Rovaniemen Palloseura

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RoPS
Rovaniemen Palloseura logo.svg
Full nameRovaniemen Palloseura
Founded1950;71 years ago (1950)
Ground Keskuskenttä,
Rovaniemi
Capacity4,000
Chairman Risto Niva
Manager Vesa Tauriainen
League Veikkausliiga
2020 12th Veikkausliiga (relegation)
Website Club website

Rovaniemen Palloseura (RoPS) is a football club founded in 1950 and based in Rovaniemi, Finland. In 2019 RoPS participated in the Finnish Premier Division, ( Veikkausliiga ) marking their 32nd season in the top flight (previously called "Veikkausliiga") since 1981. The club plays home games at the Rovaniemen Keskuskenttä in the Arctic Circle of Lapland. The closest affiliated team is RoPS/2 from Kakkonen who participates in the third tier of Finnish football.

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History

Keskuskentta, home ground of RoPS Rovaniemen keskuskentta, uudistettu.jpg
Keskuskenttä, home ground of RoPS

RoPS have won the Finnish Cup on two occasions, in 1986 and 2013, and were runners-up in 1962. They placed third in the Finnish Premier Division in 1988 and 1989, before finishing as runner-up in 2015, losing out on the title by 1 point to eventual champions SJK. The club's most notable international achievement was reaching the quarter-finals of the European Cup-Winners' Cup in 1987–88 against Marseille.

Match fixing allegations and scandal

Throughout the 2000s, RoPS became infamous for suspected involvement in match fixing.

In spring 2011 the Finnish National Bureau of Investigation started a large investigation into match fixing. On February 25 Singaporean businessman Wilson Raj Perumal, a convicted match fixer, was arrested after entering Finland with a fake passport. The National Bureau of Investigation suspected that over 30 games between 2008 and 2011, mostly from the Finnish premier league, had been fixed or manipulated. [1]

On July 19, 2011, the Rovaniemi Court of Appeal convicted Perumal and nine RoPS players of match-fixing. Altogether 24 games had been manipulated, and the intended score had been achieved in 11 of them. Perumal was sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to return 150,000 euros deemed to be match-fixing profits. The bribes ranged from 500 euros offered to one player to a total of 80,000 euros offered to eight players. The highest total of bribes for one individual was slightly over 40,000 euros. The players received suspended sentences. The sentenced players were six Zambian and two Georgian players: Godfrey Chibanga, Chileshe Chibwe, Francis Kombe, Stephen Kunda, Christopher Musonda, Chanda Mwaba, Nchimunya Mweetwa, Pavle Khorguashvili, and Valter Khorguashvili. [2]

Domestic history

SeasonLevelPosPldWDLForAgainstPoints Finnish Cup League Cup Top goalscorer
1991 1st 73314811635150-
1992 73312615534942-
1993 72911513323538Runners-up-
1994 5261088323238
1995 9268810293032 Ninth Round
1996 82711610352939 Quarter-final Runners-up
1997 6279612313033 Semi-final
1998 8276147273132
1999 82971012314631 Seventh Round
2000 93310617355036
2001 12335919255624 Sixth Round -
2002 2nd 422949411031 Quarter-final - Flag of Finland.svg Niclas Grönholm  – 11
2003 2261475402749 Sixth Round -
2004 1st 12267415284525 Quarter-final
2005 13263815185017
2006 2nd 7261088403538-
2007 2261673442355-
2008 1st 10268612313730 Sixth Round Quarter-finals
2009 14264418216616 Sixth Round Group stage Flag of Nigeria.svg Echiabhi Okodugha  – 5
2010 2nd 1261592611754 Fourth round - Flag of Zambia.svg Nchimunya Mweetwa  – 13
2011 1st 12335820397823 Fifth Round Group stage Flag of Mexico.svg José Manuel Rivera  – 10
2012 2nd 1271854532059 Fifth Round - Flag of Finland.svg Aleksandr Kokko  – 15
2013 1st 113381015253634 Winners Quarter-finals Flag of Finland.svg Aleksandr Kokko  – 6
2014 93311517374138 Sixth Round Group stage Flag of Finland.svg Aleksandr Kokko  – 9
2015 2331788442959 Sixth Round Runners-up Flag of Finland.svg Aleksandr Kokko  – 17
2016 63313119433350 Sixth Round Group stage Flag of Finland.svg Robert Taylor  – 11
2017 73312615435142 Quarter-final Play-offs - Flag of Nigeria.svg Emeka Friday Eze  – 7
2018 2331887422562 Sixth Round - Flag of Finland.svg Lassi Lappalainen  – 8
2019 10278613233530 Quarterfinal - Flag of Finland.svg Youness Rahimi  – 5

