Inter Turku

Founded In
Turku (Åbo), Finland

About Inter Turku

Football Club International Turku, usually known by the simplified name Inter Turku, was first established in 1990. The team made its first appearance in Finland's top flight back in 1996 and has played in the Veikkausliiga continuously since 1999, occasionally winning major honours along the way. Based in the city of Turku, their main local rivals are Turun Palloseura. Inter Turku are nicknamed 'Sinimustat', which translates to 'Black and Blues' and is a reference to the two colours which make up their home strip.

Originally operating exlusively as a youth team, the club launched a senior team in 1992 and began playing competitive football in the country's fourth tier. The following year, they gained access to the third level of the league system, after replacing the cash-strapped Turun Toverit. After significant investment in players, the team gained two more promotions and reached the Veikkausliiga ahead of the 1996 season. Although they were relegated at the end of 1997, they returned ahead of the 1999 season and have gone on to establish themselves in the division.

The 2008 campaign marked the side's greatest ever season, as Inter Turku were crowned as Finnish champions and lifted the Finnish League Cup, completing a domestic double. The following year, the team enjoyed further success, lifting the Finnish Cup for the first time, after defeating Tampere United in the final.

Petri Lehtonen holds the club's all-time appearance record, having played 227 games over a period of ten years. Meanwhile, Tero Forss found the back of the net 74 times during his time with the team, making him their record goalscorer. Other notable former players include Timo Furuholm, Joni Kauko and Mika Ojala. 

Inter Turku play their home matches at Veritas Stadion, which first opened in 1952. The stadium has 8,072 seats and the standing areas can hold a further 1,300 people, giving it a total capacity of 9,372.

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