Helsinki Roosters

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Helsinki Roosters Flag of Finland.svg
City: Helsinki
Founded: 1979
Head coach: Juha Hakala
League (2019): Vaahteraliiga
Greatest successes
Eurobowl winner 1988
Finnish champion 1982, 1983, 1986–1988, 1990, 1995–2000, 2002, 2004, 2012–2019

Helsingin Velodromi

Address: Mäkelänkatu 70
Capacity: 7,000 (including 4,000 seats)
Data status
15th March 2019

The Helsinki Roosters are a Finnish football team . With 22 championship titles, the Roosters are Finnish record champions and have also won several European competitions.


It was founded in 1979. The club took part in the second Finnish championship in 1980. Without being able to achieve a win, the Roosters finished the season as fourth-placed team. Two years later, in the 1982 season, the Roosters won their first Finnish championship. They were able to repeat this success a year later with a perfect season and call themselves record champions in the still young history of the league. Three more championships followed from 1986 to 1988.

As Finnish champions, the Roosters competed in the second edition of the European Football League (EFL) in 1988 . Unbeaten they moved into the Eurobowl II and beat the Amsterdam Crusaders there .

After another national championship in 1990, the Roosters had to admit defeat for the first time in 1991 in their seventh Vaahteramalja, the Finnish championship final. They lost to their city rivals, the Helsinki East City Giants . The Giants won four championships in a row during this period and in 1994 replaced the Roosters as the most successful team in the championship with six titles and two runners-up titles.

In 1994 the team took part in the newly established Football League of Europe (FLE). There they could only record one victory and the average attendance of 2,000 was disappointing. After only one season, they withdrew from the FLE, which itself only existed for two years. In the following years the Roosters played again in the EFL and reached the semi-finals several times.

In the 2013 season, the Roosters had their last appearance in the EFL, in which they were able to win their preliminary group. In 2014 the Roosters took part in the newly formed IFAF Europe Champions League and won this competition. In the 2017 season they repeated their success in the IFAF Europe Champions League and took the title again.


  • European Football League
    • Winner: 1988
    • Participation in semi-finals: 1989, 1991, 1997–1999
  • Finnish championship
    • Master: 1982, 1983, 1986–1988, 1990, 1995–2000, 2002, 2004, 2012–2019

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Rooster's Info. Helsinki Roosters, accessed March 15, 2019 (Finnish).
  2. Vaahteraliiga - Otteluohjelma 1980. SAJL, accessed on 15 March 2019 (in Finnish).
  3. Vaahteraliiga - Otteluohjelma 1983. SAJL, accessed on 18 March 2019 (in Finnish).