Rovaniemen Palloseura

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RoPS
Rops.png
Full nameRovaniemen Palloseura
Founded1950; 69 years ago (1950)
GroundKeskuskenttä,
Rovaniemi
Capacity4,000
ChairmanRisto Niva
ManagerPasi Tuutti
LeagueVeikkausliiga
20182nd
Current season

Rovaniemen Palloseura (RoPS) is a football club founded in 1950 and based in Rovaniemi, Finland. In 2017 RoPS participated in the Finnish Premier Division, (Veikkausliiga) marking their 30th season in the top flight (previously called "Veikkausliiga") since 1981. The club plays home games at the Rovaniemen Keskuskenttä in the Arctic Circle of Lapland. The closest affiliated team is RoPS/2 from Kakkonen who participate in the third tier of Finnish football.

History[edit]

Keskuskenttä, home ground of RoPS

RoPS have won the Finnish Cup on two occasions, in 1986 and 2013, and were runners-up in 1962. They placed third in the Finnish Premier Division in 1988 and 1989, before finishing as runner-up in 2015, losing out on the title by 1 point to eventual champions SJK. The club's 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 Quarter-final Runners-up
1997 6 27 9 6 12 31 30 33 Semi-final
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 Quarter-final - 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 Quarter-final
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 Quarter-final 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 Scotland Aberdeen 1–2 1–2 2–4 Symbol delete vote.svg


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 12 July 2019

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

No. Position Player
1 North Macedonia GK Damjan Shishkovski
2 Finland DF Henrik Ölander
3 Nigeria DF Taye Taiwo
5 Finland DF Kalle Katz (on loan from HJK)
6 Finland DF Atte Sihvonen
7 Finland MF Youness Rahimi
8 Spain MF Sergio Llamas
10 Finland MF Lucas Lingman
11 Finland FW Aleksandr Kokko
12 Finland GK Mikko Rantala
14 Finland MF Eetu Muinonen
17 Finland FW Sampo Ala
18 Finland FW Veka Pyyny
No. Position Player
19 Finland MF Tuomas Kaukua
20 Finland DF Juho Hyvärinen
21 Finland FW Matias Tamminen
22 Finland MF Rasmus Degerman
23 Finland FW Niklas Jokelainen
24 Finland MF Tommi Jäntti
25 Spain GK Antonio Reguero
26 Finland DF Eerik Kantola
27 Nigeria DF Samuel Olabisi
33 Brazil MF Agnaldo
34 Netherlands MF Tarik Kada
35 Finland GK Juhani Kangas
88 France DF Mohamadou Sissoko

Management and boardroom[edit]

Management[edit]

As of 22 May 2019.

Name Role
Finland Pasi Tuutti Head Coach
Finland Mikko Lignell 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

RoPS/2[edit]

RoPS/2 is the reserve team of RoPS. The team plays in Kakkonen in 2019 season. It is coached by Vesa Tauriainen.

As of 29 May 2019[4]

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 GK Mikko Rantala
3 Finland DF Pekka Silander
4 Finland DF Simo Majander
6 Finland DF Severi Salmirinne
7 Finland DF Jussi Niska
9 Finland DF Lassi Paukku
11 Finland GK Jarkko Ojaniemi
12 Finland MF Justus Jylhä
14 Finland MF Erkka Alamäki
15 Finland FW Janne Ojaniemi
16 Finland MF Roni Hietanen
17 Finland MF Aleksi Koivumaa
22 Finland MF Tuomas Kaukua
No. Position Player
23 Finland DF Jaakko Vihanta
24 Finland MF Jonne Koistinen
25 Finland DF Joona Mikkola
27 Finland MF Eero Paukku
28 Finland FW Joona Kähkönen
29 Finland MF Roni Pietsalo
31 Finland MF Arttu Niemelä
37 Finland FW Matias Irvankoski
39 Finland DF Akseli Kantola
44 Finland DF Tuomas Leppäkangas
45 Finland FW Jarkko Luiro
53 Nigeria DF Samuel Olabisi

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.
  4. ^ "Kokoonpano: RoPS/2 2019". rops.fi. RoPS. Retrieved 29 May 2019.

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