Sudet

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Sudet
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Full name Sudet
Founded 1912
Ground Keskusurheilukenttä,
Kouvola,
Finland
Ground Capacity 12,000
Chairman Finland Tuomas Liukko
Head Coach Finland Janne Lindberg
Coach Finland Jukka Lindström
Finland Jari Lindberg (GK)
League Kakkonen
2009 3rd – Kolmonen (South-East Finland)

Sudet ("Wolves" in English) is a sports club from Kouvola, Finland, playing bandy and association football. The club was formed in 1912 and was based firstly in Viipuri (Vyborg), then in Helsinki, before finally moving to Kouvola.

Sudet formerly played in the Bandyliiga, the top bandy league in Finland, and has become Finnish champions many times. As of 2014, the club is the reigning national champion in women's bandy. Sudet currently plays football in the Kolmonen (Fourth Division) and their home ground is at the Keskusurheilukenttä, Kouvola. The Club Chairman is Vesa Vainio.

History[edit]

Sudet were originally established in Viipuri (Vyborg) on 13 December 1912 under the name Wiipurin Bandy & Jalkapalloseura (WB & JS). The name was changed in 1924 to Wiipurin Sudet. In 1940 the Winter War resulted in the club moving to Helsinki as the city of Viipuri fell into Soviet hands. From 1950 the name was changed to its current form, Sudet. In 1962 the club made its final move to Kouvola.

In the early decades of the twentieth century WB & JS were very successful at bandy winning their first Finnish Championship in 1914. The club won no fewer than six consecutive Finnish Championships and has won 14 in total as of 2014. In 2014, the women's bandy team of Sudet claimed the women's national championship for the first time.

Sudet also made great progress at football and reached the Semi-Finals of the Finnish Championship in 1924, 1925, 1928 and 1929. They were promoted to the new Mestaruussarja at the end of the 1930 season.[1]

In total the club played 15 seasons in the Finnish Football Championship (Mestaruussarja) in 1931–38, 1940/41-46/47, 1948 and 1951.[2] On 28 July 1940 Sudet won the Finnish Championship by beating TPS Turku 2–0 in the Final. The Mestaruussarja could not be played as a league in 1940 so a cup competition was held instead.

Sudet played 18 seasons in the Suomensarja (Finland League), the second tier of Finnish football in 1939, 1947/48, 1949–50, 1952–61 and 1963–66. They also have had two spells in the third tier, the Kakkonen (the Second Division), in 1981 and 1985–90. [3]

Sudet’s recent history has been less spectacular. After a period of inactivity in the 1990s the club was revived in 2001 following a cooperative venture with Kymen Salibandy and FC Kouvola. Sudet is now a strong club, which has benefited by an increase of around 300 in the number of members.

The club currently remains in the Kolmonen (Third Division) but their potential was demonstrated in the 2010 Finnish Cup when they battled their way through to the Sixth Round before going down 0–1 at home to FC Haka from the Veikkausliiga watched by 514 spectators.

The highest ever attendance for a Sudet match was in 1937 in Viipuri when 3,264 people attended the home game with Turun Palloseura.[4]

Divisional Movements since 1930[edit]

– Sudet Viipuri until 1944
– Sudet Helsinki from 1945 to 1961
– Sudet Kouvola since 1962

Top Level (15 seasons): 1931–38, 1940/41-46/47, 1948, 1951
Second Level (18 seasons): 1939, 1947/48, 1949–50, 1952–61, 1963–66
Third Level (7 seasons): 1981, 1985–90[5]

Season to season[edit]

Season Level Division Section Administration Position Movements
2004 Tier 6 Vitonen (Fifth Division) West Section South-East Finland (SPL Kaakkois-Suomi) 5th
2005 Tier 6 Vitonen (Fifth Division) West Section South-East Finland (SPL Kaakkois-Suomi) 4th
2006 Tier 6 Vitonen (Fifth Division) West Section South-East Finland (SPL Kaakkois-Suomi) 6th
2007 Withdrew from Vitonen
2008 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) South-East Finland (SPL Kaakkois-Suomi) 4th
2009 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) South-East Finland (SPL Kaakkois-Suomi) 3rd
2010 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) South-East Finland (SPL Kaakkois-Suomi)

Club Structure[edit]

Sudet run 3 men's teams, 1 ladies team, 12 boys teams and 7 girls teams. In addition the FC Arosudet and FC Hukat clubs form part of the Sudet structure. The club also run a football school for youngsters.

2010 season[edit]

Sudet Men's Team are competing in the Kolmonen (Third Division) administered by the Kaakkois-Suomi SPL. This is the fourth highest tier in the Finnish football system. In 2009 STPS finished in third place in the Kolmonen.

Sudet/2 and Sudet Pure Amis are participating in the Kutonen (Sixth Division) administered by the Kaakkois-Suomi SPL. They are both new teams.

Current squad 2016[edit]

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 Benjamin Niveri
4 Finland DF Juho Hasu
5 Finland DF Antti Kauppila
6 Finland MF Henri Järvinen
7 Finland MF Samuel Lindeman
9 Finland MF Rico Ryöpäs
11 Finland MF Henrik Hellstén
12 Finland GK Vilbert Töttö
14 Finland DF Henri Niemi
16 Finland FW Joona Martikainen
17 Finland MF Matias Juntunen
18 Finland MF Oskari Nurminen
No. Position Player
19 Finland FW Niko Nakari
21 Finland GK Simo Majander
23 Finland DF Vertti Vuorinen
24 Finland GK Niko Huusko
25 Finland FW Jari Hassel
26 Finland MF Rami Nieminen
28 Finland MF Riku Venäläinen
29 Finland MF Niki Patjas
30 Finland FW Paavo Kujala
31 Finland MF Joakim Lindberg
40 Finland DF Ville Majander
41 Finland MF Simo Tura

References and sources[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Finland – List of league First Level Tables". RSSSF Archives. 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-25. 
  2. ^ "Finland – List of league First Level Tables". RSSSF Archives. 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-25. 
  3. ^ "Finland – Divisional Movements 1930–2009". RSSSF Archives. 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-25. 
  4. ^ Jalkapallokirja 1986. Suomen Palloliitto. 1986. ISBN 951-9392-12-2. 
  5. ^ "Finland – Divisional Movements 1930–2009". RSSSF Archives. 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-24.