Though Finland is not known for it’s football success, there are two important Finnish football clubs in Turku: Inter Turku and TPS. Today we’ll take about Inter.
The Origin Story
Inter Turku is a relatively young club. It was founded in 1990 by Stefan Håkans. The story goes that his young son could not find a club, so he founded a new youth team.
Only two years later, a senior team was born, and three years later that senior team was promoted to Veikkausliiga, the Finnish premier league. Within five years, Inter Turku had become a force to be reckoned with.
Though the team was relegated in 1997, it came back to Veikkausliiga the following season. Since then, Inter Turku has remained in the highest league.
FC Inter Turku plays at the Veritas Stadium in Kupittaa (near the K-CityMarket where the packages are delivered in Posti). It is also the home of TPS, Inter Turku’s arch nemesis, creating the chance of intense derbies between Turku’s two teams.
As for the colors of the club, the home colors were inspired by the famous Inter Milan club from Serie A. The away colors are an all-red combination. The logo of the club was allegedly by that of the Cameroonian national team during the 1990 World Cup.
FC Inter Turku has collected a number of trophies during its almost thirty years of existence. Among those is one league title in 2008, as well as two second places in 2011 and 2012. Inter Turku also added very recently (May 2018) a second Finnish cup title, which will join a previous title earned in 2009. The club had also been runner up to that title in 2014 and 2015.
I will finish the blog on this happy note, and be ready for the upcoming post on TPS, Turku’s other football team.