Turun Palloseura

This article is about the men's football team of the club. For the women's football team, see Turun Palloseura (women's football). For the ice hockey team, see TPS (ice hockey). For the floorball team, see Turun Palloseura (floorball).
Full name Turun Palloseura
Nickname(s) Tepsi
Founded 1922
Ground Paavo Nurmi Stadium
Ground Capacity 13,000
Chairman Niklas Österlund
Manager Mika Laurikainen
League Ykkönen
2015 3rd

Turun Palloseura, TPS for short and nicknamed Tepsi is a Finnish football club based in Turku. The club was founded in 1922. TPS currently play in the Ykkönen, the second level of Finnish Football, after relegation from Veikkausliiga, the highest level of Finnish football after the 2014 season. They play their home games at the Paavo Nurmi Stadium.[1]


FC TPS Turku has won the Finnish Championship 8 times since 1922. The latest was in 1975, but even though it’s been a while, TPS has done well in recent years too, placing 3rd in 1996, 2007, 2009 and 2010. TPS won the Finnish Cup in 1991, 1994 and 2010 and played in the Finnish Cup final in 1996, 1997 and 2005. FC TPS Turku is also known for its excellent junior work. Several TPS players have made it to the international fields, for example Peter Enckelman who plays for St. Johnstone and Jonatan Johansson who quit his career after 2010 season. Other famous TPS players are defender Niklas Moisander (UC Sampdoria) and striker Jani Virtanen, formerly Udinese, currently JJK.

In the early stages of the UEFA Cup of the season 1987–1988, TPS beat Internazionale at the San Siro stadium in Milan, thanks to a goal by Mika Aaltonen, who was later signed by Inter. They lost the return leg with 0–2, but this is widely regarded as the highest point by the club in international football.

After season 2000 TPS lost its place in Finland's Premier League and played for two seasons in the Ykkönen (eng first) in the Finnish first division. They aimed to get back up to the Premier League with determination and it took them two seasons to complete the mission. Since season 2003 TPS has again played in the Finland’s Premier League, Veikkausliiga. TPS managed to get in the final of the Finnish Cup in 2005, but lost to Haka 4–1 in Finnair Stadium

Before season 2007 TPS hired famous Finnish striker Mixu Paatelainen as their manager. In his guidande TPS won bronze and so ended their ten years medalless run. After the end of season Paatelainen left for Scottish club Hibernian FC in early January 2008. Quickly TPS hired heralded Finnish manager Martti Kuusela. However Kuusela didn't get the best out of his squad and was fired mid September 2008. Overall TPS ended sixth in Veikkausliiga. So again TPS have to get a new manager, their third in as many seasons. This time they picked Finnish "motor-mouth" Pasi Rautiainen.

In recent years, TPS has had the highest average attendance in Veikkausliiga but it has suffered from a poor rental agreement with Veritas Stadion. This has led TPS for planning to build their own stadium in Nummi. They also considered the possibility of using the Paavo Nurmi Stadion as their home ground, but these plans faced scheduling problems with Athletics competitions and were scrapped. Both Turku based teams however played few games at the Paavo Nurmi Stadion during 2014 season when the Veritas Stadion was under maintenance. After relegation TPS changed their home venue to the Urheilupuiston yläkenttä, which is close to the Paavo Nurmi Stadion in the Turku Sports Park, but is not eligible to be used in the Veikkausliiga. Future plans for home ground development have not been made public.


Season to season

Season Level Division Section Administration Position Movements
1994 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 8th
1995 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th
1996 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd Upper Group 3rd
1997 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th Third Round 4th
1998 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th Third Round 6th
1999 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 9th Lower Group 9th
2000 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 11th Playoff – Relegated
2001 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Playoffs
2002 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) North Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Promotion/Relegation Group 2nd – Promoted
2003 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 9th
2004 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
2005 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 9th
2006 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th
2007 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
2008 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th
2009 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
2010 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
2011 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
2012 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
2013 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 8th
2014 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 12th Relegated to Ykkönen
2015 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd

