UA-52481335-1 FC KTP - Football Finland

FC KTP

Full Name: FC Kotkan Työväen Palloilijat
Nicknames: KTP, Ahtaajat
Founded: 1927
Stadium: Arto Tolsa Areena (4,780)
Manager: Sami Ristilä
Chairman: Jarkko Pippola
2014: 2nd in Ykkönen

Honours:
Titles: 2 (Last 1952)
Cup: 4 (1980)

Europe:
European Cup: -
Cup Winners Cup: Best First Round 1981-82 SC Bastia 0-5
UEFA Cup: -
Europa League: -
Champions League: -

Kotka lost the promotion on the last day of the season but were promoted with a cabinet decision after FC Honka was denied a license. KTP is know as a good home team with strong support. The team is lacking a bit of depth but work well as a team.
 
Transfers out: SS Joni Mäkelä (Haka), CB Tuomo Turunen (FC Honka), SS Jussi Aalto (TPS)
 
Transfers in: GK Jere Pyhäranta (MYPA), LB Juuso Salonen (Haka), LB Felipe Aspegren (SJK), DM Marcus Heimonen (FC Honka), CB Joel Mero (Mönchengladbach II), CF Sasha Anttilainen (MYPA), CF Juho Lehtonen (TPS), AM Tamas Gruborovics (FC Inter), CB Jordi Van Gelderen (JJK), CB Nosh A Lody (MYPA), LB Ilari Äijälä (FC Honka)
 
Their manager Lehkosuo got them into the Europa League group stages last year for the first time and won the double. He is a fan of playing with the 4-2-3-1 formation and has gotten the players to play it. Probably first team line up:
 
GK: Pyhäranta
Def: van Gelderen, A Lody, Mero, Äijälä
Mid: Mulvany, Minkenen, Mc Faul, Oksanen
For: Gruborovics, Kaivonurmi
 
KTP will be fighting against relegation. They have kept the core from last season but it might not be enough. They are short in the attack and defense and with a lot of injuries they will struggle.
 
Prediction: 10th - 12th
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