Hello all, this is my first FM story. I decided to start with KuPS because they are a team which have struggled to consistently do well in the Finnish Premier League.
Here is a wikipedia link for those interested in learning about them.
In short, Kuopion Palloseura is a team based in Kuopio, Finland. They were founded in 1923 and they hold the Finnish club record for most consecutive seasons in the top flight, 1949 to 1992. Recently they have not done well and have had the same kind of form as West Brom, constantly being relegated and promoted. They play at Magnum Areem which has a capacity of 5000 (2700 seated) and they play in yellow and black.
They finished 2nd in the Finnish Premier League in 2010 which earns them a place in the Europa League Qualifiers. The Finnish season starts in January with the Finnish League Cup. The Finnish League Cup Final is usually contested in April. The Finnish Cup starts in March and the final is in October. The Premier League itself starts at the end of April and ends in October.
As for who I am, my name is Nick Heighway. I was born in the States on 10/3/1972, LA actually. My mom was from there, my dad was from Lahti in Finland. I took my mom's surname. My dream was to become a footballer who would be compared to the likes of Marradona, Pele Souness, etc. I was lucky enough to be asked to enter the academy of LA Galaxy where I broke in to the first-team in 1992. I played there until I retired in 2009. It was a descent career in my opinion, won trophies here and there but I never played for America or Finland.
I moved to Finland last year because I enjoy the lifestyle there. It was a rather laid-back kind. I am currently engaged to a girl here from Finland but I am looking for employment. As an ex-footballer, football naturally became my trade so I decided to look in to management.
American Ex-professional replaces Pekonen as manager of KuPSIt was a shock to many KuPS fans as Pekonen retired. "The stress of managing a football team as big as KuPS is too much for me. I thank the staff, the players and the fans for their support and I wish the club well for the future" - Pekonen says to a reporter from YLE (Finnish News Broadcaster)
Nick Heighway signed a contract worth an estimated £650 oer week untill 31/11/2012.
"I look forward to managing KuPS and I thank Ari Lahti (the owner) for giving me such an opportunity. I have a chance to make KuPS in to a formidable team in Europe and I will be doing all I can to reach that goal. Transfers are likely but the squad here is very good. My goal for thi season is to finish in the top-half of the league." - Heighway during his first press conference.
Here is the club overview
I hope that you all will enjoy this story. Apologies for the lengthy post but there was so much to cover. All comments are welcome.
2011 Season Overview
KuPS Top Goalscorer: Ilja Venalainen - 11 Goals (19 Apps)
KuPS Best Player: Miika Ilo - 25 Apps - 6 Goals - 10 Assists - Ave. 7.27
KuPS Top Goalscorer: Antti Hynynen - 3 Goals (4 Apps)
KuPS Best Player: Antti Hynynen - 4 Apps - 3 Goals - 1 Assist - Ave. 7.64
KuPS Top Goalscorer: Miika Ilo - 6 Goals (8 Apps)
KuPS Best Player: Miika Ilo - 8 Apps - 6 Goals - 5 Assists - Ave. 8.14
Round: Finished 4th in Group Stage
KuPS Top Goalscorer: Ilja Venalainen - 3 Goals (4 Apps)
KuPS Best Player: Etchu Tabe - 10 Apps - 2 Goals - 1 Assist - Ave. 7.43
2012 Season Overview
Champions (by a 21 point margin)
KuPS Top Goalscorer: Abdoulaye Sylla - 10 Goals (17 Apps)
KuPS Best Player: Antti Hynynen - 20 Apps - 7 Goals - 9 Assists - Ave. 7.34
KuPS Top Goalscorer: Miika Ilo - 2 Goals (3 Apps)
KuPS Best Player: Miika Ilo - 3 Apps - 2 Goals - 1 Assist - Ave. 7.60
Round: Qtr Final
KuPS Top Goalscorer: Abdoulaye Sylla - 7 Goals (5 Apps)
KuPS Best Player: Abdoulaye Sylla - 5 Apps - 7 Goals - 0 Assists - Ave. 7.90
Round: 3rd in Group E
KuPS Top Goalscorer: Ilja Venalainen - 4 Goals (7 Apps)
KuPS Best Player: Stefan Strandberg - 7 Apps - 1 Goal - 0 Assists - Ave. 7.36
Round: Last 16
KuPS Top Goalscorer: Raymond Fafiani - 2 Goals (3 Apps)
KuPS Best Player: Raymond Fafiani - 3 Apps - 2 Goals - Assist - Ave. 7.43
2013 Season Overview
Champions (by a 8 point margin)
KuPS Top Goalscorer: Raymond Fafiani - 7 Goals (5 Apps)
KuPS Best Player: Stefan Strandberg - 29 Apps - 4 Goals - 1 Assist - Ave. 7.33
KuPS Top Goalscorer: Abdoulaye Sylla - 3 Goals (4 Apps)
KuPS Best Player: Abdoulaye Sylla - 3 Apps - 3 Goals - 1 Assist - Ave. 8.20
KuPS Top Goalscorer: Ilja Venalainen - 4 Goals (3 Apps)
KuPS Best Player: Ilja Venalainen - 3 Apps - 4 Goals - 4 Assists - Ave. 8.00
Round: Champions Play-off (vs FC Basel)
KuPS Top Goalscorer: Stefan Strandberg - 3 Goals (4 Apps)
KuPS Best Player: Stefan Strandberg - 4 Apps - 3 Goals - 0 Assists - Ave. 7.87