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HJK attack with venom but do they have the defensive rigour to make it in Europe?

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HJK made Champions League history trashing Bangor City 13-0 on aggregate in the second round of the competition. Both the second leg 10-0 victory at home and aggregate result are the biggest goal-fests ever celebrated in the Champions League. The result is a remarkable achievement in its own right, especially by a team from Finland, but, in truth, Bangor never represented a real test for HJK.

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

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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 and take any piece it can get its hands on.

Is Njazi Kuqi the answer?

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Graham Westley has brought in Njazi Kuqi on "trial" as he continues to assess his attacking options. Kuqi came on for his debut with about 10 minutes remaining on Saturday as Boro won their first game of the season at home to Stockport. He made some nice touches here and there, but didn't really get much time to impress the Boro boss.

Veikkausliiga round 8 preview

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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?

Friday 7 PM

Tampere United (5th) FC Lahti (12th)

Tampere United had to make a jailbreak on Tuesday because AC/DC invaded their home ground.

The Monday Veikkausliiga preview that suffers from force majeure issues

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We owe you a sincere apology for our erratic previewing of the weekend's Veikkausliiga round. Our dear friend Egan Richardson is writhing in the misery that confronted his dear hometown of Sheffield, and I have spent my time trying to understand the annual Finnish holiday called Vappu (on May 1st and, in its most liquefied form, April 30th every year).

Veikkausliiga Power Rankings Week 1

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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.

NFN’s Massive Veikkausliiga Preview Package Part One: The Relegation Candidates

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Since there is no hope for compromise amongst NFN Finnish "experts" and Veikkaaja decided not to listen to my infinite wisdom, I've decided to use this space to tell everyone how the upcoming Veikkausliiga season will play out. So listen up.

This season ranks among the most interesting in recent memory.

Random predictions for Veikkausliiga 2010

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In the run-up to my Massive Season Preview 2010 (to be published very, very soon), I thought I'd start off with the conventional random predictions and pre-emptive awards for the upcoming season.

As I don't want to spoil the enormous excitement surrounding who I will deem worthy of champion elect status, I'll focus on other, more important things in this space.

The Veikkausliiga preview that isn’t at all grim up north

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Veikkausliiga heads north today, with long journeys deep into the countryside for HJK and Tampere United. RoPS, KuPS and VPS all have nice grounds but terrible pitches, and the difficulty of getting results there has been evident in recent seasons, with VPS acting as a bit of a bogey side for TamU and KuPS getting a memorable 3-2 win against HJK late last season to help them to a play-off spot.

Road to Töölö: Suomen Cup sixth round preview

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The preview of the sxth round should take many forms, the first one being a homage to Pasi Rautiainen. This Monday's match between Honka and TPS in Tapiola turned into something of a media event, with most of the Finnish under-21 squad presented with roses for their achievement in failing to win a single game or point, and scoring a solitary penalty during their three matches in Sweden.

Haka and HJK pull clear, Tamperelaiset get rained on

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Watching Tampere United struggle to a single goal victory over JJK at Ratina yesterday, it occurred to me just how astonishing it is that anyone watches Finnish football. The first half was enjoyably predictable, as TamU attacked and JJk attempted to string a few passes together. JJK's South Korean striker Nam was brought off injured, and someone curled a shot against the bar for the Jyväskyläns (it could very possibly have been Koskela), and Rafinha got the winner when Sinisalo's headed past his own keeper, but overall it was a pretty run of the mill Veikkausliiga match.

The Veikkausliiga roundup that loves a five goal thriller

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Inter are not the luckiest team in Veikkausliiga, it has to be said. After losing Patrick Bantamoi to a red card in Sunday's 2-0 defeat to HJK at Pallokenttä (HJK's usual Töölö home having it's new grass rested for the Euro 2009 championships in late August), their second goalkeeper David Moncalves was sent off in the 57th minute at Ratina today after bringing down Tampere United's Aleksei Kangaskolkka and preventing a goalscoring opportunity.

