Ilmari Finds Love In Two Places
25 April 2018
As crazy as this sounds I have been enjoying my time off from hockey. Can't believe it's been a year now since I was last coaching. Time has been going by real fast.
In the last year I have been exploring many new interest and getting into many things that I have never thought I would experience as I was so busy with hockey. Now though things are changing and they are changing for the better. I have fallen in love with two things that are now in my life. The first being my girlfriend Amanda, we meet back in December. The second thing I found love in is the sport of football.
I have never known that this sport was as amazing as it is. I guess all these years in hockey I have been ignorant to the sport and I feel like I have missed a lot of things with it. You ask if I have a favourite club at this point??? I will have to honestly say no because I really have no connection. You say why not your local club?? Well there is no way in hell I would support Ilves. What about clubs in the lower levels of Finland?? Well then yes I do enjoy watching them play but I can’t consider myself a supporter of any club. Now if Tappara had a club then hell yes!!!
For me I couldn’t care less about the supporters and all their tifo and all that. Wait that came out wrong, I have no dislike of them, it’s just in all my years of professional hockey in Europe both as a player and coach I just learned to tune them out as it can get very annoying and distracting at times. I understand what they do and I am grateful for those who supported whoever I was a part of but it is just not for me.
This is probably coming from the coach in me but I love the technical aspects of the sport and the strategy. It is just amazing to see how each play and player reacts to certain situations and their roles in the game. I have been studying and learning a lot in this area of the sport. I have two favourite areas of tactics that please me. If I get the description wrong please forgive me as I am still new to the sport. The first is what the Germans use and it’s with heavy attacking. The second is called Tiki-Taka (What the hell type of name is that?). I don’t know why but those please me the most and feel like hockey to me.
All of this is making me hungry to be associated with the sport. I know nothing of it right now but if I continued learning and got some internships I bet within a few years I can become a manager. Who the hell am I kidding, there is no way I could be remotely successful and it would just feel weird leaving what I have been doing since I was a child. Amanda believes that I can do it and that she knows I have the stuff.
With that I feel it is time to give this a shot. I think that this career change will be one of the best things I have ever done. Maybe I am a better football coach than hockey coach haha. Well it is time to start studying and looking for courses on the sport. I will need to find a club that would be willing to have me come on board and learn what is needed. That shouldn’t be hard as there are a ton of clubs in this country.
I am willing to work night and day to become a football manager!!