2003 Veikkausliiga

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Veikkausliiga
Season2003
Champions HJK Helsinki
Top goalscorer Saku Puhakainen, MyPa (14)
2002
2004

The 2003 season was the 73rd completed season of Finnish Football League Championship, known as the Veikkausliiga. At the same time it was the 14th season of the Veikkausliiga.

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Overview

The Veikkausliiga is administered by the Finnish Football Association and the competition's 2003 season was contested by 14 teams. HJK Helsinki won the championship and qualified for the 2004–05 UEFA Champions League qualification round, while the second and sixth placed teams qualified for the first qualification round of the 2004–05 UEFA Cup. The third and fourth placed teams qualified for the UEFA Intertoto Cup 2004, while FC KooTeePee and KuPS Kuopio were relegated to the Ykkönen. [1]

Participating clubs

In 2003 there were 14 participants in the Veikkausliiga:

[2]

League standings

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1 HJK Helsinki (C)2617635115+3657Qualification to Champions League first qualifying round
2 Haka Valkeakoski 2616555416+3853Qualification to UEFA Cup first qualifying round
3 Tampere United 2614573921+1847Qualification to Intertoto Cup first round
4 MyPa Anjalankoski 2613494629+1743
5 FC Lahti 2611874031+941
6 Allianssi Vantaa 26106104344136Qualification to UEFA Cup first qualifying round [lower-alpha 1]
7 FC Inter Turku 26105114341+235
8 Jaro Jakobstad 269893638235
9 TPS Turku 2688103035532
10 FC Jokerit 2677122937828
11 FC Hämeenlinna 26771225482328
12 FC Jazz Pori 26771231552428
13 FC KooTeePee (R)26641628532522Qualification to relegation play-offs
14 KuPS (R)26461625573218Relegation to Ykkönen
Source: [2]
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. Allianssi Vantaa as runners-up of the 2003 Finnish Cup qualified for the first qualifying round of the 2004–05 UEFA Cup.

Promotion/Relegation Playoff

RoPS Rovaniemi promoted, KooTeePee Kotka relegated. [2]

Leading scorers

Pos.PlayerNat.ClubGoals
1. Saku Puhakainen Flag of Finland.svg MyPa 14
2. Juho Mäkelä Flag of Finland.svg HJK 13
- Gábor Szilágyi Flag of Hungary.svg FC KooTeePee 13
4. Luciano Álvarez Flag of Argentina.svg FC Inter 12
- Arístides Pertot Flag of Argentina.svg FC Inter 12
6. Mika Kottila Flag of Finland.svg HJK 11
- Valeri Popovitch Flag of Russia.svg FC Haka 11
8. Ryan Botha Flag of South Africa.svg MyPa 10
- Jari Niemi Flag of Finland.svg Tampere Utd 10
- Sami Ristilä Flag of Finland.svg FC Haka 10

[3]

Footnotes

  1. "Finland 2003". RSSSF Archive. 2003. Retrieved 2012-01-05.
  2. 1 2 3 "Finland - List of League First Level Tables". RSSSF Archive. 2003. Retrieved 2012-01-05.
  3. "Finland - List of Topscorers (Mestaruussarja/Veikkausliiga)". RSSSF Archive. 2003. Retrieved 2012-01-05.

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