2012 Veikkausliiga

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Veikkausliiga
Season 2012
Champions HJK
25th title
Relegated Haka
Champions League HJK
Europa League FC Honka
Inter Turku
TPS
Matches played 198
Goals scored 535 (2.7 per match)
Top goalscorer Irakli Sirbiladze
(17 goals)
Biggest home win TPS 9–2 Haka
(22 August)
Biggest away win KuPS 0–6 FC Inter
(22 July)
Highest scoring TPS 9–2 Haka
(22 August)
2011
2013

The 2012 Veikkausliiga is the eighty-second season of top-tier football in Finland. It began on 15 April 2012 and ended on 27 October 2012.[1] HJK Helsinki were the defending champions and successfully defended their title.

Teams[edit]

RoPS were relegated to Ykkönen after finishing at the bottom of the 2011 season. Their place was taken by Ykkönen champions FC Lahti.

Team summaries[edit]

Location of teams in 2012 Veikkausliiga
Club Location Stadium Capacity Manager Captain
FC Honka Espoo Tapiolan Urheilupuisto 6,000 Finland Lehkosuo, MikaMika Lehkosuo Finland Heikkilä, TapioTapio Heikkilä
FC Inter Turku Veritas Stadion1 10,000 Netherlands Dragtsma, JobJob Dragtsma Finland Lehtonen, HenriHenri Lehtonen
FC Lahti Lahti Lahden Stadion 15,000 Finland Kautonen, TommiTommi Kautonen Finland Hauhia, MikkoMikko Hauhia
FF Jaro Jakobstad Jakobstads Centralplan 5,000 FinlandRussia Eremenko Sr., AlexeiAlexei Eremenko Sr. Finland Aho, HeikkiHeikki Aho
Haka Valkeakoski Tehtaan kenttä 3,516 Finland Malinen, JuhaJuha Malinen Republic of Ireland Robinson, ShaneShane Robinson
HJK Helsinki Sonera Stadium 10,770 Finland Muurinen, AnttiAntti Muurinen Finland Wallén, VilleVille Wallén
JJK Jyväskylä Harjun stadion 3,000 Finland Martonen, KariKari Martonen Finland Korhonen, JanneJanne Korhonen
KuPS Kuopio Savon Sanomat Areena 5,000 Finland Pekonen, EsaEsa Pekonen Finland Kärkkäinen, PyryPyry Kärkkäinen
IFK Mariehamn Mariehamn Wiklöf Holding Arena 4,000 Finland Lyyski, PekkaPekka Lyyski Finland Lyyski, JaniJani Lyyski
MYPA Kouvola Saviniemi 4,167 Finland Korkeakunnas, ToniToni Korkeakunnas Finland Aho, TuomasTuomas Aho
TPS Turku Veritas Stadion1 10,000 Finland Rajamäki, MarkoMarko Rajamäki Finland Kolehmainen, ToniToni Kolehmainen
VPS Vaasa Hietalahti Stadium 4,600 Finland Huttunen, OlliOlli Huttunen Finland Strandvall, SebastianSebastian Strandvall

1 Paavo Nurmi Stadion until June 2012.[2][3]

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Incoming manager Date of appointment Table
VPS Finland Petri Vuorinen End of contract n/a Finland Olli Huttunen 1 December 2011[4] Pre-season
Haka Finland Sami Ristilä Sacked 23 August 2012[5] Finland Asko Jussila 23 August 2012 11th
Haka Finland Asko Jussila Resigned 10 September 2012[6] Finland Juha Malinen 10 September 2012 11th

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 HJK (C) (Q) 33 19 7 7 63 33 +30 64 2013–14 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 FC Inter (Q) 33 17 7 9 57 42 +15 58 2013–14 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round
3 TPS (Q) 33 16 6 11 55 33 +22 54
4 IFK Mariehamn (Q) 33 13 12 8 50 43 +7 51 2013–14 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round 2
5 FC Lahti 33 16 2 15 45 49 −4 50
6 MYPA 33 13 10 10 39 33 +6 49
7 FC Honka (Q) 33 12 7 14 37 38 −1 43 2013–14 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round 1
8 VPS 33 12 7 14 36 38 −2 43
9 JJK 33 12 4 17 54 65 −11 40
10 KuPS 33 10 6 17 39 53 −14 36
11 FF Jaro 33 8 9 16 28 51 −23 33
12 Haka (R) 33 9 5 19 32 57 −25 32 Relegation to the 2013 Ykkönen

Updated to games played on 27 October 2012.
Source: veikkausliiga.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
1 FC Honka qualified for the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League by winning the 2012 Finnish Cup.
2 IFK Mariehamn is qualified for the first qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League via Fair Play rankings.[7]
(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.

Results[edit]

Matches 1–22[edit]

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

Updated to games played on 27 October 2012.
Source: veikkausliiga.com
^ 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] HON INT LAH JAR HAK HJK JJK KPS MAR MYP TPS VPS
FC Honka 3–0 3–0 2–1 1–1 0–1 1–2
FC Inter 3–1 3–2 1–4 1–0 0–0 2–0
FC Lahti 3–2 4–3 0–1 3–1 1–0
FF Jaro 1–0 2–1 1–1 3–3 0–3
Haka 1–0 1–2 0–0 2–2 1–1
HJK 1–0 1–1 2–0 0–0 4–1 5–1
JJK 3–1 4–2 5–0 3–6 3–2 1–2
KuPS 1–0 1–1 2–3 2–0 1–3 2–1
IFK Mariehamn 1–1 2–2 2–0 2–2 1–0
MYPA 0–0 1–0 1–4 2–1 1–1
TPS 1–2 9–2 1–2 1–0 1–0 1–0
VPS 1–3 2–1 0–1 1–3 1–3

Updated to games played on 27 October 2012.
Source: veikkausliiga.com
^ 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 27 October 2012.

Monthly awards[edit]

Month Coach of the Month Player of the Month
April[8] Finland Toni Korkeakunnas (MYPA) Finland Magnus Bahne (FC Inter)
May[9] Finland Pekka Lyyski (IFK Mariehamn) Hungary Tamás Gruborovics (JJK)
June[10] FinlandRussia Alexei Eremenko Sr. (FF Jaro) Finland Sampo Koskinen (FC Honka)
July[11] Finland Marko Rajamäki (TPS) Finland Petteri Forsell (IFK Mariehamn)
August[12] Finland Toni Korkeakunnas (MYPA) Finland Pekka Sihvola (MYPA)
September[13] Finland Tommi Kautonen (FC Lahti) Georgia (country) Irakli Sirbiladze (FC Inter)
October[14] Finland Antti Muurinen (HJK) Finland Rasmus Schüller (HJK)

Annual awards[edit]

Source: Pelipaikkojen parhaat 2012 nimetty (Finnish)

Position Player
Goalkeeper Finland Henrik Moisander (TPS)
Defender Finland Jarkko Hurme (TPS)
Midfielder Finland Mika Ojala (FC Inter)
Striker Georgia (country) Irakli Sirbiladze (FC Inter)
Manager Finland Toni Korkeakunnas (MYPA)

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