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2009 Veikkausliiga

Veikkausliiga
Season 2009
Champions HJK
22nd league title
Relegated RoPS
Champions League HJK
Europa League Honka
TPS
Inter Turku (via dom. cup)
Matches played 182
Goals scored 498 (2.74 per match)
Top goalscorer Hermanni Vuorinen (16)
Biggest home win Honka 9-0 RoPS
Biggest away win RoPS 1-5 TamU
KuPS 0-4 Honka
RoPS 0-4 TPS
Highest scoring Honka 9-0 RoPS
2008
2010

The 2009 Veikkausliiga was the seventy-ninth season of top-tier football in Finland. It began on 18 April 2009 and ended on 17 October 2009. Inter Turku were the defending champions.

The championship was won by HJK Helsinki, who came out on top of a three-team race which also involved Honka Espoo and TPS Turku. On the bottom end of the table, RoPS were relegated to the Ykkönen while JJK will have to compete in a two-legged relegation play-off.

Promotion and relegation

KooTeePee finished at the bottom of the 2008 season and were relegated to Ykkönen. Their place was taken by Ykkönen champions JJK. 13th placed Veikkausliiga team KuPS and Ykkönen runners-up competed in a two-legged relegation play-offs for one spot in 2009 Veikkausliiga. KuPS won 2–1 on aggregate and thereby retained their league position.

Overview

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MYPA
Location of teams in Veikkausliiga 2009
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 9,372 Netherlands Job Dragtsma
FF Jaro Jakobstad Jakobstads Centralplan 5,000 Finland Mika Laurikainen
JJK Jyväskylä Harjun stadion 3,000 Finland Ville Priha
KuPS Kuopio Magnum Areena 3,500 Finland Kai Nyyssönen
FC Lahti Lahti Lahden Stadion 14,465 Finland Ilkka Mäkelä
IFK Mariehamn Mariehamn Wiklöf Holding Arena 1,600 Finland Pekka Lyyski
MYPA Anjalankoski Saviniemi 4,167 Finland Janne Lindberg
RoPS Rovaniemi Keskuskenttä 3,400 Finland Mika Lumijärvi
Tampere United Tampere Ratina Stadion 17,000 Finland Ari Hjelm
TPS Turku Veritas Stadion 9,372 Finland Pasi Rautiainen
VPS Vaasa Hietalahti Stadium 4,600 Finland Petri Vuorinen

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment Position in table
VPS Finland Tomi Kärkkäinen Resigned 15 May 2009 [1] Finland Petri Vuorinen 15 May 2009 [1] 14th
RoPS Russia Valeri Bondarenko Sacked 27 May 2009 [2] Finland Mika Lumijärvi
Zambia Zeddy Saileti
27 May 2009 [2] 14th
FF Jaro Finland Mika Laurikainen Sacked 18 August 2009 Russia Alexei Eremenko Sr.
18 August 2009
Haka Finland Olli Huttunen Sacked 7 September 2009 Finland Sami Ristilä
7 September 2009 5th
RoPS Finland Mika Lumijärvi Sacked 7 October 2009 Zambia Zeddy Saileti
Finland Jorma Turpeenniemi
7 October 2009 14th

League table

Finnish football
2009

Veikkausliiga (Tier 1)
Ykkönen (Tier 2)
Kakkonen (Tier 3)
Kolmonen (Tier 4)
Nelonen (Tier 5)
Vitonen (Tier 6)
Kutonen (Tier 7)
Seiska (Tier 8)
Suomen Cup 2009

