Kotkan Työväen Palloilijat
Kotkan Työväen Palloilijat is a Finnish football club based in Kotka and competing in Finland's second league, Ykkönen. The club was founded in 1927 and its colours are green and white. After its formation the club joined the Finnish Workers' Sports Federation, to which it still belongs. KTP play. KTP had a long football traditions centred on its golden age in the early 1950s when the club won two Finnish championships in 1951 and 1952, they won the Finnish Cup four times, the most recent occasion being in 1980. The club, playing in the renamed Arto Tolsa Areena, were participating in the Veikkausliiga as as 2000, but were relegated to Ykkönen and went into bankruptcy; the club re-formed and played in the lower divisions before gaining promotion to the Kakkonen in 2007. They spent two seasons in the Kakkonen but were relegated in 2009. In 2010, the club are playing in the Kolmonen and was promoted to Kakkonen where they played 2011–2013. Season 2014, KTP finished second in Ykkönen, promoted to Finnish top league Veikkausliiga in season 2015.
However, After a difficult 2015 Veikkausliiga season, club finished 11th in the league, had to play a promotion play-off against PK-35. After two disappointing performances, the club lost on aggregate 3–2, were relegated back to Ykkönen; the all time Championship appearances and leading goal scorer of KTP is Arto Tolsa with 126 goals in 201 matches. During December 2013 a merger took place, as part of which FC KooTeePee adopted the name of FC Kotkan Työväen Palloilijat; as of the 2014 season the merged club were allowed to retain FC KooTeePee's place in the Ykkönen. KTP is one of the most supported clubs in Finland. Closest rival is MYPA. Distance between cities is little over 30 kilometres. However, when MYPA went to bankrupt, clubs have not faced each other for many years. During December 2017 and January 2018, KTP sold 2273 season tickets, the all time record in the Finnish First Division; the home venue of the KTP is Arto-Tolsa Arena. It was opened in 1952 and was known as the Kotkan Urheilukeskus, but in 2000 the full renovation of the stadium, name was changed to the Arto Tolsa Arena.
At the beginning of the 2015 season, the pitch was converted to an artificial playing surface. KTP have played in Europe on one occasion in the Cup Winners' Cup in the 1981–82 season, having won the Finnish Cup in 1980. Top Level: 1948–58, 1963–69, 1979–83, 1999–2000 Second Level: 1943/44, 1959–62, 1970–72, 1978, 1984, 1994–98 Third Level: 1973–77, 1985–93, 2008–09, 2011– Fourth Level: 2002–07, 2010 Fifth Level: 2001 Most Championship matches: Arto Tolsa, 201 games between 1963–1981 Most goals in Championship: Arto Tolsa, 126 goals in the years 1963–1981 Most goals in one season in Championship league matches: Arto Tolsa, 26 goals in season 1964 Home Match attendance record: 6,325 spectators in a match in 1981 against Kuopion Pallotoverit Biggest win a Championship match: 8–0 home to Valkeakosken Haka in 1952 Biggest defeat in a Championship match: 1–8 away to Turun Palloseura in 1969 As of 30 April 2018Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
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Helsingin Jalkapalloklubi known as HJK Helsinki, or as HJK, is a professional football club based in Helsinki, Finland. The club competes in the Finnish Veikkausliiga. Founded in 1907, the club has spent most of its history in the top tier of Finnish football; the club's home ground is the 10,770-seat Telia 5G -areena, where they have played since 2000. Considered Finland's biggest club, HJK is the most successful Finnish club in terms of championship titles with 29; the club has won 13 Finnish Cups and 5 Finnish League Cups. Many of Finland's most successful players have played for HJK before moving abroad; the club has similar success with women's Naisten Liiga. HJK is the only Finnish club. In 1998, they beat Metz in the play-off round to clinch their place in the competition for the following season. HJK has participated in the UEFA Europa League, in 2014–15, defeating Rapid Wien in the play-off round; the club's highest score in a European competition came during the 2011–12 season, with a 13–0 aggregate victory over Welsh champions Bangor City, which included a 10–0 home win.
