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Katriina Talaslahti

Professional Football Goalkeeper

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Hey! This is Katriina Talaslahti, welcome to visit my website!

I’m a Finnish professional football goalkeeper playing for OL, Olympique Lyonnais Féminine in Lyon, France. It was my honour to make a three year contract with Olympique Lyonnais Féminine beginning the 1st of July 2019.

Olympique Lyonnais Feminine is the Women’s Champion League Winner 2020!

Read more about my highlights and news on the Career section and by clicking the links below:

During my first season 2019-2020 in Lyon, our OL Women’s team reached all the goals, like the French league championship and the French Cup. The highlight was to win the Champions League final tournament on 30th August 2020, in Bilbao, in Northern Spain. I also fulfilled my main goal; to win the UEFA Women’s Champions League under the age of 20. I am now the only Finnish female player who has won the title. As a whole, the first season really gave me a lot of great experiences. So, I am now working hard to finish the season 2020-2021 with enthusiasm, energy and expectations.

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Katriina Talaslahti

Career

2020

UEFA Women’s Champions League 2020 victory with Olympique Lyonnais Feminine

Champions League final tournament

Veolia Trophee 2020

French Cup 2020 championship

Training camp & games in Poland

More highlights

2019

French Cup 2019 championship

French League 2019-2020 started

Preseason 2019-2020

New challenges

The first half

2018

New challenges in U19

2017

German Championship with U17 team.

Previous Seasons

Season with FC Bayern U17 team

Scouted to FC Bayern München

My first year in Germany!

UEFA Women’s Champions League 2020 victory with Olympique Lyonnais Feminine

We participated in the Champions League 2020 final tournament in Spain with the Olympique Lyonnais Feminine, starting 22.8.2020. We played three tough matches in the tournament, using the method of “the winner continues towards the final”.

In the quarter-finals, we first faced my former club FC Bayern Munich from Germany. It was exciting to meet old familiar players from my time in Munich. I also met other members of my old club I knew. We won the tight match with goals 2-1. That’s how we got into the top four.

Next we encountered Lyon’s beloved enemy, PSG from Paris, in the semi-finals. We already won them once in August in the final of French Cup. We knew there was going to be a very tough and emotional match. We finally managed to win narrowly 1-0. Thanks to the victory, we reached the finals. Although OLF had won the Champions League four times in a row, for me and many others on our team, the time was, of course, the first.

In the final at 30.8.2020, we met German league champion Wolfsburg. Lyon had faced the Wolfsburg in a similar final before. Our team played their best game in the tournament. We finally managed to win 3-1. At the end of the game, the atmosphere was amazing. We got to lift into the air the trophy of the winner, valued by all who follow football. There are a lot of experienced players on the team, but also many young players like me. We took all the joy out of our victory. Our team has had a great spirit all this time, everyone encourages each other. We flew back to France the same night. The celebration and congratulations then continued in France.

(Attached picture is published by Damien OL)

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Champions League final tournament

We will start the final tournament of the Champions League on 22.8. 2020 in Spain, by facing FC Bayern Munich, my former club. I hope that we can advance to the final match on 30.8.2020. Here you find the squad of Olympique Lyonnais Feminine in final tournament. Read more about the tournament from UEFA’s websites.

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Veolia Trophee 2020

To gain more gaming experience before the Champions League final tournament, we got the great possibility to participate in Veolia Trophee tournament in Lyon in August 2020. I think this tournament help us keep up the good mood before the main event of the season. Read more about the tournament from Veolia Trophee 2020.

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French Cup 2020 championship

In August 2020, ahead was the French Cup semi-final and final. In the final match, we won PSG from Paris. The game ended 0-0, but in the penalty kicks we did better. Read more about Coupe de France.

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Training camp & games in Poland

We also went to camp in Poland in July 2020, playing there three matches against Polish teams. These were the first games for Olympique Lyonnais after the COVID-19 break.

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French Cup 2019 championship

Olympique Lyonnais had achieved a place in the French Cup final during 2019. In the final, in September 2019, we played against our beloved enemy PSG from Paris. OLF managed to win the French Cup championship.

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French League 2019-2020 started

Women’s French League D1 Arkema began in August 2019. At the same time, this was my first league season in the new club Olympique Lyonnais Feminine (OLF).

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Preseason 2019-2020

The season 2019-2020 started with a preparation period. We spent this time period in the US by participating in the 2019 International Champions Cup Women’s Tournament in North Carolina by winning two matches and achieving the tournament trophy.

