HIFK Fotboll

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HIFK Fotboll
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Full name Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna, Helsingfors
Nickname(s) IFK
Tähtirinnat (The Star Chested)
Stadens stolthet (The city's pride)
Founded 1897
Ground Telia 5G -areena
Helsinki, Finland
Ground Capacity 10,770
Chairman Finland Kaarlo Kankkunen
Head Coach Finland Antti Muurinen
League Veikkausliiga
2011 11th
Website Club website
Active departments of
HIFK
Bandy pictogram.svg Football pictogram.svg Ice hockey pictogram.svg
Bandy Football Ice hockey

HIFK Fotboll or IFK Helsingfors is an association football section of HIFK, a sports club from Helsinki, Finland. The men's football first team plays in Veikkausliiga and their home ground is at the Telia 5G -areena.

History

Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna i Helsingfors was formed on 15 October 1897 by Georges Doubitsky, a 15-year-old student at the Svenska Reallyceum school in Helsinki. In those early years the club specialised in athletics, football and bandy. The football section was established in 1907, the same year that the Football Association of Finland was founded. The first football match played HIFK was at the Kaisaniemi ground on 17 May 1908 where the new team lost 1–2 to Unitas.[1]

In those early years HIFK were runners-up in the Mestaruussarja (then played as a cup competition) on 5 occasions in 1909, 1912, 1928 and 1929. In addition in 1912 the Finnish Football team at the Stockholm Olympics comprised a team of HIFK players.

HIFK won their first Finnish championship (Mestaruussarja) in 1930 a feat that they were to repeat on three other occasions in 1931, 1933 and 1937 in a tremendous decade for the club. HIFK also won the Mestaruussarja in 1947, 1959 and 1961. In total HIFK won the Finnish championship on 7 occasions.

HIFK was one of the most successful football sides in Finland until the early 1970s when the team were relegated from the Mestaruussarja (Finnish Premier League). After 1972 the team wandered around the lower divisions of Finnish football, having even played in the Nelonen (Fourth Division), the fifth tier of the Finnish football league system, in 1980–83 and 2003–05, and only would return to the first level 43 years later.

In total, since 1930, HIFK have played 29 seasons in the Mestaruussarja (the top tier), 18 seasons in the second tier and 18 seasons in the third tier. Their best spell in recent decades was from 1999 to 2002 when the club participated in the Ykkönen (First Division).[2] However, the club overstretched themselves which resulted in the withdrawal from the Ykkönen at the end of the 2002 season and taking the place of the second team in the Nelonen (Fourth Division) in 2003. More recently HIFK made great progress and returned to Ykkönen (First Division), the second tier of Finnish football for seasons 2011 and 2012 only to be relegated back to Kakkonen after their 2012 season. Back in Kakkonen, HIFK rehired coach Jani Honkavaara who was the coach when HIFK first were promoted to Ykkönen. Since his second term they were able to play in Ykkönen for a third time this millennia, when beating their promotion play-off opponent PS Kemi Kings.

HIFK won Ykkönen in 2014 and thereby were automatically promoted into the highest tier of Finnish football, Veikkausliiga. After securing their promotion, HIFK announced that they would play their 2015 season home games on Telia 5G -areena, the home ground of their local rivals HJK Helsinki.[3] In December 2014 HIFK launched a crowdfunding campaign through Invesdor. HIFK aimed to gather 250.000 – 500.000 euros by selling shares of the club valued at 189,70 euros a piece. According to club chairman René Österman, HIFK was in need of funding for the upcoming Veikkausliiga season and crowdfunding gave a chance for the club's supporters to own a part of the club. The campaign ended successfully in January 2015 and HIFK gathered 335.495 euros from 786 investors.[4][5][6]

European campaigns

HIFK participated in the European Cup in the 1960–61 and 1962–63 seasons and played in the UEFA cup in 1971–72.

Season Competition Round Country Club Score Agg.
1960–61 European Cup Preliminary round Sweden IFK Malmö 1–3, 1–2 2–5
1962–63 European Cup Preliminary round Austria Austria Wien 3–5, 0–2 3–7
1971–72 UEFA Cup First round Norway Rosenborg 0–3, 0–1 0–4

Honours

Mestaruussarja Championships (7): 1930, 1931, 1933, 1937, 1947, 1959, 1961.

Mestaruussarja Runners-up (7): 1909, 1912, 1928, 1929, 1934, 1935, 1971.

