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Veikkausliiga
Veikkausliiga
Country Finland
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1990
Number of teams 12
Relegation to Ykkönen
Level on pyramid 1
Domestic cup(s) Finnish Cup, Finnish League Cup
UEFA cup(s) UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League
Current champions HJK Helsinki (2018)
TV VeikkausTV
Website Official website
Football current event 2019 season
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 (Tipsligan) is the premier division of Finnish football, comprising the top 12 clubs of the country. As of 2013, Veikkausliiga is ranked as the 33rd best league in Europe. 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.

As with certain other cold-climate European countries (including parts of Norway and Sweden), 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 in the 2013 season there were 12 teams, with each team playing the others three times, for 33 rounds during the season. An uneven number of matches meant that the best six teams from the 2012 season had 17 home matches and the other six teams had 16 home matches. At the end of the season, the lowest-placed team is relegated to Ykkönen, whose winner is promoted to Veikkausliiga.

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

Clubs

The Veikkausliiga clubs in the 2018 season are presented in the table below. Number of seasons includes seasons played in preceding Mestaruussarja and seasons of predecessor teams after season 2017.

Club
City Stadium Capacity 2018 position Number of
seasons*
FC HonkaEspooTapiolan Urheilupuisto6,0004th10
FC InterTurkuVeritas Stadion9,3727th22
FC LahtiLahtiLahden kisapuisto4,0008th39
HIFKHelsinkiTelia 5G -areena10,3001th in Ykkönen32
HJKHelsinkiTelia 5G -areena10,3001st80
IFK MariehamnMariehamnWiklöf Holding Arena4,00010th14
IlvesTampereTammela Stadion5,0405th37
KPVKokkolaKokkolan keskuskenttä3,0002nd in Ykkönen1
KuPSKuopioSavon Sanomat Areena5,0003rd62
RoPSRovaniemiRovaniemen Keskuskenttä4,0002nd31
SJKSeinäjokiOmaSP Stadion6,0009th7
VPSVaasaHietalahti4,6006th55

Number of seasons includes seasons played in preceding Mestaruussarja and seasons of predecessor teams

Former clubs

Club Home town Seasons
AC AllianssiVantaa2002–2005
AC OuluOulu2007, 2010
Atlantis FCHelsinki2001
FC HakaValkeakoski1990–1996, 1998–2012
FC HämeenlinnaHämeenlinna2002–2004
FC IlvesTampere1990–1996
FC Jazz 1Pori1991–2004
FC JokeritHelsinki1999–2001, 2003
FC KooTeePeeKotka2003–2008
FC KuusysiLahti1990–1995
FC OuluOulu1992, 1994
FC TPSTurku1990–2000, 2003-2014
FC ViikingitHelsinki2007
FinnPaHelsinki1993–1998
JJKJyväskylä2009–2013
KPVKokkola1990
Kotkan TPKotka1999–2000
KumuKuusankoski1990
MPMikkeli1990–1996
OTPOulu1990–1991
PK-35Helsinki1998
PonnistusHelsinki1995
ReipasLahti1990–1991
TPVTampere1993–1995, 1999
Tampere UnitedTampere2000–2010
TP-SeinäjokiSeinäjoki1997
TP-47Tornio2004–2005

Note:

  • 1 Formerly known as PPT

Champions

The following clubs have won either the Veikkausliiga (between 1990 and 2014) or the Mestaruussarja (between 1908 and 1989) championship:

Notes:
1 Kuusysi and Lahden Reipas merged their professional teams in 1997 to form FC Lahti. Both teams, however, continue in junior football.
2 Ilves-Kissat Tampere merged with TaPa Tampere in 1975 to form Ilves Tampere, who took Ilves-Kissat's place in the league. Ilves Tampere were renamed Tampere United before the 1999 season as a result of a failed merger. Although Ilves also continues as its own club, all predecessors' titles are included here in the figure for Tampere United.
3 FC KooTeePee was established to continue top-level football in Kotka when the former Kotka team known as KTP went bankrupt. However as KTP also continues to play in lower divisions its titles are not usually considered to be inherited by FC KooTeePee. In December 2013 FC KooTeePee and KTP merged to bee FC KTP
4FC Jazz was formerly known as PPT (Porin Pallotoverit)

