Teemu Tainio

Position Midfielder
Height / weight 1.76 m / 71 kg
Born Nov 27, 1979
Nationality Finland Finland
Team History
Helsingin Jalkapalloklubi Helsingin Jalkapalloklubi 2013 - 2014
New York Red Bulls Red Bulls 2011 - 2012
Ajax Amsterdam Ajax 2010 - 2011
Birmingham City Birmingham City 2009 - 2010 (loan)
Sunderland AFC Sunderland 2008 - 2010
Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham 2005 - 2008
AJ Auxerre Auxerre 1997 - 2005
FC Haka FC Haka 1996 - 1997
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Teemu Tainio is a Finnish international football player who currently features for the English Premier League side Sunderland. He is a midfielder and is versatile enough to play both attackingly and defensively. Tainio can also play as a right back or as wide medio.

Teemu Tainio made his professional start in club football for FC Haka in 1996 and after one season was signed by French side AJ Auxerre. He played 148 league matches in France and scored 14 goals.

In the summer of 2005 Tainio was signed by Premiership club Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer on a seven-year deal. Tainio supported Spurs as a boy. But the Fin failed to play regular football at White Hart Lane and in the summer of 2008, after scoring just 3 goals in 61 Premier League matces, was sold to Sunderland for an undisclosed fee.

Teemu Tainio made his international debut for Finland in 1998 and has gone onto play 36 matches for his country and has scored 5 times.

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