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Tuomas Haapala

Personal information
Date of birth20 April 1979(age 37)
Place of birthLahti, Finland
Height1.78 m
Playing positionmidfielder
Club information
Current clubTampere United

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Tuomas Haapala (born 20 April 1979 in Lahti) is a Finnish footballer who is currently playing for Tampere United in the Veikkausliiga as a defensive midfielder.

Haapala has previously played for FC Lahti (2000 03) and MyPa (2004 05) in the Finnish Veikkausliiga. He won the Finnish Cup with MyPa in 2004, and captained the club to the Finnish championship in 2005. After an excellent 2005 season, Haapala was invited for a trial with Manchester City. After two weeks at the club, manager Stuart Pearce decided to offer him a contract to the end of the 2005-06 season. However, Haapala failed to break into the first team, and made only reserve team appearances. After his long try-out in Manchester he signed for Sandefjord Fotball. In August 2007 he joined HJK Helsinki.

Haapala played his first game for the Finnish national team on 12 October 2005 against Estonia.


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