Vasa IFK

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Vasa IFK
Vasa IFK.png
Full name Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna Vasa
Nickname(s) VIFK
Founded 1900
Ground Hietalahti Stadium,
Vaasa
Ground Capacity 4,600
Chairman Henrik Skytte
Manager Tomi Kärkkäinen
League Kakkonen
2008 Ykkönen, 12th

Vasa IFK (VIFK) is a Finnish football club, located in Vaasa. It was founded in 1900. The club changed its name in 1988 after a merger with another club, BK-48, and was called BK-IFK during the late 1900s. The name was changed back to VIFK in year 2000.

Their representative team moved up to Ykkönen at end of season 2005 which is the second-highest level in Finland. The visit lasted three years and the team was relegated to Kakkonen after finishing 12th place in the 2008 season.

The club has a great history, but has yet to achieve the same kind of success as in the mid-20th century. Vasa IFK have won the Finnish championship three times, in 1944, 1946 and 1953. They were runners-up in 1945 and 1951 and finished third in 1950 and 1955. In 1947 and 1948, Vasa IFK also won the league hosted by the FA. In that time there were two separate leagues due to political circumstances. The other league was hosted by the organisation for the labour clubs, TUL.

The club has also been active in other sports. In 1949 and in 1964 VIFK was the runner-up for the Finnish championship in bandy.

The current chairman of the club is Henrik Skytte.

Current squad[edit]

As of 20 June 2013

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

No. Position Player
2 Finland DF Joakim Södergård
3 Finland MF Petter Rausk
4 Finland DF Jonas Pitkäkangas
5 Finland DF Merhawi Birhane
6 Finland DF Kristian Kokko
7 Finland FW Andreas Strandvall
8 Finland MF Matias Träskbäck
9 Finland MF Markus Nordman
10 South Sudan DF Mustafa Maki
11 South Sudan FW Males Lombo
12 Spain GK Blas Pardo Porcel
14 Finland DF Tobias Utriainen
15 Finland MF Mikko Klinga
No. Position Player
16 Finland FW Hugo Villför
17 Finland MF Adisu Holmström
18 Finland MF Christian Österlund
19 Poland DF Artur Lemanowicz
20 Finland DF Eetu Rahkola
21 United States FW Travis Cantrell
22 Finland GK Antti Ruostekoski
23 Finland FW Samuel Chacon
24 Finland MF Joel Sunabacka
25 Finland DF Nicolas Sievers-Laine
35 Finland GK Johannes Ström
TBA Finland DF Christian Ingo

Achievements[edit]

Season to season[edit]

Season Level Division Section Administration Position Movements
1994 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 11th BK-IFK - Relegated
1995 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 3rd BK-IFK
1996 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 4th BK-IFK
1997 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 4th BK-IFK
1998 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 6th BK-IFK
1999 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 6th BK-IFK
2000 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 10th BK-IFK - Relegated
2001 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Vaasa District (SPL Vaasa) Promoted
2002 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 8th
2003 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 3rd
2004 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 6th
2005 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Promoted
2006 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 8th
2007 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 6th
2008 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 12th Relegated
2009 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group C Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 4th
2010 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group C Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)

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