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Se trata de un blog especializado en el fútbol de éste país del Norte de Europa. Como apasionado del fútbol, al cual empecé a jugar a los 4 años, me apetecía escribir sobre algo que me enloquece y mi idea es aportar algo de mis conocimientos sobre este apasionante deporte. Fiel seguidor del Atleti, soy de esos románticos que creen que para expresar un comentario convincente hay que conocer la materia en profundidad...Nada mejor que haber jugado muchos años, haber visto muchos partidos, leer y escuchar muchos comentarios, para poder aportar conocimiento de éste deporte. Nace y se desarrolla con la idea de dar a conocer un poquito el fútbol de Finlandia, principalmente en lengua castellana, aunque se incluirán algunas opiniones en inglés y finés.En éste blog daré a conocer la "Veikkausliiga" (Liga de Fútbol Finlandesa), sus equipos, jugadores, managers, las selecciones nacionales (competiciones y resultados) y los jugadores finlandeses que desarrollan o han desarrollado sus carreras en las diferentes Ligas Europeas.

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Austria 3 - Finland 1

Esta noche, la selección finlandesa ha perdido por 3 goles a 1, en el amistoso jugado ante Austria, en tierras austriacas.
Pobre imagen del equipo finés, falto de aptitud e intensidad, que se vio superado en todo momento por el equipo austriaco.
Los goles fueron conseguidos por: Janko (32'), Harnik (54') e Ivanschitz (73'), para los austriacos, mientras que Furuholm (89'), a pase de Ojala, conseguía el gol de los fineses.
Mucho tendrá que mejorar el equipo de Paatelainen, si quiere tener alguna opción de clasificarse para el próximo mundial, ya que la imagen de hoy ha sido de equipo de muy poco nivel.

Tonight, Finland played in Austria, in a friendly game. The final score was 3-1. Finland played really bad tonight, with a lack of attitude and intensity, so the victory was clear for Austria.
The goals were scored by Janko (32'), Harnik (54') e Ivanschitz (73'), for Austria. Furuholm (87'), after a nice pass from Ojala scored for Finland.
Finland needs to improve a lot if they want to have a chance to get the qualification for the 2014 World Cup, because tonight, they played like a really bad squad...

Monday, 27 February 2012

Ykkönen 2012

Diez equipos componen la Ykkönen (equivalente a segunda división) para la temporada 2012.
Será una competición bastante interesante, en la que, Rops, descendido en 2011 de la Veikkausliiga, es uno de mis favoritos.
Los equipos son los siguientes:
For the season 2012, ten squads, will take part in Ykkönen (equivalent to second división). It is going to be an interesting season, with Rops, relegated last season, as one of my favorites..
The teams are:

AC Oulu
FC Hämeenlinna
HIFK
JIPPO
Rops
Koo Tee Pee
PK-35 Vantaa
OPS
Vikingit
SJK

Friday, 24 February 2012

Antti Muurinen

En el día de hoy voy a daros a conocer a uno de los entrenadores, con más peso dentro del fútbol finlandés en los últimos años. Se trata de Antti Muurinen, entrenador de HJK Helsinki desde 2007.
Muurinen, de 58 años de edad, empezó su carrera como entrenador en 1981, en FC Kontu, donde pasó 6 temporadas. Posteriormente ha entrenado a Kuusysi, Jaro, HJK, Lahti y a la selección finesa. Precisamente como seleccionador nacional, se dio a conocer internacionalmente, ya que estuvo al frente del combinado finés desde 2000 a 2005. Su etapa al frente de la selección tuvo gran controversia, ya que no fue capaz de clasificar a Finlandia ni para el Mundial de 2002 ni para la Eurocopa de 2004. Tras ésto, y por aclamación de los aficionados fineses por una derrota ante Holanda, fue destituido en 2005.
En 2007, vuelve a HJK (es su segunda etapa, trás estar anteriormente 2 años, 1997-1999). Como entrenador de HJK ha conseguido 4 ligas: 1997; 2009, 2010 y 2011 y 3 Copas de Finlandia: 1998,2008 y 2011.
En mi opinión, es un buen entrenador, que actualmente dirige a una de las mejores plantillas de Finlandia (si no la mejor), pero que en su etapa de seleccionador, no le supo trasmitir a sus jugadores que eran capaces de competir al mejor nivel, ya que siempre cayó en las fases de grupo.. En la etapa de Muurinen, Finlandia contaba con muchos de los grandes futbolistas de la historia finlandesa: Litmanen, Hyppia, Niemi, etc...

