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There Will Be No Return Of The Jedi In This Universe – NFN’s Veikkausliiga Preview 2011

6. May 2011

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It’s time for the annual NFN Veikkausliiga preview. As with last year, a three part preview, starting with the title contenders. Want to guess who we think will win?»crosslinked«Tweet

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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.Tweet

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Veikkausliiga Transfer Merry-go-round: HJK already look ready for the new season, while near-relegated JJK are thinking too big for their own good

12. January 2011

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When you go for a Sunday stroll around the Finnish transfer circus  at this time of the year, in this bleak financial and meteorological climate, you would expect to see a sad merry-go-round sitting stranded in the cold, transfer ponies buried under five feet of snow, emptiness echoing in the absence of laughter, shrieks of [...]

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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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Who Shall Get the Last Laugh? A Look At Some Predictions

21. September 2010

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Do you like self-congradulatory columns with a hint of smugness? In that case, you’re in luck! In a tradition stretching back to never before, let’s take a look at the predictions made in our Veikkausliiga preview package in April and see where we are. How has the season unfolded? Who gets the last laugh?Tweet

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The R Word

15. September 2010

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Finnish is a great language for cursing. My favourite curse word in Finnish football is actually Norwegian. I don’t know who the poor soul was who was first to utter the words, but the phrase “We will be Finland’s Rosenborg” has to be equated to the rudest possible insult imaginable. You know how TV shows [...]

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TPV 3 Klubi 04 2: ressies out!

1. August 2010

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One of the many loveable idiosyncrasies of Finnish football is the relaxed attitude to registrations taken by the authorities here. Players can switch clubs with bewildering regularity, via an intricate network of co-operation agreements between clubs at all levels of the game. Promising young defender Johannes Mononen has played for all three of Tampere’s top [...]

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Injury-ridden TPS out to avoid upset against Port Talbot Town

30. June 2010

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TPS will host Welsh side Port Talbot Town in their opening fixture of the UEFA Europa League first qualification round tie. Having recently played four games in nine days, TPS are having injury problems. In Wednesday’s pre-game press conference, head coach Marko Rajamäki revealed five players are ruled out of Thursday’s game.Tweet

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Veikkausliiga round 8 preview

4. June 2010

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The Finnish league has made it all the way to the 8th round, which makes us here at the NFN Ivory Tower quite ready and willing to single out some teams for harsh criticism. We could also carve out the positives out of some teams’ performances, but who wants to read good news anyway?Tweet

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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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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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The Monday Veikkausliiga preview that suffers from force majeure issues

3. May 2010

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We owe you a sincere apology for our erratic previewing of the weekend’s Veikkausliiga round. Our dear friend Egan Richardson is writhing in the misery that confronted his dear hometown of Sheffield, and I have spent my time trying to understand the annual Finnish holiday called Vappu (on May 1st and, in its most liquefied [...]

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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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Finnish football, foreigners, and youth development

25. April 2010

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Soccernet recently asked me to write something about Finland’s new TV deal, specifically in relation to the bonuses for fielding  fewer foreigners and the potential implications if this were applied in different leagues, but I haven’t yet gotten around to it. Partly because I just started a new job and am pretty busy at the [...]

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HJK in 2010: title theirs for the taking but tactical innovation needed to live the European dream

21. April 2010

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Markus Kitunen takes a look at HJK’s prospects for 2010. By all accounts HJK are by far the biggest favourite to win the Veikkausliiga title in 2010. Honka and Inter obviously fancy their chances but while the former have weakened and the latter are still regrouping after a disappointing season, HJK have come out stronger [...]

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Veikkausliiga Power Rankings Week 1

20. April 2010

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Janne Oivio continues his skewed coverage of Veikkausliiga following the preview package published last week. It’s ridiculously early to do a power ranking, but I don’t care. Having just completed NFN’s Massive Veikkausliiga Preview I was so delighted with myself that I decided to begin a running feature which will run hopefully every other week. [...]

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