Etelä-Espoon Pallo

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Etelä-Espoon Pallo
Etelä-Espoon Pallo.png
Full nameEtelä-Espoon Pallo
Nickname(s)EsPa
Founded1988
GroundMatinkylän tekonurmi
Espoo
Finland
Capacity200
ChairmanJussi Mononen
ManagerBujar Bogujevci
LeagueKakkonen
2016Kakkonen – Section B

Etelä-Espoon Pallo, or EsPa as the name is commonly abbreviated, is a Finnish amateur football club from the city of Espoo. The club was founded in 1988 and currently competes in the Kolmonen, the fourth tier of the Finnish football league system. EsPa's second adult team compete in the Vitonen. EsPa play their home matches at Matinkylä.

EsPa has two adult teams and twelve junior teams and in total has around 750 registered players. The club was founded to replace Matinkylän Mahti's football section.

Etelä-Espoon Pallo operates in Matinkylä and Olari parts of Espoo. The club organises the annual EsPa Iso Omena (Big Apple) Tournament.

History[edit]

In 2009 EsPa finished in 4th position in Section 2 of the Kolmonen and the next season finished in second place in Section 1 (Lohko 1) of the Kolmonen administered by the Uusimaa SPL, the fourth highest tier in the Finnish football system.

The 2011 season proved to be the best in EsPa's history. The first team secured promoted to the Kakkonen after finishing in second place of the Kolmonen. After finishing second, EsPa were included in the promotion play-offs as the best second placed team of all seven sections of Finland. EsPa were paired with Pallokerho Keski-Uusimaa. The first leg took place in Matinkylä with EsPa winning 3–1. The second leg proved to be a dramatic affair with EsPa controversially being reduced to ten men after five minutes. The match eventually ended 2–1 in PKKU's favour, however EsPa progressed, winning 4–3 on aggregate.

In the same season, EsPa's second team, in their first season, were crowned champions of the 6th Division section 2 and played in the 5th Division during 2012.

In 2012, EsPa started its first-ever season in Kakkonen (Finnish 3rd Tier) with general opinion being that they were unlikely to survive in what was thought to be the toughest Kakkonen section, Eteläinen (Southern) without signing a significant number of new players. However, after the first ten games Yellow-Greens had 16 points. In these matches EsPa were able to regularly field their best team, but then in mid season the club's best forward pairing, Masar Ömer and Joonas Vilkki, were injured. Ömer was out rest of the season, though Vilkki was able to return for last couple of games. Season 2012 culminated in the last two home games.

First a 2–0 win from local competitor FC Espoo, in a game where EsPa's goalkeeper Törnqvist produced a large number of saves, including a penalty kick. This made the crucial three-point difference in EsPa's benefit between these two teams fighting head to head against relegation. If these teams would end in same points, the goal difference would determine relegating team.

The last game of the season against section winner ÅIFK would set the series level for next season. With win or draw EsPa was going to continue on Kakkonen. If they lost the game, FC Espoo's last game against GrIFK would determine which team, EsPa or FC Espoo, would remain in the division. In spite of the pressure EsPa won 2–0, with Törnqvist again saving a penalty kick. With this win EsPa ensured that they keep on playing in Kakkonen also in season 2013.

Season to season[edit]

Season Level Division Section Administration Position Movements
2000 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 1 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Helsinki) 11th Relegated
2001 Tier 5 Nelonen (Fourth Division) Section 1 Uusimaa District (SPL Uusimaa) 2nd Promoted
2002 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 1 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 10th
2003 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 1 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 11th Relegated
2004 Tier 5 Nelonen (Fourth Division) Section 1 Uusimaa District (SPL Uusimaa) 7th
2005 Tier 5 Nelonen (Fourth Division) Section 1 Uusimaa District (SPL Uusimaa) 9th
2006 Tier 5 Nelonen (Fourth Division) Section 1 Uusimaa District (SPL Uusimaa) 3rd Promoted
2007 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 1 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 6th
2008 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 1 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 7th
2009 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 2 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Helsinki) 4th
2010 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 1 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 2nd
2011 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 1 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 2nd Promoted
2012 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Eteläinen (Southern) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 8th
2013 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Eteläinen (Southern) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 9th Relegated
2014 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 1 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 3rd
2015 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 2 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 1st Promoted
2016 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Section B Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)
2017 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Section B Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)

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