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Kalle Koskinen: The Iceman

Kalle Koskinen Challenges The World Of Football In This Tale
Started on 23 April 2019 by Justice / First Post
Latest Reply on 7 December 2019 by Griffo / Last Post
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Kalle’s choice not to tell Max is an interesting one. On one hand he could find out a lot more information on the people who clearly want him dead. But on the other hand he could be putting himself and Elsa in even more danger.

The Interlude was a great piece to read and really showed the detail and little pieces people may have missed. Great job.
Powerful stuff. I won't accept you even consider your writing to be inferior to mine. You know for a fact it's not. :P
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7 monthsEdited

Peimari Unveil New Kits


Peimari United Unveiled Their New Kits For The 2020 Season

11/01/2020

Peimari United's players will be donning brand new kit designs for the 2020 season, with both home and away jerseys released to the general public. Both jerseys are likely to cause a stir, with a lion's head preferred over the club's official logo in the design.

Peimari United signed a one-year deal with Puma, who manufactured the kits on display. The German sports company currently manufactures kits for English giants Manchester City, major German side Borussia Dortmund, as well as a host of top Finnish clubs including FC Honka, HIFK, IFK Mariehamn, KuPS, RoPS, TPS and VPS. Puma has long since been a beloved kit producer for Finnish football, and Puma have taken advantage of a relatively uncompetitive market in a country with a strong economic structure.

Supercell, a Finnish mobile gaming company, signed a one-year deal to be the main, and only, kit sponsors of Peimari United. Supercell are mainly noted for producing hit mobile game Clash of Clans, which has long been one of the most downloaded mobile games in the world. Supercell have been noted for their donations to charity. The employees of the company donated €3.4M to the Finnish New Children's Hospital project during the early stages of the project; the largest donation by any Finnish company employees ever. The founders of Supercell, Mikko Kodisoja and Ilkka Paananen, have also set up non-profit charity organisations which have spent millions for children in Finland.

The two sponsorship deals have earned Peimari United an estimated total of €225,000. This comes as a notable increase from €130,000 Peimari United had with Lotto last season. Any future deal with Puma, or another company, should Peimari United earn another promotion, is expected to be much bigger again.

The home kit strays away from what Peimari United have typically worn in the past. There is a notable absence of yellow in the kit, with black and green coming to the fore. With a black background colour, a cubic green pattern stretches from the hip up to the chest area, while the sleeves are lined with faded green dashes.

The away kit is white in colour, similar faded green dashes on the sleeves. The cuffs and collar are made up of the same green colour.

Both home and away kit don a lion's head instead of the club's official logo. The lion's head is used as a testament to the club being affectionately known as Paimion Leijonat (The Lions of Paimio) over the past season. The text Paimion Leijonat is written underneath the backs of the collars of both sets of kits.

Social Media Reaction
@JackCartwright: A kit reveal? I did it first mate.
@ScottGShore: Love them! A perfect engagement present, I would think.
@BiggySmallMan: Are there sizes for people who go to the gym?
@MillieBCanHaveMyWillie: So good they broke my laptop!
@MelonHead1234: Does anybody have a link to 19.3 crack?

Comment Section

TheLFCFan, I'm glad you enjoyed the interlude, it was a way of me being able to share the inspirations for the story!
ScottT, u > me



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Next Update: #44 - Peimari Sign Eighteen As Window Opens
Love the social media reaction ;) Some really tidy and well-detailed kits.
Well I guess a nicely-paid job as part of a security firm in England beats being considered a managerial amateur for someone like Max Virtanen :P But JackCartwright is correct, tonnes of kit reveals have been done before ;)
The kits are almost as beautiful as Millie B herself...
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7 monthsEdited

Peimari Sign Eighteen As Window Opens


Peimari United Have So Far Completed Eighteen Signings While Seven Leave The Club

Transfers


Peimari United Spent €110 To Bring In Eighteen Players

I know you guys don't really care all too much about the small details of each signing and outgoing, considering how remote this league is, so I will keep it short and to the point. You can find screenshots of all signings in the spoilers below.

In terms of outgoings, we had six players leave the club following the expiration of their contracts and one join another club in a free transfer. Some of them were talented players but had toxic attitudes, which did not go down well with me. I found myself constantly fining these players for not turning up to training or for other misconducts. Some of them had a good attitude, but were not going to get a game at Ykkönen level.