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 HJK (C) 26 14 10 2 45 21 +24 52 2010–11 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 FC Honka 26 13 10 3 65 29 +36 49 2010–11 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round
3 26 13 10 3 46 20 +26 49 2010–11 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round
4 IFK Mariehamn 26 10 13 3 30 21 +9 43
5 FC Inter 26 11 7 8 38 30 +8 40 2010–11 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round 1
6 Haka 26 10 7 9 40 35 +5 37
7 Tampere United 26 11 4 11 31 31 0 37
8 VPS 26 10 5 11 30 36 −6 35
9 MYPA 26 9 7 10 32 30 +2 34 2010–11 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round 2
10 FF Jaro 26 8 8 10 33 34 −1 32
11 FC Lahti 26 8 7 11 33 40 −7 31
12 KuPS 26 6 5 15 29 53 −24 23
13 JJK (O) 26 3 7 16 25 52 −27 16 Relegation play-offs
14  (R) 26 4 4 18 21 66 −45 16 Relegation to Ykkönen 2010

Source: veikkausliiga.com (Finnish)
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
1Inter Turku qualified for the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League by winning the 2009 Finnish Cup.
2Finland was among the best three associations in the UEFA Fair Play ranking and thus received an additional spot in the first qualifying round of the Europa League.[3]
(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

JJK as 13th placed team of 2009 Veikkausliiga and KPV as runners-up of the 2009 Ykkönen competed in a two-legged play-offs for one spot in the 2010 Veikkausliiga. JJK won the play-offs by 5–3 and remained in Veikkausliiga.

21 October 2009
15:30 EEST
KPV 2 – 3 JJK
Itälä Goal 24'
Linjala Goal 61'
Kari Goal 40'
Lahtinen Goal 49'
Nam Goal 69'
Kokkolan Keskuskenttä, Kokkola

25 October 2009
14:00 EET
JJK 2 – 1 KPV
Lahtinen Goal 61'
Nam Goal 68'
Kalliokoski Goal 87'

Results

Home \ Away[1]
Haka 1–2 1–1 2–2 0–0 2–4 3–0 3–0 5–1 2–3 3–1 1–0 0–3 0–1
HJK 3–3 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 5–1 1–0 2–0 1–0 4–0 1–0 2–2 2–0
FC Honka 2–0 1–1 2–3 5–1 5–2 4–1 2–2 1–1 0–0 9–0 3–1 0–0 3–0
FC Inter 0–2 1–1 2–1 1–0 3–0 2–3 1–1 1–1 2–1 4–0 2–2 2–0 0–1
FF Jaro 1–0 0–2 3–5 0–1 5–1 1–1 0–1 0–0 3–0 2–0 0–0 1–0 1–3
JJK 0–0 1–1 2–3 1–0 0–2 1–2 2–1 0–2 0–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–2
KuPS 5–1 0–3 0–4 0–2 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–2 0–2 3–0 1–2 0–3 3–3
FC Lahti 2–4 1–2 1–1 1–3 2–1 3–1 1–0 1–1 0–1 4–1 2–1 2–4 0–0
IFK Mariehamn 2–1 0–0 2–2 2–0 2–1 3–1 3–0 2–0 0–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 0–0
MYPA 0–2 1–0 1–3 0–0 0–0 4–0 1–2 2–2 1–2 4–0 4–1 2–2 0–2
0–0 1–0 1–2 0–2 5–3 2–1 1–0 0–1 0–0 1–1 1–5 0–4 2–3
Tampere United 1–1 1–2 1–0 3–2 0–2 1–0 2–0 0–2 1–0 2–0 3–1 0–2 1–0
1–2 1–1 0–0 2–0 1–1 0–0 3–0 5–2 0–0 3–1 3–2 1–0 2–0
VPS 0–1 3–4 2–5 2–2 1–2 3–2 1–0 1–0 0–0 0–2 2–0 0–1 0–2
Source: The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Statistics

Monthly awards

Month Coach of the Month Player of the Month
April[4] Finland Pekka Lyyski (IFK Mariehamn) Finland Hermanni Vuorinen (Honka)
May[5] Finland Olli Huttunen (Haka) Finland Sebastian Strandvall (Haka)
June[6] Finland Mika Laurikainen (Jaro) Finland Jens Nygård (VPS)
July[7] Finland Pasi Rautiainen (TPS) Finland Jukka Lehtovaara (TPS)

External links

  • Official site (Finnish)
  • uefa.com

References

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