2008 Veikkausliiga

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Veikkausliiga
Season2008
Champions Inter Turku
1st Finnish title
Relegated KooTeePee
Champions League Inter Turku
Europa League Honka
Lahti
HJK (via domestic cup)
Goals scored482
Average goals/game2.65
Top goalscorer Flag of Finland.svg Aleksandr Kokko
Flag of Finland.svg Henri Myntti
(13 goals both)
Biggest home win Honka 7–0 Haka
Lahti 8–1 KuPS
Biggest away win Jaro 0–4 Haka
Haka 0–4 Inter Turku
TPS 0–4 Inter Turku
VPS 0–4 Inter Turku
KooTeePee 0–4 MYPA
Highest scoring Lahti 8–1 KuPS
2007
2009

The 2008 season of Veikkausliiga was the seventy-eighth season of top-tier football in Finland. It started on 27 April 2008 and ended on 26 October 2008. The defending champions were Tampere United.

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Promotion and relegation

AC Oulu finished at the bottom of the 2007 season and therefore were relegated to Ykkönen. Their place was taken by Ykkönen champions KuPS. 13th placed Veikkausliiga team FC Viikingit and Ykkönen runners-up RoPS competed in a two-legged relegation play-offs for one spot in 2008 Veikkausliiga. RoPS won 2–1 on aggregate and therefore were promoted to Veikkausliiga.

Overview

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Red pog.svg
HJK
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VPS
Location of teams in Veikkausliiga 2008
ClubLocationStadiumCapacityManager
FC Haka Valkeakoski Tehtaan kenttä 3,516 Flag of Finland.svg Olli Huttunen
HJK Helsinki Finnair Stadium 10,770 Flag of Finland.svg Antti Muurinen
FC Honka Espoo Tapiolan Urheilupuisto 6,000 Flag of Finland.svg Mika Lehkosuo
FC Inter Turku Veritas Stadion 10,000 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Job Dragtsma
FF Jaro Jakobstad Jakobstads Centralplan 5,000 Flag of Finland.svg Mika Laurikainen
FC KooTeePee Kotka Arto Tolsa Areena 4,780 Flag of Finland.svg Tommi Kautonen
KuPS Kuopio Magnum Areena 3,500 Flag of Finland.svg Kai Nyyssönen
FC Lahti Lahti Lahden Stadion 15,000 Flag of Finland.svg Ilkka Mäkelä
IFK Mariehamn Mariehamn Wiklöf Holding Arena 1,600 Flag of Finland.svg Pekka Lyyski
MYPA Anjalankoski Saviniemi 4,067 Flag of Finland.svg Janne Lindberg
RoPS Rovaniemi Keskuskenttä 4,000 Flag of Russia.svg Valeri Bondarenko
Tampere United Tampere Ratina Stadion 17,000 Flag of Finland.svg Ari Hjelm
TPS TurkuVeritas Stadion10,000 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg John Allen
VPS Vaasa Hietalahti Stadium 4,600 Flag of Finland.svg Tomi Kärkkäinen

League table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1 FC Inter (C)2615924612+3454Qualification to Champions League second qualifying round
2 FC Honka 2615564623+2350Qualification to Europa League second qualifying round
3 FC Lahti 2615384424+2048Qualification to Europa League first qualifying round
4 HJK 2614574729+1847Qualification to Europa League second qualifying round [lower-alpha 1]
5 MYPA 2611963321+1242
6 TPS 2612684536+942
7 Tampere United 269984134+736
8 Haka 26105113137635
9 FF Jaro 261051136471135
10 RoPS 2686123137630
11 VPS 26611918291129
12 IFK Mariehamn 26751424401626
13 KuPS (O)26471526563019Qualification to relegation play-offs
14 FC KooTeePee (R)2615201457438Relegation to Ykkönen
Source: veikkausliiga.com (in Finnish)
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. HJK won the Finnish Cup 2008, thereby qualifying for the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.

Relegation play-offs

KuPS and Ykkönen runners-up FC Viikingit competed in a two-legged play-offs for one spot in Veikkausliiga 2009. KuPS won 2–1 on aggregate and thereby retained their league spot for 2009.

FC Viikingit 1 – 2 KuPS
Jäntti Soccerball shade.svg 12' Report
(in Finnish)
Koljonen Soccerball shade.svg 28'
Venäläinen Soccerball shade.svg 32'

KuPS 0 – 0 FC Viikingit
Report
(in Finnish)

Results

Home \ Away HAK HJK HON INT JAR KTP KPS LAH MAR MYP RPS TAM TPS VPS
Haka 2–31–20–41–21–13–02–11–00–33–11–11–21–0
HJK 1–20–23–22–36–10–00–14–01–13–25–11–01–0
FC Honka 7–01–01–13–12–12–11–02–02–00–03–42–21–2
FC Inter 1–01–10–02–03–04–01–02–01–13–12–23–02–0
FF Jaro 0–41–11–00–12–13–22–21–22–11–11–42–32–2
FC KooTeePee 0–20–10–00–21–41–10–11–00–40–21–30–20–0
KuPS 0–13–21–21–12–02–02–33–11–40–11–10–30–0
FC Lahti 1–01–21–00–11–21–08–12–14–03–02–24–11–0
IFK Mariehamn 2–10–23–21–11–24–21–10–10–02–11–42–10–2
MYPA 1–11–30–20–03–02–04–12–00–21–01–01–00–0
RoPS 1–22–00–20–01–33–04–02–23–11–12–11–00–1
Tampere United 1–11–21–21–00–04–22–00–21–00–25–01–11–1
TPS 2–01–32–10–44–04–13–32–10–00–02–21–06–1
VPS 0–00–01–40–42–11–12–00–10–00–01–00–02–3
Source: veikkausliiga.com (in Finnish)
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top goalscorers

Source: veikkausliiga.com (in Finnish)

RankPlayerClubGoals
1 Flag of Finland.svg Aleksandr Kokko Honka 13
Flag of Finland.svg Henri Myntti Tampere United 13
3 Flag of Finland.svg Mikko Hyyrynen Jaro 11
Flag of Finland.svg Toni Lehtinen Haka 11
Flag of Finland.svg Mikko Paatelainen TPS 11
Flag of Brazil.svg Rafael Lahti 11
8 Flag of Finland.svg Jarno Parikka HJK 9
Flag of Finland.svg Hermanni Vuorinen Honka 9
10 Flag of Estonia.svg Tarmo Neemelo MYPA 8
Flag of Finland.svg Mika Ojala Inter Turku 8
Flag of Finland.svg Paulus Roiha HJK 8

Annual awards

Source: Veikkausliigan parhaat kaudella 2008 nimetty (in Finnish)

Players' Association's awards

Veikkausliiga's awards

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