VPS

Founded In
1924
Location
Vaasa, Finland

VPS

About VPS

Vaasan Palloseura, often known by the more simple name of VPS, was first established back in 1924. Based in the coastal city of Vaasa, the team have a long history and have enjoyed major success on occasion. However, they have also spent some significant time in the lower tiers of the country's league system. The team's traditional home kit consists of black and white vertical stripes and the side have a number of nicknames, including 'Vepsu'.

After finishing as league runners up in 1932 and 1941, the team experienced its first era of success soon after and were crowned as champions in both 1945 and 1948. To date, these two title wins remain their only major successes in the top Finnish league. They were, however, runners up in the division in 1997 and 1998.

Further success has come in the domestic cup competitions, with VPS reaching four cup finals in total. They were beaten finalists in the Finnish Cup in 1972 and were runners up in the Finnish League Cup in 1997. In 1999, they reached the final of the League Cup again and this time were victorious. The following year, they were able to retain the trophy to win their second League Cup and their fourth major honour in total. In 1998, the club made their debut in a major continental competition by competing in the UEFA Cup.

Jussi Jääskeläinen is perhaps the club's best-known former player and he competed in more than 50 games for the team. Other notable alumni include Keijo Huusko, Juha Reini and Henri Sillanpää.

VPS play their home matches at Hietalahti Stadium, which opened in 1935. The venue underwent renovations in 1995 and is now an all-seater stadium. It is currently shared with Vasa IFK and is able to seat up to 4,600 supporters.

Finland
Veikkausliiga