Mikkelin Palloilijat

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Mikkelin Palloilijat
Mikkelin Palloilijat.png
Full name Mikkelin Palloilijat
Nickname(s) Siniset (The Blues)
Founded 1929
Ground Mikkelin Urheilupuisto, Mikkeli, Finland
Ground Capacity 7,000
Chairman FinlandHarri Kivinen
Manager HungaryTibor Gruborovics
League Kakkonen

Mikkelin Palloilijat (or MP) is a Finnish football club, based in Mikkeli. The club was formed in 1929 and has also had teams in volleyball, ice hockey and bandy. It played in the Finnish First Division (Ykkönen) from 2004 to 2006 but was relegated to Kakkonen at the end of the season. The club gained promotion to Ykkönen by winning the Group A of Kakkonen 2009 but was immediately relegated back to Kakkonen in 2010. The club's manager is Janne Wilkman, and it plays its home matches at Mikkelin Urheilupuisto.

Ice hockey departments of MP and local rivals MiPK merged in 1970, creating new club Jukurit. Jukurit has then been quite successful in Finnish amateur levels of ice hockey. However the only medal on Finnish championship level is still won by MP, a bronze in A-juniors year 1961.

Bandy department of MP was disbanded in 1977. After that colours of Mikkeli on bandy fields have been represented by Mikkelin Kampparit. Kampparit was formed in 1972.

MP was a pioneer of women's football in Finland, forming one of the first ladies team. The spot in Naisten Liiga was moved from MP to Porrassalmen Urheilijat-62 in 1992.

Current Squad 2014[edit]

As of 4 March 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 Antti Kuismala
2 Finland DF Miika Suhonen
5 Finland DF Jere Hasanen
6 Finland MF Elias Inkilä
8 Finland MF Antti-Pekka Kesonen
9 Brazil FW Denis Lima de Assis
10 Finland DF Jerry Särkkä
11 Finland MF Mika Roivas
13 Finland DF Jiri Haikonen
14 Brazil FW Francisco Torres
17 South Sudan MF Akeg Deng
No. Position Player
18 Finland DF Akim Sairinen
19 Finland DF Juuso Kuronen
20 Finland MF Dimitri Klimov
21 Finland DF Mikko Iivanainen
23 Finland MF Joona Mäenpää
25 Finland DF Valtteri Nykänen
27 Finland DF Vili-Petri Vänttinen
28 Finland MF Juho-Petteri Jukarainen
30 Finland GK Tuomo Hiltunen
41 Finland MF Sasha Popovitch

External links[edit]