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Turun Palloseura

Full name Turun Palloseura
Nickname(s) Tepsi
Founded 1922
Ground Veritas Stadion
Ground Capacity 9,372
Chairman Aimo Moisander
Manager Mika Laurikainen
League Ykkönen
2014 12th (relegated)

Turun Palloseura, TPS for short and nicknamed Tepsi is a Finnish football club based in Turku. The club was founded in 1922. TPS currently play in the Ykkönen, the second level of Finnish Football, after relegation from Veikkausliiga, the highest level of Finnish football after the 2014 season. They play their home games at the 730-spectator Turun Urheilupuiston yläkenttä (Turku Sports Park's Upper Field).


  • History 1
  • Honours 2
  • Season to season 3
  • Current squad 4
  • Managers 5
  • In Europe 6
    • UEFA Club Ranking 6.1
  • Women's football 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


FC TPS Turku has won the Finnish Championship 8 times since 1922. The latest was in 1975, but even though it’s been a while, TPS has done well in recent years too, placing 3rd in 1996, 2007, 2009 and 2010. TPS won the Finnish Cup in 1991, 1994 and 2010 and played in the Finnish Cup final in 1996, 1997 and 2005. FC TPS Turku is also known for its excellent junior work. Several TPS players have made it to the international fields, for example Peter Enckelman who plays for St. Johnstone and Jonatan Johansson who quit his career after 2010 season. Other famous TPS players are defender Niklas Moisander (UC Sampdoria) and striker Jani Virtanen, formerly Udinese, currently JJK.

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 Finnish "motor-mouth" 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.


  • Finnish Championship: 8
    • In cup-format: 1 (1928), in league competition: 7 (1939, 1941, 1949, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1975)
  • Finnish Cup: 3
    • 1991, 1994, 2010
  • Finnish League Cup: 1
    • 2012

Season to season

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

Current squad

As of 2 May 2015
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
2 DF Aleksi Ojanperä
3 DF Juri Kinnunen
4 DF Rasmus Holma
5 DF Mikael Liespuu
6 MF Matej Hradecky
7 MF Sami Rähmönen
10 FW Jussi Aalto
11 FW Tim Tuomikoski
12 GK Oskari Forsman
14 DF Ville Rannikko
15 DF Miro Tenho
16 MF Santeri Peltola
17 MF Waltteri Peltola
No. Position Player
18 FW Mikko Hyyrynen
19 MF Oskari Jakonen
20 FW Riku Sjöroos
21 DF Niklas Friberg
22 MF Niklas Blomqvist
23 FW Hushyar Aftab
24 FW Ilari Mettälä
25 MF Santeri Mäkinen
26 DF Jonni Peräaho
27 FW Albion Ademi
28 DF Juho Montola
30 GK Arnold Uschanoff
35 GK Jere Aalto


In Europe

Season Competition Round Country Club Score Agg. Notes
1969–70 European Cup 1R 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

UEFA Club Ranking

This is the current UEFA Club Ranking, including season 2010–11.[1]

Last update: July 9, 2010
Rank Team Points
276 FK Borac Banja Luka 2.149
277 FK Renova 2.141
278 Dundalk 2.116
Sporting Fingal 2.116
Shamrock Rovers 2.116
281 TPS Turku 2.093
MYPA 2.093
283 FK Tauras Tauragė 1.991
FK Siauliai 1.991
FBK Kaunas 1.991
286 Dinamo Tirana 1.949

Women's football

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.[2]


  1. ^ "UEFA Team Ranking 2011". 2009-03-07. Retrieved 2009-03-07. 
  2. ^ Pietarinen, Heikki (11 July 2013). "Finland – List of Women Champions".  

External links

  • Official website
  • TPS Supporters
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