Bandyliiga

The Bandyliiga (Swedish: Bandyligan; 'Bandy League') is the top level of men's bandy in Finland. The league was founded in 1908 as the Jääpallon SM-sarja ('Bandy Finnish Championship Series') and the present name has been used since the 1991–92 season. Bandyliiga is organized by the Finnish Bandy Association (Finnish: Suomen Jääpalloliitto) and the current chairman is Mika Mutikainen.[1]

Bandyliiga
Upcoming season or competition:
Current sports event 2020–21 Bandyliiga season
Bandyliiga Logo.jpg
FormerlyJääpallon SM-sarja,
1908–1991
SportBandy
Founded1908
No. of teams9
CountryFinland
HeadquartersHelsinki
Most recent
champion(s)
Akilles Porvoo (4)
(2020–21)
Most titlesHIFK Bandy (17)
TV partner(s)Yle
Relegation toSuomi-sarja
Official websitewww.bandyliiga.fi

The 2020–21 Bandyliiga season, the league’s 111th season, comprises nine teams. Akilles Porvoo are the reigning Finnish Champions, having won the 2020 Bandyliiga playoffs.

HistoryEdit

The competitive side of men's bandy in Finland was organized in 1907 and the first Finnish Championship series was played in the winter of 1908. The very first title was won by Polyteknikkojen Urheiluseura, who beat IFK Helsingfors in the final match with a score of 8-3. The championship was decided as a cup competition until 1931. The league was played as single round-robin tournament with various numbers of divisions up until the 1969-70 season, when the current double round-robin format was introduced. The season was split into regular season and playoffs in the 1976-77 season.[2]

The competition has been played every year since 1908, with the exceptions of 1918, 1940 and 1942, when the competition was cancelled first due to Finnish civil war and then due to Winter War and the Continuation war. An unofficial wartime league was played during those years.[2]

In 2008 Bandyliiga celebrated its 100th anniversary with a grand final match of the season, when Oulun Luistinseura beat Tornion Palloveikot in a penalty shoot-out and claimed the Finnish championship.[2]

The 2014-15 season of Bandyliiga ended with Mikkelin Kampparit taking their second championship title. Kampparit beat HIFK 6-3 in the final, played in HIFK's homeground Kallio Ice Rink.[3] The 2016-17 season ended with Veiterä taking their fifth championship title (first since 1980). Veiterä beat Akilles 3-5 in the final, played in Akilles' homeground in Porvoo.[4]

TeamsEdit

2020–21 seasonEdit

Team City Stadium Founded
Akilles   Porvoo Porvoon pallokenttä 1902
Botnia-69   Helsinki Oulunkylä Ice Rink 1969
HIFK   Helsinki Brahenkenttä 1897
JPS   Jyväskylä Viitaniemen liikuntapuisto 1962
Kampparit   Mikkeli Hänninhauta 1972
Narukerä   Pori Porin tekojäärata 1964
OLS   Oulu Pakkalan kenttä 1880
Veiterä   Lappeenranta Kisapuiston tekojäärata 1950
WP 35   Varkaus Kämäri 1935

Source: [5]

Recent championsEdit

Season Champion Runner-up Third place
2019-20 Akilles Veiterä JPS
2018-19 JPS Veiterä Kampparit
2017-18 Veiterä Kampparit Akilles
2016-17 Veiterä Akilles JPS
2015-16 Botnia-69 Akilles Kampparit
2014-15 Kampparit HIFK Veiterä
2013-14 Luistinseura JPS Akilles
2012-13 HIFK Narukerä Kampparit
2011-12 Kampparit Narukerä HIFK
2010-11 HIFK Kampparit Narukerä
2009-10 HIFK Luistinseura Narukerä
2008-09 Luistinseura HIFK OPS
2007-08 Luistinseura ToPV WP 35
2006-07 ToPV HIFK Narukerä
2005-06 ToPV Luistinseura Narukerä
2004-05 ToPV Narukerä Luistinseura
2003-04 ToPV Luistinseura WP 35

[6]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

Content in this article was translated from the existing Finnish Wikipedia article at fi:Bandyliiga; see its history for attribution.

  1. ^ "Valiokunnat – Liittohallitus 2020-2021: Bandyliiga". bandyliiga.fi (in Finnish). Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "Yleistä tieto bandyliigasta". finbandy.fi (in Finnish). Suomen Jääpalloliitto – Finlands Bandyförbund (SJFB). Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  3. ^ Virtanen, Ari (14 March 2015). "Kampparit juhli Suomen mestaruutta HIFK:n kotikentällä". Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). Sanoma Oy. HS. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  4. ^ Sihvonen, Lauri (11 March 2017). "Akilles hyytyi jääpallofinaalissa - Veiterä juhli mestaruutta". Yle (in Finnish). Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Siirrot – Pelaaja-Valmentajasiirrot 2020-21". bandyliiga.fi (in Finnish). 2 November 2020. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  6. ^ "Joukkuetilastot". finbandy.fi (in Finnish). Finnish Bandy Federation. Retrieved 11 March 2017.

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