We preview this weekend’s final round of Veikkausliiga games and discuss who might get the European places and these new, European play-off spots. Plus, the re-emergence of Escape to Suomi.
We also have the regular features, “ja sillä sipuli” and “Following”. But. Surely. There’s only one place to start this week. And that is with last week’s games for the National team against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Armenia.
Add to that, the re-emergence of our old friend (and FFS founding co-host) Rich from Escape to Suomi and our regular features. It all adds up to refreshingly upbeat, Finnish Football Show.
Show Notes & Links
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Kick-off Euro 2020 Qualifiers
- 12.10 BOSNIA-HERTZEGOVINA 4 – 1 SUOMI
- 15.10 SUOMI 3 – 0 ARMENIA
Upcoming fixtures, both Euro 2020 qualifiers:
- 15.11 SUOMI – LIECHTENSTEIN Telia 5G Areena, Helsinki
- Win this and Finland are going to Euro 2020!
- 18.11 KREIKKA – SUOMI Olympiastadion, Ateena
“Ja sillä sipuli”
Finnish footy phrases / terminology.
- Länget – Nutmeg, Nuts, Megs
Veikkausliiga splits after 22 games in Champions series and Challenger series
- KuPS still have a two point lead and the final game is essentially a Championship play-off as they take on 2nd place Inter.
- Honka, who play Mariehamn, and Ilves, who play HJK, are both on 44 points and will both want a win to take the 3rd place.
- HJK will finish in fifth place.
- Mariehamn will finish sixth.
- HJK & Mariehamn will fight of the Europa League play-offs.
- Remember? Top 2 of the Challenger series go into a play-off for Europa League qualification. That is now confirmed as Lahti and HIFK
- SJK and RoPS – meh!
- VPS will finish bottom and KPV will finish second bottom and the relegation play-off with TPS Turku.
- Filip Valencic – FC Inter: 26 games 16 goals
- Lauri Ala-Myllymäki – Ilves: 24 games 12 goals
- Borjas Gonzalez – FC Honka: 25 games 11 goals
- Dos Santos – HIFK: 25 games 10 goals
- Timo Furuholm – FC Inter: 24 games 10 goals
Our monthly nomination of someone we know/like on Twitter…
- Escape To Suomi @EscapeToSuomi
- ‘Finnish football in English since 2012.’
- In the week that Rich decided to step back into the Finnish football arena, and reactivate his Twitter account, there can be only one nomination for ‘Following’
- Rich will also start to write for the Finnish Football Show website and, after his brief appearance in FFS25, will also rejoin the FFS crew in future 💪🏻
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