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IFK Mariehamn
Logo of IFK Mariehamn
Full name Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna
Mariehamn
Nickname(s) Grönvitt (Green White)
Saarelaiset (The Islanders)
Founded 1919
Ground Wiklöf Holding Arena,
Mariehamn
(Capacity: 4000)
Chairman Mikael Granskog
Manager Pekka Lyyski
League Veikkausliiga
2009 Veikkausliiga, 4th
Website [[1] Club home page]
Home colours
Away colours

IFK Mariehamn is a Finnish football club, based in Mariehamn, capital of the Åland Islands. It currently plays in the Finnish Premier Division (Veikkausliiga). The club's manager is Pekka Lyyski, and it plays its home matches at Wiklöf Holding Arena.

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History

While IFK Mariehamn was formed in 1919, the sports club did not have a football section until the mid-1930s. Initially the team participated primarily in local tournaments on √Öland, only sporadically playing other Finnish or Swedish teams. The team has participated in the Finnish football leagues since 1945.
Until the 1970s, IFK Mariehamn played primarily in the Finnish football divisions 3 and 4. The club reached a peak in 1975 and 1976, when the club first advanced to division 2 and then reached division 1 (Ykkönen) the following year. After two seasons in division 1, IFK Mariehamn was relegated to division 2, where it would remain up until the 2000s, except for a few seasons in division 3 during the early 1990s.
In 2003, IFK Mariehamn returned to division 1. After only one season in division 1, the club advanced, for the first time in its history to the premier division of Finnish football, the Veikkausliiga, for the 2005 season. In its first season in the Veikkausliiga, IFK Mariehamn finished 12th out of 14 teams. In 2006, the club finished in 5th place and the year after 6th after an impressive run of unbeaten matches during the autumn of 2007.

In addition to playing in the Veikkausliiga, IFK Mariehamn participates in local √Öland tournaments, having won the √Öland cup 40 times and the √Öland football championships 42 times. In recent years, the club has been the most dominant football team on √Öland, having in 2008 won its 11th and 15th straight titles in these two events, respectively.

In 2009, IFK Mariehamn started its first season as a fully professional football club.

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Division history

  • 1945 - 1971: Divisions 3 and 4 (two seasons)
  • 1972: Division 2
  • 1973 - 1975: Division 3
  • 1976: Division 2
  • 1977 - 1978: Division 1
  • 1979 - 1990: Division 2
  • 1991 - 1992: Division 3
  • 1993 - 2003: Division 2
  • 2004: Division 1
  • 2005 - : Veikkausliiga (Premier division)

Current squad

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 Kenya GK Willis Ochieng
2 Ukraine DF Dmytro Voloshyn
3 Finland DF Patrik Rikama
4 Sweden MF Johan Carlsson
6 Sweden MF Marcus Olofsson
7 Finland FW Petteri Forsell
9 Croatia MF Ante ҆imunac
10 Finland MF Tam√°s Gruborovics
11 Finland MF Mika Niskala
13 Finland GK Simon Enqvist
15 Kenya MF Amos Ekhalie
No. Position Player
16 Finland FW Wilhelm Ingves
18 Ukraine MF Dmytro Pronevych
19 Finland DF Fredrik Appel
20 Finland DF Johannes Nordström
21 Finland FW Jimmy Sundman
22 Nigeria DF Echiabhi Okodugha
24 Croatia DF Mate Dujilo
28 Finland FW Mikko Paatelainen
29 Finland GK Gustav Långbacka
30 Finland FW Sasha Anttilainen

Notable players

References

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