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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
Latest Reply on 7 December 2019 by Griffo
A fantastic opportunity turned down. This must be the strangest decision that football has witnessed in modern times, but it certainly shows the respect Kalle has for Peimari - as he seeks to build upon the foundations he has set. The board must be delighted with his decision!
A very big job offered very early in Kalle's managerial career. I am sure the fact that he had aglittering playing career helped with his reputation but you dont get offered the German national side job unless you have impressed as a manger. It shows just how impressive Kalle's start has been.
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11 monthsEdited

Broken Ankle Ends Sjöroos' Season Early

Peimari United Attacker Riku Sjöroos Will Miss The Rest Of The Season With A Broken Ankle


Peimari United attacker Riku Sjöroos has been ruled out for the rest of the season after breaking his ankle in a training session. The twenty-five year old attacker had been in incredible form so far this season, scoring nine goals in seventeen appearances in all competitions. Sjöroos had been competing for a starting place on the left of Peimari United's attack with Akseli Ollila, with both players deemed to be stars players for the side, and with both chipping in with their fair share of goals for the team.

Sjöroos was voted as Peimari United's Player of the Season last term as he demonstrated an incredible goal scoring season. Sjöroos scored twenty-three times last term in just thirty-two appearances as he lit up Kakkonen in a title-winning season for his side, and was heavily linked with a move back to Veikkausliiga during the off-season. However, Peimari United retained his services and Sjöroos has continued to flourish.

Sjöroos is unlikely to return to training until January, when preparations for next season are due to begin. He will miss the remainder of the current Ykkönen season, with Peimari United looking likely to lift the title, having shown a devastating run of form as they remain unbeaten in league play.

Peimari United manager Kalle Koskinen has voiced his disappointment over the injury, and his concern for his player. However, Sjöroos will have been pleased with Koskinen's promise to see him return to his position in the side once fit. Koskinen spoke of his admiration for the player and how he looks forward to seeing him recover from his set back.

Kalle Koskinen:
"We're obviously gutted about Riku's injury. He's a brilliant lad to have in the dressing room and he has put in some superb performances for us over the past one-and-a-half seasons. He scores very important goals and is a good leader in attack so to lose somebody with his influence is a big blow for us for the rest of the season.

If all goes well, which it should for a person as athletic as Riku, we should see him back in training by January ahead of next season. He has an important part to play for this club and we look forward to welcoming back to the first-team fold when is ready to do so. We won't put unnecessary pressure on his body before he is ready to play, however. We have to make sure that he comes back in the best possible condition."

Comment Section

ScottT, Kalle chose to remain loyal to the club and to the project he undertook. His head may be turned in the future, but he has his eyes and his heart set on bringing Peimari to a new level of greatness. Only time will tell if the decision Kalle made will be one he regrets.
TheLFCFan, I'd imagine his playing career, most notably for Bayern Munich, certainly helped his case :P But yes, Kalle has enjoyed a strong start to life as a manager.

Previous Update: #59 - Koskinen Rejects Germany Approach
Next Update: #61 - Season 2020: July
Now that is a big loss for such a good quality and highly-regarded player. You have built up a great lead at the top without him though so promotion is still very much on the cards, it's just a matter of how Sjoroos reacts when he regains full fitness.
A huge loss for Peimari, as Sjoroos is someone you can always rely on to chip in with the goals. His injury is a devastating one, but I still think the team will have enough about them to get the job done. Hopefully when he returns, he returns as the same player. Long-term injuries can be detrimental to a player, let's hope this doesn't affect him down the line - as clearly he has the ability to impress at a higher-level, given the interest from top-flight clubs earlier in the year.
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11 monthsEdited

Season 2020: July

An Overview Of Peimari United In July 2020

Kalle Koskinen:
"We put ourselves into a position of real strength in the league. We had one-and-a-half hands on the trophy and only a f*ck-up of Liverpool proportions would have been able to deny us the title. We had to keep pushing and we put in the hours to keep developing on an upwards spiral."


