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; 25 years ago (1996)
GroundLahden Stadion,
Lahti
Capacity14,500 (7,465 seated)
ChairmanMika Halttunen
ManagerIlir Zeneli
LeagueVeikkausliiga
20217th
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 but bounced back after just one season in Ykkönen.

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. FC Lahti repeated the success in 2014 by finishing third for the second time in their history. The club qualified to the Europa League qualifiers for the third time in 2018 when the club finished fourth in the table the season before.

HonoursEdit

Finnish League Cup

  • Winners: 2007, 2013, 2016
  • Runners-up: 2004, 2005

Finnish Cup

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
2019 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 8th
2020 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 14 July 2021[3]

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 Timi Lahti
3 DF   FIN Daniel Koskipalo
4 DF   FIN Riyad El Alami
5 DF   FIN Mikko Viitikko
6 MF   ESP Javier Hervás
7 FW   KVX Altin Zeqiri
8 MF   FIN Matti Klinga
9 FW   NGA Geoffrey Chinedu (on loan from Olimpik Donetsk)
10 MF   FIN Eemeli Virta
13 DF   FRA Jean-Christophe Coubronne
14 DF   FIN Tapio Torpo
15 DF   FIN Kari Arkivuo
16 DF   FIN Lassi Forss
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 FW   KVX Arlind Sejdiu
19 DF   FIN Viljami Isotalo
20 MF   TOG Henri Eninful
21 MF   FIN Pyry Lampinen
22 FW   FIN Loorents Hertsi
23 FW   FIN Kristian Yli-Hietanen
24 FW   FIN Asaad Babiker
25 GK   ESP Antonio Reguero
27 DF   FIN Teemu Penninkangas
30 GK   FIN Anton Munukka
31 GK   FIN Joona Tiainen
59 FW   SEN Macoumba Kandji

ManagementEdit

As of 11 September 2020.

Name Role
  Ilir Zeneli Head Coach
  Mika Heino Fitness Coach
  Toni Lindberg Coach
  Ari Korhonen Goalkeeping Coach
  Joni Kallioinen Talent 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 played its last season in Kakkonen in 2017. After they were relegated to Kolmonen for the season 2018 the team's activity was taken over by its administrational parent club FC Kuusysi.

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. 2021 squad

External linksEdit