Two Scandinavian Leagues are finished for the season. Champions League and Europa League places have been decided as well as promotions and relegations. Finland ended its season a while ago, while Sweden finished its season this past weekend.
Finland was one of the first countries whose leagues finished early. Their Champions League and Europa League places are already set. The league was won by HJK (Helsingin Jalkapalloklubi), they finished six points clear of Inter Turku and 10 points ahead of TPS. HJK claim the sole Finnish Champions League place and will enter the competition in the second qualifying round. Inter Turku, with USA’s Daniel Antunez, and TPS will play in next year’s Europa League.
At the bottom of Veikkausliiga, Haka is the team that lost the battle to stay in the country’s top league. Next season USA’s Jordan Seabrook will start his campaign with Haka in the Ykkonen, where he will play against Aaron Wheeler at KooTeePee, Justin Moose and Pat Phelan at SJK. Kyle Luetkehans and HIFK were relegated from Ykkonen and will now play in the Kakkonen league, Finland’s 3rd division.
HJK – Won League – Champions League
Inter Turk – 2nd place Europa League – Daniel Antunez
TPS – 3rd place – Europa League
Haka – Relegated to Ykkonen – Jordan Seabrook
RoPS – Won League – Promoted to Veikkausliiga
Sweden finished its regular season this past weekend. The league representatives from Sweden to the European Competitions are set. This year no USA players will appear for Swedish teams, based on league standings, in Champions League or the Europa League (Cup Winners still to be decided)
IF Elfsborg will represent Sweden in the Champions League and begin play in the second qualifying round. Hacken and Malmo FF will represent Sweden in the Europa League.
At the bottom of Allsvenskan two teams were relegated (Orebro and GAIS). GIF Sundsvall will play in a playoff series (Home/Away) against the Superttan (2nd Division) 3rd place finisher, Halmstad, with the USA’s Ryan Miller. The winner will appear in Allsvenskan next season.
IF Elfsborg – Won League – Champions League
Hacken – 2nd place – Europa League
Malmo FF – 3rd place – Europa League
Orebro – Relegated to Superttan
GAIS – Relegated to Superttan
GIF Sundsvall – Relegation Playoff
Halmstad – Promotion Playoff – Ryan Miller
GIF Sundsvall will play Halmstad to decide who will play in Allsvenskan next season (games 10/11 & 15/11)