Veikkausliiga

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Veikkausliiga
Veikkausliigan logo.svg
Country Finland
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1990
Number of teams 12
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Ykkönen
Domestic cup(s) Finnish Cup
League cup(s) Finnish League Cup
International cup(s) Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Current champions IFK Mariehamn
(2016)
Most championships HJK Helsinki (11)
TV partners IS Extra, Ruutu+, Nelonen, Jim
Website Veikkausliiga
2017 Veikkausliiga
Finnish Football
League Structure

Veikkausliiga (Tier 1)
Ykkönen (Tier 2)
Kakkonen (Tier 3)
Kolmonen (Tier 4)
Nelonen (Tier 5)
Vitonen (Tier 6)
Kutonen (Tier 7)
Seiska (Tier 8)

Veikkausliiga (Swedish: Tipsligan) is the premier division of Finnish football, comprising the top 12 clubs of the country. Its main sponsor is the Finnish national betting agency Veikkaus, hence the league's name. Veikkausliiga was founded in 1990; before that the top division was called Mestaruussarja (championship series) since 1930 which was an amateur or semi-professional league. Between 1908 and 1930 the championship was decided in a cup competition.

Ykkönen (division one) has been the second highest level of Finnish football since 1973.

During the 1990 and 1991 seasons the Veikkausliiga was played under the name "Futisliiga" (Swedish: Fotbollsligan).[1]

As with certain other cold-climate European countries, league matches in Finland are played in summer, with a schedule usually from April to October. The format and number of teams has changed frequently, and as of 2016 there are 12 teams, with each team playing the others three times, for 33 rounds during the season. The best six teams from the previous season play 17 home matches, while the other six teams play 16 home matches. At the end of the season, the lowest-placed team is relegated to Ykkönen, whose winner is promoted to Veikkausliiga, and the second-worst team plays a two-leg play-off versus the Ykkönen runner-up.

In 2010 the average annual salary with fringe benefits for a league player was 24,400 euro.[2] Veikkausliiga is a founding member of the European Professional Football Leagues association.[3]

Clubs[edit]

The Veikkausliiga clubs in the 2017 season are presented in the table below. Number of seasons includes seasons played in preceding Mestaruussarja and seasons of predecessor teams.

Club
City Stadium Capacity 2015 position Number of
seasons*
FC Inter Turku Turku Veritas Stadion 9,372 11th 20
FC Lahti Lahti Lahti Stadium 14,500 8th 40
HIFK Helsinki Sonera Stadium 10,300 10th 32
HJK Helsinki Sonera Stadium 10,300 2nd 79
IFK Mariehamn Mariehamn Wiklöf Holding Arena 4,000 1st 12
Ilves Tampere Tammela Stadion 5,040 5th 35
JJK Jyväskylä Harjun Stadion 5,000 1th in Ykkönen 5
KuPS Kuopio Savon Sanomat Areena 5,000 7th 58
PS Kemi Kemi Sauvosaaren Urheilupuisto 4,500 9th 1
RoPS Rovaniemi Rovaniemen Keskuskenttä 4,000 6th 29
SJK Seinäjoki OmaSP Stadion 4,500
(6,000)
3rd 3
VPS Vaasa Hietalahti 4,600 4th 49

Former clubs[edit]

Club Home town Seasons
AC Allianssi Vantaa 2002–2005
AC Oulu Oulu 2007, 2010
Atlantis FC Helsinki 2001
FC Haka Valkeakoski 1990–1996, 1998–2012
FC Honka Espoo 2006–2014
FC Hämeenlinna Hämeenlinna 2002–2004
FC Jazz1 Pori 1991–2004
FC Jokerit Helsinki 1999–2001, 2003
FC KooTeePee Kotka 2003–2008
FC Kuusysi2 Lahti 1990–1995
FC Oulu Oulu 1992, 1994
FC Viikingit Helsinki 2007
FinnPa Helsinki 1993–1998
JJK Jyväskylä 2009–2013
KPV Kokkola 1990
Kumu Kuusankoski 1990
MP Mikkeli 1990–1996
MyPa Kouvola 1992–2014
OTP Oulu 1990–1991
PK-35 Helsinki 1998
Ponnistus Helsinki 1995
Reipas2 Lahti 1990–1991
TPV Tampere 1993–1995, 1999
Tampere United3 Tampere 2000–2010
TP-Seinäjoki Seinäjoki 1997
TP-47 Tornio 2004–2005
TPS Turku 1990–2000, 2003–2014

1) FC Jazz was formerly known as PPT (Porin Pallotoverit).
2) Kuusysi and Reipas merged their professional teams in 1996 to form FC Lahti. Kuusysi returned to Kakkonen in 2011 under the name Lahti Akatemia, while Reipas returned to Kolmonen one year later.
3) Tampere United was formed in 1998 after it inherited the place of FC Ilves. Tampere United was dissolved in 2011 and Ilves, which had continued playing at lower levels, got promoted back to the highest league in 2015.

