Silly season update: TamU best in Norden and Jari Litmanen on trial at Fulham

A group of German statisticians have decided that Tampere United are the 87th best club in the world. here’s the obligatory list of clubs TamU are now officially ‘better than’:

Ajax, VFB Stuttgart, Lanus (Clausura champions, lest we forget), FC Copenhagen, Hapoel Tel Aviv, Sparta Prague, Red Star Belgrade, Newcastle United, Bolton Wanderers, Manchester City, Ason Villa, and every other club in the world except for 86 lucky entities.

This is hogwash, obviously. It was covered in the Finnish press as ‘TamU are the best club in the Nordic countries’, you would hope with tongue in cheek. TamU play in an athletics stadium and have about one tenth the budget of the best clubs in the Nordic countries. They are the third most popular sports club in Tampere after Ilves and Tappara, and their squad is facing some major changes.

They have the best manager in the country, a growing fan base, and the possibility that they might one day have a decent stadium, all of which is good and positive and might well lead to a club that can compete with the Swedish and Norwegian giants. But we saw the gulf when Rosenborg came to town, and it was five goals wide.

Palloliitto announced today that Jari Litmanen flew to London yesterday to train with Fulham. In Jari’s words ‘we’ll see what happens then’. That’d be quite some signing for them, but I fear 3 months in the EPL could do for Liti once and for all.


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