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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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7 monthsEdited

Malmö-Mia.... Here We Go Again?


Kalle Koskinen Was The Subject Of Interest From Swedish Giants Malmö

18/08/2020

Peimari United manager Kalle Koskinen was, once again, the subject of much interest as Swedish Allsvenskan side Malmö FF offered the thirty-four year old the managerial position vacated by Uwe Rösler, who was sacked by the club last month with the club sitting in fourteenth position after fourteen games played. Malmö had won the Allsvenskan last season with Rösler in charge but have so far disappointed in their domestic campaign. Since Rösler's sacking, the Swedish club known as Di blåe, were eliminated from the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round by Celtic, who progressed after a 2-0 aggregate win.

Malmö's interest in Koskinen came after the German FA had, unsuccessfully, looked to make Koskinen the successor to Joachim Löw as manager of Die Mannschaft. Koskinen's incredible success with Peimari United to date, as well as his upstanding reputation in the world of football, has made him a much-sought after manager in European football. Malmö were hopeful of luring the former Finland and Bayern Munich midfielder to the club with a respectable budget, having already broken their transfer record this year. Polish goalkeeper Bartlomiej Dragowski joined for a club record €2.7M last week, while Swedish striker Alex Timosi Andersson was signed from FC Bayern Munich for a fee of €2.1M earlier this year.

Malmö had been reportedly ready to supply a transfer budget of upwards of €10M to Kalle Koskinen had he taken the job but it has been reported that Kalle Koskinen refuted any approach made by Di blåe. Malmö are understood to have turned their attention away from Koskinen for the time being but are reluctant to hire anybody else until the end of the season. Director of football Daniel Andersson is likely to remain in charge as an interim manager until the end of the season, when the board will then look for a permanent successor to Rösler.

Malmö will be looking to survive the threat of relegation this season, with the aim of consolidating a mid-table place. All eyes will be on the club, and whoever they do hire as manager, next season with the club expected to regain their title. Having won five of the last seven editions of the Allsvenskan, Malmö have fast become the top team in the country during the last decade, and an air of expectation has rested on the club's shoulders every single season.

Uwe Rösler was somewhat bitter of his sacking, complaining that he wasn't given enough time to turn things around. Despite being backed well in the transfer market, Rösler voiced his disappointment that the club did not spend more in the market, despite nobody else in Allsvenskan coming close to their levels of spending. The former Brentford, Wigan and Leeds United manager did not hold back on his criticism of the club for choosing to sack him, and for choosing to make an 'inexperienced fool' (Kalle Koskinen) their first choice to replace him.

Uwe Rösler:
"I'm very disappointed and very angry with Malmö for not showing faith in me when I felt I deserved it. I won the Allsvenskan last season and I won the Swedish Cup this season but they decided to throw me out when things went bad for a few games. Sure, we were close to the relegation zone, but I deserve some job security after lifting the title last season. I find it quite disgusting that they didn't give me that time.

A major issue I have with them is their lack of backing in the transfer market when I was in charge. Yes, they allowed me to smash the club's transfer record to sign (Alex Timosi) Andersson, but then they go out and sign (Bartlomiej) Dragowski for a new club record after they sacked me. Anybody would do well with a goalkeeper of that quality in their team. I could have turned things around with him in my squad.

They've made an inexperienced fool (Kalle Koskinen) their number one choice. He wins a few lower-league trophies in Finland and suddenly he becomes some sort of hot property? He's done nothing in his career to date and Malmö supposedly offered him an eight-figure transfer budget. I cannot believe it. I'm disgusted, quite frankly, and I cannot believe what has happened at this club. F*ck them and f*ck Sweden. They're just a bunch of ABBA-loving do-nothings."


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ScottT, the players get to come in and take part in the tail end of the current season. It'll be good experience for them to grow into the team in a competitive environment while we already have the league title wrapped up. Same pressure, less consequences.
TheLFCFan, Antman may become our superhero, if only by his name alone.



Previous Update: #63 - Peimari Sign Three On Deadline Day
Next Update: #65 - Season 2020: August
Well thats Rösler never managing in Sweden again after that outburst. Kalle is starting to get some 'bigger' offers in now, showing his great job done so far. But I do wonder what made Malmö think Kalle would reject Germany but not them.
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I think Rosler is just looking for excuses. He failed at Leeds, he flopped at Wigan and he made a mistake in leaving Brentford - who ultimately won promotion to the Championship after his departure. I think Malmo would be a great move for Kalle, however he'll certainly be remaining in Peimari... right?
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Koskinen has all the potential to overtake any of Rosler's managerial achievements whether it be at Peimari or Malmo. However, it's clear to see that nothing - not even the opportunity to manage a top side in the World Cup - can pry him away from his current club. Good luck Malmo, but you ain't touching Kalle me thinks.
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7 monthsEdited

Season 2020: August


An Overview Of Peimari United In August 2020

Kalle Koskinen:
"We were looking to secure the league title in August. We knew we had the opportunity, but we knew we needed to prove we could do it. Jack is a cunt."


