Meet our new coaches


World, meet Santa’s new coaches Ralf (left) and Cris (right).
Ralf is from Berlin (Germany), has played around 1.000 amateur football games in his life and has been coaching teams since 1998, progressing from playing coach as a hobby to professional head coach as a full-time job. He came to Finland in 2015, got the UEFA A license from the Finnish Football Association in 2019 and is working as the coaching manager for our juniors section, FC Santa Claus Juniorit, since June 2020. Now he is also in charge of our mens team.
Cris is a professional goalkeeper from Romania who moved to Finland in 2014 in order to play football here. In 2015 he decided to become a full-time goalkeepers coach and has been in Ralf’s coaching squad ever since, first in Joensuu, then in Ylivieska, now in Rovaniemi. He joined FC Santa Claus Juniorit in November 2020 as the club’s goalkeepers coach and is now also the assistant coach for our mens team.
The newly assembled FC Santa Claus team started their 2021 pre-season this week. Two well-attended (20 players) trainings have been held in Rovaniemi’s Ounashalli and the team-spirit has been positive from the get-go, just like Santa would approve.
Since we have to start anew in the Finnish league system, we play this summer in the lowest division, which is the ”Vitonen” (6th tier) in Northern Finland. Our long-time fans know that we’ve played in higher levels before, and it’s our goal to get back there. But within reason. Our main focus is our strong juniors section, and our mens team will become the home for our younglings when they enter adulthood.
Together, we develop and become Santa’s Little Football Helpers and try to bring joy to our region and the world by offering beautiful football with a positive and cheerful attitude.
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