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Tampere United is a Finnish football club from the city of Tampere. The club plays in Kakkonen, the third highest level of football in Finland. The club had a team in Veikkausliiga, the premier football league in Finland, until the end of the 2010 season. It was excluded from participating in Finnish football during the 2011 season amidst suspicions of money laundering. The club was kept alive by its supporters, who entered a team called TamU-K in Kutonen, the lowest level of football in Finland, in 2012. The club earned three promotions in four years, and all its teams were taken over by Tampere United in the lead up to the 2016 season. Tampere United is now a fan-owned club and controlled by the same supporters who ran TamU-K.

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Full nameJalkapalloseura Tampere United ry
Nickname(s)Sinipaidat, Tampereen ylpeys
Founded1998
GroundPyynikin urheilukenttä, Tampere
ChairmanHeikki Wilen
ManagerMourad Seddiki
LeagueKakkonen
WebsiteClub website

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HistoryEdit

The club was formed in July 1998. The initial plan was to join two local football clubs FC Ilves and TPV but TPV decided to continue as its own team. FC Ilves continued to play in lower divisions and Tampere United inherited its place in the second highest division.

In their first season, 1999 they won promotion to the top division, 15 months after the formation of the club. During season 2000 they reached sixth place in the league. In their third season 2001 they won the Finnish championship. In 2002, they finished in fifth place, and in 2003, third place. In 2006, Tampere United won their 2nd Finnish Championship and one year later, in 2007, they were the champions yet again taking home their 3rd title.

During the 2007 season, Tampere United also reached the third qualifying round of the Champions League. Tampere defeated Bulgarian champions Levski Sofia 2–0 on aggregate in the second qualifying round. Tampere United failed to reach the Champions League group stage when Rosenborg BK defeated them 5–0 on aggregate. In the UEFA Cup first round, United lost to Bordeaux 4–3 on aggregate.

On 14 April 2011 the club were suspended indefinitely by the Football Association of Finland because they had received money from a dubious company based in Singapore, known for involvement in fixed games and money laundering. The club was excluded from the 2011 season of Veikkausliiga.[1] Players under contract were released due to lack of funds.

The club did not participate in any league in 2012 or 2013. In April 2013 the Turku Court of Appeal found the former CEO Deniz Bavautdin and the former chairman of the board Harri Pyhältö guilty of money laundering. At the moment the future of the club is unclear.

Supporters of Tampere United founded a supporters' trust in 2009 after the club had hit financial difficulties. The aim was to help fans gain a voice within the club and to buy shares of the club. In 2012 the supporters' trust founded a new team named after the supporters' trust, TamU-K, In 2012 the team played in Kutonen, the bottom division in Finnish football, and gained promotion to Vitonen. The promotion playoff match that decided promotion had the attendance of 441.[2] In 2013 the team was promoted to Vitonen and in 2014 the team made it to penalties in the promotion playoff and lost.[3] After another season in Nelonen TamU-K was promoted to Kolmonen,

In the lead up to the 2016 season, Tampere United took over all the teams that played under TamU-K. Thereby the first team played in Kolmonen in 2016, and after the season it got promoted Kakkonen. In 2017 Tampere United finished sixth in Kakkonen Group B and in 2018 it finished ninth in Group C, and remains in Kakkonen in the 2019 season.

HonoursEdit

Tampere United in EuropeEdit

Season Competition Round Opponent Score (home-away)
2002–03 UEFA Champions League Q1   Pyunik F.C. 0–4, 0–2
2003 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1   Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț 1–0, 1–2
2   FK Sutjeska Nikšić 0–0, 1–0
3   HNK Cibalia 0–2, 1–0
2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1   CS Grevenmacher 0–0, 1–1
2   Inter Baku 3–0, 0–1
3   OFK Beograd 0–0, 0–1
2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1   Skála ÍF 2–0, 1–0
2   R. Charleroi S.C. 1–0, 0–0
3   SS Lazio 1–1, 0–3
2006 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1   Carmarthen Town 5–0, 3–1
2   Kalmar FF 1–2, 2–3
2007–08 UEFA Champions League Q1   SS Murata 2–0, 2–1
Q2   PFC Levski Sofia 1–0, 1–0
Q3   Rosenborg BK 0–3, 0–2
2007–08 UEFA Cup 1   Girondins de Bordeaux 2–3, 1–1
2008–09 UEFA Champions League Q1   FK Budućnost Podgorica 2–1, 1–1
Q2   FC Artmedia Petržalka 1–3, 2–4

Season to seasonEdit

Season Level Division Section Administration Position Movements
1999 Tier 2 Ykkönen (second tier) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Promotion Group – 1st
2000 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (first tier) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th
2001 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (first tier) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Champions
2002 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (first tier) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th Upper Group – 5th
2003 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (first tier) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
2004 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (first tier) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
2005 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (first tier) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
2006 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (first tier) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Champions
2007 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (first tier) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Champions
2008 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (first tier) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th
2009 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (first tier) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th
2010 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (first tier) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th
2011 N/A Suspended
2012 Tier 7 Kutonen (seventh tier) Group 4 Finnish FA Tampere District 2nd Promoted
2013 Tier 6 Vitonen (sixth tier) Group 1 Finnish FA Tampere District 1st Promoted
2014 Tier 5 Nelonen (fifth tier) Finnish FA Tampere District 2nd
2015 Tier 5 Nelonen (fifth tier) Finnish FA Tampere District 1st Promoted
2016 Tier 4 Kolmonen (fourth tier) Finnish FA Tampere District 1st Promoted
2017 Tier 3 Kakkonen (third tier) Group B Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th
2018 Tier 3 Kakkonen (third tier) Group C Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 9th

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
1   GK Mikael Köngäs
3   DF Sami Ekmark
4   DF Mustafa Hussein Zada
5   DF Eetu Rahkola
7   MF Niko Äkräs
8   MF Ali Aitbenzanzoun
9   FW Elias Harala
10   FW Haris Ibrahimovic
13   DF Aleksi Sainio
15   FW Eemil Pasanen
16   FW Marcio Severino
17   FW Taavi Abruquah
18   MF Jere Remes
No. Position Player
19   FW Valtteri Uimonen
20   DF Verneri Uimonen
21   FW Topi Järvi
22   DF Matias Stark
23   FW Niklas Lindholm
24   GK Oskari Ikonen
25   MF Omar Khary
26   GK Sami Maja
27   MF Nils Strömsholm
28   FW Deng Malwal
29   DF Ali Al-Fatli
32   MF Arttu Mättö
62   GK Elias Alanen

ManagersEdit

UEFA rankingEdit

Current Club Ranking

Current National League ranking

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 December 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "New beginnings". When Saturday Comes. December 2012. p. 35.
  3. ^ Negrin, Matt (1 May 2014). "Fans Lose Soccer Team, Then Build Their Own". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 May 2014.

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