Mark W, Rich, Keke and Ally return after a longer-than-expected winter break. And having gorged on too much football the Qatar World Cup – and too much ham & turkey at Christmas – they now turn their attention back to Finnish football in 2023. They look forward to the winter training camp in Potugal, discuss the squad selection and the opponents, Sweden & Estonia.
They also run through the various schedules that affect the Finnish national teams and club sides; Euro 2024 qualifiers, Liiga Cup, Suomen Cup, Veikkausliiga, Champions League and Europa Conference League. Before looking at the early transfer activity invloving Veikkausliiga sides and Finns moving around overseas.
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SHOW NOTES & LINKS
HUUHKAJAT TRAINING CAMP IN THE ALGARVE
- Sweden vs Finland – 9.1.2023, 20:45 https://tulospalvelu.palloliitto.fi/match/2837417/lineups
- Finland vs Estonia – 12.1.2023, 18:00 https://tulospalvelu.palloliitto.fi/match/2837418/lineups
2023 SCHEDULE FOR FINNISH CLUBS & NATIONAL TEAMS
Liigacup 2023 – 21st Jan to 1st April
- Group games: Sat 21.1. to Sat 4.3.
- Semi-finals: 18-19.3.
- Final: 1.4.
Suomen Cup 2023 – 17th Feb to 30th Sept
- Equalization Round 0, which equalizes the number of teams per region, will be played 17.2.-12.3.
- Round 1: 17.2.-25.3.
- Round 2: 19.3.-10.4.
- Round 3: 26.4.-8.5.
- Includes the six Veikkausliiga teams that do not participate in the UEFA club team competitions
- Round 4: 17. – 21.5.
- Includes two teams that qualified based on the success in the Liiga Cup.
- Round 5: 31.5. and 1.6.
- Includes remaining four Veikkausliiga clubs
- Round 6: 22.6.
- Semi-finals: 6.7.
- Final 30.9.
Huuhkajat Group H fixtures – 23rd March to 20th November
- Denmark – Finland, Thu 23.3. 21.45
- Northern Ireland – Finland, Sun 26.3. 21.45
- Finland – Slovenia, Fri 16.6. 19.00
- Finland – San Marino, Mon 19.6. 19.00
- Kazakstan – Finland, Thu 7.9. 17.00
- Finland – Denmark, Sun 10.9. 19.00
- Slovenia – Finland, Sat 14.10. 19.00
- Finland – Kazakstan, Tue 17.10. 19.00
- Finland – Northern Ireland, Fri 17.11. 19.00
- San Marino – Finland, Mon 20.11. 21.45
* Kickoff shown as Finnish times
Fixtures not yet confirmed.
Europa Conference League 2023/24 schedule
- First qualifying round: 13 and 20 July 2023
- Second qualifying round: 27 July and 3 August 2023
- Third qualifying round: 10 and 17 August 2023
- Play-offs: 24 and 31 August 2023
Group stage matches
- Matchday 1: 21 September 2023
- Matchday 2: 5 October 2023
- Matchday 3: 26 October 2023
- Matchday 4: 9 November 2023
- Matchday 5: 30 November 2023
- Matchday 6: 14 December 2023
- Knockout round play-offs: 15 and 22 February 2024
- Round of 16: 7 and 14 March 2024
- Quarter-finals: 11 and 18 April 2024
- Semi-finals: 2 and 9 May 2024
- Final: 29 May 2024
Champions league dates for those more optimistic HJK Helsinki fans: https://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/news/027a-1641dbcb4419-56bd0f3d6fd8-1000–2023-24-uefa-champions-league-matches-final-key-dates/
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