HIFK Fotboll

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HIFK Fotboll
Logo
Full name Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna, Helsingfors
Nickname(s) HIFK
Tähtirinnat (The Star Chested)
Founded 1897
Ground Sonera Stadium
Helsinki, Finland
Ground Capacity 10,000
Chairman Finland René Österman
Coach Finland Jani Honkavaara
League Veikkausliiga
2014 1st (promoted to Veikkausliiga)
Website Club home page

HIFK Fotboll is an association football section of HIFK, a sports club from Helsinki, Finland. The men's football first team plays in Veikkausliiga and their home ground is at the Sonera Stadium.

History[edit]

Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna i Helsingfors was formed on 15 October in 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, football 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.[1]

In those early years HIFK were runners-up in the Mestaruussarja (then played as a cup competition) 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 (Mestaruussarja) 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 also 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 (Finnish Premier League). After 1972 the team wandered around the lower divisions of Finnish football, having even played in the Nelonen (Fourth Division), the fifth tier of the Finnish football league system, in 1980–83 and 2003–05, and only would return to the first level 43 years later.

In total, since 1930, HIFK have played 29 seasons in the Mestaruussarja (the top tier), 18 seasons in the second tier and 18 seasons in the third tier. Their best spell in recent decades was from 1999 to 2002 when the club participated in the Ykkönen (First Division).[2] 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 (Fourth Division) in 2003. More recently HIFK made great progress and returned to Ykkönen (First Division), 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 who was 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 Sonera Stadium, the home ground of their local rivals HJK Helsinki.[3] 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 successfully in January 2015 and HIFK gathered 335.495 euros from 786 investors.[4][5][6]

European Campaigns[edit]

HIFK participated in the European Cup in the 1960–61 and 1962–63 seasons and played in the UEFA cup in 1971–72.

Season Competition Round Country Club Score Agg.
1960–61 European Cup Preliminary round Sweden IFK Malmö 1–3, 1–2 2–5
1962–63 European Cup Preliminary round Austria Austria Wien 3–5, 0–2 3–7
1971–72 UEFA Cup First round Norway Rosenborg 0–3, 0–1 0–4

Club Milestones[edit]

  • Seven Finnish football (Mestaruussarja) championships - 1930, 1931, 1933, 1937, 1947, 1959, 1961
  • Seven SM-runners-up - 1909, 1912, 1928, 1929, 1934, 1935, 1971
  • European Cup participation - 1960–61, 1962–63
  • UEFA Cup participation - 1971–72
  • Attendance Record: 10,071 (HIFK - HJK, Sonera Stadium 23 April 2015) [7]

Divisional Movements since 1930[edit]

  • Top Level (29 seasons): 1930–45, 1947–49, 1958–66, 1970–72, 2015–
  • Second Level (20 seasons): 1945–46, 1950–57, 1967–69, 1973–74, 1999–02, 2011–12, 2014
  • Third Level (19 seasons): 1975–78, 1988–98, 2008–10, 2013[8]

Season to Season[edit]

Season Level Division Section Administration Position Movements
1994 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 4th FC HIFK
1995 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 8th FC HIFK
1996 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 8th FC HIFK
1997 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 2nd FC HIFK
1998 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 2nd FC HIFK
1999 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 6th FC HIFK - Relegation Group South - 8th
2000 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 8th FC HIFK - Relegation Group South - 7th
2001 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 6th FC HIFK
2002 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 7th FC HIFK - Relegation Group South - 7th - Play-offs
2003 Tier 5 Nelonen (Fourth Division) Section 1 Uusimaa (SPL Helsinki) 5th
2004 Tier 5 Nelonen (Fourth Division) Section 1 Uusimaa (SPL Helsinki) 2nd
2005 Tier 5 Nelonen (Fourth Division) Section 2 Uusimaa (SPL Helsinki) 1st Promoted
2006 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 3 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Helsinki) 2nd
2007 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 2 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Helsinki) 1st Promoted
2008 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group B Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 7th
2009 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group A Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 7th
2010 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group A Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Play-offs, promoted
2011 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 9th
2012 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 10th Relegated
2013 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Play-offs, promoted
2014 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Promoted to Veikkausliiga
2015 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto - -

Club Structure[edit]

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 / 2 are competing in Section 2 (Lohko 2) of the Kolmonen (Third Division) administered by the Helsinki SPL. The team placed 4th.
  • HIFK / 3 are competing in Section 1 (Lohko 1) of the Nelonen (Fourth Division) administered by the Helsinki SPL. The team placed 9th.
  • HIFK / 4 are competing in Section 2 (Lohko 2) of the Kutonen (Sixth Division) administered by the Helsinki SPL. The team placed 2nd.

Updated as of season 2014.[9][10]

Players[edit]

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 Mika Johansson
2 Finland DF Tuomas Aho
3 Finland DF Pauli Kuusijärvi
4 Finland DF Tommi Vesala
5 Finland DF Jukka Sinisalo
7 Finland FW Kalle Sotka
8 Finland MF Jukka Halme
9 Finland FW Pekka Sihvola
10 Finland MF Fredrik Lassas
11 Finland FW Eero Peltonen
12 Finland FW Otto-Pekka Jurvainen
13 Finland FW Esa Terävä (Captain)
No. Position Player
14 Finland FW Youness Rahimi
16 Finland FW Tuomas Mustonen
17 Finland MF Jani Bäckman
18 Finland MF Matias Hänninen
20 Finland MF Milo Jung
21 Finland MF Ville Taulo
23 Finland DF Jesse Ahonen
26 Finland FW Ville Salmikivi
27 Finland DF Nnaemeka Anyamele
31 Finland FW Joni Korhonen
35 Finland GK Atte Ranta
71 Finland GK Carljohan Eriksson

Coaching staff[edit]

  • Head coach: Jani Honkavaara
  • Coach: Teemu Kankkunen
  • Coach: Mikko Eskelinen
  • Goalkeeping coach: Petri Pyhältö
  • Goalkeeping coach: Ville Anttonen
  • General Manager: Henri Määttä
  • Physiotherapist: Masi Salmi
  • Kit manager: Mika Järvinen
  • Team director: Joona Haavisto
  • Team director: Petteri Jutila
  • Team doctor: Aapo Haavisto
  • Team doctor: Kalle Mykrä

References[edit]

  1. ^ "HIFK Soccer - Historia". Retrieved 2010-07-21. 
  2. ^ "Finland - Divisional Movements 1930-2011". RSSSF Archives. 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-22. 
  3. ^ Tapio Keskitalo; Ari Virtanen (10 November 2014). "HIFK kaappasi FC Hongan Nnaemeka Anyamelen – joukkue pelaa liigaa Sonera-stadionilla". HS.fi (in Finnish). Helsingin Sanomat. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "HIFK hakee joukkorahoitusta". Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish) (Sanoma Oy). 16 December 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 
  5. ^ Herala, Olli (11 December 2014). "Futis-HIFK:n osakeanti: "Ei mitään pikavoittoja"". Kauppalehti (in Finnish) (Kauppalehti Oy). Retrieved 15 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "Veikkausliiga, här kommer HIFK!". invesdor.com. Invesdor. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "Veikkausliiga - Ottelutilastot". Retrieved 2015-04-25. 
  8. ^ "Finland - Divisional Movements 1930-2011". RSSSF Archives. 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-22. 
  9. ^ "SPL Helsinki sarjat". splhelsinki.fi (in Finnish). Helsinki SPL. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "Ykkönen". palloverkko.palloliitto.fi (in Finnish). Finnish Football Association. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 

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