HJK's regular kit colours have long been white shirts with blue shorts and socks. The club's crest has been nearly untouched for a century, it has only undergone one minor font change in order to modernize it; the club was founded as Helsingin Jalkapalloklubi – Helsingfors Fotbollsklubb in 1907 by Fredrik Wathén. The founding meeting was held at a bowling alley in Kaisaniemi Park in May; the first competitive fixture was played against Ekenäs IF in Ekenäs. HJK won 2–4. Early on, HJK became popular amongst Finnish-speaking students, while Swedish-speaking students preferred to play for Unitas or HIFK. In late 1908, after a heated debate, the language was switched to unilingually Finnish and this resulted in many Swedish-speaking members switching over to HIFK and other clubs, although a few chose to stay. In 1909, the colours blue and white were chosen to support the fennoman movement and bandy was introduced as the club's second official sport; the club moved from Kaisaniemi Ground to the new Eläintarha Stadium.
At the end of the year, Fredrik Wathen was forced to leave his post as the club's chairman due to illness. In 1910, Lauri Tanner became the longest-running club chairman to date; the same year, the club's first international match was played, against Eriksdals IF from Stockholm in Kaisaniemi. The first championship title was won in 1911. In 1915, the club moved to newly build Töölön Pallokenttä. In 1916, tennis was introduced as the third official sport in HJK, it was played in the club until the early 1920s. During the Finnish Civil War in 1918, two HJK club members, fighting for the "Whites", were killed. In 1921, the first bandy championship was won and during the following five seasons, HJK reached five finals, winning three more titles. Bowling was added to the club's repertoire in 1925, but the bowlers formed their own club, Helsingin Keilaajat, the following year. In 1928, ice hockey became an official sport and the first championship was won in 1929. League format was introduced to Finnish football in 1930 but HJK failed to qualify for the first season.
In 1931, HJK played their first season in the league, however at the end of the season, they were relegated. During World War II, HJK lost 22 members serving in the military, of which nine fell in the Winter War, twelve in the Continuation War and one in the Lapland War. In 1943, handball was introduced as the club's sixth official sport. HJK won one silver and two bronze medals in handball during the following three seasons but did not gain further success. Handball was first of HJK's sports where women competed; the women's team played a total of 22 seasons at the highest level. In 1963, HJK played their last season in the second level of the football pyramid, winning 20 out of 22 matches and scoring 127 goals. In 1964, the newly promoted club won their tenth championship title and the following season, in 1965–66, they played their first European Cup match, against Manchester United at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium. However, a 2–9 aggregate loss resulted in HJK's elimination from the competition.
In 1966, the club secured their first cup title by winning KTP 6–1 in the final in front of 7,000 spectators. Bandy section was disbanded in the late 1960s; the last official sport, figure skating, was added into the club's repertoire in 1966, was abolished in 1972. The ice hockey section was disbanded in 1972 and the last season in handball was played in 1978. Hereafter, HJK therefore only participated in football following 69 years as a multisport club; the 1998–99 season saw HJK become the first and, to date, only Finnish club to play in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League after defeating Metz in the second qualifying round. The club managed a respectable five points in their group, defeating Benfica at home and earning draws at home to 1. FC away to Benfica, they lost to Kaiserslautern away. The club's current home stadium, the Telia 5G -areena, was opened in 2000; the 20th championship title was won in 2002 and in 2008, the club won its tenth Finnish Cup title. The 2009 season was the start of a championship run that resulted in six titles in a row from 2009 to 2014.
