FC Ilves

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FC Ilves
Ilves Logo.svg
Full name Tampereen Ilves[citation needed]
Nickname(s) Ipa
Founded 1931
Ground Tammela Stadion, Tampere
Ground Capacity 5,040
Chairman Ari Ruuth
Manager Jarkko Wiss
League Veikkausliiga
2015 Veikkausliiga, 8th
Active departments of
Football pictogram.svg Futsal pictogram.svg Ice hockey pictogram.svg
Football Futsal Ice hockey

Ilves Tampere is a Finnish football club, based in Tampere. As of 2015 they play in the Veikkausliiga, the highest level in Finland.[1]

In 1974 Ilves-Kissat Tampere and TaPa Tampere merged with Ilves, and the club took Ilves-Kissat's place in the Mestaruussarja. Ilves won the Finnish league championship in 1983 and the Finnish Cup in 1979 and 1990.[citation needed]

In the late-1990s, Ilves suffered financial trouble and its professional team was reformed into Tampere United before the 1999 season. The initial plan was to join Ilves with TPV, but TPV decided to continue as its own team. As a result, Tampere United inherited Ilves' place in the second highest division, and Ilves continued to play in lower divisions, although they did not have a men's team from 1999 to 2000.[citation needed]

Ilves has since recovered and was promoted to Ykkönen for the 2013 season. Two years later, they got promoted to the highest league after MyPa lost their place.[citation needed]


  • Finnish champion (1): 1983
  • Finnish Cup winner (2): 1979, 1990

Season to season[edit]

Season Level Division Section Administration Position Finnish Cup Movements
2008 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Third Division) Group B Finnish FA 5th 6th Round
2009 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Third Division) Group B Finnish FA 3rd 5th Round
2010 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Third Division) Group B Finnish FA 1st Quarterfinals Finished 3rd in Promotion Playoffs
2011 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Third Division) Group B Finnish FA 2nd 4th Round
2012 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Third Division) Western Finnish FA 1st 4th Round Promoted to 2013 Ykkönen
2013 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA 4th 3rd Round
2014 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA 3rd 5th Round Promoted to 2015 Veikkausliiga
2015 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA 8th 6th Round
2016 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA 4th 5th Round

European record[edit]

[citation needed]
Year Competition Opponent Result
1980 European Cup Winners' Cup Netherlands Feyenoord 1–3, 2–4
1984 European Cup Italy Juventus 0–4, 1–2
1986 UEFA Cup Scotland Rangers 2–0, 0–4
1992 European Cup Winners' Cup Northern Ireland Glenavon 2–1, 2–3
Italy Roma 1–1, 2–5

Current squad[edit]

As of 6 March 2017. 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 Mika Hilander
2 Finland DF Antti Hynynen (captain)
4 Finland DF Felipe Aspegren
5 Finland DF Jani Tanska
6 Ghana MF Reuben Ayarna
7 Finland MF Marco Matrone
8 Finland MF Iiro Järvinen
9 Finland FW Youness Rahimi
10 Senegal MF Emile Tendeng
11 Cameroon FW Tuco
12 Finland GK Johannes Luukkanen
14 Finland MF Tuure Siira
No. Position Player
15 Finland MF Lauri Ala-Myllymäki
16 Finland DF Tatu Miettunen
17 Finland DF Teemu Penninkangas
18 Finland FW Aleksis Lehtonen
19 Finland MF Jaakko Juuti
20 Finland MF Eero Tamminen
22 Finland DF Tariq Kazi
23 Nigeria FW Jude Nworuh
25 Finland DF Antti Koskinen
26 Finland FW Antto Hilska
27 Finland DF Martti Haukioja
32 Finland GK Antti Kuusinen

Management and boardroom[edit]


As of 12 April 2017.[2]

Name Role
Finland Jarkko Wiss Head Coach
Finland Toni Kallio Coach
Finland Mikko Kavén Goalkeeping Coach
Finland Heli Rekimies Fitness Coach
Finland Ville Niemelä Kit Manager
Finland Ville Korpela Kit Manager
Finland Sami Mäenpää Team Leader
Finland Jonne Väisänen Doctor


As of 12 April 2017[3]

Name Role
Finland Pentti Kuusela Chairman
Finland Tomi Erola CEO
Finland Toni Hevonkorpi Development Director / Vice CEO



  1. ^ Heikki Pietarinen (23 December 2015). "Finland - List of League First Level Tables". RSSSF. Retrieved 15 May 2016. 
  2. ^ Ilveksen joukkue 2017
  3. ^ "Yhteystiedot" (in Finnish). Ilves. Retrieved 12 April 2017. 

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