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Jyväskylän Jalkapalloklubi

JJK
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Full name JJK Jyväskylä[1]
Nickname(s) Ketut (Foxes)
Founded 2000 (1992)[1]
Ground Harjun Stadion,
Jyväskylä
Ground Capacity 5,000
Chairman Janne Särkkä
Manager Juha Pasoja
League Veikkausliiga
2012 Veikkausliiga, 9th
Home colours
Away colours


JJK Jyväskylä (JJK) is a Finnish football club, based in Jyväskylä. It currently plays in the Finnish top-flight Veikkausliiga. The club's manager is Kari Martonen. JJK plays its home matches at Harjun Stadion.

History

Early years 1923-1992

Jyväskylän Palloilijat (abbreviated JyP), the predecessor of JJK, was founded in December 1923. In addition to football JyP had also a pesäpallo team and a bandy team. In the JJK's first football match it was defeated 2-3 by Mikkelin Kilpaveikot. In its early years, JyP played football infrequently and usually worked just to make the game of football known in the city. JyP began competing in football leagues in 1928 when it was beaten in a qualification match by Savo in the regional league. In 1939, JyP qualified for the first time to play in the second highest level of Finnish football leagues.

Nevertheless, World War II halted the promising progress of the team. In 1941, JyP played against a friendly match against a German military team. As many as 6000 spectators followed the match in Harju Stadium.

In the following years, JyP played in the Finnish lower divisions, from the 3rd tier to 6th tier, but in 1976 JyP managed to rise to Kakkonen (third tier). In the next year, a new organisation was founded for the football team. The new team was named JYP-77. In the beginning of 1980s JYP-77 played couple of years in the First Division. But, 1992 the team relegated again to Kolmonen (fourth tier). [2]

New JJK 1992-2006

In autumn 1992 football managers in Jyväskylä decided that a reform is needed in football in Jyväskylä. JYP-77 merged with JyPK (Jyväskylän Pallokerho) and formed a new team JJK (Jyväskylän Jalkapalloklubi). Already first season was a success and JJK was promoted to Kakkonen (third tier) in 1993. 1994 JJK was far from the top of the league even though Mika Väyrynen won the top scorer award of the league with 22 goals. In 1995 JJK won a qualifier against KPT-85 and was promoted to Ykkönen (second tier).

In the Ykkönen JJK played strongly especially at home, where it was defeated only once. Ville Priha and Sükrü Uzuner were some of the leading heroes of the team. Also audience found Harju and a match against Kuusysi Lahti had already 2547 spectators.

Season 1997 ended in a catastrophe. Even though the team had invested a lot to the new season it relegated back to Kakkonen (third tier). JJK could not promote back during next seasons. When JJK Juniors in 2000 managed to promote also to Kakkonen a new reform was started. The name was changed to JJK Jyväskylä. Nevertheless, JJK could not promote back to the Ykkönen.

Between 2000 and 2006 the team lost a lot of gifted juniors including Jukka Sinisalo, Touko Tumanto, Mikko Manninen to teams playing on higher levels. [3]

From a black hole to the top 2006-

During unsuccessful decades Central Finland was nicknamed a black hole of Finnish football. Jyväskylä was the only major Finnish city, which had not had a football team in the top league. In 2006 Ville Priha returned to his home city - this time as a coach. The new coach with his team including Lassi Lehtonen, Jussi Hakasalo and a young promising striker Tommi Kari celebrated in the end of the season a promotion back to Ykkönen.

Before the 2007 season, JJK got new strengthenings with a defender Jukka Sinisalo returning from FC Inter, midfielder Matti Lähitie and striker Babatunde Wusu from Mikkeli. The team ended up being third in the league. The team continued to strengthen with Markus Paija, Mika Lahtinen, Anssi Viren and Ady. The hero of team Babatunde Wusu capped in the last game against PS Kemi and secured a historic moment for Jyväskylä - a promotion to the Veikkausliiga (highest level).

First top league season 2009 was not easy for JJK even though Jukka-Pekka Tuomanen from Jaro and Christian Sund joined the team. It finished playing relegation games but managed to win them. Nevertheless, the average number of spectators was third highest in the league, 3238 per game.

2010 was not easier but 2011 JJK exploded the bank. The team finished 3rd in the league and celebrated the first medal in its history in Finnish Veikkausliiga. This meant also that in 2012 JJK plays for the first time in its history in UEFA European League.[4]

European campaigns

Season Competition Round Country Club Score Agg.
2012–13 UEFA Europa League First round Norway Stabæk 2–0, 2−3 4−3
Second round Montenegro FK Zeta 3–2, 0–1 3−3

Current squad

As of 5 October 2013. Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Finland GK Janne Korhonen (captain)
2 Finland DF Samu Nieminen
3 Estonia DF Mikk Reintam
4 Netherlands DF Jordi van Gelderen
6 Finland MF Jukka-Pekka Tuomanen
9 Finland MF Mikko Manninen
11 Finland MF Topi Järvinen
12 Finland FW Aram Hasanzada
13 Finland DF Tuomas Latikka
14 Finland FW Janne Kuhmonen
15 Finland FW Antto Hilska
No. Position Player
16 Finland MF Robert Taylor
17 Finland DF Anssi Virén
19 Finland DF Benno Hanslian
21 Finland FW Eero Markkanen
23 Finland MF Patrick Poutiainen
24 Finland MF Severi Vielma
26 Finland FW Jani Virtanen
30 Finland GK Teppo Marttinen
31 Finland GK Ville Viljala
TBA Finland MF Eero Tamminen

On loan

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

No. Position Player

Season to season

Season Level Division Section Administration Position Movements
1994 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
1995 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd Promoted
1996 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th
1997 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd Promotion Group - 6th
1998 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 8th Relegation Group South - Relegated
1999 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
2000 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
2001 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 8th
2002 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
2003 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 4th
2004 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Playoffs
2005 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) East Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th
2006 Tier 3 Kakkonen (Second Division) Group A Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Promoted
2007 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
2008 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Promoted
2009 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 13th Relegation Playoff
2010 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 13th Relegation Playoff
2011 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd UEFA Europa League First qualifying round
2012 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 9th
2013 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 12th Relegated

Notable players

Managers

  • Finland Markku Kekäläinen (1994–95)
  • Finland Ilkka Hyvärinen (1994–95)
  • Finland Markku Kekäläinen (1996)
  • Finland Anssi Leino (1996)
  • Finland Esa Kuusisto (1997)
  • Poland Boguslaw Hajdas (1998)
  • Finland Juha-Pekka Nuutinen (1999)
  • Finland Heikki Nurmi (2000)
  • Finland Matti Lahtinen (2001–02)
  • Finland Ari Kautto (2003–05)
  • Finland Markku Kekäläinen (2005)
  • Finland Ville Priha (Jan 2006–Dec 09)
  • Finland Kari Martonen (Jan 2010–Jun 13)
  • Finland Juha Pasoja (Jun 2013–)

References

External links

  • Official website
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