Kuopion Palloseura

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KuPS
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Full nameKuopion Palloseura
Nickname(s)Keltamusta (The Yellow-blacks)
Kanarialinnut (The Canaries)
Founded 1923;98 years ago (1923)
Ground Savon Sanomat Areena
Kuopio
Capacity5,000 (2,700 seated)
Chairman Ari Lahti
Manager Simo Valakari
League Veikkausliiga
2020 3rd
Website Club website

Kuopion Palloseura (or KuPS) is a Finnish football club, based in the ninth most populated city of Finland, Kuopio. KuPS plays in Finland's Premier League, Veikkausliiga.

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KuPS has won the Finnish championship six times, the Finnish Cup 2 times and the Finnish League Cup once. KuPS also holds the Finnish club record of the most consecutive seasons in the top flight, from 1949 to 1992. The team is placed fourth in the all-time Finnish Premier League honour table. [1]

The team plays its home matches at Savon Sanomat Areena. Until June 2005, KuPS used to play at an aged track and field stadium in Väinölänniemi, which is said to be one of the most beautiful sporting places in Finland. Väinölänniemi is a cape surrounded by a local lake, Kallavesi.

History

1923–1949 Early History

First team in 1923 KuPS1923.jpg
First team in 1923

One of the first sports clubs in Kuopio to adopt football was Kuopion Reipas who made the sport an official part of their program in 1915. Reipas was a general athletic society which competed in a wide variety of sports like track and field, gymnastics, skiing as well as team sports like bandy. After the Finnish Civil War of 1918 the differing interests of the disciplines began to cause friction within the club which resulted in the club gradually breaking apart during the 1920s. Among the clubs that emerged from Reipas was KuPS, officially founded on March 16, 1923 at Kuopion Seurahuone. Ali Rautakorpi was elected as the club's first chairman. Other sports participated in by the club during its early years were pesäpallo, tennis and bandy.

The 1920s KuPS spent mostly by playing friendly games against other local clubs. First major breakthrough came in 1930 when KuPS won the Savo district championship thereby earning promotion to B-sarja, the second tier of Finnish football at the time, where they remained until 1947 when they were promoted to Mestaruussarja for the first time. KuPS's first stint in the Finnish top division lasted only a single season, but they were promoted again in 1949 and this time remained in the top division for 44 seasons.

Season 2005

Savon Sanomat Areena (Also called Kuopion keskuskentta), 2010. Kuopion keskuskentta nov 2010.jpg
Savon Sanomat Areena (Also called Kuopion keskuskenttä), 2010.
KuPS vs HJK at Magnum Areena, Kuopio. Finnish League Cup, March 11, 2008. Lusty looks KuPS HJK 03 08.jpg
KuPS vs HJK at Magnum Areena, Kuopio. Finnish League Cup, March 11, 2008.

KuPS returned to the top flight for the 2005 season after a year in the First Division (Ykkönen). They finished the 2005 season in 10th place, easily avoiding the relegation play-off (13th place) and direct relegation (14th place).

Season 2006

On 1 April 2006 KuPS beat reigning Veikkausliiga champions, MyPa 1–0 in the semi-final of the Finnish League Cup and secured a place in the Finnish League Cup Final. On 12 April 2006 in Finnair Stadium, Helsinki KuPS beat FC KooTeePee 2–1 in the League Cup Final and ended their 17-year run without titles. However, the club ended the 2006 season in last place, and was once again demoted to Ykkönen for the 2007 season. This resulted in manager Juha Malinen being replaced by his former player/assistant manager Kai Nyyssönen.

Reserve team, KuPS Akatemia (tr: KuPS Academy) played in the Second Division Group A (Kakkonen lohko A), but the team was terminated in December 2006 to cut costs and as a replacement, an agreement with Kings Kuopio, which plays also in the Second Division was signed.

In December 2006, it was revealed that the team was heavily in debt and about to go bankrupt. KuPS fans held their breath, until a Helsinki-based CEO of an Investment bank ICECAPITAL, also a former Chairman of the Board of the Veikkausliiga, Ari Lahti increased his stake at the club to ca. 95% and saved the club.

