Riihimäen Ilves

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Riihimäen Ilves
Riihimäen Ilves.png
Full name Riihimäen Ilves
Nickname(s) RIlves
Founded 1970
Ground Riihimäen Pallokenttä,
Riihimäki,
Finland
Chairman Finland Eero Hynynen
Coach Finland Jukka Mäkelä
League Kolmonen

Riihimäen Ilves (abbreviated RIlves) is a football club from Riihimäki, Finland which was. The club was formed in 1970. The men's football first team currently plays in the Kolmonen (Third Division) and their home ground is at the Riihimäen Pallokenttä.

Background[edit]

Riihimäen Ilves has traditionally been the second club in Riihimäki and until 2001 trailed in the wake of Riihimäen Palloseuran (RiPS). RIlves was founded as a sister organisation on 18 January 1970 and the club’s first chairman was Sakari Harjanne. In those early days RIlves was initially run as a joint venture with RiPS with a joint Executive Board. The new club played in the lower divisions of the Finnish football league but by 1986 had ceased to function. In 1993 the club played in the Nelonen (Fourth Division) but ceased operations again in 1994.[1]

The situation changed dramatically in 2001 when RiPS were forced to withdraw from sporting activities because of financial difficulties. Riihimäen Ilves represented the only hope for football in Riihimäki and under the management of a new board the club began to make progress gaining promotion from the Vitonen (Fifth Division) in 2001 and Nelonen (Fourth Division) in 2002. The club played in the Kolmonen (Third Division) from 2003 until the end of the 2008 season when they were relegated. However RIlves won their section in the Nelonen (Fourth Division) in 2009 and are currently back in the Kolmonen (Third Division).

Rilves has a total of around 250 members and is the leading presence in Riihimäki football. The second club in the town is Riihimäen Sarvet and youngest age groups are well supported by the Riihimäen Nappulaseuraa (RiNS) club.

Season to season[edit]

Season Level Division Section Administration Position Movements
2001 Tier 6 Vitonen (Fifth Division) Section 2 Uusimaa District (SPL Uusimaa) 2nd Promoted
2002 Tier 5 Nelonen (Fourth Division) Section 2 Uusimaa District (SPL Uusimaa) 2nd Promoted
2003 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 3 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Helsinki) 4th
2004 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 3 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Helsinki) 10th
2005 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 2 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 3rd
2006 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 2 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 3rd
2007 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 2 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Helsinki) 6th
2008 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 3 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Helsinki) 12th Relegated
2009 Tier 5 Nelonen (Fourth Division) Section 1 Uusimaa District (SPL Uusimaa) 1st Promoted
2010 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 3 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 10th

Club Structure[edit]

Riihimäen Ilves run a number of teams including 2 men's teams, 1 ladies teams, 7 boys teams and 3 girls teams.[2] During the winter months the club make use of the indoor training facilities at the Valio-Areena. The Hall is 70 metres long by 45 metres wide.[3]

2010 season[edit]

RIlves 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 RIlves finished in 1st place in Section 1 (Lohko 1) of the Nelonen and were promoted.

RIlves / 2 are competing in Section 4 (Lohko 4) of the Vitonen (Fifth Division) administered by the Uusimaa 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 Petri Kiiskinen
2 Finland Jussi Aalto
3 Finland Marko Paakkonen
4 Finland Teemu Kuisma
5 Finland Ville Aaltonen
6 Finland Tero Riskumäki
7 Finland Antti Arminen
8 Finland Atte Nieminen
9 Finland Pietari Palomäki
11 Finland Oskari Värtö
13 Finland Jarkko Leppä
14 Finland Ville Hertell
15 Finland Tien Nguyen Van
16 Finland Tuomas Heikkilä
No. Position Player
17 Finland Mikko Palonen
18 Finland Jonne Elmgren
20 Finland Jussi Polviander
21 Finland Ville Nokkala
22 Finland Ari-Matti Meriläinen
24 Finland Jere Ruutikainen
25 Finland Tuomas Savinainen
26 Finland Sasu Katajala
27 Finland Petri Harainen
28 Finland Jami Tikka
30 Finland Eero Sundström
31 Finland Matti Lehtonen
Finland Petri Pirttisalo
Finland Eero Kiiski

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References and Sources[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Historikki – Riihimäen Ilves". Retrieved 2010-07-16. 
  2. ^ "ResultCode". Retrieved 2010-07-16. 
  3. ^ "Valio Areena Riihimäki". Retrieved 2010-07-16. 
  4. ^ "Edustus – Riihimäen Ilves". Retrieved 2010-07-16. [dead link]