Ilves Tampere is a Finnish football club, based in Tampere. In the 2018 season they play in the Veikkausliiga, the highest level in Finland.
They were formed in 1975 as a merger between IKissat Tampere and TaPa Tampere, and joined the Premier Division in 1979.
Ilves won the Finnish league championship in 1983 and the Finnish Cup in 1979 and 1990.
In the late 1990's, Ilves suffered financial trouble and its professional team was reformed into Tampere United before the 1999 season. The initial plan was to join Ilves with TPV, but TPV decided to continue as its own team. As a result, Tampere United inherited Ilves' place in the second highest division, and Ilves continued to play in lower divisions, although they did not have a men's team from 1999 to 2007.
Their home ground is Tammelan Stadion.
Tammelan Stadion and Tampere Stadium