FC Kiffen 08

Kronohagens Idrottsförening (abbreviated KIF or Kiffen) (English: Kruununhaka Sports Association) is a sports club from Helsinki, Finland. The club was founded on 27 September 1908, and has been mainly known for the achievements of its association football and handball teams. In the past the club also played at the top level in ice hockey and has won the Kalevan malja (Kaleva Cup) in athletics. Other sports that the club participates include shooting, bandy, bowling, and boxing.

Kiffen
FC Kiffen 08 logo.svg
Full nameKronohagens Idrottsförening
Nickname(s)Kiffen, Mustat Hurmurit (Black Enchanters)
Founded27 September 1908; 114 years ago (1908-09-27)
GroundPallokenttä, Helsinki, Finland
Capacity3000
ChairmanHenrik Lindström
ManagerMako Tukiainen
LeagueKakkonen
20205th of 12

The men's football team is historically one of the most successful teams in Finland, and won the national football championship on three occasions during the 1910s, but currently plays in the Kakkonen (Second Division), the third tier of Finnish football. The football section of Kronohagens Idrottsforening is now known as FC Kiffen 08.

FootballEdit

HistoryEdit

Kiffen football is known as the Mustat Hurmurit (Black charmers). The name comes from the late 1920s when the black coloured jersey was first introduced bu Kiffen bandy team. Kiffen had two representatives, Ragnar Wickström and Lars Schybergson, in the Finnish football team at the Stockholm Olympics in 1912. The club then won the Finnish football championship (Mestaruussarja) in 1913, 1915 and 1916 in the years prior to Finnish independence in 1917. Kiffen’s last championship win came much later in 1955.[1]

The decline in Kiffen football set in a decade later when the club were relegated from the Mestaruussarja and then a further relegation from the Suomensarja (Finland League), the second tier, followed in 1965 to the Maakuntasarja, the third tier. Fortunes fluctuated in the late 1960s and early 1970s before the club made its last appearances in the Mestaruussarja in 1977 and 1978.[2] Among the players representing Kiffen at that time were Erkki Alaja, Juha Dahllund, Kai Haaskivi, Atik Ismail and Reima Kokko.

The following year in 1978 Kiffen had dropped to the Ykkönen (First Division) and in the subsequent years the club have not reached second tier football.[2] Over the last 30 years the club has fluctuated between the Kakkonen (Second Division) and Kolmonen (Third Division).

In 1982 and 1983 Kiffen’s ladies team reached the Finnish Women’s league championship qualifiers and from 1984 until 1989 played in the Premier Division after which the team withdrew with their divisional place being inherited by MP Mikkeli.[3]

Honours and achievementsEdit

  • Finnish Champions (Mestaruussarja Winners): 1913, 1915, 1916 and 1955[1]
  • Finnish Cup (Suomen Cup): Runners–up in 1958 (2–4 to KTP Kotka).

Divisional movements since 1930Edit

Top Level (25 seasons): 1930–32, 1940/41–46/47, 1948–57, 1960–64, 1977–78
Second Level (16 seasons): 1936–39, 1947/48, 195859, 1965, 1969–74, 1976, 1979
Third Level (21 seasons): 1975, 1980–85, 1990, 1994–2004, 2009–2012, 2015– [2]

