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Niki Mäenpää

Goalkeeper

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Biography

Date of birth

23/01/1985

Height

190cm

Signed

14/07/2015

Country

Finland

A look at the Finnish goalkeeper's career.

Niki Maenpaa began his career with French side RC Lens in 2003, featuring in their reserve side, before a move to Dutch second division FC Den Bosch in 2006 - where he made 67 league appearances in three seasons.
 
He spent two years with top-flight side Willem II, before a move to AZ Alkmaar in 2011, followed by a switch to VVV-Venlo in 2012.

Maenpaa spent three seasons with VVV-Venlo, one in the top division and two in the second division. He won the club's Player of the Season award, and helped the team to a fifth-place finish in 2013/14.
 
He has won 24 full caps for his country, plus 13 at under-21, and five more at under-19 level.

The Albion shot-stopper made his debut for the club in the Capital One Cup win over Southend in 2015. Maenpaa has since made a number of appearances for the Seagulls in cup competitions, and made his league debut in Albion's 3-0 home victory over Rotherham United.

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