FC Ilves

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FC Ilves
FC Ilves logo.png
Full nameTampereen Ilves[citation needed]
GroundTammelan Stadion, Tampere
ChairmanAri Ruuth
ManagerJarkko Wiss
2018Veikkausliiga, 5th
WebsiteClub website
Active departments of
Football pictogram.svg Futsal pictogram.svg Ice hockey pictogram.svg
Football Futsal Ice hockey

Ilves Tampere is a Finnish football club, based in Tampere. In the 2018 season they play in the Veikkausliiga, the highest level in Finland.

They were formed in 1975 as a merger between IKissat Tampere and TaPa Tampere, and joined the Premier Division in 1979.[1]

Ilves won the Finnish league championship in 1983 and the Finnish Cup in 1979 and 1990.[citation needed]

In the late 1990's, Ilves suffered financial trouble and its professional team was reformed into Tampere United before the 1999 season; the initial plan was to join Ilves with TPV, but TPV decided to continue as its own team. As a result, Tampere United inherited Ilves' place in the second highest division, and Ilves continued to play in lower divisions, although they did not have a men's team from 1999 to 2007.[2]

At a Kakkonen match between Ilves and local rivals TPV in 2011.

Their home ground is Tammelan Stadion.[3]


  • Finnish champion (1): 1983
  • Finnish Cup winner (3): 1979, 1990, 2019

European record[edit]

[citation needed]

Season Competition Round Club 1st leg 2nd leg Aggregate
1980–81 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R Netherlands Feyenoord 1–3 2–4 3–7
1984–85 European Cup 1R Italy Juventus 0–4 1–2 1–6
1986–87 UEFA Cup 1R Scotland Rangers 0–4 2–0 2–4
1991–92 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R Northern Ireland Glenavon 2–3 2–1 4–4
2R Italy Roma 1–1 2–5 3–6
2018–19 UEFA Europa League 1QR Bulgaria PFC Slavia Sofia 0–1 1–2 1–3

Current squad[edit]

As of 3 April 2018.[4] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Finland GK Mika Hilander (captain)
3 Finland DF Diogo Tomas
4 Finland DF Felipe Aspegren
5 Brazil MF Jair
6 Finland MF Matias Ojala
7 Ghana FW Samuel Afum
8 Finland MF Iiro Järvinen
9 Finland FW Ilari Mettälä
10 Finland MF Lauri Ala-Myllymäki
12 Finland GK Johannes Luukkanen
13 Ghana DF Baba Mensah
14 Finland MF Tuure Siira
15 Finland DF Mikael Almén
16 Finland DF Tatu Miettunen
No. Position Player
17 Finland FW Aleksi Tarvonen
18 Finland FW Eemeli Raittinen
21 Finland MF Janne-Pekka Laine
22 Finland DF Tariq Kazi
23 Finland MF Naatan Skyttä
24 Finland DF Roope Huhtala
25 Senegal MF Emile Paul Tendeng
26 Ivory Coast FW Tiemoko Fofana
28 Finland FW Jesse Huhtala
29 Finland MF Santeri Haarala
30 Niger MF Yussif Moussa
32 Finland GK Matias Riikonen
60 Ghana DF David Addy

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
11 Finland MF Jusif Ali (at Dinamo Zagreb until 30 june 2019)

Management and boardroom[edit]


As of 20 June 2018.[5]

Name Role
Finland Jarkko Wiss Head Coach
Finland Toni Kallio Coach
Finland Mikko Kavén Goalkeeping Coach
Finland Heli Rekimies Fitness Coach
Finland Ville Niemelä Kit Manager / Team Manager
Finland Ville Korpela Physiotherapist
Finland Jonne Väisänen Doctor


As of 12 April 2017[6]

Name Role
Finland Pentti Kuusela Chairman
Finland Tomi Erola CEO
Finland Toni Hevonkorpi Development Director / Vice CEO



  1. ^ Heikki Pietarinen (13 December 2018). "Finland - List of League First Level Tables". RSSSF. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Seura". ilvesedustus.fi (in Finnish). Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Tampereen Ilves". Soccerway. Perform. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  4. ^ Ilveksen joukkue 2018
  5. ^ Ilveksen joukkue 2018
  6. ^ "Yhteystiedot" (in Finnish). Ilves. Retrieved 12 April 2017.

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