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Turun Palloseura, commonly known as TPS, is a professional football club based in Turku, Finland. During the 2019 season, the men’s first team of the club competes in Ykkönen, the second highest tier of men’s football, and the women’s first team in Naisten Liiga, the highest level of women’s football in Finland. Nicknamed "Tepsi", the club was founded in 1922.[1]

Turun Palloseura
Nickname(s)Tepsi
Founded1922[1]
GroundVeritas Stadion
Capacity8,072
ChairmanJouko Peräaho
ManagerTommi Pikkarainen
LeagueYkkönen
201811. Veikkausliiga Decrease
WebsiteClub website
Active departments of
Turun Palloseura
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TPS have won 8 League titles and 3 Finnish Cups.[1] They play their home league matches at Veritas Stadion, with a capacity of 9,372 seats for most matches.[2]

HistoryEdit

In the early stages of the UEFA Cup of the season 1987–1988, TPS beat Internazionale at the San Siro stadium in Milan, thanks to a goal by Mika Aaltonen, who was later signed by Inter. They lost the return leg with 0–2, but this is widely regarded as the highest point by the club in international football.

After season 2000 TPS lost its place in Finland's Premier League and played for two seasons in the Ykkönen (eng first) in the Finnish first division. They aimed to get back up to the Premier League with determination and it took them two seasons to complete the mission. Since season 2003 TPS has again played in the Finland's Premier League, Veikkausliiga. TPS managed to get in the final of the Finnish Cup in 2005, but lost to Haka 4–1 in Finnair Stadium

Before season 2007 TPS hired famous Finnish striker Mixu Paatelainen as their manager. In his guidande TPS won bronze and so ended their ten years medalless run. After the end of season Paatelainen left for Scottish club Hibernian FC in early January 2008. Quickly TPS hired heralded Finnish manager Martti Kuusela. However Kuusela didn't get the best out of his squad and was fired mid September 2008. Overall TPS ended sixth in Veikkausliiga. So again TPS have to get a new manager, their third in as many seasons. This time they picked Pasi Rautiainen.

In recent years, TPS has had the highest average attendance in Veikkausliiga but it has suffered from a poor rental agreement with Veritas Stadion. This has led TPS for planning to build their own stadium in Nummi. They also considered the possibility of using the Paavo Nurmi Stadion as their home ground, but these plans faced scheduling problems with Athletics competitions and were scrapped. Both Turku based teams however played few games at the Paavo Nurmi Stadion during 2014 season when the Veritas Stadion was under maintenance. After relegation TPS changed their home venue to the Urheilupuiston yläkenttä, which is close to the Paavo Nurmi Stadion in the Turku Sports Park, but is not eligible to be used in the Veikkausliiga. Future plans for home ground development have not been made public.

TPS returned to the Veikkausliiga for the 2018 season,[3] winning the Ykkönen title on 21 October 2017 with a 1–1 draw against Honka.[4] However, after the 2018 season, TPS was again relegated to Ykkönen, after finishing second-to-last in the league and losing the two-leg play-off against Kokkolan Pallo-Veikot (KPV), the Ykkönen runner-up.[5] Since the 2018 season, TPS plays all home games at Veritas Stadion.

HonoursEdit

Season to seasonEdit

 
Season Level Division Section Administration Position Movements
1994 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 8th
1995 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th
1996 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd Upper Group – 3rd
1997 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th Third round – 4th
1998 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th Third round – 6th
1999 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 9th Lower Group – 9th
2000 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 11th Playoff – Relegated
2001 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Playoffs
2002 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Promotion/Relegation Group 2nd – Promoted
2003 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 9th
2004 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
2005 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 9th
2006 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th
2007 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
2008 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th
2009 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
2010 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
2011 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
2012 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
2013 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 8th
2014 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 12th Relegated to Ykkönen
2015 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
2016 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd Playoffs
2017 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Promoted to Veikkausliiga

Current squadEdit

As of 25 April 2019[6]

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 Miikka Mujunen
2   MF Alim Moundi
3   DF Kristian Heinolainen
4   DF Rasmus Holma
5   MF Juho Montola
6   MF Jonni Peräaho
7   DF Sami Rähmönen (captain)
8   MF Mika Mäkitalo
9   FW Oskari Jakonen
10   MF Jani Virtanen
11   FW Mika Ääritalo
12   MF Tomas Hradecky
13   MF Matej Hradecky
No. Position Player
14   DF Otto Schultz
15   FW Juho Salminen
16   FW Albijon Muzaci
17   FW Eliécer Espinosa
18   DF Julius Perälä
20   MF Jesper Karlsson
21   FW Solomon Duah
23   FW Joakim Latonen
25   DF Aldayr Hernández
27   GK Anton Lepola
31   FW Onnipekka Pajula
33   DF Tatu Varmanen
42   DF Jessy Lando

Management and boardroomEdit

ManagementEdit

As of 25 April 2019.

