FC Santa Claus

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FC Santa Claus AC
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Full name FC Santa Claus Arctic Circle
Nickname(s) Santa
Founded 1993
Ground Keskuskenttä/Susivouti, Rovaniemi, Finland
Ground Capacity 4,000 (2,800 covered)
Chairman Juha Eteläinen
Coach Jari Alamäki
League Kakkonen

FC Santa Claus AC (abbreviated Santa) is a football club from Rovaniemi, Finland. The club was formed in 1993 following the amalgamation of Rovaniemen Reipas and Rovaniemen Lappi football clubs. FC Santa Claus won its group in Kakkonen, but lost promotion play-offs final to HIFK and failed to gain promotion to the Ykkönen league in 2010.

Background[edit]

Rovaniemen Reipas (RoRe) was the more successful of the two founder clubs whom merged to form FC Santa Claus, playing 12 seasons in the Kakkonen (Second Division), the third tier of the Finnish football system in the periods 1978–81, 1984–89, 1991–92. Rovaniemen Lappi (RoLa) played 3 season at this level in 1987–88 and 1992. The merger consolidated FC Santa Claus as a Kakkonen club and they spent a further 8 years at this level until they were relegated to the Kolmonen at the end of the 2000 season. The club gained promotion from the Northern Finland (Pohjois-Suomi) section of the Kolmonen in 2008.[1]

The club won the Midnattsolscupen (Midnight Sun Cup) in 1994.[2]

Season to season[edit]

Season Level Division Section Administration Position Movements
1994 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 7th
1995 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 7th
1996 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 9th
1997 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 7th
1998 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 7th
1999 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 10th Relegation Play-Offs
2000 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 8th Relegated
2001 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 8 (Lapland) Northern Finland (SPL Pohjois-Suomi) 1st Play-Offs
2002 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 8 (Lapland) – Group 2 Northern Finland (SPL Pohjois-Suomi) 2nd
2003 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section C Northern Finland (SPL Pohjois-Suomi) 4th
2004 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Lapland Northern Finland (SPL Pohjois-Suomi) 2nd
2005 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Northern Finland (SPL Pohjois-Suomi) 5th
2006 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Northern Finland (SPL Pohjois-Suomi) 5th
2007 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Northern Finland (SPL Pohjois-Suomi) 3rd
2008 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Northern Finland (SPL Pohjois-Suomi) 1st Play-Offs – Promoted
2009 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group C Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 10th
2010 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group C Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Play-Offs, runner-up
2011 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group C Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 11th
2012 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group C Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 8th Relegated
2013 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Northern Finland Northern Finland (SPL Pohjois-Suomi) 3rd
2014 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Northern Finland Northern Finland (SPL Pohjois-Suomi) 1st Promoted
2015 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Northern Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 7th
2016 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Northern Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)

Current squad 2016[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 Kari-Pekka Syväjärvi
2 Finland DF Juho Sieppi
4 Finland DF Matti Sieppi
6 Finland DF Severi Huikko
9 Finland FW Tomi Hartikainen
10 Finland FW Tomi Koski
11 Finland FW Santeri Suvala
12 Finland GK Mikko Rantala
14 Finland FW Erkka Alamäki
No. Position Player
15 Finland DF Arttu Härkönen
16 Finland MF Jarkko Niskajärvi
17 Finland MF Santeri Kumpula
19 Finland FW Jarkko Luiro
21 Finland FW Eero Paukku
25 Finland DF Jukka Yrjänheikki
40 Finland GK Jarkko Ojaniemi
Finland GK Juhani Kangas
Finland Joona Mikkola
  • *Parent team RoPS.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Finland – Divisional Movements 1930–2009". RSSSF Archives. 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-26. 
  2. ^ Suomen Cup

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