is a football (soccer) club from Finland.
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About FC Inter
This article is about the football club from Turku, Finland. For the Milan football club, see F.C. Internazionale Milano.
Football Club International Turku (commonly known as FC Inter or Inter Turku) is a football (soccer) club based in Turku, Finland. It was founded in 1990, and has played in the Veikkausliiga
, the highest level of Finland football since 1996. Together with Turun Palloseura, it is one of the two teams from Turku playing in the Veikkausliiga
. The two teams also share their home venue at Veritas Stadion.
FC Inter's 'B team' is Sinimustat, which currently plays in the Kakkonen
, or the third level of football in Finland. FC Inter also operates 14 youth teams and a youth academy in association with the city of Turku.
FC Inter was founded in 1990 by Stefan Håkans, the managing director of the tugboat and Marine salvage company Alfons Håkans, allegedly after his 11-year-old son couldn't fit into any of the other youth teams in Turku. The club started out as a youth team, but in 1992 a senior squad was founded and it entered the Finnish league system at the fourth level (Third Division). The following year, the club assumed the place of the financially troubled local club Turun Toverit in the Second Division. Manager Timo Sinkkonen invested in new players, and eventually the club finished first and was promoted to the First Division (Ykkönen).
In 1995, Inter finished first in the Ykkönen
and was promoted, as well as reaching the semi-final stage in the Finnish Tournament. The squad was strengthened with new players, and in 1996, as both of Turku's better teams were now playing in the Veikkausliiga
, the club's attendance records were broken with 8,200 spectators in the local derby between Turun Palloseura and Inter.
In 1997, the club were relegated after finishing last in the Veikkausliiga
, but achieved promotion again the following season. New foreign players were bought to strengthen the squad, such as Richard Teberio and Fernando della Sala. Since then the club has consistently finished between 7th and 4th in the league, and maintained a steady inflow of foreign players as well as young starlets from its own youth academy.
During the 2006 season Inter sacked their manager Kari Virtanen and hired new coach, Dutch Rene van Eck. After the season van Eck returned to Switzerland to coach FC Wohlen, and another Dutchman Job Dragtsma took over.
In 2008 Inter led the league since early season and clinched their first Finnish championship title after winning against FF Jaro in their final game.
European cup history
Season to season
- 15 seasons in Veikkausliiga
- 3 seasons in Ykkönen
- - Winners (1): Veikkausliiga 2008
- Finnish Cup:
- - Winners (1): 2009 Finnish Cup
- Finnish League Cup:
- - Winners (1): Finnish League Cup
- Most goals scored: Tero Forss, 74 goals (1993–2001)
- Most matches played: Petri Lehtonen, 227 matches (1993–2003)
- Anders Romberg (1992)
- Timo Sinkkonen (1993–94)
- Hannu Paatelo (1995–97)
- Tomi Jalo (1997–98)
- Steven Polack (1998)
- Timo Askolin (1999-00)
- Pertti Lundell (2001–02)
- Kari Virtanen (2003–06)
- Jan Stahre (tactical coach, 2004–05)
- René van Eck (at the end of the year, 2006)
- Job Dragtsma (2007–)
Notable former players
- Luciano Álvarez
- Aristides Pertot
- Marcel Mahouvé
- Serge N'Gal
- Domagoj Abramović
- Ats Purje
- Timo Furuholm
- Jermu Gustafsson
- Samuli Lindelöf
- Mika Mäkitalo
- Teemu Turunen
- Artim Šakiri
- Jos Hooiveld
- Dominic Chatto
- Kennedy Ugoala Nwanganga
- Joakim Jensen
- Martin Kayongo-Mutumba
- Richard Teberio