Cultural differences

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Finland's football community is frequently in an agitated discussion about about whether its culture is sufficiently impressive to nurture any kind of football worthy of respect. The presence or absence of something called 'football culture' might, to the casual observer, seem like a function of the league system (if there's football matches, bingo!

Past Players: Volume 6 - Sami Hyypia

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Sami Hyypia was at Liverpool Football Club for a fantastic 10 years. As Houllier's signing in 1999, I grew up with the Finnish defender commanding the Liverpool back four. From a relatively unknown element brought into the Liverpool side he flourished into a fan favourite and a legend in his own right.

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.

HJK-FF Jaro preview

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HJK host Jaro at the Sonera Stadium tonight at 6:30pm. The home side have recorded three straight victories (KuPS (H), Inter (H), VPS (A)) after the opening day defeat against TPS in Turku and sit second in the table, a point behind JJK. Jaro have also recovered from their dodgy start to the season, that saw them get beaten by biggest relegation favourites RoPS (A) and Haka (H), by taking all three points at TPS and drawing at home to KuPS.

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.

Finland one foot in the grave; Russia win 3-0

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The route from Finland to South Africa is now even longer and harder than before. Their crucial home game against Russia was basically a re-run of the clash in Moscow last October. The scoreline was the same, and Finland was just as helpless to prevent Russia from taking the three points that might mean that the Finns will enjoy World Cup 2010 sitting at home with their wives and kids.

Veikkausliiga round 7: FC Inter - Haka - live blog will appear here!

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Tune in at 6 PM (GMT +2) for a last-minute preview and a minute-by-minute live blog of Saturday's Veikkausliiga top 2 clash between FC Inter Turku and Haka.


Neither of these two teams were expected to be anything more than outside candidates with regards to the title race, but top 2 they are six rounds into the campaign.

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.

Finland’s young guns frighten Germany

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Finland were without Jari Litmanen when they took on European Championship runners-up Germany at the Olympic Stadium, but they still managed to put in an excellent performance in Stuart Baxer's first competitive game in charge, drawing the match 3-3. EGAN RICHARDSON HELSINKI TIMES FINLAND PLAYED without Jari Litmanen and scored three times against the second best team in [.

2008 Euro Qualifying Saturday Previews: Group A

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Group A
Portugal can do themselves a huge favor by winning at Azerbaijan. The Portuguese appear to be playing with fire after throwing away opportunities to assure themselves an early qualification with three consecutive draws in their last three group dates, two of those being home ties. They are plagued with injury with Jorge Andrade, Marco Caneira, Petit, Hélder Postiga, João Tomás and Pepe out as well as Tiago, who is suspended, but should have plenty, including the return of Ricardo Carvalho, to get the three points.

Frank Lampard

PICTURE: Kissy Kissy

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Diego Maradona kisses the Argentina shirt after reaching the final of Italia 90. 20 years later, he went on to manage Argentina and told the press to suck his dick after qualifying for the World Cup in South Africa.

After joining the club from Juventus months earlier, Attilio Lombardo was seen kissing the Crystal Palace shirt during a 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa.

Cesc Fabregas, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard…Rafael van der Vaart?

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When one looks to the Premier League to pick out the very best midfielders, a few names always come to the fore.

Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Frank Lampard (Chelsea) and Paul Scholes (Manchester United) are all phenomenal players with each and every one playing for one of the established powers of English football.

PICTURES: Kissy Kissy – Footballers Lip Service

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Diego Maradona kisses the Argentina shirt after reaching the final of Italia 90. 20 years later, he went on to manage Argentina and told the press to suck his dick after qualifying for the World Cup in South Africa.

After joining the club from Juventus months earlier, Attilio Lombardo was seen kissing the Crystal Palace shirt during a 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa.

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The Evidence is gone

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Per the official: "The Club can confirm that South African international Kagisho Dikgacoi has moved to Crystal Palace for an undisclosed fee."

Is this the moment that ruined it for The Evidence? Probably not. The lad was a bizarre signing, with his agent claiming in January 2009 that a work permit held up a winter transfer, but he'd be at Fulham come July.

Finland destroy San Marino 8-0 in first group E win

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HELSINKI, Finland  - Finland crushed San Marino 8-0 on Wednesday to notch a highest ever victory in a competitive international and a first win in their Euro 2012 Group E qualifying campaign. Finland, playing under stand-in coach Olli Huttunen who replaced Stuart Baxter last week, were helped by a Mikael Forssell hat-trick having lead just [.

UEFA Champions League

The Blind Truth

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Danny Blind.........wasn't he that Dutch bloke with the dodgy perm who brought down Paul Ince for the penalty at Euro 96?

It seems the current AFC Ajax Director of football is remembered more for his resemblance of a Harry Enfield sketch than his playing career.

A complete travesty if you ask me.

Vaart-man Smokes Twente Before Dispatching Villains

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In little over just one month, van der Vaart has almost become the most important player in the Tottenham Hotspur dressing room. An obvious bargain at just £8 million, the Dutch playmaker has been in incredible form for Spurs since joining from Real Madrid.

Having contributed four goals and three assists from just six games, van der Vaart has captured the attention of almost everyone watching the English Premier League.

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What might have been: No 5 - How Liverpool wasted the talent of a true footballing genius

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In January 2001, Gerrard Houllier signed one of Europe's most renowned and exciting creative players. Liverpool fans everywhere rejoiced at the prospect of having such a rare talent in the team, the ideal player to complement Michael Owen and Robbie Fowler. Joy quickly turned to frustration though as Houllier criminally underused the player and inexplicably wasted his considerable talent.

The Tuesday Thievery – Links Links Links

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Other blogs have "backpasses" and "dailydoses", but we at the illustrious Futfanatico headquarters prefer to trample with disdain the intellectual property rights of fellow bloggers. In addition to the SERVER SHUTTING TSUNAMI WAVE of traffic we send these respectful blogs, we refuse to pay for the right to associate with their wonderful content.

Transfer roundup

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But not in the way you might have expected. Below the line are all (most) transfers since 2006.

First, just goes to show how many players come and go. We know this, of course, but seeing them all written down is nevertheless very surprising. Â

I had a quick look through the ins and figured maybe 19 good signings, 16 bad ones, and another 19 in between.

Inter sail on under lucky stars

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KuPS - HJK 3-2 VPS - FC KooTeePee 1-1 MyPa - RoPS 1-0 FC Honka - TPS 2-2 TamU - FC Haka 1-1 FC Inter - FC Lahti 1-0 IFK Mariehamn - FF Jaro CANCELLED Inter have signed a great deal with the football gods. They won FC Lahti in front of over 8000 people willing to see Jari Litmanen in action, [...]

El ocaso del príncipe

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Hace más de una década, formaba parte de la elite del futbol mundial. Hoy, a sus 37 años y renuente a retirarse, el finlandés Jari Litmanen regresa a su hogar para prestar sus servicios al FC Lahti. Después de fugaz e improductivo último intento por jugar en un futbol competitivo formando parte del Fulham "El Principito" [.