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It’s make or break time for Baxter

Friday, September 3, 2010

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The Finland coach Stuart Baxter is highly skilled in the art of deception. While Antti Muurinen, when he was coaching the national team, made a parody of himself with the slogan “eteenpäin on menty” (loose translation: we have progressed), that has since been abbreviated to EOM, Baxter, due to his diplomatic skills, pretty much repeats [...]

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Stuart Baxter meets the press (transcript)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

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I went to the press conference at the Finnish FA yesterday, and it was pretty interesting. This is the first chunk of transcript, much of which wasn’t reported in the Finnish press today. I’ll write up the rest – detailing the Belgium match and Lauri Dalla Valle – tonight or tomorrow. Apologies for the delay.Tweet

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Johansson pleased with Euro 2012 qualification draw

Monday, February 8, 2010

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New TPS signing Jonatan Johansson is content with Sunday’s Euro 2012 draw that placed Finland in qualification group E alongside Sweden, Netherlands, Hungary, Moldova and San Marino. “Netherlands are the favourites”, Johansson stated the obvious. “It is great to play Sweden after a long time. They are going through some changes and are unsure who [...]

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Payback time

Sunday, February 7, 2010

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Finnish football journalist Janne Oivio makes his NFN debut with an appeal for Finland to heal the scars caused by a previous close shave in qualifying, after the Euro2012 draw pitted Finland against a former nemesis. I don’t care about qualifying for Euro 2012. Just destroy Hungary. I’ll never forget October 11th, 1997. For the [...]

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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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Finland v Wales: end of an era?

Saturday, October 10, 2009

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That’s the question that’s dominated a lot of the buildup to the penultimate game of Finland’s World Cup qualifying campaign. After the disaster in Liechtenstein, debate has centred on Stuart Baxter’s continued stewardship of the national team. The former South Africa coach and those within the Finland camp have emphasised the importance of retaining third [...]

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Baxter loses face in Liechtenstein

Friday, September 11, 2009

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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

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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’s Under 21 Euros: no humiliation, but is that enough?

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

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STUART BAXTER is a polite and eloquent man, but at a Finnish FA press lunch given on Finland’s final day at the UEFA under-21 championships he found it difficult to express his feelings without recourse to an expletive. He had watched Finland’s previous two matches from the enclosure reserved for scouts, and their constant queries [...]

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Finland 2 Liechtenstein 1

Saturday, June 6, 2009

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He wears the number ten shirt, he is the best footballer his country has ever produced, and today at the Olympic Stadium he showed just why he’s so integral to the national side. Yes, AC Siena playmaker Mario Frick finally ended Liechtenstein’s nine-game goal drought with a close range finish in the 13th minute after [...]

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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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Craig Bellamy in ‘petulant stupidity’ shocker

Sunday, March 29, 2009

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This version of Bellamy’s post-match interview was mocked up by a Finland fan, as you can probably work out from the eagle owl and sheep-bothering montage at the end. I’ve seen it a couple of times now, and I still can’t quite believe that Craig Bellamy (international goals: 16) is criticising Jonatan Johansson (international goals: [...]

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