Kajaanin Haka

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Kajaanin Haka
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Full name Kajaanin Haka
Nickname(s) KajHa
Haka
Founded 1953
Ground Kajaanin liikuntapuisto,
Kajaani
Finland
Chairman Finland Jarmo Anttonen
Head Coach Finland Jarmo Saarela
League Kakkonen
2009 1st – Kolmonen (Pohjois-Suomi)

Kajaanin Haka (abbreviated KajHa) is a football club from Kajaani in Finland. The club was formed in 1953 and their home ground is at the Kajaanin liikuntapuisto. The men's football first team currently plays in the Kolmonen (Third Division). The Chairman of KajHa is Jarmo Anttonen.

Background[edit]

KajHa was founded on 15 March 1953 and in the early years the club was known as Hevossuon Haka. The change to the current name was made on 23 January 1963. Originally Haka was a typical village club, which in addition to football ran sections providing for sports of athletics, skiing, and volleyball. Specialisation in football occurred in the early 1960s and has remained the popular activity. There are currently 245 registered players and the number is growing all the time.

The club’s first taste of success was in 1968 when they played one season in the Suomisarjaa (Finland League) which at that time was the second tier of Finnish football. They have had four other periods at this level, currently known as the Ykkönen (First Division) in 1970–71, 1985–86, 1993–94, 1998–99.[1]

Haka have had nine periods covering 21 seasons in the Kakkonen (Second Division), the third tier of Finnish football covering 1975, 1979, 1981–84, 1987, 1990–92, 1995–97, 2000–05, 2007 and the current season 2010.[2]

In 1999 KajHa won the Työväen Urheiluliiton Cup (Workers' Sports Federation Cup) for the first time in their history.

The attendance record for a KajHa match was the 1968 derby match with Kajaanin Palloilijat which was watched by 2,376 spectators.[3]

Season to season[edit]

Season Level Division Section Administration Position Movements
1994 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 13th Relegated
1995 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 3rd
1996 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 2nd
1997 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Promoted
1998 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 7th North Relegation Group
1999 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 10th North Relegation Group – Relegated
2000 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 5th
2001 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 8th
2002 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 10th
2003 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 8th
2004 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 10th
2005 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 11th Relegated
2006 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Northern Finland (SPL Pohjois-Suomi) 1st Playoff Group C – Promoted
2007 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group C Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 12th Relegated
2008 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Northern Finland (SPL Pohjois-Suomi) 3rd
2009 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Northern Finland (SPL Pohjois-Suomi) 1st Promoted
2010 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group C Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) '

Junior Section[edit]

The club provides for 5 different age groups for boys and in 2008 . In 2008 Kajaani Haka was selected as northern Finland's first football club to meet the new quality standards for coaching from which benefits are now experienced throughout the Kainuu region.

The club runs the Kainuun nappulaliiga (Kainuu Little League) for 5–12 years old boys and girls throughout the year. It covers almost the whole of the Kainuu region including Paltamo, Puolanka, Suomussalmi, Hyrynsalmi, Sotkamo, Kuhmo and Kajaani.

A traditional event provided by the club in the winter in January and February is the Tammiturnaus.

Club Structure[edit]

KajHa currently has 1 men's team and 5 boys teams.

2010 season[edit]

KajHa Men's Team are competing in Group C (Lohko C) 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 Kajaanin Haka finished in first position in their Kolmonen (Third Division) section and were promoted to the Kakkonen.

Current Squad for the 2010 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
1 Georgia (country) Levan Lomidze
3 Finland Jussi Karppinen
4 Brazil Apolo de Brito Medeiros
5 Finland Mika Juutinen
6 Finland Seppo Lindgren
7 Finland Heikki Juntunen
8 Finland Jarno Kela
9 Finland Timo Heikkinen (captain)
10 Nigeria Nathaniel Amos
11 Finland Olli-Pekka Saarinen
12 Finland Mika Pirinen
No. Position Player
13 Finland Oskari Tervo
14 Finland Mika Nikkanen
15 Finland Joonas Tikkanen
16 Finland Tuomo Ruotsalainen
18 Georgia (country) Teimuraz Varduashvili
19 Finland Joni Rossinen
21 Finland Matti Luhtaniemi
22 Georgia (country) Nika Kiladze
23 Nigeria Junior Obagmiro
Nigeria Jerome Ogbuefi

References and sources[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Finland – Divisional Movements 1930–2009". RSSSF Archives. 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-13. 
  2. ^ "Finland – Divisional Movements 1930–2009". RSSSF Archives. 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-13. 
  3. ^ Jalkapallokirja 1991. Suomen Palloliitto. 1991. ISSN 0787-7188.