Another slow fortnight or so since the last Tulos. Here's a quick summary for those of you who have been away...
A superb offer for fans of teams in the western division of the Kakkonen in 2015. Season ticket holders at either of the three clubs in the post are also able to attend the home games of the others, so over forty matches for the price of one season ticket, as little as 50 Euros in some cases.
Teemu Pukki knows how to time things - 48 hours before the announcement of the next Finland squad (for the Northern Ireland game), he scores for Brøndby in their 2-0 win over OB.
Teemu Pukki goal ~ Brondby IF vs Odense BK 15.03.2015 https://t.co/aMTfDX5i4I
— Juuso R. (@Cheesy_J) March 15, 2015
With more speculation in England about the introduction of academy teams into professional leagues, I wrote for Put Niels In Goal about how the teams fare in Finland, featuring the Suomen Cup ties between teams from the same club... Featuring the joint team huddle of HIFK/3 and HIFK/4 (below).
Finland's FIFA ranking continues to drop, now just five places above their previous worst of September 2012.
Finland are now 78th in the latest FIFA World Rankings, dropping five places #huuhkajat
— Escape To Suomi (@EscapeToSuomi) March 12, 2015
The latest ETS interview was with Finland ladies midfielder Annika Kukkonen, who gave some excellent answers relating to gay players, sexism in the sport, and Gangnam Style...
The latest draw for the Suomen Cup was made on Monday by Jari Litmanen - he should be made to make every draw, he pulled out some absolute stunners. TPS v Inter and JanPa/Atletico Malmi v FC Lahti are particular highlights. One big shock result of round four was KPV defeating top division side Jaro 3-0.
Fifth round draw - looking forward to it already