It could be the sun, it could be an over-zealous barber, it could just be my over-active imagination. But I think Mikko Paatelainen is dealing with his receders with a mohawk. Of course, I mourn the passing of the mullet, a symbol of Finland just like Salmiakki and sauna, but times change and Mikko moves with them. You can see the modern, Finnish Bobby Charlton score an excellent lob in the video of TPS’s 2-0 win in Kotka.
TamU played very well against Buducnost on Tuesday. Chris James has toughened up noticeably, and was a tough-tackling midfielder as well as a playmaker. Henri Myntti found things a bit tougher against a good defence, but that was to be expected and he will learn from the experience. He’s played very few games as a striker in his career to date.
FC Honka take on IA Akranes today at Pohjola Stadium. It’s free to get in, close to Myyrmäki train station in Vantaa and will, hopefully, see a big win and a convincing performance from Honka against a team that have struggled in the league so far this year.
Honka sold Hannu Patronen to Helsingborg for €300,000 last week, and he made his debut in a 2-1 win against AIK on Tuesday. He had a bit of a problem with their offside tap, alongside his central defensive partner Marcus Nilsson, but in the second half a more aggressive approach paid off.
Haka travelled to Cork on Tuesday for their first qualifying round tie, missing only Sebastian Strandvall and Valeri Popovitch. The game kicks off at 21:45, and you can follow the game with live updates in Finnish via Haka’s website. If you want to listen to commentary, you can do so via rte.ie. Click on the ‘extra stream’ link.
The cup for the semi finals of the Cup has been made. games will be played on the 7th of August:
FC Honka-Tampere United