FC Inter Turku

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This article is about the football club from Turku, Finland. For the Milan football club, see Internazionale.
FC Inter Turku
Logo of FC Inter Turku
Full name Football Club International Turku
Nickname(s) Sinimustat ('Black and Blues')
Founded 1990; 24 years ago (1990)
Ground Veritas Stadion
Kupittaa, Turku
Ground Capacity 9,372
Chairman Stefan Håkans
Manager Job Dragtsma
League Veikkausliiga
2013 Veikkausliiga, 9th

Football Club International Turku (commonly known as Inter Turku) is a football club based in Turku, Finland. It was founded in 1990, and has played in the Veikkausliiga, the highest level of Finnish football since 1996. Together with TPS, it is one of the two teams from Turku playing in the Veikkausliiga. The two teams also share their home venue at Veritas Stadion.

FC Inter operates 12 youth teams and a youth academy in association with the city of Turku.

History[edit]

FC Inter was founded in 1990 by Stefan Håkans, the managing director of the towage and salvage company Alfons Håkans, allegedly after his 11-year-old son couldn't fit into any of the other youth teams in Turku. The club started out as a youth team, but in 1992 a senior squad was founded and it entered the Finnish league system at the fourth level (Third Division). The following year, the club assumed the place of the financially troubled local club Turun Toverit in the Second Division. Manager Timo Sinkkonen invested in new players, and eventually the club finished first and was promoted to the First Division (Ykkönen).

In 1995, Inter finished first in the Ykkönen and was promoted, as well as reaching the semi-final stage in the Finnish Cup. The squad was strengthened with new players, and in 1996, as both of Turku's better teams were now playing in the Veikkausliiga, the club's attendance records were broken with 8,200 spectators in the local derby between TPS and Inter.

In 1997, the club were relegated after finishing last in the Veikkausliiga, but achieved promotion again the following season. New foreign players were bought to strengthen the squad, such as Richard Teberio and Fernando della Sala. Since then the club has consistently finished between 7th and 4th in the league, and maintained a steady inflow of foreign players as well as young starlets from its own youth academy.

During the 2006 season Inter sacked their manager Kari Virtanen and hired new coach, Dutch Rene van Eck. After the season van Eck returned to Switzerland to coach FC Wohlen, and another Dutchman Job Dragtsma took over.

In 2008 Inter led the league since early season and clinched their first Finnish championship title after winning against FF Jaro in their final game.

European cup history[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Iceland ÍA 0–0 4–0 4–0
2R Croatia NK Varteks 2–2 3–4 5–6
2009–10 UEFA Champions League 2Q Moldova Sheriff 0–1 0–1 0–2
2010–11 UEFA Europa League 3Q Belgium Genk 1–5 2–3 3–8
2012−13 UEFA Europa League 2Q Netherlands Twente 0–5 1–1 1–6
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 1Q Faroe Islands Víkingur Gøta 0–1 1–1 1–2

Season to season[edit]

Season Level Division Section Administration Position Movements
1994 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
1995 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Promoted
1996 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th Upper Group - 6th
1997 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th Third Round - 10th - Relegated
1998 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd Upper Group - 3rd - Promoted
1999 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd Upper Group - 5th
2000 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th
2001 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
2002 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
2003 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th
2004 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
2005 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
2006 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 10th
2007 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 9th
2008 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Champions
2009 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
2010 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th
2011 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd
2012 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd
2013 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 9th

Current squad[edit]

As of 2 September 2014. 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 Magnus Bahne
3 Finland DF Juuso Hämäläinen
4 Finland DF Juho Salminen
5 Finland DF Mathias Lindström
6 Hungary MF Tamás Gruborovics
7 Finland MF Ari Nyman
8 Nigeria FW Daniel Osinachi
9 Finland MF Niclas Forss
10 Georgia (country) FW Irakli Sirbiladze
11 Finland FW Blend Miftari
12 Finland GK Jere Koponen
14 Finland DF Joni Aho
15 Finland MF Severi Paajanen
16 Finland MF Kalle Kauppi
No. Position Player
17 Finland MF Mika Ojala
18 Spain MF Francis Suárez
19 Brazil MF Diogo
20 Serbia DF Stefan Marinković
21 Finland MF Solomon Duah
22 Finland MF Kaan Kairinen
23 Finland DF Ville Nikkari
24 Nigeria MF Vincent Onovo
25 Brazil DF Renan Oliveira
26 Guinea FW Demba Camara
27 Finland MF Aleksi Laiho
28 Finland MF Oskari Qvick
29 Finland DF Henri Lehtonen (captain)

Honours[edit]

Past managers[edit]

External links[edit]