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FC LAHTI CLUB HISTORY

FC Lahti was founded in 1996 on the grounds of two traditional clubs in Lahti, Lahden Reipas and FC Kuusysi. Although Lahden Reipas and FC Kuusysi had both made their marks in Finnish football history many years before, financially there was simply no room in Lahti for two big clubs competing each other. It was time for a change. The solution was to combine forces and create one common elite club, that will keep up the fine traditions and good work as the elite football club in Lahti. At the same time FC Reipas and FC Kuusysi continued to work with the juniors and women's football.

FC Lahti started in the First division, where they played the first two years before promoting to Finnish Premier division, Veikkausliiga in 1998. First two years in Veikkausliiga were hard, but FC Lahti managed to keep their head up high and avoid relegation. Next years FC Lahti established their status as a mid-table team in Veikkausliiga before 2008, when they finally won their first bronze medal and a place in European cups. All looked good, but 2010 was a year to forget. Team was decent, but couldn't score and win big games, so in the end of the season FC Lahti was relegated from Veikkausliiga.

2011 FC Lahti played in First division, but were promoted back to Veikkausliiga. Next two seasons FC Lahti was fifth in the table but 2014 they raised the bar higher. With a small budget, the team worked hard and ended up winning the club's second bronze medal after a fascinating season. And here we are again, in UEFA's Europa League, for the second time, but certainly not for the last time.

CLUB HONOURS:

Finnish league bronze: 2008, 2014

League Cup winners: 2007, 2013

FC LAHTI IN EUROPE:

2009 UEFA Europa League:

1Q FC Lahti - KS Dinamo Tirana 4-1 (H), 2-0 (A)

2Q FC Lahti - ND Gorica 1-0 (A), 2-0 (H)

3Q FC Lahti - Club Brugge 2-3 (A), 1-1 (H)

2015 UEFA Europa League:

1Q FC Lahti - IF Elfsborg 2-2 (H), 0-5 (A)

NO. PLAYER NATIONALITY

Goalkeepers

12 SANTERI PAKKANEN FIN

JOONA TIAINEN FIN

Defenders

3 MIKKO HAUHIA FIN

6 PYRY KÄRKKÄINEN FIN

IGOR JOVANOVIC DEU

15 HASSAN SESAY SLE

23 KALLE TAIMI FIN

24 PAAVO VOUTILAINEN FIN

Midfielders

14 JASSE TUOMINEN FIN

16 SANTERI HOSTIKKA FIN

19 ALEKSI PAANANEN FIN

22 LOORENTS HERTSI

25 MIKKO KUNINGAS FIN

JOONA TAPANI FIN

PAVEL NAZIMOV RUS

PAVEL OSIPOV RUS

Forwards

11 DRILON SHALA FIN

20 IRFAN SADIK FIN

21 FAREED SADAT AFG

CONTACT INFORMATION

FC LAHTI

Urheilukeskus, Salpauselänkatu

15110 Lahti Finland

MANAGING DIRECTOR:

Tomi Honkanen

tomi.honkanen(at)fclahti.fi

+358 400 843834

PLAYER COORDINATOR:

Jussi Lumio

jussi.lumio(at)fclahti.fi

+358 400 710848

OFFICE MANAGER:

Päivi Arpiainen

paivi.arpiainen(at)fclahti.fi

+358 44 0808120

MEDIA OFFICER:

Kim Kallström

kim.kallstrom(at)fclahti.fi

+358 45 8959823

HEAD COACH:

Toni Korkeakunnas

toni.korkeakunnas(at)fclahti.fi

+358 40 7567823

ASSISTANT COACH:

Toni Huuhka

toni@euroathlete.fi

+358 40 5040549

TEAM LEADER:

Risto Luomanen

risto.luomanen(at)fclahti.fi

+358 50 3001215

SECURITY MANAGER:

Kimmo Härkönen

kimmo.harkonen(at)jarjestys.fi

+358 40 5244363