January transfer window

There are some weird goings on, I must say. Firstly, Sorsa to Leeds. I never thought he was much good, but then HJK were in disarray last year and Eusebio would probably have found it difficult to show his best form there. I would say good luck to him, but he signed for Leeds, didn’t he?

Then there’s Jussi Jääskeläinen. I asked him about his plans before Christmas, and of course he said nothing of note. My own personal opinion is that he’ll stay at Bolton if they offer him a decent contract and no really big clubs come in for him, but if they offer nothing or he gets a good offer he’ll be off. Bolton haven’t offered anything yet, and there is speculation about Barcelona, so it could yet become interesting. His family is settled in the North-west though, so it would take a massive offer to uproot him.

Then we have the strange case of Vili Savolainen. He signed a contract with Tampere United, but has since been on trial at Leeds and is now training with Reading. I’d be astonished if he went there, but stranger things have happened. It’d be a nice profit for TamU as well.

Juska Savolainen has also been on trial, at Vicenza and now Rosenborg. He went to Vicenza with Berat Sadik, but is alone in the Canaries with the oily fishermen.

One of the things about Finland is the sheer number of players they have playing abroad. I got an FC Zwolle shirt for Christmas (yes, really), but unfortunately Petri Oravainen has now left the club and returned to HJK.

Then you have guys like Paulus Roiha, who has bobbed about middling Dutch clubs and is now at Újpest FC in Hungary. Finno-Ugric solidarity aside, that’s a weird one isn’t it? It does make Finnish football fans rather cosmopolitan folk, scouring the internet for news of their best and brightest.

Which brings me to Umeå FC. Erik Sandvärn moved there in a coaching role from IFK Mariehamn, and has been picking up bargains from Veikkausliiga ever since. They play in Division 1 North in the Swedish pyramid, ie the third tier, but still offered enough to tempt Jesper Törnqvist from FF Jaro and Tarmo Koivuranta from AC Oulu. Törnqvist has signed a two year contract, but Koivuranta has hit problems.

His girlfriend has a job in Finland, and so he was reluctant to move. And now Umeå coach Håkan Bäckström says that ‘it’s difficult to speak to him on the phone, because he doesn’t speak particularly good English or Swedish.’

Håkan, mate: everyone in Finland speaks Swedish and English. If they refuse to do so, it might be a sign of something….

This seems like a good a time as any to tell the Finnish joke I managed to translate from a book called ‘Finn Jävel’, a compendium of jokes that Swedes (apparently) like to tell about Finns. Here goes:

A judge asks a Finnish defendant ‘so why did you stab that man?’

Finnish defendant thinks about the question for a while, sighs, looks remorseful and says ‘well, it all happened so quickly. I really didn’t have time to go and fetch the axe.’

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3 Responses

  1. hi Egan ! any news/rumours about Alexei Eremenko Jr ??? thx

  2. Finnjävel?! I always thought that the Swedes didn’t mind that much about the Finns, i.e. they rather take the piss out of Norwegians. Gotta have that book.

  3. The book’s in Finnish, so it might well be more about self-image than anything else…..

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