Now, new signings. Johan Lund, Jonne Ailio, Niko Lehtinen, Matias Paavola, Emil Karlsson, Janne Nutikka, Jarno Seppälä and Santtu Johansson were all signed for our youth team. Having scouted these youngsters extensively, I felt it worth the low risk of signing them on for free and hopefully developing them into future internationals for the country, either at youth level or senior level. They all had a lot of promise and were all likely to become Veikkausliiga stars in the future.


Felipe Aspegren was our first major senior signing. He was a versatile defensive player who came in to provide competition for the full back positions, while also providing cover for other areas should he be required. He was a well-rounded defender with plenty of pace to his game, an invaluable asset in modern day football, and at twenty-five years old, was not yet near his peak years. Originally of Colombian background, his family moved to Finland when he was a kid and Aspegren graduated from the HJK academy. Following spells at FC Inter Turku, TPS, SJK and KTP, Aspegren made his move to FC Ilves of Tampere where he made 79 Veikkausliiga appearances. Following Ilves' relegation last season, Aspegren decided to leave the club, despite manager Sami Hyypiä best efforts to keep the in-demand defender.


Justus Kauppinen became Peimari's second signing of the summer. Kauppinen was brought in to provide competition to Kevin Larsson as a right-sided Inside Forward, but was also capable of playing on the left. Kauppinen was renowned for his speed and his flair-dribbling skills, and just came off the back of an impressive season with JäPS where he scored seven Kakkonen goals. With the quality already in Peimari's attack, Kauppinen will be unlikely to start but presents an incredible backup option. He would have become a key player for most Ykkönen sides.


Akseli Ollila was one of Peimari's most exciting signings. Having been capped at U19s level for Finland, Ollila left capital giants HJK in search of regular first team football. At the young age of nineteen, Ollila had already racked up 61 league appearances in Ykkönen and Kakkonen, for HJK's second team Klubi-04 and with Ekenäs Taamisaari on a two-year loan. Ollila was brought in to provide direct competition to Riku Sjöroos for Peimari's left-sided Inside Forward position, but was also capable of playing as a striker. Ollila was known as an extremely explosive player and was considered to be one of Finland's top young talents.


Next up was defender Arttu Eerola. He commanded a fee of €110 in compensation to KäPa Helsinki. Eerola was brought in to provide backup to Bruno Rodrigues at right back. At nineteen years of age, Eerola was considered to be a future Veikkausliiga-standard defender. He was quick and defensive-minded, but was also very competent with the ball at his feet. Eerola had already made 62 Kakkonen appearances for KäPa, despite his tender age, and was considered to be their prized asset.


Jukka Virtanen was another massive signing for Peimari United. The seventeen year old left back broke through from PKKU's academy last season to make eight Kakkonen appearances, and earning himself his Finland U19s debut in the process. Despite his relative inexperience, Virtanen was brought in to start at left back for Peimari and was expected to become a senior international in the future. He was quick, fit and a hard worker. He was an excellent tackler too, and a fantastic addition to the team.


John Mattsson was brought in as cover for central defence. The twenty-seven year old was part of IFK Mariehamn's second team FC Åland, and made 43 league appearances for the club. Despite his lack of pace, he was strong, good in the air and an excellent tackler. He was also an excellent leader, having captained his former club on many occasions. He was a good player to have in the dressing room, and was installed to be our fourth-choice central defender.


Next up was striker Antti Pokela. The twenty-two year old striker was a signing that the fans were delighted with. Pokela joined from FC Espoo, where he scored 39 goals in 99 league appearances. He was quick, a great runner off-the-ball and very very good on the ball. He was brought in to be one of the players challenging for a starting spot up front, following our lack of goals from strikers last season. At his age, he was only expected to get better.


Mikko-Petteri Latosaari came in to reinforce our defence. The twenty-six year old was an FC Haka graduate and had made 130 league appearances in total prior to signing for us. He last played for PS-44 in Nelonen (Finland's fifth division). He was quite athletic, a good leader and a good defender. He was a solid signing.


Now, for our most exciting signing. Jesper Santanen was, somehow, snatched up on a free transfer from SalPa Salo. The sixteen year old broke through from their academy last season and scored five goals, assisting twice, in six Kakkonen games. He was quick, fit, a clinical shooter and a great set-piece taker. He was one of Finland's top prospects, with many clubs in for his signature. I have no idea how we signed him. He was set for big things. Very big things.


Our last senior signing was Sami Suikki. At seventeen years of age, he was brought in to move between the senior team and our U20s. He made his senior debut for ÅIFK last season and was expected to become a future senior international. The midfielder was very intelligent and a superb passer. With a bit of work on the training ground, and plenty in the gym, he had the potential to become a future star for us.


Upcoming Fixtures

*I am well aware I fucked up the date for the KTP game. I'm not changing it now.

Peimari United Would Open Their Season With Suomen Cup Qualifiers

January brought with it Suomen Cup qualifying fixtures. We had a tough group for the qualifiers, with Gnistan Helsinki, Kemi Kings, KTP and FC Ilves as opposition. We were to play each team once, with the top two teams earning qualification to the knockout rounds. Our aim was to reach the knockout rounds, no matter the cost. An excellent challenge for our new young stars.

Comment Section

ScottT, thank you ;)
Jack, he's a bit of shite-talker, that Jack Cartwright fella ;)
TheLFCFan, who?



Previous Update: #43 - Peimari Unveil New Kits
Next Update: #45 - Koskinen Pens Peimari Extension
Some very nice looking signings in particular Jesper Santanen and Jukka Virtanen who both look incredible young talents. Hopefully the Cup qualifiers will be a breeze and the new signings can start to impress.
In awe of some of those signings. Although, I suspect the prospect of playing under a Finnish great like Koskinen is a huge draw - especially with the progress he has made in his first year with Peimari. They will be a real force next season, mark my words. ;)
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7 monthsEdited

Koskinen Pens Peimari Extension


Kalle Koskinen Signed A Contract Extension With Peimari United

26/02/2020

Peimari United manager Kalle Koskinen today penned a new contract extension that will see him remain at the club until November 2021. The former Finnish international midfielder was previously under contract until November 2020 but, following a successful debut managerial campaign where Koskinen lead Peimari United to a Kakkonen and Kakkonen Cup double, chairman Antti Eklund was keen to secure his prized asset's future for at least an extra year.

Koskinen began his managerial career back on 5th December 2018 when he took the reigns of Peimari United following the controversial departure of Joaquim Valinho after the Portuguese manager had been caught up in illegal gambling activities. Koskinen was an influential player and proved to be just as influential as a manager, guiding his team comfortably to Kakkonen success, lifting the league trophy and earning promotion to Ykkönen in the process. Under Koskinen's guidance, Peimari United also lifted the inaugural Kakkonen Cup and were runners-up in the Suomen Cup.

Peimari United had begun the current campaign strongly, winning twice and losing just once in three games in Suomen Cup qualifiers. Having made ten senior signings in the transfer window to date, the transition of Peimari's new stars has seen Koskinen earn much credit. Rumours of Veikkausliiga clubs, as well as clubs from across Europe, circling for Koskinen's signature had surfaced in recent weeks, although the in-demand manager had distanced himself from any other job than the Peimari United one.

Koskinen's contract extension today came as his second extension since joining the club, having previously signed an extension as recently as the end of August of last year. Koskinen's latest extension has seen him pocket a wage rise of €150 per week, with the young manager now earning €700 per week. Koskinen's new contract includes a percentage wage rise of 15% if he guides his side to promotion to the Veikkausliiga, and a percentage wage drop of 50% if his side are relegated from Ykkönen.

Koskinen's new contract sees him become the best paid manager in the Ykkönen division, topping Kemi Kings' Ari Tiittanen who earns €600 per week, KPV Kokkola's Mika Lumijärvi who earns €575 per week and FC Ilves' Sami Hyypiä who earns €500 per week. While the figure does not compare to the wage that Koskinen earned as a player for FC Bayern Munich, the significant increase in the past year has been a testament to his accomplishments with Peimari United.

'The Iceman', as he is commonly known as, made no hesitation in penning a new contract with the club, stating his confidence in the direction of the club as a key motivation to extend his stay. Kalle promised fans of the club that there would be plenty more trophies on the way to HakkisPaana, with the club ready to invest heavily on new players when required. Kalle praised the club's chairman, Antti Eklund, for his commitment to the short-term and long-term future of Peimari United.


Kalle Koskinen Earned A Wage Rise In His Latest Deal With The Club

Kalle Koskinen:
"It is an important day in my career as a football manager, to be here to extend my future with this magnificent football club. The last fourteen months have been incredible for myself and for the club and I am delighted to be able to prolong our relationship together. Peimari United is the club that gave me my first opportunity in management and one I have a lot of love for. It is a club that has grown to become something very important in my own life and has made me very happy.

I've been fortunate enough to be able to work with such talented players and staff, who are also incredible human beings. Everybody comes into work every day with a great amount of positivity and, even when things don't always go our way, everybody shows a fantastic spirit - the spirit of a lion - to make things work. It is wonderful to see and this contract extension is as much a testament to the work done by everybody involved with the club so far.

We still have a very long way to go to get to where we want to be. We want to be in the Veikkausliiga, we want to play in Europe, and we want to win trophies. We have made some large steps towards identifying and attaining our goals in the time we have been together so far but we cannot afford to look back. We must always look forward to our next challenge and be prepared in the best possible way. We will have plenty of time to reflect on our careers when we retire!

Antti (Eklund) and I share a very similar vision for this football club. He understands our immediate needs in the transfer market but also understands the youth players are the future senior players. We have been able to bring in an incredible mix of experienced and young players, and the club's senior and youth squads will be strong for a number of years. Our aim is to win trophies. We won two last season, but we want more. We have the taste of silverware now, and it has made us hungrier for more success.

My message to the fans is that this is only the beginning. We are nowhere near our final objectives and we will keep pushing ourselves, with the help of our fantastic supporters, to reach new and unexplored heights. We want to become the best that we can be, and we will do everything in our power to be just that."


Comment Section

TheLFCFan, I'm quite happy with the signings in general. I'm hoping Santanen and Virtanen, in particular, become key players for years to come!
ScottT, we've had a good experience of raising youth players in the previous season, with Larsson and Hakala becoming regulars for Finland at youth level. Hopefully there will be more to add to that list soon!



Previous Update: #44 - Peimari Sign Eighteen As Window Opens
Next Update: #46 - Season 2020: Suomen Cup Qualifying
Those Kits look absolutely insane! And great job with the new 18 additions and the contract extension!
A great piece of news for Peimari supporters. Koskinen is keen to continue to steer this football club forward and displays the personality needed to really motivate a squad and everyone associated with the club in order to do that.
Another well deserved extension for Kalle. His hard work and impressive job so far has duly been noted.
A well-deserved new deal for a growing entity in Finnish football, a bit of job security for Koskinen and a chance for potential growth for Paimio.
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7 monthsEdited

Season 2020: Suomen Cup Qualifying


An Overview Of Peimari United In Suomen Cup Qualifying 2020

Kalle Koskinen:
"We were back in action for a new season, and first up was Suomen Cup qualifying fixtures. We were in a tough group but we were confident of progressing."


Results

*Yeah I know the date is wrong for the third game.... Sue me ;)

Peimari United Won Three Out Of Four Suomen Cup Qualifying Games


We kicked off our season with a home game against Gnistan Helsinki. The scoreline flattered Gnistan somewhat. We were miles ahead of them but could only muster two goals, one at the beginning of the game and the other at the end. New signings Ollila and Kauppinen were the two goal scorers, opening their Peimari United accounts with good goals.

Up next was a trip to Kemi Kings. We completely outclassed them and were fully deserving of the three-goal margin. Sixteen year old striker Jesper Santanen scored his first goal for the club, while Ollila added his second of the season before Jussila scored in stoppage time to cap off a brilliant performance and a good game for Peimari United.

Our first defeat of the season. I rotated heavily for this game and we suffered the consequences as a result. We failed to break down their stubborn defence while our own back line was penetrated far too often. We conceded late on to pick up a deserved defeat. It became apparent that not everybody in the squad was up to speed yet.

We bounced back with an away win against FC Ilves. Jesper Santanen and Riku Sjöroos were the goal scorers in a convincing win over a team managed by Sami Hyypiä. FC Ilves were favourites to win Ykkönen, so a win over them in the Suomen Cup was a major confidence boost.

Suomen Cup Qualifying


Peimari United Qualified For The Knockout Stages In Second Place

KTP, deservedly, topped the group while we were very satisfied with second place. A five point margin between us and the next team emphasised our superiority. We deserved qualification to the knockout stages, where we were to compete for the second year in a row.

Last Sixteen Draw


Peimari United Were To Play FC Inter Turku In The Last Sixteen At HakkisPaana

We were to play against FC Inter Turku in the last sixteen of the Suomen Cup. We played host to them in the semi finals last season, where we won 2-1, and we were hoping for a repeat result at HakkisPaana. The game was to be played at the end of April, which gave us plenty of time to prepare for the big local-rivalry fixture.

Comment Section

BigMaguire, thank you!
Scoot, the objective is to be as relentless as possible on the pitch and in the continuous development of the football club.
TheLFCFan, the hard work starts now :P
Jack, growth is the key word there, Koskinen wouldn't have extended his stay without the potential for growth!


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