Kuopion Palloseura

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KuPS
Club crest
Full name Kuopion Palloseura
Nickname(s) Keltamusta (The Yellow-blacks)
Kanarialinnut (The Canaries)
Founded 1923; 93 years ago (1923)
Ground Savon Sanomat Areena
Kuopio
Ground Capacity 5,000
Chairman Ari Lahti
Manager Marko Rajamäki
League Veikkausliiga
2015 9th
Website Club home page

Kuopion Palloseura (or KuPS) is a Finnish football club, based in the 8th most populated city of Finland, Kuopio. KuPS plays in Finland's Premier League, Veikkausliiga. The team plays its home matches at Savon Sanomat Areena. Until June 2005, KuPS used to play at an aged track and field stadium in Väinölänniemi, which is said to be one of the most beautiful sporting places in Finland. Väinölänniemi is a cape surrounded by a local lake, Kallavesi.

KuPS has won the Finnish championship 5 times, the Finnish Cup 2 times and the Finnish League Cup once. KuPS also holds the Finnish club record of the most consecutive seasons in the top flight, from 1949 to 1992. The team is placed fourth in the all-time Finnish premier league honour table.[1]

History[edit]

1923-1949 Early History[edit]

First team in 1923

One of the first sports clubs in Kuopio to adopt football was Kuopion Reipas who made the sport an official part of their program in 1915. Reipas was a general athletic society which competed in a wide variety of sports like track and field, gymnastics, skiing as well as team sports like bandy. After the Finnish Civil War of 1918 the differing interests of the disciplines began to cause friction within the club which resulted in the club gradually breaking apart during the 1920s. Among the clubs that emerged from Reipas was KuPS, officially founded on March 16th 1923 at Kuopion Seurahuone. Ali Rautakorpi was elected as the club's first chairman. Other sports participated in by the club during its early years were pesäpallo, tennis and bandy.

The 1920s KuPS spent mostly by playing friendly games against other local clubs. First major breakthrough came in 1930 when KuPS won the Savo district championship thereby earning promotion to B-sarja, the second tier of Finnish football at the time, where they remained until 1947 when they were promoted to Mestaruussarja for the first time. KuPS's first stint in the Finnish top division lasted only a single season, but they were promoted again in 1949 and this time remained in the top division for 44 seasons.

Season 2005[edit]

Savon Sanomat Areena (Also called Kuopion keskuskenttä), 2010.
KuPS vs HJK at Magnum Areena, Kuopio. Finnish League Cup, March 11, 2008.

KuPS returned to the top flight for the 2005 season after a year in the First Division (Ykkönen). They finished the 2005 season in 10th place, easily avoiding the relegation play-off (13th place) and direct relegation (14th place).

Season 2006[edit]

On 1 April 2006 KuPS beat reigning Veikkausliiga champions, MyPa 1–0 in the semi-final of the Finnish League Cup and secured a place in the Finnish League Cup Final. On 12 April 2006 in Finnair Stadium, Helsinki KuPS beat FC KooTeePee 2–1 in the League Cup Final and ended their 17-year run without titles. However, the club ended the 2006 season in last place, and was once again demoted to Ykkönen for the 2007 season. This resulted in manager Juha Malinen being replaced by his former player/assistant manager Kai Nyyssönen.

Reserve team, KuPS Akatemia (tr: KuPS Academy) played in the Second Division Group A (Kakkonen lohko A), but the team was terminated in December 2006 to cut costs and as a replacement, an agreement with Kings Kuopio, which plays also in the Second Division was signed.

In December 2006, it was revealed that the team was heavily in debt and about to go bankrupt. KuPS fans held their breath, until a Helsinki-based CEO of an Investment bank ICECAPITAL, also a former Chairman of the Board of the Veikkausliiga, Ari Lahti increased his stake at the club to ca. 95% and saved the club.

Season 2007[edit]

Petteri Pennanen trying to get into penalty area of PK-35 on May 27, 2007.

After escaping imminent destruction, season 2007 began with reasonably low expectations. A target to achieve promotion back to top flight in two years was set.

Manager Kai Nyyssönen lured his former team-mate Harri Ylönen back to strengthen the team and to serve as an assistant manager. The duo lured in Roope Reinikainen, Ilja Venäläinen and Miikka Turunen, who also returned to their former home club. Jussi Hakasalo from JJK Jyväskylä and Tero Mäkäläinen from MyPa were new names.

Because of relegation KuPS lost its prized assets, Sierraleonese players, Patrick Bantamoi to FC Inter Turku and Medo to HJK. KuPS and Ghanaian midfielder Seth Ablade parted their ways earlier, with Ablade terminating his contract.

Season 2007 started well with mostly local players. The team suffered a run of draws in the mid-season, but by winning their last six games with their main opponent RoPS of Rovaniemi at the same time losing its lead, KuPS won the league Ykkönen and went straight back. RoPS also achieved a promotion, by winning a promotion play-off against 13th-place finisher of Veikkausliiga, FC Viikingit.

