UA-52481335-1 FC Ilves - Football Finland

FC Ilves

Full Name: FC Ilves Tampere
Nicknames: Ipa
Founded: 1931
Stadium: Tammela Stadium (5,400)
Manager: Jarkko Wiss
Chairman: Ari Ruuth
Last Season: 3rd – Qualifed to Europe

Honours:
Titles: 1 (1983)
Cup: 2 (1990)

Europe:
European Cup: Best First Round 1984 Juventus 1-6
Cup Winners Cup: Best Second round 1991 AS Roma 3-6
UEFA Cup: Best First Round 1996 Glascow Rangers 2-4
Europa League: –
Champions League: –

Ilves has been improving year after year under Jarkko Wiss but this year that might not work. They lost some key players like Tuco, Tendeng and Ayarna after last season and those guys are hard to be replaced. Each year Ilves relies on their defense and they beat teams with 1 goal. At some point that luck might run out. In the Cup they played well and only lost to FC Inter. They should be fighting in the top half this season but another podium finish might be too much to ask.

Players in: Matias Ojala (PS Kemi), Tuomas Rannankari (KuPS), Eero Hyökyvirta (HIFK), Abdoulaye Ba (ASC Diaraf), Niklas Jokelainen (Stoke U18), Ilari Mettälä (TPS)

Players out: Emile Paul Tendeng (SJK), Aleksis Lehtonen (AC Oulu), Ariel Ngueukam (HJK), Teemu Penninkangas (FC Inter), Antti Koskinen (FC Stadlau), Reuben Ayarna (SJK), Youness Rahimi (FC Honka), Antto Hilska (FC Haka), Marco Matrone (Retired), Antti Hynynen (Retired), Jaakko Juuti (Retired), Thomas Agyiri (Without a club)

 

Pre-season:

Ilves 3-0 Viikingit Cup
JJK 0-3 Ilves Cup
Ilves 3-1 GrIFK Cup
Ilves 2-2 FC Lahti Cup
Haka 0-0 Ilves Cup
Finland U21 0-1 Ilves Friendly
JK Tallinna Kalev 0-2 Ilves Friendly
FC Inter 2-0 Ilves Cup

Squad:

Goalkeepers:
M. Hilander FIN
J. Luukkanen FIN

Defenders:
J. Tanska FIN
T. Miettunen FIN
T. Kazi FIN
D. Tomas FIN
F. Aspegren FIN
B. Mensah SEN
T. Rannankari FIN

Midfielders:

L. Ala-Myllymäki FIN
E. Tamminen FIN
E. Hyökyvirta FIN
M. Ojala FIN
A. Ba SEN
J. Ali FIN
E. Tamminen FIN
N. Skyttä FIN
S. Haarala FIN
I. Thiaw SEN

Forwards:
M. Noubissi
I. Järvinen FIN
T. Siira FIN
I. Mettälä FIN
A. Lehtonen FIN
N. Jokelainen FIN

Our prediction:
5th