The Finnish Football Show
2.4.20 – Behind the Quarantine: The Finland Supporters Club – Jussi Hartikainen, SMJK

2.4.20 – Behind the Quarantine: The Finland Supporters Club – Jussi Hartikainen, SMJK

April 2, 2020

Keke speaks to Jussi Hartikainen, the Executive Director of the Finland national team supporters club, Suomen Maajoukkueen Kannattajat ry. Also known as SMJK to its friends.

Jussi explains how the SMJK has handled the postponement of Euro 2020, how he manages relations with the Finnish Football Association, Palloliitto, the prospect of club football restarting anytime soon and the prospects for his club FC Vikingit. Oh, and the new SMJK beer: Pohjoiskaarre Pale Ale.

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25.3.20 – Behind the Quarantine: The Technical Director - Richie Dorman, SJK Seinäjoki

25.3.20 – Behind the Quarantine: The Technical Director - Richie Dorman, SJK Seinäjoki

March 25, 2020

How do we talk about Finnish football, when there's no football in Finland to talk about? In this mini-series, Behind the Quarantine, we will speak to people behind the scenes of Finnish football to find out how their daily routine has been affected by COVID-19.

In this episode, Mark W speaks to Richie Dorman, the British technical director of SJK Seinäjoki. Richie talks about his career in Finland from player to technical director, seemingly overnight, and what how SJK is taking care of it's players, employees and Academy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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13.3.20 – Coronavirus To Stop Play?  | Nations League Groups Drawn | New Finland Kit | ‘Oi Suomi On’ Book

13.3.20 – Coronavirus To Stop Play? | Nations League Groups Drawn | New Finland Kit | ‘Oi Suomi On’ Book

March 13, 2020

There's so much going on in the world of Finnish football, that Keke, Rich, Mark § Mark are back together only two weeks after the last show. It's like waiting for a bus, the Finnish Football Show, you wait two months for one, then two come along together.

We'll look back at the draw for the 2020-21 Nations League and Helsingin Sanomat journalist, Ari Virtanen's, recent book launch. A book that features a mention of a certain Mark Hayton, yes, that Mark Hayton. We also look forward to the new Finland national team kit for Euro 2020. And we'll discuss whether there will actually BE a Euro 2020 due to the Corona virus, COVID-19 or whatever it's called this week!

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24.2.20 – Suomen Cup 2020 Group Stage | Huuhkajat 2020 Fixtures | Closed-season Transfers

24.2.20 – Suomen Cup 2020 Group Stage | Huuhkajat 2020 Fixtures | Closed-season Transfers

February 25, 2020

Mark W, Mark H, Rich & Keke get together for the first time in 2020 and look back at Rich's interview with Tim Sparv and recent events in the Suomen Cup. We also look forward to Huuhkajat fixtures in 2020 and a surprisingly long section on recent transfers involving Finnish players and clubs.

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31.01.20 – Bonus - Tim Sparv interview

31.01.20 – Bonus - Tim Sparv interview

January 31, 2020

As a special bonus episode, Rich chatted with Finland captain Tim Sparv about Finland's historic qualification for Euro 2020, along with his time in Denmark was FC Midtjylland, spending time in the youth team at Southampton and his work to promote football in Vaasa.

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30.11.19 – Bonus – FFS Watches Finland’s UEFA Euro 2020 Draw – Live Commentary

30.11.19 – Bonus – FFS Watches Finland’s UEFA Euro 2020 Draw – Live Commentary

November 30, 2019

As a supplement to the regular Finnish Football Show, Mark W, Mark H & Keke watch the Euro 2020 Draw live and comment, react and critique the show.

Read Rich Nelson, Escape to Suomi's preview of the Euro 2020 Final draw

Finland's Group at Euro 2020

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22.11.19 – Finland Qualify For The Euros For The First Time. Ever!

22.11.19 – Finland Qualify For The Euros For The First Time. Ever!

November 22, 2019

Episode 26

The whole team is back: Mark H, Mark W, Keke & Rich.

Mark H & Keke share their experiences of being in the stadium (and on the pitch) as the Finnish national team create a piece of history.

We’ll recap the end of the Veikkausliiga season, discuss who won the European places and promotion & relegation between the leagues. We’ll also have our regular features, but surely there’s only one place to start this show.... 

And that is with last week’s games for the Huuhkajat; a 3-0 victory against Liechtenstein, to seal qualification, followed by a 2-1 defeat to Greece – after a heavy weekend of celebrating!

Add to that, the re-emergence of our old friend (and FFS founding co-host) Rich from Escape to Suomi  and our regular features. It all adds up to refreshingly upbeat, Finnish Football Show.

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19.10.19 – Euro 2020, Finland are nearly there!! 😮

19.10.19 – Euro 2020, Finland are nearly there!! 😮

October 19, 2019

Episode 25

Mark, Keke & Mark preview the upcoming weekend’s final round of Veikkausliiga games and discuss who might get the European places and these new, European play-off spots.

But. Surely. There’s only one place to start this week. And that is with last week’s games for the Finnish National team; a 4-1 defeat to Bosnia-Herzegovina, followed by a 3-0 win against Armenia.

Add to that, the re-emergence of our old friend (and FFS founding co-host) Rich from Escape to Suomi  and our regular features. It all adds up to refreshingly upbeat, Finnish Football Show.

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1.10.19 – Euro 2020 Qualifiers, Veikkausliiga Splits & Finns on Fire 🔥

1.10.19 – Euro 2020 Qualifiers, Veikkausliiga Splits & Finns on Fire 🔥

October 1, 2019

Episode 24

Keke, Mark & Mark look back at the recent Euro 2020 qualifiers, a 1-0 win over Greece and a 2-1 defeat to Italy, and look  forward to the upcoming games. We TRY to explain what happens now that the 2019 Veikkausliiga has split into two 'series' and we discuss a few Finnish players, who are figuratively (not literally) on fire!

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20.7.19 – Bonus – FFS Takes A Tour of OmaSp Stadion, Seinäjoki

20.7.19 – Bonus – FFS Takes A Tour of OmaSp Stadion, Seinäjoki

July 20, 2019

As a supplement to the live recorded Finnish Football Show, Mark W & Mark H meet in person for the first time 😳 and get a guided tour of SJK Seinäjoki's OmaSp Stadion. 

Huge thanks (again) to Lari Paski, Supporters Liaison Officer, for organising the tour at very late notice, and to Tom Dunne for taking time out of the Academy training session to share his memories of the early days of SJK.

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