2011 Veikkausliiga

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Veikkausliiga
Season 2011
Champions HJK
24th title
Relegated RoPS
Champions League HJK
Europa League Inter Turku
JJK
KuPS
MYPA
Matches played 198
Goals scored 599 (3.03 per match)
Top goalscorer Timo Furuholm (22 goals)
Biggest home win HJK 6–0 TPS
(22 June)
FF Jaro 8–2 RoPS
(29 June)
HJK 6–0 FF Jaro
(28 September)
Biggest away win Haka 0–5 HJK
(18 June)
Highest scoring FF Jaro 8–2 RoPS
(29 June)
Longest winning run HJK
(10 games)[1]
Longest unbeaten run FC Honka
(14 games)[1]
Longest winless run RoPS
(21 games)[1]
Longest losing run RoPS
(6 games)[1]
2010
2012

The 2011 Veikkausliiga was the eighty-first season of top-tier football in Finland. It began on 2 May 2011 and ended on 29 October 2011.[2] HJK were the defending champions and successfully defended their title.

The pre-season was severely affected by license revocations to two teams, which eventually resulted in a later than originally scheduled begin date and an increase of scheduled matches from 26 to 33 per team.

Teams[edit]

The league was originally supposed to have 14 teams, but AC Oulu was refused a license due to club's bad economic situation and Tampere United was excluded from every official competition of Football Association of Finland due to breaking the rules of the association, and the league will therefore be played with only 12 teams.[3][4] AC Oulu was, however, obtained a license for Ykkönen, where it will play this season.

FC Lahti were relegated to Ykkönen after finishing at the bottom of the 2010 season. Their place was taken by Ykkönen champions RoPS. 13th-placed Veikkausliiga team JJK and Ykkönen runners-up FC Viikingit competed in a two-legged relegation play-offs for one spot in this season. JJK won 3-1 on aggregate and thereby retained their league position once again.

Team summaries[edit]

Location of teams in 2011 Veikkausliiga
Club Location Stadium Capacity Manager Captain
FC Honka Espoo Tapiolan Urheilupuisto 6,000 Finland Mika Lehkosuo Finland Tomi Maanoja
FC Inter Turku Veritas Stadion 10,000 Netherlands Job Dragtsma Finland Henri Lehtonen
FF Jaro Jakobstad Jakobstads Centralplan 5,000 Finland/Russia Alexei Eremenko Sr. Finland Heikki Aho
Haka Valkeakoski Tehtaan kenttä 3,516 Finland Sami Ristilä Haiti Regillio Nooitmeer
HJK Helsinki Sonera Stadium 10,770 Finland Antti Muurinen Finland Ville Wallén
JJK Jyväskylä Harjun stadion 3,000 Finland Kari Martonen Finland Mikko Hyyrynen
KuPS Kuopio Kuopion keskuskenttä 5,000 Finland Esa Pekonen Finland Pietari Holopainen
IFK Mariehamn Mariehamn Wiklöf Holding Arena 4,000 Finland Pekka Lyyski Denmark Allan Olesen
MYPA Kouvola Saviniemi 4,167 Finland Toni Korkeakunnas[5] Finland Tuomas Aho
RoPS Rovaniemi Rovaniemen keskuskenttä 4,000 Finland Matti Hiukka Finland Tuomo Könönen
TPS Turku Veritas Stadion 10,000 Finland Marko Rajamäki Finland Jarno Heinikangas
VPS Vaasa Hietalahti Stadium 4,600 Finland Petri Vuorinen Finland Tero Koskela

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Incoming manager Date of appointment Table
VPS Finland Tommi Pikkarainen Resigned 28 July 2011[6] Finland Petri Vuorinen 28 July 2011 11th
RoPS Wales John Allen Sacked 8 August 2011[7] Finland Matti Hiukka 8 August 2011 12th

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 HJK (C) 33 26 3 4 86 23 +63 81 2012–13 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 FC Inter 33 16 9 8 70 44 +26 57 2012–13 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round 1
3 JJK 33 14 12 7 60 48 +12 54 2012–13 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round
4 FC Honka 33 13 14 6 57 40 +17 53
5 TPS 33 13 11 9 48 44 +4 50
6 KuPS 33 10 10 13 44 55 −11 40 2012–13 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round 1
7 IFK Mariehamn 33 10 8 15 39 47 −8 38
8 MYPA 33 11 5 17 39 52 −13 38 2012–13 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round 2
9 VPS 33 8 13 12 32 44 −12 37
10 Haka 33 10 7 16 36 60 −24 37
11 FF Jaro 33 7 10 16 49 64 −15 31
12 RoPS (R) 33 5 8 20 39 78 −39 23 Relegation to the 2012 Ykkönen

