Laajasalon Palloseura

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Laajasalon Palloseura
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Full name Laajasalon Palloseura
Nickname(s) LPS
Founded 1978
Ground Laajasalon urheilupuisto,
Laajasalo, Helsinki
Finland
Chairman Finland Timo Viheriäranta
Head Coach Finland Niko Ruuth
Coach Finland Niko Ruuth
League Kolmonen
2016 4th – Kolmonen (Group B)

Laajasalon Palloseura (abbreviated LPS) is a football club from Laajasalo, Helsinki in Finland. The club was formed in 1978 and their home ground is at the Laajasalon urheilupuisto. The men's first team currently plays in the Kolmonen (Third Division). The Chairman of LPS is Timo Viheriäranta.

Background[edit]

The club held their inaugural meeting on 11 September 1978 and 14 people attended who were interested in football. For the early part of their history LPS spent many seasons in the lower divisions of the Finnish football league. In 2003 LPS won their Kolmonen section and subsequently have played 7 consecutive seasons in the Kakkonen (Second Division), the third tier of Finnish football from 2004 to the present day. The most successful season was in 2007 when LPS finished fourth in their section.[1]

Season to season[edit]

Season Level Division Section Administration Position Movements
2000 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 3 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 7th
2001 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 3 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Helsinki)
2002 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 3 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Helsinki) 2nd
2003 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 3 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Helsinki) 1st Promoted
2004 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 7th
2005 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 6th
2006 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group A Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 8th
2007 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group A Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 4th
2008 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group A Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 9th
2009 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group A Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 10th
2010 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group A Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 7th
2011 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group A Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 10th
2012 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Eastern Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 8th
2013 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Froup Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 10th Relegated
2014 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 3 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 5th
2015 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 2 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 4th

Club Structure[edit]

LPS currently has 3 men's teams for competitive soccer and 2 men's teams for hobbysoccer. For women LPS has one competitive soccer team and one team for hobbysoccer. In addition there is a junior section with 8 boys teams and 3 girls teams providing football for approximately 300 youngsters. The club runs a partseason soccer school at summer and a school for juniors to improve their soccerskills.

The most successful junior team is the B93 -team that plays at the second highest level in Finland, in 1st Division (B-poikien ykkönen) starting autumn 2010.

Kuninkaat[edit]

The second ranked men’s team is Kuninkaat who currently play under the flag of LPS. The team have excelled at futsal.

2010 season[edit]

LPS 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 Laajasalon Palloseura finished in tenth position in their Kakkonen section.

LPS / Kuninkaat are participating in Section 2 (Lohko 2) of the Nelonen (Fourth Division) administered by the Helsinki SPL.

LPS / 2 are participating in Section 4 (Lohko 4) of the Kutonen (Sixth Division) administered by the Helsinki SPL. In 2009 LPS/2 were relegated from their Vitonen (Fifth Division) section.

Current Squad for the 2012 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 Finland GK Niko Ruuth
2 Rwanda DF Said Ndikumana
3 Finland DF Juha Leukkunen
4 Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Erick Dibwe Mupemedi
5 Finland MF Teemu Kankkonen
6 Finland DF Patrik Borg
7 Finland FW Niko Haiko
8 Finland FW Jamy-Tommy Viljamaa
9 Finland MF Georgios Mainas
10 Finland FW Tero Viheriäranta
11 Finland FW Jonathan Hyvärinen
12 Finland MF Topias Hänninen
No. Position Player
14 Tunisia FW Mike Tajini
15 Finland MF Jukka Markkanen
16 Finland DF Nico Siekkinen
18 France DF Didier Emmanuel
19 Finland FW Niko Saukkonen
20 Finland MF Juhani Koivuranta
21 Finland FW Kim Tallberg
22 Finland MF Jani Nuutinen
23 Finland FW Jonathan Korhonen
24 Finland DF Joni Ruuth
32 Finland GK Jussi Hämäläinen

References and sources[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Finland – Divisional Movements 1930–2009". RSSSF Archives. 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-18.