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White Girls Can’t Dance

30. March 2011

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Let’s not get carried away by the shock of the match-fixing scandal. A cap on foreign players in Veikkausliiga isn’t the answer.»crosslinked«Tweet

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Tammela Talk: Finnish football phrase book

23. May 2010

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I’ve been thoroughly enjoying this football season. Pub Harald have expanded their beer-selling operations from Ilves to TPV matches, ensuring that pretty much every game taking place at Tammela can now be enjoyed with alcoholic enhancement. And Finnish football, much as I love it, does often need alcoholic enhancement.Tweet

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Tampere is United Only in Success

27. April 2010

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Janne Oivio attempts to make sense of Tampere United’s future while in a drug-induced haze.Tweet

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Finland 2009 in pictures, part two

19. November 2009

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In the second part of our look at some of the photos from 2009 in Finland, we focus on the fans. Click photos to enlarge. One of the themes of Tampere football has been the struggle by supporters to get decent facilities in which to play and watch the game. The Veikkausliiga season was slated [...]

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Pallohonka 1 Ilves 2

8. July 2009

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Pallohonka 1 Ilves 2

Ilves have been playing again for a season and a half now, and for the most part they’ve been up near the top of the Kakkonen group B table. Tampere photographer Petteri Lehtonen has been following them, and has kindly agreed to allow NFN to use his photos to bring a little bit of Kakkonen [...]

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Kakkonen video: Ilves 4 Jazz 2

26. May 2009

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Once again, NFN decided to give the Ilves match a miss, and once again, it turned out to be an absolute stormer. Chris James is back in Tampere, and played very well for Ilves (who have a co-operation deal with Tampere United). Lets see if he can recreate this form in the Confederations Cup for [...]

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The Preview That’s On Tour

3. April 2009

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Coming to you this week live from a rather unpleasant coffeehouse in Oslo, it’s the world famous Tippeliga preview! Saturday Viking (3rd) – Start (7th) Very rarely does a points-average of 1 point per game put you in the top half of the table, but that’s the situation for Start just two games into the [...]

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Gnistan’s players training with the best

2. March 2009

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I was in Sheffield last week, and wrote a fair bit about Gnistan’s deal with Sheffield Wednesday. This is the last piece, and it’s in this week’s Veikkaaja (translated into Finnish, obviously): After a 1-0 away victory over Port Vale reserves, Sheffield Wednesday’s reserve team manager and Academy Director Sean McAuley sang the praises of [...]

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Gnistan sign co-operation deal with Sheffield Wednesday

27. February 2009

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Gnistan sign co-operation deal with Sheffield Wednesday

This article appears in the 26 February edition of the Helsinki Times British side Sheffield Wednesday signed a youth development co-operation agreement with a club from Finland this week, with the deal expanding the range of players Wednesday’s Academy can track and recruit from. Three players from Finland have spent a week training in Sheffield, [...]

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