2016 Veikkausliiga

The 2016 Veikkausliiga is the eighty-sixth season of top-tier football in Finland. The season started on 2 April 2016; the regular season ended on 23 October 2016, with a promotion/relegation playoff continuing until 29 October.[1] SJK were the defending champions.

Veikkausliiga
Season2016
ChampionsIFK Mariehamn
1st Veikkausliiga title
RelegatedPK-35 Vantaa
Champions LeagueIFK Mariehamn
Europa LeagueHJK
SJK
VPS
Matches played198
Goals scored459 (2.32 per match)
Top goalscorerRoope Riski
(17 goals)
Biggest home winRoPS 5–0 PS Kemi (10 August)
SJK 5–0 PK-35 Vantaa (17 October)
Biggest away winIFK Mariehamn 2–5 HIFK (7 August)
HJK 1–4 FC Lahti (12 September)
Highest scoringPK-35 Vantaa 3–4 RoPS (2 April)
IFK Mariehamn 2–5 HIFK (7 August)
2015
2017

TeamsEdit

FF Jaro were relegated to Ykkönen after finishing at the bottom of the 2015 season. Their place was taken by Ykkönen champions PS Kemi.

KTP as 11th-placed team lost their Veikkausliiga spot after losing to second-placed Ykkönen team PK-35 Vantaa 3–2 on aggregate in a relegation/promotion playoff.

Stadia and locationsEdit

Location of teams in 2016 Veikkausliiga
Club Location Stadium Capacity
FC Inter Turku Veritas Stadion 10,000
FC Lahti Lahti Lahden kisapuisto 4,000
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
KuPS Kuopio Savon Sanomat Areena 5,000
PK-35 Vantaa Vantaa Myyrmäen jalkapallostadion 4,500
PS Kemi Kemi Sauvosaaren Urheilupuisto 4,500
RoPS Rovaniemi Rovaniemen keskuskenttä 4,000
SJK Seinäjoki OmaSP Stadion 6,000
VPS Vaasa Hietalahti Stadium 4,600

Personnel and kitsEdit

Club Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Sponsors
FC Inter   Shefki Kuqi   Henri Lehtonen Nike Alfons Håkans
FC Lahti   Toni Korkeakunnas   Mikko Hauhia Umbro BE Group
Lahti Energia
Halton
HIFK   Antti Muurinen   Esa Terävä Kappa/Puma [nb 1] Aktia Bank
HJK   Mika Lehkosuo   Sebastian Sorsa Adidas Apu
IFK Mariehamn   Kari Virtanen
  Peter Lundberg
  Jani Lyyski Puma Hotell Arkipelag
Ilves   Jarkko Wiss   Antti Hynynen Adidas Various
KuPS   Marko Rajamäki   Petteri Pennanen Puma Laitilan Wirvoitusjuomatehdas
PK-35 Vantaa   Pasi Pihamaa   Kim Raimi Nike Vantaan Energia
PS Kemi   Jari Åhman   Billy Ions Stanno Various
RoPS   Juha Malinen   Antti Okkonen Puma Saraware
SJK   Simo Valakari   Mihkel Aksalu Adidas LähiTapiola
EPKK
Prima Power
VPS   Petri Vuorinen   Ville Koskimaa Puma Various
  1. ^ HIFK switched from Kappa to Puma kits mid-season.[4]

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Incoming manager Date of appointment Table
Ilves   Marco Baruffato End of contract n/a   Jarkko Wiss 6 November 2015[5] Pre-season
IFK Mariehamn   Pekka Lyyski End of contract n/a   Kari Virtanen
  Peter Lundberg
19 November 2015[6] Pre-season
FC Inter   Job Dragtsma Mutual termination 26 May 2016   Jami Wallenius (as caretaker) 26 May 2016[7] 7th
PK-35 Vantaa   Shefki Kuqi Mutual termination 27 July 2016   Pasi Pihamaa 27 July 2016[8] 12th
HIFK   Jani Honkavaara Sacked 27 July 2016[9]   Antti Muurinen 28 July 2016[10] 11th
FC Inter   Jami Wallenius (as caretaker) Mutual termination 3 August 2016   Shefki Kuqi 3 August 2016[11] 10th

