Finnish Football Show #8 – World Cup Qualifying starts & Veikkausliiga update

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Download an MP3 of World Cup Qualifying starts & Veikkausliiga update

Show Notes & Video

This episode was recorded & broadcast live on Webinar Ninja. Follow us on Twitter to keep up-to-date.

The #FFS theme tune is “Loppuun asti” by Lemmenpyssyt. You can listen to the song on Spotify or on YouTube . Connect with Lemmenpyssyt on Facebook.

Episode eight started, as usual, by covering some recent news stories that have caught our attention:

  1. Rich – The implosion of PK-35 Vantaa
  2. Mark H – Hradecky’s interview after the Kosovo game
  3. Mark – SJK bought a defence :-0

We then moved on to the main subjects of the show:

1. Recent International Matches

  • Germany 2 – 0 Finland
    • Mark H tells all (that he can remember) about his trip to Germany
  • Finland 1 – 1 Kosovo
    • Mark H then tells all about his, much shorter, trip to Turku, paying particular tribute to the Kosovar fans
  • The merits of Paulus Arajuuri

2. What’s happened recently in the Veikkausliiga?

  • Some stats since end of July…
    • VPS – 6 games. Failed to score in 5. 3 draws, 2 defeats, only one win against SJK
    • SJK – Serious travel sickness! 6 games. 3 home wins, 3 away defeats. Looked very good against RoPS and Ilves, but blew it away to VPS and HIFK (twice drew & lost). 9 games to go, 11 points off the top, but only 4 points off 3rd and Europa League
    • HJKStormed to the top of the table with a 7-game run of 2 wins, 4 draws, 1 defeat #FFS
  • Transfers
    • Juhani Ojala … great signing. Egan’s shiffy comment ‘No disrespect to SJK (well maybe bit) but bugger me that’s a downwards career trajectory*
    • Akseli Pelvas, what a shame
  • ‘British’ players doing good work
    • Robert Taylor – half-English, Finland U21 international scoring and creating for RoPS
    • Billy Ions – in Finland for four years, since he was 18. Just transferred from Kemi to SJK. Has scored 2 in 2 since #FFS8 was recorded.
  • Man-love from Mark H ❤️
    • Showering praise on Roope Riski at SJK – ‘Ohhh. I love Roope Riski!’
    • Pyry Soiri ‘I like the look of him…scoring a lot of goals for VPS.’

Remember, you welcome to join us for the live recording, you could join in by asking a question in person, or just come on and say hi. Thanks again for everyone that joined us for the live recording of #FFS8. Follow one (or all) of us on Twitter for advanced warning of the next Show.

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