IFK Mariehamn

IFK Mariehamn is an Ålandic football club based in Mariehamn, the capital of the Åland Islands. It plays in the Finnish Premier Division (Veikkausliiga). The club is managed by Lukas Syberjyski, and it plays its home matches at Wiklöf Holding Arena.

IFK Mariehamn
Logo of IFK Mariehamn
Full nameIdrottsföreningen Kamraterna
Mariehamn
Nickname(s)Grönvitt (Green White)
Saarelaiset (The Islanders).
Founded1919; 103 years ago (1919)
GroundWiklöf Holding Arena,
Mariehamn.
Capacity1,650
ChairmanDan Mikkola
ManagerLukas Syberyjski
LeagueVeikkausliiga
202110th
WebsiteClub website

HistoryEdit

While IFK Mariehamn was formed in 1919, the sports club did not have a football department until the mid-1930s. Initially the team participated primarily in local tournaments on Åland, only sporadically playing other Finnish or Swedish teams. The team has participated in the Finnish football leagues since 1945.

Until the 1970s, IFK Mariehamn played primarily in the Finnish football divisions 3 and 4. The club reached a peak in 1975 and 1976, when the club first advanced to division 2 and then reached division 1 (Ykkönen) the following year. After two seasons in division 1, IFK Mariehamn was relegated to division 2, where it would remain up until the 2000s, except for a few seasons in division 3 during the early 1990s.

In 2003, IFK Mariehamn returned to division 1. After only one season in division 1, the club advanced, for the first time in its history to the premier division of Finnish football, the Veikkausliiga, for the 2005 season following qualifying the October 2004 games against FC Jazz.[1] In its first season in the Veikkausliiga, IFK Mariehamn finished 12th out of 14 teams. In 2006, the club finished in 5th place and the year after 6th after an impressive run of unbeaten matches during the autumn of 2007.

In addition to playing in the Veikkausliiga, IFK Mariehamn participates in local Åland tournaments, having won the Åland cup 40 times and the Åland football championships 42 times. In recent years, the club has been the most dominant football team on Åland, having in 2008 won its 11th and 15th straight titles in these two events, respectively.

In 2009, IFK Mariehamn started its first season as a fully professional football club. In 2015, the team won the Finnish Cup for the first time.

On 23 October 2016, IFK Mariehamn defeated FC Ilves 2-1 to secure the first ever Veikkausliiga Championship for the island club.[2]

Domestic historyEdit

  • 1945–1971: Divisions 3 and 4 (two seasons)
  • 1972: Division 2
  • 1973–1975: Division 3
  • 1976: Division 2
  • 1977–1978: Division 1
  • 1979–1990: Division 2
  • 1991–1992: Division 3
  • 1993–2003: Division 2
  • 2004: Division 1
  • 2005–present: Veikkausliiga (Premier Division)
Season to Season
Season Level Division Section Administration Position Movements
1945 Tier 1 Cup-Competition Cup format Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) Round of 32
1945-46 Tier 3 Maakuntasarja (Third Division) South-West Finland Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
1946-47 Tier 3 Maakuntasarja (Third Division) South-West Finland Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
1947-48 Tier 3 Maakuntasarja (Third Division) South-West Finland Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
1948 Tier 4 Piirinsarja (District League) Åland Islands Promotion Playoff
1949 Tier 4 Piirinsarja (District League) Åland Islands Promotion Playoff - Promoted
1950 Tier 3 Maakuntasarja (Third Division) South Group B Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
1951 Tier 3 Maakuntasarja (Third Division) West Group A Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th Relegated
1952 Tier 4 Piirinsarja (District League) Åland Islands Promotion Playoff - Promoted
1953 Tier 3 Maakuntasarja (Third Division) West Group A Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
1954 Tier 3 Maakuntasarja (Third Division) West Group II Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 9th Relegated
1955-1958 District leagues
1959 Tier 3 Maakuntasarja (Third Division) Group 3 Turku & Åland Islands Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th
1958 Tier 4 Aluesarja (Fourth Division) Group 6 Turku & Åland Islands Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Promoted
1959 Tier 3 Maakuntasarja (Third Division) Group 3 Turku & Åland Islands Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th
1960 Tier 3 Maakuntasarja (Third Division) Group 3 Turku & Åland Islands Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
1961 Tier 3 Maakuntasarja (Third Division) Group 2 Turku & Åland Islands Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
1962 Tier 3 Maakuntasarja (Third Division) Group 1 Turku & Åland Islands Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
1963 Tier 3 Maakuntasarja (Third Division) Group 2 Turku & Åland Islands Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
1964 Tier 3 Maakuntasarja (Third Division) Group 3 Turku & Åland Islands Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 8th Relegated
1965 Tier 4 Aluesarja (Fourth Division) Group 5 Åland Islands Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Promoted
1966 Tier 3 Maakuntasarja (Third Division) Group 4 Turku & Åland Islands Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
1967 Tier 3 Maakuntasarja (Third Division) Group 3 Turku & Åland Islands Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd
1968 Tier 3 Maakuntasarja (Third Division) Group 3 Turku & Åland Islands Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
1969 Tier 3 Maakuntasarja (Third Division) Group 3 Satakunta, Turku & Åland Islands Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
1970 Tier 3 III Divisioona (Third Division) Group 3 Satakunta, Turku & Åland Islands Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
1971 Tier 3 III Divisioona (Third Division) Group 2 Turku & Åland Islands Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Promoted
1972 Tier 2 II Divisioona (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 12th Due to new league system relegated 2 levels
1973 Tier 4 III Divisioona (Third Division) Group 3 Turku & Åland Islands District (SPL Turku) 3rd
1974 Tier 4 III Divisioona (Third Division) Group 3 Turku & Åland Islands District (SPL Turku) 2nd
1975 Tier 4 III Divisioona (Third Division) Group 3 Turku & Åland Islands District (SPL Turku) 1st Promoted
1976 Tier 3 II Divisioona (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Promoted
1977 Tier 2 I Divisioona (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 8th
1978 Tier 2 I Divisioona (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 10th Relegated
1979 Tier 3 II Divisioona (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
1980 Tier 3 II Divisioona (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
1981 Tier 3 II Divisioona (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th
1982 Tier 3 II Divisioona (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 8th
1983 Tier 3 II Divisioona (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 12th Relegated
1984 Tier 4 III Divisioona (Third Division) Group 3 Turku & Åland Islands District (SPL Turku) 1st Promotion Playoff - Promoted
1985 Tier 3 II Divisioona (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
1986 Tier 3 II Divisioona (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 11th Relegated
1987 Tier 4 III Divisioona (Third Division) Group 3 Turku & Åland Islands District (SPL Turku) 2nd
1988 Tier 4 III Divisioona (Third Division) Group 3 Turku & Åland Islands District (SPL Turku) 1st Promotion rematch - Promoted
1989 Tier 3 II Divisioona (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
1990 Tier 3 II Divisioona (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 10th Relegated
1991 Tier 4 III Divisioona (Third Division) Group 3 Turku & Åland Islands District (SPL Turku) 2nd
1992 Tier 4 III Divisioona (Third Division) Group 3 Turku & Åland Islands District (SPL Turku) 1st Promoted
1993 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
1994 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
1995 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 9th
1996 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th
1997 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
1998 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 8th
1999 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd
2000 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th
2001 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
2002 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
2003 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd Play-offs – Promoted
2004 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd Play-offs – Promoted
2005 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 12th
2006 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
2007 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th
2008 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 12th
2009 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
2010 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 12th
2011 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th
2012 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
2013 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
2014 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
2015 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th
2016 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Champions
2017 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
2018 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 10th
2019 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th
2020 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 9th

