Finnish Football Show #21: Nations League, Euro 2020 Qualifiers & Suomen Cup

Join Mark (@explorefinland),  Mark (@FCSuomi) and new co-host Keke (@kekemyllari) for monthly episodes, where 3 old blokes sit and talk about football. In Finland.

In episode 21, we look back to late-2018 and Finland’s successful Nations League campaign. We discuss the 2020 qualifying competition which started last weekend (23rd and 26th March 2019).

We also cover the 2019 Suomen Cup competition, with the group games in February & March 2019, progressing onto the first knockout round in late-March. Add-in some short news stories and a few new, hopefully regular, features and it’s another high-standard Finnish Football Show.

Download an MP3 of Nations League, Euro 2020 Qualifiers & Suomen Cup

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.

First Half

Kick-off (News)

  • Mark H
    • Transfer round up from the winter window
    • Problems with player registrations and visas in Veikkausliiga
  • Mark W – rebuilding at SJK
    • Lots of young Finnish players such as Moshtagh Yaghoubi and Sergei Eremenko
    • Plus, club legend Richie Dorman steps-up from player to Technical Director overnight, almost.
  • Keke
    • The collapse of the JJK holding company. PS Kemi went the same way in the very same week but now they have been taken over by some company who promote Far Eastern players, I think…

Suomen Cup 2019

  • Review of the Suomen Cup group stages
  • Look forward at the Quarter Finals
Keke’s Suomen Cup wallchart

“Ja sillä sipuli”
Finnish footy phrases / terminology.

  • Ki-Va. Which sounds like “kiva” (nice) but is shouted aggressively in the pub or on the pitch… its short for “Kiinni vaan” … (just close) … or in English close him down. So if you’re in the pitch and someone is shouting kiva at you… it’s probably not a compliment
Second Half

Catch-up with 2019

  • Finland in the Nations League
  • Teemu Puukki’s exploits at Norwich City and Mark H’s rebuff to fans of Glasgow Celtic
  • Review the two Euro 2020 qualifiers
  • Next fixtures for the National Team. Both are Euro 2020 qualifiers
    • 8.6.2019 19.00 SUOMI – BOSNIA-HERTSEGOVINA, Tampere
    • 11.6.2019 21.45 LIECHTENSTEIN – SUOMI
Injury time

Our monthly nomination of someone we know/like on twitter…

  • barbarian 🇫🇮 @barbaricfooty
  • Keke – “Barbarian is the go-to guy for breaking news on Finnish footballlers all around the world.”

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 #FFS21.

Follow one (or all) of us on Twitter for advanced warning of the next Show.

Useful Links

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s