In 2014, HJK became the first Finnish club to play in the UEFA Europa League group stage after defeating Rapid Wien in the play-off round. HJK, with wins over Torino and Copenhagen at home, finished third in their group with six points. HJK made several acquisitions during the winter of 2015, including Córdoba forward Mike Havenaar, J-league playmaker Atomu Tanaka and Birmin
HIFK Fotboll or IFK Helsingfors is an association football section of HIFK, a sports club from Helsinki, Finland. The men's football first team plays in the highest tier of Veikkausliiga, their home ground is at the Telia 5G -areena. Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna i Helsingfors was formed on 15 October 1897 by Georges Doubitsky, a 15-year-old student at the Svenska Reallyceum school in Helsinki. In those early years the club specialised in athletics and bandy; the football section was established in 1907, the same year that the Football Association of Finland was founded. The first football match played HIFK was at the Kaisaniemi ground on 17 May 1908 where the new team lost 1–2 to Unitas. In those early years HIFK were runners-up in the Mestaruussarja on 5 occasions in 1909, 1912, 1928 and 1929. In addition in 1912 the Finnish Football team at the Stockholm Olympics comprised a team of HIFK players. HIFK won their first Finnish championship in 1930 a feat that they were to repeat on three other occasions in 1931, 1933 and 1937 in a tremendous decade for the club.
HIFK won the Mestaruussarja in 1947, 1959 and 1961. In total HIFK won the Finnish championship on 7 occasions. HIFK was one of the most successful football sides in Finland until the early 1970s when the team were relegated from the Mestaruussarja. After 1972 the team wandered around the lower divisions of Finnish football, having played in the Nelonen, the fifth tier of the Finnish football league system, in 1980–83 and 2003–05, only would return to the first level 43 years later. In total, since 1930, HIFK have played 29 seasons in the Mestaruussarja, 18 seasons in the second tier and 18 seasons in the third tier, their best spell in recent decades was from 1999 to 2002. However, the club overstretched themselves which resulted in the withdrawal from the Ykkönen at the end of the 2002 season and taking the place of the second team in the Nelonen in 2003. More HIFK made great progress and returned to Ykkönen, the second tier of Finnish football for seasons 2011 and 2012 only to be relegated back to Kakkonen after their 2012 season.
Back in Kakkonen, HIFK rehired coach Jani Honkavaara, the coach when HIFK first were promoted to Ykkönen. Since his second term they were able to play in Ykkönen for a third time this millennia, when beating their promotion play-off opponent PS Kemi Kings. HIFK won Ykkönen in 2014 and thereby were automatically promoted into the highest tier of Finnish football, Veikkausliiga. After securing their promotion, HIFK announced that they would play their 2015 season home games on Telia 5G -areena, the home ground of their local rivals HJK Helsinki. In December 2014 HIFK launched a crowdfunding campaign through Invesdor. HIFK aimed to gather 250.000 – 500.000 euros by selling shares of the club valued at 189,70 euros a piece. According to club chairman René Österman, HIFK was in need of funding for the upcoming Veikkausliiga season and crowdfunding gave a chance for the club's supporters to own a part of the club; the campaign ended in January 2015 and HIFK gathered 335.495 euros from 786 investors.
After three seasons in Veikkausliiga, HIFK were relegated to Ykkönen after finishing 11th in 2017 season and losing relegation play-offs against FC Honka on away goals. However, after a successful 2018 campaign in Ykkönen, HIFK was promoted back to Veikkausliiga for the 2019 season. HIFK participated in the European Cup in the 1960–61 and 1962–63 seasons and played in the UEFA cup in 1971–72. Mestaruussarja Championships: 1930, 1931, 1933, 1937, 1947, 1959, 1961. Mestaruussarja Runners-up: 1909, 1912, 1928, 1929, 1934, 1935, 1971. Attendance Record: 10,500 Top Level: 1930–45, 1947–49, 1958–66, 1970–72, 2015–2017, 2019- Second Level: 1945–46, 1950–57, 1967–69, 1973–74, 1999–02, 2011–12, 2014, 2018 Third Level: 1975–78, 1988–98, 2008–10, 2013 Historically, HIFK has been the club for the Swedish speaking middle-class population in Helsinki. However, the club nowadays is bilingual and language doesn't play key role in the club anymore. Nowadays, the most renowned supporter group of the club is Stadin Kingit.
