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Veikkausliiga: Finland Football Authorities Introduce Blanket Ban On Matches Being Postponed Due To Bad Weather

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Veikkausliiga, the top tier of Finnish football, have moved to ban all clubs from postponing matches due to bad weather and/or heavy snow.

Just one week before the start of the 2018 season, teams have been told that if they are unable to fulfil scheduled matches on their home pitch then a suitable alternative must be found or else they will "lose their home advantage".

City will test streamlined Arsenal + more Suarez guff

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Morning, a quick Saturday round-up for you.

We're in Finland today for our final pre-season game, a clash against Man City, and Arsene Wenger says he'll field a 'strong' side. Quite what that means in relation to this squad is anybody's guess. If you were to look up the word 'depth' in a dictionary, the definition would be 'not Arsenal'.

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Berisha savours historic Kosovo goal

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Turku (Finland) (AFP) Valon Berisha said he had fulfilled a dream and his place in history after scoring Kosovo's only goal on their competitive debut to salvage a draw away in Finland in a World Cup qualifier.

Berisha, a midfielder with Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg, converted a penalty on the hour mark in Turku to cancel out Paulus Arajuuri's opener for the hosts on 18 minutes on Monday.

Berisha savours historic Kosovo goal

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Turku (Finland) (AFP) Valon Berisha said he had fulfilled a dream and his place in history after scoring Kosovo's only goal on their competitive debut to salvage a draw away in Finland in a World Cup qualifier.

Berisha, a midfielder with Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg, converted a penalty on the hour mark in Turku to cancel out Paulus Arajuuri's opener for the hosts on 18 minutes on Monday.

Kosovo claim historic draw on competitive debut

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Turku (Finland) (AFP) Valon Berisha made history on Monday, scoring Kosovo's first goal on their competitive debut as they came from behind to draw 1-1 away to Finland in a 2018 World Cup qualifier in Turku.

Berisha, a midfielder with Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg, brilliantly converted a penalty on the hour mark at the Veritas Stadium after Bernard Berisha had been fouled in the area.

Italy see off Finland, Poland held in Euro warm-ups

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Paris (AFP) Italy, runners up at the 2012 European championships, tuned up for Euro 2016 with a 2-0 friendly win over Finland in Verona on Monday.

Antonio Candreva's first half penalty with Daniel De Rossi's contribution after the break gave the Azzurri a useful confidence booster ahead of their tough Group E opener against Belgium next Monday.

Italy see off Finland, Poland held in Euro warm-ups

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Paris (AFP) Italy, runners up at the 2012 European championships, tuned up for Euro 2016 with a 2-0 friendly win over Finland in Verona on Monday.

Antonio Candreva's first half penalty with Daniel De Rossi's contribution after the break gave the Azzurri a useful confidence booster ahead of their tough Group E opener against Belgium next Monday.

England

The American-est

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It's time to take a short break from the Clipboard for an update to this old post from Jacob Klinger. Obviously, there have been plenty of additions to our table of the clubs that have fielded the most Americans. But I've also made a few alterations: 1) no more prospects listed, a guy has to have played at least one first team match to count, 2) a few clubs way, way down the league pyramid have

Arsenal's Carl Jenkinson Speaks Friends and Competition Ahead of England U21 Qualifier

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England's U21's take on Finland this evening in an U21 European Championships Qualifier that will see Arsenal's Carl Jenkinson take part in a very special game.

The 21 year old featured for England at the U15 level before switching to Finland at the U19 and U21 levels. He was born to an English father and a Finnish mother and therefore qualifies to play for either nation.

Video: Liverpool youngster Andre Wisdom sent-off for kicking out (Finland U21 1-1 England U21

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http://youtu.be/QGDusbmCoew?t=3m35s Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom was shown a red card while captaining England Under-21s last night. The Reds right-back kicked out at a Finnish opponent right in front of the referee with 16 minutes remaining in last night's 1-1 draw. A free-kick had already been awarded against Wisdom when showing that his surname might [.

Women’s Cyprus Cup : Scotland’s Arsenal Duo Ready To Face England In Euro 2013 Showpiece Tournament

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Futbolita would like to wish all thethe powerful, amazing and inspiring ladies who are reading this a Happy International Women's Day!


England and Scotland are set to face off in the women's Cyprus Cup later today, which is generally seen as a showpiece tournament ahead of the Women's Euro 2013 in June.

