Ekenäs IF

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Ekenäs Idrottsförening
Ekenäs Idrottsförening.png
Full name Ekenäs Idrottsförening
Nickname(s) EIF
Ekenäs IF
Founded 1905
Ground Ekenäs Centrumplan,
Ekenäs)
Raseborg
Finland
Chairman Finland Stefan Haglund
Head Coach Spain Gabri García Xarart
League Ykkönen
2017 Ykkönen, 7th

Ekenäs Idrottsförening (abbreviated EIF or Ekenäs IF) is a sports club from Ekenäs, Raseborg in Finland. EIF was formed in 1905 and they are one of the oldest clubs in the south-west of Finland. The men's football first team currently plays in the Ykkönen (First Division). Their home ground is at the Ekenäs Centrumplan in Ekenäs. The Chairman of EIF is Stefan Haglund.

The club currently has sections covering football, handball, floorball and disc golf. EIF's athletics section set up Karis IK and from 1 January 2009 transferred its activities to the new IF Raseborg club.

History[edit]

Ekenäs Idrottsförening has a long football history which reached its pinnacle with one season in the highest division, the Mestaruussarja (Championship), back in 1933. They have also had 8 seasons in the Suomisarjaa (Finland League) which at that time was the second tier of Finnish football in 1938–39 and 1946/47–51.[1]

EIF have had five periods covering 26 seasons in the Kakkonen (Second Division), the third tier of Finnish football from 1975–76, 1981–88, 1991–92, 1994–98 and 2002 to the current day.[2]

EIF has a thriving junior section with a large number of teams.

A new highest ever attendance for an EIF match was made in 2013 when 2,014 people attended the home game with FC Jazz. The old record was from 1975 when 1,625 people attended the home game with HAIK.[3]

EIF made history in March 2018 by qualifying for the Semi-Final of the Finnish Cup for the first time, beating FC Haka 2-1 at home.

Season to season[edit]

Season Level Division Section Administration Position Movements
2000 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 1 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Helsinki) 5th
2001 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 1 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 1st Promoted
2002 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 7th
2003 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 3rd
2004 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 5th
2005 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 7th
2006 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group B Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 8th
2007 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group B Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 7th
2008 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group B Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 10th
2009 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group B Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 8th
2010 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group B Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 12th Relegated
2011 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 1 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Helsinki) 1st Promoted
2012 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 4th
2013 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Play-offs
2014 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Play-offs – Promoted
2015 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 8th
2016 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 8th
2017 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th
2018 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) ?

Club structure[edit]

EIF currently has 2 men's team, 1 ladies teams, 12 boys teams and 4 girls team.

Other facts[edit]

EIF Akademi are participating in Section 1 (Lohko 1) of the Kolmonen (Third Division) administered by the Uusimaa SPL. In 2009 the team finished in top position in their Nelonen (Fourth Division) section and were promoted to the Kolmonen.

EIF Ladies Team are competing in the Kolmonen (Third Division) administered by the Football Association of Finland (Suomen Palloliitto) . In 2017 the team finished in top position in their Nelonen (Fourth Division) section and were promoted to the Kolmonen.

Current Squad for the 2018 Season[edit]

As of 16 March 2018.

First team[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 Oscar Forrström
2 Cameroon FW Etchu Tabe
3 Ivory Coast DF Cheick Camara
4 Canada DF Chakib Hocine
5 Ivory Coast DF Ulrich Meleke
6 Finland DF Atte Sihvonen
8 United States MF Jacob Bushue
9 Finland DF Johan Estlander
10 Finland FW Akseli Ollila
11 Finland MF Vili Nyström
12 Finland GK Mehdi El Moutacim
13 Finland DF William Lindqvist
No. Position Player
14 Finland MF Riku Selander
16 Canada MF Hanson Boakai
17 Finland DF Zacharias Ekström
18 Finland MF Hans Onkasalo
19 Ivory Coast DF Joel Akpini
20 Finland MF Jacob Ottberg
21 Finland DF Robert Flinck
22 Finland MF Viktor Limnell
24 Finland MF Simon Lindholm
25 Finland MF Ville Sevon
80 Finland GK Jonathan Jäntti

Out on loan[edit]

As of 7 February 2018

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

No. Position Player
6 Ivory Coast MF Paul Akouokou (at Beitar Jerusalem)

Academy 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 Hans Honkasalo
No. Position Player
38 Finland MF Janec Jousmaa
Finland MF Simon Lindholm

Ladies Team[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 Juliana Drugge
3 Finland FW Jenna Laukkanen
4 Finland Iselin Nylund
5 Finland MF Rebecka Mannström
6 Finland FW Mimmi Björklund
7 Finland MF Carmela Grönqvist
8 Finland DF Ida Westerlund
9 Finland DF Jill Illman
10 Finland DF Jenny Sundblom
11 Finland MF Ida Adamsson
12 Finland FW Emma Lindroos
13 Finland DF Desiree Lindholm
No. Position Player
14 Finland DF Ellen Isberg
15 Finland DF Emma Westerdahl
16 Finland MF Emilia Werner
17 Finland DF Frida Lindholm
18 Finland DF Julia Andström
19 Finland DF Felicia Gröning
20 Finland MF Znar Ismaelsson
21 Finland DF Josefine Sundqvist
22 Finland MF Hanna Kultanen
23 Finland MF Fanny Kainulainen
24 Finland FW Patricia Raearo
33 Finland GK Jenni Möller

References and sources[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Finland – Divisional Movements 1930–2009". RSSSF Archives. 2010. Retrieved 11.05.2010. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. ^ "Finland – Divisional Movements 1930–2009". RSSSF Archives. 2010. Retrieved 11.05.2010. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ Jalkapallokirja 1991. Suomen Palloliitto. 1991. ISSN 0787-7188.