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RoPS
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Full nameRovaniemen Palloseura
Founded1950; 68 years ago (1950)
GroundKeskuskenttä,
Rovaniemi
Capacity4,000
ChairmanRisto Niva
ManagerToni Koskela
LeagueVeikkausliiga
20182nd
Current season

Rovaniemen Palloseura (RoPS) is a football club founded in 1950 and based in Rovaniemi, Finland. In 2017 RoPS plays in the Finnish Premier Division (Veikkausliiga) with 30 years of history at top league (also before called "Veikkausliiga") since 1981. The club plays home games at Keskuskenttä in downtown Rovaniemi at Arctic Circle of Lapland. Closest farm and co-operation team locally is Santa Claus from lower divisions, and both co-operate with youth teams.

History[edit]

Keskuskenttä, home ground of RoPS

RoPS won the Finnish Cup in 1986 and 2013, Runner Up 1962, and placed third in the Finnish Premier Division in 1988 and 1989 before finishing as runner-up in 2015 losing by 1 point to champion SJK. Its most notable international achievement was reaching the quarter-finals of the European Cup-Winners' Cup in 1987–88 against Marseille.

Match fixing allegations and scandal[edit]

Throughout the 2000s, RoPS became infamous for suspected involvement in match fixing.

In spring 2011 the Finnish National Bureau of Investigation started a large investigation into match fixing. On February 25 Singaporean businessman Wilson Raj Perumal, a convicted match fixer, was arrested after entering Finland with a fake passport. The National Bureau of Investigation suspected that over 30 games between 2008 and 2011, mostly from the Finnish premier league, had been fixed or manipulated.[1]

On July 19, 2011, the Rovaniemi Court of Appeal convicted Perumal and nine RoPS players of match fixing. Altogether 24 games had been manipulated, and the intended score had been achieved in 11 of them. Perumal was sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to return 150,000 euros deemed to be match-fixing profits. The bribes ranged from 500 euros offered to one player to a total of 80,000 euros offered to eight players. The highest total of bribes for one individual was slightly over 40,000 euros. The players received suspended sentences. The sentenced players were six Zambian and two Georgian players: Godfrey Chibanga, Chileshe Chibwe, Francis Kombe, Stephen Kunda, Christopher Musonda, Chanda Mwaba, Nchimunya Mweetwa, Pavle Khorguashvili, and Valter Khorguashvili.[2]

Domestic history[edit]

Season Level Pos Pld W D L For Against Points Finnish Cup League Cup Top goalscorer
1991 1st 7 33 14 8 11 63 51 50 -
1992 7 33 12 6 15 53 49 42 -
1993 7 29 11 5 13 32 35 38 Runners Up -
1994 5 26 10 8 8 32 32 38
1995 9 26 8 8 10 29 30 32 Ninth Round
1996 8 27 11 6 10 35 29 39 Quarterfinal Runners Up
1997 6 27 9 6 12 31 30 33 Semifinal
1998 8 27 6 14 7 27 31 32
1999 8 29 7 10 12 31 46 31 Seventh Round
2000 9 33 10 6 17 35 50 36
2001 12 33 5 9 19 25 56 24 Sixth Round -
2002 2nd 4 22 9 4 9 41 10 31 Quarterfinal - Finland Niclas Grönholm  – 11
2003 2 26 14 7 5 40 27 49 Sixth Round -
2004 1st 12 26 7 4 15 28 45 25 Quarterfinal
2005 13 26 3 8 15 18 50 17
2006 2nd 7 26 10 8 8 40 35 38 -
2007 2 26 16 7 3 44 23 55 -
2008 1st 10 26 8 6 12 31 37 30 Sixth Round Quarter-finals
2009 14 26 4 4 18 21 66 16 Sixth Round Group Stage Nigeria Echiabhi Okodugha  – 5
2010 2nd 1 26 15 9 2 61 17 54 Fourth Round - Zambia Nchimunya Mweetwa  – 13
2011 1st 12 33 5 8 20 39 78 23 Fifth Round Group Stage Mexico José Manuel Rivera  – 10
2012 2nd 1 27 18 5 4 53 20 59 Fifth Round - Finland Aleksandr Kokko  – 15
2013 1st 11 33 8 10 15 25 36 34 Winners Quarter-finals Finland Aleksandr Kokko  – 6
2014 9 33 11 5 17 37 41 38 Sixth Round Group Stage Finland Aleksandr Kokko  – 9
2015 2 33 17 8 8 44 29 59 Sixth Round Runners Up Finland Aleksandr Kokko  – 17
2016 6 33 13 11 9 43 33 50 Sixth Round Group Stage Finland Robert Taylor  – 11
2017 7 33 12 6 15 43 51 42 Quarterfinal Play-offs - Nigeria Emeka Friday Eze  – 7
2018 2 33 18 8 7 42 25 62 Sixth Round - Finland Lassi Lappalainen  – 8

