Tampere United

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Tampere-United-logo-2016.svg
Full nameJalkapalloseura Tampere United ry
Nickname(s)Sinipaidat
Founded1998;23 years ago (1998)
Ground Pyynikin urheilukenttä, Tampere
ChairmanHeikki Wilen
ManagerMourad Seddiki
League Kolmonen
Website Club website
Ratina Stadion Tampere stadium1.jpg
Ratina Stadion

Tampere United is a Finnish football club from the city of Tampere. The club plays in Kolmonen, the fourth highest level of football in Finland.

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The club had a team in Veikkausliiga, the premier football league in Finland, until the end of the 2010 season. It was excluded from participating in Finnish football during the 2011 season amidst suspicions of money laundering. The club was kept alive by its supporters, who entered a team called TamU-K in Kutonen, the lowest level of football in Finland, in 2012. The club earned three promotions in four years, and all its teams were taken over by Tampere United in the lead up to the 2016 season. Tampere United is now a fan-owned club and controlled by the same supporters who ran TamU-K.

History

The club was formed in July 1998. The initial plan was to merge two local football clubs FC Ilves and TPV but TPV decided to continue as its own team. FC Ilves continued to play in lower divisions and Tampere United inherited its place in the second highest division.

In their first season, 1999 they won promotion to the top division, 15 months after the formation of the club. During season 2000 they reached sixth place in the league. In their third season 2001 they won the Finnish championship.

In 2002, they finished in fifth place, and in 2003, third place. In 2006, Tampere United won their 2nd Finnish Championship and one year later, in 2007, they were the champions yet again taking home their 3rd title.

During the 2007 season, Tampere United also reached the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League. Tampere defeated Bulgarian champions Levski Sofia 2–0 on aggregate in the second qualifying round. Tampere United failed to reach the Champions League group stage when Rosenborg BK defeated them 5–0 on aggregate. In the UEFA Cup first round, United lost to Girondins de Bordeaux 4–3 on aggregate.

Exclusion and collapse

On 14 April 2011 the club were suspended indefinitely by the Football Association of Finland because they had received money from a dubious company based in Singapore, known for involvement in fixed games and money laundering. The club was excluded from the 2011 season of Veikkausliiga. [1] Players under contract were released due to lack of funds.

The club did not participate in any league in 2012 or 2013. In April 2013 the Turku Court of Appeal found the former CEO Deniz Bavautdin and the former chairman of the board Harri Pyhältö guilty of money laundering.

Revival by the supporters

Supporters of Tampere United founded a supporters' trust in 2009 after the club had hit financial difficulties. The aim was to help fans gain a voice within the club and to buy shares of the club.

In 2012 the supporters' trust founded a new team named after the supporters' trust, TamU-K, In 2012 the team played in Kutonen, the bottom division in Finnish football, and gained promotion to Vitonen. The promotion playoff match that decided promotion had the attendance of 441. [2] In 2013 the team was promoted to Vitonen and in 2014 the team made it to penalties in the promotion playoff and lost. [3] After another season in Nelonen TamU-K was promoted to Kolmonen,

In the lead up to the 2016 season, Tampere United took over all the teams that played under TamU-K. Thereby the first team played in Kolmonen in 2016, and after the season it got promoted Kakkonen. In 2017 Tampere United finished sixth in Kakkonen Group B and in 2018 it finished ninth in Group C, and remains in Kakkonen in the 2019 season.

Honours

Veikkausliiga

Finnish Cup

Finnish League Cup

Tampere United in Europe

SeasonCompetitionRoundOpponentScore (home-away)
2002–03 UEFA Champions League Q1 Flag of Armenia.svg Pyunik F.C. 0–4, 0–2
2003 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1 Flag of Romania.svg Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț 1–0, 1–2
2 Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg FK Sutjeska Nikšić 0–0, 1–0
3 Flag of Croatia.svg HNK Cibalia 0–2, 1–0
2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1 Flag of Luxembourg.svg CS Grevenmacher 0–0, 1–1
2 Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Khazar Universiteti 3–0, 0–1
3 Flag of Serbia.svg OFK Beograd 0–0, 0–1
2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1 Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg Skála ÍF 2–0, 1–0
2 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg R. Charleroi S.C. 1–0, 0–0
3 Flag of Italy.svg SS Lazio 1–1, 0–3
2006 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Carmarthen Town 5–0, 3–1
2 Flag of Sweden.svg Kalmar FF 1–2, 2–3
2007–08 UEFA Champions League Q1 Flag of San Marino.svg SS Murata 2–0, 2–1
Q2 Flag of Bulgaria.svg PFC Levski Sofia 1–0, 1–0
Q3 Flag of Norway.svg Rosenborg BK 0–3, 0–2
2007–08 UEFA Cup 1 Flag of France.svg Girondins de Bordeaux 2–3, 1–1
2008–09 UEFA Champions League Q1 Flag of Montenegro.svg FK Budućnost Podgorica 2–1, 1–1
Q2 Flag of Slovakia.svg FC Artmedia Petržalka 1–3, 2–4

Season to season

SeasonLevelDivisionSectionAdministrationPositionMovements
1999Tier 2 YkkönenNorth GroupFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)1stPromotion Group 1st
2000Tier 1 VeikkausliigaFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)6th
2001Tier 1 VeikkausliigaFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)1stChampions
2002Tier 1 VeikkausliigaFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)6thUpper Group 5th
2003Tier 1 VeikkausliigaFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)3rd
2004Tier 1 VeikkausliigaFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)3rd
2005Tier 1 VeikkausliigaFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)3rd
2006Tier 1 VeikkausliigaFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)1stChampions
2007Tier 1 VeikkausliigaFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)1stChampions
2008Tier 1 VeikkausliigaFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)7th
2009Tier 1 VeikkausliigaFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)7th
2010Tier 1 VeikkausliigaFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)7th
2011N/ASuspended
2012Tier 7KutonenGroup 4Finnish FA Tampere District2ndPromoted
2013Tier 6VitonenGroup 1Finnish FA Tampere District1stPromoted
2014Tier 5NelonenFinnish FA Tampere District2nd
2015Tier 5NelonenFinnish FA Tampere District1stPromoted
2016Tier 4KolmonenFinnish FA Tampere District1stPromoted
2017Tier 3KakkonenGroup BFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)6th
2018Tier 3KakkonenGroup CFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)9th
2019Tier 3KakkonenGroup BFinnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)12thRelegated
2020Tier 4KolmonenFinnish FA Tampere DistrictTBD

Current squad

As of 9 May 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 Riku Tanila
29 GK Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Henri Savolainen
30 GK Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Aapo Sipponen
32 GK Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Antti Kuusinen
3 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Matias Stark
4 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Eino-Veikko Ek
6 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Severi Kankkunen
7 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Mauno Sirén
8 FW Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Topias Järvelä
9 FW Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Eric Bullock
10 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Ali Aitbenzanzoun
11 FW Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Roope Kostiainen
13 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Anton Bright
15 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Jesse Vuori
No.Pos.NationPlayer
16 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Paavo Kujala
17 FW Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Jesse Oksanen
18 FW Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Panu Väliaho
19 FW Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Hakim Belbachir
20 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Arttu Haapala
21 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Pyry Virtanen
22 MF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Markus Kopf
23 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Po Law
24 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Arttu Mättö
25 FW Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Iikka Häkkinen
26 DF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Verneri Uimonen
27 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Nils Strömsholm
41 MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Eetu Räisänen

Managers

UEFA ranking

Current Club Ranking

Current National League ranking

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