Attendance Record: 10,500 (HIFK – HJK, Telia 5G -areena, 10 August 2016) [7]

Divisional movements since 1930

  • Top Level (29 seasons): 1930–45, 1947–49, 1958–66, 1970–72, 2015–
  • Second Level (21 seasons): 1945–46, 1950–57, 1967–69, 1973–74, 1999–02, 2011–12, 2014
  • Third Level (19 seasons): 1975–78, 1988–98, 2008–10, 2013 [2]

Season to season

Season to season
Season Level Division Section Administration Position Movements
1930 Tier 1 A-sarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Champions
1931 Tier 1 A-sarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Champions
1932 Tier 1 A-sarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
1933 Tier 1 A-sarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Champions
1934 Tier 1 A-sarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd
1935 Tier 1 A-sarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd
1936 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
1937 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Champions
1938 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th
1939 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
1940–41 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
1943–44 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
1945 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja Group 1 Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
1945–46 Tier 2 Suomensarja (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Promoted
1946–47 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd Championship Series 1st, Champions
1947–48 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd
1948 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 10th
1949 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 9th Relegated
1950 Tier 2 Suomensarja (First Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 2nd
1951 Tier 2 Suomensarja (First Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 6th
1952 Tier 2 Suomensarja (First Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 4th
1953 Tier 2 Suomensarja (First Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 4th
1954 Tier 2 Suomensarja (First Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 5th
1955 Tier 2 Suomensarja (First Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 8th
1956 Tier 2 Suomensarja (First Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 3rd
1957 Tier 2 Suomensarja (First Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Promoted
1958 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
1959 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Champions
1960 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
1961 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Champions
1962 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th
1963 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
1964 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th
1965 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
1966 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 10th Relegated
1967 Tier 2 Suomensarja (First Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 4th
1968 Tier 2 Suomensarja (First Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 4th
1969 Tier 2 Suomensarja (First Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Promotion Group 2nd, promoted
1970 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
1971 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd
1972 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 10th Relegated
1973 Tier 2 I divisioona (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 4th
1974 Tier 2 I divisioona (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 11th Relegated
1975 Tier 3 II Divisioona (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 6th
1976 Tier 3 II Divisioona (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 4th
1977 Tier 3 II Divisioona (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 9th
1978 Tier 3 II Divisioona (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 11th Relegated
1979 Tier 4 III divisioona (Third Division) Section 2 Helsinki & Uusimaa 11th Relegated
1980 Tier 5 IV divisioona (Fourth Division) Section 4 Helsinki & Uusimaa 8th
1981 Tier 5 IV divisioona (Fourth Division) Section 1 Helsinki & Uusimaa 7th
1982 Tier 5 IV divisioona (Fourth Division) Section 2 Helsinki & Uusimaa 4th
1983 Tier 5 IV divisioona (Fourth Division) Section 3 Helsinki & Uusimaa 1st Promoted via play-offs
1984 Tier 4 III divisioona (Third Division) Section 2 Helsinki & Uusimaa 1st Promotion play-offs
1985 Tier 4 III divisioona (Third Division) Section 1 Helsinki & Uusimaa 3rd
1986 Tier 4 III divisioona (Third Division) Section 2 Helsinki & Uusimaa 2nd
1987 Tier 4 III divisioona (Third Division) Section 2 Helsinki & Uusimaa 1st Promoted
1988 Tier 3 II Divisioona (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 5th
1989 Tier 3 II Divisioona (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 2nd
1990 Tier 3 II Divisioona (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 2nd
1991 Tier 3 II Divisioona (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 4th
1992 Tier 3 II Divisioona (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 4th
1993 Tier 3 II Divisioona (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 4th FC HIFK
1994 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 4th FC HIFK
1995 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 8th FC HIFK
1996 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 8th FC HIFK
1997 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 2nd FC HIFK
1998 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 2nd FC HIFK
1999 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 6th FC HIFK – Relegation Group South – 8th
2000 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 8th FC HIFK – Relegation Group South – 7th
2001 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 6th FC HIFK
2002 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 7th FC HIFK – Relegation Group South – 7th – Play-offs
2003 Tier 5 Nelonen (Fourth Division) Section 1 Uusimaa (SPL Helsinki) 5th
2004 Tier 5 Nelonen (Fourth Division) Section 1 Uusimaa (SPL Helsinki) 2nd
2005 Tier 5 Nelonen (Fourth Division) Section 2 Uusimaa (SPL Helsinki) 1st Promoted
2006 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 3 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Helsinki) 2nd
2007 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 2 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Helsinki) 1st Promoted
2008 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group B Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 7th
2009 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group A Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 7th
2010 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group A Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Play-offs, promoted
2011 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 9th
2012 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 10th Relegated
2013 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Play-offs, promoted
2014 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Promoted to Veikkausliiga
2015 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th  –
2016 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 10th  –
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Supporters and rivalries

HIFK Fotboll supporters June 2017.

Historically, HIFK has been primarily the club for the Swedish speaking middle-class population in Helsinki. However, the club nowadays is bilingual and language doesn't play key role in the club anymore. Nowadays, the most renowned supporter group of the club is Stadin Kingit (in English: "the kings of Stadi"). Its name derives from the common slang nickname for Helsinki (Stadi). The most of the members attend the handball, bandy and ice hockey matches of HIFK as well. The supporters are reported to have friendship with supporters of FC Copenhagen.

The single most important fixture for HIFK supporters is the one against the local rivals, HJK. The fixture is commonly known as Stadin derby.

Club structure

HIFK Fotboll run a large number of teams including 4 men's teams, 1 men's veterans team, 1 Academy team and 9 boys teams.

