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, who played for the club in two stints in 2004 and 2009–10. 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; 24 years ago (1996)
GroundLahden Stadion,
Lahti
Capacity14,500 (7,465 seated)
ChairmanMika Halttunen
ManagerToni Huuhka
Sami Ristilä
LeagueVeikkausliiga
20198th
WebsiteClub website
Lahden Stadion – Aerial view

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

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 3 January 2020[3]

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

No. Position Player
5   DF Mikko Viitikko
6   MF Eemeli Virta
8   MF Matti Klinga
10   FW Erik Törnros
11   FW Jasin-Amin Assehnoun
12   GK Joona Tiainen
13   DF Jean-Christophe Coubronne
16   DF Lassi Forss
18   MF Teemu Jäntti
No. Position Player
20   MF Valdrin Rashica
21   FW Pyry Lampinen
22   MF Matias Niuta
23   FW Tim Martinen
24   FW Altin Zeqiri
33   GK Patrick Rakovsky
  DF Kari Arkivuo
  DF Timi Lahti
  DF Viljami Isotalo

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] (in Finnish). FC Lahti. 2019 squad
  4. ^ "Juha-Pekka Ojalasta FC Lahti Akatemian vastuuvalmentaja". fckuusysi.fi. Retrieved 10 March 2017.

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