AC Oulu

AC Oulu (ACO) is a Finnish football club based in Oulu. Formed in 2002, the club have played two seasons in Finland's highest football league Veikkausliiga and seven seasons in the second highest league Ykkönen. The club are currently playing in Veikkausliiga. They currently play their home games at Raatti Stadium, and the club colours are navy blue, and white.

AC Oulu
AC Oulu.svg
Full nameAC Oulu
Founded2002; 19 years ago (2002)
GroundRaatti Stadium, Oulu
Capacity5,000
ChairmanVille Puukka
ManagerJyrki Ahola
LeagueVeikkausliiga
2020Ykkönen, 1st (promotion)
WebsiteClub website

HistoryEdit

AC Oulu was founded in 2002 as a joint initiative of the OLS, OPS, OTP and Tervarit clubs with the aim of bringing top level football back to Oulu. FC Oulu played in the Veikkausliiga in the early '90s as the most recent team from Oulu to play top-tier Finnish football. After four seasons in the Ykkönen, AC Oulu reached the Finlands highest football league Veikkausliiga in 2007. However, they were relegated back to the Ykkönen at the end of their first season in the top division. After two seasons in the second tier AC Oulu won promotion again to the Veikkausliiga at the end of the 2009 season after finishing top of the Ykkönen.

Having finished 11th in 2010 season the club were initially going to continue in the Veikkausliiga for the 2011 season. However, they were denied a league licence for financial reasons and therefore dropped down to the Ykkönen.

Current squadEdit

As of 16 July 2021[1]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   FIN Juhani Pennanen
2 DF   FIN Aapo Kuivila (on loan from SJK)
3 DF   FIN Miika Koskela
4 DF   ESP Ruxi
5 DF   FIN Lassi Nurmos
6 MF   FIN Anselmi Nurmela
7 FW   FIN Samu Alanko
8 MF   FIN Obed Malolo
9 FW   FIN Severi Kähkönen
10 FW   AFG Fareed Sadat
11 DF   BRA Rafinha
12 GK   FIN Juuso Särkelä
13 DF   FIN Joona Lohela
15 MF   FIN Jere Kallinen
16 DF   FIN Henrik Ölander
17 FW   FIN Niklas Jokelainen
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 DF   FIN Jarkko Hurme
19 FW   ROU David Popa
20 MF   FIN Otso Liimatta
21 FW   FIN Aapo Heikkilä
22 GK   CAN Yann-Alexandre Fillion
23 FW   FIN Nikolas Saira
26 MF   FIN Lasse Ikonen
28 MF   FIN Nestori Kekonen
29 FW   FIN Kevin Larsson
MF   LIE Dennis Salanović (on loan from FC Thun)
MF   RUS Sergei Eremenko (on loan from FK Spartaks Jūrmala)
MF    SUI Magnus Breitenmoser (on loan from FC Thun)
DF   NGA Lucky Opara (on loan from FK Spartaks Jūrmala)
MF   NGA Usman Sale

Out on loanEdit

As of 17 January 2018

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

No. Pos. Nation Player

Management and boardroomEdit

ManagementEdit

As of 15 September 2020[2]

Name Role
  Jyrki Ahola Head Coach
  Teemu Tavikainen Assistant Coach
  Jani Luukkonen Goalkeeping Coach
  Pasi Moilanen Team Manager
  Lasse Pohjola Kit Manager
  Arttu Siira Masseur
  Ari Korkala Physiotherapist
  Ville Puukka Doctor

BoardroomEdit

As of 15 September 2020[3]

Name Role
  Ville Puukka Chairman
  Timo Kalermo Vice Chairman
  Juho Meriläinen CEO
  Markus Heikkinen Director of Football

StatisticsEdit

Season to seasonEdit

G W D L GF - GA P
2003 Ykkönen 8. 26 9 8 9 37 - 37 35
2004 Ykkönen 5. 26 10 9 7 39 - 33 39
2005 Ykkönen 10. 26 8 7 11 32 - 33 31
2006 Ykkönen 2. 26 15 7 4 53 - 25 52
2007 Veikkausliiga 14. 26 5 7 14 28 - 49 22
2008 Ykkönen 4. 26 10 11 5 40 - 26 41
2009 Ykkönen 1. 26 16 5 5 57 - 24 53
2010 Veikkausliiga 11. 26 8 6 12 31 - 44 30
2011 Ykkönen 3. 24 14 6 4 51 - 22 48
2012 Ykkönen 6. 27 9 10 8 38 - 35 37
2013 Ykkönen 5. 27 11 7 9 36 - 38 40
2014 Ykkönen 4. 27 13 8 6 46 - 32 47
2015 Ykkönen 5. 27 12 8 7 31 - 28 44
2016 Ykkönen 4. 27 12 7 8 50 - 31 43

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Joukkue 2021" (in Finnish). AC Oulu. Retrieved 21 April 2021.
  2. ^ "Joukkue 2020" (in Finnish). AC Oulu. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Yhteystiedot" (in Finnish). AC Oulu. Retrieved 15 September 2020.

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