Åbo IFK

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Åbo IFK
Åbo IFK.png
Full name Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna i Åbo
Nickname(s) Kanarialinnut
Founded 1908
Ground Urheilupuiston yläkenttä, Turku, Finland
Ground Capacity 1,500
Chairman Finland Kari Bäcklund
Manager Finland Mikko Hyyrynen
League Kakkonen (South Group)
2012 1st – Kakkonen (South)

Åbo IFK (or ÅIFK for short) is a sports club from Turku, Finland. The club was founded in 1908. It is used as a feeder team by Turun Palloseura.

Background[edit]

The greatest successes of ÅIFK have come in football where it has won three Finnish championship titles, in 1910, 1920 and 1924. It has played a total of 9 seasons in the Finnish premier division Mestaruussarja, the last occasion in 1967. It also won the Finnish Cup in 1965 and participated in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in the 1966–67 season, going out in the first round. Currently the ÅIFK football team is playing in the third tier Kakkonen.

ÅIFK has also fared well in handball with both its men's and women's teams playing at the national top level at the moment. Moreover, the club has previously played at the top level in ice hockey.

Currently the club has activities in football, handball, athletics and bowling.

The chairman of the football club is Kari Bäcklund. Since 2008, and also briefly in the 1990s, ÅIFK has acted as the reserve club for TPS.

The highest ever attendance for a ÅIFK match was in 1967 when 5,861 people attended the home game with Turun Palloseura.[1]

Football honours[edit]

Divisional movements since 1930[edit]

Top Level (9 seasons): 1930, 1932–35, 1963–65, 1967
Second Level (12 seasons): 1936, 1938–39, 1943/44-45, 1961–62, 1966, 1968–70, 2000
Third Level (12 seasons): 1986, 1988–89, 1991, 1994–96, 1998–99, 2001, 2008–current[2]

Season to season[edit]

Season Level Division Section Administration Position Movements
2000 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 9th Relegation Group – 9th – Relegated
2001 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 10th Relegated
2002 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Turku and Åland Islands (SPL Turku) 4th
2003 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Turku and Åland Islands (SPL Turku) 1st Play-offs
2004 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Turku and Åland Islands (SPL Turku) 2nd
2005 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Turku and Åland Islands (SPL Turku) 4th
2006 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Turku and Åland Islands (SPL Turku) 2nd
2007 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Turku and Åland Islands (SPL Turku) 1st Promoted
2008 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group B Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 8th
2009 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group B Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 9th
2010 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group B Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 7th
2011 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group B Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 8th
2012 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Play-offs

Club structure[edit]

ÅIFK runs 2 men's teams, 1 veteran's teams, 7 boys teams, 1 ladies team, 4 girls teams and a Footballschool for girls.

2010 season[edit]

For the current season Åbo IFK are competing in Section B of the Kakkonen. This is the third tier of the Finnish football system. In 2009 the team finished in ninth position in their Kakkonen section.

Åbo IFK 2 are participating in the Nelonen administered by the Turku SPL. This team has taken over a club called Goose Park Rangers FC that competed at this level in 2009.

Åbo IFK 3 are competing in the Vitonen administered by the Turku SPL. Last season Åbo IFK 2 were promoted to this level from the Kutonen.

Current Squad for the 2015 season[edit]

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

No. Position Player
2 Finland MF Juho Nurmi
4 Finland DF Gesim Voca *
5 Finland DF Joni Vuorinen
6 Nigeria FW Marcus Okorie Igwe
7 Guinea FW Demba Camara *
8 South Africa MF Leroy Maluka
9 Finland MF Alec Engblom
10 Finland FW Nicolas Manzo
11 Finland MF Joonas Lahti *
12 Finland GK Aati Marttinen *
15 Finland MF Severi Paajanen
No. Position Player
17 Finland DF Arsalan Azizi
21 Finland FW Farris Omar
22 Finland MF Hiep Huynh *
25 Finland FW Ridha Hadi
27 Finland MF Aleksi Laiho *
29 Finland MF Tuomas Happonen
29 Finland DF Juho Salminen *
30 Finland FW Blend Miftari *
35 Finland GK Samu Saari *
35 Finland GK Ville Seppä *
52 Finland FW Eetu Uusitalo

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jalkapallokirja 1991. Suomen Palloliitto. 1991. ISSN 0787-7188. 
  2. ^ "Finland – Divisional Movements 1930–2009". RSSSF Archives. 2010. Retrieved 15 May 2010. 

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