Its name derives from the common slang nickname for Helsinki. The most of the members attend the handball and ice hockey matches of HIFK as well; the supporters are reported to have friendship with supporters of FC Copenhagen. The single most important fixture for HIFK supporters is the one against the local rivals, HJK; the fixture is known as Stadin derby. HIFK Fotboll run a large number of teams including 4 men's teams, 1 men's veterans team, 1 Academy team and 9 boys teams. HIFK are competing in Ykkönen administered by the Football Association of Finland; this is second highest tier in the Finnish football system. HIFK / 2 are competing in Group B of the Kakkonen administered by the Football Association of Finland. HIFK / 3 are competing in Section 2 of the Kolmonen administered by the SPL Helsinki and SPL Uusimaa. HIFK / 4 are competing in Section 2 of the Kutonen administered by the SPL Helsinki. Updated as of season 2018; as of 11 April 2019 Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules.
Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. As of 11 April 2019 As of 11 April 2019 Official football website Official club website
RU-38 (sports club)
Rosenlewin Urheilijat-38, RU-38 for short, was a sports club based in Pori, Finland. It was founded in 1938 by the W. Rosenlew Company; the club was best known by its ice hockey sections. In 1967 RU-38 merged with another local club, forming a new club named Ässät; the athletes of RU-38 were semi-professionals. They could use their working hours in training. In the 1950s RU-38 recruited several Finnish national team players, such as Aimo Sommarberg and Stig-Göran Myntti and was promoted to the national top league in 1958; the next season club finished 2nd in Mestaruussarja. 1960 RU-38 played in the Finnish Cup final by losing 1–3 for FC Haka. RU-38 was promoted to the top hockey league SM-sarja in 1964. Club won the Finnish championship in 1967. RU-38 made a short appearance in British espionage film Billion Dollar Brain, shot in Finland, they performed a hockey fight with another Finnish team Karhu-Kissat. The most notable other athletes representing RU-38 were 1500-metre world record holder Olavi Salonen and 1960 Olympics pole vault bronze medalist Eeles Landström.
The club had bandy on its programme. Football:Finnish championship: runners-up 1959 Finnish Cup: runners-up 1960 Football Association of Finland Satakunta district champions: 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1966, 1967Ice hockeyFinnish champions: 1967 Finnish Cup winners: 1965 RU-38 football history
Helsinki Olympic Stadium
The Helsinki Olympic Stadium, located in the Töölö district about 2.3 kilometres from the centre of the Finnish capital Helsinki, is the largest stadium in the country, nowadays used for hosting sports events and big concerts. The stadium is best known for being the centre of activities in the 1952 Summer Olympics. During those games, it hosted athletics, equestrian show jumping, the football finals; the stadium was the venue for the first Bandy World Championship in 1957, the first World Athletics Championships in 1983 as well as for the 2005 World Championships in Athletics. It hosted the European Athletics Championships in 1971, 1994 and 2012, it is the home stadium of the Finland national football team. The stadium is closed temporarily since March 2016 for renovation works and scheduled of reopening in 2019; the Olympic Stadium was designed in functionalistic style by the architects Yrjö Lindegren and Toivo Jäntti. Construction of the Olympic Stadium began in 1934 and it was completed in 1938, with the intent to host the 1940 Summer Olympics, which were moved from Tokyo to Helsinki before being cancelled due to World War II.
