Bandyliiga

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Bandyliiga
Bandyliiga Logo 2014.jpg
Formerly Jääpallon SM-sarja
(1908-1991)
Sport Bandy
Founded 1908
No. of teams 9
Country Finland Finland
Continent European Union Europe
Most recent champion(s) Oulun Luistinseura
(16th title)
Most titles HIFK Bandy
(17 titles)
Relegation to Suomisarja
Official website finbandy.fi

Bandyliiga (English: Bandy League) is the top level of bandy in Finland. The league was founded in 1908 and the 2014-15 season is the 105th season of the Bandyliiga. The league has 9 teams and Oulun Luistinseura are the reigning champions.

History[edit]

The competitive side of bandy in Finland was organized in 1907 and the first Finnish championship series was played in the winter of 1908. The very first title was won by Polyteknikkojen Urheiluseura, who beat IFK Helsingfors in the final match with a score of 8-3. The championship was decided as a cup competition until 1931. The league was played as single round-robin tournament with various numbers of divisions up until the 1969-70 season, when the current double round-robin format was introduced. The season was split into regular season and playoffs in the 1976-77 season.[1]

In 2008 Bandyliiga celebrated its 100th anniversary with a grand final match of the season, when Oulun Luistinseura beat Tornion Palloveikot in a penalty shoot-out and claimed the Finnish championship. The competition has been played every year since 1908, with the exceptions of 1918, 1940 and 1942, when the competition was cancelled first due to Finnish civil war and then due to Winter War and the Continuation war. An unofficial wartime league was played during those years.[1]

Current teams[edit]

Oulun Luistinseura faced JPS in the 2013-14 final in Oulu.
Team Stadium City Founded
Borgå Akilles Bollplan Porvoo 1902
Botnia-69 Åggelby konstisbana Helsinki 1969
HIFK Bandy Kallio Ice Rink Helsinki 1897
Jyväskylän Seudun Palloseura Viitaniemen tekojäärata Jyväskylä 1962
Mikkelin Kampparit Hännin kenttä Mikkeli 1972
Narukerä Porin tekojäärata Pori 1964
OLS Raksilan tekojäärata Oulu 1880
Warkauden Pallo -35 Kämäri Varkaus 1935
Veiterä Kisapuiston tekojäärata Lappeenranta 1950

Updated for 2014-15 season.[2]

Recent champions[edit]

Season Champion Runner-up Third placed
2013-14 Oulun Luistinseura Jyväskylän Seudun Palloseura Akilles
2012-13 HIFK Narukerä Mikkelin Kampparit
2011-12 Mikkelin Kampparit Narukerä HIFK
2010-11 HIFK Mikkelin Kampparit Narukerä
2009-10 HIFK Oulun Luistinseura Narukerä
2008-09 Oulun Luistinseura HIFK Oulun Palloseura
2007-08 Oulun Luistinseura Tornion Palloveikot Warkauden Pallo -35
2006-07 Tornion Palloveikot HIFK Narukerä
2005-06 Tornion Palloveikot Oulun Luistinseura Narukerä
2004-05 Tornion Palloveikot Narukerä Oulun Luistinseura
2003-04 Tornion Palloveikot Oulun Luistinseura Warkauden Pallo -35

All records updated as of 2013-14 season.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Yleistä tieto bandyliigasta". finbandy.fi (in Finnish). Finnish Bandy Federation. 
  2. ^ "Liigajoukkueet". finbandy.fi (in Finnish). Finnish Bandy Federation. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Joukkuetilastot". finbandy.fi (in Finnish). Finnish Bandy Federation. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 

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