TamU find some form at last

This game pretty much defined ‘tricky away leg’. Buducnost represented Serbia and Montenegro in European competition in 2005-06, and were easily the toughest side TamU could have drawn. If last year’s First Qualifying Round tie against SS Murata was little more than a stroll, this year’s was always going to be tough. After the late goal Beciraj scored in Tampere, TamU were written off by a lot of the Finnish media, and there was some bizarre criticism of a ‘lack of football culture’ apparently evidenced by the failure to charter a plane to go to Montenegro.

Evidently a proper football culture involves pissing about with the kick-off time, moving it back 24 hours after your opponents have already booked their flights and hotels. Rather than actually winning any games or anything. In the end TamU came through unscathed, an early Myntti goal ensured that TamU got a 1-1 draw and will face Artmedia Bratislava in the Second Qualifying round, with the first leg to be played at Ratina next Wednesday, kick off 7pm. Tickets are on sale to season ticket holders today, and everyone else from tomorrow.

I think only one journalist went to Montenegro, and there was no coverage of the game on Finnish radio or television. It sometimes seems like certain sections of the media would like to strangle football culture before it has the chance to grow, but I suppose some editors might now agree to send people to Bratislava for the second leg. I look forward to the debate about whether or not either game will be on TV. I recommend buying tickets, as this is holiday season and an OB at short notice seems like a lot of hard work – I’m not sure the game will get TV coverage.

There are no highlights available from the Buducnost away leg, but you can see some team that is already out of Europe beat some other team that didn’t even qualify here.


6 Responses

  1. Ooooo. Miaowwww.

  2. Maybe I’m spoiled by the football saturation carpet bombing you get in UK media, but is it too much to ask to send someone to Montenegro to do radio commentary down a phone line? And then to moan that TamU are representative of a lack of football culture, while not actually sending anyone to cover the game….. considering that guy works for the biggest media organisation in Finland, who could afford it if they regarded it as a priority, it’s a bit rich. There never will be a football culture if people have to follow games on teletext because Urheilukanava is showing the bastard tractor-pulling.

  3. Last year when TamU went to Trondheim with a charter plane it also caused a lot of critisism in the media. It’s a strange country. When it comes to showing these European matches on TV I think nowadays nobody even expects them to be shown. It has always been like if you want to see the matches you have to go to the games and buy your tickets. Sad, really.

    I think that last years Bordeaux – TamU tells it all. Luckily it was possible to catch that match via uefa.com with a fee of around five euros.

    The worst example of football shown in TV was few years ago when Finland was playing against Serbia & Montenegro in Belgrad. For some reason the match wasn’t LIVE but it had about one hours delay. The most amazing thing happened in the halftime. Finland had probably played one of their best 45 minutes ever. The score was still 0-0 and expectations were high. There was a news broadcast during the (which I don’t know why they couldn’t just show the whole thing as it wasn’t even a live broadcast so there wasn’t any real reason to have a break) break and at the end of that they managed to tell result of the game. Thank you very much.

  4. This is indeed a strange country. What on earth was the basis for criticising TamU’s charter to Trondheim?

  5. And how did they do in Belgrade?

  6. I guess the media was laughing in an impish way that we’re trying to act like a big club, which we’re not. We were 0-3 down and we should’ve taken a bicycle trip to Norway in order to save money for the next year. The media just tries to please as many people as possible. They are purely populistic and reflect the general mentality in Finland – kiss ass during success, stab in the back while losing.

    There are actually very very few news paper journalists in Finland (finnish), who actually write critically and think with their own brains. This, and the lack of decent discussion culture makes me wonder how the hell we’ve come this far as a nation…

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