Season 2007

Petteri Pennanen trying to get into penalty area of PK-35 on May 27, 2007. Petteri Pennanen KuPS.jpg
Petteri Pennanen trying to get into penalty area of PK-35 on May 27, 2007.

After escaping imminent destruction, season 2007 began with reasonably low expectations. A target to achieve promotion back to top flight in two years was set.

Manager Kai Nyyssönen lured his former team-mate Harri Ylönen back to strengthen the team and to serve as an assistant manager. The duo lured in Roope Reinikainen, Ilja Venäläinen and Miikka Turunen, who also returned to their former home club. Jussi Hakasalo from JJK Jyväskylä and Tero Mäkäläinen from MyPa were new names.

Because of relegation KuPS lost its prized assets, Sierraleonese players, Patrick Bantamoi to FC Inter Turku and Medo to HJK. KuPS and Ghanaian midfielder Seth Ablade parted their ways earlier, with Ablade terminating his contract.

Season 2007 started well with mostly local players. The team suffered a run of draws in the mid-season, but by winning their last six games with their main opponent RoPS of Rovaniemi at the same time losing its lead, KuPS won the league Ykkönen and went straight back. RoPS also achieved a promotion, by winning a promotion play-off against 13th-place finisher of Veikkausliiga, FC Viikingit.

2010-present

KuPS qualified for the UEFA Europa League after finishing second in the Veikkausliiga. They were drawn against Romanian side Gaz Metan Medias in the second qualifying round. Ilja Venäläinen gave KuPS a 1-0 lead going into the second leg in Romania, but the Finnish side fell 2-0 in Mediaș, ending their first European run in 21 years.

In the 2012-13 season, KuPS once again qualified for the Europa League. They beat Welsh side Llanelli in the first qualifying round, before pulling off a shock win against Maccabi Netanya. They fell in the next round to Turkish side Bursaspor, in what was the club's most successful European campaign ever.

KuPS solidified themselves as a mid-table Ykkonen side during the mid 2010s, and began to push for European places again towards the end of the decade, returning to the Europa League in the 2017 season, although their campaign ended almost immediately, with a loss to Copenhagen in the first round.

In the 2019 season KuPS won their first Finnish top-flight title since 1976. They played in the Champions League for the first time in their history next season.

European campaigns

SeasonCompetitionRoundCountryClubScoreAgg.
1959–60 European Cup Preliminary round Flag of Germany.svg Eintracht Frankfurt KuPS withdrew
1967–68 European Cup First round Flag of France.svg Saint-Étienne 0–2, v 0–30–5
1969–70 Cup Winners' Cup First round Flag of Portugal.svg Académica de Coimbra 0–1, v 0–00–1
1975–76 European Cup First round Flag of Poland.svg Ruch Chorzów 0–5, v 2–22–7
1976–77 UEFA Cup First round Flag of Sweden.svg Östers 3–2, v 0–23–4
1977–78 European Cup First round Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Club Brugge 0–4, v 2–52–9
1978–79 UEFA Cup First round Flag of Denmark.svg Boldklubben 1903 2–1, v 4–46–5
Second round Flag of Denmark.svg Esbjerg fB 0–2, v 1–41–6
1980–81 UEFA Cup First round Flag of France.svg Saint-Étienne 0–7, v 0–70–14
1990–91 Cup Winners' Cup First round Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Dynamo Kyiv 2–2, v 0–42–6
2011–12 Europa League Second round Flag of Romania.svg Gaz Metan Mediaș 1–0, v 0–21–2
2012–13 Europa League 1st qualifying round Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Llanelli 2–1, v 1–13–2
2nd qualifying round Flag of Israel.svg Maccabi Netanya 0–1, v 2–12–2
3rd qualifying round Flag of Turkey.svg Bursaspor 1–0, v 0–61–6
2018–19 Europa League 1st qualifying round Flag of Denmark.svg FC Copenhagen 0–1, v 1–11–2
2019–20 Europa League 1st qualifying round Flag of Belarus.svg Vitebsk 2–0, v 1–13–1
2nd qualifying round Flag of Poland.svg Legia Warsaw 0–1, v 0–00–1
2020–21 Champions League 1st qualifying round Flag of Norway.svg Molde 0–5
Europa League 2nd qualifying round Flag of Slovakia.svg Slovan Bratislava 1–1 (4–3 p)
3rd qualifying round Flag of Lithuania.svg Sūduva 2–0
Play-off round Flag of Romania.svg CFR Cluj 1–3
2021–22 Europa Conference League 1st qualifying round


