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Veikkausliiga 2013 in figures

The Finnish football league has seen some brutal cost-cutting in recent years, and that shines through in the clubs expected to compete at the top of the table. The austerity league could still provide thrills and spills, however, as clubs battle to get the most out of their precious resources.

Facts and figures on the last decade of Veikkausliiga.
Veikkausliiga 2013 in figures.
Egan Richardson,
Juha Rissanen

Only HJK have a playing budget exceeding a million euros, and even their biggest-spending rivals are planning to spend little more than half that. HJK are therefore the clear title favourites, with several Finnish internationals and emerging talents like the 18-year-old striker Joel Pohjanpalo.

Their likeliest challengers are TPS, who have re-signed Wayne Brown from England after a successful loan spell four years ago. The TPS playing budget is 600,000 euros, well down on their spending just a few years ago, but such is the frugality across the league—and the strength of the TPS youth set-up—that their coach Marko Rajamäki managed to put together a strong squad.

Their city rivals Inter Turku have a weaker team despite their comparatively high wage spending. They lost defender Joni Aho and midfielder Joni Kauko to FC Lahti, and as a result are struggling to rebuild their squad.

Honka have two exceptional new recruits who are apparently not earning big money: Ivorian defender Abdoulaye Méïté and Spanish midfielder Rubén Panazuelos. Combined with their numerous promising academy products, they are expected to outperform their budget.

Veikkausliiga attendances are always a cause for concern. One perhaps surprising fact is that over the last decade, crowds seem to have been higher when fewer goals were scored.

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