IF Gnistan

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IF Gnistan
IF Gnistan.png
Full nameIdrottsföreningen Gnistan
Nickname(s)Kipinä
Founded1924
GroundMustapekka Areena,
Helsinki
Finland
Capacity1 100
ChairmanRisto Murto
Head CoachRicardo Duarte
League Ykkönen
2020 Ykkönen, 9th

IF Gnistan (The Spark in English) is a Finnish football club from the city of Helsinki, founded in 1924. The club is currently playing in the Ykkönen, the second tier of the Finnish league system. IF Gnistan play their home matches at Mustapekka Areena. Club's home district is Oulunkylä, [1] which locates in northern part of the capital city.

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The club is originally Swedish-speaking, but nowadays it is supported by Finnish-speaking majority also. The club was founded by a few Svenska Reallyceum and Åggelby Svenska Samskola students from Oulunkylä in 1924. IF Gnistan were multi-sport club and had several competitive departments including ski, athletics, swim and pesäpallo (Finnish baseball). Football department were founded in 1935, when the club joined Finnish Football Association Helsinki district. Later in the 1950s Gnistan had strong teams in orienteering, women's gymnastics, table tennis and cross country running alongside the classical sports. [2]

During the late 1950s the club decided to dissolve all the other departments except for the football teams. When ski and athletics were eliminated, Gnistan turned to a football club, and named Jacob Söderman as their new chairman. They became a significant team in lower leagues of the capital region but never promoted to the top tier. After season 1994, they achieved their place to Ykkönen for the first time. They stayed in the second tier four years and then relegated back to Kakkonen in 1998. They have been in Ykkönen level three occasions. [2]

Background

Gnistan has played seven seasons in the Ykkönen (First Division), the second tier of Finnish football in 1995–98, 2001–02 and from the season 2017. The club has played fourteen seasons in the Kakkonen (Second Division), the third tier of Finnish football in 1990, 1994, 1999–2000 and 2003–2016. [3]

In 2002, the club nearly made it to the semi-finals of the Finnish Cup, by leading FC Lahti 2–0 till the 90th minute. A FC Lahti fan, ran naked to the field, which caused 5 minutes of added time. Lahti scored twice in injury time and in extra time they made the final score 2–3.

After season 2016, the club won their Kakkonen group and achieved a chance to qualify for Ykkönen for the next season. They faced another group winner Musan Salama on two-legged tie, which started away from home in Pori. Both meetings ended 1–0 victories for the home teams, so the promoting team were solved by penalty shoot-out. Gnistan beat their opponents by 4–3 and promoted to the second tier of Finnish football after spending 14 seasons in a row in Kakkonen.

