Puistolan Urheilijat

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Puistolan Urheilijat
Puistolan Urheilijat.png
Nickname(s) PuiU
Founded 1929
Ground Puistolan liikuntapuisto,
Helsinki,
Finland
League Kolmonen

Puistolan Urheilijat (abbreviated PuiU) is a sports club from Helsinki, Finland specialising in football, badminton, tennis, volleyball, bowling and fitness.[1] The club was formed in 1929 and currently has 1,400 members. The men's football first team currently plays in the Kolmonen (Third Division) and its home ground is at the Puistolan liikuntapuisto.

Background[edit]

PuiU was established in 1929 and has spent many seasons in the lower divisions of the Finnish football league. The club has achieved one season in the third tier, the Kakkonen (Second Division,) in 2007 but their stay was short-lived as they were relegated at the end of the campaign.[2]

The club is proud to have gained the Nuori Suomi -sinetti (Young Finland Seal) which recognises the quality of its youth work. In Women's Football the club participated in the Naisten Liiga from 2007 until 2009 when they were relegated following a relegation play-off with Vasaan Sport.[3]

The most famous youngster to progress from the club’s youth system is Petri Oravainen who has subsequently gained international honours. In Women’s Football Laura Österberg Kalmari and Minna Mustonen are other notable internationals who started with PuiU.

Season to season[edit]

Season Level Division Section Administration Position Movements
2000 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 1 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Helsinki) 7th
2001 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 1 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 8th
2002 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 2 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 10th
2003 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 2 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 4th
2004 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 2 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 5th
2005 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 3 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Helsinki) 3rd
2006 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 3 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Helsinki) 1st Promoted
2007 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group A Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 12th Relegated
2008 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 3 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Helsinki) 10th
2009 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 1 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 8th
2010 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 3 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 6th
2011 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 1 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Helsinki) 8th
2012 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 3 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Helsinki) 7th
2013 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 1 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Helsinki) 9th
2014 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 3 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 9th

Club Structure[edit]

Puistolan Urheilijat run a large number of teams including 3 men's teams, 2 ladies teams, 10 boys teams and 7 girls teams.[4]

2010 season[edit]

PuiU Men's Team are competing in Section 3 (Lohko 3) of the Kolmonen administered by the Uusimaa SPL. This is the fourth highest tier in the Finnish football system. In 2009 PuiU finished in 8th place in Section 1 (Lohko 1) of the Kolmonen.

PuiU / 86 are competing in Section 2 (Lohko 2) of the Seiska (Seventh Division) administered by the Helsinki SPL.

Current Squad for the 2010 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 Tuomas Kettunen
2 Finland Atte Virtanen
3 Finland Iiro Bildjuschkin
4 Finland Mika Karhinen
5 Finland Janne Kainulainen
6 Finland Toni Valido
8 Republic of Ireland Padraic Quinn
9 Hungary Stephan Megyaszai
10 Finland Janne Varis
11 Finland Jaakko Lindholm
12 Finland Panu Schutschkoff
No. Position Player
17 Finland Antti Hirvi
18 Finland Pauli Saastamoinen
21 Finland Mikael Teperi
23 Finland Mikko Jurvainen
24 Russia Maxim Poljakov
33 Finland Tero Laitinen
Finland Antti Rytilahti
Finland Janne Kiuru
Finland Jussi Kaivola
Finland Aleksi Bergman

[5]

References and Sources[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Puistolan Urheilijat ry – Jaostot". Retrieved 2010-07-14. 
  2. ^ "Finland – Divisional Movements 1930–2009". RSSSF Archives. 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-15. 
  3. ^ "Finland – List of Women First Level Tables". RSSSF Archives. 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-15. 
  4. ^ "Puistolan Urheilijat ry – Jalkapallo". Retrieved 2010-07-14. 
  5. ^ "Puistolan Urheilijat ry – Miehet 1 / Pelaajat". Retrieved 2010-07-15.