FC Ilves

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FC Ilves
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Full nameTampereen Ilves[ citation needed ]
Ground Tammela Stadium, Tampere
ChairmanAri Ruuth
Manager Jarkko Wiss
League Veikkausliiga
2018 Veikkausliiga, 5th
Website Club website
Active departments of
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Football Futsal Ice hockey
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Tammela Stadium

Ilves Tampere is a Finnish football club, based in Tampere. In the 2018 season they play in the Veikkausliiga, the highest level in Finland. [1] They play most of their domestic league games at the Tammela Stadium, with European matches and some domestic games played at the Ratina Stadium.

Finland Republic in Northern Europe

Finland, officially the Republic of Finland is a country in Northern Europe bordering the Baltic Sea, Gulf of Bothnia, and Gulf of Finland, between Norway to the north, Sweden to the northwest, and Russia to the east. Finland is a Nordic country and is situated in the geographical region of Fennoscandia. The capital and largest city is Helsinki. Other major cities are Espoo, Vantaa, Tampere, Oulu and Turku.

Association football team field sport

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.

Tampere City in Pirkanmaa, Finland

Tampere is a city in Pirkanmaa, southern Finland. It is the most populous inland city in the Nordic countries.


In 1974 Ilves-Kissat Tampere and TaPa Tampere merged with Ilves, and the club took Ilves-Kissat's place in the Mestaruussarja. Ilves won the Finnish league championship in 1983 and the Finnish Cup in 1979 and 1990.[ citation needed ]

Mestaruussarja was the top division of Finnish football from 1930 to 1989. It was replaced by Veikkausliiga in 1990.

In the late 1990's, Ilves suffered financial trouble and its professional team was reformed into Tampere United before the 1999 season. The initial plan was to join Ilves with TPV, but TPV decided to continue as its own team. As a result, Tampere United inherited Ilves' place in the second highest division, and Ilves continued to play in lower divisions, although they did not have a men's team from 1999 to 2007. [2]

Tampere United association football club in Finland

Tampere United is a Finnish football club from the city of Tampere. The club plays in Kakkonen, the third highest level of football in Finland. The club had a team in Veikkausliiga, the premier football league in Finland, until the end of the 2010 season. It was excluded from participating in Finnish football during the 2011 season amidst suspicions of money laundering. The club was kept alive by its supporters, who entered a team called TamU-K in Kutonen, the lowest level of football in Finland, in 2012. The club earned three promotions in four years, and all its teams were taken over by Tampere United in the lead up to the 2016 season. Tampere United is now a fan-owned club and controlled by the same supporters who ran TamU-K.

Tampereen Pallo-Veikot association football club in Finland

Tampereen Pallo-Veikot or TPV is a Finnish football club, based in Tampere. The club plays in the Kakkonen, the third highest level of football in Finland. It is the second largest football club in the Pirkanmaa region in terms of active members, with 1,600 members in 2005.

At a Kakkonen match between Ilves and local rivals TPV in 2011. Jari niemi.jpg
At a Kakkonen match between Ilves and local rivals TPV in 2011.

Ilves has since recovered and was promoted to Ykkönen for the 2013 season. Two years later, they got promoted to the highest league after MyPa lost their place.[ citation needed ]

Ykkönen is the second highest level of the Finnish football league system, although it is the highest league managed by the Football Association of Finland.


Season to season

SeasonLevelDivisionSectionAdministrationPositionFinnish CupMovements
1975Tier 21. divisioona(First Division) Finnish FA 3rd
1976Tier 21. divisioona(First Division) Finnish FA 4th
1977Tier 21. divisioona(First Division) Finnish FA 5th
1978Tier 21. divisioona(First Division) Finnish FA 1stPromoted to 1979 Mestaruussarja
1979Tier 1Mestaruussarja(Premier Division) Finnish FA 10thWinner
1980Tier 1Mestaruussarja(Premier Division) Finnish FA 6th7th round
1981Tier 1Mestaruussarja(Premier Division) Finnish FA 5thQuarterfinals
1982Tier 1Mestaruussarja(Premier Division) Finnish FA 7thQuarterfinals
1983Tier 1Mestaruussarja(Premier Division) Finnish FA 1st
1984Tier 1Mestaruussarja(Premier Division) Finnish FA 3rd
1985Tier 1Mestaruussarja(Premier Division) Finnish FA 2nd
1986Tier 1Mestaruussarja(Premier Division) Finnish FA 6th
1987Tier 1Mestaruussarja(Premier Division) Finnish FA 4th
1988Tier 1Mestaruussarja(Premier Division) Finnish FA 9th
1989Tier 1Mestaruussarja(Premier Division) Finnish FA 6th
1990Tier 1Veikkausliiga(Premier League) Finnish FA 9thWinner
1991Tier 1Veikkausliiga(Premier League) Finnish FA 6th
1992Tier 1Veikkausliiga(Premier League) Finnish FA 8th
1993Tier 1Veikkausliiga(Premier League) Finnish FA 12th
1994Tier 1Veikkausliiga(Premier League) Finnish FA 12th
1995Tier 1Veikkausliiga(Premier League) Finnish FA 7th
1996Tier 1Veikkausliiga(Premier League) Finnish FA 10thRelegated to 1997 Ykkönen
1997Tier 2Ykkönen(First Division)Northern Finnish FA 8th
1998Tier 2Ykkönen(First Division)Promotion stage Finnish FA 5thIlves reformed as Tampere United
2008Tier 3Kakkonen(Second Division)Group B Finnish FA 5th6th Round
2009Tier 3Kakkonen(Second Division)Group B Finnish FA 3rd5th Round
2010Tier 3Kakkonen(Second Division)Group B Finnish FA 1stQuarterfinalsFinished 3rd in Promotion Playoffs
2011Tier 3Kakkonen(Second Division)Group B Finnish FA 2nd4th Round
2012Tier 3Kakkonen(Second Division)Western Finnish FA 1st4th RoundPromoted to 2013 Ykkönen
2013Tier 2Ykkönen(First Division) Finnish FA 4th3rd Round
2014Tier 2Ykkönen(First Division) Finnish FA 3rd5th RoundPromoted to 2015 Veikkausliiga
2015Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League) Finnish FA 8th6th Round
2016Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League) Finnish FA 5th5th Round
2017Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League) Finnish FA 3rdSemifinals
2018Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League) Finnish FA 5thQuarterfinals

