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Full name Rovaniemen Palloseura
Founded 1950
Ground Keskuskenttä,
(Capacity: 4,000)
Chairman Finland Risto Niva
Manager Wales John Allen
League Ykkönen
2009 Veikkausliiga, 14th
Home colours
Away colours

Rovaniemen Palloseura (or RoPS) is a Finnish football club, founded in 1950 and based in the town of Rovaniemi. In 2009 RoPS played in the Finnish Premier Division (Veikkausliiga) but got relegated to Ykkönen after being the lowest-placed team in the end of the season. Club plays home games at Keskuskenttä downtown Rovaniemi.



In Finland, RoPS has achieved the 3rd place in the Finnish Premier Division in 1988 and 1989. In total, the forthcoming season is the 23rd for the club at Finnish premier level. RoPS has also won the Finnish cup in 1986.

The club's most notable international achievement is reaching the quarter-finals of the European Cup-Winners' Cup in 1987/88.

European cup history

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1987–88 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1. Round Northern Ireland Glentoran F.C. 0–0 1–1 (a)1–1
2. Round Albania KS Vllaznia Shkodër 1–0 0–1 2–0
3. Round France Olympique de Marseille 0–1 3–0 0–4
1989–90 UEFA Cup 1. Round Poland GKS Katowice 1–1 0–1 2–1
2. Round France AJ Auxerre 0–5 0–3 0–8
1990–91 UEFA Cup 1. Round East Germany 1. FC Magdeburg 0–1 0–0 0–1

UEFA ranking

Current National League ranking (Previous year rank in italics)

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 Finland GK Mika Huuhtanen
2 Zambia MF Godfrey Chibanga
4 Zambia DF Stephen Kunda
6 Ghana DF Christian Gyan
7 Finland FW Jarno Tenkula
8 Zambia FW Nchimunya Mweetwa
10 Zambia MF Chanda Mwaba
No. Position Player
11 Zambia FW Chileshe Chibwe
15 Finland MF Mika-Matti Maisonvaara
18 Zambia FW Christopher Musonda
19 Finland DF Janne Turpeenniemi
TBA United States DF Etchu Tabe
TBA Finland DF Albin Granlund
TBA Finland GK Arto Vikman
TBA Finland DF Jarkko Lahdenmäki
TBA Nigeria FW Samuel Chidi

Former players


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