Sudet ("Wolves" in English) is a sports club from Kouvola, Finland, playing bandy and association football. The club was formed in 1912 and was based firstly in Viipuri (Vyborg), then in Helsinki, before finally moving to Kouvola.

Sudet
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Full nameSudet
Founded1912; 109 years ago (1912)
GroundKeskusurheilukenttä,
Kouvola,
Finland
Capacity12,000
ChairmanFinland Tuomas Liukko
Head CoachFinland Janne Lindberg
CoachFinland Jukka Lindström
Finland Jari Lindberg (GK)
LeagueKakkonen
20093rd – Kolmonen (South-East Finland)

Sudet formerly played in the Bandyliiga, the top bandy league in Finland, and has become Finnish champions many times. As of 2014, the club is the reigning national champion in women's bandy. Sudet currently plays football in the Kolmonen (Fourth Division) and their home ground is at the Keskusurheilukenttä, Kouvola. The Club Chairman is Vesa Vainio.

HistoryEdit

Sudet were originally established in Viipuri (Vyborg) on 13 December 1912 under the name Wiipurin Bandy & Jalkapalloseura (WB & JS). The name was changed in 1924 to Wiipurin Sudet. In 1940 the Winter War resulted in the club moving to Helsinki as the city of Viipuri fell into Soviet hands. From 1950 the name was changed to its current form, Sudet. In 1962 the club made its final move to Kouvola.

In the early decades of the twentieth century WB & JS were very successful at bandy winning their first Finnish Championship in 1914. The club won no fewer than six consecutive Finnish Championships and has won 14 in total as of 2014. In 2014, the women's bandy team of Sudet claimed the women's national championship for the first time.

Sudet also made great progress at football and reached the semi-finals of the Finnish Championship in 1924, 1925, 1928 and 1929. They were promoted to the new Mestaruussarja at the end of the 1930 season.[1]

In total the club played 15 seasons in the Finnish Football Championship (Mestaruussarja) in 1931–38, 1940/41-46/47, 1948 and 1951.[2] On 28 July 1940 Sudet won the Finnish Championship by beating TPS Turku 2–0 in the Final. The Mestaruussarja could not be played as a league in 1940 so a cup competition was held instead.

Sudet played 18 seasons in the Suomensarja (Finland League), the second tier of Finnish football in 1939, 1947/48, 1949–50, 1952–61 and 1963–66. They also have had two spells in the third tier, the Kakkonen (the Second Division), in 1981 and 1985–90. [3]

Sudet's recent history has been less spectacular. After a period of inactivity in the 1990s the club was revived in 2001 following a cooperative venture with Kymen Salibandy and FC Kouvola. Sudet is now a strong club, which has benefited by an increase of around 300 in the number of members.

The club currently remains in the Kolmonen (Third Division) but their potential was demonstrated in the 2010 Finnish Cup when they battled their way through to the Sixth Round before going down 0–1 at home to FC Haka from the Veikkausliiga watched by 514 spectators.

The highest ever attendance for a Sudet match was in 1937 in Viipuri when 3,264 people attended the home game with Turun Palloseura.[4]

Divisional Movements since 1930Edit

– Sudet Viipuri until 1944
– Sudet Helsinki from 1945 to 1961
– Sudet Kouvola since 1962

Top Level (15 seasons): 1931–38, 1940/41-46/47, 1948, 1951
Second Level (18 seasons): 1939, 1947/48, 1949–50, 1952–61, 1963–66
Third Level (7 seasons): 1981, 1985–90[5]