Peimari Remained Unbeaten In The League

The month started with a very positive, and routine, victory over Kemi Kings at home. We were excellent in attack and solid in defence, and we showed our creativity in the types of goals we scored. Justus Kauppinen scored a dramatic late brace against AC Kajaani to make it two wins from two in July, before we were held to a d raw away to FC Ilves. Ilves were fighting with everything that they had for promotion and the result was a point earned, rather than two points lost, for us. Gnistan Helsinki very nearly damaged us at the end of the month. They equalised late on, but goals from Akseli Ollila and Antti Pokela secured the win for us to wrap up the month quite nicely.

Player of the Month

Akseli Ollila Was Peimari United's Star Player During July 2020

Akseli Ollila was our hero in July. Ollila was only fit enough to play two games, but he scored three very important goals which may prove vital in the title race. Ollila scored an away goal against FC Ilves before scoring twice versus Gnistant Helsinki to round the month off with a win.

Akseli Ollila's Monthly Stats
Appearances: 2
Goals: 3
Assists: 0
PotM Awards: 1
Disciplinary Record
Fouls Committed: 2 (1 per game)
Fouls Against: 1 (0.5 per game)
Yellow Cards: 0
Red Cards: 0
Attacking Play
Shots On Target Ratio: 57.14% (4/7)
Dribbles Completed: 3 (1.5 per game)
Key Passes: 1 (0.5 per game)
General Play
Pass Completion Ratio: 73.85% (48/65)
Headers Won: 6 (3 per game)
Average Rating: 7.80
Defensive Play
Key Tackles: 0 (0 per game)
Tackles Won Ratio: 0% (0/0)
Interceptions: 0 (0 per game)

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Wage: €170 p/w
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Peimari United Were In Sniffing Distance Of The League Title

We were nearly there. Four wins from the remaining nine games would mean league title victory, regardless of the other teams. As far as I was concerned, we only needed one or two to secure the title. Well done team.


Peimari United's Finances Had Gone Into The Red


Upcoming Fixtures

Peimari United Had Five Big Games In August

We had the opportunity to wrap up the league title in August. We knew that a win against KPV and and a win against FC Haka would basically have it wrapped up in two games. That was the objective.

Comment Section

Jack, Riku will have to work his way back into the squad. He already had competition for a starting spot with Ollila coming in and banging in goals. It'll be difficult, but I have faith he can produce the goods when fit again.
ScottT, the team should be fine. While a broken ankle isn't necessarily a long-term injury, it is one that tends to have bad consequences. Hopefully he fights to get back to his former self.

Previous Update: #60 - Broken Ankle Ends Sjöroos' Season Early
Next Update: #62 - Peimari Make Huge Steps As League Title Is Secured
The remaining games are merely a formality. However, the finances for your arrival in the Veikkausliiga are not looking particularly healthy - could do with some fixing!
The league title looks to be yours and you're indeed correct that it would take a monumental f*ck up for you to surrender your position. Your dominance of the division certainly merits the lead you have in your possession. The finances aren't particularly fantastic, right now, but I would imagine promotion to the top-flight would see an increase in this department which would allow for a bit more of an income to be made.
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11 monthsEdited

Peimari Make Huge Steps As League Title Is Secured

Peimari United Turn Professional As Ykkönen League Title Is Secured With Victory Over FC Haka


Peimari United secured the Ykkönen title today with a 1-0 victory over second placed FC Haka. Kevin Larsson scored in the fourth minute of the game to secure the title-clinching win for the hosts in front of their own fans at HakkisPaana as the visitors were powerless to resist a side who had been so overwhelmingly good throughout the season.

The victory over FC Haka guaranteed the Ykkönen league title for Peimari United with seven games remaining. It was a feat unmatched before as Kalle Koskinen's men look to round off the season undefeated in league play, smashing every single record in sight. It has been a season worthy of many accolades and recognition, but the message from the Peimari Untied camp has been that the staff and players were only focused on winning every single remaining fixture.

League title victory also spells promotion to the Veikkausliiga for Peimari United, who will be playing in Finland's top flight next season for the first time in their history. The promotion demonstrates the significant progression made since the arrival of current manager Kalle Koskinen, who has lead the club to back-to-back promotions (and league titles) in his two seasons at the club.

In the light of confirming promotion to the Veikkausliiga, Peimari United's senior figures announced that the club has turned professional with immediate affect. This requires the club's staff to operate on a full-time basis and the change in status represents a major milestone for the club from the small town of Paimio.

