Tampereen-Viipurin Ilves-Kissat

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Full name Tampereen-Viipurin Ilves-Kissat
Founded 1934, Viipuri
Ground Ratina Stadium, Tammela Stadion and others., Tampere
League Kolmonen
Locations of Viipuri and Tampere within the 1920–1940 borders

Tampereen-Viipurin llves-Kissat is a Finnish football club from Tampere. As of 2017 are playing in the Kolmonen league.[1]

They play their home matches in the Tammelan Stadion, which was opened in 1931.[2]

The name of the club was changed to Viipurin Ilves (‘Lynx of Viipuri’) in 1934, and as a result of the Winter War, the club was relocated in Tampere in 1940. However, there already was a club called Ilves in Tampere, so club reverted to the name Ilves-Kissat in December 1944.[3]

IKissat Tampere were promoted to the Mestaruussarja, the top flight of Finnish football, for the 1949 season, and we're champions in 1950. They were relegated in 1951.[4]

Ilves-Kissat playing at home in the Ratina Stadion against Salon Palloilijat in 2011 Kakkonen in August 2011.

In 1974 Ilves-Kissat and Tampellan Palloilijat merged with Ilves Tampere, which now became fully involved in football. Ilves-Kissat discontinued its activities in the sport, but on lower tiers of Finnish football it is, in a way, represented by its sister club, Kissalan Pojat (namesake of the Katzenjammer Kids).[3]

In the autumn of 2004, with the club’s football team in 6th Division the management of the club decided to make a push for higher tiers, and in the autumn of 2010 the club achieved promotion to Kakkonen, i.e. 3rd tier. For the 2011 season, Ilves-Kissat entered an arrangement whereby they became the farm team for FC Haka of Valkeakoski, but the season ended with relegation to 3rd Division.[5]

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ "Tampereen-Viipurin Ilves-Kissat". Soccerway. Perform. Retrieved 31 July 2017. 
  2. ^ "Tammelan Stadion". Soccerway. Perform. Retrieved 14 May 2016. 
  3. ^ a b History of Tampereen-Viipurin Ilves-Kissat.
  4. ^ Heikki Pietarinen (8 December 2016). "Finland - List of League First Level Tables". RSSSF. Retrieved 31 July 2017. 
  5. ^ Farm team deal between Haka and Ilves-Kissat.

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