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Shadowed by ski jumps, FC Lahti warm up for their fixture with FC Honka during their first season back in Finland'stop division following promotion in 2011. The club was founded in 1996 after the merger of rivals FC Kuusysi and Reipas Lahti and last year was their only season outside the top flight since 1999.

The Lahti Stadium is used for football during the summer months and hosts the annual three day Lahti Ski Games among other events during the winter. It has twice hosted the Nordic World Ski Championship and has been the venue for the biathlon world championships three times.

FC Lahti's highest ever finish was a third place in 2008 that saw them rewarded with European football the following year. They progressed through two rounds of Europa League qualifying before a narrow 4-3 aggregate loss to Club Brugge. Jari Litmanen scored one of their goals in that tie; the former European Cup winner played 66 times for the club towards the end of his career.

Photo taken by drakon at wsc.FootballFans.eu

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