Markus Halsti

Finland calls up D.C. United's Markus Halsti

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The Finn will miss United's next two matches

D.C. United will also be without Markus Halsti for Friday's game at Sporting Kansas City and next Wednesday's home game against the Seattle Sounders. He's been called in by Finland and will play two friendlies with the Huuhkajat. Halsti broke the news himself last night:

Duty calls #helsinkibound #huuhkajat #dutycalls #icelandair #sämpa #nationalteam #MLS

— Markus Halsti (@Halstinho) May 25, 2016

The 32-year old Halsti is part of a Finland squad (coached by former New York Red Bulls coach Hans Backe) that will play friendlies with two sides preparing for the Euro 2016 tournament.

D.C. United's Alvaro Saborio and Markus Halsti called up for national team duty

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The veteran duo won't miss any United games while away with Costa Rica and Finland, respectively.

A pair of D.C. United veterans will leave the club after tomorrow's game against the New York Red Bulls for international duty. Alvaro Saborio has been called up by Costa Rica, while Markus Halsti will join the Finnish national team for European Championship qualifying.

Markus Halsti called up to Finland Team for June Euro Qualifier

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Down one headband, for a small moment.

Lost in the jubliation of D.C. United winning over the Philadelphia Union, word comes from Goff that midfielder Markus Halsti is being recalled by the Finland national team for their home qualifier with Hungary on June 13. Finland is sitting on the outside of Group F advancement, in fourth place of six teams, sitting on four points.

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Finland 2016/17 Nike Home and Away Kits

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The Football Association of Finland (Suomen Palloliitto) have launched the 2016/17 home and away kits [...]

Finland 2014/15 Nike Home Kit

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Nike has launched the 2014/15 home kit for new signing Finland. TheHuuhkajat(The Eagle-Owls) have switched [...]

Americans Abroad

Fred Check: The KuPS Debut

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Someone was kind enough to put together a reel of Freddy Adu's debut in Finland. - Greg Seltzer

HeS Ba-a-a-aCK

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For now, a start equals progress for Freddy Adu, who will officially find himself in the alphabet soup when KuPS visits FC KTP in a little over an hour from the time of this post. And then afterwards, maybe they will all go to KFC.Clickitforthebigun. - Greg Seltzer

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Euro 2016 Draw: The Big Preview

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Euro 2016 Draw: The Big Preview - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Welcome to Soccerlens' preview and upcoming coverage of Sunday's Euro 2016 draw, which will take place at 11:00 GMT in Nice, France.

With qualification for this summer's World Cup in Brazil all sorted, we can turn our attentions to the upcoming European Championships in France, with a whole host of international heavyweights awaiting this Sunday's gala event, which will determine the fate of the 55 teams spread through six seeded pots.

Finland vs Spain 0-2 Highlights 2013 Jordi Alba Negredo Goals Video

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Finland vs Spain 0-2 Highlights 2013 Jordi Alba Negredo Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Finland vs Spain 2013 ( Finland Espana VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Finland vs Spain 0-2 ( Alba, Negredo) Olympic Stadium, Helsinki- 6 September, 2013- 19.

Insignificant surprises in Europe

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In Europe's World Cup qualifying group I the world champions of Spain took an important step by winning 0-2 against Finland, at the same time as France only managed to tie 0-0 in Georgia. France now has four points up to Spain, who will have to mess up their last home matches against Belorussia and Georgia not to qualify.

SPAIN WINS 0 - 2 FINLAND | GROUP I WORLD CUP 2014 QUALIFIER

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WCQ Weekend Preview: Spain visit plucky Finland; Colombia host Ecuador; and more

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By DAN KARELL

After nearly three months since the last World Cup qualifiers, much of the world returns to action beginning on Friday as the World Cup in Brazil next summer draws ever closer.

In UEFA, although many of the stronger nations are taking on the minnows, one of the matches on Friday is a rematch between Finland and Spain, which ended in a 1-1 draw after Teemu Puuki scored the game-tying goal on the road in the 79th minute and Finland held on.

SPAIN FOOTBALL TEAM LIST FOR FINLAND - CHILE MATCHES

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Spain, Portugal And England All With Must Win Games Tuesday

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We are some 16 months away from the start of the 2014 World Cup Finals in Brazil and three European heavyweights have must-win games on Tuesday or their participation in Brazil will be in serious doubt.

FRANCE V. SPAIN
First up is the current European and World Champions who head to Paris in a must-win game after drawing 1-1 with Finland at the weekend.

European World Cup qualifiers

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After a great round of World Cup qualifiers, the teams that will be going to Brazil next year begins to take form. Two things are great about Denmark's great 3-0 away victory against the Czech Republic: firstly, Denmark returns as a contender for a spot in the 2014 World Cup. With a victory against Bulgaria next week, it will all look good again.