Confirmation Of Peimari United's Ykkönen League Title Success

The club has issued a statement that they would be looking to renegotiate existing contracts with players and staff to reflect the recent change in status for the club, allowing their players to work for the club on a full-time basis. This would mean that the players would begin to train every day, rather than twice or three times a week as had been done previously.

The change to full-time contracts will undoubtedly be of great benefit to the stock of younger players who currently play for the club. For the likes of Jesper Santanen, Jukka Virtanen, Kevin Larsson and Akseli Ollila, the opportunity to hone their skills and to develop as players and people on a daily basis will prove invaluable, to say the least.

The first man to be offered a full-time contract was manager Kalle Koskinen. The Helsinki-born manager penned a two-year deal with the club until November 2022 and is reported to now be earning €875 per week. The news comes shortly after Koskinen turned down the opportunity to manage the German national team. Koskinen's new contract sees a clause included where his wage will be reduced by 50% if Peimari United are relegated.

Confirmation Of Kalle Koskinen's New Contract With The Club

The club also announced that there will be more major news coming today, with sources close to the club suggesting that a number of new players are about to sign for Peimari United. With today being transfer deadline day across Finland, the club's change in status to being a full-time professional club has certainly attracted players who would have otherwise refused the opportunity to play for the Paimion Leijonat and, while unconfirmed, three players are set to join the club.

Antti Eklund (Peimari United Chairman):
"It is a very proud day for this football club. Today we can say that Peimari United are champions of Ykkönen, and next season we shall play Veikkausliiga football. Veikkausliiga football is the hallmark of the top clubs of Finnish football and we can now consider ourselves to be among the very best that this country has to offer. This comes as a result of the hard work and ability demonstrated by our players, coaching staff, club staff and our fans, who have supported us all the way through our journey so far.

As a result of our promotion being confirmed, we were also able to submit papers to the Finnish FA which allowed us to convert to being a full-time professional football club. It is a fantastic milestone for this fantastic football club and the beginning of a new era here for Peimari United. We now have the opportunity to contest with the top clubs in Finland, and in Europe, for the best players on the market and we will look to make an announcement on that front later on today.

I am also very happy to say that Kalle Koskinen has become the first person to sign a full-time contract here at the club. He is now contracted here until November 2022 and we are very happy to continue on with the same vision and leadership that we have in place. He is a wonderful person and an even better manager. He has brought plenty of success on the pitch to date and we know that he will continue to bring trophies to HakkisPaana for as long as he is manager here.

We will have some more fantastic news to give you all later today, once we are able to confirm it. I won't reveal any more details just yet but it will be another fantastic step forward for this football club."

Comment Section

Jack, league title in the bag now, we can prepare for next season and hopefully rectify our current financial situation!
ScottT, well it looks as if we can't f*ck up any more! :P Yes, a promotion will indeed be beneficial for our finances. The next target has to be to secure European football and significantly increase our income!

Previous Update: #61 - Season 2020: July
Next Update: #63 - Peimari Sign Three On Deadline Day
Never in doubt. Winning the league with seven games to go is very impressive and hopefully you can end the year undefeated. Turning professional is another boast and hopefully the promotion should help the financial situation out. Good to see Kalle has committed to another contract for another few years and I highly doubt that relegation clause will come into affect!
And there it is! We've been awaiting this confirmation for some time now. Congratulations to Kalle on winning the title and earning promotion to the top-flight of Finnish football. It's a remarkable achievement given the rise he and the club have endured to reach the very top in such a short amount of time. The decision to become a professional club is one that will benefit everyone at the club, especially the younger players as mentioned. I suspect Peimari will more than establish themselves next season.
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11 monthsEdited

Peimari Sign Three On Deadline Day

Peimari United Secured Three New Signings On The Transfer Deadline Day


Peimari United secured the Ykkönen title earlier today with a 1-0 win over FC Haka. With seven games remaining in the league season, Peimari smashed records left, right and centre to guarantee a first-place finish in Finland's second-top tier. Title victory prompted the club to become a full-time professional side today, with the board also securing the future of maager Kalle Koskinen on a two-year full-time deal.

