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Match Report: Finland 1-1 Romania

Match Report: Finland 1-1 Romania

September 25, 2022

UEFA Nations League B3, Game 5

On Friday night, Finland were held to a frustrting 1-1 draw by Romania, in an open game in which both teams created good chances to score but, ultimately, could not score that elusive winning goal.

The result leaves both teams with everything to play for in the final group games on Monday 26th October, with Finland needing to get a better result against Montenegro, than Romania achieve against Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Blog: show notes and links https://finnishfootballshow.com/2022/09/25/match-report-finland-1-1-romania/

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21.9.2022 – Nations League Preview, Veikkausliiga, Suomen Cup Final, HJK and KuPS Women in Europe

21.9.2022 – Nations League Preview, Veikkausliiga, Suomen Cup Final, HJK and KuPS Women in Europe

September 21, 2022

IN THIS EPISODE...

They say size doesn't matter, but 1 hour 18 minutes of FFS action may just change your mind!

Mark W, Rich, Keke & Ally get together to preview the autumn 2023 Nations League games for Finland against Romania and Montenegro. They also look at teh situation in the Veikkausliiga, now it has split into the Mestaruussarja and the Haastajasarja for the final five rounds of matches.

Ally then talks through the Suomen Cup final (KuPS 1-0 Inter) and HJK Helsinki's first two Europa League performances against Real Betis and Roma. Finally, Rich looks forward to KuPS Women who have two games against St Pölten of Austria, in order to qualify for the Champions leagus group stage.

Blog: show notes and links https://finnishfootballshow.com/2022/09/21/nations-league-preview-veikkausliiga-suomen-cup-final-hjk-and-kups-women-in-europe/

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3.9.2022 Finnish Teams in Europe, Veikkausliiga Update, Helmarit WC Qualifiers, Suomen Cup Semis & Finnish League Restructure

3.9.2022 Finnish Teams in Europe, Veikkausliiga Update, Helmarit WC Qualifiers, Suomen Cup Semis & Finnish League Restructure

September 3, 2022

IN THIS EPISODE...

Mark W, Keke and Rich bring you a selection of recent news from the world of Finnish football including a proposed restructuring of the Finnish league in 2024, the Womens World Cup qualifying campaign and the Suomen Cup semi-finals played this week.

We also talk in more detail about the current state of play in the Veikkausliiga, with 20 games played and 'the split' (into the Champions Series and the Challenger Series) about to take place. We look back at the Europa Conference campaigns of SJK, Inter and KuPS, as well as HJK's progression (Backward progressions? Downwards qualification?) from Champions League qualifiers into the Europa League group stage.

Blog: show notes and links https://finnishfootballshow.com/2022/09/03/finnish-teams-in-europe-veikkausliiga-update-helmarit-wc-qualifiers-suomen-cup-semis-league-restructure/

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25.7.2022 – Transfers, Finnish Teams in European Action & Beto Leaves HIFK Helsinki

25.7.2022 – Transfers, Finnish Teams in European Action & Beto Leaves HIFK Helsinki

July 25, 2022

IN THIS EPISODE...

Rich, Keke & Ally talk through some of the latest news in Finnish football, including transfers involving Finnish players, how Finnish teams are getting on in European club competition (includes a Zoom-bombing from Mark W, fresh out of SJK Seinäjoki vs Lillestrøm SK). Finally, they discuss the current situation at HIFK Helsinki, compounded by the departure of fiery goalkeepr, Beto.

Mark W's FB Live pre-match video at SJK vs Lillestrom: https://fb.watch/etXUl4c7O6/ 

Blog: show notes and links https://finnishfootballshow.com/2022/07/25/transfers-finnish-teams-in-europe-beto-leaves-hifk/

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Review of Finland at the Womens Euro 2022

Review of Finland at the Womens Euro 2022

July 22, 2022

IN THIS EPISODE...

As the Helmarit exit the Euros at the group stage, the FFS team reconvene to look at the performances in the three group games. Rich, Keke & Ally give their perspectives from the stands at Stadium MK, where Finland lost to Spain (1-4), Denmark (0-1) and Germany (0-3), but provided hope for the future – possibly a future in which they are led by a new manager 🤔

Blog: show notes and links https://finnishfootballshow.com/2022/07/22/review-of-finland-at-the-womens-euro-2022/

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Finnish Football Shorts: Keke at the Helmarit Media Day 13.7.2022

Finnish Football Shorts: Keke at the Helmarit Media Day 13.7.2022

July 14, 2022

IN THIS EPISODE...

