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Rovaniemen Palloseura (RoPS) is a football club founded in 1950 and based in Rovaniemi, Finland. In 2017 RoPS participated in the Finnish Premier Division, (Veikkausliiga) marking their 30th season in the top flight (previously called "Veikkausliiga") since 1981. The club plays home games at the Rovaniemen Keskuskenttä in the Arctic Circle of Lapland. The closest affiliated team is RoPS/2 from Kakkonen who participate in the third tier of Finnish football.

RoPS
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Full nameRovaniemen Palloseura
Founded1950; 69 years ago (1950)
GroundKeskuskenttä,
Rovaniemi
Capacity4,000
ChairmanRisto Niva
ManagerPasi Tuutti
LeagueVeikkausliiga
20182nd
WebsiteClub website

HistoryEdit

 
Keskuskenttä, home ground of RoPS

RoPS have won the Finnish Cup on two occasions, in 1986 and 2013, and were runners-up in 1962. They placed third in the Finnish Premier Division in 1988 and 1989, before finishing as runner-up in 2015, losing out on the title by 1 point to eventual champions SJK. The club's most notable international achievement was reaching the quarter-finals of the European Cup-Winners' Cup in 1987–88 against Marseille.

Match fixing allegations and scandalEdit

Throughout the 2000s, RoPS became infamous for suspected involvement in match fixing.

In spring 2011 the Finnish National Bureau of Investigation started a large investigation into match fixing. On February 25 Singaporean businessman Wilson Raj Perumal, a convicted match fixer, was arrested after entering Finland with a fake passport. The National Bureau of Investigation suspected that over 30 games between 2008 and 2011, mostly from the Finnish premier league, had been fixed or manipulated.[1]

On July 19, 2011, the Rovaniemi Court of Appeal convicted Perumal and nine RoPS players of match fixing. Altogether 24 games had been manipulated, and the intended score had been achieved in 11 of them. Perumal was sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to return 150,000 euros deemed to be match-fixing profits. The bribes ranged from 500 euros offered to one player to a total of 80,000 euros offered to eight players. The highest total of bribes for one individual was slightly over 40,000 euros. The players received suspended sentences. The sentenced players were six Zambian and two Georgian players: Godfrey Chibanga, Chileshe Chibwe, Francis Kombe, Stephen Kunda, Christopher Musonda, Chanda Mwaba, Nchimunya Mweetwa, Pavle Khorguashvili, and Valter Khorguashvili.[2]

Domestic historyEdit

Season Level Pos Pld W D L For Against Points Finnish Cup League Cup Top goalscorer
1991 1st 7 33 14 8 11 63 51 50 -
1992 7 33 12 6 15 53 49 42 -
1993 7 29 11 5 13 32 35 38 Runners-up -
1994 5 26 10 8 8 32 32 38
1995 9 26 8 8 10 29 30 32 Ninth Round
1996 8 27 11 6 10 35 29 39 Quarter-final Runners-up
1997 6 27 9 6 12 31 30 33 Semi-final
1998 8 27 6 14 7 27 31 32
1999 8 29 7 10 12 31 46 31 Seventh Round
2000 9 33 10 6 17 35 50 36
2001 12 33 5 9 19 25 56 24 Sixth Round -
2002 2nd 4 22 9 4 9 41 10 31 Quarter-final -   Niclas Grönholm  – 11
2003 2 26 14 7 5 40 27 49 Sixth Round -
2004 1st 12 26 7 4 15 28 45 25 Quarter-final
2005 13 26 3 8 15 18 50 17
2006 2nd 7 26 10 8 8 40 35 38 -
2007 2 26 16 7 3 44 23 55 -
2008 1st 10 26 8 6 12 31 37 30 Sixth Round Quarter-finals
2009 14 26 4 4 18 21 66 16 Sixth Round Group stage   Echiabhi Okodugha  – 5
2010 2nd 1 26 15 9 2 61 17 54 Fourth round -   Nchimunya Mweetwa  – 13
2011 1st 12 33 5 8 20 39 78 23 Fifth Round Group stage   José Manuel Rivera  – 10
2012 2nd 1 27 18 5 4 53 20 59 Fifth Round -   Aleksandr Kokko  – 15
2013 1st 11 33 8 10 15 25 36 34 Winners Quarter-finals   Aleksandr Kokko  – 6
2014 9 33 11 5 17 37 41 38 Sixth Round Group stage   Aleksandr Kokko  – 9
2015 2 33 17 8 8 44 29 59 Sixth Round Runners-up   Aleksandr Kokko  – 17
2016 6 33 13 11 9 43 33 50 Sixth Round Group stage   Robert Taylor  – 11
2017 7 33 12 6 15 43 51 42 Quarter-final Play-offs -   Emeka Friday Eze  – 7
2018 2 33 18 8 7 42 25 62 Sixth Round -   Lassi Lappalainen  – 8