The Veikkausliiga round-up that is openly sympathetic to VPS

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We apologise for being unable to write a preview of last night's games, but here's an extended round-up to ease the pain.

MYPA - VPS 0-2

I can't help gloryhunting. VPS took a third consecutive win and I just have to support them. If I didn't, I would be scared by them.

Sunday’s Veikkausliiga preview

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TPS - IFK Mariehamn

TPS basically have the edge in this game, but it all depends on how they play. If they build on last week's win over VPS and produce another confident display, they should be able to win the game, but if they are inefficient and start pushing it, the game will turn out much more difficult, even more so as IFK Mariehamn really know how to play against "better" teams.

Riku Riski, heir to the throne

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OK, maybe I am taking a step too far in comparing this 19-year old to mr. Litmanen. Still, what a performance! Riski, or RR10, as his recently innovated nickname goes, beautifully set up TPS's 2-0 winning goal against VPS and also put the ball past Henri Sillanpää himself. He was composed with the ball, passing precisely and setting up a number of chances for his mates.

Veikkausliiga derby day

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Inter took their third consecutive derby win in Veikkausliiga, beating TPS 2-0. The big difference to last year was that both teams were bad this time around. Inter had most of the ball possession, but that was pretty much useless, as they could only create one chance. It was enough though, as Timo Furuholm found the net to score his team's second in the 75th minute.

Veikkausliiga Round 3 preview

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Haka v HJK

This is Finland's classico, the game between the historical heavyweights with more titles between them than they know what to do with. It's also Haka's first home game, Sedu Koskinen's first chance to bring the magic of a summer of music festivals and family-friendly entertainment to Tehtaan Kenttä.

Veikkausliiga Round 2 preview

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The second round of games, similarly to the first, shrank a bit because newly promoted JJK joined the already too long list of teams who had to cancel their opening fixture. VPS and Haka kicked off the round yesterday, with the latter snapping a 1-0 away win thanks to a goal from Pietari Holopainen.

Veikkausliiga Round 2 preview

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The second round of games, similarly to the first, shrank a bit because newly promoted JJK joined the already too long list of teams who had to cancel their opening fixture. VPS and Haka kicked off the round yesterday, with the latter snapping a 1-0 away win thanks to a goal from Pietari Holopainen.

Veikkausliiga 2009 predictions

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EGAN'S PREDICTION JUHA'S PREDICTION 1. FC Honka 1. HJK 2. HJK 2. FC Honka 3. FC Inter 3. Tampere United 4. Tampere United 4. TPS 5. TPS 5. FC Inter 6. FC Lahti 6. FC Lahti 7. FC Haka 7. FC Haka 8. VPS 8. MyPa 9. IFK Mariehamn 9. VPS 10. MyPa 10. FF Jaro 11. FF Jaro 11. IFK Mariehamn 12. KuPS 12. JJK 13.

Veikkausliiga 2009 predictions

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EGAN'S PREDICTION JUHA'S PREDICTION 1. FC Honka 1. HJK 2. HJK 2. FC Honka 3. FC Inter 3. Tampere United 4. Tampere United 4. TPS 5. TPS 5. FC Inter 6. FC Lahti 6. FC Lahti 7. FC Haka 7. FC Haka 8. VPS 8. MyPa 9. IFK Mariehamn 9. VPS 10. MyPa 10. FF Jaro 11. FF Jaro 11. IFK Mariehamn 12. KuPS 12. JJK 13.

Veikkausliiga 2009 predictions

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EGAN'S PREDICTION JUHA'S PREDICTION 1. FC Honka 1. HJK 2. HJK 2. FC Honka 3. FC Inter 3. Tampere United 4. Tampere United 4. TPS 5. TPS 5. FC Inter 6. FC Lahti 6. FC Lahti 7. FC Haka 7. FC Haka 8. VPS 8. MyPa 9. IFK Mariehamn 9. VPS 10. MyPa 10. FF Jaro 11. FF Jaro 11. IFK Mariehamn 12. KuPS 12. JJK 13.

