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FC Lahti

Full Name: FC Lahti
Nicknames: Mustat kuhnurit (Black drones)
Founded: 1996
Stadium: Kisapuisto (3,000)
Manager: Toni Korkeakunnas
Chairman: Mika Halttunen
2016: 8th

Honours:
Titles: –
Cup: –
League cup: 2 (last 2013)

Europe:
European Cup: –
Cup Winners Cup: –
UEFA Cup: –
Europa League: Best 3rd qualifying round 2009-2010, Club Brugge 3-4
Champions League: –

FC Lahti had a very inconsistent last season. In the beginning they lost many points due to goalkeeping errors (According to them). That is why they let Tomi Maanoja go on loan to HIFK and eventually let him sign him. They conceded too many goals and also scored too little. It is strange to say that they had problems scoring when they ended up with 42 goals, but 9 of those came in the last 4 matches. Their top scorer was Jasse Tuominen with 10 goals but their second best was Kalle Multanen with 5. The strikers that they had were just not good enough.

FC Lahti has some good connections to Brazil and Russia. Their on-loan players from Brazil did not pay out but in the end it was their Russian conncections to Zenit that helped the team improve. They found a good goalkeeper in Aleksandr Vasyutin who was good enough to calm the defense and give them confidence. In the end Vasyutin also managed to score a goal.

The fans have been wanting Toni Korkeakunnas to be sacked for a while now but he will yet again start this season as the manager. The pre-season did not help him in getting any fans. They started completely unprepared and in the Cup managed to beat only JJK with two late goals 3-2. They even lost to 2nd Division team MP. To be fair though, some of their new signings were unable to play in these games and many were injured. Also their top scorer Jasse Tuominen missed many games while he was getting ready to sign with BATE Borisov.

After the Cup, the team went for a training camp in Spain and has come back much better. They also signed two new strikers just before the start of the season and yet again the fans are hopeful that at least one of them would be a hit.

This season will start again with many changes as many starting line up players have left or retired.  Jasse Tuominen leaving was a big hit for them as they will miss his skills. Key defender Jani Tanska left to Ilves leaves hole in defense but he can be replaced. Winger Jussi Länsitalo retired and defender Boris Tatar moved to Japan.

They have gotten some good replacements but the lack of continuity will trouble them.

Players in: Hendrik Helmke (Al Ahly, Egypt), Pavel Nazimov (FK Zenit, VRussia), Aleksandr Vasjutin, (FK Zenit, Russia, Loan), Pavel Osipov (FK Zenit Pietari, Venäjä), Igor Jovanovic (Bnei Sakhnin FC, Israel), Loorents Hertsi (VPS) Kalle Taimi (PS Kemi), Joona Tapani (MP), Oskari Kekkonen (KTP), Stenio (AA Portuguesa, Brazil), Joona Tiainen (Reipas A), Irfan Sadik (FC Kuusysi), Marko Simonovski (FK Šahtjor Karaganda, Kazakstan)

Players out: Jasse Tuominen (BATE Borisov, Belarus), Rafael (MiPK), Jani Tanska (Ilves), Jussi Länsitalo (retired)  Duarte Tammilehto (FC Honka), Kalle Multanen (FC Haka), Paavo Ahola (FC Haka), Boris Tatar (FC Machida Zelvia, Japan), Tomi Maanoja (HIFK), Bonilha (Fluminese, Brazil), Euller (Fluminese, Brazil)

What you can expect from FC Lahti this season is unknown. They are a very difficult team to bet for as they can beat a top team away and lose to a struggling team at home with big numbers. They have a good goalkeeper, a decent defense on paper, some creativity in midfield and possibly some goalscorers in the team so the puzzle pieces are there. However if it does not click immediately, the pressure might build up again to sack Korkeakunnas. It is another hopefull season for them that can end in a Top-6 position or even in relegation. Only time will tell.

We though predict that they will finish in 9th position.