  • HIFK (Men's First Team) are competing in Veikkausliiga (The highest Division) administered by the Football Association of Finland (Suomen Palloliitto) . This is the highest tier in the Finnish football system. This is the first time in highest tier since 1972.
  • HIFK / 2 are competing in Section 2 (Lohko 2) of the Kolmonen (Third Division) administered by the Helsinki SPL. The team placed 4th.
  • HIFK / 3 are competing in Section 1 (Lohko 1) of the Nelonen (Fourth Division) administered by the Helsinki SPL. The team placed 9th.
  • HIFK / 4 are competing in Section 2 (Lohko 2) of the Kutonen (Sixth Division) administered by the Helsinki SPL. The team placed 2nd.

Updated as of season 2014.[10][11]

Players

As of 1 August 2017 [12]

Current squad

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

No. Position Player
1 Finland GK Tomi Maanoja
2 Finland DF Nosh A Lody
3 Finland DF Pauli Kuusijärvi
4 Finland DF Tommi Vesala
5 Finland DF Tuukka Andberg
6 Finland MF Xhevdet Gela
7 Finland MF Daniel Rantanen
8 Finland MF Jukka Halme
9 Finland FW Pekka Sihvola
10 Finland FW Juho Mäkelä
11 Finland MF Otto-Pekka Jurvainen
12 Finland MF Tuomas Aho
13 Finland MF Esa Terävä
15 Finland DF Kim Raimi
16 Finland FW Antti Ulmanen
No. Position Player
17 Finland DF Jani Bäckman
18 Finland DF Matias Hänninen
19 Finland FW Aleksi Ristola
20 Finland MF Tommi Jyry
21 Finland MF Eero Hyökyvirta
22 Finland MF Fredrik Lassas
23 Finland MF Mika Väyrynen (Captain)
25 Finland GK Jere Piirainen
27 Finland DF Nnaemeka Anyamele
28 Finland DF Kristian Heinolainen
29 Finland DF Joonas Salmi
30 Finland FW Abaas Ismail
31 Finland FW Nikolas Saira
71 Finland GK Saku Eriksson
99 Finland FW Mikael Forssell

Out on loan

As of 10 April 2017

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

No. Position Player
Finland MF Emil Lidman (at Gnistan)

Management and boardroom

Management

As of 22 March 2017 [13][14]

Name Role
Finland Antti Muurinen Head Coach
Finland Mikko Eskelinen Coach
Finland Petri Pyhältö Goalkeeper Coach
Finland Ville Anttonen Goalkeeper Coach
Finland Masi Salmi Physiotherapist
Finland Ville Rapeli Physiotherapist
Finland Toni Kneip Physiotherapist
Finland Mika Järvinen Kit Manager
Finland Aapo Haavisto Team Doctor
Finland Kirsi Korpi Team Doctor
Finland Joona Haavisto Team Director
Finland Petteri Jutila Team Director

Boardroom

As of 10 April 2016[15]

Name Role
Finland Kaarlo Kankkunen Chairman
Finland René Österman CEO

References

  1. ^ "HIFK Soccer – Historia". Retrieved 2010-07-21. 
  2. ^ a b "Finland – Divisional Movements 1930–2011". RSSSF Archives. 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-22. 
  3. ^ Tapio Keskitalo; Ari Virtanen (10 November 2014). "HIFK kaappasi FC Hongan Nnaemeka Anyamelen – joukkue pelaa liigaa Sonera-stadionilla". HS.fi (in Finnish). Helsingin Sanomat. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "HIFK hakee joukkorahoitusta". Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). Sanoma Oy. 16 December 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 
  5. ^ Herala, Olli (11 December 2014). "Futis-HIFK:n osakeanti: "Ei mitään pikavoittoja"". Kauppalehti (in Finnish). Kauppalehti Oy. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "Veikkausliiga, här kommer HIFK!". invesdor.com. Invesdor. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "Veikkausliiga – Ottelutilastot". Retrieved 2015-04-25. 
  8. ^ Jalkapallokirjat 1946–>, Suomen Palloliitto, ISSN 0787-7188
  9. ^ "Tulostus". urheilumuseo.fi. Retrieved 9 March 2017. 
  10. ^ "SPL Helsinki sarjat". splhelsinki.fi (in Finnish). Helsinki SPL. Archived from the original on 7 May 2014. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  11. ^ "Ykkönen". palloverkko.palloliitto.fi (in Finnish). Finnish Football Association. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  12. ^ "Edustusjoukkue - HIFK Fotboll". hifkfotboll.fi. Retrieved 9 March 2017. 
  13. ^ "Antti Muurisen johtaman HIFK:n valmennustiimi kaudelle 2017 - HIFK Fotboll". hifkfotboll.fi. 23 January 2017. Retrieved 9 March 2017. 
  14. ^ "Edustusjoukkue - HIFK Fotboll". hifkfotboll.fi. 22 March 2017. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  15. ^ "Yhteystiedot - HIFK Fotboll" (in Finnish). HIFK Fotboll. Retrieved 10 April 2016. 

External links

  • (in Finnish) Official football website
  • (in Finnish) Official club website
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