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FC Lahti is a Finnish football club based in the city of Lahti. It currently plays in the Finnish Premier League (Veikkausliiga) after placing first in the Finnish First Division (Ykkönen) during season 2011. The homeground of FC Lahti is Lahden Stadion. FC Lahti is famous of being the local team of the most successful Finnish player, Jari Litmanen. Litmanen played in FC Lahti two times, 2004 and 2009-2010. In his youth years and the start of his career, he played in Reipas Lahti.

Lahti
Club crest
Full nameFootball Club Lahti[1][2]
Nickname(s)Mustat kuhnurit (The Black Drones)
Founded1996; 23 years ago (1996)
GroundLahden Stadion,
Lahti
Capacity14,500 (7,465 seated)
ChairmanMika Halttunen
ManagerToni Huuhka
Sami Ristilä
LeagueVeikkausliiga
20188th
Lahden Stadion – Aerial view

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HistoryEdit

FC Lahti was founded in 1996 when two rival clubs from Lahti – FC Kuusysi and Reipas Lahti (founded in Viipuri and moved to Lahti after Viipuri was ceded to USSR in 1947) – decided to merge. Also, the reserve club FC Pallo-Lahti was formed, but it was closed down after a couple of seasons due to economic difficulties. Both Reipas and Kuusysi controlled the junior section of the club.

FC Lahti played its first season in 1997, in the southern group of Ykkönen, the second tier of Finnish football. It finished second in the first half of the split league format Ykkönen but was placed third in the final half, behind FC Haka and PK-35, both of which were promoted to Veikkausliiga. The next season, 1998, saw success and FC Lahti finally gained promotion to the highest tier. They were relegated at the end of the 2010 season.

In the premier division, Lahti has not yet achieved the success of Kuusysi and Reipas. In 2007 Lahti won the Finnish League Cup. In 2008 FC Lahti was third in the Veikkausliiga final table and was placed in the UEFA Europa League qualification rounds for season 2009.

HonoursEdit

FC Lahti in EuropeEdit

As of 20 July 2018

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Dinamo Tirana 4–1 0–2 4–3  
2Q   Gorica 2–0 0–1 2–1  
3Q   Club Brugge 1–1 2–3 3–4  
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 1Q   IF Elfsborg 2–2 0–5 2–7  
2018–19 UEFA Europa League 1Q   FH 0–3 0–0 0–3  
Notes
  • 1Q: First qualifying round
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round

Season to seasonEdit

Season Level Division Section Administration Position Movements
1997 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd Promotion Group – 3rd
1998 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Promotion Group – 1st – Promoted
1999 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 10th Relegation Group – Play-offs
2000 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 8th
2001 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 9th
2002 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th Upper Group – 8th
2003 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
2004 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th
2005 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th
2006 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 8th
2007 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 8th
2008 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
2009 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 11th
2010 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 14th Relegated
2011 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Promoted
2012 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
2013 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
2014 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
2015 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
2016 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 8th
2017 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
2018 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 8th

Current squadEdit

As of 16 April 2019[3]

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 Jani Tanska
3   DF Mikko Hauhia (Captain)
5   DF Mikko Viitikko
6   MF Eemeli Virta
7   MF Pekka Lagerblom
8   MF Matti Klinga
9   FW Irfan Sadik
10   FW Erik Törnros
11   MF Jasin-Amin Assehnoun
12   GK Joona Tiainen
13   DF Jean-Christophe Coubronne
14   FW Ville Salmikivi
No. Position Player
15   FW Tomi Kult
16   DF Lassi Forss
17   DF Teemu Penninkangas
18   MF Teemu Jäntti
19   FW Jerónimo Amione
20   MF Josu
21   MF Pyry Lampinen
22   MF Matias Niuta
23   MF Tim Martinen
29   FW Gaël Etock
33   GK Patrick Rakovsky
  MF Drilon Shala

ManagementEdit

As of 16 April 2019.

Name Role
  Sami Ristilä Head Coach
  Pekka Lagerblom Assistant Coach
  Toni Huuhka Fitness Coach / Assistant Coach
  Ari Korhonen Goalkeeping Coach
  Mikko Poutiainen Physiotherapist
  Erno Jokinen Physiotherapist
  Pekka Penttinen Kit Manager
  Janne Kaartti Masseur
  Jussi Juurikka Team Manager

FC Lahti AkatemiaEdit

FC Lahti's reserve team currently plays in the Kakkonen. It is coached by Juha-Pekka Ojala.[4]

ManagersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FC Lahti Profile". Worldfootball.net. HEIM:SPIEL Medien GmbH & Co. KG. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Football Club Lahti". Fussball.com. Active Agent AG. Archived from the original on 1 September 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Pelaajat" [Players]. fclahti.fi (in Finnish). Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Juha-Pekka Ojalasta FC Lahti Akatemian vastuuvalmentaja". fckuusysi.fi. Retrieved 10 March 2017.

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