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2008 Veikkausliiga

Veikkausliiga
Season 2008
Champions Inter Turku
1st Finnish title
Relegated KooTeePee
Champions League Inter Turku
Europa League Honka
Lahti
HJK (via domestic cup)
Goals scored 482
Average goals/game 2.65
Top goalscorer Finland Aleksandr Kokko
Finland Henri Myntti
(13 goals both)
Biggest home win Honka 7–0 Haka
Lahti 8–1 KuPS
Biggest away win Jaro 0–4 Haka
Haka 0–4 Inter Turku
TPS 0–4 Inter Turku
VPS 0–4 Inter Turku
KooTeePee 0–4 MYPA
Highest scoring Lahti 8–1 KuPS
2007
2009

The 2008 season of Veikkausliiga was the seventy-eighth season of top-tier football in Finland. It started on 27 April 2008 and ended on 26 October 2008. The defending champions were Tampere United.

Promotion and relegation

AC Oulu finished at the bottom of the 2007 season and therefore were relegated to Ykkönen. Their place was taken by Ykkönen champions KuPS. 13th placed Veikkausliiga team FC Viikingit and Ykkönen runners-up RoPS competed in a two-legged relegation play-offs for one spot in 2008 Veikkausliiga. RoPS won 2–1 on aggregate and therefore were promoted to Veikkausliiga.

Overview

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MYPA
Location of teams in Veikkausliiga 2008
Club Location Stadium Capacity Manager
FC Haka Valkeakoski Tehtaan kenttä 3,516 Finland Olli Huttunen
HJK Helsinki Finnair Stadium 10,770 Finland Antti Muurinen
FC Honka Espoo Tapiolan Urheilupuisto 6,000 Finland Mika Lehkosuo
FC Inter Turku Veritas Stadion 10,000 Netherlands Job Dragtsma
FF Jaro Jakobstad Jakobstads Centralplan 5,000 Finland Mika Laurikainen
FC KooTeePee Kotka Arto Tolsa Areena 4,780 Finland Tommi Kautonen
KuPS Kuopio Magnum Areena 3,500 Finland Kai Nyyssönen
FC Lahti Lahti Lahden Stadion 15,000 Finland Ilkka Mäkelä
IFK Mariehamn Mariehamn Wiklöf Holding Arena 1,600 Finland Pekka Lyyski
MYPA Anjalankoski Saviniemi 4,067 Finland Janne Lindberg
RoPS Rovaniemi Keskuskenttä 4,000 Russia Valeri Bondarenko
Tampere United Tampere Ratina Stadion 17,000 Finland Ari Hjelm
TPS Turku Veritas Stadion 10,000 Wales John Allen
VPS Vaasa Hietalahti Stadium 4,600 Finland Tomi Kärkkäinen

League table

Finnish football
2008

Veikkausliiga (Tier 1)
Ykkönen (Tier 2)
Kakkonen (Tier 3)
Kolmonen (Tier 4)
Nelonen (Tier 5)
Suomen Cup 2008

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 FC Inter (C) 26 15 9 2 46 12 +34 54 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 FC Honka 26 15 5 6 46 23 +23 50 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round
3 FC Lahti 26 15 3 8 44 24 +20 48 2009–10 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round
4 HJK 26 14 5 7 47 29 +18 47 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round 1
5 MYPA 26 11 9 6 33 21 +12 42
6 26 12 6 8 45 36 +9 42
7 Tampere United 26 9 9 8 41 34 +7 36
8 Haka 26 10 5 11 31 37 −6 35
9 FF Jaro 26 10 5 11 36 47 −11 35
10 26 8 6 12 31 37 −6 30
11 VPS 26 6 11 9 18 29 −11 29
12 IFK Mariehamn 26 7 5 14 24 40 −16 26
13 KuPS (O) 26 4 7 15 26 56 −30 19 Qualification to Relegation play-offs
14 FC KooTeePee (R) 26 1 5 20 14 57 −43 8 Relegation to Ykkönen 2009

Source: veikkausliiga.com (Finnish)
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
1HJK won the Finnish Cup 2008, thereby qualifying for the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Relegation play-offs

KuPS and Ykkönen runners-up FC Viikingit competed in a two-legged play-offs for one spot in Veikkausliiga 2009. KuPS won 2–1 on aggregate and thereby retained their league spot for 2009.

29 October 2008
18:30 GMT+2
FC Viikingit 1 – 2 KuPS
Jäntti Goal 12' Report
(Finnish)
Koljonen Goal 28'
Venäläinen Goal 32'
Vuosaaren Urheilukenttä, Vuosaari, Helsinki

1 November 2008
13:00 GMT+2
KuPS 0 – 0 FC Viikingit
Report
(Finnish)

Results

Home \ Away[1]
Haka 2–3 1–2 0–4 1–2 1–1 3–0 2–1 1–0 0–3 3–1 1–1 1–2 1–0
HJK 1–2 0–2 3–2 2–3 6–1 0–0 0–1 4–0 1–1 3–2 5–1 1–0 1–0
FC Honka 7–0 1–0 1–1 3–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 2–0 2–0 0–0 3–4 2–2 1–2
FC Inter 1–0 1–1 0–0 2–0 3–0 4–0 1–0 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–2 3–0 2–0
FF Jaro 0–4 1–1 1–0 0–1 2–1 3–2 2–2 1–2 2–1 1–1 1–4 2–3 2–2
FC KooTeePee 0–2 0–1 0–0 0–2 1–4 1–1 0–1 1–0 0–4 0–2 1–3 0–2 0–0
KuPS 0–1 3–2 1–2 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–3 3–1 1–4 0–1 1–1 0–3 0–0
FC Lahti 1–0 1–2 1–0 0–1 1–2 1–0 8–1 2–1 4–0 3–0 2–2 4–1 1–0
IFK Mariehamn 2–1 0–2 3–2 1–1 1–2 4–2 1–1 0–1 0–0 2–1 1–4 2–1 0–2
MYPA 1–1 1–3 0–2 0–0 3–0 2–0 4–1 2–0 0–2 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–0
1–2 2–0 0–2 0–0 1–3 3–0 4–0 2–2 3–1 1–1 2–1 1–0 0–1
Tampere United 1–1 1–2 1–2 1–0 0–0 4–2 2–0 0–2 1–0 0–2 5–0 1–1 1–1
2–0 1–3 2–1 0–4 4–0 4–1 3–3 2–1 0–0 0–0 2–2 1–0 6–1
VPS 0–0 0–0 1–4 0–4 2–1 1–1 2–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–0 2–3
Source: The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top goalscorers

Source: veikkausliiga.com (Finnish)

13 goals
11 goals
9 goals
8 goals

Annual awards

Source: Veikkausliigan parhaat kaudella 2008 nimetty (Finnish)

Players' Association's awards

Veikkausliiga's awards

External links

  • Official website (Finnish)
  • soccerassociation.com

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