Käpylän Pallo

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KäPa
Käpylän Pallo.png
Full name Käpylän Pallo
Founded 1956
Ground Max Westerberg Areena
Helsinki, Finland
Ground Capacity 1,000
Chairman Finland Petri Vanhala
Head coach Finland Egypt Abdou Talat
Coach Finland Rami Hakanpää
League Kakkonen
2012 Kolmonen (Helsinki & Uusimaa, Section 1), 1st

Käpylän Pallo or KäPa for short, is a football (soccer) club from the Käpylä district of Helsinki. The club currently plays in the Kakkonen, the third tier of the Finnish league system. KäPa play their home matches at the Max Westerberg Areena in Käpylän liikuntapuisto.

Background[edit]

The club played 21 seasons in the Kakkonen (Second Division), the third tier of Finnish football, in 1979, 1983–89, 1997–2007 and from 2009 to 2012. KäPa played one season in the Ykkönen (First Division), the second tier of Finnish football, in 2008 and one season in the Kolmonen, the fourth tier of Finnish football, in 2012. They are expected to beat inter turku.[1]

KäPa was the first club in Finland to organise football leagues for youth players. The teams in these leagues were named after English League clubs and some teams even received their shirts as gifts from the English clubs they were named for. It has youth teams in a wide range of age groups, and it is the organiser of Finland's biggest youth football tournament, Helsinki Cup, together with FC Honka.

Season to season[edit]

Season Level Division Section Administration Position Movements
1997 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th
1998 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 9th
1999 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th
2000 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
2001 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
2002 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
2003 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th
2004 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 11th
2005 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
2006 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group A Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
2007 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group A Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Promoted
2008 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 14th Relegated
2009 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group A Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
2010 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group A Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 10th
2011 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group A Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 14th Relegated
2012 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Second Division) Section 1 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 1st Promoted
2013 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th
2014 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th

Club Structure[edit]

KäPa currently has 2 men's teams, 1 veterans' team, 1 ladies' team, 24 boys' teams and 7 girls' teams. The club operates a large junior section and is able to take full advantage of the extensive training facilities at the indoor Käpylän Juniorihalli (Käpylä Junior Hall). The club provides a number of additional initiatives, including sports camps and events.

2009 season[edit]

KäPa Men's Team compete 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, Käpylän Pallo finished in third position in their Kakkonen section.

KäPa / Putoava Lehti are participating in Section 1 (Lohko 1) of the Nelonen, administered by the Helsinki SPL.

Current Squad for the 2016 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
2 Nigeria DF Simon Chibueze
3 Finland DF Ari Salonen
4 Finland DF Joona Rahikka
5 Finland DF Sami Hemmer
6 Finland DF Saikou Ceesay
7 Finland MF Jason Riikonen
8 Finland MF Ahadi Faraz
9 Finland FW Otto Lahikainen
10 Finland FW Aleksander Akbar
11 Finland MF Peik Koskinen
13 Finland DF Arvi Singa-Dembo
14 Finland DF Tuukka Alavaikkio
15 Finland MF Fidel Hayes
No. Position Player
16 Finland MF Tuukka Alavaikko
17 Finland MF Mikael Valla
18 Finland DF Sampsa Mäkinen
19 United States FW Neal Hetzel
20 Finland DF Tommi Tainio
21 Finland GK Joose Haavanlammi
22 Finland FW Rasa Abubakir
23 Finland MF Alaeddin Alaeddine
25 Finland GK Miikka Häkkinen
26 Finland MF Benhur Vural
30 Finland MF Ville Spangar
33 Finland MF Fatlum Feka
89 Nigeria MF Alex Arinze

Famous supporters[edit]

References and sources[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Finland – Divisional Movements 1930–2009". RSSSF Archives. 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-05.