Today, I am going to write about Antti Muurinen. Finnish coach, Muurinen, 58, is actually HJK's manager.
He started his career as coach in 1981, in FC Kontu, where he spent 6 years. After this initial experience, he has worked for Kuusysi, Jaro, HJK, Lahti and Finland National Team. During his year as manager of the National Team (2000-2005), Muurinen got a lots of critics. He was not able to get the qualification  either for World Cup 2002 nor Euro 2004. Because of this, and after a defeat against Holland, he was sacked in 2005(due to the fan protest)
In 2007 he came back to HJK (he was before from 1997 to 1999). As a manager of HJK he has got 4 finnish league: 1997, 2009,2010 and 2011, and 3 finnish Cup: 1998, 2008 and 2011.
In my opinion, he is a gooa coach, leading one of the best squad in Finland, but during his experience as a manager of the National Team, he didn´t manage a great squad. He was not able to show his players, they were a good team. In that years, Finland has great player, such as Litmanen, Hyppia, Niemi, etc..

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Liiga Cup Resultados /Fixtures

Entre el viernes y el sábado se han disputado 4 encuentros de la Copa de la Liga.

Inter Turku 5 - IFK Mariehamn 0
FC Honka 4 - HJK Helsinki 0
VPS 1- FF Jaro 0
Kups 1- JJK 3

Destacar en el grupo 2 la contundente victoria de Honka sobre HJK, con lo que el equipo de Espoo, suma su cuarto triunfo en 4 partidos. En el grupo 3, nueva derrota de Kups, ésta vez en casa ante JJK, con lo que todavía no conoce la victoria en ésta competición.
En el Grupo 1, Inter golea a IFK, que empezó la competición ganando, pero que ya lleva dos derrotas consecutivas.
In the Group 2, Honka got the victory number 4 in 4 games, after its 4-0 to HJK.
In Group 3, Kups lost against JJK. The team from Kuopio, has only 1 point after 3 games, so they didn´t get any victory yet.
Finally, in group 1, Inter got 5 goals against IFK. It is already the second lost in a row for IFK, after its first match winning.

 Picture: Inter Turku - IFK Mariehamn (Source: www.fcinter.com)

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Forsell out of the Finnish list / Forsell se queda fuera de la convocatoria.

En el día de hoy, el seleccionador finés Mixu Paatelainen ha facilitado la lista de convocados para el encuentro amistoso del próximo 29 de Febrero, ante Austria, en Seinäajoki. La principal novedad es la ausencia del delantero del Leeds United, Mikael Forsell. Su lugar será ocupado por el jugador del Panionios, Njazi Kuqi
Today, Mixu Paatelainen, announced the list of player for the international friendly match against Austria, next 29th of February in Seinäajoki. The new is Mikael Forsell is not in the squad for this match. His replacement is going to be Njazi Kuqi (Panionios).
Jugadores / Players :

Lukas Hradecky, Esbjerg fB
Otto Fredrikson, Spartak Naltchik
Niklas Moisander, AZ Alkmaar
Petri Pasanen, FC Salzburg
Joona Toivio, Djurgårdens IF
Markus Halsti, Malmö FF
Jukka Raitala, CA Osasuna
Kari Arkivuo, BK Häcken
Veli Lampi, Arsenal Kyiv
Juhani Ojala, BSC Young Boys
Kasper Hämäläinen, Djurgårdens IF
Tim Sparv, FC Groningen
Alexander Ring, VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach
Roman Eremenko, FC Rubin Kazan 
Mika Väyrynen, Leeds United
Perparim Hetemaj, AC Chievo Verona
Riku Riski, Hønefoss BK
Daniel Sjölund, Djurgårdens IF
Njazi Kuqi, Panionios FC 
Teemu Pukki, FC Schalke 04
Timo Furuholm, Fortuna Düsseldorf

FC Honka 4 - FC Lahti 1

Hoy se ha disputado un encuentro de la Copa de la Liga, dentro del grupo 2, enfrentando a FC Honka y a FC Lahti. El resultado final ha sido de 4-1 a favor de Honka. Con éste resultado, Honka, sigue confirmando su condición de favorito para revalidad el título, ya que tiene 3 victorias en 3 partidos.
Los goleadores fueron: Aijälä (2), Rexhepin y Värynen para Honka, mientras que el gol del honor de FC Lahti fue conseguido por Tommi Kari.

