UA-52481335-1 HJK Helsinki - Football Finland

HJK Helsinki

Full Name: Helsingin Jalkapallo Klubi
Nicknames: Klubi (The Club)
Founded: 1907
Stadium: Telia 5G Stadium (10,770) Artificial turf (formerly Sonera Stadium)
Manager: Mika Lehkosuo
Chairman: Olli-Pekka Lyytikäinen
Last season: 1st / qualified to Europe

Honours:
Titles: 28 (Last 2017)
Cup: 11 (2017)

Europe:
European Cup: Best Second round (74-75, Åtvidabergs 0-4) and (82-83, Liverpool 1-5)
Cup Winners Cup: Best Second round (85-86 Dynamo Dresden 3-7) and (94-95 Besiktas 1-3)
UEFA Cup: Best First Round 2001-02 Parma 0-3
Europa League: Best Group stages 2014-2015, 3rd in a group with Torino, Club Brugge and FC Copenhagen
Champions League: Best Gropu stages 1997-98, 4th in a group with PSV, Kaiserslautern and Benfica

HJK seems to back in a form the justifies them to be a huge title favourite. They lacked offensive power early in the Finnish Cup but after acquiring Klauss from Hoffenheim and Egyptian international Amr Gamal, they have found the form. They will miss Tanaka from last season but Finnish international Riku Riski seems to be an adequate replacement for the league at least. They beat Honka to get into the Finnish Cup final so they are ready for the new season.

Players in:
Nikolai Alho (Halmstads BK), Amr Gamal (Al-Ahly LOAN), Joao Klauss de Mello (Hoffenheim LOAN), Daniel O´Shaughnessy (Cheltenham), Roni Peiponen (Molde), Riku Riski (Odds BK), Maksi Rudakov (FK Zenit LOAN)

Players out:
Thomas Dähne (Wisla Plock), Aapo Halme (Leeds United), Ousman Jallow (Free Agent), Jesse Koivistoinen (KäPa), Lassi Lappalainen (RoPS LOAN), Lucas Lingman (RoPS), Ariel Ngueukam (Al-Khor SC), Vincent Onovo (Ujpest FC), Demba Savage (BB Erzurumspor), Atomo Tanaka (Cerezo Osaka), Henrik Ölander (PS Kemi)

Preferred formation: 4-2-3-1

Pre-season:
HJK 4-1 PEPO Cup
Gnistan 0-8 HJK Cup
Djurgården 2-1 HJK Friendly
Flora 1-1 HJK Friendly
HJK 5-1 KTP Cup
HJK 1-0 HIFK Cup
Sandnes Ulf 2-1 HJK Friendly
Honka 2-1 HJK Cup
HJK 4-1 VPS Cup
HJK 0-0 FCI Levadia Friendly
HJK 2-0 KuPS
HJK 2-1 Honka Cup

Squad:
Goalkeepers:
M. Rudakov RUS
M. Uusitalo FIN
R. Källman FIN

Defenders:
H. Patronen FIN
Rafinha BRA
V. Jalasto FIN
D. O`Shaughnessy FIN
F. Obilor NGA
J. Pirinen FIN
R. Peiponen FIN
V. Vesiaho fIN

Midfielders:
M. Yaghoubi FIN
S. Dahlström FIN
A. Annan GHA
E. Vertainen FIN

Forwards:
Klauss BRA
A. Pelvas FIN
L. Lappalainen FIN
E. Mensah GHA
R. Riski FIN
A. Gamal EGY
F. Valencic SLO
N. Alho FIN
E. Banza CON

Our Ranking:
HJK will be champions but it will be closer than last year.