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HIFK Fotboll or IFK Helsingfors is an association football section of HIFK, a sports club from Helsinki, Finland. The men's football first team plays in the highest tier of Finnish football, Veikkausliiga. Their home ground is at the Telia 5G -areena.

HIFK Fotboll
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Full nameHelsingin Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna
Nickname(s)IFK
Tähtirinnat (The Star Chested)
Stadens stolthet (The city's pride)
Röda (The Reds)
Founded1897
GroundTelia 5G -areena
Helsinki, Finland
Capacity10,770
ChairmanChristoffer Perret
Head CoachTor Thodesen
LeagueVeikkausliiga
20181st (Ykkönen) Increase
WebsiteClub website
Active departments of
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Bandy Football Ice hockey
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Handball Floorball Athletics
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Bowling eSports Golf

HistoryEdit

Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna i Helsingfors was formed on 15 October 1897 by Georges Doubitsky, a 15-year-old student at the Svenska Reallyceum school in Helsinki. In those early years the club specialised in athletics, football and bandy. The football section was established in 1907, the same year that the Football Association of Finland was founded. The first football match played HIFK was at the Kaisaniemi ground on 17 May 1908 where the new team lost 1–2 to Unitas.[1]

In those early years HIFK were runners-up in the Mestaruussarja (then played as a cup competition) on 5 occasions in 1909, 1912, 1928 and 1929. In addition in 1912 the Finnish Football team at the Stockholm Olympics comprised a team of HIFK players.

HIFK won their first Finnish championship (Mestaruussarja) in 1930 a feat that they were to repeat on three other occasions in 1931, 1933 and 1937 in a tremendous decade for the club. HIFK also won the Mestaruussarja in 1947, 1959 and 1961. In total HIFK won the Finnish championship on 7 occasions.

HIFK was one of the most successful football sides in Finland until the early 1970s when the team were relegated from the Mestaruussarja (Finnish Premier League). After 1972 the team wandered around the lower divisions of Finnish football, having even played in the Nelonen (Fourth Division), the fifth tier of the Finnish football league system, in 1980–83 and 2003–05, and only would return to the first level 43 years later.

In total, since 1930, HIFK have played 29 seasons in the Mestaruussarja (the top tier), 18 seasons in the second tier and 18 seasons in the third tier. Their best spell in recent decades was from 1999 to 2002 when the club participated in the Ykkönen (First Division).[2] However, the club overstretched themselves which resulted in the withdrawal from the Ykkönen at the end of the 2002 season and taking the place of the second team in the Nelonen (Fourth Division) in 2003. More recently HIFK made great progress and returned to Ykkönen (First Division), the second tier of Finnish football for seasons 2011 and 2012 only to be relegated back to Kakkonen after their 2012 season. Back in Kakkonen, HIFK rehired coach Jani Honkavaara who was the coach when HIFK first were promoted to Ykkönen. Since his second term they were able to play in Ykkönen for a third time this millennia, when beating their promotion play-off opponent PS Kemi Kings.

HIFK won Ykkönen in 2014 and thereby were automatically promoted into the highest tier of Finnish football, Veikkausliiga. After securing their promotion, HIFK announced that they would play their 2015 season home games on Telia 5G -areena, the home ground of their local rivals HJK Helsinki.[3] In December 2014 HIFK launched a crowdfunding campaign through Invesdor. HIFK aimed to gather 250.000 – 500.000 euros by selling shares of the club valued at 189,70 euros a piece. According to club chairman René Österman, HIFK was in need of funding for the upcoming Veikkausliiga season and crowdfunding gave a chance for the club's supporters to own a part of the club. The campaign ended successfully in January 2015 and HIFK gathered 335.495 euros from 786 investors.[4][5][6]

After three seasons in Veikkausliiga, HIFK were relegated to Ykkönen after finishing 11th in 2017 season and losing relegation play-offs against FC Honka on away goals. However, after a successful 2018 campaign in Ykkönen, HIFK was promoted back to Veikkausliiga for the 2019 season.

European campaignsEdit

HIFK participated in the European Cup in the 1960–61 and 1962–63 seasons and played in the UEFA cup in 1971–72.

