The 2016 Finnish Football Championship winner IFK Mariehamn is qualifying for the Champions League
IFK Mariehamn playing in the Finnish Premier Division (Veikkausliiga) in Finland has won the gold and become Finnish soccer champion 2016. This is the first time IFK Mariehamn achieves the league championship and it is astonishing as Åland has only 29,000 inhabitants. Altogether 4535 spectators, i.e. a third of Mariehamns population, witnessed IFK securing their first league gold. The Club is managed by Peter Lundberg and Kari Virtanen.
In an interview the team captain Jani Lyyski invites visitors to come to Mariehamn and see the team’s home games at Wiklöf Holding Arena. What’s more, they can discover the beautiful archipelago, sit at some nice cafés and enjoy the sea and maritime atmosphere.
The midfielder Gabriel Petrovic, originally from Stockholm, thinks that the number one things in Åland are the people and the nature. He advises visitors to come to Åland for sport fishing; Åland is namely famous for Scandinavia's best fishing.
The Ålanders gathered on the town square of Mariehamn to celebrate the league gold on Monday evening. The whole team was presented on stage, and the club received checks and gifts during the evening. The party ended with fireworks by Joho Pyro, an Ålandic pyro technician who was the first Nordic participant and winner of the Cannes Festival of Art Pyrotechnique in 2016.
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