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The main series of the Veikkausliiga season is now at the 30% stage, so Mark W and Rich focus mostly on that in this episode. Who are the slightly-surprising, new league leaders? Who are already struggling to keep up? And who are striving for mid-table safety?
To answer these questions, they are joined by Ally and listener, Jamie, who talk about their teams, HJK Helskinki and Ilves. They also look at the Suomen Cup now heading into round 5, and Mark W shares his 2023 Suomen Cup experiences; 4 games, 4 home defeats!
Lots to discuss as the Veikkausliiga gets going, with most teams having played at least 5 games. So Mark W, Keke, Rich and Ally recovene to look at the opening rounds. What’s new? SJK winning. What’s old? HJK at the top. And any surprises at this early stage.
They also look at the early rounds of the Suomen Cup, with a couple of first-hand accounts of games in Seinäjoki from Mark. Rich also tells us all about the draw for the inaugural Women’s Nations League. And there’s a little more news on ticket sales for the men’s national team Euro 2024 qualifers.
After a hectic week of Euro 2024 qualifying action, Mark W, Keke and Ally look back at Finland’s first two games. A 3-1 defeat away to Denmark and a 1-0 win in Northern Ireland, leaves Finland with 3 points, along with most of the other group. All of who are trailing early leaders… Slovenia! Continue reading Euro 2024 Qualifiers Reviews: #DENFIN #NIRFIN
The winter months when Finnish football is on its hiatus gave us a long time to think and ponder over the state of Finnish football. So, now the new season is nearly here, we have good opportunity to preview and have a look at where we see the Veikkausliiga (with a sprinkling of other matters as well) in 2023…. A running theme since the 2022 season ended has been the departure of many of the leagues top players and coaches leaving for pastures new. Whilst this isn’t a new phenomenon, it’s certainly an ongoing problem for the league. It goes … Continue reading Veikkausliiga: The State of Play.
Euro 2024. Copenhagen & Belfast – 23rd and 26th March 2023
Mark W, Rich and Keke preview the first round of qualifying fixtures for Euro 2024, as Finland takes on Denmark & Northern Ireland in Group H. They talk through the Finland squad in some detail and the Huuhkajat’s upcoming opponents – Denmark & Northern Ireland – in slightly less detail, all the while speculating on team selection, formations, etc. Continue reading Preview: Euro2024 Qualifiers #DENFIN #NIRFIN
It’s the Mark W & Keke Show again (sorry!) but we wanted to keep you informed as we plough through the closed season. Firstly, Keke reviews the recent performances of the women’s national team, the Helmarit, in winning the Cyprus Cup competition against Croatia, Romania and Hungary.
Next, Mark looks at the recent Liigacup results as the group stage nears its conclusion ahead of the semi-final stage. They also look at some of the more notable transfers involving Finnish clubs and players in the past few weeks, impressive sales of Huuhkajat ‘season tickets’ for the home Euro 2024 qualifiers, and finish up by speculating “just how good is Mark H’s new sauna?”
This episode is a follow-on from an epsisode back in 2020, requested by listener Kevin Moseley, about the origins of the Finnish Football Show. Ally joined the FFS team in mid-2022, so we thought it was about time to find out more about him as Mark W asks just who IS Ally Manson?
“Women supporters’ experiences in SJK Seinäjoki’s Klopit”
In 2022, Susanna Liljander conducted a survey among female members of SJK Seinäjoki’s supporters group, Klopit. This survey formed the basis of her Master’s thesis which was recently published and shared on the Klopit Facebook group. Mark W’s wife, Lady Satu, is also an active member of Klopit, so he thought he’d get Satu and Susanna together to compare the theory with the reality.