Finnish Football Show #13: Friendlies in the Desert & Suomen Cup

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Show Notes & Video

This show is now recorded & broadcast live on YouTube. Follow Mark Wiltshear’s Channel for announcements of future broadcasts.

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.

In episode 13, we started by looking at some recent news:

  • Mark H – Joel Pohjanpalo’s current situation at Leverkusen, where he’s not playing much at the moment. Plus Jere Uronen at Genk who is playing regularly in the Belgian league and Europa League.
  • Rich – The possibility of a joint-Nordic bid to host Euro 2024. Leading to a general discussion about how to host enlarged international competitions.
  • Producer Mark – Pre-season weakening of SJK. Most recently:
    • Roope Riski’s loan to Paderborn in Budesliga 2
    • Juhani Ojala’s transfer to BK Häcken in Allsvenskan
    • Matej Hradecky’s injury

Here’s a clip of the Venezuelan skiier that Rich mentioned 😱

Simo Valakari Leaving SJK

  • Comparing the styles of Simo vs new manager Sixten Boström.
  • The need for SJK to strengthen, especially in light of HJK’s reinforcements.

New Format for Suomen Cup

  • Group A – shout out to KPV from Kokkola, now with 4 wins out of 4, playing AC Oulu and OPS next, both winnable games. RoPS and Kemi both pushing for 2nd & 3rd.
  • Group B – SJK, Jaro and VPS all on 9 points with one game to go. SJK vs VPS, Jaro vs Jazz.
  • Group C – HJK 12 pts and Honka on 9. Well ahead of the pack.
    • Stadin Derby (Helsinki) HJK vs HIFK will now be played outdoors at Sonera Stadion rather than indoors – which may have been ‘a bit tasty!’
  • Group D – Inter and Mariehamn both on 10. Well ahead of the pack.
  • Group E – KuPS and Ilves both on 12. Well ahead of the pack. Lahti at the bottom on 1 point!

Final placings can be found on Palloliito’s Suomen Cup website

Friendlies in the Desert

  • 9.1.2017 Morocco 0 – 1 Finland
  • 13.1.2017 Slovenia 2 – 0 Finland

We also discussed the upcoming friendlies against smaller nations and the affect on Finland’s FIFA ranking.

Recent Transfers

  • Abukar Mohamed – TPS to Lazio
  • Alex Ring – Kaiserslauten to New York City
  • Juhani Ojala’s transfer to BK Häcken
  • Pyry Soiri – VPS to FK Šah’tsjor Salihorsk (Belarus)

Remember, you welcome to join us for the recording of the podcast which is streamed live on YouTube. 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 #FFS11.

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