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 IFK Mariehamn (C) 33 17 10 6 40 25 +15 61 Qualification for the Champions League second qualifying round
2 HJK 33 16 10 7 52 36 +16 58 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round[a]
3 SJK 33 17 6 10 49 36 +13 57
4 VPS 33 15 8 10 36 27 +9 53
5 Ilves 33 15 7 11 36 35 +1 52
6 RoPS 33 13 11 9 43 33 +10 50
7 KuPS 33 14 7 12 37 31 +6 49
8 Lahti 33 10 12 11 42 43 −1 42
9 PS Kemi Kings 33 10 5 18 29 48 −19 35
10 HIFK 33 8 10 15 35 39 −4 34
11 Inter Turku (O) 33 7 11 15 28 41 −13 32 Qualification for the relegation play-offs
12 PK-35 Vantaa[b] (R) 33 4 7 22 32 65 −33 13 Relegation to the Ykkönen
Source: Veikkausliiga (in Finnish), 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 away goals scored; 7) Play-off
(Note: Play-off is only played if need to decide champion, teams for relegation or UEFA competition and will be played on a neutral ground).
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated
Notes:
  1. ^ SJK qualified for the Europa League first qualifying round by winning the 2016 Finnish Cup.
  2. ^ PK-35 Vantaa were deducted 6 points for overdue debts.[12]

ResultsEdit

Relegation play-offsEdit


TPS0–0Inter Turku
Report
Attendance: 4,216

Inter Turku2–0TPS
Manev   49'
Nebihi   89'
Report
Attendance: 6,855

StatisticsEdit

Monthly awardsEdit

Month Coach of the Month Player of the Month
April[14]   Peter Lundberg (IFK Mariehamn)
  Kari Virtanen (IFK Mariehamn)
  Walter Viitala (IFK Mariehamn)
May[15]   Mika Lehkosuo (HJK)   Taye Taiwo (HJK)
June[16]   Juha Malinen (RoPS)   Roope Riski (SJK)
July[17]   Petri Vuorinen (VPS)   Pyry Soiri (VPS)
August[18]   Jari Åhman (PS Kemi)   Erik Törnros (PS Kemi)
September[19]   Jarkko Wiss (Ilves)   Alfredo Morelos (HJK)
October[20]   Peter Lundberg (IFK Mariehamn)
  Kari Virtanen (IFK Mariehamn)
  Jani Lyyski (IFK Mariehamn)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Otteluohjelma | Veikkausliiga
  2. ^ "Seinäjoen stadion nousee ensi kevääksi". Archived from the original on 2016-10-26. Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  3. ^ "Seinäjoen stadionille nimi - OmaSp Stadion". Archived from the original on 2016-07-28. Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  4. ^ "PUMA ja HIFK yhteistyöhön".
  5. ^ "Jarkko Wiss on Ilveksen uusi päävalmentaja". Ilves (in Finnish). Ilves. 6 November 2015. Archived from the original on 6 November 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  6. ^ "Tränartrio klar för Grönvitt". IFK Mariehamn (in Swedish). IFK Mariehamn. 19 November 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  7. ^ "Tiedote: Job Dragtsma jättää päävalmentajan tehtävät". FC Inter (in Finnish). FC Inter. 26 May 2016. Archived from the original on 29 May 2016. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  8. ^ "Shefki Kuqi jättää päävalmentajan tehtävät". PK-35 Vantaa (in Finnish). PK-35 Vantaa. 27 July 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
  9. ^ "HIFK Fotboll vaihtaa päävalmentajaa – lehdistötilaisuus huomenna kello 13.00". HIFK (in Finnish). HIFK. 27 July 2016. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  10. ^ "Antti Muurinen HIFK:n päävalmentajaksi". HIFK (in Finnish). HIFK. 28 July 2016. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  11. ^ "Shefki ja Njazi Kuqi FC Interiin". FC Inter (in Finnish). FC Inter. 3 August 2016. Archived from the original on 13 August 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
  12. ^ "PK-35 Vantaalle pisterangaistus ja pelaajasiirtorajoitus" (in Finnish). Veikkausliiga. 5 August 2016. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  13. ^ Päätös koskien SJK:n pelioikeudettomia pelaajia
  14. ^ Walter Viitala huhtikuun kuukauden pelaaja (in Finnish)
  15. ^ Taye Taiwo valittiin kuukauden pelaajaksi (in Finnish)
  16. ^ Roope Riski kuukauden pelaajaksi (in Finnish)
  17. ^ Pyry Soiri kuukauden pelaajaksi (in Finnish)
  18. ^ Erik Törnros kuukauden pelaajaksi (in Finnish)
  19. ^ HJK:n Morelos kuukauden pelaajaksi (in Finnish)
  20. ^ Jani Lyyski kuukauden pelaajaksi (in Finnish)