Porin Palloilijat

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FC PoPa (Porin Palloilijat)
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Full name Porin Palloilijat
Nickname(s) PoPa
Founded 1925
Ground Porin Stadion,
Pori
Finland
Capacity 12,000
Chairman Finland Eero Laurila
Head Coach Finland Pertti Lundell
Coach Finland Risto Puustinen
League Ykkönen
2009 Ykkönen, 4th

Porin Palloilijat or FC PoPa is a Finnish football club, based in the city of Pori in Finland. The club currently plays in the Ykkönen (First Division), the second highest level of Finnish football . The club was established in 1925 but did not operate between 1960 and 1981. It has been the leading football team in Pori since FC Jazz went bankrupt in early 2005.

History[edit]

Porin Palloilijat is the oldest team sports club in Pori being over 85 years old. Bror Weckström had the original idea of forming a new team in Pori and on 16 April 1925 the first meeting of PoPa was held in the café at Pori Theatre.[1]

It was decided to form a team called Porin Palloilijat and to make football and bandy as their main focus. The first Committee members were Erkki Laitinen, J. Kari, Bror Weckström, O. Huhtanen, A. Forsberg and H. Lingvist. In May 1925 the constitution and rules for the clubwere prepared and the team was registered on 13 May 1925. They also included ice-hockey, women's basketball and ice-skating within the club's featured programme. The first chairman was Erkki Laitinen and he was later followed by Veikko Laitinen.[2]

PoPa played their first games at Liisantori and then later at Tiilimäki before moving in 1929 to the football and ice-hockey field at Juhannuslehto. The club later moved to the Herralahti football ground.[3]

PoPa had a rich early history playing 10 seasons in the Suomisarjaa (Finland League) which at that time was the second tier of Finnish football in 1937–39 and 1945–51.[4]

They have had three periods covering 7 seasons in the Kakkonen (Second Division), the third tier of Finnish football in 1989, 2002–03 and 2005–08.[5]

FC PoPa Oy have taken over the responsibility for the sport and financial operation of the principal team since 2007.[6] In season 2007 PoPa played in the Kakkonen (Second Division) in the Western Group, reaching second place just one point short of promotion to the Ykkönen (First Division). In 2008 the team went one better winning the Western Group of Second Division in a crushing manner and were promoted to the Ykkönen for 2009.

The club maintained their rapid progress in 2009 by finishing 4th in the Ykkönen and are well on target of bringing Veikkausliiga football back to Pori. The key people behind the initiative are Antti Sumiala (sport and managing director), Rami Nieminen (manager / marketing executive), Pertti Lundell (coach) and Risto Puustinen (coach).[7]

From the beginning, the focal point of new Executive Board has been raising the football in Pori and Satakunta back to the top level in Finland. The strategy of FC PoPa is to play attacking and entertaining football, to develop young, talented players for the use of FC PoPa and to sell the most talented players to the foreign professional clubs.[8]

Divisional Movements since 1930[edit]

Second Level (12 seasons): 1937–39, 1945–51, 2009–present day
Third Level (7 seasons): 1989, 2002–03, 2005–08[9]

Season to season[edit]

Season Level Division Section Administration Position Movements
2000 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Satakunta District (SPL Satakunta) 3rd
2001 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Satakunta District (SPL Satakunta) 1st Promoted
2002 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 5th
2003 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 12th Relegated
2004 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Satakunta District (SPL Satakunta) 1st Promoted
2005 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 2nd
2006 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group B Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 3rd
2007 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group B Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 2nd
2008 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group B Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Promoted
2009 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 4th
2010 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 3rd

Club Structure[edit]

PoPa currently has 1 men's team. There is also a futsal team that plays in the Second Division. The club runs one junior football team.[10]

2010 season[edit]

PoPa are competing in the Ykkönen (First Division) administered by the Football Association of Finland (Suomen Palloliitto). This is the second tier of the Finnish football system. In 2009 the team finished fourth position in the Ykkönen.

Current squad for 2011[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 Lauri Pirhonen
2 Finland DF Jussi Äijälä
3 Finland DF Petri Viljanen
5 Finland DF Antti-Pekka Pihlainen
6 Canada FW Kennedy Owusu-Ansah
7 Finland FW Samu-Petteri Mäkelä
8 Finland FW Toni Junnila
10 Finland MF Teemu Vihtilä
11 Finland FW Samu Ruisniemi
No. Position Player
12 Finland GK Ville-Valtteri Tuumi
13 Finland MF Kari-Pekka Koivunen
14 Finland MF Aleksander Akbar
15 Finland MF Jarkko Höynälä
16 Nigeria FW Victor Solomon
17 Finland MF Topi Mattila
18 Finland FW Juuso Aalto
19 Finland DF Juha Luoma
37 Finland DF Joni Vuorinen

References and sources[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "A Short History of PoPa". Retrieved 09.06.2010. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. ^ "A Short History of PoPa". Retrieved 09.06.2010. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ "A Short History of PoPa". Retrieved 09.06.2010. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. ^ "Finland – Divisional Movements 1930–2009". RSSSF Archives. 2010. Retrieved 09.06.2010. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  5. ^ "Finland – Divisional Movements 1930–2009". RSSSF Archives. 2010. Retrieved 09.06.2010. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  6. ^ "FC PoPa". Retrieved 09.06.2010. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  7. ^ "FC PoPa". Retrieved 09.06.2010. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  8. ^ "FC PoPa". Retrieved 09.06.2010. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  9. ^ "Finland – Divisional Movements 1930–2009". RSSSF Archives. 2010. Retrieved 09.06.2010. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  10. ^ "Seura – Porin Palloilijat". Archived from the original on 8 July 2009. Retrieved 09.06.2010. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)