European record

[ citation needed ]

SeasonCompetitionRoundClub1st leg2nd legAggregate
1980–81 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R Flag of the Netherlands.svg Feyenoord 1–32–43–7
1984–85 European Cup 1R Flag of Italy.svg Juventus 0–41–21–6
1986–87 UEFA Cup 1R Flag of Scotland.svg Rangers 0–42–02–4
1991–92 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R Ulster Banner.svg Glenavon 2–32–14–4
2R Flag of Italy.svg Roma 1–12–53–6
2018–19 UEFA Europa League 1QR Flag of Bulgaria.svg PFC Slavia Sofia 0–11–21–3

Current squad

As of 20 February 2018. [3] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

As the governing body of association football, FIFA is responsible for maintaining and implementing the rules that determine whether an association football player is eligible to represent a particular country in officially recognised international competitions and friendly matches. In the 20th century, FIFA allowed a player to represent any national team, as long as the player held citizenship of that country. In 2004, in reaction to the growing trend towards naturalisation of foreign players in some countries, FIFA implemented a significant new ruling that requires a player to demonstrate a "clear connection" to any country they wish to represent. FIFA has used its authority to overturn results of competitive international matches that feature ineligible players.

1 Flag of Finland.svg GK Mika Hilander (captain)
3 Flag of Finland.svg DF Diogo Tomas
4 Flag of Finland.svg DF Felipe Aspegren
5 Flag of Brazil.svg MF Jair
6 Flag of Finland.svg MF Matias Ojala
7 Flag of Ghana.svg FW Samuel Afum
8 Flag of Finland.svg MF Iiro Järvinen
9 Flag of Finland.svg FW Ilari Mettälä
10 Flag of Finland.svg MF Lauri Ala-Myllymäki
12 Flag of Finland.svg GK Johannes Luukkanen
13 Flag of Ghana.svg DF Baba Mensah
14 Flag of Finland.svg MF Tuure Siira
15 Flag of Finland.svg DF Mikael Almén
16 Flag of Finland.svg DF Tatu Miettunen
17 Flag of Finland.svg FW Aleksi Tarvonen
22 Flag of Finland.svg DF Tariq Kazi
23 Flag of Finland.svg MF Naatan Skyttä
24 Flag of Finland.svg DF Roope Huhtala
25 Flag of Senegal.svg MF Emile Paul Tendeng
26 Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg FW Tiemoko Fofana
28 Flag of Finland.svg FW Jesse Huhtala
29 Flag of Finland.svg MF Santeri Haarala
32 Flag of Finland.svg GK Matias Riikonen
60 Flag of Ghana.svg DF David Addy
Flag of Finland.svg MF Janne-Pekka Laine
Flag of Finland.svg FW Eemeli Raittinen

Out on loan

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

11 Flag of Finland.svg MF Jusif Ali (at Dinamo Zagreb until 30 june 2019)

Management and boardroom


As of 20 June 2018. [4]

Flag of Finland.svg Jarkko Wiss Head Coach
Flag of Finland.svg Toni Kallio Coach
Flag of Finland.svg Mikko Kavén Goalkeeping Coach
Flag of Finland.svg Heli RekimiesFitness Coach
Flag of Finland.svg Ville NiemeläKit Manager / Team Manager
Flag of Finland.svg Ville KorpelaPhysiotherapist
Flag of Finland.svg Jonne VäisänenDoctor


As of 12 April 2017 [5]

Flag of Finland.svg Pentti KuuselaChairman
Flag of Finland.svg Tomi ErolaCEO
Flag of Finland.svg Toni HevonkorpiDevelopment Director / Vice CEO


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