Vasa IFK

Vasa IFK (VIFK) is a Finnish football club, located in Vaasa. It was founded in 1900. The club changed its name in 1988 after a merger with another club, BK-48, and was called BK-IFK during the late 1900s. The name was changed back to VIFK in year 2000.

Vasa IFK
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Full nameIdrottsföreningen Kamraterna Vasa
Nickname(s)VIFK
Founded1900
GroundHietalahti Stadium,
Vaasa
Capacity6,009
ChairmanKim Sund
ManagerMax Peltonen
LeagueKakkonen
2017Kakkonen

Their representative team moved up to Ykkönen at end of season 2005 which is the second-highest level in Finland. The visit lasted three years and the team was relegated to Kakkonen after finishing 12th place in the 2008 season.

The club has a great history, but has yet to achieve the same kind of success as in the mid-20th century. Vasa IFK have won the Finnish championship three times, in 1944, 1946 and 1953. They were runners-up in 1945 and 1951 and finished third in 1950 and 1955. In 1947 and 1948, Vasa IFK also won the league hosted by the FA. In that time there were two separate leagues due to political circumstances. The other league was hosted by the organisation for the labour clubs, TUL.

The club has also been active in women's football and other sports. In 1949 and in 1964 VIFK was the runner-up for the Finnish championship in bandy.

The current chairman of the club is Henrik Skytte.

Current squadEdit

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   USA Scott Angevine
2 DF   FIN Merhawi Birhane
3 DF   FIN Ilari Antila
4 DF   FIN Jonas Pitkäkangas
5 DF   FIN Miika Niemi
6 MF   FIN Kristian Kokko
7 DF   FIN Miika Niemi
8 FW   FIN Casper Källberg
9 FW   FIN Markus Nordman
10 DF   FIN Mustafa Maki
11 MF   FIN Arttu Nuutinen
12 GK   FIN William Rosenlöf
No. Pos. Nation Player
13 DF   FIN Ville Huuhka
16 FW   CMR Junior Oyono
18 MF   FIN Tony Björk
18 MF   FIN Christian Österlund
19 FW   FIN Henry Louko
21 FW   FIN Hamed Ahmadi
22 GK   FIN Johannes Ström
23 FW   FIN Hane Birhane
25 FW   FIN Nico Renlund
35 GK   FIN Jussi Virkajärvi