[3]

European historyEdit

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 1QR   Inter Baku 0–2 1–1 1–3
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 1QR   Odds BK 1–1 0–2 1–3
2017–18 UEFA Champions League 2QR   Legia Warsaw 0–3 0–6 0–9
Notes
  • 1QR: First qualifying round
  • 2QR: Second qualifying round

Current squadEdit

As of 25 January 2022[4]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
7 FW   FIN Riku Sjöroos
9 FW   BRA
11 FW   FIN Vahid Hambo
16 MF   RSA Yanga Baliso
20 FW   FIN Eero Tamminen
23 DF   FIN Mikko Sumusalo
27 MF   FIN Oscar Wiklöf
GK   CAN Yann-Alexandre Fillion
GK   FIN Otto Hautamo
GK   FIN Elmo Henriksson (on loan from HJK)
No. Pos. Nation Player
DF   FRA Jean-Christophe Coubronne
DF   FIN Melvin Kahnberg
DF   FIN Timi Lahti
DF   GHA Baba Mensah
DF   RSA Mlungisi Johan Mkhwanazi
DF   FIN Jiri Nissinen
MF   CMR Alvaro Ngamba (on loan from Kolos Kovalivka)
MF   ZIM Phil Ngulube
FW   FIN Joakim Latonen

Youth playersEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   FIN Elia Hagström
No. Pos. Nation Player
DF   FIN Jimmi Bruhn

Management and boardroomEdit

ManagementEdit

As of 20 January 2021

Name Role
  Lukas Syberyjski Head Coach
  Daniel Norrmén Assistant Coach, Team Manager
  Johan Sundman Goalkeeping Coach
  Nils Lindgren Fitness Coach
  Håkan von Krusenstierna Assistant Team Manager
  Malin Ringbom Doctor

BoardroomEdit

As of 11 April 2017[5][6]

Name Role
  Dan Mikkola Chairman
  Peter Mattsson Club Director

HonoursEdit

Veikkausliiga

Finnish Cup

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ann-Lis Fredriksson (16 October 2004). "IFK Mariehamn avancerar till ligan". Svenska Yle. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  2. ^ "IFK vann årets ligaguld". ifkfotboll.ax (in Swedish). IFK Mariehamn. 24 October 2016. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  3. ^ http://www.finlandfootball.net/
  4. ^ Truppen
  5. ^ "IFK Mariehamn Ab" (in Swedish). IFK Mariehamn. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Kontakt" (in Swedish). IFK Mariehamn. Retrieved 11 April 2017.

External linksEdit