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IFK Mariehamn

IFK Mariehamn is a football (soccer) club from Finland.

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About IFK Mariehamn

Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna Mariehamn is a Finland football (soccer) club, based in Mariehamn, capital of the Åland. It currently plays in the Finnish Premier Division (Veikkausliiga). The club's coach (sport) is Pekka Lyyski, and it plays its home matches at Wiklöf Holding Arena.


While IFK Mariehamn was formed in 1919, the sports club did not have a football section until the mid-1930s. Initially the team participated primarily in local tournaments on Åland, only sporadically playing other Finland or Sweden teams. The team has participated in the Finnish football leagues since 1945.

Until the 1970s, IFK Mariehamn played primarily in the Finnish football divisions Kolmonen and 4. The club reached a peak in 1975 and 1976, when the club first advanced to Kakkonen and then reached division 1 (Ykkönen) the following year. After two seasons in division 1, IFK Mariehamn was relegated to division 2, where it would remain up until the 2000s, except for a few seasons in division 3 during the early 1990s.

In 2003, IFK Mariehamn returned to division 1. After only one season in division 1, the club advanced, for the first time in its history to the premier division of Finnish football, the Veikkausliiga, for the 2005 season. In its first season in the Veikkausliiga, IFK Mariehamn finished 12th out of 14 teams. In 2006, the club finished in 5th place and the year after 6th after an impressive run of unbeaten matches during the autumn of 2007.

In addition to playing in the Veikkausliiga, IFK Mariehamn participates in local Åland tournaments, having won the Åland cup 40 times and the Åland football championships 42 times. In recent years, the club has been the most dominant football team on Åland, having in 2008 won its 11th and 15th straight titles in these two events, respectively.

In 2009, IFK Mariehamn started its first season as a fully professional football club.

Division history

- 1945 – 1971: Divisions 3 and 4 (two seasons)
- 1972: Division 2
- 1973 – 1975: Division 3
- 1976: Division 2
- 1977 – 1978: Division 1
- 1979 – 1990: Division 2
- 1991 – 1992: Division 3
- 1993 – 2003: Division 2
- 2004: Division 1
- 2005 – present: Veikkausliiga (Premier division)

Season to season

- 7 seasons in Veikkausliiga
- 1 season in Ykkönen
- 10 seasons in Kakkonen
, currently in Djurgårdens IF Fotboll, and formerly in West Ham United F.C. and Liverpool Football Club, and a regular in the Finnish national football team
- Mikael Granskog, former player in IFK Norrköping and in the Finnish national team
- Anders Eriksson (footballer), former player in Östers IF and in the Finnish national team
- Urmas Kaljend, Estonian defender who earned 20 caps for the Estonia national football team during his career
- Lembit Rajala, Estonian striker who played 93 games for the club, scoring 66 goals.
- Paulus Arajuuri, currently in Kalmar FF and a regular in the Finland national under-21 football team

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