Petteri Tyni’s Tampere football videos are a real poke in the eye for people who moan about new media killing journalism. The local press in Tampere doesn’t have the capability or will to provide this kind of coverage of lower division football, and Petteri fills the gap by filming Ilves, TPV and occasionally TamU matches and posting the videos on his blog, sometimes with a heavy soundtrack.
His true love is TKT, Tampereen Kisatoverit. One of the many leftist clubs to have been founded in Finland in the 20s, they began in the Tampere suburb of Petsamo, but have followed the trends of gentrification and their centre of gravity is now in the working class suburb of Hervanta. Their first team is resolutely lower division, with a season in Kakkonen in 2006 being a recent highlight for them.
For clubs like this the Finnish Cup is a lifeline, a chance for a bit of extra income and a game against a big club, and TKT really take it very seriously indeed. Last year I travelled with them to Tervakoski for a second round game against PATO. They controlled that game until the last ten minutes, conceding a 2-0 lead and then losing on penalties, but this time I chickened out of heading to Valkeakoski to see them take on Koskenpojat as the weather was pretty chilly. Besides, I knew there’d be a video from Petteri, so the risk of missing something special was quite small. The second goal from Matias Karti is the pick of the bunch here: