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
2016 Veikkausliiga, 9th

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)

Current squad[edit]

As of 6 April 2017. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 Trinidad and Tobago DF Aubrey David
3 Colombia DF Eduar Zea
4 Slovenia MF Filip Valenčič
5 Finland DF Lassi Nurmos
6 Somalia MF Abdulkadir Said Ahmed
7 Finland DF Henri Louste
8 Finland MF Matias Ojala
9 Finland FW Rasmus Karjalainen
10 Finland FW Jussi Aalto
11 Finland FW Topias Wiena
12 Finland GK Oskari Forsman
14 Finland MF Justus Lehto
17 Finland FW Aleksi Gullsten
No. Position Player
18 The Gambia FW Momodou Ceesay
19 Finland DF Niko-Petteri Kuukasjärvi
20 Finland DF Aleksi Räihä
21 Colombia MF Julián Guevara
22 The Gambia DF Abdoulie Mansally
23 Finland MF Omar Jama
24 Colombia FW Edwin Salazar (on loan from Orsomarso S.C.)
26 Estonia DF Marek Kaljumäe
27 Finland MF Samuel Mahlamäki
35 Finland GK Mikko Vilmunen
58 Finland MF Reza Heidari
62 Finland DF Juuso Laitinen
99 Finland MF Joni Lehosmaa

Management[edit]

Name Role
Finland Jari Åhman Head Coach
Finland Teemu Vilmi Assistant Coach
Finland Esa Savolainen Assistant Coach
Finland Janne Olsen Goalkeeper Coach
Finland Ilkka Nisula Kit Manager
Finland Markku Lappalainen Fitness Coach

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Veikkausliiga". veikkausliiga.com. Retrieved 9 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Kausi 2016 - PS Kemi". pskemi.fi. Retrieved 9 March 2017. 
  3. ^ PS Kemi from Finland signs two TopSpot’s academy players

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