FC Espoo

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FC Espoo
FC Espoo badge.jpg
Full name Football Club Espoo
Founded 1989
Ground Leppävaaran stadion
Espoo
Finland
Ground Capacity 5,000
Chairman Finland Jarkko Laaksonen
Head Coach Finland Jussi Nuorela
Coach Finland Petri "Huso" Godenhjelm
Finland Petri Ojanperä (GK)
League Kakkonen Second division
2014 10th

FC Espoo is a Finnish football (soccer) club based in the city of Espoo, Finland. Founded in 1989, the first team plays in the Finnish Second Division (Kakkonen), the third tier of the Finnish football pyramid.

The first team of FC Espoo plays its home games at Leppävaaran stadion in the district Leppävaara in the Greater Helsinki region.[1]

Background[edit]

FC Espoo was founded in 1989 by the Leppävaaran Pallo and FC Kasiysi football clubs based in Espoo who now act as feeder clubs.

The club have played 9 seasons in the Kakkonen (Second Division), the first spell being in 1993 when they were relegated back to the Kolmonen (Third Division) after just one season and the second period being from 2002 until 2009 which culminated with promotion to the Ykkönen (First Division) for the first time.[2]

Season to season[edit]

Season Level Division Section Administration Position Movements
2000 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 2 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 3rd
2001 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 2 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 4th Promoted
2002 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Play-Offs
2003 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
2004 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
2005 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
2006 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group B Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
2007 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group B Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th
2008 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group B Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 9th
2009 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group B Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Promoted
2010 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th
2011 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 13th Relegated
2012 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 10th Relegated
2013 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 2 Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 1st Promoted
2014 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 10th Relegated
2015 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa)

Club Structure[edit]

The club runs a number of teams including 2 men's teams, 2 ladies' teams, FCE Akatemia and 3 other boys' teams and finally 2 girls' teams. A key mission of the club is to "work with Espoo football clubs to provide a first team for them and make it possible for footballers in Espoo to make progress in the sport."

A key operational objective is to provide the local clubs with talented and motivated young players that have had the best possible development opportunities. This is achieved by a high quality coaching, good training conditions and the empowerment of young players. A first team with a young age profile is the key way to support this objective.[3]

Facilities used by the club include:

  • Leppävaaran urheilupuisto (Leppävaara Sports Park)
  • Laaksolahden kenttä and jalkapallohalli (Laaksolahti Playing Field and Football Hall)
  • Keski-Espoon kenttä (Central Espoo Playing Field)

2016 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
No. Position Player

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