Tampere United

Tampere United

Football club infobox
clubname = Tampere United

fullname = Tampere United
nickname =
founded = 1998
ground = Ratina Stadion, Tampere
capacity = 17,000 | chairman = flagicon|Finland Jari Viita
manager = flagicon|Finland Ari Hjelm
league = Veikkausliiga
season = 2007
position = Veikkausliiga, 1st

Tampere United is a Finnish football club, playing Veikkausliiga, the premier football league in Finland. The club comes from the city of Tampere. The current head coach of the club is Ari Hjelm.


The club was formed in July 1998. The initial plan was to join two local football clubs "FC Ilves" and "TPV" but TPV decided to continue as its own team. FC Ilves continued to play in lower divisions and Tampere United inherited its place in the second highest division.

In their first season, 1999 they won promotion to the top division, 15 months after the formation of the club. During season 2000 they reached sixth place in the league. In their third season 2001 they won the Finnish championship. In 2002, they finished in fifth place, and in 2003, third place. In 2006, Tampere United won their 2nd Finnish Championship and one year later, in 2007, they were the champions yet again taking home their 3rd title.

eason 2007

During the 2007 season, Tampere United reached the third qualifying round of the Champions League by beating Bulgarian champions Levski Sofia 2-0 on aggregate in the second qualifying round. Tampere United failed to reach the Champions League group stage when Rosenborg B.K. defeated them 5-0 on aggregate. On the UEFA Cup first round, United lost to Bordeaux 4-3 on aggregate.

Tampere United won the Finnish championship in 2007.


*Veikkausliiga: Winners (3)
** 2001, 2006, 2007
*Finnish Cup: Winners (1)
** 2007

Current squad

Fs player|no=1|nat=FIN|name=Mikko Kavén | pos=GK (captain)

Transfers 2007-2008

Players in

Players out

tarting line-up and formation

*4-2-3-1 formation

Notable players

* Mikko Kavén
* Jari Niemi
* Antti Pohja
* Jussi Kuoppala
* Sakari Saarinen
* Tomi Petrescu

Notable former players

* Jarkko Wiss
* Pasi Salmela
* Ville Lehtinen
* Janne Räsänen
* Petri Heinänen
* Juska Savolainen
* Vasile Marchis
* Dionisio
* Noah Hickey
* Lee Jones
* Gerry Creaney (1999)
* László Répási (1999-2001)

IFFHS Club World Ranking

*85 (89.) flagicon|Finland Tampere United

[http://www.iffhs.de/?10f42e00fa2d17f73702fa3016e23c17f7370eff3702bb1c2bbb6f28f53512 Full List]

UEFA ranking

Current Club Ranking

* [http://www.xs4all.nl/~kassiesa/bert/uefa/data/method3/trank2008.html Full List]

Current National League ranking (Previous year rank in italics)

* 28
* 29
* 30 "'
* 32
* 31

* [http://www.xs4all.nl/~kassiesa/bert/uefa/data/method3/crank2008.html Full List]

External links

*fi icon [http://www.tampereunited.com/ Official website]
*fi icon [http://www.sinikaarti.net/ Sinikaarti - Unofficial supporter group]
*en icon [http://www.tamperefc.com/ Unofficial website]
*en icon [http://footballinfinland.blogspot.com/ Football in Finland - Blog]

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