Tampere United

Tampere United is a Finnish football club from the city of Tampere. The club plays in Kolmonen, the fourth highest level of football in Finland.

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Full nameJalkapalloseura Tampere United ry
Nickname(s)Sinipaidat
Founded1998; 23 years ago (1998)
GroundPyynikin urheilukenttä, Tampere
ChairmanHeikki Wilen
ManagerMourad Seddiki
LeagueKolmonen
WebsiteClub website

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.

HistoryEdit

The club was formed in July 1998. The initial plan was to merge 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 UEFA 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 Girondins de Bordeaux 4–3 on aggregate.

Exclusion and collapseEdit

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.

Revival by the supportersEdit

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

Veikkausliiga

Finnish Cup

Finnish League Cup

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   Khazar Universiteti 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 North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Promotion Group – 1st
2000 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th
2001 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Champions
2002 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th Upper Group – 5th
2003 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
2004 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
2005 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
2006 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Champions
2007 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Champions
2008 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th
2009 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th
2010 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th
2011 N/A Suspended
2012 Tier 7 Kutonen Group 4 Finnish FA Tampere District 2nd Promoted
2013 Tier 6 Vitonen Group 1 Finnish FA Tampere District 1st Promoted
2014 Tier 5 Nelonen Finnish FA Tampere District 2nd
2015 Tier 5 Nelonen Finnish FA Tampere District 1st Promoted
2016 Tier 4 Kolmonen Finnish FA Tampere District 1st Promoted
2017 Tier 3 Kakkonen Group B Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th
2018 Tier 3 Kakkonen Group C Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 9th
2019 Tier 3 Kakkonen Group B Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 12th Relegated
2020 Tier 4 Kolmonen Finnish FA Tampere District TBD

Current squadEdit

As of 9 May 2021

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 Riku Tanila
29 GK   FIN Henri Savolainen
30 GK   FIN Aapo Sipponen
32 GK   FIN Antti Kuusinen
3 DF   FIN Matias Stark
4 DF   FIN Eino-Veikko Ek
6 DF   FIN Severi Kankkunen
7 DF   FIN Mauno Sirén
8 FW   FIN Topias Järvelä
9 FW   FIN Eric Bullock
10 MF   FIN Ali Aitbenzanzoun
11 FW   FIN Roope Kostiainen
13 MF   FIN Anton Bright
15 DF   FIN Jesse Vuori
No. Pos. Nation Player
16 DF   FIN Paavo Kujala
17 FW   FIN Jesse Oksanen
18 FW   FIN Panu Väliaho
19 FW   FIN Hakim Belbachir
20 MF   FIN Arttu Haapala
21 DF   FIN Pyry Virtanen
22 MF   GER Markus Kopf
23 DF   FIN Po Law
24 MF   FIN Arttu Mättö
25 FW   FIN Iikka Häkkinen
26 DF   FIN Verneri Uimonen
27 MF   FIN Nils Strömsholm
41 MF   FIN Eetu Räisänen

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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