Tag Archive | "Roni Porokara"

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


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


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


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


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


*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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Baxter loses face in Liechtenstein

Friday, September 11, 2009


Finland were so utterly rubbish in the matches against Azerbaijan and Liechtenstein that it simply defies belief. Wednesday night goes down among the worst nights in the history of Finnish football. It wasn’t just that it was bad, it was bloody embarrassing. If this is the best that Mr. Baxter can provide with the selection [...]

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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


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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Allsvenskan round-up

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


We’ve ignored Allsvenskan a little bit recently, due to unavoidable other commitments*, but there are a couple of stories I’d like to bring to your attention. First up, Swedish hooligans. This has been a theme in coverage of Swedish football, as the problem has grown in recent years. It’s certainly something the Stockholm clubs will [...]

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Finland in Norway = did you bring your boots?

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

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After a lot of tut-tutting over Craig Bellamy’s idiotic comments, the Finnish squad is looking a little bit threadbare as they prepare for the vitally important friendly against Norway. Lillestrom keeper Otto Fredriksson will watch the game from the sidelines so as to avoid aggravating a troublesome knee. Niklas Moisander has decided he doesn’t want [...]

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Japan 5 Finland 1

Wednesday, February 4, 2009


Finland went down to a heavy defeat in Tokyo today. The winter training camp was intended to give a taste of international football to the younger players on the fringes of the full national team, and to see how they coped in a full international situation. Not all that well, as it turned out. The [...]

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