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FC HAKA
Tehtaankatu 9
FIN-37600 VALKEAKOSKI
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Short history

Valkeakoski is a small town near Tampere with a population of around 21,000. For a small town club FC Haka has been very successful, winning the Finnish Premier League nine times and the cup twelve times.

Haka was founded in 1934 and team won promotion to the Premiership in 1949. In the year 1955 Haka was the first champion in Finnish Cup. Haka had to wait until 1960 to win their first championship. Haka got the title in great style, taking 41 points from a possible 44, scoring 78 goals and conceding only 23. Haka won the 1960 Finnish Cup as well. It was the first double in Finnish football history.

The 1960s were a marvellous decade in the club´s history. Haka won the championship and the cup three times. But the early Seventies was not so good for Haka. The team were relegated in 1972, but signed four Finnish internationals and came straight back to highest division. In the year 1977 Haka won the double again.

But the Haka fans had to wait until the 1990s for their next championship, though Haka enjoyed cup success in the 1980s. After winning the cup in 1982, Haka had a good run in the European Cup Winners Cup when coach Jukka Vakkila led them to the quarter-finals, before being narrowly beaten by Juventus.

Early 1990s Haka changed it´s name to FC Haka. In 1995, Vakkila returned to the club, after a long spell coaching the Finnish national side. Under Vakkila, Haka won the Finnish Championship again as Russian players Valeri Popovits and Oleg Ivanov inspired the team. Goalkeeper Olli Huttunen, finally won a championship medal. During his 18 seasons at the club, Huttunen made 432 appearances in the Premier League.

If 1995 had been a good year, then 1996 was a disaster. Like the previous year´s champions TPV, Haka were relegated. However, next year Keith Armstrong led them to the first division title and another cup triumph. Haka followed that double by winning the Premiership in 1998.

In the years 1999 and 2000 Haka won the championship again. In the year 1999 it was the outstanding Valeri Popovits who was voted player of that season, after scoring 23 goals in 27 games.

In the year 2001 FC Haka played against English giants Liverpool in a Champions League qualifying tie in August 2001. After losing the first leg 5-0 at home in front of over 32 000 spectators the return match at Anfield was nothing more than a sight-seeing trip. The final score at Anfield was 4-1.

Year 2001 was Keith Armstrong´s last year with FC Haka. His replacement Olli Huttunen is now leading the team towards new heroic moments. Season 2002 proved that Huttunen was a right choise as a new boss. Haka was third in the league and won Finnish cup after an outstanding performance. Season 2003 was even even better in the league and Haka got silver medals. FC Haka won it´s ninth championship 2004 and year 2005 Haka won Finnsh cup again. Year 2006 was time for bronze medals and year 2007 for silver.

There has not been medals since 2007 but financial views are bit better. Year 2012 was difficult for Haka and that´s why Haka plays on second highest division in year 2013. 

Eurocups:

1961-62 ECCC
1. Round No matches
2. Round Haka-Standard Liege 0-2, 1-5 (Kumpulampi)

1963-64 ECCC
1. Round Haka-Jeunesse Esch 4-1 (Kumpulampi 2, Peltonen 2), 0-4

1964-65 ECWC
1. Round Haka-Skeid 2-0 (Paimander, Peltonen), 0-1
2. Round Haka-Torino 0-1, 0-1

1966-67 ECCC
Qual. round Haka-Anderlecht 0-2, 1-10 (Mäkilä)

1970-71 ECWC
Qual. round Haka-CSKA Sofia 1-2 (Malm), 0-9

1977-78 UEFA
1. Round Haka-Gornik Zabrze 0-0, 3-5 (Jarzina om., A. Uimonen, Pirinen)

1978-79 ECCC
1. Round Haka-Dynamo Kiev 0-1, 1-3 (Ronkainen)

1981-82 UEFA
1. Round Haka-IFK Göteborg 2-3, 0-4 (Kujanpää 2)

1983-84 ECWC
1. Round Haka-Sligo Rovers 3-0 (Nissinen, Huoviala, Dziadulewicz), 1-0 (Valvee)
2. Round Haka-Hammarby 2-1 (Nissinen, Kujanpää), 1-1 (Kujanpää)
3. Round Haka-Juventus 0-1, 0-1

1986-87 ECWC
1. Round Haka-Torpedo Moskva 2-2 (Törnvall, Paatelainen), 1-3 (Prigoda om.)

1989-90 ECWC
1. Round Haka-Ferencvaros 1-1 (Paavola), 1-5 (Paavola)

1996-97 UEFA
Pre-qual. round Haka-Flora Tallinn 2-2 (Ristilä 2), 1-0 (Popovitch)
Qual. round Haka-Legia Warzawa 1-1 (Popovitch) , 0-3

1998-99 ECWC
Qual. round Haka-Bangor City 1-0 (Ruhanen), 2-0 (Niemi, Salli)
1. Round Haka-Panionios 0-2, 1-3 (Popovitch)

1999-2000 ECCC
1. Qual. round Haka-HB Torshavn 1-1 (Popovitch), 6-0 (Salli, Reynders, Nyyssönen, Wilson, Popovitch, Torkkeli)
2.Qual. round Haka-Glasgow Rangers 1-4 (Niemi), 0-3

2000-2001 ECCC
1.Qual. round Haka-Linfield FC 1-0 (Wilson), 1-2 (Kovacs)
2.Qual. round Haka-Inter Bratislava 0-0, 0-1

2001-2002 ECCC
1.Qual. round Haka - Valletta FC 0-0, 5-0 (Kovacs 3, Torkkeli, Marco)
2.Qual. round Haka - Maccabi Haifa 0-1, 3-0 (0-4)
3.Qual. round Haka - Liverpool FC 0-5, 1-4 (Kovacs)
UEFA
1. Round Haka - 1. FC Union Berlin 1-1 (Väisänen), 0-3

2002 INTERTOTO
1. Round Haka-Obilic 1-1 (Kovacs), 2-1 (Kovacs, Kangaskorpi)
2. Round Haka-Fulham 1-1 (own goal), 0-0

2003-2004 UEFA
Qual. round
Haka-Hajduk Split 2-1 (Popovitch, Ristilä), 0-1

2004-2005 UEFA
1. Qual. Round
Haka-FC Etzella 2-1 (Nenonen 2), 3-1 (Ristilä, Terehhov, Innanen)

2. Qual. Round
Haka-Stabaek IF 1-3 (Popovitch) 1-3 (Ristilä)

2005-2006 ECCC
1. Qual. Round
Haka-Pjunik 1-0 (Pasoja), 2-2 (Mattila, Fowler)

2. Qual. Round
Haka-Vålerenga 0-1, 1-4 (Lehtinen)
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2006-2007 UEFA
1. Qual. Round
Haka-Levadia 0-2, 1-0 (Innanen)

2007-2008 UEFA
1. Qual. Round
Haka-Rhyl FC 1-3 (Lehtinen), 2-0 (Popovitch, Innanen)
2. Qual. Round
Haka-FC Midtjylland 1-2 (Parviainen), 2-5 (Popovitch, Kauppila)

2008-2009 UEFA
1. Qual. Round
Haka-Cork City FC 2-2 (Mahlakaarto, Lehtinen), 4-0 (Mahlakaarto, Popovitch, Manninen, Minkenen)
2. Qual. Round
Haka-Bröndby 0-4, 0-2