FC Hämeenlinna

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FC Hämeenlinna
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Full name FC Hämeenlinna
Nickname(s) Valkoiset (Whites)
Founded 1991
Ground Kauriala,
Hämeenlinna
Ground Capacity 4000
Chairman Tapio Virtanen
Manager Tomi Uusitorppa
League Kakkonen

FC Hämeenlinna is a Finnish football club, based in Hämeenlinna. It currently plays in the Finnish Second Division (Kakkonen). The club's manager is Tomi Uusitorppa, and it plays its home matches at Kauriala.

The team was formed in 1991.

Club's History[edit]

Initial Years[edit]

FC Hämeenlinna was founded in autumn 1991, when the town's two football teams HPK and Pallo-Kärpät decided to merge. In the Spring of 1992, K-Team took the place of HPK in the Kolmonen. The team were coached by Seppo Pyykkö and Teuvo Palkki.

FC Hämeenlinna in the autumn of 1993 gained promotion to the Kakkonen, where their say was short-lived as they gained promotion this time to the Ykkönen. The club played at this level until 1998, when they were relegated back to the Kakkonen. The first team won the Ykkönen Cup in the summer of 1996.

In the Autumn of 1998 the club launched a project with the objective of achieving to top level football for Hämeenlinna. Jari-Pekka Keurulainen was hired as coach of and one of his signings was Ismo Lius. The following season Lius took on additional training responsibilities and he coached the team during the 2000 season. Then Hannu Touru was hired as coach and season 2001 ended with celebrations with the team winning the play-off against in Jaro (from Pietarsaari) by 4-2 on aggregate.

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
1 Finland GK Jukka Järvinen
3 Finland DF Esa Mattila
4 Finland MF Jussi Heikkinen
6 Finland MF Lauri Hakanen
7 Finland FW Jussi Ojala
8 Finland DF Jere Saarinen
9 Finland FW Jere Suomalainen
11 Finland DF Mikko Matinaro
14 Finland FW Aleksi Nieminen
17 Finland MF Harri Suhonen
18 Finland GK Jaakko Puronaho
No. Position Player
19 Finland MF Mikko Kalervo
21 Finland MF Omid Musawi
23 Finland MF Joni Lindroos
24 Finland DF Aleksi Topinoja
45 Finland FW Aleksi Latvanen
69 Finland MF Jarkko Saarman
71 Finland DF Miro Purosto
74 Finland DF Kaarle Keskitalo
85 Finland DF Juho Saarinen
90 Finland GK Ville Kalervo

Coaches[edit]

1991–1995 Seppo Pyykkö
1996–1998 Jorma Kangasmäki
1998 Seppo Pyykkö
1999 Jari-Pekka Keurulainen
2000 Ismo Lius
2001–2002 Hannu Touru
2003–2004 Ville Lyytikäinen
2004 Toni Korkeakunnas
2005 Danny Hoekman
2005 Geert Meijer
2006 Jussi Laihanen
2007–2010 Teuvo Palkki
2011–2012 Jussi Lempinen
2013– Tomi Uusitorppa

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