Veikkausliiga 1990–present[edit]

Season Winner Runners-up Third place
1990 HJK Kuusysi MP
1991 Kuusysi MP FC Haka
1992 HJK Kuusysi FC Jazz
1993 FC Jazz MyPa HJK
1994 TPV MyPa HJK
1995 FC Haka MyPa HJK
1996 FC Jazz MyPa TPS
1997 HJK VPS FinnPa
1998 FC Haka VPS PK-35
1999 FC Haka HJK MyPa
2000 FC Haka FC Jokerit MyPa
2001 TamU HJK MyPa
2002 HJK MyPa FC Haka
2003 HJK FC Haka TamU
2004 FC Haka AC Allianssi TamU
2005 MyPa HJK TamU
2006 TamU HJK FC Haka
2007 TamU FC Haka TPS
2008 FC Inter FC Honka FC Lahti
2009 HJK FC Honka TPS
2010 HJK KuPS TPS
2011 HJK FC Inter JJK
2012 HJK FC Inter TPS
2013 HJK FC Honka VPS
2014 HJK SJK FC Lahti
2015 SJK RoPS HJK
2016 IFK Mariehamn HJK SJK

Performance[edit]

Performance by club[edit]

The following clubs have won:

Finnish Championship Cup Competition (1908–1929)
Mestaruussarja (1930–1989)
Veikkausliiga (1990–present)

29 clubs have been Champions.

Club Titles Runners-up Winning Years
HJK
27
14
1911, 1912, 1917, 1918, 1919, 1923, 1925, 1936, 1938, 1964, 1973, 1978, 1981, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
FC Haka
9
7
1960, 1962, 1965, 1977, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004
HPS
9
6
1921, 1922, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1932, 1934, 1935, 1957
TPS
8
12
1928, 1939, 1941, 1949, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1975
HIFK
7
7
1930, 1931, 1933, 1937, 1947, 1959, 1961
KuPS
5
9
1956, 1958, 1966, 1974, 1976
FC Kuusysi
5
4
1982, 1984, 1986, 1989, 1991
Kiffen
4
1913, 1915, 1916, 1955
ÅIFK
3
5
1910, 1920, 1924
Reipas Lahti
3
3
1963, 1967, 1970
VIFK
3
2
1944, 1946, 1953
Tampere United
3
2001, 2006, 2007
VPS
2
5
1945, 1948
KTP
2
1951, 1952
OPS
2
1979, 1980
FC Jazz
2
1993, 1996
MyPa
1
5
2005
FC Inter Turku
1
2
2008
SJK
1
1
2015
PUS
1
1
1909
Sudet Vyborg
1
1
1940
KPV
1
1
1969
FC Ilves
1
1
1983
Unitas
1
1908
HT
1
1942
Ilves-Kissat
1
1950
Pyrkivä Turku
1
1954
TPV
1
1994
IFK Mariehamn
1
2016

Performance by city[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

Season Player Club Goals
1990 Poland Marek Czakon Ilves 16
1991 Finland Kimmo Tarkkio FC Haka 23
1992 Brazil Luiz Antônio FC Jazz 21
1993 Finland Antti Sumiala FC Jazz 20
1994 Brazil Dionísio TPV 17
1995 Russia Finland Valeri Popovitch FC Haka 21
1996 Brazil Luiz Antônio FC Jazz 17
1997 Brazil Rafael HJK 11
1998 Finland Matti Hiukka RoPS 11
1999 Russia Finland Valeri Popovitch FC Haka 23
2000 Finland Shefki Kuqi FC Jokerit 19
2001 Finland Paulus Roiha HJK 22
2002 Finland Mika Kottila HJK 18
2003 Finland Saku Puhakainen MyPa 14
2004 Finland Antti Pohja TamU 16
2005 Finland Juho Mäkelä HJK 16
2006 Finland Hermanni Vuorinen FC Honka 16
2007 Brazil Rafael FC Lahti 14
2008 Finland Aleksandr Kokko FC Honka 13
Finland Henri Myntti TamU
2009 Finland Hermanni Vuorinen FC Honka 16
2010 Finland Juho Mäkelä HJK 16
2011 Finland Timo Furuholm FC Inter Turku 22
2012 Georgia (country) Irakli Sirbiladze FC Inter Turku 17
2013 Finland Tim Väyrynen FC Honka 17
2014 Finland Jonas Emet FF Jaro 14
Argentina Luis Solignac IFK Mariehamn
2015 Finland Aleksandr Kokko RoPS 17
2016 Finland Roope Riski SJK 17

Individual all-time records[edit]

  Still active players are highlighted

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Antti Koivukangas (31 March 2016). "Fotbollsligan 1990: Kuusela ledde HJK till guld" (in Swedish). Yle. Retrieved 23 November 2016. 
  2. ^ Palkkatutkimus 2010 Archived July 20, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ http://www.epfl-europeanleagues.com/profile_veikkausliiga.htm

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