Säntjana Linna FC
In 1971 Säntjana Linna won the first season of the new Liiga 1 and reached the semi-finals of the Riikspreema. They have subsequently won the Riikspreema nine times bringing their total to eighteen, and the Archanta Champions' League three times. The team of the late 1980s and 1990s were known as the first 'Golden Generation' under the guidance of manager Jonas Luppinen, which saw the side winning the Riikspreema three times and the Liiga 1 five in twelve years.
Linna finished third in Liiga 1 in the 2014-2015 season.
Linna currently play at the National Stadium of Karolia (Karolijas Riikstadion), built in its current configuration for the 1986 World Cup. Their previous ground on the same site was called the Linnastadion and was built in 1932. Prior to this the club played at a location further to the east in Maetoo which is now developed into housing.
The National Stadium can seat 45,000 and can be adapted to a venue for other sports.
KitFinira motors, with the Megna model being included for the 2014-15 season.
In common with most other top-flight teams, Linna use their own design of shirt numbers and lettering for competitions outside the Liiga 1.
Current team 2015-2016 season
- 1 Jaas Balos (GK) Karolia
- 2 Henriik den Voos (DF) Mecyna
- 3 Kuurt Vorbaas (DF) Karolia
- 4 Jong-sin Hu (MF) Ardisphere
- 6 Saani Kautainen (DF) Karolia
- 7 Saal Haan (MF) Arataran
- 8 Sveni Raaspiikadas (MF) Karolia
- 9 Autuur di Fioraas (FW) Karolia
- 10 Maaris Őtera (FW) Karolia
- 11 Juan Jose Barrio (FW) Latina
- 12 (GK)
- 14 Richard Pederson (DF) Pretany
- 16 Leosi Saëvoo (MF) Karolia
- 17 Edio Neto (DF) Brasonia
- 18 Hywl Cwmbraic (MF) Ardisphere
- 19 Rickie Bell (FW) Chastechek
- 20 Harrison Yminku (DF) Rogolnika
- 21 Antônio Milono (DF) Belgravia
- 22 (GK)
- 23 Simo Lääsenen (MF) Karolia
- 26 Kevin Chamberlain (DF) Chastechek
- 27 (FW)
- 29 (FW)
- 30 Vincent Dellavalle (MF) Ismikk
- 32 Gead Horgengroop (DF) Zylanda
- 35 Leandro Urucuia (MF) Cariocas
- 38 (GK)
Manager: Timo Vaasinen
Head coach: Märt de Säta
Midfielder Henriik Sääs was the team captain between 1924 and 1935 and led the team to victory in four tournaments (as well as playing for the Karolian national team) and later coached it, scoring over 120 goals for his club. He is considered to be one of the team's greatest figures and a statue of him can be found at the main entrance to the stadium.
Goalkeeper Jens Huuvel is the club's most capped player at 454 appearances in all competitions between 1977 and 1990.
Striker Maaris Otera is currently the team's third highest goalscorer of all time and has found the net 81 times since making his debut in 2008.
Linna operate a junior academy and two Under-21 teams to nurture talent from home and abroad. The club has historically been praised for retaining a high percentage of younger Karolian players into the adult team in preference to buying in foreign players already established in the game.
Colloquailly referred to as 'Linna' or SLFC, the team have a strong fan base both in Säntjana and the rest of Karolia, with many supporters' clubs abroad too. The home matches regularly attract capacity crowds and the team can expect a large number of fans to follow them in overseas fixtures. Songs and chants regularly heard on the terraces include Linnaratao (In the City, the club's official anthem) and uks (Number One Again), in which fans will sing a refrain referencing the shirt numbers of the players' currently on the pitch in descending order and inciting them each to score, before reaching number one which is, of course, where the team will finish in the league.
The club's owners are a consortium made up of business owners Logi Maval, Pieter Bari, Katherina Leverdos and the Linna Supporters' Trust, who each have an equal stake.
The club is a limited liability company which issues stocks on the Karolian stock exchange. The club made an operating profit of Kr16 million in 2012-13, with spending on players totalling approx. Kr102 million and sales and loans of players bringing in around Kr32 million. Under financial rules no Karolian club may spend more than its revenues over a five-year period.
Linna are followed all over the world and the club generates a significant revenue from sales of replica shirts, scarves, programmes and other merchandise. In 2012-2013 it was estimated that sales of goods brought in around Kr26 million to the club. By far the most popular item of merchandise is the home shirt with printing for star striker Maaris Őtera.
SLFC have their own subscription TV channel, Linna TV, screening matches, news and archive film to fans.
Linna, along with the other teams in the Liiga 1, have a say in the bidding process for national TV rights. The state broadcaster is allowed first choice of the Riikspreema matches (paying a fee within the price rules set by the KJL) but must compete equally with commercial broadcasters for Liiga 1 games and the ACL and other international competitions. Highlights may be shown on any channel. The clubs receive a 66% share of the broadcast fee with the rest going to the KJL.