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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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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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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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Wales v Finland preview

Thursday, March 26, 2009

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Finland are suffering from the usual injury worries, with Teemu Tainio and Mika Väyrynen out, but Jari Litmanen’s fitness is a welcome boost for Stuart Baxter. The FC Lahti striker, who scored the first ever goal at the Millenium stadium in 2000, has recovered from a clash of heads that saw him withdraw midway through [...]

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Tainio out of Wales clash, Eremenko glad to be back

Thursday, March 26, 2009

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Alexei Eremenko Jr has spoken of his happiness at returning to the Finland squad after his exclusion last autumn. The FC Saturn striker has lost weight and improved his training habits, and is now once again talking with all the optimism and joie de vivre of a seasoned Finnish international. “The important thing is that [...]

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Baxter calls up Nyman and Sparv, Pukki and Lampi injured

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

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Finland have called up FC Thun’s Ari Nyman and Halmstad BK’s Tim Sparv ahead of the crucial World Cup qualifier in Wales on Saturday. Nyman replaces Veli Lampi, who withdrew from the squad after suffering a concussion in FC Zurich’s match against Young Boys Bern. Baxter has previously stated that he does not want under-21 [...]

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Japan 5 Finland 1

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

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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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