he was unable to break through into the first team itself. On 7 January 2007, he moved to Halmstads BK to play in Allsvenskan, on the advice of both his father and former Halmstads BK player Michael Svensson. On 1 May 2008, he was loan out to Vaasan Palloseura after suffering illness as well as a lack of playing time with Halmstads.

In August 2009, he was close a move to FC Groningen, but Halmstad refused to sell. On 14 August, FC Groningen announced Sparv will be joining them as of 1 January 2010.

International career

On 4 February 2009, Sparv made his debut for the Finnish national team in a friendly match against Japan, which finished as a 5–1 defeat. He was made team captain of the Finnish U21 team during the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship and scored a penalty in a 2–1 defeat by England on 15 June 2009.


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