It hosted the 1952 Summer Olympics over a decade instead. The stadium was to be the main venue for the cancelled 1943 Workers' Summer Olympiad, it was the venue for the first Bandy World Championship in 1957. The stadium was modernized in 1990–1994 and renovated just before the 2005 World Championships in Athletics. In 2006 an American TV series, The Amazing Race 10, had one of its episodes ending at The Olympic Stadium Tower; as a task, teams had to do a face-first rappel down the Helsinki Olympic Tower. Since March 2007, a Eurasian eagle-owl has been spotted living around the stadium. On June 6, 2007, during a Euro 2008 qualifying match, the owl delayed play by ten minutes after perching on a goalpost; the owl was christened Bubi and was named as Helsinki's Resident of the Year. The 50th anniversary of the Helsinki Olympic Games hosted in the Helsinki Olympic Stadium was the main motif for one of the first Finnish euro silver commemorative coins, the 50th anniversary of the Helsinki Olympic Games commemorative coin, minted in 2002.
On the reverse, a view of the Helsinki Olympic Stadium can be seen. On the right, the 500 markka commemorative coin minted in 1952 celebrating the occasion is depicted; the stadium's spectator capacity was at its maximum during the 1952 Summer Olympics with over 70,000 spectator places. Nowadays the stadium has 40,600 spectator places. During concerts, depending on the size of the stage, the capacity is 45,000–50,000; the tower of the stadium, a distinct landmark with a height of 72.71 metres, a measurement of the length of the gold-medal win by Matti Järvinen in javelin throw of 1932 Summer Olympics, is open for visitors and offers impressive views over Helsinki. It is possible to see into the adjacent Telia 5G -areena. A Youth Hostel is located within the Stadium complex. Major renovation work at the stadium started in the spring of 2016; the stadium will be closed during the construction and will reopen in 2019. During renovation all the spectator stands will be covered with canopies and the field area and the tracks will be renewed.
It will offer extended restaurant areas and more indoor sport venues. Projected costs for the renovation is 209 million euros and it will be funded by Finnish state and the city of Helsinki. 1952 Summer Olympics 1957 Bandy World Championship 1971 European Athletics Championships 1983 World Championships in Athletics 1994 European Athletics Championships 2005 World Championships in Athletics UEFA Women's Euro 2009 2012 European Athletics Championships Media related to Helsingin olympiastadion at Wikimedia Commons 1952 Summer Olympics official report. Pp. 44–7. Stadion.fi – Official site History of the stadium Panoramic virtual tour from the stadium tower
UEFA Europa League
The UEFA Europa League is an annual football club competition organised by UEFA since 1971 for eligible European football clubs. Clubs qualify for the competition based on their performance in their national leagues and cup competitions, it is the second-tier competition of European club football, ranking below the UEFA Champions League. Called the UEFA Cup, the competition has been known as the UEFA Europa League since the 2009–10 season, following a change in format. For UEFA footballing records purposes, the UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League are considered the same competition, with the change of name being a rebranding. In 1999, the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup was merged with the UEFA Cup. For the 2004–05 competition a group stage was added prior to the knockout phase; the 2009 re-branding included a merge with the UEFA Intertoto Cup, producing an enlarged competition format, with an expanded group stage and a change in qualifying criteria. The winner of the UEFA Europa League qualifies for the UEFA Super Cup and, since the 2014–15 season, the following season's UEFA Champions League, entering at the group stage.
The title has been won by 28 clubs. The most successful club in the competition is Sevilla, with five titles; the current champions are Atlético Madrid, after defeating Marseille in the final to win the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League. The UEFA Cup was preceded by the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, a European football competition played between 1955 and 1971; the competition grew from 11 teams during the first cup to 64 teams by the last cup, played in 1970–71. It had become so important on the European football scene that in the end it was taken over by UEFA and relaunched the following season as the UEFA Cup; the UEFA Cup was first played in the 1971–72 season, with an all-English final of Wolverhampton Wanderers against Tottenham Hotspur, with Spurs taking the first honours. The title was retained by another English club, Liverpool, in 1973, who defeated Borussia Mönchengladbach in the final. Borussia would win the competition in 1975 and 1979, reach the final again in 1980. Feyenoord Rotterdam won the cup in 1974 after defeating Tottenham Hotspur with 4-2 in aggregate.
