In the midst of uncertainty about where, exactly, Finland will play Bosnia-Herzegovina, the FFS team look at Markku Kanerva’s squad selection for these two, vital World Cup qualifiers. On 13th November, Finland travel (in theory) to Zenica to play Bosnia-Herzegovina. Then on 16th November, the Huuhkajat play hosts to France in a game that could see Finland qualify for its second consecutive major finals. There’s some work to be done yet, though, as Mark W, Rich, Mark H and Keke discuss…Continue reading “[Podcast] Finnish Football Show: World Cup Qualifier Previews – Finland take on Bosnia-Herzegonvina & France”
the FFS view on the biggest game in Group D. Continue reading Match Preview: Ukraine (h)
A busy show of international qualifiers, with both the Huuhkajat and Helmarit competing to qualify for upcoming World Cups. Mark W, Keke, Mark H and Rich look at the recent result for the Finland Women’s team and look forward to imminent games for the Men’s team.
They then turn their attention to the closing stages of the 2021 Veikkausliiga season. The regular season has now finished and the league splits into two final series’. For each club, the FFS team discuss their league position, any recent news or events and their prospects in the final stages.Continue reading “[Podcast] Finnish Football Show: Huuhkajat Squad Announced | Helmarit Match Review | Veikkausliiga Splits”
Another packed show, as Mark W, Keke, Mark H and Rich get together to preview the Finland national team squad that was just announced and preview the three upcoming games against Wales, Kazakhstan and France.
They also look at the Pikkuhuuhkajat (the U-21) squad that was also announced and ponder the quality of the next generation of potential Huuhkajat. Finally, they turn their attention to recent transfers for Finnish players moving overseas and take a quick look at the current Veikkausliiga standings.Continue reading “[Podcast] Finnish Football Show: World Cup Qualifiers Preview | Huuhkajat Squads Announced | Transfer Update | Veikkausliiga”
After the craziness of the Euros – the FFS team was crazy-busy representing Finland across the world’s media – you MAY have noticed!), crazy-tired staying up until 1:00 AM watching too many games of football, and crazy-hot (at least here in Finland) – it’s been nice to calm down and return to normality.
Mark H, Mark W, Rich and Keke get together to look back at the recent European action for HJK Helsinki, KuPS Kuopio, Inter Turku and Honka, and look forward to upcoming ties for HJK and KuPS. We reflect on a comment from Joni Kauko, about transfers to Brexit Britain, which seems to have started having an effect on Finnish players. We also look back at the last month of Veikkausliiga action, which has given us a league table that is tight at both ends. Ooh-er! 😳Continue reading “[Podcast] Finnish Football Show: European Club Competitions | Veikkausliiga | Brexit Transfer Troubles”
And so it ends. With three group games played in 10 days, the Finland team managed a goal, a win and finished third in group B. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough for the Huuhkajat to qualify for the knockout stage, but they did themselves and the while country proud.
Mark H, Mark W, Rich and Keke get together to review the final group game against Belgium and discuss how we felt while waiting for the final group positions to be decided. We also choose our Huuhkajat player of the Euros, before turning our attention to transfer news/speculation and the domestic Veikkausliiga season.Continue reading “[Podcast] Finnish Football Show: Review of Finland’s Euro 2020 Campaign | SMJK vs COVID | Transfers | Veikkausliiga”
Rich, Mark H & Keke discuss the recent Huuhkajat friendly game versus Switzerland and then put themselves in the shoes of ‘Rive’ Kanerva as they attempt to choose their final Euro 2020 squad from a list of 36 players!
The British phrase ‘written on the back of a fag packet’ seems appropriate – so get your cigarette packets ready and start choosing your team…Continue reading “[Podcast] Who’s On The Plane To The Euros?”
The FFS team look back at the games played in the past few days:
- Finland 2-2 Bosnia-Herzegovina
- Ukraine 1-1 Finland
- Player development under Rive and possible player ‘churn’ 😁
- Plus Mrs Wiltshear’s prediction for Switzerland vs Finland this week
There’s only one place to start this episode, so we look back at the disgraceful racist behaviour towards Glen Kamara last week (let’s not give the offender or his club any more publicity here!) This show was hosted by Keke with Mark H and Rich, who also discuss the Finland National team squad that was just announced and preview the three upcoming games; Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ukraine and Switzerland.
They also talk about the recent result (singular) in the Suomen Cup and consider how the Veikkausliiga season will be affected by an upswing in COVID cases in Finland. They even find time for a quick ‘Ja sillä sipuli..‘ and to throw a little MORE shade at Mark W for moonlighting with other podcasts about Finnish football 😉
(“I AM listening” – Mark)Continue reading “[Podcast] Finnish Football Show 37: Supporting Glen Kamara | Huuhkajat Squad Announced | Suomen Cup Delays | World Cup 2022 Qualifiers”
2021, the new 2020. On Tuesday March 2nd, the Palloliitto announced the final preparation game ahead of the European Championships, leaving us with what we think will be the complete set of fixtures for the 2021 international season… Continue reading Save The Date: Huuhkajat Fixtures 2021