Vaasan Palloseura

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VPS
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Full name Vaasan Palloseura
Nickname(s) Vepsu, "Vepsi"
Founded 1924
Ground Hietalahti,
Vaasa
Ground Capacity 6,005
Chairman Riku Asukas
Manager Petri Vuorinen
League Veikkausliiga
2016 4th

Vaasan Palloseura (or VPS) is a Finnish football club, based in Vaasa. It currently plays in the Finnish Premier Division (Veikkausliiga). The club's current manager is Petri Vuorinen. The club plays its home matches at Hietalahti. VPS played twice in the UEFA Cup in 1998–99 and in 1999–00, but were knocked out in the 2nd Qualifying Round by Grazer AK of Austria and in the 1st Qualifying Round by St Johnstone of Scotland.

In spring of 2015 it was announced that the construction of VPS's new stadium would start soon. The construction of the new stadium began in the summer of 2015 and was completed in August 2016.[1]

Achievements[edit]

Winners (2): 1945, 1948
Runners-up (5): 1932, 1940–41, 1949, 1997, 1998
3rd placed (2): 1938, 2013
Runners-up (1): 1972
Winners (2): 1999, 2000
Runners-up (2): 1997, 2014

European Campaigns[edit]

Season Competition Round Club 1st Leg 2nd Leg Aggregate
1998–99 UEFA Cup 1Q Faroe Islands HB Tórshavn 0–2 4–0 4–2
2Q Austria Grazer AK 0–0 0–3 0–3
1999–00 UEFA Cup QR Scotland St Johnstone 1–1 0–2 1–3
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 1Q Sweden IF Brommapojkarna 2–1 0–2 2–3
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 1Q Sweden AIK Fotboll 2–2 0–4 2–6

Season to season[edit]

Season to Season
Season Level Division Section Administration Position Movements
1988 Tier 3 II divisioona (Second Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 9th
1989 Tier 3 II divisioona (Second Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 5th
1990 Tier 3 II divisioona (Second Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 4th
1991 Tier 3 II divisioona (Second Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Promoted
1992 Tier 2 I divisioona (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
1993 Tier 2 I divisioona (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 10th
1994 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd Promoted
1995 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 10th
1996 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th Relegation Group – 7th
1997 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd UEFA Cup First qualifying round
1998 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd UEFA Cup Qualifying round
1999 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 11th Relegation Group – Play-offs
2000 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 10th
2001 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th
2002 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 11th Relegation Group – 7th – Relegated
2003 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
2004 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th
2005 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd Play-offs – Promoted
2006 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 9th
2007 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 10th
2008 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 11th
2009 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 8th
2010 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 10th
2011 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 9th
2012 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 8th
2013 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd UEFA Europa League First qualifying round
2014 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th UEFA Europa League First qualifying round
2015 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 10th
2016 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th UEFA Europa League First qualifying round
[2]

Current squad[edit]

As of 12 April 2017.

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

No. Position Player
1 Estonia GK Marko Meerits
2 Finland DF Timi Lahti
3 Finland DF Ville Koskimaa
4 Finland DF Jesper Engström
5 Finland DF Mikko Viitikko
6 Finland MF Jerry Voutilainen
7 Finland MF Juha Hakola
8 Finland MF Sebastian Strandvall
9 Finland MF Juho Lähde
10 Jamaica FW Steven Morrissey
12 Finland GK Samu Volotinen
No. Position Player
13 Finland MF Kim Böling
14 Estonia DF Markus Jürgenson
15 Finland DF Jonas Levänen
16 Finland MF Aatu Laatikainen
17 Finland MF Joonas Vahtera
18 Jamaica FW Andre Clennon
20 Finland DF Veli Lampi (Captain)
23 Finland MF Samba Sillah
24 Finland GK Erik Hilden
26 Finland MF Fabrice Gatambiye

Management and boardroom[edit]

Management[edit]

Name Role
Finland Petri Vuorinen Head Coach
Finland Jani Sarajärvi Coach
Finland Henri Sillanpää Goalkeeper Coach
Finland Teemu Luoma Fitness Manager
Finland Antero Puolakka Fitness Manager
Finland Jouko Jokinen Team Manager

Boardroom[edit]

As of 20 April 2017[3][4]

Name Role
Finland Riku Asukas Chairman
Finland Petri Fahler CEO

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Design: Hietalahden Stadion – StadiumDB.com". stadiumdb.com. Retrieved 9 March 2017. 
  2. ^ Jalkapallokirjat 1946–>, Suomen Palloliitto, ISSN 0787-7188
  3. ^ "VAASAN PALLOSEURAN HALLITUKSEN YHTEYSTIEDOT" (in Finnish). VPS. Retrieved 20 April 2017. 
  4. ^ "VAASAN PALLOSEURAN TOIMISTON YHTEYSTIEDOT" (in Finnish). VPS. Retrieved 20 April 2017. 

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