Name Role
  Tommi Pikkarainen Head Coach
  Joonas Laurikainen Coach
  Mikko Hyyrynen Fitness Coach
  Mikko Känkänen Goalkeeping Coach
  Jani Tuomala Team Manager
  Tapio Hirvaskari Team Manager
  Tapani Elmeranta Kit Manager
  Juha Pyyhtiä Kit Manager
  Petri Kallio Doctor
  Markus Kemppainen Physiotherapist
  Tuomas Sonck Video Coordinator

BoardroomEdit

As of 25 April 2019[7]

Name Role
  Jouko Peräaho Chairman
  Jarmo Kähkönen CEO

ManagersEdit

In EuropeEdit

Season Competition Round Country Club Score Agg. Notes
1969–70 European Cup PR   KB Copenhagen 0–1, 0–4 0–5
1972–73 European Cup 1R   1. FC Magdeburg 0–6, 1–3 1–9
1973–74 European Cup 1R   Celtic FC 1–6, 0–3 1–9
1976–77 European Cup 1R   Sliema Wanderers 1–2, 1–0 2–2
1/8   FC Zürich 0–2, 0–1 0–3
1985–86 UEFA Cup 1R   Spartak Moscow 0–1, 1–3 1–4
1987–88 UEFA Cup 1R   FC Admira/Wacker Wenen 0–1, 2–0 2–1
2R   Internazionale 1–0, 0–2 1–2
1988–89 UEFA Cup 1R   Linfield FC Belfast 0–0, 1–1 1–1
2R   First Vienna 1–2, 1–0 2–2
1/8   Victoria Bucureşti 0–1, 3–2 3–3
1990–91 UEFA Cup 1R   GKS Katowice 0–3, 0–1 0–4
1992–93 Cup Winners Cup 1R   Trabzonspor 0–2, 2–2 2–4
1995–96 Cup Winners Cup Q   KS Teuta Durrës 1–0, 0–3 1–3
1997 Intertoto Cup Group   Halmstads BK 1–6
Group   SK Lommel 1–1
Group   Hajduk Kula 1–2
Group   Kongsvinger IL 2–0
1998 Intertoto Cup 1R   FC Sion 0–1, 3–2 2–4
2R   Shinnik Yaroslavl 0–2, 2–3 2–5
2008 Intertoto Cup 1R   Lisburn Distillery FC 3–2, 3–1 6–3
2R   Odense BK 1–2, 0–2 1–4
2010–11 Europa League 1Q   Port Talbot Town 3–1, 4–0 7–1
2Q   Cercle Brugge 1–2, 1–0 2–2
2011–12 Europa League 2Q   K.V.C. Westerlo 0–1, 0–0 0–1

Women's footballEdit

The club also has a women's team which participate in Naisten Liiga, the top division of women's football in Finland. TPS women took part in the national championship for the first time in 1972, and won the title in 1978. After withdrawing from the top league in 1992, they returned in 2008.[8]

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ The championship was decided via cup competition.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Seura | Historia". Official website of Turun Palloseura (in Finnish). Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  2. ^ "TPS News". fc.tps.fi. Retrieved 2016-04-12.
  3. ^ a b Pietarinen, Heikki (30 November 2017). "Finland - List of League First Level Tables". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation (RSSSF). Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  4. ^ Zavros, Christos (21 October 2017). "TPS:n nousu Veikkausliigaan varmistui dramaattisten vaiheiden jälkeen – FC Honka karsintaan". Ilta-Sanomat (IS.fi) (in Finnish). Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Kokkolan KPV käynnisti nousujuhlat vierasmaalilla – TPS putosi Veikkausliigasta". Helsingin Sanomat (HS.fi) (in Finnish). 3 November 2018. Retrieved 27 July 2019.
  6. ^ "Miehet-edustus - FC TPS". fc.tps.fi. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  7. ^ "Yhteystiedot - FC TPS" (in Finnish). TPS. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  8. ^ Pietarinen, Heikki (11 July 2013). "Finland – List of Women Champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 20 July 2013.

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