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FC Haka

FC Haka is a football (soccer) club from Finland.

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About FC Haka

Haka is a Finland football (soccer) club, based in the industry town of Valkeakoski. It is one of the most successful clubs in Finland, with nine Finnish championships and 12 Finnish Cup wins.


Haka has historically had close ties with the paper industry in the Valkeakoski area, and it is still sponsored by UPM Kymmene.

The club was founded as Valkeakosken Haka in 1934. In 1949 it was promoted to Finland's top division Mestaruussarja (now called Veikkausliiga), and in 1955 won the inaugural Finnish Cup.

The 1960s was the most successful era in the club's history, winning both the league and cup three times, including the first Double (association football) in Finnish football history in 1960. The club was relegated in 1972, but came straight back, and won
the double again in 1977.

The club's name was changed to FC Haka in the early 1990s. Haka won the title again 1995, but was relegated the next season. Keith Armstrong was hired as the new coach, and the club came straight back again, winning three straight championships from 1998 to 2000. Goalkeeping legend Olli Huttunen succeeded Armstrong as coach in 2002, and has already led the club to the championship (2004) and two cups (2002 and 2005).

Haka's best performance in UEFA competition was in the 1983–1984 season when they reached the quarterfinals of the Cup Winners' Cup, losing to eventual winners Juventus F.C. 0-2 on aggregate. The club has been involved in European competitions every year since 1998.


- Veikkausliiga (9): 1960, 1962, 1965, 1977, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004
- Finnish Cup (12): 1955, 1959, 1960, 1963, 1969, 1977, 1982, 1985, 1988, 1997, 2002, 2005
- Finnish League Cup (1): 1995

European campaigns

Divisional movements

- Top Level (60 seasons): 1945, 1950–72, 1974–96, 1998–present day
- Second Level (11 seasons): 1938-43/44, 1945/46-49, 1973, 1997

Season to season

- 31 seasons in Veikkausliiga
- 1 season in Ykkönen

- Assistant Coach: Asko Jussila
- Fysiotherapist / GK coach: Erkka Heinä
- Fitness Coach: Juha-Pekka Taskinen
- Youth Program Director: Mikko Hatakka

Notable former players

- Jhon Cagua (Ecuadorian footballer)
- Marlon Harewood
- David Wilson (footballer born 1969)
- Sergei Terehhov
- Olli Huttunen
- Mikko Innanen (footballer)
- Juuso Kangaskorpi
- Toni Kuivasto
- Martti Kuusela
- Toni Lehtinen
- Esko Malm
- Mikko Manninen
- Marko Myyry
- Jari Niemi
- Jussi Nuorela
- Mika Nurmela
- Matti Paatelainen

- Mixu Paatelainen
- Kalle Parviainen
- Juhani Peltonen
- Esko Ranta
- Sami Ristilä
- Jukka Ruhanen
- Janne Salli
- Teemu Tainio
- Ari Valvee
- Harri Ylönen
- Cherno Samba
- Regillio Nooitmeer
- Peter Kovacs (footballer)
- Michał Sławuta
- Oleg Viktorovich Ivanov
- Valeri Popovitch


- Jukka Vakkila (1982–84, 1986–87, 1993–96)
- Keith Armstrong (1997–01)
- Olli Huttunen (2002–09)
- Sami Ristilä (2009–)

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