Atlantis FC

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Atlantis FC
Atlantis FC logo.svg
Full name Atlantis Football Club
Founded 1995
Ground Töölön Pallokenttä,
Helsinki
Ground Capacity 4,000
Chairman Markku Ritala
Coach Ari Asukka
League Kakkonen
2013 Kakkonen Eastern Group, 3rd

Atlantis FC is a Finnish football club, based in Helsinki. It currently plays in the third tier of Finnish football (Kakkonen).

History[edit]

The club was founded in late 1995 when Johanneksen Dynamo (founded 1980) and FC Norssi (founded 1985) merged. The name "Atlantis FC" was created by Gösta Sundqvist, singer of Leevi and the Leavings.

The team began to play in the third tier of Finnish football (the Kakkonen) in 1996 and in 1997 they were promoted to the Ykkönen. In 1999 the club reached the playoffs for promotion to the first tier (Veikkausliiga, or betting league in English, named for its sponsor) but lost to Vaasan Palloseura. The following year they achieved promotion to the Veikkausliiga. In 2001 Atlantis finished seventh in the league and won the Finnish Cup.

The club fell into financial difficulties and went bankrupt 2002 and their place in the Premier League was given to AC Allianssi. The club's reserve team is Atlantis Akatemia (Atlantis Academy) still continued in second division. 2003 it changed its name to Atlantis FC and in 2004 the club was promoted to the Ykkönen.

Atlantis' current manager is Markku Ritala and they play their home matches at Helsingin Pallokenttä. Sakari Tukiainen finished the season 2014 as the top goal scorer and setting a new league record with 40 goals for the Kakkonen. [1]

Current squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
3 The Gambia DF Lamin Samateh
4 Finland DF Aki Touvinen
5 Finland DF Jussi Äijälä
6 Finland MF Severi Murto
7 Sierra Leone MF Salma Kamara
8 Japan FW Hayato Wakino
10 The Gambia MF George Cole
11 Finland MF Kalle Kärki
13 Nigeria FW Samuel Chidi
15 The Gambia MF Buba Gibba
24 Nigeria DF Lawrence Simeon
No. Position Player
25 Finland DF Albert Uljala
26 Finland DF Santeri Saarenpää
27 Finland DF Matti Suursalmi
31 Finland MF Alpo Siplä
32 Finland MF Joakim Ärilä
33 Finland MF Valdrin Azemi
34 Finland DF Tomas Turunen
36 Finland GK Rasmus Martin
37 Finland DF Juuso Leimu
36 Finland GK Jiri Koski

Staff[edit]

Management[edit]

  • Chairman: Finland Markku Ritala
  • General Manager: Finland Aarne Tenkanen
  • Director of Academy: Finland Janne Wikman
  • Marketing director: Finland Tino Kinnunen

Sports[edit]

  • Head Coach:Finland Ari Asukka
  • Goalkeeper Coach: Senegal Mamadou Vito Diatta
  • Technical Coach: Nigeria Sunny Akintmehin

Medical[edit]

  • Masseur: Finland Jukka Ala-Nikkola
  • Kit manager: Nigeria Christopher Aruna
  • Physio: Finland Filip Lunabba

Retired numbers[edit]

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 Miki Lehtonen (posthumous honour)

Seasons[edit]

Former coaches[edit]

  • 1980–1983: Juha Leinonen
  • 1984–1986: Hannu Ylöstalo
  • 1987: Hannu Tuukkanen
  • 1988–1989: Mikko Viitamäki
  • 1990–1991: Jari Kurittu
  • 1992–1993: Mikko Viitamäki
  • 1994: Esko Kokkonen
  • 1995: Ari Tiittanen
  • 1996–2000: Jari Europaeus
  • 2000: Markku Palmroos
  • 2001: Ari Tiittanen
  • 2002: Timo Askolin
  • 2003–2007: Pasi Pihamaa
  • 2007: Ville Lyytikäinen
  • 2008: Egypt Abdou Talat
  • 2008: Pasi Pihamaa
  • 2009: Estonia Aavo Sarap

2010 Moshood Bola Abdulaziz

Player of the year[edit]

  • 1996: Marko Ignatius
  • 1997: Esa Pamppunen
  • 1998: Kimmo Tauriainen
  • 1999: Tero Pilvi
  • 2000: Pasi Solehmainen
  • 2001: Sami Ylä-Jussila
  • 2002: Mika Johansson
  • 2003: Henri Kokkonen
  • 2004: Juha Jussila
  • 2005: Risto Salmi
  • 2006: Adel Eid
  • 2007: Risto Salmi
  • 2008: Ernest Simon
  • 2009: Tomas Sirevicius
  • 2010: Alan Arruda
  • 2011: Alimamy Jalloh

Topscorer[edit]

  • 1980: Kari Nevala (9)
  • 1981: Kari Nevala (8)
  • 1982: Hannu Vallius (12)
  • 1983: Kari Nevala (12)
  • 1984: Kari Nevala (22)
  • 1985: Kari Nevala (14)
  • 1986: Kari Nevala (11)
  • 1987: Jukka Innanen (10)
  • 1988: Jorma Lempinen (12)
  • 1989: Jorma Lempinen (12)
  • 1990: Kari Nevala (10)
  • 1991: Jouko Mikkonen & Henri Taavitsainen (7)
  • 1992: Esa Pamppunen (28)
  • 1993: Esa Pamppunen (17)
  • 1994: Esa Pamppunen (17)
  • 1995: Esa Pamppunen (19)
  • 1996: Esa Pamppunen (12)
  • 1997: Jani Nieminen & Esa Pamppunen (10)
  • 1998: Kimmo Tauriainen (8)
  • 1999: Tero Pilvi (9)
  • 2000: Sukru Uzuner (19)
  • 2001: Sami Ylä-Jussila (12)
  • 2002: Eero Voipio (8)
  • 2003: Eero Voipio (7)
  • 2004: Eero Voipio (12)
  • 2005: Vesa Kosonen (13)
  • 2006: Feras Abid ja Petteri Paajanen(11)
  • 2007: Muwahid Sesay (9)
  • 2008: Kalle Vasse (7)
  • 2009: Zakaria Kibona (6)
  • 2010: Bobo Bola (11)
  • 2011: Victor Solomon (14)

Highest Attendances by season[edit]

  • 1996: 17 August 1996 Atlantis FC – PK-35 228
  • 1997: 13 September 1997 Atlantis FC – EIF 213
  • 1998: 16 June 1998 Atlantis FC – FC Lahti 427
  • 1999: 14 October 1999 Atlantis FC – Tampere United 1.243
  • 2000: 30 September 2000 Atlantis FC – KuPS 1.768
  • 2001: 4 May 2001 Atlantis FC – FC Haka 2.797
  • 2002: 11 July 2002 Atlantis FC – Exeter City 325
  • 2003: 1 July 2003 Atlantis FC – FCK Salamat 358
  • 2004: 26 September 2004 Atlantis FC – JIPPO 512
  • 2005: 2 August 2005 Atlantis FC – PK-35 746
  • 2006: 2 September 2006 Atlantis FC – TP-47 742
  • 2007: 23 September 2007 Atlantis FC – KuPS 722
  • 2008: 11 October 2008 Atlantis FC – JJK 835
  • 2009: 3 May 2009 Atlantis FC -PoPa 623
  • 2010: 23 July 2010 Atlantis FC -HIFK 289
  • 2011: 10 May 2011 Atlantis FC -Pallohonka 241

Former Chairmen[edit]

Erkki Alaja

References[edit]

External links[edit]