2002 Veikkausliiga

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Veikkausliiga
Season 2002
Premiers HJK Helsinki
Top goalscorer Mika Kottila, HJK Helsinki (18)
2001
2003

The 2002 season was the 72nd completed season of Finnish Football League Championship, known as the Veikkausliiga. At the same time it was the 13th season of the Veikkausliiga. This season 3 teams could promote from the 2nd division and only one would releagate, because the Veikkausliiga would extend its number of participating teams from 12 to 14, starting the 2003 season.

Overview[edit]

The Veikkausliiga is administered by the Finnish Football Association and the competition's 2002 season was contested by 12 teams. Following the Preliminary Stage, the higher 8 teams progressed to the Championship Group while the lower 4 teams competed in the Promotion/Relegation Group with the higher 4 teams from the Ykkönen. HJK Helsinki won the championship and qualified for the UEFA Champions League 2003-04 qualification round, while the second and third placed teams qualified for the first qualification round of the UEFA Cup 2003-04. The fourth placed team qualified for the UEFA Intertoto Cup 2002, while VPS Vaasa were relegated to the Ykkönen.[1]

Participating clubs[edit]

In 2002 there were 12 participants in the Veikkausliiga:

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League standings[edit]

Preliminary stage[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts
1 HJK Helsinki 22 15 3 4 36 16 48
2 MyPa Anjalankoski 22 12 7 3 43 20 43
3 Haka Valkeakoski 22 11 5 6 31 18 38
4 Allianssi Vantaa 22 10 4 8 35 36 34
5 FC Inter Turku 22 8 8 6 28 17 32
6 Tampere United 22 7 11 4 23 15 32
7 FC Lahti 22 9 5 8 23 26 32
8 Jaro Jakobstad 22 7 5 10 23 36 26
9 KuPS Kuopio 22 6 6 10 26 30 24
10 FC Hämeenlinna 22 3 9 10 23 34 18
11 VPS Vaasa 22 4 5 13 21 39 17
12 FC Jazz Pori 22 4 4 14 17 42 16

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Championship group[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts
1 HJK Helsinki (C) 29 20 5 4 51 21 65
2 MyPa Anjalankoski 29 17 9 3 57 25 60
3 Haka Valkeakoski 29 15 7 7 51 30 52
4 Allianssi Vantaa 29 12 5 12 39 44 41
5 Tampere United 29 8 15 6 31 24 39
6 FC Inter Turku 29 9 9 11 33 29 36
7 Jaro Jakobstad 29 10 6 13 34 46 36
8 FC Lahti 29 9 6 14 25 44 33

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Relegation group[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts
1 KuPS Kuopio 7 4 1 2 14 4 16 (3)
2 TPS Turku (P) 7 4 2 1 10 9 15 (1)
3 FC Hämeenlinna 7 3 0 4 8 8 11 (2)
4 FC Jokerit (P) 7 3 1 3 13 13 10 (0)
5 FC Jazz Pori 7 2 3 2 6 5 9 (0)
6 FC KooTeePee (P) 7 2 2 3 8 11 9 (1)
7 VPS Vaasa (R) 7 2 2 3 6 12 9 (1)
8 TP-47 7 2 1 4 6 9 7 (0)

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Leading scorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Mika Kottila Finland HJK Helsinki 18
2 Valeri Popovits Russia Haka Valkeakoski 17
3 Petteri Kaijasilta Finland Allianssi Vantaa 13
3 Saku Puhakainen Finland MyPa 47 Anjalankoski 13
5 Richard Teberio Sweden Inter Turku 11

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Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Finland 2002". RSSSF Archive. 2002. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Finland - List of League First Level Tables". RSSSF Archive. 2002. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  3. ^ "Finland - List of Topscorers (Mestaruussarja/Veikkausliiga)". RSSSF Archive. 2001. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 

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