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Ykkönen (Finnish for 'Number One'; Swedish: Ettan) is the second highest level of the Finnish football league system (after the Veikkausliiga), although it is the highest league managed by the Football Association of Finland.

Ykkönen (in Finnish)
Ettan (in Swedish)
Founded1973
CountryFinland
Divisions1
Number of teams10
Level on pyramid2
Promotion toVeikkausliiga
Relegation toKakkonen
Current championsHIFK
(2018)
TV partnersVeikkausTV, Huuhkaja.tv
WebsiteMiesten Ykkönen
2018

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HistoryEdit

The first league format competition in the second level of Finnish football was called Suomensarja, which was founded in 1936.[1] Before the inauguration of the Suomensarja, from 1930 to 1935, there had been special qualification matches for the right to play in the Mestaruussarja.

In the autumn of 1969, the Finnish football underwent a league system reform, and the Suomensarja was renamed II divisioona, or 2nd Division, with regional sections.[2]

In 1973, this level of football in Finland became nationwide, and the new name was 1. divisioona (‘First Division’). Name Ykkönen has been used since 1995.[1]

CompetitionEdit

Like the Veikkausliiga, the first division is played mainly during the summer. It comprises 10 clubs, all of whom play three matches against all other clubs in the division. The winner of the Ykkönen qualifies directly for promotion to Veikkausliiga, and the team finishing second in the league will play a two-legged promotion playoff against the team finishing 11th in the Veikkausliiga. The bottom 2 clubs are directly relegated to Kakkonen.

ClubsEdit

Champions and top scorers 1973–2018Edit

Season Champion League promotions Top scorer Club Goals
1973 MiPK MiPK, FC Haka   Matti Paatelainen FC Haka 21
1974 MyPa MyPa, VPS   Kari Lehtolainen HPS 19
1975 GBK GBK, OPS   Christian Nyman GBK 16
1976 Kiffen Kiffen, OTP   Jarmo Lindahl Kiffen 15
1977 KPT KPT, Pyrkivä   Raimo Kuuluvainen FC Ilves 17
1978 FC Ilves FC Ilves, KTP   Ari Tissari KPT 21
1979 MP OTP, Sepsi-78   Tuomo Hakala RoPS 19
1980 MP MP, RoPS, MiPK   Keijo Kousa FC Kuusysi 21
1981 FC Kuusysi FC Kuusysi, KPV, Elo   Władysław Dąbrowski OTP 26
1982 Reipas Reipas, RoPS   Craig Ramsay FF Jaro 18
1983 MP MP, KePS, PPT   Arto Keisalo
  Jukka Mykkänen
HPS
MP
14
1984 OTP OTP   Hannu Tiilikainen Elo 18
1985 MP MP   Jukka Rautakallio FinnPa 17
1986 Reipas Reipas   Jari Aaltonen TPV 18
1987 OTP OTP   Kalle Lehtinen FC Kontu 18
1988 FF Jaro FF Jaro   Juha Lahtinen VaKP 19
1989 KPV KPV, Kumu   Mauri Keskitalo MyPa 18
1990 PPT PPT, FF Jaro   Janne Murtomäki
  Jari Vanhala
FC Kontu
Grankulla IFK
14
1991 MyPa MyPa   Igor Danilov Kumu 17
1992 TPV TPV, FinnPa   Tomasz Arceusz
  Oleg Ivanov
  Valeri Popovitch
VPS
TPV
TPV
16
1993 KuPS KuPS, FC Oulu   Kimmo Savolainen KePS 17
1994 Ponnistus Ponnistus, VPS   Mika Riutto Reipas 15
1995 FC Inter FC Inter   Mika Marjamaa KePS 18
1996 TP-Seinäjoki TP-Seinäjoki   Luciano Martins FC Kuusysi 18
1997 FC Haka FC Haka, PK-35   Valeri Popovitch FC Haka 25
1998 FC Lahti FC Lahti, KTP, Inter, TPV   Ismo Lius FC Lahti 18
1999 Tampere United Tampere United   Dionísio Tampere United 24
2000 KuPS KuPS, Atlantis FC   Niclas Grönholm Hangö IK 25
2001 FC Hämeenlinna FC Hämeenlinna FF Jaro   Jani Myllyniemi HIFK 18
2002 KuPS KuPS, FC Jokerit, FC KooTeePee   Janne Kauria FC Honka 17
2003 TP-47 TP-47, RoPS   Mikko Mäkelä PP-70 15
2004 KuPS KuPS, IFK Mariehamn   Miikka Oinonen MP 15
2005 FC Honka FC Honka, VPS   Dawda Bah
  Rami Louke
KPV
VPS
16
2006 FC Viikingit FC Viikingit, AC Oulu   Petteri Kaijasilta PK-35 19
2007 KuPS KuPS, RoPS   Petteri Kaijasilta PK-35 18
2008 JJK Jyväskylä JJK   Babatunde Wusu JJK 22
2009 AC Oulu AC Oulu   Pekka Sihvola FC Hämeenlinna 20
2010 RoPS RoPS   Irakli Sirbiladze KPV 16
2011 FC Lahti FC Lahti   Ville Salmikivi FC Viikingit 20
2012 RoPS RoPS   Aleksandr Kokko RoPS 15
2013 SJK SJK   Jussi Aalto Haka 15
2014 HIFK HIFK, FC KTP, FC Ilves   Kalle Multanen Haka 30
2015 PS Kemi PS Kemi, PK-35 Vantaa   Kalle Multanen Haka 19
2016 JJK JJK   Aristote M'Boma AC Oulu 18
2017 TPS TPS, FC Honka   Kalle Multanen
  Felix de Bona
Haka
EIF
14
2018 HIFK HIFK, KPV   Alberto Alvarado Morín AC Oulu 17

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Pietarinen, Heikki. "Finland - List of League Second Level Tables". RSSSF. Retrieved 30 May 2010.
  2. ^ Lautela, Yrjö & Wallén, Göran (2007). Rakas jalkapallo. Hämeenlinna: Teos. p. 61. ISBN 978-951-851-068-3.

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