European history[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1987–88 Cup Winners' Cup 1R Northern Ireland Glentoran 0–0 1–1 1–1(a) Symbol keep vote.svg
2R Albania Vllaznia 1–0 1–0 2–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
QF France Marseille 0–1 0–3 0–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
1989–90 UEFA Cup 1R Poland GKS Katowice 1–1 1–0 2–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
2R France Auxerre 0–5 0–3 0–8 Symbol delete vote.svg
1990–91 UEFA Cup 1R East Germany 1. FC Magdeburg 0–1 0–0 0–1 Symbol delete vote.svg
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 2Q Greece Asteras Tripoli 1–1 2–4 3–5 Symbol delete vote.svg
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 1Q Republic of Ireland Shamrock Rovers 1–1 2–0 3–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Croatia Lokomotiva 1–1 0–3 1–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
2019–20 UEFA Europa League 1Q
Notes
  • 1R: First round
  • 2R: Second round
  • 1Q: First qualifying round
  • QF: Quarter-finals

Honours[edit]

1986, 2013
2010, 2012

Current squad[edit]

As of 16 July 2018

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

No. Position Player
2 Finland DF Eerik Kantola
3 Nigeria DF Taye Taiwo
4 Finland MF Antti Okkonen (Captain)
5 Haiti DF Jems Geffrard
6 Finland DF Juho Hyvärinen
9 Republic of Macedonia FW Filip Ivanovski
10 Finland MF Lucas Lingman
11 Brazil MF Agnaldo (on loan from Molde)
12 Finland GK Juhani Kangas
12 Finland GK Jarkko Ojaniemi
13 Finland DF Lassi Järvenpää
14 Finland MF Eetu Muinonen
15 Finland DF Leo Väisänen
No. Position Player
17 Finland FW Sampo Ala
18 Finland MF Veka Pyyny
19 Finland FW Jarkko Luiro
20 Finland FW Simo Roiha
21 Finland MF Aapo Heikkilä
22 Finland MF Rasmus Degerman
24 Finland FW Lassi Lappalainen (on loan from HJK)
25 Spain GK Antonio Reguero
26 Japan DF Fugo Segawa
30 Finland GK Jimi Vaarala
47 Finland DF Juuso Hämäläinen
87 Finland FW Aleksandr Kokko

Available youth players[edit]

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

No. Position Player
No. Position Player

Management and boardroom[edit]

Management[edit]

As of 3 April 2018.

Name Role
Finland Toni Koskela Head Coach
Finland Pasi Tuutti Coach
Finland Jari Alamäki Fitness Coach
Finland Juho Luukkonen Goalkeeping Coach
Finland Tuomas Könönen Physiotherapist
Scotland David Coull Kit Manager
Finland Matti Vähäkari Doctor
Finland Matti Vikman Team Manager

Boardroom[edit]

As of 9 March 2018[3]

Name Role
Finland Risto Niva Chairman
Finland Pekka Konstenius Vice Chairman
Finland Pasi Tuutti Managing Director
Finland Jari Ilola Director of Football
Finland Petri Jaatinen CEO

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Susanna Kemppainen. "RoPS:lla yli 30 epäiltyä sopupeliä | Pohjois-Suomi". Kaleva.fi. Archived from the original on 2012-09-10. Retrieved 2012-02-12.
  2. ^ Uusi Suomi. "Oikeus: Sopupeleistä 150 000 euroa – 2 vuotta vankeutta — Uusi Suomi". Uusisuomi.fi. Retrieved 2012-02-12.
  3. ^ "Yhteystiedot" (in Finnish). RoPS. Retrieved 9 March 2018.

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