Jari Niemi

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Jari Niemi
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Personal information
Date of birth (1977-02-02) 2 February 1977 (age 42)
Place of birth Nokia, Finland
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Striker, Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1997 TPV 60 (14)
1998–1999 Haka 54 (6)
2000–2003 Tampere United 111 (36)
2003–2004 R.A.E.C. Mons 17 (4)
2004 Standard Liège 9 (0)
2004–2006 K. Sint-Truidense V.V. 43 (1)
2006–2010 Tampere United 100 (19)
2011–2012 Ilves 27 (5)
National team
2000–2005 Finland 23 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 December 2009
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2 May 2013

Jari Niemi (born 2 February 1977 in Nokia) is a retired Finnish footballer. He has played for R.A.E.C. Mons, Standard Liège and K. Sint-Truidense V.V. in Belgium. In the Finnish Veikkausliiga Niemi has also played for TPV Tampere, FC Haka and Tampere United, and has won five Finnish championships. During the second qualifying round of the 2007/2008 Champions League edition, Niemi scored the only goal in Tampere's prestigious 1:0 away win against Bulgarian champions Levski Sofia; as Tampere had attained a 1:0 win in their home game, they became the first Finnish side to eliminate a Bulgarian club from the high-profile competition. However, the Finns were unable to qualify for the group stages of the Champions League, as they were eliminated by Norwegian side Rosenborg BK in the third qualifying round.

Niemi was able to play either as a right midfielder/winger or a striker.