Riku Riski Player Profile

  • Full Name: Riku Olavi Riski
  • Born: August 16th, 1989 (Askainen, Finland)
  • Height: 5' 9
  • Position: Striker
  • Signed: January 8th, 2016
  • First Manager: Mixu Paatelainen
  • Career Totals: 4 appearances
  • Also Played For: IFK Gothenburg, Odd Grenland, Orebro SK, Rosenburg

Playing Seasons

ALL League Cups
2015-16 1 (3) 4 0 0 0 1 (2) 0 - (1) 0
Totals: 1 (3) 0 1 (2) 0 0 (1) 0

ALL = Combined first team appearances
League/Cups = First team starts (sub appearances)
G2G = Goals to Games Ratio

 Recent First Team Starts
Jan 15th, 2016 15/01/16 Premiership vs. Celtic (H) 1 - 4

 Recent First Team Goals

 List of Goals Scored

 List of Games Played (click to expand)
Feb 16th, 2016 16/02/16 Premiership vs. Motherwell (H) 0 - 3 (sub)
Jan 23rd, 2016 23/01/16 Premiership vs. Kilmarnock (H) 5 - 1 (sub)
Jan 15th, 2016 15/01/16 Premiership vs. Celtic (H) 1 - 4
Jan 9th, 2016 09/01/16 4th Round vs. Airdrie (A) 1 - 0 (sub)

Competition History

LGE 1 (2) 0 0 0
SC - (1) 0 0 0
Totals: 1 (3) 0

 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 GtGR = Goals to Games Ratio
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals


Starting his career at Maskun Palloseura, Riku eventually came through the youth system at TPS, making his debut in the Veikkausliiga aged just 16. Over the next few years he became a regular first team squad member, spending the 2007 season under the charge of Mixu Paatelainen. A regular in the starting line-up in 2010, he scored a last minute goal to help TPS win the Finnish Cup in September.

In January 2011, the midfielder joined Polish club Widzew Łódź on three-and-a-half year contract. Having played for the Finnish national under-21 side, he made his senior national team debut in February 2011 against Belgium. After finding it hard to hold down a regular place in Poland, Riki was loaned out to Örebro in Sweden on a six month deal, and in January 2012 he was transferred to Hønefoss in Norway on a three year deal. A regular scorer in the Tippeligaen during his two seasons with Hønefoss, Norway's most successful side Rosenborg signed him on a four year deal in December 2013.

During his time in Norway, he became a regular in the Finnish National side, playing in qualifiers for both the World Cup and the European Championships, and scored in a 1-1 draw with Wales in Cardiff. Although a regular in his first 16 months with Rosenborg, he was loaned out to Gothenburg in August 2015 for their last three months of the season, and played eleven times as they finished in 2nd place in the Allsvenskan.

In January 2016, United manager Mixu Paatelainen brought his former TPS and Finland player to Tannadice in a loan deal until the end of the season. After just a handful of appearances, Riku returned to his parent club at the end of February.

Last updated on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020 by B Orr.

Squad Numbers



Debut (as sub)

January 9th, 2016
Airdrieonians (new) 0 - 1 Dundee United

Scottish Cup (4th Round)

Full Debut

January 15th, 2016
Dundee United 1 - 4 Celtic

League (Premiership)


  • Date of Birth

    Riku was born on this date in Askainen, Finland.

  • Signed For Dundee United

  • First Team Debut

    Airdrie 0 - 1 Dundee United
    Scottish Cup (4th Round)

    United made just two changes to the side that last weekend fell to defeat at Dens Park, Coll Donaldson and Mark Durnan replacing the suspended defensive duo Gavin Gunning and Ryan McGowan. New signing

  • League Debut

    Dundee United 1 - 4 Celtic
    League (Premiership)

    United were dealt a blow prior to the match as Billy Mckay missed out due to being granted compassionate leave. That meant a further shake up to the side with Mixu Paatelainen making five changes to t

  • Last Appearance

    Dundee United 0 - 3 Motherwell
    League (Premiership)

    Mixu Paatelainen made just the one change to the side that started the goalless draw at Hamilton on Saturday. Ryan Dow dropped out completely with Paul Dixon returning to the starting eleven. New sign

  • Left the Club