UEFA club competition record

As of July 11, 2019.

CompetitionPldWDLGFGA
ECCC 6015421
ECWC 402227
UCUP / UEL 167271935
Total2675142563

Season to season

Season to Season
SeasonLevelDivisionSectionAdministrationPositionMovements
1930Tier 2B-sarja(First Division)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)Cup-formatSemifinals
1931Tier 2B-sarja(First Division)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)Fell before group stage
1932Tier 2B-sarja(First Division)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)6th
1933Tier 2B-sarja(First Division)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)6th
1934Tier 2B-sarja(First Division)East GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)3rd
1935Tier 2B-sarja(First Division)East GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)2ndPromotion Group 4th
1936Tier 2Itä-Länsi-sarja(First Division)East GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)4th
1937Tier 2Itä-Länsi-sarja(First Division)East GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)3rd
1938Tier 2Itä-Länsi-sarja(First Division)East Series, North GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)3rd
1939Tier 2Itä-Länsi-sarja(First Division)East Series, North GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)1st
1940–41Tier 2B-sarja(First Division)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)3rd
1943–44Did not participate
1945Tier 2Suomensarja(First Division)Group 2Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)1st
1945–46Tier 2Suomensarja(First Division)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)7th
1946–47Tier 2Suomensarja(First Division)North GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)1stPromotion Group 2nd, promoted
1947–48Tier 1Mestaruussarja(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)7thRelegated
1948Tier 2Suomensarja(First Division)North GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)1stPromoted
1949Tier 1Mestaruussarja(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)8th
1950Tier 1Mestaruussarja(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)2nd
1951Tier 1Mestaruussarja(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)5th
1952Tier 1Mestaruussarja(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)5th
1953Tier 1Mestaruussarja(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)3rd
1954Tier 1Mestaruussarja(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)2nd
1955Tier 1Mestaruussarja(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)4th
1956Tier 1Mestaruussarja(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)1stChampions
1957Tier 1Mestaruussarja(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)4th
1958Tier 1Mestaruussarja(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)1stChampions
1959Tier 1Mestaruussarja(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)4th
1960Tier 1Mestaruussarja(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)6th
1961Tier 1Mestaruussarja(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)9th
1962Tier 1Mestaruussarja(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)5th
1963Tier 1Mestaruussarja(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)6th
1964Tier 1Mestaruussarja(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)2nd
1965Tier 1Mestaruussarja(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)6th
1966Tier 1Mestaruussarja(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)1stChampions
1967Tier 1Mestaruussarja(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)2nd
1968Tier 1Mestaruussarja(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)4th
1969Tier 1Mestaruussarja(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)2nd
1970Tier 1Mestaruussarja(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)4th
1971Tier 1Mestaruussarja(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)7th
1972Tier 1Mestaruussarja(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)4th
1973Tier 1Mestaruussarja(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)4th
1974Tier 1Mestaruussarja(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)1stChampions
1975Tier 1Mestaruussarja(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)2nd
1976Tier 1Mestaruussarja(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)1stChampions
1977Tier 1Mestaruussarja(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)2nd
1978Tier 1Mestaruussarja(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)7th
1979Tier 1Mestaruussarja(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)2nd
1980Tier 1Mestaruussarja(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)8th
1981Tier 1Mestaruussarja(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)7th
1982Tier 1Mestaruussarja(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)8th
1983Tier 1Mestaruussarja(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)9thRelegation Group 1st
1984Tier 1Mestaruussarja(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)8th
1985Tier 1Mestaruussarja(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)6th
1986Tier 1Mestaruussarja(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)10th
1987Tier 1Mestaruussarja(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)8th
1988Tier 1Mestaruussarja(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)11thRelegation Play-off
1989Tier 1Mestaruussarja(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)7th
1990Tier 1Futisliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)4thPlay-offs, final position 6th
1991Tier 1Futisliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)10th
1992Tier 1Veikkausliiga(Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)12thRelegated
1993Tier 2I divisioona(First Division)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)1stPromotion Group 3rd, promoted
1994 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)14th Relegated
1995 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)12th
1996 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division)North GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)7th
1997Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division)North GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)7thLower Group North 3rd – Playoffs Relegated
1998Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division)North GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)1st Promoted
1999Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division)South GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)4thUpper Group 7th
2000Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division)North GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)1stUpper Group 1st Promoted
2001 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)8th
2002 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)9thPromotion / Relegation Group 1st
2003 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)14th Relegated
2004 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)1st Promoted
2005 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)10th
2006 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)13th Relegated
2007 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)1st Promoted
2008 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)13thRelegation Playoffs
2009 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)12th
2010 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)2nd
2011 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)6th
2012 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)10th
2013 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)7th
2014 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)7th
2015 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)9th
2016 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)7th
2017 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)2nd
2018 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)3rd
2019 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)1stChampions
2020 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League)Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)3rd

