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Power Shield III

Power Shield III

Naam:
Anssi Jaakkola

Club:
Bristol Rovers (UK)

Vorige club(s):
Reading FC, A.C. Siena, Slavia Prague, Kilmarnock FC, Ajax Cape Town

Favoriete handschoen:
Stanno Power Shield III

 

Why and when did you decide to become a goalkeeper?
I was about 15 years old, before that I played on every position. Being a goalkeeper felt the most natural for me.

Which qualities make you a better goalkeeper then your competitors? 
Each goalkeeper has their strengths and good qualities. I'm trying to become the best that I can be. 

What is your favorite exercise during your training? 
I enjoy doing all the crossing and finishing drills and small side games. 

Why are the gloves mentioned above your favorite? 
I like how the glove fits and also like finger protection so that's why the Power Schield is the perfect glove for me.

From which goalkeeper did you learn the most? 
Growing up I used to watch Peter Schmeichel, I think he's the best goalkeeper of all time. I also have to mention Alex Menninger, I learned a lot from him when I was playing for Siena. For a young goalkeeper it was great to get to train with him. He was a really great guy and a top professional. 

What do you like to do in your spare time? 
I like spending time with my two kids, they really keep me busy off the field. 

What is the most memorable moment in your career until now?
For playing for my country, my debut in Serie A and winning the mtn8 cup with Ajax Cape Town. 

Do you have any ideas about your life after football?
I have few ideas and I'm slowly getting things sorted so I'm prepared when the day comes that I have to hang my boots. I think it's very important to prepare and make plans for the life after football. 

Which goalkeeper do you admire and why do you?
From current keepers I have to say Buffon and Casillas. Both of them have had a great long career at the highest level and won everything on a club level and with national team as well. 

Can you compose your dream team for us? With you the goal, which ten players would you choose?
My all time favourite team is the Ajax 95 Champions League winning team so I would have liked to play in that team and of course would have been great to get to play in the same team with Jari Litmanen.

What would be your best advice for younger goalkeepers?
Train hard, believe in yourself and never give up. Attitude will take you a long way.