Season to season

Season to Season
SeasonLevelDivisionSectionAdministrationPositionMovements
1948Tier 4Piirinsarja(District League)Helsinki (SPL Helsinki)Promotion Playoff - Promoted
1949Tier 3Maakuntasarja(Third Division)South Group BFinnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)5th
1950Tier 3Maakuntasarja(Third Division)South Group AFinnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)2nd
1951Tier 3Maakuntasarja(Third Division)South Group AFinnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)4th
1952Tier 3Maakuntasarja(Third Division)South Group AFinnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)6th
1953Tier 3Maakuntasarja(Third Division)South Group AFinnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)5th
1954Tier 3Maakuntasarja(Third Division)West Group IVFinnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)3rd
1955Tier 3Maakuntasarja(Third Division)South Group IIFinnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)2nd
1956Tier 3Maakuntasarja(Third Division)South Group IFinnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)3rd
1957Tier 3Maakuntasarja(Third Division)South Group IFinnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)6th
1958Tier 3Maakuntasarja(Third Division)Group 1Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)3rd
1959Tier 3Maakuntasarja(Third Division)Group 1Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)3rd
1960Tier 3Maakuntasarja(Third Division)Group 1Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)4th
1961Tier 3Maakuntasarja(Third Division)Group 1Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)5th
1962Tier 3Maakuntasarja(Third Division)Group 1Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)6th
1963Tier 3Maakuntasarja(Third Division)Group 1Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)3rd
1964Tier 3Maakuntasarja(Third Division)Group 1Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)5th
1965Tier 3Maakuntasarja(Third Division)Group 1Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)2nd
1966Tier 3Maakuntasarja(Third Division)Group 1Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)7th
1967Tier 3Maakuntasarja(Third Division)Group 1Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)3rd
1968Tier 3Maakuntasarja(Third Division)Group 1Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)5th
1969Tier 3Maakuntasarja(Third Division)Group 1Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)8th
1970Tier 3III Divisioona(Third Division)Group 1Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)6th
1971Tier 3III Divisioona(Third Division)Group 1Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)10th
1972Tier 3III Divisioona(Third Division)Group 5Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)5th
1973Tier 4III Divisioona(Third Division)Group 1Helsinki (SPL Helsinki)9thRelegation Playoff - Relegated
1974Tier 5IV Divisioona(Fourth Division)Group 3Helsinki District (SPL Helsinki)2nd
1975Tier 5IV Divisioona(Fourth Division)Group 2Helsinki District (SPL Helsinki)4th
1976Tier 5IV Divisioona(Fourth Division)Group 3Helsinki District (SPL Helsinki)3rd
1977Tier 5IV Divisioona(Fourth Division)Group 2Helsinki District (SPL Helsinki)1stPromoted
1978Tier 4III Divisioona(Third Division)Group 2Helsinki (SPL Helsinki)7th
1979Tier 4III Divisioona(Third Division)Group 1Helsinki (SPL Helsinki)10th
1980Tier 4III Divisioona(Third Division)Group 2Helsinki (SPL Helsinki)12thRelegated
1981Tier 5IV Divisioona(Fourth Division)Group 2Helsinki District (SPL Helsinki)6th
1982Tier 5IV Divisioona(Fourth Division)Group 1Helsinki District (SPL Helsinki)6th
1983Tier 5IV Divisioona(Fourth Division)Group 3Helsinki District (SPL Helsinki)11thRelegated
1984Tier 6V Divisioona(Fifth Division)Group 2Helsinki District (SPL Helsinki)
1985Tier 6V Divisioona(Fifth Division)Helsinki District (SPL Helsinki)Promoted
1986Tier 5IV Divisioona(Fourth Division)Group 2Helsinki District (SPL Helsinki)3rd
1987Tier 5IV Divisioona(Fourth Division)Helsinki District (SPL Helsinki)Promoted
1988Tier 4III Divisioona(Third Division)Group 1Helsinki (SPL Helsinki)3rd
1989Tier 4III Divisioona(Third Division)Group 2Helsinki (SPL Helsinki)1stPromoted
1990Tier 3II Divisioona(Second Division)East GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)10thRelegated
1991Tier 4III Divisioona(Third Division)Group 1Helsinki (SPL Helsinki)5th
1992Tier 4III Divisioona(Third Division)Group 2Helsinki (SPL Helsinki)2nd
1993Tier 4Kolmonen(Third Division)Group 1Helsinki (SPL Helsinki)1stPromoted
1994Tier 3Kakkonen(Second Division)South GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)2ndPromoted
1995Tier 2 Ykkönen(First Division)Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)9th
1996Tier 2 Ykkönen(First Division)South GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)6th
1997Tier 2 Ykkönen(First Division)South GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)7thRelegation Group (South) 3rd – Relegation Play-offs
1998Tier 2 Ykkönen(First Division)South GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)9thRelegation Group (South) 4th – Relegated
1999Tier 3Kakkonen(Second Division)West GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)7th
2000Tier 3Kakkonen(Second Division)South GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)1stPromoted
2001Tier 2 Ykkönen(First Division)South GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)8thRelegation Play-offs
2002Tier 2 Ykkönen(First Division)South GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)9thRelegation Group (South) 7th – Relegated
2003Tier 3Kakkonen(Second Division)South GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)7th
2004Tier 3Kakkonen(Second Division)South GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)5th
2005Tier 3Kakkonen(Second Division)South GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)2nd
2006Tier 3Kakkonen(Second Division)Group AFinnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)4th
2007Tier 3Kakkonen(Second Division)Group AFinnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)7th
2008Tier 3Kakkonen(Second Division)Group AFinnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)4th
2009Tier 3Kakkonen(Second Division)Group AFinnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)2nd
2010Tier 3Kakkonen(Second Division)Group AFinnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)3rd
2011Tier 3Kakkonen(Second Division)Group AFinnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)2nd
2012Tier 3Kakkonen(Second Division)East GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)2nd
2013Tier 3Kakkonen(Second Division)South GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)2nd
2014Tier 3Kakkonen(Second Division)South GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)8th
2015Tier 3Kakkonen(Second Division)South GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)2nd
2016Tier 3Kakkonen(Second Division)Group AFinnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)1stPromoted via Play-offs
2017Tier 2Ykkönen(First Division)Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)10thRelegated
2018Tier 3Kakkonen(Second Division)Group AFinnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)6th
2019Tier 3Kakkonen(Second Division)Group BFinnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)1stPromoted
2020Tier 2Ykkönen(First Division)Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)9th
2021Tier 2Ykkönen(First Division)Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)?

