UA-52481335-1 VPS Vaasa - Football Finland

VPS Vaasa

Full Name: Vaasan Palloseura
Nicknames: Vepsu
Founded: 1924
Stadium: Elisa Stadion (6,005) Artificial turf
Manager: Petri Vuorinen
Chairman: Riku Asukas
Last season: 8th

Honours:

Titles: 2 (Last 1948)
Cup: 1 (1972)

Europe:

European Cup: –
Cup Winners Cup: –
UEFA Cup: Best 2nd Qualifying round 1998-99 Grazer AK 0-3
Europa League: Best 1st qualifying round 2014-15 Brommapojkarna 2-3
Champions League: –

Players in:

Eero-Matti Auvinen (AC Oulu), Douglas Cae (AA Portuguesa), Elhadji Ciss (FC Sion -LOAN), Aubrey David (PS Kemi), Berkant Güner (Eintracht Braunschweig), Omar Jama (PS Kemi), Akseli Kalermo (AC Oulu), Aatu Kujanpää (SJK), Hindrek Ojamaa (JJK)

Players out:

Kim Böling (FF Jaro), Andre Clennon (Keshla FK), Thomas Haas (VfB Eichstätt), Markus Jürgenson (FC Levadia), Ville Koskimaa (KPV), Veli Lampi (Retired), Jonas Levänen (FC Honka), Samba Sillah (FF Jaro), Ebrima Sohna (Keshla FK), Mikko Viitikko (Fredrikstad FK)

VPS had a great start to last season but after their Euro Cup heroics, they started a big downward trend which saw them drop from 2nd place to 8th. In the end they became too predictable and teams found ways to beat them. The big issues was not having players at the back who could bring the ball forward and start the attacks. Especially injury to Veli Lampi was crucial.

Now the team has changed a lot for this season with an almost new defensive line. They moved back to a 4-player defense, which should suit this group of players better. They now have more offensive options and a new striker in Douglas Cae who can put the ball into the net.

Overall VPS looks a bit stronger than last season but the big changes in the team might mean that it will take them longer to get going.

Pre-season:
VPS 1-0 Umeå friendly
VPS 2-0 FF Jaro Cup
PKKU 0-5 VPS Cup
VPS 3-3 KPV Cup
VPS 6-0 TPV Cup
SJK 1-0 VPS Cup
HJK 4-1 VPS Cup
GIF Sundsvall 2-0 VPS friendly
VPS 3-0 FF Jaro friendly

Squad: Preferred formation 4-4-1-1
Goalkeepers:
M. Meerits EST
S. Volotinen FIN

Defenders:
T. Lahti FIN
J. Engström FIN
E-M. Auvinen FIN
H. Ojamaa EST
A. David TRI
E. Ciss SEN
A. Kalermo FIN

Midfielders:
J. Voutilainen FIN
J. Hakola FIN
S. Strandvall FIN Captain
J. Lähde FIN
O. Jama FIN
A. Kujanpää FIN
A. Laatikainen FIN
J. Vahtera FIN
F. Gatambyie FIN
B. Güner GER
L. Mäkilä FIN
J. Suokko FIN

Forwards:
S. Morrissey JAM
D. Cae BRA
I. Gueye SEN
M. Sarr
K. Maki

Our Ranking:
The Veikkausliiga mid-table seems very even but we rank VPS on 7th position.