The opening half of the season gave Christian Schäfer a good idea of the talent available to him at JJK, and August saw the beginning of a redevelopment to the squad. Anselmi Nurmela joined from AC Oulu for free in order to add competition to the right full-back and central midfield positions. Eighteen year-old Tom Tuominen was signed from KPV Kokkola to add depth to attacking midfield, a position where JJK lacked players, as well as to play a covering role for the club's strikers. The final signing of the three, Topias Tammelin, was brought in from VPS in order to bolster the team's defense. Schäfer hoped that Tammelin would become a key figure of the club's back four for years to come.
JJK's unbeaten league run continued all the way up to their fourth last game of the season when FC Ilves dealt Schäfer's side a surprise blow on the final day of August. However, this disappointment did not set 'Der Professor's'
team back too far, as they then went on to record three victories from three in the final stages of the season. Impressive results included a 4-0 hammering of MP Mikkeli, a resounding 3-0 win away to PK-35 Vantaa, and a comeback to marvel those of the ages in a jaw-dropping 5-2 victory over AC Oulu.
JJK's efforts proved to be enough to claim the title, and promotion to the Veikkausliiga. Schäfer's men were, by far, the dominant side in the division, and boasted the best attacking and defensive record of any teams in the league. MP Mikkeli and KPV Kokkola did not do enough to avoid the drop to Liga Kakkonen, while FC Jazz were left disappointed that they could not close down JJK for the only promotion place.
JJK's exploits were reward as Christian Schäfer was named as Liga Ykkönen's Manager of the Year, while JJK's Mikael Luostarinen and Jonne Porkka came second and third, respectively, in the voting for the Player of the Year award. Niko Markkula, Joona Itkonen, Benno Hanslian and Antto Hilska of JJK joined the aforementioned duo in the Team of the Season, and Antto Hilska finished second in the race for the Golden Boot, with Kasperi Liikonen of FC Jazz getting his hands on the prize.
A strong showing from JJK, attributed by braces from strikers Antto Hilska and Genc Kovaki, meant that Christian Schäfer's team demolished Veikkausliiga side FC Inter Turku in the semi final of the cup, paving the way for an all-Liga Ykkönen final as AC Oulu reached the final. It was a somewhat tense affair, but Antto Hilska shone yet again as he scored a brace before winning a last-minute penalty which was converted coolly by Niko Markkula to hand Christian Schäfer his first piece of silverware as JJK manager, and passage to the qualification phase of the UEFA Europa League.
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JJK's cup victory gave them a reasonable amount of prize money, and thus ended the season with the club making a considerable profit of €218,445. The club is expected to invest a large amount of this money in to maintenance work, while a large amount of money has been set aside to develop the club's training facilities. JJK are expected to see an increase in received sponsorship, due to promotion and European qualification, but restricting wage rise will certainly be a task for Christian Schäfer.