AchievementsEdit

Season to seasonEdit

Season to Season
Season Level Division Section Administration Position Movements
1930 Tier 2 B-Sarja (Second Division) Cup format Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) quarter finals
1931 Tier 2 B-Sarja (Second Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 4th
1932 Tier 2 B-Sarja (Second Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 3rd
1933 Tier 2 B-Sarja (Second Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 3rd
1934 Tier 2 B-Sarja (Second Division) Western Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 2nd Promotion Group 2nd- Promoted
1935 Tier 1 A-Sarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 7th Relegated
1936 Tier 2 Itä-Länsi-Sarja (Second Division) West League Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Promotion Group 1st - Promoted
1937 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 7th Relegation Playoff - Relegated
1938 Tier 2 Itä-Länsi-Sarja (Second Division) West League, Northern Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 2nd
1939 Tier 2 Itä-Länsi-Sarja (Second Division) West League, Group 4 Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 2nd
1940 Tier 1 Cup-Competition Cup format Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) Quarter-Finals
1940-41 Tier 2 B-Sarja (Second Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Promoted
1943-44 Tier 1 SPL Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Championship rematch - Champions
1945 Tier 1 SPL Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Group B Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st SPL Championship final
1945-46 Tier 1 SPL Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Finnish championship Playoff vs TUL Champions - Champions
1946-47 Tier 1 SPL Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Championship rematch - SPL Champions, Finnish championship Group 4th
1947-48 Tier 1 SPL Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Champions
1948 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 5th
1949 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 4th
1950 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 3rd
1951 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 2nd
1952 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 2nd
1953 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Championship rematch - Champions
1954 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 4th
1955 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 3rd
1956 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 9th Relegated
1957 Tier 2 Suomensarja (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Promoted
1958 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 6th
1959 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 7th
1960 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 8th
1961 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 10th Relegated
1962 Tier 2 Suomensarja (Second Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Promoted
1963 Tier 1 Mestaruussarja (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 12th Relegated
1964 Tier 2 Suomensarja (Second Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 3rd
1965 Tier 2 Suomensarja (Second Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 10th Relegation Playoff - Relegated
1966 Tier 3 Maakuntasarja (Third Division) Group 8 Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 3rd
1967 Tier 3 Maakuntasarja (Third Division) Group 9 Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 2nd
1968 Tier 3 Maakuntasarja (Third Division) Group 7 Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Promoted
1969 Tier 2 Suomensarja (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 3rd
1970 Tier 2 II Divisioona (Second Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 8th
1971 Tier 2 II Divisioona (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 6th
1972 Tier 2 II Divisioona (Second Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 8th
1973 Tier 3 II divisioona (Second Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 11th Relegated
1974 Tier 4 III Divisioona (Third Division) Group 8 Vaasa District (SPL Vaasa) 6th
1975 Tier 4 III Divisioona (Third Division) Group 8 Vaasa District (SPL Vaasa) 2nd
1976 Tier 4 III Divisioona (Third Division) Group 8 Vaasa District (SPL Vaasa) 10th Relegated
1977 Tier 5 IV Divisioona (Fourth Division) Group 14 - Vaasa Vaasa District (SPL Vaasa) 1st Promoted
1978 Tier 4 III Divisioona (Third Division) Group 8 Vaasa District (SPL Vaasa) 1st Promoted
1979 Tier 3 II divisioona (Second Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 2nd Promotion Playoff - Promoted
1980 Tier 2 I Divisioona (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 9th Relegation Group 2nd
1981 Tier 2 I Divisioona (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 10th Relegation Group 7th – Relegated
1982 Tier 3 II divisioona (Second Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 11th Relegated
1983 Tier 4 III Divisioona (Third Division) Group 8 Vaasa District (SPL Vaasa) 2nd Promotion Playoff
1984 Tier 4 III Divisioona (Third Division) Group 8 Vaasa District (SPL Vaasa) 3rd
1985 Tier 4 III Divisioona (Third Division) Group 8 Vaasa District (SPL Vaasa) 2nd Rematch for promotion
1986 Tier 4 III Divisioona (Third Division) Group 8 Vaasa District (SPL Vaasa) 3rd
1987 Tier 4 III Divisioona (Third Division) Group 8 Vaasa District (SPL Vaasa) 1st Promoted
1988 Tier 3 II divisioona (Second Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 10th Relegated, merger with ABK-48 to stay in II divisioona
1989 Tier 3 II divisioona (Second Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 7th BK-IFK
1990 Tier 3 II Divisioona (Second Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 9th BK-IFK
1991 Tier 3 II divisioona (Second Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 4th BK-IFK
1992 Tier 3 II divisioona (Second Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 2nd BK-IFK
1993 Tier 3 II divisioona (Second Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 2nd BK-IFK – Promoted
1994 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 11th BK-IFK – Relegated
1995 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 3rd BK-IFK
1996 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 4th BK-IFK
1997 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 4th BK-IFK
1998 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 6th BK-IFK
1999 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 6th BK-IFK
2000 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 10th BK-IFK – Relegated
2001 Tier 4 Kolmonen (Third Division) Vaasa Vaasa District (SPL Vaasa) 2nd Promoted
2002 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 8th
2003 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 3rd
2004 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 6th
2005 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Promoted
2006 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 8th
2007 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 6th
2008 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 12th Relegated
2009 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group C Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 4th
2010 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group C Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 6th
2011 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group C Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 5th
2012 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 4th
2013 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 3rd
2014 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) West Group Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 1st Promoted
2015 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 10th Relegated
2016 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group C Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 9th
2017 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group C Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 3rd
2018 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group C Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 10th Relegated - Retained position in kakkonen
2019 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group C Finnish FA (Suomen Pallolitto) 8th

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