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Mika Aaltonen

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Place of birthTurku, Finland

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Mika Aaltonen (born 16 November 1965 in Turku) is a former Finnish football player. His position was an attacking central midfielder. He also played for the Finnish national team.

During his career (1982 1994) he played in Finland, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, and Israel for TPS, Internazionale, Bellinzona, Bologna, Hertha BSC, Hapoel Be'er Sheva F.C. and Tampereen Pallo-Veikot. He finished his career at a relatively young age because of a persisten ankle injury, and because concentrating more on his studies. Aaltonen studied throughout his playing career, and after retiring from football, he holds a doctorate degree in economics.

Aaltonen is best remembered for a superb goal scored against Italian goalkeeper Walter Zenga in UEFA Cup in 1987 during a match between Turun Palloseura and Inter Milan at the San Siro stadium in Milan. This goal more or less earned him a transfer to Inter shortly afterwards.

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