2018 Veikkausliiga

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Veikkausliiga
Season2018
Champions HJK
29th title
Relegated TPS
PS Kemi
Champions League HJK
Europa League RoPS
KuPS
Inter Turku
Matches played198
Goals scored490 (2.47 per match)
Top goalscorer Klauss (21)
2017
2019

The 2018 Veikkausliiga was the eighty-eighth season of top-tier football in Finland. HJK were the defending champions.

Contents

Fixtures for the 2018 season were announced on 17 January 2017. The season started on 7 April 2018 and ended on 27 October 2018. [1]

Teams

JJK were relegated to Ykkönen after finishing at the bottom of the 2017 season. Their place was taken by Ykkönen champions TPS.

HIFK as 11th-placed team lost their Veikkausliiga spot after losing to second-placed Ykkönen team FC Honka in a relegation/promotion playoff.

Stadia and locations

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HJK
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SJK
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VPS
Location of teams in 2018 Veikkausliiga
ClubLocationStadiumTurfCapacity
FC Honka Espoo Tapiolan Urheilupuisto Natural 6,000
FC Inter Turku Veritas Stadion Natural 10,000
FC Lahti Lahti Lahden Stadion Natural 15,000
HJK Helsinki Telia 5G -areena Artificial 10,770
IFK Mariehamn Mariehamn Wiklöf Holding Arena Natural 4,000
Ilves Tampere Tammelan Stadion Natural 5,040
KuPS Kuopio Savon Sanomat Areena Artificial 5,000
PS Kemi Kemi Sauvosaaren Urheilupuisto Natural 4,500
RoPS Rovaniemi Rovaniemen keskuskenttä Artificial 4,000
SJK Seinäjoki OmaSP Stadion Artificial 6,000
TPS Turku Veritas Stadion Natural 10,000
VPS Vaasa Elisa Stadion Artificial 6,000

Personnel and kits

ClubManagerCaptainKit manufacturerSponsors
FC Honka Flag of Finland.svg Erik Jansson Flag of Finland.svg Tommi Saarinen Puma
FC Inter Flag of England.svg John Allen Flag of Finland.svg Timo Furuholm Nike Alfons Håkans
FC Lahti Flag of Finland.svg Toni Korkeakunnas Flag of Finland.svg Mikko Hauhia Umbro Halton
Lahti Energia
Prima Power
HJK Flag of Finland.svg Mika Lehkosuo Flag of Brazil.svg Rafinha Adidas Apu
IFK Mariehamn Flag of Finland.svg Peter Lundberg Flag of Finland.svg Kristian Kojola Puma Hotell Arkipelag
Ilves Flag of Finland.svg Pontus Augustinsson Flag of Finland.svg Mika Hilander Adidas LähiTapiola
Pihlajalinna
Kiilto
KuPS Flag of Finland.svg Jani Honkavaara Flag of Finland.svg Petteri Pennanen Puma LähiTapiola
PS Kemi Flag of Colombia.svg Julián Guevara Craft Various
RoPS Flag of Finland.svg Toni Koskela Flag of Finland.svg Antti Okkonen Puma
SJK Flag of Russia.svg Alexei Eremenko Sr. Flag of Estonia.svg Mihkel Aksalu Adidas LähiTapiola
Prima Power
Elisa
TPS Flag of Finland.svg Tuomas Pekkarinen Flag of Finland.svg Sami Rähmönen Puma OP Turun Seutu
Silja Line
LähiTapiola
VPS Flag of Finland.svg Petri Vuorinen Flag of Finland.svg Sebastian Strandvall Puma Various

Managerial changes

TeamOutgoing managerManner of departureDate of vacancyIncoming managerDate of appointmentTable
RoPS Flag of Finland.svg Juha Malinen Signed by Finland U19 31 October 2017 Flag of Finland.svg Toni Koskela 1 November 2017 [2] Pre-season
SJK Flag of Scotland.svg Brian Page
Flag of Finland.svg Toni Lehtinen
End of caretaker spell31 October 2017 Flag of Finland.svg Tommi Kautonen 1 November 2017 [3]
SJK Flag of Finland.svg Tommi Kautonen Sacked21 May 2018 Flag of Russia.svg Alexei Eremenko Sr. 22 May 2018 [4] 9th
FC Inter Flag of Italy.svg Fabrizio Piccareta Resigned9 June 2018 Flag of England.svg John Allen 10 June 2018 [5] 8th
PS Kemi Flag of Finland.svg Jari Åhman Sacked30 June 2018 Flag of Scotland.svg David Hannah 1 July 2018 [6] 12th

    League table

    PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
    1 HJK (C)3324636119+4278Qualification for the Champions League first qualifying round [lower-alpha 1]
    2 RoPS 3318874225+1762Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round [lower-alpha 2]
    3 KuPS 3317795637+1958
    4 Honka 33151355133+1858
    5 Ilves 33147124541+449
    6 VPS 331011123743641
    7 Inter Turku 331010133744740Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round [lower-alpha 2]
    8 Lahti 33913113038840
    9 SJK 3388172837932
    10 IFK Mariehamn 33871837592231
    11 TPS (R)33781837551829Qualification for the relegation play-offs
    12 PS Kemi Kings (R)33662129593024Relegation 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; (R) Relegated.
    Notes:

    Results

    Each team plays three times against every other team, either twice at home and once away or once at home and twice away, for a total of 33 matches played each.

    Season statistics

    Top scorers

    As of match played 27 October 2018
    RankPlayerClubGoals
    1 Flag of Brazil.svg Klauss HJK 21
    2 Flag of Finland.svg Rasmus Karjalainen KuPS 17
    3 Flag of The Gambia.svg Macoumba Kandji Honka 16
    4 Flag of Spain.svg Borjas Martín Honka 12
    Flag of Finland.svg Petteri Pennanen KuPS
    6 Flag of Finland.svg Aleksei Kangaskolkka IFK Mariehamn 10
    Flag of Finland.svg Sebastian Strandvall VPS
    8 Flag of Finland.svg Timo Furuholm Inter Turku 9
    Flag of Cameroon.svg Marius Noubissi Ilves
    10 Flag of Finland.svg Mika Ääritalo TPS 8
    Flag of Finland.svg Benjamin Källman Inter Turku
    Flag of Finland.svg Lassi Lappalainen RoPS

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