Season Competition Round Country Club Score Agg.
1960–61 European Cup Preliminary round   IFK Malmö 1–3, 1–2 2–5
1962–63 European Cup First round   Austria Wien 3–5, 0–2 3–7
1971–72 UEFA Cup First round   Rosenborg 0–3, 0–1 0–4

HonoursEdit

Mestaruussarja Championships (7): 1930, 1931, 1933, 1937, 1947, 1959, 1961

Mestaruussarja Runners-up (7): 1909, 1912, 1928, 1929, 1934, 1935, 1971

Attendance Record: 10,500 (HIFK – HJK, Telia 5G -areena, 10 August 2016)[7]

Divisional movements since 1930Edit

  • Top Level (32 seasons): 1930–45, 1947–49, 1958–66, 1970–72, 2015–2017, 2019-
  • Second Level (22 seasons): 1945–46, 1950–57, 1967–69, 1973–74, 1999–02, 2011–12, 2014, 2018
  • Third Level (19 seasons): 1975–78, 1988–98, 2008–10, 2013[2]

Season to seasonEdit

Season to season
Season Level Division Section Administration Position Movements
1930 Tier 1 A-sarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Champions
1931 Tier 1 A-sarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Champions
1932 Tier 1 A-sarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
1933 Tier 1 A-sarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Champions
1934 Tier 1 A-sarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd
1935 Tier 1 A-sarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd
1936 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
1937 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Champions
1938 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th
1939 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
1940–41 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
1943–44 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
1945 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja Group 1 Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
1945–46 Tier 2 Suomensarja (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Promoted
1946–47 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd Championship Series 1st, Champions
1947–48 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd
1948 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 10th
1949 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 9th Relegated
1950 Tier 2 Suomensarja (First Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 2nd
1951 Tier 2 Suomensarja (First Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 6th
1952 Tier 2 Suomensarja (First Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 4th
1953 Tier 2 Suomensarja (First Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 4th
1954 Tier 2 Suomensarja (First Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 5th
1955 Tier 2 Suomensarja (First Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 8th
1956 Tier 2 Suomensarja (First Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 3rd
1957 Tier 2 Suomensarja (First Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Promoted
1958 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
1959 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Champions
1960 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
1961 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Champions
1962 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th
1963 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
1964 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th
1965 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
1966 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 10th Relegated
1967 Tier 2 Suomensarja (First Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 4th
1968 Tier 2 Suomensarja (First Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 4th
1969 Tier 2 Suomensarja (First Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Promotion Group 2nd, promoted
1970 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
1971 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd
1972 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 10th Relegated
1973 Tier 2 I divisioona (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 4th
1974 Tier 2 I divisioona (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 11th Relegated
1975 Tier 3 II Divisioona (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 6th
1976 Tier 3 II Divisioona (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 4th
1977 Tier 3 II Divisioona (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 9th
1978 Tier 3 II Divisioona (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 11th Relegated
1979 Tier 4 III divisioona (Third Division) Section 2 Helsinki & Uusimaa 11th Relegated
1980 Tier 5 IV divisioona (Fourth Division) Section 4 Helsinki & Uusimaa 8th
1981 Tier 5 IV divisioona (Fourth Division) Section 1 Helsinki & Uusimaa 7th
1982 Tier 5 IV divisioona (Fourth Division) Section 2 Helsinki & Uusimaa 4th
1983 Tier 5 IV divisioona (Fourth Division) Section 3 Helsinki & Uusimaa 1st Promoted via play-offs
1984 Tier 4 III divisioona (Third Division) Section 2 Helsinki & Uusimaa 1st Promotion play-offs
1985 Tier 4 III divisioona (Third Division) Section 1 Helsinki & Uusimaa 3rd
1986 Tier 4 III divisioona (Third Division) Section 2 Helsinki & Uusimaa 2nd
1987 Tier 4 III divisioona (Third Division) Section 2 Helsinki & Uusimaa 1st Promoted
1988 Tier 3 II Divisioona (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 5th
1989 Tier 3 II Divisioona (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 2nd
1990 Tier 3 II Divisioona (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 2nd
1991 Tier 3 II Divisioona (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 4th
1992 Tier 3 II Divisioona (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 4th
1993 Tier 3 II Divisioona (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 4th FC HIFK
1994 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 4th FC HIFK
1995 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 8th FC HIFK
1996 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 8th FC HIFK
1997 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 2nd FC HIFK
1998 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 2nd FC HIFK
1999 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 6th FC HIFK – Relegation Group South – 8th
2000 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 8th FC HIFK – Relegation Group South – 7th
2001 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 6th FC HIFK
2002 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 7th FC HIFK – Relegation Group South – 7th – Play-offs
2003 Tier 5 Nelonen (Fourth Division) Section 1 Uusimaa (SPL Helsinki) 5th
2004 Tier 5 Nelonen (Fourth Division) Section 1 Uusimaa (SPL Helsinki) 2nd
2005 Tier 5 Nelonen (Fourth Division) Section 2 Uusimaa (SPL Helsinki) 1st Promoted
2006 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 3 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Helsinki) 2nd
2007 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Section 2 Helsinki & Uusimaa (SPL Helsinki) 1st Promoted
2008 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group B Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 7th
2009 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group A Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 7th
2010 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group A Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Play-offs, promoted
2011 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 9th
2012 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 10th Relegated
2013 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Play-offs, promoted
2014 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Promoted to Veikkausliiga
2015 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th  –
2016 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 10th  –
2017 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 11th Play-offs, relegated
2018 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Promoted
2019 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto)
[8][9]

Supporters and rivalriesEdit

 
HIFK Fotboll supporters June 2017.