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[5]

Club Structure

Gnistan run a number of teams including 4 men's teams, 3 veteran's teams, 2 ladies teams, 11 boys team and 6 girls teams. The club also runs a Football School for youngsters.

2010 season

IF Gnistan are competing in Group A (Lohko A) of the Kakkonen administered by the Football Association of Finland (Suomen Palloliitto) . This is the third highest tier in the Finnish football system. In 2009 Gnistan finished in second position in their Kakkonen section.

Gnistan / 2 are participating in Section 1 (Lohko 1) of the Nelonen (Fourth Division) administered by the Helsinki SPL.

Gnistan / Ogeli are participating in Section 2 (Lohko 2) of the Nelonen (Fourth Division) administered by the Helsinki SPL.

Gnistan / Roots are participating in Section 2 (Lohko 2) of the Kutonen (Sixth Division) administered by the Helsinki SPL. In 2009 Roots finished in second position in Section 2 Seiska (Seventh Division).

Current squad

As of 19 March, 2021 [6]

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
1 GK Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Samu Volotinen
4 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Gentrit Kovaqi
5 DF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Fabian
6 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Omar Jama
7 FW Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Eetu Kolu
9 FW Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Masar Ömer
10 FW Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Lucas Morais
11 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Kasperi Liikonen
12 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Onni Tiihonen
13 FW Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Matias Ambasciano
14 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Joel Europaeus
15 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Nnaemeka Anyamele
17 MF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Santeri Kuivalainen
No.Pos.NationPlayer
18 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Samu Laitinen
20 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Ilmari Hieta
24 FW Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Rony Huhtala
26 MF Flag of Kosovo.svg  KVX Albin Mehmeti
27 FW Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Akseli Lehtojuuri
29 GK Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Aleksi Ahonen
32 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Elias Säyniö
35 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Elton Maloku
37 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Bangaly Kouyaté
45 GK Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Jiri Koski
80 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Jimi Kovalainen(on loan from Honka)
99 FW Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Douglas Caé

Out on loan

As of 24 February 2020

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer

References and sources

Footnotes

  1. "Historiaa - IF Gnistan". gnistan.net. Archived from the original on 17 August 2017. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  2. 1 2 "Historia". gnistan.fi. 15 April 2012. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  3. "Finland – Divisional Movements 1930–2009". RSSSF Archives. 2010. Retrieved 5 June 2010.
  4. http://www.finlandfootball.net/
  5. "Finland - List of League Second Level Tables". rsssf.com. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  6. "MIEHET" (in Finnish). IF Gnistan. Retrieved 21 August 2020.

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