Celtic Draw HJK HELSINKI in Champions League

HJK  HELSINKI are currently 7-0 up in their tie against KR so it’ a given. Celtic will play at home in the first leg on either of the tie I missed the date because UEFA’s stream froze. However according to the BBC the first leg will be played on July 31 or August 1st. I think this is one of the more trickier tie we could have got as they will no doubt be a decent side and I’m sure it’s mid season in the Finnish leaguge so they will be well up to match fitness. Hard task but we can do it.

HISTORY of HJK Helsinki:

The club was founded as “Helsingin Jalkapalloklubi – Helsingfors Fotbollsklubb” in 1907 by Fredrik Wathén. Wathén based the club colours and name on HJK Tottington of Bury after a visit to Britain, here he chanced upon club manager and his eventual mentor Lee Millett. Together these two changed the history of both teams.
Generally considered Finland’s biggest club, HJK is also the most successful Finnish club in terms of league championships with 24. The club has also won ten Finnish Cups and four Finnish League Cups. Many of Finland’s internationally most successful players have played for HJK before moving abroad. In July 2012 they said no to a Newco Rangers.
HJK is the only Finnish club to have played in the UEFA Champions League group stage. They did so in the 1998–1999 season, triumphing over FC Metz in the second qualifying round. The club also managed a respectable five points in their group, beating Benfica at home and earning draws at home to Kaiserslautern and away to Benfica. They lost to PSV Eindhoven twice and to Kaiserslautern away.
Their highest score in European competition came in the 2011–2012 season, with a 13–0 aggregate victory over Welsh champions Bangor City, which included a 10–0 win at home.
Formerly HJK had ice hockeybowlingfield hockeyhandballfigure skating and bandy sections. In 1972 the hockey section separated to independent club Helsingin Jääkiekkoklubi.

Honours

  • Finnish Championship:
    • Winners (24): 1911, 1912, 1917, 1918, 1919, 1923, 1925, 1936, 1938, 1964, 1973, 1978, 1981, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2003,200920102011
    • Runners-up (13): 1921, 1933, 1937, 1939, 1956, 1965, 1966, 1982, 1983, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2006
  • Finnish Cup:
    • Winners (11): 1966, 1981, 1984, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 20082011
    • Runners-up (5): 1975, 1985, 1990, 1994, 2010

The second leg will take place at the Sonera Stadium. 

CURRENT SQUAD

As of 15 April 2012

info from wikipedia

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