European historyEdit

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1987–88 Cup Winners' Cup 1R   Glentoran 0–0 1–1 1–1(a)  
2R   Vllaznia 1–0 1–0 2–0  
QF   Marseille 0–1 0–3 0–4  
1989–90 UEFA Cup 1R   GKS Katowice 1–1 1–0 2–1  
2R   Auxerre 0–5 0–3 0–8  
1990–91 UEFA Cup 1R   1. FC Magdeburg 0–1 0–0 0–1  
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 2Q   Asteras Tripoli 1–1 2–4 3–5  
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Shamrock Rovers 1–1 2–0 3–1  
2Q   Lokomotiva 1–1 0–3 1–4  
2019–20 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Aberdeen 1–2 1–2 2–4  


Notes
  • 1R: First round
  • 2R: Second round
  • 1Q: First qualifying round
  • QF: Quarter-finals

HonoursEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 12 July 2019

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 Henrik Ölander
3   DF Taye Taiwo
5   DF Kalle Katz (on loan from HJK)
6   DF Atte Sihvonen
7   MF Youness Rahimi
8   MF Sergio Llamas
10   MF Lucas Lingman
11   FW Aleksandr Kokko
12   GK Mikko Rantala
14   MF Eetu Muinonen
17   FW Sampo Ala
18   FW Veka Pyyny
19   MF Tuomas Kaukua
No. Position Player
20   DF Juho Hyvärinen
21   FW Matias Tamminen
22   MF Rasmus Degerman
23   FW Niklas Jokelainen
24   MF Tommi Jäntti
25   GK Antonio Reguero
26   DF Eerik Kantola
27   DF Samuel Olabisi
33   MF Agnaldo
34   MF Tarik Kada
35   GK Juhani Kangas
88   DF Mohamadou Sissoko

Management and boardroomEdit

ManagementEdit

As of 22 May 2019.

Name Role
  Pasi Tuutti Head Coach
  Mikko Lignell Coach
  Jari Alamäki Fitness Coach
  Juho Luukkonen Goalkeeping Coach
  Tuomas Könönen Physiotherapist
  David Coull Kit Manager
  Matti Vähäkari Doctor
  Matti Vikman Team Manager

BoardroomEdit

As of 9 March 2018[3]

Name Role
  Risto Niva Chairman
  Pekka Konstenius Vice chairman
  Pasi Tuutti managing director
  Jari Ilola Director of Football
  Petri Jaatinen CEO

RoPS/2Edit

RoPS/2 is the reserve team of RoPS. The team plays in Kakkonen in 2019 season. It is coached by Vesa Tauriainen.

As of 29 May 2019[4]

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

No. Position Player
1   GK Mikko Rantala
3   DF Pekka Silander
4   DF Simo Majander
6   DF Severi Salmirinne
7   DF Jussi Niska
9   DF Lassi Paukku
11   GK Jarkko Ojaniemi
12   MF Justus Jylhä
14   MF Erkka Alamäki
15   FW Janne Ojaniemi
16   MF Roni Hietanen
17   MF Aleksi Koivumaa
22   MF Tuomas Kaukua
No. Position Player
23   DF Jaakko Vihanta
24   MF Jonne Koistinen
25   DF Joona Mikkola
27   MF Eero Paukku
28   FW Joona Kähkönen
29   MF Roni Pietsalo
31   MF Arttu Niemelä
37   FW Matias Irvankoski
39   DF Akseli Kantola
44   DF Tuomas Leppäkangas
45   FW Jarkko Luiro
53   DF Samuel Olabisi

ManagersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Susanna Kemppainen. "RoPS:lla yli 30 epäiltyä sopupeliä | Pohjois-Suomi". Kaleva.fi. Archived from the original on 2012-09-10. Retrieved 2012-02-12. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ Uusi Suomi. "Oikeus: Sopupeleistä 150 000 euroa – 2 vuotta vankeutta — Uusi Suomi". Uusisuomi.fi. Retrieved 2012-02-12.
  3. ^ "Yhteystiedot" (in Finnish). RoPS. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Kokoonpano: RoPS/2 2019". rops.fi. RoPS. Retrieved 29 May 2019.

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