[2] [3]

Current squad

As of 26 March 2021. [4] 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 Otso Virtanen
3 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Diogo Tomas
6 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Saku Savolainen
7 MF Flag of Nigeria.svg  NGA Usman Sale
10 MF Flag of France.svg  FRA Jordan Sebban
11 MF Flag of Latvia.svg  LVA Jānis Ikaunieks
13 FW Flag of Nigeria.svg  NGA Aniekpeno Udo
14 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Anton Popovitch
15 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Oskari Sallinen
16 FW Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Tommi Jyry
17 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Iiro Järvinen
18 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Juho Pirttijoki
19 MF Flag of Ghana.svg  GHA Bismark Adjei-Boateng
20 FW Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Arttu Heinonen
21 GK Flag of Austria.svg  AUT Johannes Kreidl
No.Pos.NationPlayer
22 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Henri Toivomäki
23 DF Flag of Venezuela (state).svg  VEN Daniel Carrillo
24 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Taneli Heiskanen
25 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Urho Nissilä
26 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Axel Vidjeskog
28 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Jiri Nissinen
29 FW Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Santeri Haarala
30 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Joel Vartiainen
32 FW Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Eetu Rissanen
33 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Taneli Hämäläinen
34 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Viljami Aittokoski
35 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Albert Vauhkonen
- FW Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Philip Hellqvist
- DF Flag of Cameroon.svg  CMR Macdonald Ngwa Niba

Out on loan

As of 21 January 2021

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
12 GK Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Aleksi Honka-Hallila(at JIPPO until the end of the 2021 season)

Management

As of 31 July 2020 [5] [6]

NameRole
Flag of Finland.svg Simo Valakari Head Coach
Flag of Finland.svg Pasi TuuttiAssistant Coach
Flag of Finland.svg Jori SärkkäGoalkeeping Coach
Flag of Finland.svg Joonas OjantiePhysiotherapist
Flag of Finland.svg Mika LähderinneFitness Coach
Flag of Finland.svg Henri MiettinenDoctor
Flag of Finland.svg Janne PesonenDoctor
Flag of Finland.svg Sami MiettinenKit Manager

Boardroom

As of 28 September 2019

NameRole
Flag of Finland.svg Jarmo HeiskanenCEO
Flag of Finland.svg Jonne LindblomSporting Director

Honours

Mestaruussarja/Veikkausliiga

Finnish Cup

Finnish League Cup

Ykkönen (second tier)

Kakkonen (third tier)

Managers

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