Historically, HIFK has been primarily the club for the Swedish speaking middle-class population in Helsinki. However, the club nowadays is bilingual and language doesn't play key role in the club anymore. Nowadays, the most renowned supporter group of the club is Stadin Kingit (in English: "the kings of Stadi"). Its name derives from the common slang nickname for Helsinki (Stadi). The most of the members attend the handball, bandy and ice hockey matches of HIFK as well. The supporters are reported to have friendship with supporters of FC Copenhagen.

The single most important fixture for HIFK supporters is the one against the local rivals, HJK. The fixture is commonly known as Stadin derby.

Club structureEdit

HIFK Fotboll run a large number of teams including 4 men's teams, 1 men's veterans team, 1 Academy team and 9 boys teams.

Updated as of season 2018. [10][11][12][13]

PlayersEdit

As of 22 July 2019[14]

Current squadEdit

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 Tobias Vibe
4   DF Hannu Patronen
6   MF Riku Selander
7   MF Joel Mattsson
8   MF Jukka Halme
9   FW Luís Henrique
10   MF Xhevdet Gela
11   MF Hussein Mohamed
12   GK Daniel Kollar
13   MF Jakob Dunsby (on loan from Sandefjord)
14   MF Erikson Carlos
15   DF Macario Hing-Glover
17   MF Jani Bäckman
18   DF Matias Hänninen
19   FW Kevin Larsson
No. Position Player
20   DF Hassan Sesay
22   FW Elsaid Maher
23   MF Nikolas Saira
24   DF Tero Mäntylä
27   FW Sakari Tukiainen
28   FW Jabar Sharza
29   MF Thais Damgaard (on loan from Vejle)
30   GK Martti Puolakainen
34   DF Tuukka Andberg
35   GK Atte Otronen
50   MF Toró
77   GK Arnold Origi
80   MF Samuel Haglund
99   FW Njazi Kuqi

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Position Player
3   DF Silver Grauberg (on loan at MYPA until 31 december 2019)
No. Position Player
16   DF Tino Palmasto (on loan at MYPA until 31 december 2019)

Management and boardroomEdit

ManagementEdit

As of 11 April 2019[15]

Name Role
  Tor Thodesen Head Coach
  Teemu Kankkunen Coach
  Risto-Matti Toivonen Fitness Coach
  Ludovic Thuné Kit Manager
  Aapo Haavisto Team Doctor
  Jammu Öunap Team Doctor
  Olli Orvasto Team Manager
  Joona Haavisto Team Manager

BoardroomEdit

As of 11 April 2019 [16]

Name Role
  Christoffer Perret Chairman
  Mika Lönnström Sports Director
  Joona Haavisto Board member
  Kaarlo Kankkunen Board member
  Jan-Erik Eklöf Board member

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "HIFK Soccer – Historia". Retrieved 2010-07-21.
  2. ^ a b "Finland – Divisional Movements 1930–2011". RSSSF Archives. 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-22.
  3. ^ Tapio Keskitalo; Ari Virtanen (10 November 2014). "HIFK kaappasi FC Hongan Nnaemeka Anyamelen – joukkue pelaa liigaa Sonera-stadionilla". HS.fi (in Finnish). Helsingin Sanomat. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
  4. ^ "HIFK hakee joukkorahoitusta". Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). Sanoma Oy. 16 December 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  5. ^ Herala, Olli (11 December 2014). "Futis-HIFK:n osakeanti: "Ei mitään pikavoittoja"". Kauppalehti (in Finnish). Kauppalehti Oy. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Veikkausliiga, här kommer HIFK!". invesdor.com. Invesdor. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  7. ^ "Veikkausliiga – Ottelutilastot". Retrieved 2015-04-25.
  8. ^ Jalkapallokirjat 1946–>, Suomen Palloliitto, ISSN 0787-7188
  9. ^ "Tulostus". urheilumuseo.fi. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  10. ^ "Miesten Ykkönen". palloliitto.fi (in Finnish). Football Association of Finland. Archived from the original on 28 July 2018. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  11. ^ "Kakkonen". palloliitto.fi (in Finnish). Football Association of Finland. Archived from the original on 2 August 2018. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  12. ^ "Uusimaa - Miehet Kolmonen". palloliitto.fi (in Finnish). Football Association of Finland. Archived from the original on 2 August 2018. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  13. ^ "Helsinki - Kutonen". palloliitto.fi (in Finnish). Football Association of Finland. Archived from the original on 27 June 2018. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  14. ^ "Edustusjoukkue 2019". hifkfotboll.fi. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  15. ^ "Edustusjoukkue - HIFK Fotboll". hifkfotboll.fi. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  16. ^ "Yhteystiedot - HIFK Fotboll" (in Finnish). HIFK Fotboll. Retrieved 11 April 2019.

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