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Finnish Cup final day picture special

25. September 2010

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Olli Jantunen is busy taking pictures at all three Finnish cup finals today. This post will be updated throughout the day, but first we have a few photos from the women’s and ‘little’ finals (the latter is something like the FA Vase. Jantunen’s portfolio is here. Tweet

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Don’t Fear The Football Taliban

24. September 2010

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Every spare moment I’ve had in between work I’ve been thinking about the Finnish Cup final. Not the game itself, but the event. I kept running into the same problem. Yes, it has history and tradition. And yes, football is football and that should suffice. But every time I thought of these things I felt [...]

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HJK exhibit tactical sophistication

3. June 2010

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The HJK that many have been waiting for finally showed up in the Finnish Cup victory over Honka last week. For once HJK had certainly done their tactical homework. During the defeat in Espoo three weeks ago, they could neither contain Honka’s flowing passing game nor find the keys to unlock the stubborn Honka defence. [...]

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Finnish winter football: Yes we can!

20. March 2010

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Change is inevitable, even in Finland. As footballing Finland is gearing up for yet another spring of “why is football played when there’s still snow outside” debates, Pallokenttä in Helsinki is an excellent venue to have a taste of the not-so-good life tomorrow, when the Finnish Cup will hit top gear. Tweet

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Finnish Cup first round: VAKP 0 TKT 6

19. February 2010

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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 [...]

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Photo special: Suomen Cup starts with Töölön Taisto v MPS

13. February 2010

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The Finnish Cup gets started early this year, and that means games played indoors. The first round threw up a clash between brash upcoming Töölön Taisto, formed in 2003, and traditional Helsinki side Malmin Pallo Seura, who started life in 1948. MPS play in Kolmonen (the Third Division), while Taisto are currently in Vitonen (the [...]

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Photo special: Rafinha shushes TPV

27. January 2010

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Photo by Petteri Lehtonen Rafinha has had an interesting career. He very nearly stopped playing football at all when back in Brazil, until an unlikely guardian angel arrived in the form of then AC Oulu manager Miikka Juntunen. Juntunen was on a talent-spotting mission in Brazil (not too shabby a winter job when you live [...]

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Photo Special: Timo Furuholm

26. January 2010

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Photo by Tero Wester Timo Furuholm certainly divides opinion in Finland. His body language and in-your-face style are certainly not popular with TPS fans, but he adds a certain slapstick quality without which Veikkausliiga would be a much duller place. One example of that would be when TPS defender Jarno Heinikangas tackled him during the [...]

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Photo special: Finnish Cup

24. January 2010

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We’re going to try to have a regular photography feature here, utilising some of the excellent photography available to us. Click the photo to enlarge. The Finnish Cup is soon to start, mainly indoors and involving teams from the very bottom of the pyramid. The draw is here, but to get you in the mood [...]

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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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Inter Turku win Finnish Cup

31. October 2009

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Inter Turku won an enthralling Finnish Cup final at Töölö Football Stadium today, beating their erstwhile bogey team Tampere United 2-1. TamU had gone ahead through Jonne Hjelm in the 11th minute, after the 21 year old striker picked up Kangaskolkka’s flick-on when Ari Nyman made a mess of his attempted clearance. Hjelm raced onto [...]

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Finnish Cup Sixth Round (Tammela stadium special)

10. July 2009

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Finnish Cup Sixth Round (Tammela stadium special)

The biggest story of the Sixth Round was Tampere United’s decision to play their home tie against Jaro at Tammela Stadium, a ground considered by many to be Finland’s best. The significance of this is not obvious to those who have not been closely following Tampere football in recent years, so I will recap briefly. [...]

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Road to Töölö: Suomen Cup sixth round preview

8. July 2009

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Road to Töölö: Suomen Cup sixth round preview

The preview of the sxth round should take many forms, the first one being a homage to Pasi Rautiainen. This Monday’s match between Honka and TPS in Tapiola turned into something of a media event, with most of the Finnish under-21 squad presented with roses for their achievement in failing to win a single game [...]

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Tervakosken PATO 2 Tampereen Kisatoverit 2 (PATO win 3-1 on penalties)

7. May 2009

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“Tervakoski! So you’re going to Puuhamaa, then?” my girlfriend asked when I told her how I intended to spend that the evening. Not exactly. The town is famous for Puuhamaa (“Finland’s most diverse theme park“), and mighty exciting it looked too, as well as a paper mill and lastly, a rather physical football team. NFN’s [...]

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The Road to Töölö: Valkeakosken Pojat 0 Tervakosken PATO 9

26. April 2009

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PATO’s cup campaign continued on Good Friday with a trip to VAKP/2. They are the reserve team of FC Haka’s farm club, whose first team is now coached by Haka striker Sami Ristilä. In effect, they are the reserves of the reserves, they play at a very low level, and were little more than cannon [...]

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The road to Töölö, first round: Pispalan Ponnistus 0 Tervakosken PATO 7

9. April 2009

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The Finnish Cup is one of the least important competitions here. This is partly down to the schedule, in which the Cup is kicked from pillar to post as European games, the league programme and international breaks take priority. Last year the semi finals were put back until after the final round of league games, [...]

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