IFK Mariehamn

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IFK Mariehamn.
Logo of IFK Mariehamn.
Full name Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna
Mariehamn
Nickname(s) Grönvitt (Green White)
Saarelaiset (The Islanders).
Founded 1919.
Ground Wiklöf Holding Arena,
Mariehamn.
Ground Capacity 4,000
Chairman Robert Söderdahl
Manager Pekka Lyyski
League Veikkausliiga
2013 4th
Website Club home page

IFK Mariehamn is a Finnish football club, based in Mariehamn, capital of the Åland Islands. It currently plays in the Finnish Premier Division (Veikkausliiga). The club's manager is Pekka Lyyski, and it plays its home matches at Wiklöf Holding Arena.

History[edit]

While IFK Mariehamn was formed in 1919, the sports club did not have a football section until the mid-1930s. Initially the team participated primarily in local tournaments on Åland, only sporadically playing other Finnish or Swedish teams. The team has participated in the Finnish football leagues since 1945.
Until the 1970s, IFK Mariehamn played primarily in the Finnish football divisions 3 and 4. The club reached a peak in 1975 and 1976, when the club first advanced to division 2 and then reached division 1 (Ykkönen) the following year. After two seasons in division 1, IFK Mariehamn was relegated to division 2, where it would remain up until the 2000s, except for a few seasons in division 3 during the early 1990s.
In 2003, IFK Mariehamn returned to division 1. After only one season in division 1, the club advanced, for the first time in its history to the premier division of Finnish football, the Veikkausliiga, for the 2005 season. In its first season in the Veikkausliiga, IFK Mariehamn finished 12th out of 14 teams. In 2006, the club finished in 5th place and the year after 6th after an impressive run of unbeaten matches during the autumn of 2007.

In addition to playing in the Veikkausliiga, IFK Mariehamn participates in local Åland tournaments, having won the Åland cup 40 times and the Åland football championships 42 times. In recent years, the club has been the most dominant football team on Åland, having in 2008 won its 11th and 15th straight titles in these two events, respectively.

In 2009, IFK Mariehamn started its first season as a fully professional football club.

Division history[edit]

  • 1945 – 1971: Divisions 3 and 4 (two seasons)
  • 1972: Division 2
  • 1973 – 1975: Division 3
  • 1976: Division 2
  • 1977 – 1978: Division 1
  • 1979 – 1990: Division 2
  • 1991 – 1992: Division 3
  • 1993 – 2003: Division 2
  • 2004: Division 1
  • 2005 – present: Veikkausliiga (Premier division)

Season to season[edit]

Season Level Division Section Administration Position Movements
1994 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
1995 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 9th
1996 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th
1997 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
1998 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 8th
1999 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd
2000 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th
2001 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
2002 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
2003 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd Playoffs - Promoted
2004 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd Playoffs - Promoted
2005 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 12th
2006 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
2007 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th
2008 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 12th
2009 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
2010 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 12th
2011 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th
2012 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
2013 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th

European record[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2013–14 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round Azerbaijan Inter Baku 0–2 1–1 1–3

Current squad[edit]

As of 27 August 2014

IFK Mariehamn's Players 2010

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 Otso Virtanen
2 Finland DF Albin Granlund
3 Finland DF Kristian Kojola
5 Jamaica FW Dever Orgill
6 Finland MF Duarte Tammilehto
7 Sweden MF Josef Ibrahim
8 Finland DF Jani Lyyski (captain)
10 Finland MF Petteri Forsell
11 Finland DF Tommy Wirtanen
14 Finland MF David Ramadingaye
15 Kenya MF Amos Ekhalie
17 Finland MF Robin Sid
No. Position Player
18 Finland MF Thomas Mäkinen
20 Finland MF Tomas Hradecky
24 Finland GK Johan Sundman
25 Brazil MF Diego Assis
26 Finland DF Erik Lundberg
27 Brazil MF Bernardo Ribeiro
30 Bosnia and Herzegovina GK Vladimir Sudar
55 Sweden DF Bobbie Friberg da Cruz
TBA Kenya MF Anthony Dafaa
TBA Finland GK Marc Nordqvist
TBA Finland GK Walter Viitala

Available youth players[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Finland MF Elias Eriksson
Finland FW Per Lundberg
No. Position Player
Finland FW Samuel Nordberg

Notable players[edit]

References[edit]

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