Keke had the opportunity to attend the Helmarit Media Day during the Women's Euro 2022. Never one to miss a chance of mingling with his heroes, Keke headed out to deepest Buckinghamshire (not far from Stadium MK where Finland play their 3 games in the Euros).

In this episode, you will hear Keke speaking with three Helmarit, Linda Sällström, Jenny Danielsson and Eveliina Summanen, on the day after Finland were beaten 1-0 by Denmark, ending their chances of qualifying from Group B.

Blog: show notes and links https://finnishfootballshow.com/2022/07/14/keke-at-the-helmarit-media-day/

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The Womens Game – A book about football by Johanna Ruohonen

The Womens Game – A book about football by Johanna Ruohonen

July 5, 2022

Naisten laji – Kirja jalkapallosta

IN THIS EPISODE...

In this special episode ahead of the 2022 Women’s Euros beginning this week in England, Rich spoke with author Johanna Ruohonen about her new book Naisten Laji, the origins of women’s football in Finland and Europe and how things have changed – and where inequality still remains.

Johanna describes how the book came about, speaking with female players past and present, hopes for the future and how the Helmarit and Kansallinen Liiga can provide positive role models for the next generation of women’s footballers and coaches in Finland.

Blog: show notes and links https://finnishfootballshow.com/2022/07/05/in-conversation-with-johanna-ruohonen/

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1.7.2022 – Veikkausliiga Update, Women’s Euro 2022 Preview, Suomen Cup Quarter Finals

1.7.2022 – Veikkausliiga Update, Women’s Euro 2022 Preview, Suomen Cup Quarter Finals

July 1, 2022

IN THIS EPISODE...

The summer of Finnish football continues apace, so Mark W, Rich & Keke got together to bring you an update on the Veikkausliiga season, now at the halfway stage. We also previewed the Women's Euro 2022 competition, as Finland prepares to take on Spain, Denmark and Germany.

The Suomen Cup is now at the quarter final stage, so we look back at the 6th round and preview the quarter finals – the results are in the blog post, so you can see how accurate we were! Finally, we look forward to next week's UEFA club competitons, which see HJK, KuPS, Inter and SJK in actionnns overseas, many successes and just a few disappointments.

Blog: show notes and links https://finnishfootballshow.com/2022/07/01/veikkausliiga-womens-euro-2022-preview-suomen-cup-quarter-finals/

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FFS In Conversation with Robert Ivanov

FFS In Conversation with Robert Ivanov

June 27, 2022

In this episode...

In this episode, Keke, Rich and Mark W are joined by Huuhkajat star, Robert Ivanov. A Finland international player who has recently cemented himself into the Huuhkajat starting 11, was a member of the Euro 2020 squad and who looks certain will be commanding the Finnish defence for years to come.

Roba tells us how it felt to grow up and progress through the Finnish league system, from an 18-year-old 'bambi' at PK-35 to FC Myllypuro to FC Vikingit 'to play with my friends' and into the Veikkausliiga with FC Honka. He talks about his dream of playing for Arsenal and his move to Warta Poznan, in Poland, and explains that his transfer may not have been quite as expensive as Keke thought!

Finally, Robert talks about his international career, the joy of being selected in the Euro 2020 squad and the 'changing of teh guard' in the Finland defence since the Euros.

Blog: show notes and links https://finnishfootballshow.com/2022/06/27/in-conversation-robert-ivanov/

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Match Report: Bosnia-Herzegovina 3-2 Finland

Match Report: Bosnia-Herzegovina 3-2 Finland

June 17, 2022

UEFA Nations League B3, Game 4

Finland completed this period of four games in eleven days with a postive performance, marred only by wasteful finishing that cost them dearly, as Bosnia-Herzegovina took all the points with a 3-2 vistory.

Blog: show notes and links https://finnishfootballshow.com/2022/06/17/match-report-bosnia-herzegovina-3-2-finland/

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