FC Lahti

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Lahti
Full nameFootball Club Lahti [1] [2]
Nickname(s)Mustat kuhnurit (The Black Drones)
Founded1996;25 years ago (1996)
Ground Lahden Stadion,
Lahti
Capacity14,500 (7,465 seated)
ChairmanMika Halttunen
ManagerIlir Zeneli
League Veikkausliiga
2020 6th
Website Club website
Lahden Stadion Lahti-stadion.jpg
Lahden Stadion
Lahden Stadion - Aerial view Lahden Stadion view.jpg
Lahden Stadion – Aerial view

FC Lahti is a Finnish football club based in the city of Lahti. It currently plays in the Finnish Premier League ( Veikkausliiga ) after placing first in the Finnish First Division ( Ykkönen ) during season 2011. The homeground of FC Lahti is Lahden Stadion. FC Lahti is famous of being the local team of the most successful Finnish player, Jari Litmanen, who played for the club in two stints in 2004 and 2009–10. In his youth years and the start of his career, he played in Reipas Lahti.

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History

FC Lahti was founded in 1996 when two rival clubs from Lahti FC Kuusysi and Reipas Lahti (founded in Viipuri and moved to Lahti after Viipuri was ceded to USSR in 1947) – decided to merge. Also, the reserve club FC Pallo-Lahti was formed, but it was closed down after a couple of seasons due to economic difficulties. Both Reipas and Kuusysi controlled the junior section of the club.

FC Lahti played its first season in 1997, in the southern group of Ykkönen, the second tier of Finnish football. It finished second in the first half of the split league format Ykkönen but was placed third in the final half, behind FC Haka and PK-35, both of which were promoted to Veikkausliiga. The next season, 1998, saw success and FC Lahti finally gained promotion to the highest tier. They were relegated at the end of the 2010 season but bounced back after just one season in Ykkönen.

In the premier division, Lahti has not yet achieved the success of Kuusysi and Reipas. In 2007 Lahti won the Finnish League Cup. In 2008 FC Lahti was third in the Veikkausliiga final table and was placed in the UEFA Europa League qualification rounds for season 2009. FC Lahti repeated the success in 2014 by finishing third for the second time in their history. The club qualified to the Europa League qualifiers for the third time in 2018 when the club finished fourth in the table the season before.

Honours

FC Lahti in Europe

As of 20 July 2018

SeasonCompetitionRoundClubHomeAwayAggregate
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 1Q Flag of Albania.svg Dinamo Tirana 4–1 0–2 4–3 Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Flag of Slovenia.svg Gorica 2–0 0–1 2–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
3Q Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Club Brugge 1–1 2–3 3–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 1Q Flag of Sweden.svg IF Elfsborg 2–2 0–5 2–7 Symbol delete vote.svg
2018–19 UEFA Europa League 1Q Flag of Iceland.svg FH 0–30–00–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
Notes

Season to season

SeasonLevelDivisionSectionAdministrationPositionMovements
1997Tier 2 Ykkönen(First Division)South GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)2ndPromotion Group – 3rd
1998Tier 2 Ykkönen(First Division)South GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)1stPromotion Group – 1st – Promoted
1999Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)10thRelegation Group – Play-offs
2000Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)8th
2001Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)9th
2002Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)7thUpper Group – 8th
2003Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)5th
2004Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)7th
2005Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)6th
2006Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)8th
2007Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)8th
2008Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)3rd
2009Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)11th
2010Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)14thRelegated
2011Tier 2 Ykkönen(First Division)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)1stPromoted
2012Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)5th
2013Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)5th
2014Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)3rd
2015Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)5th
2016Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)8th
2017Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)4th
2018Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)8th
2019Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)8th
2020Tier 1 Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)6th

Players

Current squad

As of 12 April 2021 [3]

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 Timi Lahti
3 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Daniel Koskipalo
5 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Mikko Viitikko
6 MF Flag of Spain.svg  ESP Javier Hervás
7 FW Flag of Kosovo.svg  KVX Altin Zeqiri
8 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Matti Klinga
9 FW Flag of Nigeria.svg  NGA Geoffrey Chinedu (on loan from Olimpik Donetsk)
10 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Eemeli Virta
11 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Jasin-Amin Assehnoun
13 DF Flag of France.svg  FRA Jean-Christophe Coubronne
No.Pos.NationPlayer
14 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Tapio Torpo
15 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Kari Arkivuo
16 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Lassi Forss
17 FW Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Arlind Sejdiu
19 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Viljami Isotalo
20 MF Flag of Togo.svg  TOG Henri Eninful
21 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Pyry Lampinen
22 FW Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Loorents Hertsi
23 FW Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Kristian Yli-Hietanen
24 FW Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Asaad Babiker
25 GK Flag of Spain.svg  ESP Antonio Reguero
27 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Teemu Penninkangas
30 GK Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Anton Munukka
31 GK Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Joona Tiainen

Management

As of 11 September 2020.

NameRole
Flag of Finland.svg Ilir ZeneliHead Coach
Flag of Finland.svg Mika HeinoFitness Coach
Flag of Finland.svg Toni Lindberg Coach
Flag of Finland.svg Ari KorhonenGoalkeeping Coach
Flag of Finland.svg Joni KallioinenTalent Coach
Flag of Finland.svg Mikko PoutiainenPhysiotherapist
Flag of Finland.svg Erno JokinenPhysiotherapist
Flag of Finland.svg Pekka PenttinenKit Manager
Flag of Finland.svg Janne KaarttiMasseur
Flag of Finland.svg Jussi JuurikkaTeam Manager

FC Lahti Akatemia

FC Lahti's reserve team played its last season in Kakkonen in 2017. After they were relegated to Kolmonen for the season 2018 the team's activity was taken over by its administrational parent club FC Kuusysi.

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References

  1. "FC Lahti Profile". Worldfootball.net. HEIM:SPIEL Medien GmbH & Co. KG. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  2. "Football Club Lahti". Fussball.com. Active Agent AG. Archived from the original on 1 September 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  3. "Pelaajat" [Players] (in Finnish). FC Lahti. 2021 squad