Liverpool won the competition for the second time in 1976 after defeating Club Brugge in the final. During the 1980s, IFK Göteborg and Real Madrid won the competition twice each, with Anderlecht reaching two consecutive finals, winning in 1983 and losing to Tottenham Hotspur in 1984; the year 1989 saw the commencement of the Italian clubs' domination, when Diego Maradona's Napoli defeated Stuttgart. The 1990s started with two all-Italian finals, in 1992, Torino lost the final to Ajax on the away goals rule. Juventus won the competition for a third time in 1993 and Internazionale kept the cup in Italy the following year; the year 1995 saw a third all-Italian final, with Parma proving their consistency, after two consecutive Cup Winners' Cup finals. The only final with no Italians during that decade was in 1996. Internazionale reached the final the following two years, losing in 1997 to Schalke 04 on penalties, winning yet another all-Italian final in 1998, taking home the cup for the third time in only eight years.
Parma won the cup in 1999. Liverpool won the competition for the third time in 2001. In 2002 Feyenoord Rotterdam won it for the 2nd time in the club history by defeating Borussia Dortmund during the final in their own stadium, Stadion Feijenoord in Rotterdam with 3-2. Porto triumphed with the latter against Portuguese team Braga. In 2004, the cup returned to Spain with Valencia being victorious, Sevilla succeeded on two consecutive occasions in 2006 and 2007, the latter in a final against fellow Spaniards Espanyol. Either side of Sevilla's success, two Russian teams, CSKA Moscow in 2005 and Zenit Saint Petersburg in 2008, had their glory and yet another former Soviet club, Ukraine's Shakhtar Donetsk, won in 2009. Atlético Madrid would themselves win twice in three seasons, in 2010 and 2012, the latter in another all-Spanish final. In 2013, Chelsea would become the first Champions League holders to win the UEFA Cup/Europa League the following year. In 2014, Sevilla won their third cup in eight years after defeating Benfica on penalties.
Just one year in 2015, Sevilla won their fourth UEFA Cup/Europa League and, in an unprecedented feat, they defended their title a third year in a row beating Liverpool FC in the 2016 final, making Sevilla FC the most successful team in the history of the competition with 5 titles. Since the 2009–10 season, the competition has been known as the UEFA Europa League. At the same time, the UEFA Intertoto Cup, UEFA's third-tier competition, was discontinued and merged into the new Europa League. UEFA had considered adding a third-tier competition since at least 2015, believing that a bottom-level tournament could act as a means of giving clubs from lower-ranked UEFA member countries to have a chance of progressing to the stages beyond the stages they traditionally would be eliminated in the Champions League and Europa League. In mid-2018 talk of an announcement intensified, with news sources claiming an agreement had been reached for the competition to be launched and that the 48-team Europa League group stage would be split into two, with the lower-half forming the nucleus of what would be the new event.
On 2 December 2018, UEFA announced that the competition – provisionally known as "Europa League 2" or just "UEL2" – was to be launched as part of the 2021–24 three-year competition cycle, with UEFA announcing that the new tournament would bring "more matches for more clubs and more
Ilves Tampere is a Finnish football club, based in Tampere. In the 2018 season they play in the highest level in Finland, they play most of their domestic league games at the Tammela Stadium, with European matches and some domestic games played at the Ratina Stadium. In 1974 Ilves-Kissat Tampere and TaPa Tampere merged with Ilves, the club took Ilves-Kissat's place in the Mestaruussarja. Ilves won the Finnish league championship in 1983 and the Finnish Cup in 1979 and 1990. 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. As a result, Tampere United inherited Ilves' place in the second highest division, Ilves continued to play in lower divisions, although they did not have a men's team from 1999 to 2007. Ilves was promoted to Ykkönen for the 2013 season. Two years they got promoted to the highest league after MyPa lost their place. Finnish champion: 1983 Finnish Cup winner: 1979, 1990 As of 3 April 2018.
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