FC Inter Turku

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Football Club International Turku, commonly referred to as Inter Turku and colloquially known as Inter, is a professional football club based in Turku, Finland, that competes in the Veikkausliiga, the top flight of Finnish Football. Founded in 1990 by Stefan Håkans, the club has a rivalry with Turun Palloseura.

FC Inter Turku
Logo of FC Inter Turku
Full nameFootball Club International Turku
Nickname(s)Sinimustat ('Black and Blues')
Founded1990; 31 years ago (1990)
GroundVeritas Stadion
Kupittaa, Turku
Capacity9,372
ChairmanStefan Håkans
ManagerJosé Riveiro[1]
LeagueVeikkausliiga
20202nd
WebsiteClub website

Inter have won one League title, two Finnish Cups, and one League Cup. They play their home league matches at Veritas Stadion, with a capacity of 9,372 seats for most matches.

HistoryEdit

FC Inter was founded in 1990 by Stefan Håkans, the managing director of the towage and salvage company Alfons Håkans, allegedly after his 11-year-old son could not fit into any of the other youth teams in Turku. The club started out as a youth team, but in 1992 a senior squad was founded and it entered the Finnish league system at the fourth level (Third Division). The following year, the club assumed the place of the financially troubled local club Turun Toverit in the Second Division. Manager Timo Sinkkonen invested in new players, and eventually the club finished first and was promoted to the First Division (Ykkönen).

In 1995, Inter finished first in the Ykkönen and was promoted, as well as reaching the semi-final stage in the Finnish Cup. The squad was strengthened with new players, and in 1996, as both of Turku's better teams were now playing in the Veikkausliiga, the club's attendance records were broken with 8,200 spectators in the local derby between TPS and Inter.

In 1997, the club were relegated after finishing last in the Veikkausliiga, but achieved promotion again the following season. New foreign players were bought to strengthen the squad, such as Richard Teberio and Fernando della Sala. Since then the club has consistently finished between 7th and 4th in the league, and maintained a steady inflow of foreign players as well as young starlets from its own youth academy.

During the 2006 season Inter sacked their manager Kari Virtanen and hired new coach, Dutchman Rene van Eck. After the season van Eck returned to Switzerland to coach FC Wohlen, and another Dutchman Job Dragtsma took over.

In 2008 Inter led the league since early season and clinched their first Finnish championship title after winning against FF Jaro in their final game.

European cup historyEdit

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R   ÍA 0–0 4–0 4–0  
2R   NK Varteks 2–2 3–4 5–6  
2009–10 UEFA Champions League 2Q   Sheriff 0–1 0–1 0–2  
2010–11 UEFA Europa League 3Q   Genk 1–5 2–3 3–8  
2012–13 UEFA Europa League 2Q   Twente 0–5 1–1 1–6  
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Víkingur Gøta 0–1 1–1 1–2  
2019–20 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Brøndby 2–0 1–4 3–4  
2020–21 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Honvéd N/A 1−2 (a.e.t.) N/A  
2021–22 UEFA Europa Conference League 1Q

Season to seasonEdit

Season Level Division Section Administration Position Movements
1992 Tier 4 III divisioona (Third Division) Group 3 Turku District (SPL Turku) 6th
1993 Tier 3 II divisioona (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 2nd Promoted
1994 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
1995 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Promoted
1996 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th Upper Group – 6th
1997 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th Third round – 10th – Relegated
1998 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd Upper Group – 3rd – Promoted
1999 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd Upper Group – 5th
2000 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th
2001 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
2002 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
2003 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th
2004 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
2005 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
2006 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 10th
2007 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 9th
2008 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Champions
2009 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
2010 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th
2011 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd
2012 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd
2013 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 9th
2014 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 10th
2015 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
2016 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 11th
2017 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 9th
2018 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th
2019 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd
2020 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd
2021 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) ?

Current squadEdit

As of 21 April 2021[2]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
2 DF   FIN Jesper Engström
3 DF   FIN Juuso Hämäläinen
4 DF   NED Rick Ketting
5 DF   FIN Noah Nurmi
6 MF   GHA Anthony Annan
8 MF   ESP Alejandro Sanz
9 FW   ARG Pibe
10 FW   FIN Benjamin Källman
11 DF   FIN Lassi Järvenpää
12 GK   FIN Henrik Moisander
13 GK   FIN Aati Marttinen
15 FW   FIN Timo Furuholm (captain)
No. Pos. Nation Player
16 FW   JPN Taiki Kagayama
18 DF   FIN Markus Arsalo
19 MF   FIN Aleksi Paananen
20 DF   FIN Juho Hyvärinen
21 MF   FIN Matias Ojala
22 DF   FIN Arttu Hoskonen
23 MF   FIN Mohammed Bakkar
24 MF   FIN Ryan Mahuta
25 DF   FIN Martti Haukioja
26 FW   FIN Jasper Yrjas

Out on loanEdit

As of 21 April 2021

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
14 MF   FIN Elias Mastokangas (at IFK Mariehamn until the end of the 2021 season)
27 MF   FIN Jan Heinonen (at KPV until the end of the 2021 season)
No. Pos. Nation Player
28 MF   FIN Roope Kantola (at MP until the end of the 2021 season)
FW   FIN Matias Tamminen (at KTP until the end of the 2021 season)

ManagementEdit

As of 19 January 2021.

Name Role
  José Riveiro Manager
  Sergio Almenara Coach
  Michel Bellver Fitness Coach
  Juanjo Roa Goalkeeping Coach
  Erol Ates Talent Coach
  David Moore First Team Administrator
  Ville Peltonen Physiotherapist
  Teemu Ahonen Physiotherapist
  Seppo Pajunen Kit Manager

HonoursEdit

Winners: 2008
Runners-up: 2019
Winners: 2009, 2017–18
Runners-up: 2020
Winners: 2008

Player recordsEdit

Past managersEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit