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HIFK appoints Teemu Kankkunen as new head coach

HIFK Fotboll announced today their new head coach: Teemu Kankkunen

The 37-year old has been a coach with HIFK during this decade but he originally arrived to the team as a player. “Tema” was a central defender together with Petri Heinänen in the Kakkonen during the 2009 season. As a player he played 127 games in Ykkönen with Atlantis and FC Viikingit and as a A-Junior he won the Finnish title with AC Vantaa in 1999.

Kankkunen belonged to the HIFK men´s coaching team between 2010-2015 where his cooperation with head coach Jani Honkavaara guided them to three promotions ending with the 7th place finish in the Veikkausliiga in 2015. For the past two seasons, Kankkunen has been the head coach for the HIFK A-Junior team resulting in HIFK´s best ever results in Juniors. 4th place finish in 2016 and Bronze medal last season. This season he also coached the HIFK 2nd team in Kolmonen where he guided them to 15 consecutive wins helping the team earn promotion to the Kakkonen.

“I gladly take this honor of being the head coach to the Mens team”. Said Teemu Kankkunen.

“The preparations for next season are of course at the beginning, but I have a strong belief that the core group of players that I want to continue with HIFK will continue. I mean the players who have played with their hearts for HIFK and the ones I already know from the past seasons.”

“We also have some good junior players with whom I have worked for the past couple of seasons and who are ready to take the next step. The youth players did not play that much last season and now it is their time to take the next step in their careers. The core group or older players and the youth players will form a good package for us to build upon. Also I plan us to have a tighter cooperation with the second team that plays in the Kakkonen and with the youth team. ”

Teemu Kankkunen´s contract is for 1 year and will thus cover only the 2018 season.


Full story in Finnish and Swedish on HIFK website – click here.

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