FC LAHTI CLUB HISTORY
FC Lahti was founded in 1996 on the solid foundation of two traditional football clubs in Lahti, Lahden Reipas and FC Kuusysi. While both clubs had left their mark in Finnish football history many years earlier, financially there was simply no room in Lahti for two big clubs competing against each other. It was time for a change. The solution was to join forces and create one common elite-level club to keep up the fine traditions and good work of the football clubs in Lahti. FC Reipas and FC Kuusysi continued to work with the juniors and women's football.
FC Lahti started life in the Finnish First Division, where they played for the first two years before being promoted as champions to the Finnish Football League, known as Veikkausliiga, in 1998. The first two years in the Veikkausliiga were hard, but FC Lahti managed to keep their head up high and avoid relegation. The next few years saw FC Lahti establish their status as a mid-table team until 2008, when they finally won their first bronze medal and a place in European competition. All looked good at that point, but 2010 was a year to forget. The team was decent, but failed to score enough and win the big games, so at the end of the season FC Lahti were relegated from the Veikkausliiga.
In 2011, FC Lahti played in the Finnish First Division again winning promotion straight back to the Veikkausliiga as champions. The following seasons saw FC Lahti cement their place in the top flight of Finnish football, but in 2014 they raised the bar higher again. On a small budget, the team worked hard and ended up securing the club's second bronze medal after a fascinating season. This brought another opportunity for FC Lahti to play in the UEFA Europa League, which the club hopes will not be the last.
The current head coach at FC Lahti, Sami Ristilä, has been in charge of team affairs since 2018.
Trophies & Achievements
Finnish Football League, third place: Twice (2008, 2014)
Finnish First Division Champions: Twice (1998, 2011)
League Cup winners: 3 times (2007, 2013, 2016)
League Cup runners-up: Twice (2004, 2005)
The Finnish Cup runners-up: Once (2002)
FC LAHTI IN EUROPE:
2009 UEFA Europa League
First qualifying round: FC Lahti - FK Dinamo Tirana 4-1 (H), 2-0 (A) Second qualifying round: FC Lahti - ND Gorica 1-0 (A), 2-0 (H) Third qualifying round: FC Lahti - Club Brugge KV 2-3 (A), 1-1 (H)
2015 UEFA Europa League
First qualifying round: FC Lahti - IF Elfsborg 2-2 (H), 0-5 (A)
2018 UEFA Europa League
First qualifying round: FC Lahti - FH Hafnarfjördur 0-3 (H), 0-0 (A)
TICKETS & MATCHES
The Veikkausliiga season runs from mid-April to the end of October. Home matches are played at Lahti Stadium. The fixture list of FC Lahti is available here (in
Finnish) Matches 2017
Tickets can be bought at the gate on match days, or in advance via Ticketmaster or from the club office.
Ticket prices for home games in 2017:
Adults € 20
Pensioners € 16
Students € 12
Children (7-15 years) € 7
You can watch match highlights and other videos on FC Lahti's YouTube channel:
FC Lahti is keen to develop young players through its youth activities, and many go on to appear for the first team. The club has had a number of international players over the years, including some on loan from affiliated clubs, Fluminense FC in Brazil and FC Zenit Saint Petersburg in Russia.
Many great players have pulled on the FC Lahti shirt, including one of the most famous Finnish footballers of all time, Jari Litmanen. Jari, who began his footballing career at Lahden Reipas, returned to play for his home town club FC Lahti in 2008, the season in which the club qualified for European competition for the first time. The club's all time leading scorer with 141 goals is the Brazilian footballer, Rafael Pires Vieira, known simply as Rafael by the fans. Rafael was the top scorer in the Veikkausliiga twice, in 1997 and 2007.
Urheilukeskus, Salpauselänkatu FI-15110 Lahti, Finland
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