Finnish Football Show #20: Veikkausliiga at the ⅓ stage & Huuhkajat

Join Mark (@explorefinland), Rich (@EscapeToSuomi) and Mark (@FCSuomi) for monthly episodes, where 3 old blokes sit and talk about football. In Finland.

In episode 20, we look at how the Veikkausliiga season 2018 looks with 33% of games played, and we discuss the June 2018 friendlies for the Finnish national team. Add-in some short news stories, Finns Overseas and ramblings about Rich’s shirt, and it’s another high-standard Finnish Football Show.

Download an MP3 of Veikkausliiga at the ⅓ stage & Huuhkajat

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.

Recent news

  • Suomen Cup Final on 12.5: HJK 0 – 1 FC Inter
  • Palloliitto fines itself for flares at the Suomen Cup Final
  • Another new SJK manager
  • Young players from Indian Super League team, Kerala Blasters, training with SJK
  • Paul Fahy ‘Rich’s English player’ moved from Evesham Utd to Ruisku (level 6 – Vitonen) and has already moved onwards and upwards to Atletico Malmi (level 4 – Kolmonen)
  • Upcoming U19 European Championship (Seinäjoki & Vaasa) – I’ll be writing a little something about this very soon for Visit Seinäjoki


  • The form of Rasmus Karjalainen at KuPS 10 goals in 11 matches
    • Also, Klauss at HJK 11 goals from 13
  • HJK’s return to form
  • RoPS fading after positive start
  • (The fawning of) KuPS about El Said, off to World Cup
  • Mixed fortunes for promoted teams: TPS bottom, but Honka in 6th

Here’s an example of some recent Veikkausliiga highlights on ISTV


  • Recent games
  • Mixu and his Latvian renaissance
  • Mention for U17 girls
    • Qualifying for World Cup
  • New Huuhkajat kit
    • We were a bit dismissive about the new ‘Mother Theresa’ home kit (FFS19) but the new away kit looks better…

Finns overseas

  • 7–8 medal winners and a couple of relegations
    • Lukas Hradecky won German Cup with Eintracht Frankfurt vs Bayern Munich. He has now transferred to Bayer Leverkusen.
    • Teemu Puuki and Paulus Arajuuri won the Danish FA Cup with Brondby.
    • Tim Sparv and Markus Halsti won the Danish Superliga with FC Midtjylland
    • Kasper Hämäläinen – won the Polish Ekstraklasa for the 4th successive time, becoming the first foreigner to achieve this feat.

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 #FFS20.

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