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Tia-Maria Jaakonsaari

Tia-Maria Jaakonsaari

Previous clubs: Puistolan Urheilijat

National team: Finland

Honours won: Finnish Women's Cup (1).

Which player most inspired you? Lionel Messi. The first time I saw him I knew he was going to be something great. His speed, technique, vision and passing were superb, even when he was so young. I wanted to be like him.

Which coach most inspired you? My dad.

What was the best advice they gave you? Always look at the pitch in front of you. Know where your team-mates are and where you can pass the ball.

Best player you've played with? Beverly Goebel and Cynthia Uwak.

Toughest opponent? Rayo Vallecano and Glasgow City.

What are your memories of your first club as a child? I just loved playing. It was a real joy. No matter how bad I was, I always tried my best and they gave me a chance to play.

What tip would you give a young player hoping to succeed? The team comes first and when you give your best, you will develop. Giving your all will take you forward as a player and in life. One player can't make a team, but a team can make a player.

Last updated: 24/09/12 15.29CET