Founded In
Rovaniemi, Finland


About RoPS

Rovaniemen Palloseura, or RoPS, was first established in 1950. Based in Rovaniemi, the team have enjoyed some significant success and have spent much of their time in Finland's top division, although they have endured occasional spells in the country's lower tiers and have struggled to maintain their top-flight status in recent years.

Throughout the 2000s, the club gained international headlines for all the wrong reasons, as they became widely suspected of match-fixing. The accusations centred around what were perceived to be unusually bad performances from several players in the team, as well as suspicious betting patterns on matches involving RoPS. Although allegations were made throughout the decade, the Football Association did not initially find there to be valid grounds for an investigation. Eventually, however, in the summer of 2011, the Rovaniemi Court of Appeal found nine of the team's players guilty, after it was revealed that they had accepted bribes in exchange for match-fixing or match manipulation.

In terms of major success, the club have lifted the Finnish Cup on two occasions, with those wins coming in 1986 and 2013. RoPS defeated Palloseura Kemi Kings and Kuopion Palloseura, respectively, in those cup finals. Their best performances in the Veikkausliiga came in 1988 and 1989, when they finished in 3rd place. The 1987-88 season also saw the club come to some degree of attention around the continent, as they reached the quarter finals stage of the European Cup Winners' Cup. They have since competed in the UEFA Cup on several occasions.

RoPS play their home matches at Rovaniemen Keskuskenttä, which is sometimes known as Keskari. The venue was built in 1953 and underwent major renovations between 2008 and 2009, including the installation of an artificial turf. The stadium currently has a seated capacity of 2,500, although its record attendance was set at 8,543 for a European Cup Winners' Cup match against KS Vllaznia Shkodër back in 1987.