Palloseura Kemi Kings

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PS Kemi
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Full name Palloseura Kemi Kings
Nickname(s) Kingit (The Kings)
Founded 1999
Ground Sauvosaaren Urheilupuisto
Ground Capacity 4500
Chairman Antti Pasanen
Manager Jari Åhman
League Veikkausliiga
2017 Veikkausliiga, 10th

Palloseura Kemi Kings or PS Kemi[1][2] for short is a Finnish football team based in the town of Kemi, who are currently playing in the Finnish first division, the Ykkönen. After winning the championship, they will play in the premier division, the Veikkausliiga, in 2016.

History[edit]

The club was established on October 21, 1999. Kemi Kings was created out of a merger between Kemin Palloseura (KePS), Kemin Pallotoverit-85 (KPT-85) and Visan Pallo. All three teams continue only as junior teams–having younger than B-juniors–while PS Kemi took over A and B juniors. The best achievement of PS Kemi Kings so far has been reaching eighth place in the Finnish Cup competition 2006. The team also played in Finnish Cup's small final, but lost it to Kultsu FC after the penalty shootout. In the 2007 season PS Kemi Kings won the Kakkonen's C-sector and were promoted to the second division, the Ykkönen. In the 2008 season PS Kemi Kings successfully fought against the relegation and also Qualified for the Top-16 in the Finnish Cup. In January 2011 the sport director Jukka Kuusisto signed a contract with finish TopSpot – Sports, Development and Technology – Sports Management with Social Responsibility and signed later his first two Nigerian players for his club the forward Patrick Chibuzor Onyeaghala from Nigerian Football Academy and the defender Faith Friday Obilor from FC Odiaba.[3] PS Kemi won two successive promotions to the first division in 2014, the Ykkönen, and then, for the first time in their history, to the premier division, the Veikkausliiga in 2015.

Season to season[edit]

Season Level Division Section Administration Position Movements
2001 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 6th
2002 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 4th
2003 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Play-Offs
2004 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
2005 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
2006 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group C Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd
2007 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group C Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Promoted
2008 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 8th
2009 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th
2010 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 9th
2011 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 10th Relegated
2012 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Northern Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
2013 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Northern Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Play-offs
2014 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Northern Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Play-offs, promoted
2015 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Promoted
2016 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Division One) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 9th

Current squad[edit]

As of 6 February 2018. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
12 Finland GK Oskari Forsman
14 Finland MF Justus Lehto
19 Finland DF Niko-Petteri Kuukasjärvi
21 Colombia MF Julián Guevara
26 Estonia DF Marek Kaljumäe
35 Finland GK Mikko Vilmunen
66 Netherlands MF Kevin Tano
Australia DF Jacob Esposito
Finland DF Kristian Heinolainen
Finland DF Olli Jalli
Brazil DF Jorginho
No. Position Player
Finland DF Henrik Ölander
Moldova DF Viktor Shevchenko
Finland MF Keaton Isaksson
Netherlands MF Adriaan Kruisheer
Estonia MF Maksim Lipin
Finland MF Ville Moilanen
Finland MF Iiro Vanha
Finland MF Adam Vidjeskog
England FW Hakeem Araba
Finland FW Aleksi Isomäki

Management[edit]

As of 20 December 2017.[4]

Name Role
Finland Jari Åhman Head Coach
Finland Jari Pyykölä Assistant Coach
Finland Tuomo Könönen Team Manager
Finland Janne Olsen Goalkeeper Coach
Finland Ilkka Nisula Kit Manager
Finland Pasi Rauta Kit Manager
Finland Markku Lappalainen Fitness Coach

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