European campaigns[edit]

Season Competition Round Country Club Score Agg.
1959–60 European Cup Preliminary round West Germany Eintracht Frankfurt KuPS withdrew
1967–68 European Cup Preliminary round France Saint-Étienne 0–2, v 0–3 0–5
1969–70 Cup Winners' Cup First round Portugal Académica de Coimbra 0–1, v 0–0 0–1
1975–76 European Cup First round Poland Ruch Chorzów 0–5, v 2–2 2–7
1976–77 UEFA Cup First round Sweden Östers 3–2, v 0–2 3–4
1977–78 European Cup First round Belgium Club Brugge 0–4, v 2–5 2–9
1978–79 UEFA Cup First round Denmark Boldklubben 1903 2–1, v 4–4 6–5
Second round Denmark Esbjerg fB 0–2, v 1–4 1–6
1980–81 UEFA Cup First round France Saint-Étienne 0–7, v 0–7 0–14
1990–91 Cup Winners' Cup First round Soviet Union Dynamo Kyiv 2–2, v 0–4 2–6
2011–12 Europa League Second round Romania Gaz Metan Mediaș 1–0, v 0–2 1–2
2012–13 Europa League First round Wales Llanelli 2–1, v 1–1 3–2
Second round Israel Maccabi Netanya 0–1, v 2–1 2–2
Third round Turkey Bursaspor 1–0, v 0–6 1–6

UEFA club competition record[edit]

As of August 2, 2012.

Competition Pld W D L GF GA
ECCC 6 0 1 5 4 21
ECWC 4 0 2 2 2 7
UCUP / UEL 15 6 2 7 17 35
Total 25 6 5 14 23 63

Season to season[edit]

Season to Season
Season Level Division Section Administration Position Movements
1930 Tier 2 B-sarja (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) Cup-format Semifinals
1931 Tier 2 B-sarja (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) Fell before group stage
1932 Tier 2 B-sarja (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th
1933 Tier 2 B-sarja (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th
1934 Tier 2 B-sarja (First Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
1935 Tier 2 B-sarja (First Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd Promotion Group 4th
1936 Tier 2 Itä-Länsi-sarja (First Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
1937 Tier 2 Itä-Länsi-sarja (First Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
1938 Tier 2 Itä-Länsi-sarja (First Division) East Series, North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
1939 Tier 2 Itä-Länsi-sarja (First Division) East Series, North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st
1940–41 Tier 2 B-sarja (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
1943–44 Did not participate
1945 Tier 2 Suomensarja (First Division) Group 2 Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st
1945–46 Tier 2 Suomensarja (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th
1946–47 Tier 2 Suomensarja (First Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Promotion Group 2nd, promoted
1947–48 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th Relegated
1948 Tier 2 Suomensarja (First Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Promoted
1949 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 8th
1950 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd
1951 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
1952 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
1953 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
1954 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd
1955 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
1956 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Champions
1957 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
1958 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Champions
1959 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
1960 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th
1961 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 9th
1962 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
1963 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th
1964 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd
1965 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th
1966 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Champions
1967 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd
1968 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
1969 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd
1970 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
1971 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th
1972 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
1973 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
1974 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Champions
1975 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd
1976 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Champions
1977 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd
1978 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th
1979 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd
1980 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 8th
1981 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th
1982 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 8th
1983 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 9th Relegation Group 1st
1984 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 8th
1985 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th
1986 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 10th
1987 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 8th
1988 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 11th Relegation Play-off
1989 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th
1990 Tier 1 Futisliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th Play-offs, final position 6th
1991 Tier 1 Futisliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 10th
1992 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 12th Relegated
1993 Tier 2 I divisioona (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Promotion Group 3rd, promoted
1994 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 14th Relegated
1995 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 12th
1996 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th
1997 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th Lower Group North – 3rd – Playoffs – Relegated
1998 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Promoted
1999 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th Upper Group – 7th
2000 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Upper Group – 1st – Promoted
2001 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 8th
2002 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 9th Promotion / Relegation Group – 1st
2003 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 14th Relegated
2004 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Promoted
2005 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 10th
2006 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 13th Relegated
2007 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Promoted
2008 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 13th Relegation Playoffs
2009 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 12th
2010 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd
2011 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th
2012 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 10th
2013 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th
2014 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th
2015 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 9th

[2][3]

Current squad[edit]

As of 3 August 2016. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Austria GK Johannes Kreidl (on loan from Hamburger SV II)
2 Finland DF Joonas Ojantie
3 Ivory Coast DF Hamed Coulibaly
6 Finland FW Saku Savolainen
7 Finland FW Juha Hakola
8 Finland MF Petteri Pennanen (captain)
9 Finland FW Mika Ääritalo
10 Nigeria MF Paul Onobi
11 Finland FW Ilmari Niskanen
12 United States GK Craig Hill
12 Finland GK Miika Töyräs
14 The Gambia MF Tijan Jaiteh
16 Finland GK Joonas Pöntinen
17 Finland FW Patrik Alaharjula
18 Nigeria DF Aliyu Abubakar
No. Position Player
19 Senegal DF Babacar Diallo
21 Finland DF Jani Mahanen
23 Finland MF Patrick Poutiainen
24 Finland DF Atte Hoivala
25 Finland MF Urho Nissilä
26 Finland FW Joonas Nissinen
28 Finland DF Joona Lautamaja
29 Finland DF Mikko Pitkänen
31 Finland MF Antti-Ville Räisänen
32 Finland DF Tuomas Rannankari
39 Nigeria FW Gbolahan Salami
42 Finland DF Sharp Räsänen
45 Nigeria DF Azubuike Egwuekwe
TBA Serbia FW Saša Jovović

Available youth players[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Finland DF Jere Hiltunen
Finland DF Nuutti Tykkyläinen
No. Position Player
Finland MF Joona Hiltunen

Honours[edit]

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Finnish League Premier Division All-Time Tables 1930–2007". RSSSF.com. (March 12, 2008)
  2. ^ http://www.rsssf.com/tablesf/finhist.html
  3. ^ http://www.rsssf.com/tablesf/fin2hist.html

External links[edit]