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KuPS Kuopio

Full Name: Kuopion Palloseura
Nicknames: Kelta-mustat (Yellow-blacks), Kanarialinnut (The Canaries)
Founded: 1923
Stadium: Savon Sanomat Areena (5,000)
Manager: Jani Honkavaara
Chairman: Ari Lahti
Last season: 2nd – Qualified for Europe

Honours:
Titles: 27 (Last 2014)
Cup: 12 (2014)

Europe:
European Cup: Best First round 1978-79 Club Brugge 2-9 on aggregate
Cup Winners Cup: Best First round (90-91 Dynamo Kyiv 2-6)
UEFA Cup: Best Second Round 1978-79 Esbjerg 1-6
Europa League: Best third round 2012-2013, Bursaspor 1-6
Champions League: –

KuPS had a very good pre-season and won all their games in the Finnish Cup until they met HJK in the quarterfinals in Helsinki and lost 2-0. Their main loss was striker Salami after last season but at least during pre-season, the goal scoring has not been an issue. With the new signings they have we feel they are the biggest challenger to HJK for the title this season

 

Players in:

Stiwar Garcia (Deportivo Pereira), Rasmus Karjalainen (PS Kemi), Tabi Manga (Levadia), Deivydas Matulevicius (Hibernian), Luis Carlos Murillo (Once Caldas SA), Lum Rexhepi (Free Agent), Henri Toivomäki (Sarpsborg 08)

Players out:

Patrik Alaharjula (JJK), Nikko Boxall (Viborg), Solomon Duah (Levanger), Felix Ferahyan (Honka), Joonas Nissinen (KPV), Tuomas Rannankari (Ilves), Antti-Ville Räisänen (FC Haka), Gbolahan Salami (Irtysh Pavlodar), Sebastian Sorsa (Retired)

Preferred formation: 4-2-3-1

Pre-season:
JJK 0-0 KuPS Friendly
KuPS 5-2 MuSa Cup
PS Kemi 1-3 KuPS Cup
KuPS 6-1 AC Kajaani Cup
AC Oulu 2-6 KuPS Cup
Shaktyor 2-0 KuPS Friendly
Sheriff 0-1 KuPS Friendly
KuPS 2-0 RoPS Cup
HJK 2-0 KuPS Cup

Squad:
O. Virtanen FIN
M. Töyräs FIN

Defenders:
H. Coulibaly CIV
H. Toivomäki FIN
L. Rexhepi KOS
J. Kytilä FIN
M. Pitkänen FIN
L. Murillo COL
S. Räsänen FIN
L. Tabi Manga CMR

Midfielders:
I. Niskanen FIN
R. Gabriel NGA
V. Saxman FIN
R. Karjalainen FIN
J. Mäkelä FIN
U. Nissilä FIN
Ji. Nissinen FIN
A. Räisänen FIN
P. Pennanen FIN
S. Garcia COL
N. Tykkyläinen FIN

Forwards:
S. Savolainen FIN
A. Purje EST
D. Matulevicius LTH
J. Hiltunen FIN
E. Pellikka FIN

Our prediction: 2nd