PK-35 Vantaa

PK-35 Vantaa (formerly Pallokerho-35 or PK-35) was a Finnish football club, based in Vantaa. It last played in the Finnish League (Veikkausliiga). As of the 2016 season the club was based at the Myyrmäen jalkapallostadion, Myyrmäki, Vantaa.

PK-35 Vantaa
Full namePK-35 Vantaa
GroundMyyrmäen jalkapallostadion,
ChairmanMarkku Hynninen
ManagerPasi Pihamaa
2016Veikkausliiga 12th

PK-35 was founded in Vyborg in 1935. After the Finnish Winter War and Second World War, PK-35 was refounded in Helsinki in 1948. When PK-35 was coached by Pasi Rautiainen in the mid-1990s they were promoted to Finland's top division, the Veikkausliiga. After some economical troubles the first team was acquired by Hjallis Harkimo and renamed FC Jokerit. The PK-35 club, however, continued with the other teams in lower divisions using its original name. PK-35 was promoted to Kakkonen in 2001 and to Ykkönen in 2005.

Move to Vantaa

After the 2008 season Pallokerho-35 decided to move its men's and women's first teams to the commuter town of Vantaa, where they will play at ISS Stadion in Myyrmäki.[1] Those teams will be run by a new association and compete with the name PK-35 Vantaa.[2] Pallokerho-35 and its other teams (juniors) will stay in Helsinki under PK-35 ry (main club).[3]


The club suffered serious financial problems in its final years. Sitting bottom of the 2016 Veikkausliiga, the club were docked 6 points and manager Shefki Kuqi left to join Inter Turku.[4] The club were relegated at the end of the season but did not apply for a licence to play in the 2017 Ykkönen and ceased operations. The club's name continues however as the club which split from the PK-35 organisation when it was renamed FC Jokerit still play in the Helsinki area Kolmonen division (4th tier). The club's women's team also continues to use the name and still plays in Myyrmäki - they finished top of the Naisten Liiga in 2018.[5]

Season to season

Season Level Division Section Administration Position Finnish Cup Movements
2002 Tier 3 Kakkonen Southern Finnish FA 9th 4th Round
2003 Tier 3 Kakkonen Southern Finnish FA 1st 1st Round Lost in Promotion Playoffs
2004 Tier 3 Kakkonen Southern Finnish FA 2nd 1st Round Promoted to 2005 Ykkönen
2005 Tier 2 Ykkönen Finnish FA 3rd Quarterfinals
2006 Tier 2 Ykkönen Finnish FA 10th 5th Round
2007 Tier 2 Ykkönen Finnish FA 8th 5th Round
2008 Tier 2 Ykkönen Finnish FA 7th 6th Round
2009 Tier 2 Ykkönen Finnish FA 9th 6th Round
2010 Tier 2 Ykkönen Finnish FA 8th 5th Round
2011 Tier 2 Ykkönen Finnish FA 4th 4th Round
2012 Tier 2 Ykkönen Finnish FA 4th 4th Round
2013 Tier 2 Ykkönen Finnish FA 6th 5th Round
2014 Tier 2 Ykkönen Finnish FA 6th 3rd Round
2015 Tier 2 Ykkönen Finnish FA 2nd 6th Round Promoted to 2016 Veikkausliiga
2016 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga Finnish FA 12th Relegated/Dissolved


As of 2 August 2016.

Name Role
Pasi Pihamaa Head Coach
Juha Jussila Coach
Ville Vepsäläinen Kit Manager, Physiotherapist
Teemu Savukoski Kit Manager
Boris Wistuba Team Manager

Women's team

The women's football section was founded in 1982.[6] The team won the Naisten Liiga for the first time in 2010 in their debut in the championship; they had been promoted after winning the second-tier Naisten Ykkönen in 2009. They thus made their UEFA Champions League debut in the 2011–12 season, where they were knocked out by Rayo Vallecano in the Round of 32.

PK-35 subsequently consolidated itself as the new leading Finnish team, winning both the Naisten Liiga and the national cup in 2011 and 2012.[7][8]



UEFA competition record

2011–12Champions LeagueQualifying round Ada Velipojë10–0
Slovan Bratislava1–0
Unia Racibórz1–1
Round of 32 Rayo Vallecano1–4, 0–3
2012–13Champions LeagueQualifying round Noroc Nimoreni6–0
ŽNK Osijek3–1
Glasgow City1–1
Round of 32 Olympique Lyon0–7, 0–5
2013–14Champions LeagueQualifying round Biljanini Izvori13–1
Pärnu JK0–0
Round of 32 Birmingham City0–3, 0–1
2015–16Champions LeagueQualifying round Nové Zámky9–0
Rīgas FS9–0
Zhytlobud Kharkiv2–1
Round of 32 FC Rosengård0–2, 0–7

2018 squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 GK Rachael Ayegba
2 DF Pirjo Leppikangas
3 DF Dali Meller
4 DF Sanna Porali
5 FW Heidi Kivelä
6 MF Jenna Korhonen
8 DF Laura Kivistö
9 MF Jennifer Bisset
11 MF Eveliina Parikka
No. Position Player
13 MF Sanna Saarinen
15 FW Hanne Ojanperä
16 DF Maiju Hirvonen
20 Vilma Hakala
21 MF Tia-Maria Jaakonsaari
28 MF Lydia Hastings
35 GK Paula Myllyoja
0 MF Furtuna Velaj

Former internationals

See also


  1. "Jalkapallostadionista ISS Stadion – PK-35:n edustusjoukkueet Vantaalle". Energia-Areena. 17 December 2008. Archived from the original on 11 February 2009. Retrieved 30 December 2008.
  2. "PK-35 vaihtaa Vantaalle". Iltalehti. 17 December 2008. Retrieved 30 December 2008.
  3. "PK-35 Vantaa – uusi jalkapalloseura" (PDF). Pallokerho-35. 17 December 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 July 2011. Retrieved 30 December 2008.
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  6. Club history Archived 2010-08-23 at the Wayback Machine on official site
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  8. "PK 35 wins first Swedish cup" (in Finnish). 24 September 2011. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
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