AC Vantaa

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Airport City Vantaa
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Full name Jalkapalloseura Airport City
Nickname(s) AC Vantaa
Founded 1998
Ground ISS Stadion,
Myyrmäki , Vantaa
Finland
Chairman Finland Pasi Kujala
Head Coach Finland Pasi Kujala
League Kakkonen
2009 1st – Kolmonen (Section 2)

Jalkapalloseura Airport City (abbreviated AC Vantaa) is a football club from Vantaa in Finland. The club was formed in 1998 and their home ground is at ISS Stadion in Myyrmäki, Vantaa. The men's first team currently plays in the Kakkonen (Second Division). The Chairman of AC Vantaa is Pasi Kujala.

Background[edit]

The club was founded in 1998 as a flagship club for Vantaa following the merger of Tikkurilan Palloseura and Vantaan Jalkapalloseura men’s first teams with assistance from Koivukylän Palloseura, Pallokerho-50 and Itä-Vantaan Urheilijat clubs.

AC Vantaa played two seasons in the Ykkönen (First Division), the second tier of Finnish football in 1999 and 2001. They also have had three spells in the third tier, the Kakkonen (Second Division), in 2000, 2002–03 and now again in 2010.[1]

In 2003 the club were relegated to the Kolmonen (Third Division) and were in danger of folding but were re-energised by a new Committee whose hard work was eventually rewarded by promotion back to the Kakkonen at the end of the 2009 season as champions of Section 2 of the Kolmonen.

Season to season[edit]

Season Level Division Section Administration Position Movements
1999 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 9th Relegation Group – Relegated
2000 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 2nd Play-Offs – Promoted
2001 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 9th Relegated
2002 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 2nd
2003 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 11th Relegated
2004 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 3 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Helsinki) 8th
2005 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 3 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Helsinki) 6th
2006 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 2 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 7th
2007 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 3 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 2nd
2008 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 3 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Helsinki) 2nd
2009 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 2 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Helsinki) 1st Promoted
2010 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group A Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)

Club structure[edit]

Jalkapalloseura Airport City run a number of teams including 3 men's teams, 1 ladies team and 1 boys team.

2010 season[edit]

AC Vantaa Men's Team are competing in Group A (Lohko A) of the Kakkonen administered by the Football Association of Finland (Suomen Palloliitto). This is the third highest tier in the Finnish football system. In 2009 AC Vantaa finished in first position in Section 2 of the Kolmonen and were promoted to the Kakkonen.

AC Vantaa / 2 are participating in Section 3 (Lohko 3) of the Vitonen administered by the Uusimaa SPL.

Players in 2010[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 Miikka Pulliainen
2 Finland DF Vesa Keski-Pukkila
3 Finland MF Jami Pelli
4 Finland MF Sebastian Aniszewski
5 Finland MF Tommi Peltonen
6 Finland MF Pasi Kujala
7 Finland DF Wiljam Halli
8 Finland DF Joose Aho
9 Finland FW Esa Paila
10 Finland MF Samuel Jyvä
12 Finland DF Mikael Karvinen
13 Finland DF Antti Korhonen
14 Finland DF Jari Tulikoura
15 Finland FW Samu Pirinen
16 Finland DF Marko Johansson
No. Position Player
17 Finland MF Tomi Keski-Pukkila
18 Finland MF Matti Prittinen
19 Finland DF Antti Saarela
20 Finland MF Ville Hatara
21 Finland MF Janne Rantala
22 Finland DF Harri Piiroinen
23 Finland DF Roope Koskinen
25 Finland MF Tommy Öhman
27 Finland FW Thomas Granlund
29 Finland FW Jarno Isaksson
30 Finland DF Iiro Ikäheimo
31 Finland GK Markus Lahdenvuo
33 Finland GK Joni Siren
34 Finland GK Lauri Halonen

References and sources[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Finland – Divisional Movements 1930–2009". RSSSF Archives. 2010. Retrieved 6 May 2010.