Season to seasonEdit

Season Level Division Section Administration Position Movements
1930 Tier 2 B-Sarja (Second Division) Cup-format Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) Final Promoted
1931 Tier 1 A-Sarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 6th
1932 Tier 1 A-Sarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 5th
1933 Tier 1 A-Sarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 3rd
1934 Tier 1 A-Sarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 4th
1935 Tier 1 A-Sarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 6th
1936 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 4th
1937 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 3rd
1938 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 8th Relegated
1939 Tier 2 Itä-Länsi-sarja (Second Division) East League, South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Promotion Playoff - Promoted
1940-41 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 3rd Home matches in Helsinki
1943-44 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 3rd
1945 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Group A Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 2nd Sudet Helsinki
1945-46 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 6th
1946-47 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 7th Relegated
1947-48 Tier 2 Suomensarja (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 2nd Promotion Group 2nd - Promoted
1948 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 12th Relegated
1949 Tier 2 Suomensarja (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 4th
1950 Tier 2 Suomensarja (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Promoted
1951 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 9th Relegated
1952 Tier 2 Suomensarja (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 7th
1953 Tier 2 Suomensarja (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 7th
1954 Tier 2 Suomensarja (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 7th
1955 Tier 2 Suomensarja (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 6th
1956 Tier 2 Suomensarja (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 7th
1957 Tier 2 Suomensarja (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 6th
1958 Tier 2 Suomensarja (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 4th
1959 Tier 2 Suomensarja (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 4th
1960 Tier 2 Suomensarja (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 7th
1961 Tier 2 Suomensarja (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 12th Relegated
1962 Tier 3 Maakuntasarja (Third Division) Group 4 Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st First season in Kouvola - Promoted
1963 Tier 2 Suomensarja (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 3rd
1964 Tier 2 Suomensarja (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 2nd
1965 Tier 2 Suomensarja (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 8th
1966 Tier 2 Suomensarja (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 11th Relegated
1967 Tier 3 Maakuntasarja (Third Division) Group 6 Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 4th
1968 Tier 3 Maakuntasarja (Third Division) Group 5 Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 4th
1969 Tier 3 Maakuntasarja (Third Division) Group 5 Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 3rd
1970 Tier 3 III Divisioona (Third Division) Group 5 Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 4th
1971 Tier 3 III Divisioona (Third Division) Group 4 Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 7th
1972 Tier 3 III Divisioona (Third Division) Group 6 Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 8th
1973 Tier 4 III Divisioona (Third Division) Group 6 Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 5th
1974 Tier 4 III Divisioona (Third Division) Group 6 Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 8th Relegation Playoff - Relegated
1975 Tier 5 IV Divisioona (Fourth Division) Group 10 Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 5th
1976 Tier 5 IV Divisioona (Fourth Division) Group 11 Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Promoted
1977 Tier 4 III Divisioona (Third Division) Group 6 Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 6th
1978 Tier 4 III Divisioona (Third Division) Group 6 Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 5th
1979 Tier 4 III Divisioona (Third Division) Group 6 Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 3rd
1980 Tier 4 III Divisioona (Third Division) Group 6 Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Promotion Playoff - Promoted
1981 Tier 3 II Divisioona (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 11th Relegated
1982 Tier 4 III Divisioona (Third Division) Group 6 Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 6th
1983 Tier 4 III Divisioona (Third Division) Group 6 Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 3rd
1984 Tier 4 III Divisioona (Third Division) Group 6 Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Promotion Playoff - Promoted
1985 Tier 3 II Divisioona (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 3rd
1986 Tier 3 II Divisioona (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 3rd
1987 Tier 3 II Divisioona (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 5th
1988 Tier 3 II Divisioona (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 7th
1989 Tier 3 II Divisioona (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 9th
1990 Tier 3 II Divisioona (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 12th Relegated
1991-2003 Disbanded
2004 Tier 6 Vitonen (Fifth Division) West Section South-East Finland (SPL Kaakkois-Suomi) 5th
2005 Tier 6 Vitonen (Fifth Division) West Section South-East Finland (SPL Kaakkois-Suomi) 4th
2006 Tier 6 Vitonen (Fifth Division) West Section South-East Finland (SPL Kaakkois-Suomi) 6th
2007 Withdrew from Vitonen
2008 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) South-East Finland South-East Finland (SPL Kaakkois-Suomi) 4th
2009 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) South-East Finland South-East Finland (SPL Kaakkois-Suomi) 3rd
2010 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) South-East Finland South-East Finland (SPL Kaakkois-Suomi) 4th
2011 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group A Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 12th Relegated
2012 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) South-East Finland South-East Finland (SPL Kaakkois-Suomi) 1st Promoted
2013 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Eastern Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 9th Relegated
2014 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) South-East Finland South-East Finland (SPL Kaakkois-Suomi) 1st Promoted
2015 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Eastern Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
2016 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group A Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 9th
2017 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group A Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 10th Relegated
2018 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) South-East Finland South-East Finland (SPL Kaakkois-Suomi) 1st Promoted
2019 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group A Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 12th Relegated
2020 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) East: Group B South-East Finland (SPL Kaakkois-Suomi)

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Club StructureEdit

Sudet run 3 men's teams, 1 ladies team, 12 boys teams and 7 girls teams. In addition the FC Arosudet and FC Hukat clubs form part of the Sudet structure. The club also run a football school for youngsters.

2010 seasonEdit

Sudet Men's Team are competing in the Kolmonen (Third Division) administered by the Kaakkois-Suomi SPL. This is the fourth highest tier in the Finnish football system. In 2009 STPS finished in third place in the Kolmonen.

Sudet/2 and Sudet Pure Amis are participating in the Kutonen (Sixth Division) administered by the Kaakkois-Suomi SPL. They are both new teams.

Current squad 2016Edit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
2 DF   FIN Benjamin Niveri
4 DF   FIN Juho Hasu
5 DF   FIN Antti Kauppila
6 MF   FIN Henri Järvinen
7 MF   FIN Samuel Lindeman
9 MF   FIN Rico Ryöpäs
11 MF   FIN Henrik Hellstén
12 GK   FIN Vilbert Töttö
14 DF   FIN Henri Niemi
16 FW   FIN Joona Martikainen
17 MF   FIN Matias Juntunen
18 MF   FIN Oskari Nurminen
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 FW   FIN Niko Nakari
21 GK   FIN Simo Majander
23 DF   FIN Vertti Vuorinen
24 GK   FIN Niko Huusko
25 FW   FIN Jari Hassel
26 MF   FIN Rami Nieminen
28 MF   FIN Riku Venäläinen
29 MF   FIN Niki Patjas
30 FW   FIN Paavo Kujala
31 MF   FIN Joakim Lindberg
40 DF   FIN Ville Majander
41 MF   FIN Simo Tura

References and sourcesEdit

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ "Finland – List of league First Level Tables". RSSSF Archives. 2010. Retrieved 25 June 2010.
  2. ^ "Finland – List of league First Level Tables". RSSSF Archives. 2010. Retrieved 25 June 2010.
  3. ^ "Finland – Divisional Movements 1930–2009". RSSSF Archives. 2010. Retrieved 25 June 2010.
  4. ^ Jalkapallokirja 1986. Suomen Palloliitto. 1986. ISBN 951-9392-12-2.
  5. ^ "Finland – Divisional Movements 1930–2009". RSSSF Archives. 2010. Retrieved 24 June 2010.
  6. ^ http://www.finlandfootball.net/