SPANISH FOOTBALL TEAM PHOTO 2013

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WORLD CUP QUALIFIER GROUP I RESULT | SPAIN 1 FINLAND 1

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Spain vs Finland 1-1 Highlights 2013 Ramos Pukki Goals Video

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Spain vs Finland 1-1 Highlights 2013 Ramos Pukki Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Spain vs Finland 2013 ( Espana Finland VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Spain vs Finland 1-1 ( Ramos/ Pukki) Estadio Municipal El Molino- 22 March, 2013- Friday- Qualifying WC 2014 European- 19.

WORLD CUP 2014 | SPAIN vs FINLAND | POSSIBLE STARTING 11 TEAM LINE-UP FOR SPAIN

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TPS and Tahdon 2013: Political football?

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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 Thatcher.

The Miracle of Gijon

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Finland is waking up after the long, cold and miserable winter, and that means three things: melting snow, lifting winter gloom and the start of the football season. There may be more attention than usual this year thanks to the 'miracle of Gijon', in which the national team snatched a 1-1 draw with Spain last month, shocking nobody so much as themselves and their fans.

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Bolton Legend Jussi Jaaskelainen, 42, Confirms Reports Of His Retirement Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

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Former Bolton goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen has scotched reports that he's decided to hang up his gloves at the tender age of 42.

It was announced in the Finnish media that, after being released by Wigan following their relegation back down to League One, Jaaskelainen had decided to call it quits and retire.

FC Santa Claus Suffer Rough Week In Finnish Third Division, Forced To Play Three Goalkeepers At Once

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If you thought your football teamendured a rubbish weekend then go ahead and spare a thought for everybody's favourite Lapland-based, Christmas-themed club, FC Santa Claus.

Facing a tough away encounter against AC Kajaani in the Kakkonen (the third-tier of the Finnishleague system), Santa Claus prepared in the worst way possible losing several players to injury and turning up with a matchday entourage of just 11 men.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United and USMNT links for Wednesday September 9, 2015

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Sometimes soccer is the worst.

Let's start today with some (for our purposes, very minor) good news:

Finland make it two in a row thanks to Pohjanpalo | UEFA.com
Markus Halsti started at center back and went 90 minutes for Finland, who are still alive for a spot in Euro 2016.

Costa Rica 1-0 Uruguay: Ruiz header snaps 10-match winless run | Goal.

A Finnish Finish

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The video is well over a month old, but the world can be forgiven for overlooking the Finnish third division, right? Right. Thankfully, the video also provides running commentary as well as a wonderfully obstructed viewpoint from the stands.

And if you pay attention, you'll notice that it's not quite the worst sitter miss you've ever seen, he just forgot to shoot.

Pre-season concludes with an encouraging win

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After a summer which has been sunny, weather-wise, and fairly miserable, football/transfer wise, it was interesting to see how Arsenal would fare against Man City yesterday.

They bought big, quickly and early. We Sanogo. Yet, we ran out impressive, comfortable, 3-1 winners (goal clips in that link).

Finnish football haikus 2013

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I promised to send a copy of Jalkapallokirja 2013, the Finnish FA's stats book, to whoever wrote the best football haiku. The entries are all of a high standard, but which is your favourite?

@eganrichardson Snow ruins first games / cup final postponed for sure / Klubi wins it all

— Risto Pakarinen (@RistoPakarinen) April 18, 2013

@eganrichardson At Allianssi, great food from the barbecue, fine sunny evenings #anodetoallianssi

— Richard Anderson (@ricardoyorks) April 18, 2013

@eganrichardson Teemu Tainio, And Mikael Forsell for goals, Helsinki title

— Richard Anderson (@ricardoyorks) April 18, 2013

@eganrichardson Eleven fine men / My hot dog, my diet Coke / All is good in life

— Risto Pakarinen (@RistoPakarinen) April 18, 2013

@eganrichardson Headache with Jallu / Jallu with a good header /Three stars to them all

— Risto Pakarinen (@RistoPakarinen) April 18, 2013

@eganrichardson Ville Anderson/Sensi Soccer Superstar/RIP FinnPa

— Alasdair Dinnewell (@Alasasdair) April 18, 2013

SPAIN NATIONAL TEAM | ARBELOA - PIQUE OPEN UP CLUB WOUNDS AGAINST FINLAND ?

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Former UAB star signs in Finland

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Georgia native Kevin Sawchak has signed a one-year contract with Finnish Ykkonen club FC KooTeePee, with an option for a second season.