Coaching and Staff
Club's official name: Football Club International Turku
Abbreviation: FC Inter
International abbreviation: Inter Turku
Colours: Blue, black and red
Home kit: Blue & black stripes-black-black
Away kit: Red-white-white
Third kit: White-white-white
Club's nickname:"Sinimustat" (the blue & blacks)
League: Veikkausliiga (Finnish Premier League)
Seasons in the Finnish Premier League: 17 including season 2013
Best position: 1st place (2008)
European success: Intertoto Cup 2005 2nd round, Champions League 2nd Qualifying Round 2009, Europa League 3rd Qualifying Round 2010 & 2nd Qualifying Round 2012
Most goals scored: Tero Forss 74 goals (1993-2001)
Most matches played: Magnus Bahne 249 games (1998-)
Stadium: Veritas Stadion (www.veritasstadion.fi)
Capacity: 8044 seats + standing places in one end
Record attendance: 8479 (Inter-FC Lahti 2008)
Major supporter groups: Ultraboyz (www.ultraboyz.net) and Armada (www.inter-kannattajat.fi)
FC Inter Turku, by official name Football Club International Turku, was founded as a youth club in 1990. The club was founded by Stefan Håkans, managing director and main owner of one of the leading towage and salvage companies in Northern Europe (Alfons Håkans Ltd.) The company is the main sponsor of the club.
In 1992 FC Inter acquired a 3rd division men's team and started the climb to the top. In 1993 the team acquired a 2nd division men's team and it took only a year to achieve a promotion to 1st division. After two years in the 1st division the dream came true and Inter was promoted to the Finnish Premier League after a succesfull season.
The first season (1996) in the League was a real success when the team played the first ten matches without defeats. Everyone was talking about the Inter "phenomena". The season, however, ended in the sixth position.
Meanwhile the club expanded and had youth teams in all age categories. In the beginning of the 2013 season Inter had 13 youth teams and Inter Academy for the most talented players.
The second year in the League was a major setback and the team was relegated to first division. Fortunately the stay in the 1st division lasted only one year.
In the season of 1999 the club was back in the League again, now with an improved team and more experience. The result was 5th place after a good season. The expectations for the millennium season 2000 were big, with new Argentinian players in the team. After a disappointing season the team finished in the 7th place.
During the first years of the 21st century the club developed quickly into one of the top teams in Finland both in youth and senior level, training talented players for the national team.
The biggest achievement in European cup competitions for the club so far is reaching the second round of UEFA Intertoto cup in 2005, which was made possible by finishing 4th in the league a year before.
As a youth club FC Inter has reached the level of being one of the leading clubs in the country. U-19 and U-17 (A- and B-juniors) are competing in the series of the national championships with good success. In 2007 and 2011 the A-juniors won the Finnish championship. There are also high-class teams in younger age categories aiming for the first team in the future.
Consecuently the club has players in each age category in the Finnish national teams.
Season 2008 was Inter Turkus best in the clubs history. After incredible season Inter was crowned the champions of Veikkausliiga. Before the league season Inter won the League cup. Year after in 2009 it was time for another trophy as Inter won the Finnish Cup in the guidance of clubs most succesful coach Job Dragtsma.
In the individual level Inter's strategy is to develop players to European clubs and teach the players to play aggressive and attractive football based on a passing game.
The club president: Stefan Håkans
The Office of Inter Turku
tel.+358 2 2792700
fax.+358 2 2792710
First team staff:
Head coach: Job Dragstma
Assistant coach: Jami Wallenius
Team Admistrator and goalkeeping coach: Jani Meriläinen
Physiotherapists: Antti Laurila and Niklas Särkilahti
Kitman: Arto Wallenius
Doctor: Petri Paakki, Terveystalo
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