Top clubs

Year Champion 2nd 3rd
1990 HJK FC Kuusysi MP
1991 FC Kuusysi MP FC Haka
1992 HJK FC 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 Tampere United HJK MyPa
2002 HJK MyPa FC Haka
2003 HJK FC Haka Tampere United
2004 FC Haka AC Allianssi Tampere United
2005 MyPa HJK Tampere United
2006 Tampere United HJK FC Haka
2007 Tampere United FC Haka TPS
2008 FC Inter Turku FC Honka FC Lahti
2009 HJK FC Honka TPS
2010 HJK KuPS TPS
2011 HJK FC Inter Turku JJK
2012 HJK FC Inter Turku TPS
2013 HJK FC Honka VPS
2014 HJK SJK FC Lahti

Top scorers

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

Individual all-time records

  Still active players are highlighted

Most matches played

Player Time Matches
Flag of Finland Toni Huttunen 1992–2009 441
Flag of Russia Valeri Popovitch 1993–2009 395
Flag of Finland Saku Puhakainen 1995–2009 382
Flag of Finland Tommi Kautonen 1990–2006 376
Flag of Finland Juuso Kangaskorpi 1993–2008 373
Flag of Russia Aleksei Borisovich Yeryomenko 1991–2005 360
Flag of Finland Aarno Turpeinen 1990–2004 358
Flag of Finland Vesa Rantanen 1991–2004 354
Flag of Finland Tero Taipale 1997–present 352
Flag of Finland Rami Nieminen 1991–2004 347
Brazil Piracaia 1992–2007 324
Flag of Finland Tuomas Aho 1999–present 319
Flag of Finland Mikko Innanen 1999–present 318
Brazil Rafael 1997–present 317
Flag of Finland Mikko Hyyrynen 2001–present 311
Flag of Finland Anssi Viren 1995–2013 306
Flag of Finland Rami Hakanpää 1994–2013 305
Flag of Finland Ilja Venäläinen 2001–2013 304
Flag of Finland Kari Rissanen 1990–2003 303
Flag of Finland Lasse Karjalainen 1991–2005 302
Flag of Finland Juha Riippa 1990–2003 302
Flag of Finland Antti Pohja 1994–2010 302

Last updated: 26 October 2014.
Sources:
Veikkausliigan verkkonäyttely: Tilastot
veikkausliiga.com/Player.aspx.

Most goals scored

Player Time Goals Matches Average
Flag of Russia Valeri Popovitch 1993–2009 166 395 0.42
Brazil Rafael 1997–present 133 317 0.42
Flag of Finland Saku Puhakainen 1995–2009 114 382 0.30
Brazil Luiz Antônio 1992–2003 94 196 0.48
Flag of Finland Antti Pohja 1994–2009 87 302 0.29
Flag of Finland Jari Vanhala 1991–1999 85 236 0.36
Flag of Finland Ismo Lius 1991–1999 84 176 0.48
Flag of Finland Kimmo Tarkkio 1990–1999 79 178 0.44
Flag of Finland Juha Karvinen 1990–2000 77 255 0.30
Flag of Finland Ilja Venäläinen 2001–2013 76 304 0.25
Flag of Finland Juho Mäkelä 2003–present 74 168 0.44
Flag of Finland Mikko Hyyrynen 2001–present 73 311 0.23
Flag of Finland Marko Rajamäki 1990–2000 73 199 0.37

Last updated: 26 October 2014.
Sources:
Veikkausliigan verkkonäyttely: Tilastot
veikkausliiga.com/Player.aspx
Veikkausliiga - Hall Of Fame.

UEFA Ranking

UEFA Country Ranking As of 27 November 2014 (Previous year rank in italics)

See also

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