FC POHU

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FC POHU
FC Pohjois-Haagan Urheilijat.png
Full name FC Pohjois-Haagan Urheilijat
Nickname(s) POHU
Founded 1957
Ground Tali, Helsinki, Finland
Chairman Finland Esko Manninen
Manager Finland Esko Manninen
Coach Finland Valtteri Honkanen
League Kolmonen

Pohjois-Haagan Urheilijat (abbreviated FC POHU) is a football club from Pohjois-Haaga in Helsinki, Finland. The club was formed in 1957 and has developed into a very large organisation with a large number of teams competing in various leagues. There are currently around eleven teams competing at senior level, and many more at junior level.

History[edit]

The construction of the Pohjois-Haaga (North Haaga) district of Helsinki began in the early 1950s and at that time there were about a thousand inhabitants. By 1957 the population had grown to nearly ten thousand, including a substantial number of children. This created pressure on the establishment of a sports club.

On 15 November 1957 a number of proactive residents held a meeting and founded the Pohjois-Haagan Urheilijat club (North Haaga Sportsmen's club). The club soon offered multi-sports opportunities and a focus for young people who were interested in sport.

By 1960 the club had representative sides competing at football, handball, volleyball and bandy. By the late 1970s POHU specialised at club football and women's football activity increased. Success in the late 1960s saw the club men's team progress to Division IV and then to Division III and almost gain promotion to the old Division II in 1971. They eventually succeeded in 1976. The year 1977 proved to be the club's pinnacle with one season in the Kakkonen, the third tier of Finnish football. In the subsequent years the team has played in Division III (Kolmonen) and Division IV (Nelonen).

The late 1980s and the 1990s saw the rapid expansion of the junior section with the formation of numerous boys and girls teams.

Season to season[edit]

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

Structure[edit]

The club runs a large number of teams including 7 men's teams, 3 veteran's teams, 1 ladies team and a very wide range of boys and girls junior teams.

2010 season[edit]

FC POHU are competing in Section 2 (Lohko 2) of the Kolmonen administered by the Helsinki SPL and Uusimaa SPL. This is the fourth highest tier in the Finnish football system. In 2009 FC POHU were promoted from the Nelonen.

FC POHU/2 are competing in Section 1 (Lohko 1) of the Nelonen administered by the Helsinki SPL.

FC POHU/Playboys are competing in Section 1 (Lohko 1) of the Vitonen administered by the Helsinki SPL. In 2009 they were promoted from the Kutonen.

FC POHU/Swigu are competing in Section 2 (Lohko 2) of the Vitonen administered by the Helsinki SPL. In 2009 they were promoted from the Kutonen.

FC POHU/Simpsons are competing in Section 3 (Lohko 3) of the Vitonen administered by the Helsinki SPL.

FC POHU/Susijengi are competing in Section 1 (Lohko 1) of the Kutonen administered by the Helsinki SPL. In 2009 they were promoted from the Seiska.

FC POHU/Shrimps are competing in Section 2 (Lohko 2) of the Kutonen administered by the Helsinki SPL.

Current First Team Squad for the 2013 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
1 Finland Olavi Hetemäki
2 Finland Matti Puranen
3 Finland Sami Laatikainen
4 Finland Valtteri Honkanen
5 Finland Tommi Hintikka
6 Finland Eero Kaappo-Koivisto
7 Finland Abnor Ibisi
8 Finland Jukka Peltonen
9 Finland Pekka Loponen
10 Finland Lauri Mäkelä
11 Finland Totti Oja
14 Finland Petri Partanen
No. Position Player
15 Finland Antti Ennekari
16 Finland Jori Rautalin
17 Finland Tero Hokkanen
19 Nigeria Philip Nduka
20 Finland Jani Kuikka
21 Finland Dimitri Kovalenko
22 Finland Anssi Laakkonen
23 Finland Janne Bruun (C"
25 Finland Liridon Islami
26 Finland Henri Harjama
30 Finland Toni Kneip

References and sources[edit]