Updated to games played on 29 October 2011.
Source: soccerway.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
1HJK won the 2011 Finnish Cup competition. Because they won the league, they will enter the second qualifying round of UEFA Champions League and their cup winner spot in UEFA Europa League will be given to the league runners-up. KuPS qualify for the first qualifying round of UEFA Europa League as cup runners-up.
2MYPA qualify for the first qualifying round of UEFA Europa League via Fair Play ranking.[8][9]
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Finnish football
2011

Veikkausliiga (Tier 1)
Ykkönen (Tier 2)
Kakkonen (Tier 3)
Kolmonen (Tier 4)
Nelonen (Tier 5)
Suomen Cup 2011

Results[edit]

As a consequence of the decreased number of teams immediately prior to the start of the season, the schedule for this season had to be significantly altered. Teams will now play each other a third time after a regular double-round robin schedule; each team will hence play a total of 33 matches. The schedule for the additional round of matches was determined by the final positions of the 2010 season, with the best six teams being assigned an extra home match in the process.

Matches 1–22[edit]

Home \ Away[1] HAK HJK HON INT JAR JJK KPS MAR MYP RPS TPS VPS
Haka 0–5 2–2 2–0 3–1 0–2 1–0 0–2 1–2 2–0 0–1 0–0
HJK 5–2 2–1 1–0 1–0 6–2 4–1 1–0 4–1 5–1 6–0 3–0
FC Honka 1–1 0–2 2–3 4–1 0–0 3–1 2–0 1–1 1–0 1–2 1–1
FC Inter 6–1 1–1 4–0 2–0 2–0 4–4 2–0 1–1 3–0 0–0 3–1
FF Jaro 1–2 1–0 2–2 1–3 1–1 1–1 4–0 1–5 8–2 1–1 2–0
JJK 4–2 0–2 2–2 1–0 3–3 2–0 2–1 1–0 3–0 1–1 2–0
KuPS 1–2 2–4 0–2 0–1 1–1 4–4 2–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 2–1
IFK Mariehamn 2–1 2–0 1–0 1–0 3–1 2–2 2–2 1–1 3–3 0–1 0–1
MYPA 3–0 0–2 0–1 2–3 2–1 2–1 1–0 0–2 0–4 0–0 1–0
RoPS 1–2 1–4 1–2 3–4 1–0 1–2 0–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–1
TPS 2–0 2–0 2–4 2–1 1–3 2–3 5–0 2–0 2–1 2–1 1–1
VPS 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–3 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–2 2–1 2–1

Updated to games played on 29 October 2011.
Source: Soccerway
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Matches 23–33[edit]

Home \ Away[1] HAK HJK HON INT JAR JJK KPS MAR MYP RPS TPS VPS
Haka 1–3 0–4 2–1 1–1 0–1
HJK 4–2 6–0 0–0 1–0 5–0 2–0
FC Honka 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 5–2 1–1
FC Inter 1–1 2–2 2–1 2–0 5–2 6–2
FF Jaro 1–1 3–2 2–3 1–1 2–4 0–1
JJK 2–1 1–2 2–0 4–0 1–2
KuPS 1–4 2–1 2–1 2–0 2–0 4–2
IFK Mariehamn 0–2 1–1 5–2 5–2 0–3
MYPA 2–0 0–1 0–1 2–0 2–3
RoPS 0–2 3–3 1–1 3–1 0–0
TPS 1–2 2–1 1–1 2–1 2–2 1–1
VPS 1–2 0–1 0–0 1–1 3–2

Updated to games played on 29 October 2011.
Source: Soccerway
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Statistics[edit]

Updated to games played on 29 October 2011.

Monthly awards[edit]

Month Coach of the Month Player of the Month
May[10] Netherlands Job Dragtsma (FC Inter) Finland Timo Furuholm (FC Inter)
June[11] Finland Antti Muurinen (HJK) Finland Mika Ojala (FC Inter)
July[12] Finland Toni Korkeakunnas (MYPA) Finland Mika Ojala (FC Inter)
August[13] Finland Sami Ristilä (Haka) Finland Sampsa Timoska (MYPA)
September[14] Finland Kari Martonen (JJK) Finland Alexander Ring (HJK)
October[15] Finland Mika Lehkosuo (FC Honka) Finland Akseli Pelvas (HJK)

Players of the year[edit]

Source: veikkausliiga.com (Finnish)

Position Player
Goalkeeper Finland Ville Wallén (HJK)
Defender Finland Mathias Lindström (HJK)
Midfielder Finland Mika Ojala (FC Inter)
Striker Finland Timo Furuholm (FC Inter)

See also[edit]

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