Tag Archive | "Kasper Hämäläinen"

Transfer Weekly: Djurgårdens IF sign a truckload of Finns and next season spells potential disaster for TPS as Pasi Rautiainen walks out

Thursday, January 14, 2010

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Djurgårdens IF are on the verge of re-naming the club Djurgårdens SF after signing half the Finnish national team that face South Korea in a week’s time. Kasper Hämäläinen, Joel Perovuo and Joona Toivio teamed up with Jani Lyyski, another fresh signing, and Daniel Sjölund, who is apparently staying at the Stockholm club after all. [...]

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Finland 2009 in pictures, part three

Saturday, November 21, 2009

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In part three of our pictorial roundup of 2009, we focus on the senior men’s national team. Click on the photos to enlarge.Tweet

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Johansson scores one and sets up another as Finland draw in Hamburg

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

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It was billed as the day Finland’s young players would come of age, and those that played certainly did that. Roni Porokara was a constant threat to Beck on Finland’s left wing, Kasper Hämäläinen linked up on the other wingand was not overawed in front of a crowd 12 times larger than his club’s average [...]

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Baxter goes for youth, looks to 2014

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

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Talking to Finnish football journalists always reminds me a little bit of the Four Yorkshiremen sketch. “I was there when we drew with Liechtenstein, that was an awful night.” “LIECHTENSTEIN? LUXURY! I’ve seen us draw 0-0 with Andorra!” “That’s nothing – I was there when Shefki missed that last minute chance in Prague and the [...]

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New players pave the way for a more physical and dynamic Finland

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

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It is a cruel world full of peril out there in international football and that is why, like a she-bear looking over her cubs, Stuart Baxter, the Finland coach, has been sheltering his young players before releasing them into the wild. However, on Saturday Baxter realised he was fighting a loosing battle against forces of [...]

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Evolution beats revolution as Wales fall to Finland

Sunday, October 11, 2009

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*Scroll down for highlights* It wasn’t exactly a momentous occasion. In the run-up to the game someone had scrawled “PALLOLIITTO HAISTAKAA VITTU” (“Finnish FA get to fuck”) on the wall outside the Football Association’s offices, evidence of the hostility Finland’s football decision makers can face when their performance is deemed unsatisfactory. The hostility comes from [...]

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The Stuart Baxter revolution: It is time for the Scotsman to show that he is not all talk

Thursday, September 3, 2009

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It is going to be a crucial week for the Finland coach Stuart Baxter as his team travel to Azerbaijan and Liechtenstein. The week might even become to define his era as the coach of the Finnish national team in two respects. Firstly, even though again Finland can only fantasise about qualifying for the World [...]

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Finland Under 21′s, class of 2009: a player-by-player assessment

Monday, July 27, 2009

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Markus Kitunen is joining the NFN team to provide occasional insights on football in Finland and abroad. His blog is I went for the Ball, and he will provide some in-depth, thoughtful analysis on Nordic football. His first NFN piece is from IWFTB, and focuses on the not-quite-triumphant Euro 2009 squad and their chances of [...]

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Haka – TPS preview

Monday, July 13, 2009

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Haka (2nd) – TPS (3rd), Monday 7 PM Live on Urheilukanava and streams PREVIEW: This week and the next are of definitive nature as far as the title race is concerned. TPS will play both Haka and table-topping HJK this week, and two wins could see them occupy the driving seat. Two draws would leave [...]

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Riku Riski, heir to the throne

Sunday, May 17, 2009

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OK, maybe I am taking a step too far in comparing this 19-year old to Mr Litmanen. Still, what a performance! Riski, or RR10, as his recently innovated nickname goes, beautifully set up TPS’s winning goal against VPS and also put the ball past Henri Sillanpää himself. He was composed with the ball, passing precisely [...]

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