European history

SeasonCompetitionRoundClubHomeAwayAggregate
1987–88 Cup Winners' Cup 1R Ulster Banner.svg Glentoran 0–01–11–1 (a) Symbol keep vote.svg
2R Flag of Albania.svg Vllaznia 1–01–02–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
QF Flag of France.svg Marseille 0–10–30–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
1989–90 UEFA Cup 1R Flag of Poland.svg GKS Katowice 1–11–02–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
2R Flag of France.svg Auxerre 0–50–30–8 Symbol delete vote.svg
1990–91 UEFA Cup 1R Flag of East Germany.svg 1. FC Magdeburg 0–10–00–1 Symbol delete vote.svg
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 2Q Flag of Greece.svg Asteras Tripoli 1–12–43–5 Symbol delete vote.svg
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 1Q Flag of Ireland.svg Shamrock Rovers 1–12–03–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Flag of Croatia.svg Lokomotiva 1–10–31–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
2019–20 UEFA Europa League 1Q Flag of Scotland.svg Aberdeen 1–21–22–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
Notes

Honours

Champions (2): 1986, 2013
Champions (2): 2010, 2012

Current squad

As of 23 February 2021

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 Miikka Mujunen
2 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Simo Majander
12 GK Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Mikko Rantala
15 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Jussi Niska
18 FW Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Veka Pyyny
19 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Tuomas Kaukua
26 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Eerik Kantola
28 FW Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Jarkko Luiro
37 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Sampo Ala-Iso
38 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Otto Kemppainen
39 FW Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Kirill Bullat
40 FW Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Simo Roiha
43 FW Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Sampo Ala
No.Pos.NationPlayer
45 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Rasmus Degerman
46 DF Flag of Ghana.svg  GHA Mohammed Adams
47 MF Flag of the Netherlands.svg  NED Nino Roffelsen
48 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Elmeri Hirvonen
49 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Luka Kuittinen
50 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Miska Ylitolva
51 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Riku-Veli Niska
52 FW Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Didis Lutumba-Pitah
53 DF Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  BEL Jonathan Vervoort
55 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Vili Saarikoski
56 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Vertti Hänninen
58 MF Flag of France.svg  FRA Sacha Petshi

Management and boardroom

Management

As of 18 February 2020.

NameRole
Flag of Finland.svg Vesa TauriainenHead Coach
Flag of Finland.svg Mika PulkkinenCoach
Flag of Finland.svg Jari AlamäkiFitness Coach
Flag of Finland.svg Ossi KoskelaGoalkeeping Coach
Flag of Finland.svg Tuomas KönönenPhysiotherapist
Flag of Finland.svg Vilma PoutiainenPhysiotherapist
Flag of Scotland.svg David CoullKit Manager
Flag of Finland.svg Essi JokelainenMasseur
Flag of Finland.svg Olavi TammimiesTeam Manager

Boardroom

As of 18 February 2020 [3]

NameRole
Flag of Finland.svg Risto NivaChairman, Managing director
Flag of Finland.svg Pekka KonsteniusVice chairman
Flag of Finland.svg Jari Ilola Director of Football

Rovaniemi Football Academy

Rovaniemi Football Academy (RFA) [4] is the reserve team of RoPS. The team plays in Kakkonen in 2020 season. It is coached by Aleksi Tanner.

As of 14 September 2020 [5]

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
11 GK Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Lauri-Eemil Vetri
24 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Kirill Bullat
30 GK Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Tino Korhonen
35 GK Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Pauli Tuisku
36 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Vertti Hänninen
37 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Joona Lahdenmäki
36 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Jonne Länsipää
39 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Akseli Kantola
40 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Ville Ojala
40 FW Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Santeri Matilainen
41 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Jonne Koistinen
42 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Riku-Veli Niska
No.Pos.NationPlayer
43 FW Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Joona Kähkönen
44 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Tuomas Leppäkangas
46 FW Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Adam Mekki
47 FW Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Janne Ojaniemi
49 MF Flag of Egypt.svg  EGY Karam Hadhoud
50 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Severi Salmirinne
52 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Miska Ylitolva
53 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Roni Pietsalo
54 FW Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Antti Salmi
56 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Luka Kuittinen
57 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Sampo Ala-Iso

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