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Seinäjoen Jalkapallokerho

Seinäjoen Jalkapallokerho (or SJK Seinäjoki or SJK) is a Finnish professional football club from the city of Seinäjoki. The club plays in the Veikkausliiga, the highest tier of the Finnish league system. Their home ground is OmaSP Stadion, which is located near the city center and next to SJK's training facility Wallsport. SJK was formed in 2007 after the merger of TP-Seinäjoki and Sepsi-78.

SJK Seinäjoki
Seinajoen Jalkapallokerho logo.svg
Full nameSeinäjoen Jalkapallokerho
Nickname(s)SJK, Kerho (The Club)
Founded5 November 2007; 12 years ago (5 November 2007)
GroundOmaSP Stadion,
Seinäjoki, Finland
Capacity5,817
ChairmanRaimo Sarajärvi
ManagerJani Honkavaara
LeagueVeikkausliiga
20199th
WebsiteClub website
Current season
SJK supporters.

HistoryEdit

SJK was formed in 2007 after the merger of TP-Seinäjoki and Sepsi-78. SJK played seasons 2008–2011 in Kakkonen, the third level of Finnish football. Seasons 2012–2013 SJK played in Ykkönen and 2013 got promoted to Veikkausliiga. In 2014 SJK won the Finnish League Cup. The final was against Vaasan Palloseura, main rival of SJK. The final ended 2–0 for SJK. In the league SJK surprised many and placed second and achieved league silver. SJK also got the place for Europa League qualifications. In 2015, SJK won their first ever Finnish Veikkausliiga title, ending HJK Helsinki's run of 6 titles in a row, and also took part in the Europa League qualifications. 2016 SJK finished third in the league and achieved league bronze, SJK also won the Finnish Cup and played in the Champions League qualifications. In February 2017 SJK surprisingly sacked Simo Valakari before the start of Veikkausliiga and replaced him with Sixten Boström. He was sacked too after 6–0 defeat to HJK. His replacement was Spanish Manuel Roca. After difficulties with players and staff, he was sacked as well. Toni Lehtinen and Brian Page took the lead for the rest of the season. SJK placed 6th in the league and were runners-up in the Finnish Cup. It was announced that the next head coach would be Tommi Kautonen. He was sacked in May 2018 after bad results. His replacement was Aleksei Borisovich Yeryomenko. SJK placed ninth in the Veikkausliiga season 2018 and lost to FC Honka in Finnish Cup quarter-finals. The season was the worst in SJK's Veikkausliiga history. In 2019 SJK didn’t get through the Finnish Cup group stage and once again placed ninth in Veikkausliiga. Yeryomenko was sacked in August and Brian Page took the lead. After the season it was announced that Jani Honkavaara would be the next head coach.

Domestic historyEdit

Season Level Pos Pld W D L For Against Points Finnish Cup League Cup Top goalscorer[1]
2008 3rd 8 26 10 7 9 57 37 37   Tommi Haanpää  – 12
2009 5 26 14 1 11 56 52 43 Third round   Mikael Muurimäki  – 14
2010 5 26 11 9 6 46 31 42 Fifth Round   Mikael Muurimäki  – 9
2011 1 26 22 4 0 72 14 70 Seventh Round   Petter Meyer  – 23
2012 2nd 2 27 14 5 8 42 29 47 Fifth Round   Toni Lehtinen – 12
2013 1 27 18 5 4 51 17 59 Third round   Toni Lehtinen – 10
2014 1st 2 33 16 11 6 40 26 59 Quarter-final Winners   Akseli Pelvas – 11
2015 1 33 18 6 9 50 22 60 Fifth Round Quarter-final   Akseli Pelvas – 14
2016 3 33 17 6 10 49 36 57 Winners Runners-up   Roope Riski – 16
2017 6 33 13 8 12 42 47 47 Runner-up   Billy Ions – 12
2018 9 33 8 8 17 28 37 32 Quarter-final   Johannes Laaksonen – 8
2019 9 27 7 9 11 18 29 30 Group-stage -   Denys Oliynyk - 8

European historyEdit

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 1Q   FH 0–1 0–1 0–2  
2016–17 UEFA Champions League 2Q   BATE Borisov 2–2 0–2 2–4  
2017–18 UEFA Europa League 1Q   KR Reykjavík 0–2 0–0 0–2  
Notes
  • 1Q: First qualifying round
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round

StadiumEdit

SJK play their home matches at OmaSP Stadion. Previously SJK played their home matches at Seinäjoen keskuskenttä.

In 2010, it was reported for the first time that SJK were planning a new football stadium. Eventually, in autumn 2014 it was announced that the construction of SJK's new stadium would start soon. The construction began in summer 2015 and the new stadium was completed in June 2016.[2] Stadium has a capacity of 5817 seats.

SJK play their friendlies and cup matches during the winter at Wallsport Areena which is an indoor training facility owned and operated by the team.

HonoursEdit

  Winners (1): 2015
  Runners-up (1): 2014
  3rd place (1): 2016
  Winners (1): 2016
  Runners-up (1): 2017
  Winners (1): 2014
  Runners-up (1): 2016

Current squadEdit

As of 2 December 2019[3]

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 Jesse Öst
3   DF Seynabou Benga
6   MF Jude Arthur
10   FW Billy Ions
11   FW Denys Oliynyk
16   DF Joonas Sundman
17   DF Ville Tikkanen
25   MF Daniel Håkans
26   MF Jesse Sarajärvi
29   FW Jeremiah Streng
No. Position Player
30   DF José Nadson (Vice-captain)
58   MF Mehmet Hetemaj (Captain)
  FW Ariel Ngueukam
  MF Aatu Kujanpää
  FW Joonas Lepistö
  MF Robin Sid
  MF Keaton Isaksson
  DF Tero Mäntylä
  GK Mehdi El Moutacim

Management and boardroomEdit

ManagementEdit

As of 23 October 2019[4]

Name Role
  Jani Honkavaara Head Coach
  Luís Fernando Goalkeeping Coach
  Mikko Kujala Fitness Coach/Head of performance
  Tiitus Lehtinen Physiotherapist
  Pekka Lehtinen Team Manager

BoardroomEdit

As of 29 November 2018[5] [6]

Name Role
  Raimo Sarajärvi Chairman
  Sami-Petteri Kivimäki managing director
  Richie Dorman Technical Director
  Mikko Kujala Head of performance
  Matias Lampinen Sales manager
  Jussi Kankaanpää marketing chief
  Elina Paavola finance manager
  Heikki Leppänen chief financial officer

SJK AkatemiaEdit

SJK Akatemia contains three teams: SJK U17, SJK U20 and SJK U23 which is the reserve team of SJK. SJK's reserve team currently plays in the Finnish Second Division. It is coached by Scottish Brian Page.[7] In 2018 SJK started a football high school with Kuortane sports school. It produces young players to SJK and SJK Akatemia.

ManagersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Tilastot ja ennätykset". www.sjk2007.fi (in Finnish). Seinäjoen Jalkapallokerho. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Design: Seinäjoki Stadion – StadiumDB.com". stadiumdb.com. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Edustus". sjk.fi. SJK. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Valmentajat" (in Finnish). SJK. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Yhteystiedot" (in Finnish). SJK. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Jussi Kankaanpäästä SJK-konsernin markkinointijohtaja" (in Finnish). SJK. Retrieved 28 October 2019.
  7. ^ "SJK U23". sjk.fi. Retrieved 5 April 2018.

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