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New challenges

After summer vacation I changed my location from Munich, Germany to Lyon, France. I signed new three years contract with Olympique Lyonnais starting from 1st July, 2019.

In the picture: I visited Lyon in May. I am at the Groupama Stadium, where OL team plays the Champion League and French league matches.

News about my transfer to OL:

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The first half

Winning the title of Women’s 2. Bundesliga and representing Finland WU19 National Team.

Already during the fall season, I was the first goalkeeper in FC Bayern’s 2. team. Overall, my team’s season has gone really well – we won the 2. Bundesliga championship in May! In June I’ll be off to a well-deserved summer vacation in Finland!

In April I attended the UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship Qualification tournament in Belgium with the Finnish WU19 National Team. Unfortunately, in the last minute, we dropped out of the UEFA WU19 final tournament. Representing Finland at the junior level is now over.

More statistics about my season you can find here.

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New challenges in U19

I started the fall 2018 season by playing very successfully with FC Bayern Women’s 1st Team in France against PSG (The Toulouse International Ladies Cup 2018).

In November I got invited for the first time to the WU19 Finnish national team training camp.

Here you’ll find some links to news about the Toulouse International Ladies Cup:
In French press / Culturespg.com / Canal-Supporters.com / Footpy.fr

In German press / Fcbayern.com

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German Championship with U17 team.

The season 2016-2017 we had a wonderful U17 team in FC Bayern. Already during the previous season we learned to know each other very well.
And when we got some good new players, our playing was at an excellent level.
So, we first won the U17 southern group and finally the U17 German Championship in June!

These team mates are still my dear friends.

Follow up my highlights of this season in Finnish in this article from YLEKeskisuomalainen or Suomifutis.

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Season with FC Bayern U17 team

This season 2015-2016 I played for FC Bayern WU17 1st team in WU17 Bundesliga. In the end of season we attended Scania Women’s Cup U19 in Le Mans in France and I played in final against FC Barcelona.

This summer I also made time to promote my native Finland by participating in a book highlighting the Finnish sauna culture by Carita Harju ‘Sauna from Finland’. Filming was done in the middle of the wonderful Finnish summer.

We also had the honor to visit the Finnish Embassy in Berlin end of the year.

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Scouted to FC Bayern München

In 2015, me and my sister Pauliina were both scouted to join FC Bayern Munich. We moved to Munich in fall 2015 and my whole family decided to setup home so far in Germany.

This first season we played in the same team, FC Bayern WU17 1st team and attended WU17 Bundesliga.

My story (in Finnish) from MTV3.

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My first year in Germany!

After playing for FC Honka and Leppävaaran Pallo in Finland, I played the season 2014-2015 in 1. FC Nürnberg in Germany with my sister Pauliina Talaslahti.

In fall 2014 me and my sister both started at a local sports school in Nürnberg and settled down very well.

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News

Katriina’s feelings in Helmarit

09.06.2021Interview

Katriina's feelings about her first days in Helmarit, in Spain.

Katriina with Finnish women’s national team in Spain

07.06.2021News

Katriina was nominated to the Finnish National team which will play a friendly match against Poland (June 11), and against Russia (June 14).

Shifter of the month, The Shifter – May 2021

05.06.2021Interview

I was honored to be interviewed by The Shift, Generation Z organization from Madrid, Spain. Their project aims to inspire young people by sharing the "shifters'" stories in order to encourage them to follow their dreams. Click the link below to watch my interview about some of my thoughts on the Gen Z.

7 seconds challenge 2019 – would it be time to new ones ?

15.04.2021Interview

Have fun listening to my old interview just before I moved to Lyon in 2019. Would it be time to take this quiz again?

Living The Dream in Lyon

23.02.2021Article

Jean-Pierre Thiesset spoke exclusively to Olympique Lyonnais’ goalkeeper Katriina Talaslahti about her career so far, what life is like at Lyon and her aims for the future.

Interview Exclusive de Katriina Talaslahti, Olympique Lyonnais (OL)

22.02.2021Article

Réalisée par Jean-Pierre Thiesset le 22 février 2021. Pas beaucoup de gens le savent mais Katriina a déjà joué contre le Paris SG et Liverpool. C’était en août 2018 avec le Bayern de Munich au « Toulouse Ladies Cup » contre le Paris SG et lors d’un match d’entraînement contre Liverpool. Elle était aussi dans l’équipe du Bayern de Munich pour un match de « Women UEFA Champions League » en septembre 2018.

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