Pallo-Iirot

Pallo-Iirot (abbreviated P-Iirot) is a football club from Rauma in Finland. The club was formed in 1930 and their home ground is at the Äijänsuon stadion. The men's first team currently plays in the Kakkonen. The Chairman of Pallo-Iirot is Tarmo Salvi.

Pallo-Iirot
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Full namePallo-Iirot
Nickname(s)P-Iirot
Founded1930
GroundÄijänsuon stadion, Rauma
Capacity2,000
ChairmanTarmo Salvi
Head CoachHannu Touru
CoachScott Green
LeagueKakkonen
20197th – Kakkonen (Group B)

BackgroundEdit

The club was known as Iirot when it was established in 1930 and it has since taken a number of forms:

  • Iirot Rauma until 1968
  • Hakrit Rauma from 1969 to 1981 (merger with Lukko Rauma)
  • Pallo-Iirot Rauma since 1982[1]

In the 1940s, the club also played bandy for a few years.

At the beginning of the 1990s the leading football clubs in Rauma, namely Rauman Pallo and Pallo-Iirot, merged to form Rauman Pallo-Iirot. A few years later the name reverted to Pallo-Iirot. The other club based in the town is FC Rauma.

Since 1982 Pallo-Iirot has played 14 seasons in the Ykkönen (First Division), the second tier of Finnish football, in the periods 1984–85, 1991, 1993–2001 and 2004–05.[2]

They also have had six spells in the third tier, the Kakkonen (Second Division), covering 12 seasons from 1983, 1986–87, 1990, 1992, 2002–03 and 2006 to the present day.[3]

The club has approximately 1,000 members comprising both boys and girls and offers the whole family the possibility to engage in football.

Season to seasonEdit

Season Level Division Section Administration Position Movements
2000 Tier 2 Ykkönen North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 7th Relegation Group – 7th
2001 Tier 2 Ykkönen North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 9th Relegated
2002 Tier 3 Kakkonen West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 8th
2003 Tier 3 Kakkonen West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Play-offs – Promoted
2004 Tier 2 Ykkönen Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 10th
2005 Tier 2 Ykkönen Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 14th Relegated
2006 Tier 3 Kakkonen Group B Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 6th
2007 Tier 3 Kakkonen Group B Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 9th
2008 Tier 3 Kakkonen Group B Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 6th
2009 Tier 3 Kakkonen Group B Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 5th
2010 Tier 3 Kakkonen Group B Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 4th
2011 Tier 3 Kakkonen Group B Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 3rd
2012 Tier 3 Kakkonen West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 3rd
2013 Tier 3 Kakkonen West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 3rd
2014 Tier 3 Kakkonen West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 8th
2015 Tier 3 Kakkonen West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 8th Relegated
2016 Tier 4 Kolmonen Tampereen Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 3rd
2017 Tier 4 Kolmonen Länsi-Suomen Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 3rd
2018 Tier 4 Kolmonen Länsi-Suomen Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Promoted
2019 Tier 3 Kakkonen Group B Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 7th
2020 Tier 3 Kakkonen Group B Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto)

Junior SectionEdit

Pallo-Iirot has the Seal of approval for football which is an acknowledgement for quality of its youth activities in Finland. The club's youth team's programme is based on the active participation of the parents. P-Iirot welcomes the parents together with their children to join the club activities by becoming the youth teams' coaches, and managers or to otherwise support their children's team's activities.

The Nappulaliiga (Little league) offers sports and games, emphasising football, twice a week for the ages of 3 to 11 years. The programme runs from April until September.

Club StructureEdit

Pallo-Iirot currently has 2 men's teams, 1 ladies team, 9 boys teams and 4 girls teams. In the winter the club practices at Äijänsuo indoor hall and on the heated astro-turf.

Current squadEdit

As of 3 June 2020[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
1 GK   FIN Miko Lainio
2 DF   FIN Jere Niiranen
4 DF   FIN Otto Schultz
5 DF   RUS Kirill Radchenko
6 DF   FIN Matias Majapuros
7 MF   FIN Juho Torkkeli
8 MF   ENG James Whiting
9 FW   NGA Chinedu Akuvuo
10 FW   BRA Nicolas Gomes
No. Pos. Nation Player
11 FW   ARU Randell Harrevelt
12 GK   FIN Henri Saarinen
15 MF   FIN Marcus Walden
17 MF   FIN Miska Rantamäki
18 MF   FIN Aake Rapala
20 FW   FIN Alexander Tomberg
22 MF   FIN Topias Silvennoinen
30 MF   ENG Stanley Bridgeman

References and sourcesEdit

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ "Finland – Divisional Movements 1930–2009". RSSSF Archives. 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-14.
  2. ^ "Finland – Divisional Movements 1930–2009". RSSSF Archives. 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-14.
  3. ^ "Finland – Divisional Movements 1930–2009". RSSSF Archives. 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-14.
  4. ^ "Edustusjoukkue" (in Finnish). Pallo-Iirot. Retrieved 3 June 2020.