2015 Veikkausliiga

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Veikkausliiga
Season 2015
Champions SJK
Relegated FF Jaro
KTP
Champions League SJK
Europa League RoPS
HJK
IFK Mariehamn
Matches played 198
Goals scored 448 (2.26 per match)
Top goalscorer Aleksandr Kokko (17 goals)
Biggest home win SJK 5–0 KuPS
(11 May)
Biggest away win RoPS 0–4 FC Inter
(23 April)
Highest scoring IFK Mariehamn 4–3 FF Jaro
(19 July)
Highest attendance 10,521
HJK Helsinki 1-1 HIFK (6 July)
Average attendance 2,574
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

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

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

Club Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Sponsors
FC Inter Netherlands Dragtsma, JobJob Dragtsma Finland Lehtonen, HenriHenri Lehtonen Nike Alfons Håkans
FC Lahti Finland Korkeakunnas, ToniToni Korkeakunnas Finland Hauhia, MikkoMikko Hauhia Umbro BE Group
Lahti Energia
Halton
FF Jaro FinlandRussia Eremenko Sr., AlexeiAlexei Eremenko Sr. Finland Emet, JonasJonas Emet Macron Stadshotellet Kaupunginhotelli
Halpa-Halli
Sagafurs
HIFK Finland Honkavaara, JaniJani Honkavaara Finland Terävä, EsaEsa Terävä Kappa Aktia Bank
HJK Finland Lehkosuo, MikaMika Lehkosuo Finland Heikkinen, MarkusMarkus Heikkinen Adidas Apu
IFK Mariehamn Finland Lyyski, PekkaPekka Lyyski Finland Lyyski, JaniJani Lyyski Puma Hotell Arkipelag
Ilves Italy Marco Baruffato Finland Hynynen, AnttiAntti Hynynen Adidas LähiTapiola
Dextra
KTP Finland Ristilä, SamiSami Ristilä Finland Minkenen, ValeriValeri Minkenen Puma Steveco
Data Group
Port of Haminakotka
KuPS Finland Rajamäki, MarkoMarko Rajamäki Finland Ilo, MiikkaMiikka Ilo Puma LähiTapiola
Laitilan Wirvoitusjuomatehdas
RoPS Finland Malinen, JuhaJuha Malinen Finland Okkonen, AnttiAntti Okkonen Puma Saraware
SJK Finland Valakari, SimoSimo Valakari Serbia Milosavljević, PavlePavle Milosavljević Adidas GapCon
VPS Finland Vuorinen, PetriPetri Vuorinen Finland Koskimaa, VilleVille Koskimaa Puma Various

Managerial changes

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 Armstrong, KeithKeith Armstrong Sacked 7 October 2015[4] Italy Marco Baruffato 14 October 2015[5] 8th

League table

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 to Champions League second qualifying round
2 RoPS 33 17 8 8 44 29 +15 59 Qualification to 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 to Europa League first qualifying round[lower-alpha 1]
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 to Relegation play-offs
12 Jaro (R) 33 6 11 16 27 43 −16 29 Relegation to 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

Matches 1–22

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
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Matches 23–33

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
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Relegation play-offs


28 October 2015 (2015-10-28)
PK-35 Vantaa 0–0 KTP
Report
Myyrmäen jalkapallostadion, Vantaa
Attendance: 2,050
Referee: Mikko Mörö

31 October 2015 (2015-10-31)
KTP 2–3 PK-35 Vantaa
Äijälä Goal 72' (pen.)
Kaivonurmi Goal 76'
Report García Goal 24'
Ositashvili Goal 39' (o.g.)
Couñago Goal 64'
Arto Tolsa Areena, Kotka
Attendance: 3,470
Referee: Ville Nevalainen

PK-35 Vantaa won 3–2 on aggregate.

Statistics

Monthly awards

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

External links

References

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