FC Inter Turku

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FC Inter Turku
FC Inter Turku logo.svg
Full nameFootball Club International Turku
Nickname(s)Sinimustat ('Black and Blues')
Founded1990;31 years ago (1990)
Ground Veritas Stadion
Kupittaa, Turku
Capacity9,372
ChairmanStefan Håkans
ManagerJosé Riveiro [1]
League Veikkausliiga
2020 2nd
Website Club website
Veritas Stadion Veritas Stadion 23.7.2015.jpg
Veritas Stadion

Football Club International Turku, commonly referred to as Inter Turku and colloquially known as Inter, is a professional football club based in Turku, Finland, that competes in the Veikkausliiga, the top flight of Finnish Football. Founded in 1990 by Stefan Håkans, the club has a rivalry with Turun Palloseura.

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Inter have won one League title, two Finnish Cups, and one League Cup. They play their home league matches at Veritas Stadion, with a capacity of 9,372 seats for most matches.

History

FC Inter was founded in 1990 by Stefan Håkans, the managing director of the towage and salvage company Alfons Håkans, allegedly after his 11-year-old son could not fit into any of the other youth teams in Turku. The club started out as a youth team, but in 1992 a senior squad was founded and it entered the Finnish league system at the fourth level (Third Division). The following year, the club assumed the place of the financially troubled local club Turun Toverit in the Second Division. Manager Timo Sinkkonen invested in new players, and eventually the club finished first and was promoted to the First Division (Ykkönen).

In 1995, Inter finished first in the Ykkönen and was promoted, as well as reaching the semi-final stage in the Finnish Cup. The squad was strengthened with new players, and in 1996, as both of Turku's better teams were now playing in the Veikkausliiga, the club's attendance records were broken with 8,200 spectators in the local derby between TPS and Inter.

In 1997, the club were relegated after finishing last in the Veikkausliiga, but achieved promotion again the following season. New foreign players were bought to strengthen the squad, such as Richard Teberio and Fernando della Sala. Since then the club has consistently finished between 7th and 4th in the league, and maintained a steady inflow of foreign players as well as young starlets from its own youth academy.

During the 2006 season Inter sacked their manager Kari Virtanen and hired new coach, Dutchman Rene van Eck. After the season van Eck returned to Switzerland to coach FC Wohlen, and another Dutchman Job Dragtsma took over.

In 2008 Inter led the league since early season and clinched their first Finnish championship title after winning against FF Jaro in their final game.

European cup history

SeasonCompetitionRoundClubHomeAwayAggregate
2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Flag of Iceland.svg ÍA 0–04–04–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
2R Flag of Croatia.svg NK Varteks 2–23–45–6 Symbol delete vote.svg
2009–10 UEFA Champions League 2Q Flag of Moldova.svg Sheriff 0–10–10–2 Symbol delete vote.svg
2010–11 UEFA Europa League 3Q Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Genk 1–52–33–8 Symbol delete vote.svg
2012–13 UEFA Europa League 2Q Flag of the Netherlands.svg Twente 0–51–11–6 Symbol delete vote.svg
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 1Q Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg Víkingur Gøta 0–11–11–2 Symbol delete vote.svg
2019–20 UEFA Europa League 1Q Flag of Denmark.svg Brøndby 2–01–43–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
2020–21 UEFA Europa League 1Q Flag of Hungary.svg Honvéd N/A1−2 ( a.e.t. )N/A Symbol delete vote.svg
2021–22 UEFA Europa Conference League 1Q Flag of Hungary.svg Puskás Akadémia

Season to season

SeasonLevelDivisionSectionAdministrationPositionMovements
1992Tier 4III divisioona(Third Division)Group 3Turku District (SPL Turku)6th
1993Tier 3II divisioona(Second Division)West GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)2ndPromoted
1994Tier 2 Ykkönen(First Division)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)3rd
1995Tier 2 Ykkönen(First Division)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)1stPromoted
1996Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)5thUpper Group 6th
1997Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)7thThird round 10th – Relegated
1998Tier 2 Ykkönen(First Division)South GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)2ndUpper Group 3rd – Promoted
1999Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)3rdUpper Group 5th
2000Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)7th
2001Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)5th
2002Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)5th
2003Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)7th
2004Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)4th
2005Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)5th
2006Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)10th
2007Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)9th
2008Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)1stChampions
2009Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)5th
2010Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)6th
2011Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)2nd
2012Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)2nd
2013Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)9th
2014Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)10th
2015Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)4th
2016Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)11th
2017Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)9th
2018Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)7th
2019Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)2nd
2020Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)2nd
2021Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)?

Current squad

As of 21 April 2021 [2]

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
2 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Jesper Engström
3 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Juuso Hämäläinen
4 DF Flag of the Netherlands.svg  NED Rick Ketting
5 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Noah Nurmi
6 MF Flag of Ghana.svg  GHA Anthony Annan
8 MF Flag of Spain.svg  ESP Alejandro Sanz
9 FW Flag of Argentina.svg  ARG Pibe
10 FW Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Benjamin Källman
11 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Lassi Järvenpää
12 GK Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Henrik Moisander
13 GK Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Aati Marttinen
15 FW Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Timo Furuholm (captain)
No.Pos.NationPlayer
16 FW Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Taiki Kagayama
18 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Markus Arsalo
19 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Aleksi Paananen
20 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Juho Hyvärinen
21 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Matias Ojala
22 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Arttu Hoskonen
23 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Mohammed Bakkar
24 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Ryan Mahuta
25 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Martti Haukioja
26 FW Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Jasper Yrjas

Out on loan

As of 21 April 2021

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
14 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Elias Mastokangas (at IFK Mariehamn until the end of the 2021 season)
27 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Jan Heinonen(at KPV until the end of the 2021 season)
No.Pos.NationPlayer
28 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Roope Kantola(at MP until the end of the 2021 season)
FW Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Matias Tamminen(at KTP until the end of the 2021 season)

Management

As of 19 January 2021.

NameRole
Flag of Spain.svg José RiveiroManager
Flag of Spain.svg Sergio AlmenaraCoach
Flag of Spain.svg Michel BellverFitness Coach
Flag of Spain.svg Juanjo RoaGoalkeeping Coach
Flag of Finland.svg Erol AtesTalent Coach
Flag of England.svg David MooreFirst Team Administrator
Flag of Finland.svg Ville PeltonenPhysiotherapist
Flag of Finland.svg Teemu AhonenPhysiotherapist
Flag of Finland.svg Seppo PajunenKit Manager

Honours

Winners: 2008
Runners-up: 2019
Winners: 2009, 2017–18
Runners-up: 2020
Winners: 2008

Player records

Past managers

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