Ex-Tottenham midfielder Teemu Tainio announces retirement

The Finnish star has decided to hang up his boots at the age of 35.

Former Tottenham midfielder Teemu Tainio has announced his retirement from professional football.

The ex-Finland international is 35 years old and has opted to finish his playing days after a distinguished career.

"It was quite an easy decision to call it a day now," the official Uefa website quote the veteran as saying.

"I have met many great people during my career and made a lot of friends. That is one of the greatest things in football.”

The Finnish midfielder started out his professional career at FC Haka, before spending eight years with Ligue 1 side Auxerre, where he won the Coupe de France twice.

Tainio was on the North London club’s books for three years after signing for the White Hart Lane outfit from the French club in 2005.

He made over 60 Premier League appearances for Spurs, scoring three goals, and was part of the side that won the League Cup in 2008. Tainio was largely used in the centre of midfield but also showed the versatility to feature as a full-back on occasion.

Tainio also played for Sunderland, Birmingham City, Ajax and the New York Red Bulls during his career, while he amassed 61 international caps for Finland.

He finished his career with HJK Helsinki.

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