Helsingin Ponnistus

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Helsingin Ponnistus
Helsingin Ponnistus.png
Full name Helsingin Ponnistus
Nickname(s) Ponnistus, Ponnarit, Telakka(the dock), Ponteva(vigorous)
Founded 1887
Ground Töölön Pallokenttä,
Helsinki,
Finland
Ground Capacity 4,000
Chairman Finland Riitta Hanganpää
Coach Finland Timo Valtonen
Finland Matti Hartikainen
League Kolmonen
Home colours
Away colours

Helsingin Ponnistus (abbreviated Ponnistus) is a football club from Helsinki, Finland. The club was formed in 1887 making it the oldest sports club in Finland. The men's football first team currently plays in the Kolmonen (Third Division) and their home ground is at the Töölön Pallokenttä.

Background[edit]

The sports club was founded on 6 September 1887 by Viktor Damm (1864–1944) supported by 5 other young men. In its early days the club specialised in gymnastics and athletics.[1] Nowadays football is the main sport.

Ponnistus have had a variable degree of success in the Finnish football league and have participated in all four top tiers of Finnish football since the war years. The club have played in the Mestaruussarja, which was then the top tier of Finnish football on 4 separate occasions in 1948, 1968, 1973 and as recently as 1995 in the Veikkausliiga. Each time their stay was short-lived and they were relegated back to the second tier at the end of the season.[2]

Ponnistus have played 28 seasons covering seven periods in the Ykkönen or Suomensarja (First Division), the second tier of Finnish football in the years 1949-55, 1958–63, 1965–67, 1969–72, 1974–77, 1993–94 and 1996-97. They also have had four spells covering 21 seasons in the third tier, the Kakkonen (Second Division), in 1978-83, 1985–92, 1998–2002 and 2005-06.[3]

In 1995, Ponnistus won the final of Työväen Urheiluliiton Cup (Workers' Sports Federation Cup) for the first time in their history.[4]

The highest ever attendance for a Ponnistus match was in 1968 when 6,281 people attended the home game with Lahden Reipas.[5]

The Ladies Team gained promotion to the Women’s Premier Division (Naisten SM-sarja) in 1976 but in 1977 they finished bottom of their group and were relegated.[6] The team currently play in the Nelonen (Fourth Division).

Season to season[edit]

Season Level Division Section Administration Position Movements
1994 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Promoted
1995 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 14th Relegated
1996 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 7th
1997 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 10th Relegation Group South - Relegated
1998 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 8th
1999 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 9th
2000 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 4th
2001 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 2nd
2002 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 11th Relegated
2003 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 3 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Helsinki) 3rd
2004 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 2 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 1st Promotion Playoffs - Promoted
2005 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 10th Relegation Playoffs
2006 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group A Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 14th Relegated
2007 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 3 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 6th
2008 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 2 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 3rd
2009 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 1 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 4th
2010 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 2 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Helsinki) 11th Relegated

2010 season[edit]

Ponnistus Men's Team are competing in Section 2 (Lohko 2) of the Kolmonen (Third Division) administered by the Helsinki SPL. This is the fourth highest tier in the Finnish football system. In 2009 Ponnistus finished in 4th place in Section 1 (Lohko 1) of the Kolmonen.

Ponnistus / 2 are competing in Section 2 (Lohko 2) of the Vitonen (Fifth Division) administered by the Helsinki SPL.

Current Squad for the 2010 Season[edit]

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

No. Position Player
1 Finland Juan Pascual
3 Finland Vesa Konka
4 Finland Kristian Salonen
5 Finland Markus Alopeus
6 Finland Joel Kulometsä
7 Finland Lauri Volanen
8 Finland Matti Hartikainen
9 Finland Mika Tetri
10 Finland Johannes Puro
11 Finland Janne Vakio
12 Finland Erik Alopeus
13 Finland Harri Poskiparta
14 Finland Juha Ekholm
No. Position Player
15 Finland Tommi Suoknuuti
16 Finland Ville Mäkipää
17 Finland Timo Yrjönen
18 Finland Henri Palovesi
19 Finland Mikko Järvinen
20 Finland Timo Valtonen
21 Finland Jari Larm
22 Finland Ricardo Fau (captain)
23 Finland Jesse Lågas
24 Finland Sami Koskinen
27 Finland Kalle Hämäläinen
28 Finland Ville Kuusinen
60 Finland Olli Paavilainen

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References and Sources[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "FUTIS-sanomat Numero 1 2004". Retrieved 2010-07-20. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Finland - Divisional Movements 1930-2009". RSSSF Archives. 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  3. ^ "Finland - Divisional Movements 1930-2009". RSSSF Archives. 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  4. ^ Jalkapallokirja 1995. Suomen Palloliitto. 1995. ISSN 0787-7188. 
  5. ^ Jalkapallokirja 1996. Suomen Palloliitto. 1996. ISSN 0787-7188. 
  6. ^ "Finland – List of Women League First Level Tables". RSSSF Archives. 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  7. ^ "Joukkueet Miehet - Helsingin Ponnistus ry". Retrieved 2010-07-20.