Season to seasonEdit

Season to Season
Season Level Division Section Administration Position Movements
1930 Tier 1 A-Sarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th
1931 Tier 1 A-Sarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
1932 Tier 1 A-Sarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 8th Relegated
1933 Tier 2 B-Sarja (Second Division) Helsinki Region Qualifying Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) Did not Qualify to nationwide league
1934 Tier 2 B-Sarja (Second Division) Western Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
1935 Tier 2 B-Sarja (Second Division) West League Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
1936 Tier 2 Itä-Länsi-sarja (Second Division) West League Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
1937 Tier 2 Itä-Länsi-sarja (Second Division) West League Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
1938 Tier 2 Itä-Länsi-sarja (Second Division) West League, South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Promotion Playoff
1939 Tier 2 Itä-Länsi-sarja (Second Division) West League, Group 1 Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Promotion Group West 1st - Promoted
1940 Tier 1 Cup-Competition Cup format Finnish FA(Suomen Palloliitto) Quarter-finals
1940-41 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th
1942 Tier 1 Cup-Competition Cup format Finnish FA & TUL (Suomen Palloliitto & Työväen Urheiluliitto) Quarter-finals
1943-44 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th Qualifying round 2nd
1945 Tier 1 SPL Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Groub B Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
1945 Tier 1 Cup-Competition Cup format Finnish FA & TUL (Suomen Palloliitto & Työväen Urheiluliitto) Round of 32
1945-46 Tier 1 SPL Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
1946-47 Tier 1 SPL Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 8th Relegated
1947-48 Tier 2 Suomensarja (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Promotion Group 1st - Promoted
1948 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th
1949 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
1950 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th
1951 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th
1952 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 8th
1953 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th
1954 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th
1955 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Champions
1956 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
1957 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 9th Relegated
1958 Tier 2 Suomensarja (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd
1959 Tier 2 Suomensarja (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Promoted
1960 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
1961 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd
1962 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 9th
1963 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 9th
1964 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 12th Relegated
1965 Tier 2 Suomensarja (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 12th Relegated
1966 Tier 3 Maakuntasarja (Third Division) Group 1 Helsinki Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 3rd
1967 Tier 3 Maakuntasarja (Third Division) Group 1 Helsinki & Uusimaa Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 2nd
1968 Tier 3 Maakuntasarja (Third Division) Group 1 Helsinki & Uusimaa Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Promoted
1969 Tier 2 Suomensarja (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd
1970 Tier 2 II Divisioona (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
1971 Tier 2 II Divisioona (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 8th
1972 Tier 2 II Divisioona (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
1973 Tier 2 I Divisioona (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 8th
1974 Tier 2 I Divisioona (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 12th Relegated
1975 Tier 3 II Divisioona (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Promoted
1976 Tier 2 I Divisioona (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Promoted
1977 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 8th
1978 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 11th Relegated
1979 Tier 2 I Divisioona (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 12th Relegation Group 8th - Relegated
1980 Tier 3 II Divisioona (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 8th
1981 Tier 3 II Divisioona (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 9th
1982 Tier 3 II Divisioona (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 5th
1983 Tier 3 II Divisioona (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 7th
1984 Tier 3 II Divisioona (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 7th
1985 Tier 3 II Divisioona (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 11th Relegated
1986 Tier 4 III divisioona (Third Division) Group 2 Helsinki & Uusimaa 4th
1987 Tier 4 III divisioona (Third Division) Group 2 Helsinki & Uusimaa 9th
1988 Tier 4 III divisioona (Third Division) Group 2 Helsinki & Uusimaa 8th
1989 Tier 4 III divisioona (Third Division) Group 1 Helsinki & Uusimaa 1st Promoted
1990 Tier 3 II Divisioona (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 11th Relegated
1991 Tier 4 III divisioona (Third Division) Group 2 Helsinki & Uusimaa 7th
1992 Tier 4 III divisioona (Third Division) Group 1 Helsinki & Uusimaa 5th
1993 Tier 4 III divisioona (Third Division) Group 2 Helsinki & Uusimaa 2nd Promoted
1994 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 9th
1995 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 4th
1996 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 6th
1997 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 8th
1998 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 5th
1999 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 3rd
2000 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 5th
2001 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 7th
2002 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 6th
2003 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 10th
2004 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 12th Relegated
2005 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 1 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 3rd
2006 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 3 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Helsinki) 5th
2007 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 2 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Helsinki) 2nd
2008 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 3 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Helsinki) 1st Promoted
2009 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group A Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 8th
2010 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group A Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 2nd
2011 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group A Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 9th
2012 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Itäinen (Eastern) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 9th Relegated
2013 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 2 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Uusimaa) 2nd
2014 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 2 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Helsinki) 1st Promoted
2015 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Itäinen (Eastern) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 6th
2016 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Itäinen (Eastern) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 8th
2017 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Itäinen (Eastern) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 6th
2018 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group B Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 9th
2019 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group A Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 10th
2020 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group A Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 5th

[4][5]

Club structureEdit

Kiffen runs 3 men's teams and 6 veteran's teams.

FC Kiffen are competing in Group A of the Kakkonen. This is the third tier of the Finnish football system. In 2020 the team finished in fifth position in their Kakkonen group.

FC Kiffen/3 are participating in the Section 1 of the Nelonen (Fourth Division).

FC Kiffen/3 are participating in the Section 3 of the Vitonen (Fifth Division).

Current squadEdit

As of 9 January 2021 [6]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   FIN Elias Mattila
GK   FIN Niko Tervonen
DF   FIN Jere Jääskeläinen
DF   FIN Riku Heinonen
DF   FIN Niko Strengell
DF   FIN Ilmari Lappalainen
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   FIN Leevi Saikkonen
MF   FIN Severi Murto
MF   FIN Mauricio Hopsu
FW   FIN Samuli Heiska

ManagementEdit

As of 9 January 2021

Name Role
  Mako Tukiainen Head Coach
  Daniel Stevens Assistant Coach
  Jari Hakala Coach
  Oso Hautamo Goalkeeping Coach
  Teemu Itkonen Kit Manager
  Raynold Dickmann Honorary Kit Manager
  Kimmo Silventoinen Team Manager
  Henrik Lindström First Team Administrator
  Janne Wikman Executive Director
  Jaakko Jokilahti Media

BandyEdit

The club played bandy in its early years and was the runner-up for the Finnish championship five times between 1917 and 1932.

Ice hockeyEdit

Kiffen played under the name KIF in the Finnish SM-sarja for several occasions. KIF won the SM-sarja 3 times (1939, 1941 and 1943). KIF played its final SM-sarja season in 1952 and has not been playing top level ice hockey since.

HandballEdit

Kiffen has one of the most successful Handball teams in Finland. Kiffen played in the Finnish Handball League from 1969 to 2003. Kiffen's best years were during the 1970s when they were 10 times in the medals.

References and sourcesEdit

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Finland – List of league First Level Tables". RSSSF Archives. 2010. Retrieved 18 June 2010.
  2. ^ a b c "Finland – Divisional Movements 1930–2009". RSSSF Archives. 2010. Retrieved 18 June 2010.
  3. ^ "Finland – List of Women's League First Level Tables". RSSSF Archives. 2010. Retrieved 18 June 2010.
  4. ^ "Home". finlandfootball.net.
  5. ^ Helsingin Sanomat 1933 no 148
  6. ^ "Joukkue" (in Finnish). FC Kiffen. Retrieved 9 August 2018.