Founded In
Pietarsaari (Jakobstad), Finland

About Jaro

Fotbollsföreningen Jaro Jalkapalloseura, usually known as FF Jaro or more simply as Jaro, was founded in Jakobstad in 1965, after a previously-existing club from the area, IF Drott, went out of business. While the team have spent a significant amount of time in Finland's lower divisions, they have also played more than 20 seasons in the country's top division, occasionally challenging for the major honours on offer.

In the years since the Veikkausliiga was established in 1990, Jaro have been relatively stable as a top flight club. However, at the end of the 1998 season, the team were relegated to the second tier. After two failed attempts to gain promotion via the playoffs in 1999 and 2000, the club were able to seal promotion back to the Veikkausliiga at the end of 2001. They have remained in the division ever since.

Although they are yet to win any major trophies, Jaro have come close on several occasions. In both 1992 and 1999, they reached the final of the Finnish Cup. Unfortunately, they were eventually beaten by MyPa and FC Jokerit, respectively, in those matches. In 1998, they also reached the final of the Finnish League Cup, but again had to settle for being competition runners up.

Aleksei Borisovich Yeryomenko, also known as Alexei Eremenko Sr., is one of the club's most notable former players. His son, and Finland international, Alexei Eremenko Jr. also played for the club. Other well-known alumni include Jari Vanhala, Fredrik Svanbäck, Mikko Paatelainen and Sebastian Mannström.

FF Jaro play their home matches at Jakobstads Centralplan, which is often referred to more simply as Centralplan. The stadium was originally built in 1971 and later underwent a renovations process in 2003, in order to modernise its facilities. It is currently able to hold a maximum of 5,000 supporters.

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