Picure: Illari Aijäla
Today, FC Honka played against FC Lahti in a match for the League Cup, group 2. The victory was for FC Honka, 4-1, with goals scored by Aijälä (2), Rexhepin and Värynen. For Lahti scored Kari.
With this victory Honka is already 3 victories in 3 games, and for me, it is the favourite squad to get the tittle.. it would the third in a row.. Just great...

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Copa de la Liga /League Cup, 3rd Weekend

Entre ayer y hoy se han disputado 4 encuentros de la Copa de la Liga.
Grupo 1: TPS 1 - Haka 0.
Grupo 2: Honka 2 - Mypa 1.
Grupo 3: FFJaro 2- Kups 2; JJK 2- VPS 4.
Con éstos resultados y tras disputarse el tercer fin de semana de competición, los lideres de los grupos son TPS (grupo 1), Honka (grupo 2) y VPS (grupo 3).
Destacar el buen comienzo de competición de FC Honka, con 2 victorias en 2 encuentros, y la victoria a domicilio de VPS.

Between Friday and Saturday, 4 matches has been played for the League Cup 2012.
Group 1: TPS 1 - Haka 0.
Group 2: Honka 2 - Mypa 1.
Group 3: FFJaro 2- Kups 2; JJK 2- VPS 4.
After the dispute of the games, the leaders of the groups are: TPS, Honka and VPS respectively. It is important to mention the good level in this beginning of the competition of 2 teams: Honka, with 2 victory in 2 games and VPS, with 1 victory - away, against JJK. Maybe VPS (from Vaasa) is the surprise of the competition..

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Fichajes / Transfers

El actual campeón de liga, se sigue reforzando de cara al inicio de campeonato. Durante el día de hoy se han confirmado las dos nuevas incorporaciones de HJK, Rasmus Schüller y Demba Savage, ambos procedentes de FC Honka (actual campeón de la Copa de la Liga y que curiosamente venció a HJK en ésta competición hace sólo unos días).
Schüller, centrocampista de 20 años, es una de las más firmes promesas del fútbol finés. Ha firmado un contrato de 3 años, y cubrirá la vacante de Alexander Ring (actualmente en Borussia de Moenchengladbach).
Demba Savage, jugador de 23 años de Gambia, delantero goleador. Los detalles de su contrato se cerrarán en los próximos días.
Estos traspasos debilitan a uno de los posibles rivales de HJK, aunque vendrán bastante bien a las arcas de FC Honka....quizás algún problema económico??

The current Champion of the Veikkausliiga, has confirmed the agreement with FC Honka for the transfers of Rasmus Schüller y Demba Savage. FC Honka is the actual Champion of the League Cup (HJK was beaten by them few day ago in this competition).
Schüller, 20, is a midfielder. He is one of the most promising player of  Finland. He has signed a 3 year contract with HJK.
Savage, 23, is a player from Gambia. He plays as a striker. The terms of his contract will be discussed as soon as possible.
With the transfer of the players, HJK is getting stronger for next Championship. However is a bad new for Honka, except for the economy of the club.. maybe there are some financial problems in this club????

Saturday, 4 February 2012

HJK 0 - FC Honka 2

Este fin de semana se han disputado otros dos encuentros de la Copa de la Liga.
Ayer, IFK Mariehamn venció por 3 goles a 0 a TPS. Resultado bastante sorprendente, ya que la semana pasada TPS, había vencido a Inter en el duelo de Turku. IFK disputará su próximo encuentro el próximo lunes, recibiendo a Haka.
Yesterday, IFK Mariehamn won his game against TPS, 3-0. It was a bit surprised score; just one week before TPS had beaten Inter Turku, so I thought TPS was the favourite for this game. Next Monday, IFK receives Haka in his second match of this competition.
Allu

Esta tarde, se ha disputado el encuentro entre HJK y Honka, campeón de las 2 últimas ediciones. El resultado final fue de 0-2 para Honka, con goles de Värynen y Tammilehto. Ésta es una competición en la que Honka siempre juega bien, y aunque sólo ha jugado éste partido, para mi, es el favorito en ésta edición.
Today, HJK 0- FC Honka 2. The Champion of the last 2 editions has beaten HJK with goals scored by Värynen and Tammilehto.. It seems Honka is again one of the favourites for the tittle.. for me it is the one.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Aki Riihilahti

Aki Riihilahti, centrocampista defensivo, y uno de los grandes jugadores que ha dado el fútbol finés en los últimos años, ha anunciado su retirada del fútbol profesional.
A sus 35 años, y tras haber jugado 69 partidos con la selección finesa y haber militado en HJK (su primer y último club profesional),Valerenga (Noruega), Crystal Palace (Inglaterra) Kaiserslauten (Alemania) y Djugardens (Suecia), ha comunicado su despedida en una carta en su página web: http://www.akiriihilahti.com/ , que aqui reproduzco...

