Kuopion Palloseura

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KuPS
Club crest
Full name Kuopion Palloseura
Nickname(s) Keltamusta (The Yellow-blacks)
Kanarialinnut (The Canaries)
Founded 1923; 92 years ago (1923)
Ground Savon Sanomat Areena
Kuopio
Ground Capacity 5,000
Chairman Ari Lahti
Manager Marko Rajamäki
League Veikkausliiga
2014 Veikkausliiga, 7th
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 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]

First team in 1923

KuPS was founded in 1923 and holds 4th place in the all-time table of the Finnish Premier League (called Veikkausliiga since 1991). KuPS have played in the top flight for 50 seasons and claimed five league titles, two Finnish Cup titles and one Finnish League Cup title. In addition to that KuPS have finished as runners-up in the league nine times and claimed numerous junior titles.

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]

[2] [3]

Current squad[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 Tomi Maanoja
3 Ivory Coast DF Hamed Coulibaly
4 Finland DF Tero Taipale
6 Finland DF Saku Savolainen
7 Finland FW Juha Hakola
8 Finland MF Petteri Pennanen
9 Nigeria FW Chibuike Nnah
10 Georgia (country) FW Irakli Sirbiladze
13 Senegal DF Babacar Diallo
14 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Toni Markić
15 Finland FW Ilmari Niskanen
No. Position Player
16 Finland GK Joonas Pöntinen
17 United States DF Stephen McCarthy
19 Canada MF Charlie Trafford
20 Finland FW Miikka Ilo (captain)
21 Finland MF Patrick Poutiainen
23 The Gambia MF Ebrima Sohna
24 Finland DF Reetu Räsänen
25 Finland MF Urho Nissilä
26 Finland DF Dani Hatakka
28 Finland MF Aatu Laatikainen
32 Finland DF Tuomas Rannankari

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 Peetu Pöyhönen
No. Position Player
Finland DF Sharp Räsänen


Honours[edit]

  • Finnish Championships
    • Winners (5): 1956, 1958, 1966, 1974, 1976
    • Runners-up (9): 1950, 1954, 1964, 1967, 1969, 1975, 1977, 1979, 2010
  • Ykkönen (second tier)
    • Winners (3): 2000, 2004, 2007
  • Kakkonen (third tier)
    • Winners (1): 1998

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

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