Peimari United chairman Antti Eklund spoke earlier of his desire to bring in new players on full-time contracts to prepare the club for life in the Veikkausliiga and the club were quick to act, securing three new signings today, on the transfer deadline day. Experienced defender Johannes Mononen joined on a free transfer from JIPPO Joensuu, while defensive-minded midfielder Aleksi Kylmälä joined on a free from OLS Oulu. Peimari United smashed their transfer record to sign promising young attacking midfielder Oliver Antman for €250 from Ykkönen rivals Gnistant Helsinki. All three players were expected to play some part in the remaining fixtures of the season, but were secured with Veikkausliiga football in mind.

Johannes Mononen joins the club to bolster central defensive options. The twenty-nine year old has racked up 221 league appearances at all of the top four divisions of Finnish football. The Joensuu-born defender was a graduate of JIPPO's youth sides and made his senior debut for the club in 2006 in Ykkönen. Mononen made 25 league appearances before moving to Veikkausliiga giants Tampere United in 2009. Mononen made 15 league appearances for Tampere United over two seasons, but spent more time on loan at TPV Tampere and FC Ilves. Monnonen enjoyed short spells at AC Oulu, FC OPA and FC Hämeenlinna before moving back to childhood club JIPPO. Mononen bounced from JIPPO to Ekenäs Tammisaari to Kultsu and back to JIPPO, where he stayed until he signed for Peimari United.

At 188 cm, Mononen was considered to be a fairly tall player. He was noted for his excellent technical qualities in the defensive side of football, and he was fairly athletic too. He was considered to be a gladiator on the football pitch, with his determination and bravery coming to the fore regularly. Mononen was capable of filling in at different positions across the defence, should he be required, and was expected to become a starter for Peimari United.

Aleksi Kylmälä was probably the more unknown of the three signings. Born in Oulu, Kylmälä played his youth football for FC Raahe and OLS Oulu. However, Kylmälä made his senior debut for JS Hercules of Oulu in 2017, making 18 league appearances in Kakkonen for the club. Kylmälä moved back to OLS Oulu for the following season and since went on to make 56 appearances for the club at Kakkonen and Kolmonen levels.

Kylmälä was renowned for his defensive contribution in midfield. Naturally a holding midfielder, Kylmälä was capable of playing in any of the three midfield roles that Peimari United used. He was a fierce tackler and a very hard worker. His athletic ability made him a very good utility player to have, and he was also capable of providing goals from distance.

Oliver Antman was the signing that all of the Peimari United fans were excited about. Born in Vantaa, a suburban region of Helsinki, Antman made his senior debut for TiPS in 2017 in Kolmonen football at the age of 15 and made 5 league appearances that season. Antman moved to Gnistan Helsinki for the following season, making 29 league appearances at Kakkonen and Ykkönen level before moving to Peimari United for a club record fee of €250.

Naturally an attacking midfielder, Antman was renowned for his incredile dribbling ability and his electrifying pace. His control of a football and his ability to read the game well made him an incredible creative talent, and many expect him to become a roaming playmaker under Kalle Koskinen. Having already solidified his position in the Finland U21s team as a teenager, many expected Antman to become one of the nation's best players in the future.

Comment Section

TheLFCFan, the aim is, indeed, to finish the league campaign without a single defeat. If we can do that, then we have set down a marker for the future. The jump to Veikkausliiga football shouldn't be too bad and the aim will be to go for a top-half finish, especially with the quality of the signings we have just made. We just need to keep on developing as well as we have been doing and the financial situation should then just take care of itself.
ScottT, it is a major milestone for the football club. We are finally in the top tier of Finnish football and the only way we can really reach any higher now is to earn qualification to Europe. That will be the next step, now that we are a professional football club. Hopefully we can qualify sooner rather than later.

Previous Update: #62 - Peimari Make Huge Steps As League Title Is Secured
Next Update: #64 - Malmö-Mia.... Here We Go Again?
Good story thus far. Congratulations on securing the second division title and congratulations on becoming a professional outfit. Good luck for the future.
Good to see that business is being conducted nice and early in preparation for next season. It'll be a huge milestone in the club's history. Antman, certainly, looks to be the best of the three and I'm intrigued about what impact he will make in the side next season. I'm very excited about what kind of impression Peimari will make next season, as I have high hopes!
Some very quick moves being made, I like it. The signings all look to be good deals and will in someway play a part next season. The massive €250 deal for Antman, looks a good one on paper, hopefully he continues to develop and I am sure he will be a key player for years to come.

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