[Podcast] Behind the Quarantine: The Football Agent

Mark W speaks to Chris Cleaver, the British football agent at Scandinavian FI OÜ Player Agency. Chris is the former captain & first team coach of SJK Seinäjoki in Finland. He talks about his playing career in Finland, bookended with spells in Seinäjoki, before explaining about the transition to becoming an agent and how this has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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[Podcast] Behind the Quarantine: The 1st Team Coach

Mark W talks to SJK Seinäjoki’s new 1st Team Coach, Joaquin Gomez about his bold move from Spain to the UK and dramatic rise, as a coach and assistant manager, through the Football League (EFL). We talk about how meeting Sami Hyypiä and Antti Niemi, later led to opportunities to become coach for Finland U21s and, latterly, SJK. Finally, he explains how they are keeping the SJK players fit, physically and mentally, during this period of uncertainty.

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[Podcast] Behind the Quarantine: The Technical Director

Mark W speaks to Richie Dorman, the British technical director of SJK Seinäjoki in Finland. Richie talks about his career in Finland from player to technical director, seemingly overnight, and how SJK is taking care of it’s players, employees and Academy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Finnish Football Show 23: Veikkausliiga Halfway, Euro 2020 Qualifiers & Suomen Cup Shenanigans

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

In episode 23, we discuss the 2019 Veikkausliiga season at the halfway stage. We look back at the disgraceful scenes at the end of the Suomen Cup Final. We also hear Keke trying to remember his trip to Liechtenstein to watch the Finnish national team.

Add-in some short news stories and the new, regular features and it’s another high-standard Finnish Football Show.

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Finnish Football Show 22 – Finns Winning Overseas, Suomen Cup Update and Veikkausliiga 2019 Kicks-off

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

In episode 22, we look at Finnish players overseas, some reaching for the stars and some heading in the other direction.  We allow Keke to bask in the glory of his Suomen Cup quarter final predictions and look ahead to the semi-finals on 16.5.2019. We then review the first 6-8 rounds of the Veikkausliiga season 2019.

Add-in some news stories about protests, the new, regular features and Mark W’s tantalising tease for FFS23, and it all adds up to another high-standard Finnish Football Show.

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Bonus – 10th Anniversary of SJK’s Supporter Group ‘Klopit’

As a supplement to the live recorded Finnish Football Show, Mark W speaks to Lari Paski, Supporters Liaison Officer and leader of the Klopit; Seinäjoki FC’s supporters group. It was recorded on the coach to watch SJK vs KPV in the Suomen Cup in February 2018 – so there’s a little background noise.

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