2015 Veikkausliiga

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Veikkausliiga
Season2015
ChampionsSJK
1st Veikkausliiga title
RelegatedFF Jaro
KTP
Champions LeagueSJK
Europa LeagueRoPS
HJK
IFK Mariehamn
Matches played198
Goals scored448 (2.26 per match)
Top goalscorerAleksandr Kokko (17 goals)
Biggest home winSJK 5–0 KuPS
(11 May)
Biggest away winRoPS 0–4 FC Inter
(23 April)
Highest scoringIFK Mariehamn 4–3 FF Jaro
(19 July)
Highest attendance10,521
HJK Helsinki 1-1 HIFK (6 July)
Average attendance2,574
2014
2016

The 2015 Veikkausliiga was the eighty-fifth season of top-tier football in Finland. HJK Helsinki were the defending champions. The season was won by SJK.

Teams[edit]

TPS were relegated to Ykkönen after finishing at the bottom of the 2014 season. Their place was taken by Ykkönen champions HIFK.

FC Honka and MYPA were not given a license due to the clubs' bad economic situation. The two places were given for KTP, the runner-up of 2014 Ykkönen, and Ilves, which finished third in Ykkönen.[1]

Stadia and location[edit]

Location of teams in 2015 Veikkausliiga
Club Location Stadium Capacity
FC Inter Turku Veritas Stadion 10,000
FC Lahti Lahti Lahden kisapuisto 4,000
FF Jaro Jakobstad Jakobstads Centralplan 5,000
HIFK Helsinki Sonera Stadium 10,770
HJK Helsinki Sonera Stadium 10,770
IFK Mariehamn Mariehamn Wiklöf Holding Arena 4,000
Ilves Tampere Tammela Stadion 5,040
KTP Kotka Arto Tolsa Areena 4,780
KuPS Kuopio Savon Sanomat Areena 5,000
RoPS Rovaniemi Rovaniemen keskuskenttä 4,000
SJK Seinäjoki Seinäjoen keskuskenttä 3,500
VPS Vaasa Hietalahti Stadium 4,600

Personnel and kits[edit]

Club Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Sponsors
FC Inter Netherlands Job Dragtsma Finland Henri Lehtonen Nike Alfons Håkans
FC Lahti Finland Toni Korkeakunnas Finland Mikko Hauhia Umbro BE Group
Lahti Energia
Halton
FF Jaro FinlandRussia Alexei Eremenko Sr. Finland Jonas Emet Macron Stadshotellet Kaupunginhotelli
Halpa-Halli
Sagafurs
HIFK Finland Jani Honkavaara Finland Esa Terävä Kappa Aktia Bank
HJK Finland Mika Lehkosuo Finland Markus Heikkinen Adidas Apu
IFK Mariehamn Finland Pekka Lyyski Finland Jani Lyyski Puma Hotell Arkipelag
Ilves Italy Marco Baruffato Finland Antti Hynynen Adidas LähiTapiola
Dextra
KTP Finland Sami Ristilä Finland Valeri Minkenen Puma Steveco
Data Group
Port of Haminakotka
KuPS Finland Marko Rajamäki Finland Miikka Ilo Puma LähiTapiola
Laitilan Wirvoitusjuomatehdas
RoPS Finland Juha Malinen Finland Antti Okkonen Puma Saraware
SJK Finland Simo Valakari Serbia Pavle Milosavljević Adidas GapCon
VPS Finland Petri Vuorinen Finland Ville Koskimaa Puma Various

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Incoming manager Date of appointment Table
Ilves Finland Mika Malinen End of contract n/a FinlandEngland Keith Armstrong 24 October 2014[2] Pre-season
VPS Finland Olli Huttunen Sacked 29 June 2015 Finland Petri Vuorinen 29 June 2015[3] 12th
Ilves FinlandEngland Keith Armstrong Sacked 7 October 2015[4] Italy Marco Baruffato 14 October 2015[5] 8th

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 SJK (C) 33 18 6 9 50 22 +28 60 Qualification for the Champions League second qualifying round
2 RoPS 33 17 8 8 44 29 +15 59 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round
3 HJK 33 16 10 7 45 30 +15 58
4 Inter Turku 33 13 10 10 45 34 +11 49
5 Lahti 33 12 12 9 38 36 +2 48
6 IFK Mariehamn 33 11 12 10 30 36 −6 45 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round[a]
7 HIFK 33 10 13 10 42 42 0 43
8 Ilves 33 11 7 15 32 48 −16 40
9 KuPS 33 9 11 13 32 40 −8 38
10 VPS 33 8 9 16 36 43 −7 33
11 KTP (R) 33 7 11 15 27 44 −17 32 Qualification for the relegation play-offs
12 Jaro (R) 33 6 11 16 27 43 −16 29 Relegation to the Ykkönen
Source: Veikkausliiga, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Head-to-head points; 5) Head-to-head goal difference; 6) Head-to-head goals scored; 7) Fewer away goals allowed; 8) Home goals scored; 9) Fewer home goals allowed; 10) Play-off. (Note: Criteria 7–10 is only used if deciding Champion, teams to UEFA competitions or teams for relegation).[6]
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:

Results[edit]

Matches 1–22[edit]

Home \ Away INT LAH JAR HIFK HJK MAR ILV KTP KPS RPS SJK VPS
FC Inter 0–2 2–0 3–1 3–0 1–1 3–1 4–1 3–1 2–0 1–1 1–1
FC Lahti 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–0 0–1 3–1 1–1 1–0 1–2 1–0 0–0
FF Jaro 0–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 3–1 0–2 1–1 1–2 0–1 2–1
HIFK 2–1 3–3 3–2 1–1 1–1 2–2 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 3–0
HJK 2–0 1–1 3–0 1–1 1–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 0–2 3–1 1–0
IFK Mariehamn 0–2 0–2 4–3 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–1 1–1 1–0 0–3 2–0
Ilves 1–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–3 0–0 1–0 0–1 0–0 1–3
KTP 4–1 0–0 1–0 1–2 1–1 0–2 1–2 0–1 0–0 0–0 3–2
KuPS 1–1 0–3 1–3 2–0 1–0 0–0 1–2 1–1 3–0 1–1 1–0
RoPS 0–4 1–2 0–0 2–0 1–3 1–1 4–1 4–0 1–0 2–0 1–0
SJK 0–1 0–0 2–0 2–0 1–2 4–0 3–0 1–0 5–0 1–0 2–0
VPS 3–0 2–0 1–2 0–2 2–2 0–1 2–3 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–3
Source: veikkausliiga.com
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Matches 23–33[edit]

Home \ Away INT LAH JAR HIFK HJK MAR ILV KTP KPS RPS SJK VPS
FC Inter 1–0 1–1 1–2 3–0 0–2
FC Lahti 3–1 0–5 0–0 3–2 1–4 1–0
FF Jaro 1–1 0–0 3–0 0–0 0–1 1–0
HIFK 2–0 0–0 1–3 1–1 0–3
HJK 0–2 1–0 4–0 1–1 4–0 2–1
IFK Mariehamn 1–0 0–0 0–1 2–3 1–0 1–1
Ilves 1–2 1–3 1–0 2–0 1–0
KTP 1–0 3–1 0–4 1–3 0–0
KuPS 1–1 1–0 2–0 0–1 0–0
RoPS 1–1 2–1 0–0 2–1 2–1
SJK 4–1 3–0 2–1 1–0 0–1 3–2
VPS 0–0 3–1 2–1 1–2 1–0 1–0
Source: veikkausliiga.com
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Relegation play-offs[edit]


PK-35 Vantaa0–0KTP
Report
Attendance: 2,050
Referee: Mikko Mörö

KTP2–3PK-35 Vantaa
Äijälä Goal 72' (pen.)
Kaivonurmi Goal 76'
Report García Goal 24'
Ositashvili Goal 39' (o.g.)
Couñago Goal 64'
Attendance: 3,470
Referee: Ville Nevalainen

PK-35 Vantaa won 3–2 on aggregate.

Statistics[edit]

Monthly awards[edit]

Month Coach of the Month Player of the Month
April[7] Netherlands Job Dragtsma (FC Inter) Finland Vahid Hambo (FC Inter)
May[8] Finland Juha Malinen (RoPS) Estonia Mihkel Aksalu (SJK)
June[9] Finland Juha Malinen (RoPS) Finland Aleksandr Kokko (RoPS)
July[10] Finland Toni Korkeakunnas (FC Lahti) Finland Mika Hilander (Ilves)
August[11] England Keith Armstrong (Ilves) Finland Mika Hilander (Ilves)
September[12] Netherlands Job Dragtsma (FC Inter) Finland Antti Okkonen (RoPS)
October[13] Finland Simo Valakari (SJK) Finland Aleksandr Kokko (RoPS)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Liigalisenssikomitea päätti Veikkausliigalisensseistä kaudelle 2015
  2. ^ "Keith Armstrong on Ilveksen uusi valmentaja". Ilves (in Finnish). Ilves. 24 October 2014. Archived from the original on 26 October 2014. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  3. ^ "VPS on irtisanonut päävalmentajansa". VPS (in Finnish). VPS. 29 June 2015. Archived from the original on 15 July 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Ilves kiittää Armstrongia hyvin tehdystä työstä". Ilves (in Finnish). Ilves. 7 October 2015. Archived from the original on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Marco Baruffato toimii päävalmentajana loppukauden". Ilves (in Finnish). Ilves. 14 October 2015. Retrieved 14 October 2015.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Veikkausliiga 2015 - Season rules". Scoresway. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  7. ^ Vahid Hambo huhtikuun kuukauden pelaaja (in Finnish)
  8. ^ SJK:n Mihkel Aksalu toukokuun pelaaja (in Finnish)
  9. ^ Aleksandr Kokko kesäkuun pelaaja (in Finnish)
  10. ^ Mika Hilander Veikkausliigan heinäkuun pelaaja (in Finnish)
  11. ^ [1] (in Finnish)
  12. ^ [2] (in Finnish)
  13. ^ [3] (in Finnish)

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