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Football Club International Turku (commonly known as Inter Turku) is a football club based in Turku, Finland. It was founded in 1990, and has played in the Veikkausliiga, the highest level of Finnish football since 1996. TPS Turku are considered main rivals for Inter.

FC Inter Turku
Logo of FC Inter Turku
Full nameFootball Club International Turku
Nickname(s)Sinimustat ('Black and Blues')
Founded1990; 29 years ago (1990)
GroundVeritas Stadion
Kupittaa, Turku
Capacity9,372
ChairmanFinland Stefan Håkans
ManagerSpain José Riveiro[1]
LeagueVeikkausliiga
20187th

FC Inter operates 12 youth teams and a youth academy in association with the city of Turku.

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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 couldn't 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, Dutch 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

Season to seasonEdit

Season Level Division Section Administration Position Movements
1992 Tier 4 III divisioona (Third Division) SPL Turku 5th
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

Current squadEdit

As of 16 April 2019

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

No. Position Player
2   DF Luciano Balbi
3   DF Juuso Hämäläinen
4   DF Miro Tenho
5   DF Daan Klinkenberg
6   DF Daniel Kamy
8   MF Álvaro Muñiz
10   FW Filip Valenčič
11   FW Albion Ademi
12   GK Henrik Moisander
13   GK Aati Marttinen
14   MF Elias Mastokangas
15   FW Timo Furuholm (captain)
No. Position Player
16   DF Niko Markkula
17   FW Mika Ojala
18   FW Lassi Viholainen
19   MF Aleksi Paananen
20   FW Hanson Boakai
21   MF Niilo Mäenpää
22   DF Arttu Hoskonen
23   MF Matias Lahti
24   FW Joona Järvistö
25   MF Mikko Kuningas
26   FW Eero Tamminen
28   MF Mikke Louhela

Out on loanEdit

As of 17 August 2018

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

No. Position Player
9   FW Benjamin Källman (at Dundee until end of Scottish season)

ManagementEdit

As of 16 April 2019.

Name Role
  José Riveiro Manager
  Sergio Almenara Coach
  Michel Bellver Fitness Coach
  Jani Meriläinen First Team Administrator, Goalkeeping Coach
  Erol Ates Talent Coach
  David Moore Kit Manager
  Ville Peltonen Physiotherapist

HonoursEdit

Winners (1): 2008
Winners (2): 2009, 2017–18
Winners (1): 2008
  • Most goals scored: Tero Forss (74 goals, 1993–01)
  • Most matches played: Petri Lehtonen (227 matches, 1993–03)

Past managersEdit

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