Aki Riihilahti defensive midfielder, and one of good player of the finnish football in the last years, has announced his retirement of the profesional football. Riihilahti, 35, has played 69 matches with the National team of Finland, and has played for HJK (his first and his last profesional experience), Valerenga (Norway), Crystal Palace (England) and Djugardens (Sweden), has announced his retirement in his web page: http://www.akiriihilahti.com/ , with this letter:

31.1.2012
Sometimes beaten, never conquered

I will never quit playing football but this is the end of my professional career. What started from my home yard at 1982 has come to an end today. It is never a big public headline that especially at this age someone has left the game but personally it is frightening thought for me that morning doesn’t start thinking about the next game. Everyone who has given all he has to something at any walk of life knows that letting go is never easy.

I played and will leave the game being true to myself. I am happy and grateful that even now at the age of 35 I would still have had the opportunity to keep playing at a high level. But I also know myself too well, and that for my type of person it is not healthy that I have been forced to compromise in too many ways. Desire and thought wants more than body can take. When 3.1.2005 in Premiership game against Aston Villa my legs finished a reasonable cooperation with me, almost every day since it has been some sort of fight and balancing.

It hasn’t prevented getting decent results, though, which probably have kept me going on along with the great support I have got, but nothing takes fully away the feeling that I have not been able to perform the way I know I can and want. However, I am sure every teammate can be my witness that I have given all I have for the team every day I have been privileged to wear the jersey. When it comes to the hard decision I have taken today, I just am not a man who wants to hold anything back or accepts standards lower than they could be. And I have to say that also the game itself has changed in many of these ways I hold dear.

So what are we left with then? Not so much for the history books but more than a dream come through for an ordinary little boy from Helsinki. When I kicked football for the first time, I could have never believed where the game would take me. I still have to pinch myself sometimes for that. If I would tell everything, nobody would probably even believe me. It is humbling what I have been blessed with.

Football is a microcosm to the life as a whole. It is rapidly changing battle with success and failure. I played 448 professional games during my career including English, German and Scandinavian top leagues, and the Champions League. On the other hand I have once sold my car and flat after signing four year contract to MLS only to get banned even before any training session was over. I was cast aside for a year. That made it even more special to bounce back and win three titles in a row for my childhood club, and challenge in European Leagues the likes of Schalke, Besiktas and Dinamo Zagreb.

Football is the best possible life that I know. It is also very slippery from the edges. You can feel it, hear it and it is counted all the time. There is no better feeling than playing for your home country. I had the honor for 69 times and scored 11 goals in them. The reason why I stayed in the game for so long that the numbers were usually on my side. However, no result or honor means as much as knowing you gave it all you got. No regrets. I wish I did my parents proud by following their advice that everyday one has to be able to look your teammates to the eyes and face the man in the mirror.

I feel uncomfortable to write about this when it could be just informed with a one line press release. But many athletes and former athletes have lately come to speak me about how there is too little discussed about quitting the game and what impact it has on us who have lived it so fully. I don’t know the truth or have any answers. I have followed so many players to quit playing and thought about how it might feel. You think you are prepared. The truth comes time to time as salty water from eyes. And I am not even near there what the everyday reality will be about.

I know there will be times when I look from the stands and think I could and should be still doing it. I will miss the moment when I run to the stadium to fight for my colors. I will miss my teammates. It has been a great honor to play with great footballers and against the best in the world. It has been even greater honor to be able to be true to the own colors with great people in and around the clubs I have played at, and meet so many good people through football. And I will miss the game itself.

I will walk to work today with my head high and heart full of great memories. I will always carry with me the experiences, encounters and feelings that you good people and fantastic supporters have given and left in me.

Thank You All for the great journey, I don’t think I can never pay you back what you have given to me.