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TPS and Tahdon 2013: Political football?

Sunday, April 14, 2013

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The old cliché that football and politics should not mix has taken a bit of a beating in the UK this weekend. It’s quite exceptional that a former Prime Minister is granted a ceremonial funeral without a commemoration from football, but no English club has risked inviting derision with a mark of respect for Margaret [...]

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Honka’s payment problems set poor players free

Thursday, February 14, 2013

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Finnish football players often earn small, irregularly paid salaries. They live in such such poverty that they cannot afford to buy houses, that they need to take second jobs, that they sometimes have to apply to state-run insurance to get their salaries paid. The idea of ‘player power’ and ‘contract rebels’ is a bit of [...]

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Finnish fixture revamp raises standards, favours HJK

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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The Finnish FA reorganised the league structure last season, taking the opportunity presented by Tampere United and AC Oulu’s licensing difficulties to reduce the top league by two clubs and introduce a 33-game system. Twelve clubs now play each other club three times, squeezing an additional seven games into the short Finnish season.Tweet

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Veikkausliiga season 2012: HJK will claim title, but a surprise is brewing in the relegation battle

Thursday, May 17, 2012

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Veikkausliiga already kicked off a few weeks ago so this season guide is way overdue. But let’s not allow that insignificant detail put us off since, despite the first rounds offering some surprises, there are still almost 30 matches to be played, which means that the league’s power balance will even itself out in the [...]

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Veikkausliiga Transfer Merry-go-round: Inter and MIFK keep busy, while Korkeakunnas builds his Helsinki colony at MyPa

Thursday, March 3, 2011

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The 2011 Veikkausliiga season kicks-off in two months so let’s not waste any time trying to make up witty introductions to the ever so fascinating world of Veikkausliiga transfer tittle-tattle and instead, mimicking the transfer market behaviour of most Finnish top tier teams, the Merry-go-round is just going to plunge in among the transfers news [...]

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Finnish Cup final day picture special

Saturday, September 25, 2010

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Olli Jantunen is busy taking pictures at all three Finnish cup finals today. This post will be updated throughout the day, but first we have a few photos from the women’s and ‘little’ finals (the latter is something like the FA Vase. Jantunen’s portfolio is here. Tweet

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Veikkausliiga round 8 preview

Friday, June 4, 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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Veikkausliiga Power Rankings Week 1

Tuesday, April 20, 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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Photo Special: Mestari Muurinen

Monday, March 15, 2010

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Photo by Tero Wester Last year’s championship-winning manager has taken a good deal of stick in his time. His Finland side underachieved, and at HJK he has been criticised for caution and a lack of imagination. This picture captures him seemingly in the midst of the TPS players at the League Cup game played on [...]

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Veikkausliiga Transfer Round-up: Experience is the next big thing in Veikkausliiga as Johansson returns to TPS and Kuivasto signs for FC Haka

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

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The NFN transfer news column returns afresh with a new title and ever improved content. Well that’s at least what evil marketing men and women want you to believe with these kinds of blatant attempts at re-branding. In truth, the Round-up will be exactly as inefficient, lazy and crass as the Weekly was in providing [...]

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TPS still looking to strengthen the squad

Monday, February 8, 2010

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Marco Casagrande, the CEO of TPS, was delighted with the club’s capture of Finland international Jonatan Johansson. He spoke to NFN after Johansson’s introduction to the media, revealing that TPS are still looking for new signings and that a contract extension is in the making for goalkeeper Jukka Lehtovaara.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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Photo Special: Timo Furuholm

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

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Photo by Tero Wester Timo Furuholm certainly divides opinion in Finland. His body language and in-your-face style are certainly not popular with TPS fans, but he adds a certain slapstick quality without which Veikkausliiga would be a much duller place. One example of that would be when TPS defender Jarno Heinikangas tackled him during the [...]

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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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Transfer Weekly (week 50): The Weekly is estimating percentages as Lyyski signs for DIF and Muurinen says he is only there to help

Friday, December 11, 2009

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The Weekly knows it has been bunking off recently and has not been fulfilling its obligations to write a few lines roughly once a week about close to none-existent transfers in Finnish football. And the Weekly used to be a right perky worker. In terms of work ethic, everything changed after Antti Muurinen, the Weekly’s [...]

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Finland 2009 in pictures, part two

Thursday, November 19, 2009

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In the second part of our look at some of the photos from 2009 in Finland, we focus on the fans. Click photos to enlarge. One of the themes of Tampere football has been the struggle by supporters to get decent facilities in which to play and watch the game. The Veikkausliiga season was slated [...]

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