Närpes Kraft Fotbollsförening

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Närpes Kraft Fotbollsförening
Närpes Kraft Fotbollsförening.png
Full name Närpes Kraft Fotbollsförening
Nickname(s) Kraft
Founded 1996
Ground Mosedal,
Närpes,
Finland
Ground Capacity 2,000
Chairman Finland Johnny Grandell
Coach Finland Peter Sundlin
League Kolmonen

Närpes Kraft Fotbollsförening (abbreviated Kraft) is a football club from Närpes (Finnish: Närpiö), Finland. The original club was formed in 1930 and their home ground is at the Mosedal. The men's football first team currently plays in the Kakkonen (Second Division).

Background[edit]

IF Kraft or Kraft Närpes is a sports club that was founded in 1930. The club has specialised in a number of sports including cycling, skiing, athletics, football and ice-hockey. Ice hockey was introduced at Kraft in 1970 and the team currently plays in Division II, Finland's fourth highest league. The cycling section of the club started in 1982.

Kraft is probably best known for its football club with the men’s first team having played 7 seasons in the Ykkönen (First Division), the second tier of Finnish football in 1997 and 1999-2004. They also have had four spells covering 26 seasons in the third tier, the Kakkonen (Second Division), in 1976-84, 1986–96, 1998 and 2005-09.[1] The football section broke away from the main club in 1997.

Relegation at the end of the 2009 season to the Kolmonen (Third Division) has sadly brought fourth tier football back to Mosedal. It was 25 years ago in 1985 since Kraft last played at this level.

The highest ever attendance for a Kraft match was in 1974 in when 2,406 people attended the home game with Lappfjärds Bollklubb.[2] The largest attendance for a Kraft match at Mosedal was in 1997 in when 1,468 people attended the home game with FC Haka in the Ykkönen (First Division).[3]

The club is now able to make use of the new Närpiö Idrottshall, "Ball Hall", which was completed in autumn 2008. The hall's size is 97.5 metres by 67 metres and has a height of 16 metres. The venue is able to accommodate an artificial turf pitch 90 metres by 60 metres.[4]

Season to season[edit]

Season Level Division Section Administration Position Movements
1994 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 4th
1995 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 9th
1996 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Promoted
1997 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 10th Relegation Group North – Relegated
1998 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 2nd Promoted
1999 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 9th Relegation Group North – Play-offs
2000 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 9th Relegation Group North – Play-offs
2001 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 6th
2002 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 6th Relegation Group North – Play-offs
2003 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 6th
2004 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 12th Relegated
2005 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 7th
2006 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group C Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 6th
2007 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group C Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 11th
2008 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group C Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 10th
2009 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group B Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 13th Relegated
2010 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Central Ostrobothnia and Vaasa (SPL Vaasa) 1st Promoted
2011 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group B Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 4th
2012 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group B Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 5th
2013 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group B Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)

Club structure[edit]

Närpes Kraft Fotbollsförening run a large number of teams including 2 men's teams, 1 ladies team, 7 boys teams and 4 girls teams.[5]

2010 season[edit]

Kraft Men's Team are competing in the Kolmonen (Third Division) section administered by the Vaasa SPL. This is the fourth highest tier in the Finnish football system. In 2009 Kraft finished in 13th place in Group B of the Kakkonen (Second Division) and were relegated.

Kraft /2 are participating in the Nelonen (Fourth Division) administered by the Vaasa SPL.

Current Squad for the 2014 Season[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 Haiti GK Steward Ceus
2 Finland DF Willy öhman
3 Finland DF Mathias Salo
4 Serbia MF Darko Letić
5 Finland DF Jens Nygård
6 Finland DF Tony Lund
7 Finland DF Kevin Storfors
8 Croatia DF Vanja Pobor
9 Finland FW Jonas Granfors
10 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Edis Elkaz
11 Croatia FW Mario Rac
No. Position Player
12 Finland GK Lucas Backman
13 Finland MF Kim Böling
14 Ivory Coast FW Mamadou Konate
15 Finland DF Mårten Grandell
17 Finland FW Mikael Johansson
18 Finland FW Bekir Kadić
19 Finland MF Filip Lapveteläinen
20 Republic of Macedonia DF Blagojče Damevski
21 Ivory Coast FW Sekou Konate
31 Finland GK Jakob Strand
TBA Bosnia and Herzegovina GK Jovan Zlatkovic

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Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Finland - Divisional Movements 1930-2009". RSSSF Archives. 2010. Retrieved 09.07.2010. 
  2. ^ Jalkapallokirja 1991. Suomen Palloliitto. 1991. ISSN 0787-7188. 
  3. ^ Jalkapallokirja 04. Suomen Palloliitto. 2004. ISSN 0787-7188. 
  4. ^ "Närpes Kraft FF - Bollhallen". Retrieved 09.07.2010. 
  5. ^ "Kraft Fotboll". Retrieved 09.07.2010. 
  6. ^ "Kraft FF - Representationslaget - Medlemmar". Retrieved 20 June 2013. 

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