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Anssi Jaakkola

Goalkeeper

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Biography

Date of birth

13/03/1987

Signed

11/07/2016

Country

Finland

The 6’5” Finn stopper began his career in his hometown with TP-47 before moving to Tuscany and Italian side Siena in 2006.

Slavia Prague is where he progressed for one season before a move to the UK transpired when Kilmarnock came calling for his services in 2011.

For Killie, he played 13(+1) times, making his debut as a substitute against Hibernian in February before his first start came against St Mirren later that month.

Fellow Finn Mixu Paatelainen was his manager at the time, and Jaakkola kept six clean sheets during his time at Rugby Park whilst also making a senior international appearances for Finland against Sweden.

Three years ago he then put pen to paper on a move to the Premier Soccer League out in South Africa and he kept a clean sheet in the final of the MTN 8 cup competition in 2015 to hand his Cape Town club a 1-0 win over the Kaizer Chiefs at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth. 

The 29-year-old then made the move from the South African top flight side to join our RG2 ranks, signing a two-year deal with the Royals for the start of the 2016/17 season. He made his debut for Jaap Stam’s side against Plymouth in a 2-0 EFL Cup win at Madejski Stadium. 

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