Turun Palloseura

Turun Palloseura, commonly known as TPS, is a professional football club based in Turku, Finland. During the 2020 season, the men's first team of the club competes in Veikkausliiga, the highest tier of men's football, and the women's representative team in the Kansallinen Liiga, the highest level of women's football in Finland. Nicknamed "Tepsi", the club was founded in 1922.[1]

Turun Palloseura
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Nickname(s)Tepsi
Founded1922[1]
GroundVeritas Stadion
Capacity8,072
ChairmanJouko Peräaho
ManagerJonatan Johansson
LeagueYkkönen
202011th Veikkausliiga
(relegation/promotion play-off) Decrease
WebsiteClub website
Active departments of
Turun Palloseura
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Floorball Football (Men's) Football (Women's)
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Ice hockey (Men's) Ice hockey (Women's)

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 guidance 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

TPS honours
Competition Titles /
medals
Seasons
Finnish Championship 8[1] 1928,[a] 1939, 1941, 1949, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1975[1]
12[1] 1923, 1925, 1926, 1930, 1938, 1944, 1946, 1948, 1960, 1984, 1986, 1989[1]
11[1] 1929, 1931, 1957, 1967, 1977, 1987, 1996, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012[1]
Finnish Cup 3[1] 1991, 1994, 2010[1]
Finnish League Cup 1 2012

Season to seasonEdit

Season to Season
Season Level Division Section Administration Position Movements
1930 Tier 1 A-Sarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd Championship rematch, lost to HIFK
1931 Tier 1 A-Sarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
1932 Tier 1 A-Sarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
1933 Tier 1 A-Sarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
1934 Tier 1 A-Sarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th Relegated
1935 Tier 2 B-Sarja (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Promotion Group 1st
1936 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th
1937 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th
1938 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd
1939 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Champions
1940 Tier 1 Cup-Competition Cup format Finnish FA(Suomen Palloliitto) Final Lost to Sudet
1940–1941 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Champions
1942 Tier 1 Cup-Competition Cup format Finnish FA & TUL(Suomen Palloliitto & Työväen Urheiluliitto) Quarterfinals
1943–44 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd Championship rematch, lost to VIFK
1945 Tier 1 SPL Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Group A Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Championship Playoff SPL Champions
1945 Tier 1 Cup-Competition Cup format Finnish FA & TUL(Suomen Palloliitto & Työväen Urheiluliitto) Semifinals
1945–46 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd
1946–47 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
1947–48 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
1948 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd
1949 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Champions
1950 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th
1951 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th
1952 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 10th Relegated
1953 Tier 2 Suomensarja (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
1954 Tier 2 Suomensarja (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
1955 Tier 2 Suomensarja (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
1956 Tier 2 Suomensarja (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Promoted
1957 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
1958 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
1959 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th
1960 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd
1961 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
1962 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 8th
1963 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 10th Relegated
1964 Tier 2 Suomensarja (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd
1965 Tier 2 Suomensarja (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Promotion Playoff – Promoted
1966 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th
1967 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
1968 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Champions
1969 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 8th
1970 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th
1971 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Champions
1972 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Champions
1973 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 9th
1974 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th
1975 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Champions
1976 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 10th
1977 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
1978 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
1979 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th Championship Group 7th
1980 Tier 1 SM-Sarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd Championship Group 4th
1981 Tier 1 SM-Sarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd Championship Group 4th
1982 Tier 1 SM-Sarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Championship Group 4th
1983 Tier 1 SM-Sarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Championship Group 4th
1984 Tier 1 SM-Sarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd Championship Playoff 2nd
1985 Tier 1 SM-Sarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Championship Playoff 4th
1986 Tier 1 SM-Sarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd
1987 Tier 1 SM-Sarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
1988 Tier 1 SM-Sarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th Championship Group 5th
1989 Tier 1 SM-Sarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd Championship Group 2nd
1990 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th Championship Playoff Quarterfinals
1991 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 9th
1992 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 9th
1993 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th Championship Group 8th
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
2018 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 11th Relegation Playoff – Relegated
2019 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd Promotion Playoff – Promoted
2020 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 11th Relegation Playoff – Relegated

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Current squadEdit

As of 28 July 2021[7]

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 Jere Koponen
3 DF   FIN Juri Kinnunen
4 DF   FIN Rasmus Holma
6 MF   FIN Santeri Pohjolainen
9 FW   FIN Oskari Jakonen
12 GK   FIN Santeri Aaltonen
14 DF   FIN Juhani Pikkarainen
15 DF   FIN Samuel Mahlamäki
16 FW   FIN Albijon Muzaci
17 FW   COL Eliécer Espinosa
20 MF   FIN Jesper Karlsson
21 FW   FIN Elmo Heinonen (on loan from Honka)
No. Pos. Nation Player
23 FW   FIN Joakim Latonen
25 DF   FIN Atte Sihvonen
27 FW   NOR Kabamba Kalabatama
28 FW   FIN Onnipekka Pajula
31 MF   FIN Jasper Jalonen
33 DF   FIN Roope Pakkanen
34 DF   SEN Samba Benga
GK   FIN Ville Seppä
DF   FIN Kalle Taimi
DF   FIN Joonas Sundman (on loan from SJK)
FW   FIN Serge Atakayi (on loan from SJK)

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   FIN Niklas Pyyhtiä (at FC Honka until 31 December 2021)

Management and boardroomEdit

ManagementEdit

As of 16 March 2021.

Name Role
  Jonatan Johansson Head Coach
  Jon Daly Coach
  Mikko Känkänen Goalkeeping Coach
  Mira Sakselin Fitness Coach
  Jani Tuomala Team Manager
  Tapani Elmeranta Kit Manager
  Juha Pyyhtiä Kit Manager
  Jyrki Rauhaniemi Doctor
  Markus Kemppainen Physiotherapist

BoardroomEdit

As of 16 March 2021[8]

Name Role
  Jouko Peräaho Chairman
  Janne Kytölä CEO
  Mika Laurikainen Sports Director

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 București 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   Teuta 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 competes in the Kansallinen 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.[9]

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. ^ http://www.finlandfootball.net/
  7. ^ "Miehet-edustus – FC TPS". fc.tps.fi. Retrieved 16 March 2021.
  8. ^ "Yhteystiedot – FC TPS" (in Finnish). TPS. Retrieved 16 March 2021.
  9. ^ Pietarinen, Heikki (11 July 2013). "Finland – List of Women Champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 20 July 2013.

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