2003 Veikkausliiga

Season 2003
Champions HJK Helsinki
Top goalscorer Saku Puhakainen, MyPa (14)

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.


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 UEFA Champions League 2004-05 qualification round, while the second and sixth placed teams qualified for the first qualification round of the UEFA Cup 2004-05. 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:


League standings

Premier Division (Veikkausliiga) 2003

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts
1HJK Helsinki (C)261763511557
2Haka Valkeakoski261655541653
3Tampere United261457392147
4MyPa Anjalankoski261349462943
5FC Lahti261187403141
6Allianssi Vantaa2610610434436
7FC Inter Turku2610511434135
8Jaro Jakobstad26989363835
9TPS Turku268810303532
10FC Jokerit267712293728
11FC Hämeenlinna267712254828
12FC Jazz Pori267712315528
13FC KooTeePee (O) (R)266416285322
14KuPS (R)264616255718


Premier Division/Division One 2003, Promotion/Relegation Playoff

RoPS Rovaniemi promoted, KooTeePee Kotka relegated.[2]

Leading scorers

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



  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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