Download an MP3 of Finnish Football Show 13 – Friendlies in the Desert and Suomen Cup
Show Notes & Video
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In episode 13, we started by looking at some recent news:
- Mark H – Joel Pohjanpalo’s current situation at Leverkusen, where he’s not playing much at the moment. Plus Jere Uronen at Genk who is playing regularly in the Belgian league and Europa League.
- Rich – The possibility of a joint-Nordic bid to host Euro 2024. Leading to a general discussion about how to host enlarged international competitions.
- Producer Mark – Pre-season weakening of SJK. Most recently:
- Roope Riski’s loan to Paderborn in Budesliga 2
- Juhani Ojala’s transfer to BK Häcken in Allsvenskan
- Matej Hradecky’s injury
Here’s a clip of the Venezualan skiier that Rich mentioned 😱
Simo Valakari Leaving SJK
- Comparing the styles of Simo vs new manager Sixten Boström.
- The need for SJK to strengthen, especially in light of HJK’s reinforcements.
New Format for Suomen Cup
- Group A – shout out to KPV from Kokkola, now with 4 wins out of 4, playing AC Oulu and OPS next, both winnable games. RoPS and Kemi both pushing for 2nd & 3rd.
- Group B – SJK, Jaro and VPS all on 9 points with one game to go. SJK vs VPS, Jaro vs Jazz.
- Apologies for Rich’s terrible pun ‘The only way is up for Yazz‘ (FC Jazz)
- Group C – HJK 12 pts and Honka on 9. Well ahead of the pack.
- Stadin Derby (Helsinki) HJK vs HIFK will now be played outdoors at Sonera Stadion rather than indoors – which may have been ‘a bit tasty!’
- Group D – Inter and Mariehamn both on 10. Well ahead of the pack.
- Group E – KuPS and Ilves both on 12. Well ahead of the pack. Lahti at the bottom on 1 point!
Final placings can be found on Palloliito’s Suomen Cup website
Friendlies in the Desert
- 9.1.2017 Morrocco 0 – 1 Finland
- 13.1.2017 Slovenia 2 – 0 Finland
We also discussed the upcoming friendlies against smaller nations and the affect on Finland’s FIFA ranking.
- Abukar Mohamed – TPS to Lazio
- Alex Ring – Kaiserslauten to New York City
- Juhani Ojala’s transfer to BK Häcken
- Pyry Soiri – VPS to FK Šah’tsjor Salihorsk (Belarus)
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