Veikkausliiga 2009 preview: IFK Mariehamn

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In: Dymytro Voloshyn, Marcus Olofsson, Kenneth Gustavsson, Tamás Gruborowics, Gustav Långbacka, Kenneth Vickström, Sasha Anttilainen, Arsim Gashi, Jimmy Sundman, Ante Simunac

Out: Daniel Norrmén, Travis Binnion, Jani Lyyski, Andreas Björk, Andreas Friman, Peter Sjölund, André Hansell, Petter Isaksson, David Carlsson, Anders Överström, Tommy Wirtanen, Arash Bayat, August Bergman, Akombo Ukeyima, Moses Reid

Coach: Pekka Lyyski

Claimed playing budget: €450,000

Egan says:A big re-building job has been undertaken at the Wiklof Holding Arena, with retirements decimating IFK's squad.

Veikkausliiga 2009 preview: IFK Mariehamn

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In: Dymytro Voloshyn, Marcus Olofsson, Kenneth Gustavsson, Tamás Gruborowics, Gustav Långbacka, Kenneth Vickström, Sasha Anttilainen, Arsim Gashi, Jimmy Sundman, Ante Simunac

Out: Daniel Norrmén, Travis Binnion, Jani Lyyski, Andreas Björk, Andreas Friman, Peter Sjölund, André Hansell, Petter Isaksson, David Carlsson, Anders Överström, Tommy Wirtanen, Arash Bayat, August Bergman, Akombo Ukeyima, Moses Reid

Coach: Pekka Lyyski

Claimed playing budget: €450,000

Egan says:A big re-building job has been undertaken at the Wiklof Holding Arena, with retirements decimating IFK's squad.

Veikkausliiga 2009 preview: IFK Mariehamn

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In: Dymytro Voloshyn, Marcus Olofsson, Kenneth Gustavsson, Tamás Gruborowics, Gustav Långbacka, Kenneth Vickström, Sasha Anttilainen, Arsim Gashi, Jimmy Sundman, Ante Simunac

Out: Daniel Norrmén, Travis Binnion, Jani Lyyski, Andreas Björk, Andreas Friman, Peter Sjölund, André Hansell, Petter Isaksson, David Carlsson, Anders Överström, Tommy Wirtanen, Arash Bayat, August Bergman, Akombo Ukeyima, Moses Reid

Coach: Pekka Lyyski

Claimed playing budget: €450,000

Egan says:A big re-building job has been undertaken at the Wiklof Holding Arena, with retirements decimating IFK's squad.

Wales v Finland preview

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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 [.

Wales v Finland preview

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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 [.

Wales v Finland preview

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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 [.

Veikkausliiga

2008 Veikkausliiga - the changing of the guard

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The biggest disappointment this year has been HJK Helsinki. They started with high hopes, big signings, and a fluent attacking style, but things have fallen apart for them since the 3-2 win over Inter that seemed to renew their title hopes back in August. Their strategy - big money signings combined with the cream of [.

Veikkausliiga Round 25 preview, part 2

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TamU beat Honka 4-3 in an entertaining game that saw TamU stir up the title race once again. A few weeks ago they got a home win against Inter and now the other title candidate was treated to a defeat at their hands. FC Lahti - IFK Mariehamn A win would guarantee IFK Mariehamn a place in [...]

Inter hold on to their advantage

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FC Inter - Honka 0-0 HJK - TPS 1-0 FC Lahti - Haka 1-0 KuPS - MyPa 1-4 VPS - Jaro 2-1 TamU - IFK Mariehamn 1-0 Highlights here, just click the "Veikkausliiga" link below the video. Inter and Honka couldn't spell out a difference between themselves in the long-awaited game between the two top teams in Turku.