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.