Current squad

As of 1 September 2016 [2]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
3 Finland DF Juri Kinnunen
4 Finland DF Rasmus Holma
5 Finland DF Mikael Liespuu
7 Finland MF Sami Rähmönen
9 Finland FW Patrik Lomski
11 Finland MF Jani Virtanen
12 Finland GK Oskari Forsman
14 Finland FW Eetu Leppänen
15 Finland DF Miro Tenho
16 Finland MF Santeri Peltola
17 Finland MF Waltteri Peltola
18 Finland FW Mikko Hyyrynen
19 Finland MF Oskari Jakonen
No. Position Player
20 Finland FW Riku Sjöroos
21 Finland DF Niklas Friberg
22 Finland MF Niklas Blomqvist
23 Finland MF Roope Läpinen
24 Finland FW Ilari Mettälä
26 Finland DF Jonni Peräaho
27 Finland MF Lucas Gabrielsson
28 Finland DF Juho Montola
29 Finland MF Ilari Koljonen
30 Finland GK Anton Lepola
31 Finland FW Mauro Severino
32 Finland MF Abukar Mohamed
35 Finland GK Jere Aalto


  • Finland Juuso Lampila (1939–47)
  • Hungary Imre Markos (1948–50)
  • Finland Raino Suominen (1951–54)
  • Finland Leo Aaltonen (1955–59)
  • Sweden Knut Gustafsson (1960–61)
  • Finland Olli Virho (1962)
  • Finland Kalevi Lehtovirta (1962)
  • Finland Leo Aaltonen (1963)
  • Tage Friedfeld (1964)
  • Finland Leo Aaltonen (1964)
  • Finland Rainer Forss (1965–70)
  • Finland Paavo Nenonen (1971)
  • Finland Lars Nyström (1972)
  • Spain Manuel Gerpe (1973)

In Europe

Season Competition Round Country Club Score Agg. Notes
1969–70 European Cup 1R Denmark KB Copenhagen 0–1, 0–4 0–5
1972–73 European Cup 1R East Germany 1. FC Magdeburg 0–6, 1–3 1–9
1973–74 European Cup 1R Scotland Celtic FC 1–6, 0–3 1–9
1976–77 European Cup 1R Malta Sliema Wanderers 1–2, 1–0 2–2
1/8 Switzerland FC Zürich 0–2, 0–1 0–3
1985–86 UEFA Cup 1R Soviet Union Spartak Moscow 0–1, 1–3 1–4
1987–88 UEFA Cup 1R Austria FC Admira/Wacker Wenen 0–1, 2–0 2–1
2R Italy Internazionale 1–0, 0–2 1–2
1988–89 UEFA Cup 1R Northern Ireland Linfield FC Belfast 0–0, 1–1 1–1
2R Austria First Vienna 1–2, 1–0 2–2
1/8 Romania Victoria Bucureşti 0–1, 3–2 3–3
1990–91 UEFA Cup 1R Poland GKS Katowice 0–3, 0–1 0–4
1992–93 Cup Winners Cup 1R Turkey Trabzonspor 0–2, 2–2 2–4
1995–96 Cup Winners Cup Q Albania KS Teuta Durrës 1–0, 0–3 1–3
1997 Intertoto Cup Group Sweden Halmstads BK 1–6
Group Belgium SK Lommel 1–1
Group Serbia Hajduk Kula 1–2
Group Norway Kongsvinger IL 2–0
1998 Intertoto Cup 1R Switzerland FC Sion 0–1, 3–2 2–4
2R Russia Shinnik Yaroslavl 0–2, 2–3 2–5
2008 Intertoto Cup 1R Northern Ireland Lisburn Distillery FC 3–2, 3–1 6–3
2R Denmark Odense BK 1–2, 0–21–4
2010–11 Europa League 1Q Wales Port Talbot Town 3–1, 4–07–1
2Q Belgium Cercle Brugge 1–2, 1–0 2–2
2011–12 Europa League 2Q Belgium K.V.C. Westerlo 0–1, 0–0 0–1

Women's football

The club also has a women's team which participate in Naisten Liiga, the top division of women's football in Finland. TPS women took part in the national championship for the first time in 1972, and won the title in 1978. After withdrawing from the top league in 1992, they returned in 2008.[3]


  1. "TPS News". fc.tps.fi. Retrieved 2016-04-12.
  2. http://fc.tps.fi/fi/joukkueet/miehet-edustus
  3. Pietarinen, Heikki (11 July 2013). "Finland – List of Women Champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 20 July 2013.
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