Results


Peimari Claimed Thirteen Points From A Possible Fifteen In August


Ykkönen
We began the month with a fairly routine win away to KPV Kokkola. Our attackers were on form as we scored four times against a much lesser side. Then came the game that secured the title for us. A 1-0 win over FC Haka was enough to wrap up the Ykkönen campaign, with seven games remaining. There was no signs of complacency as we followed that up with another win against KPV Kokkola, before trouncing JJK. A draw against KTP wrapped up a brilliant month for us.

Player of the Month


Kevin Larsson Was Peimari United's Star Player During August 2020

Kevin Larsson was our hero in August. Larsson was considered to be a future Finnish senior international and he certainly stepped his game up to another level in August. Three goals and two assists in four appearances meant that Larsson was a shining light during the month we guaranteed our league title win.

Kevin Larsson's Monthly Stats
Overview
Appearances: 4
Goals: 3
Assists: 2
PotM Awards: 1
Disciplinary Record
Fouls Committed: 2 (0.5 per game)
Fouls Against: 2 (0.5 per game)
Yellow Cards: 0
Red Cards: 0
Attacking Play
Shots On Target Ratio: 75% (9/12)
Dribbles Completed: 3 (0.75 per game)
Key Passes: 6 (1.5 per game)
General Play
Pass Completion Ratio: 77.10% (101/131)
Headers Won: 6 (1.5 per game)
Average Rating: 7.98
Defensive Play
Key Tackles: 0 (0 per game)
Tackles Won Ratio: 100% (4/4)
Interceptions: 3 (0.75 per game)

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Ykkönen


Peimari United Had Secured The League Title

Easy. With four games to go, we were twenty-two points clear of second place. We were cruising to a record-breaking season.


Finances


Peimari United's Finances Remained In The Red

Very stinky.

Upcoming Fixtures


Peimari United Had Just Four Games Left In The Season

Just the four games left in 2020. Kemi Kings, AC Kajaani, Gnistan Helsinki and FC Ilves stood between us and an unbeaten season. That was our goal; to remain unbeaten all season in the league.

Comment Section

TheLFCFan, hope and desperation I suppose :P While I'm flattered by the interest, the constant job offers do become annoying.
ScottT, right ;)
Jack, can't touch this.



Previous Update: #64 - Malmö-Mia.... Here We Go Again?
Next Update: #66 - Season 2020: September-October
Only really FC Ilves stand in the way of an uneaten season now with two being in and around the relegation zone and Helsinki in 5th. Hopefully Kalle's old friend Sami can do him a little favor ;)
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7 monthsEdited

Season 2020: September-October


An Overview Of Peimari United In September-October 2020

Kalle Koskinen:
"With the Ykkönen league title wrapped up (quite comfortably), we were looking to finish off the season with a clean streak of wins. For the players, it was an opportunity to prove who deserved full-time contracts and who deserved to be a starting player for us next season in the Veikkausliiga. It was not holiday season yet."


Results


Peimari Won All Four Of Their Games To Wrap Up Tthe Season In Style


Ykkönen
Brilliant from the boys. Santanen was on form as he scored twice in a 3-1 win over Kemi Kings. Santanen scored again in the next game, as we repeated that 3-1 score line, against AC Kajaani. Akseli Ollila was out to prove a point and he scored a brace for us to win 2-1 over Gnistan Helsinki. The final game of the season against FC Ilves was tough. In front of our own fans, Oliver Antman came off the bench to score a twenty-five yard blockbuster of a goal in stoppage time to win the game with the last kick of the season. Brilliant.


Player of the Month


Jesper Santanen Was Peimari United's Star Player During September-October 2020

Jesper Santanen was our hero in September-October. It was difficult to pick a standout player, everybody was equally good without being special. So, Jesper gets on top after scoring three goals in three appearances. He missed the last game due to injury.

Jesper Santanen's Monthly Stats
Overview
Appearances: 3
Goals: 3
Assists: 0
PotM Awards: 1
Disciplinary Record
Fouls Committed: 3 (1 per game)
Fouls Against: 3 (1 per game)
Yellow Cards: 0
Red Cards: 0
Attacking Play
Shots On Target Ratio: 41.67% (5/12)
Dribbles Completed: 1 (0.33 per game)
Key Passes: 1 (0.33 per game)
General Play
Pass Completion Ratio: 77.78% (42/54)
Headers Won: 7 (2.33 per game)
Average Rating: 7.30
Defensive Play
Key Tackles: 0 (0 per game)
Tackles Won Ratio: 0% (0/0)
Interceptions: 0 (0 per game)

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Ykkönen


Peimari United Completed An Unbeaten Season In Ykkönen

Job done. We were invincible. Four draws spoiled an otherwise perfect season. We averaged well over two goals per game scored, and conceded less than a goal per game. Good job, guys.


Comment Section

TheLFCFan, sadly Sami has left to take the reigns of FC Honka Espoo :(



Previous Update: #65 - Season 2020: August
Next Update: #67 - Peimari United's Stars Of 2020
Bloody hell, what a great season for Kalle and Peimari. A real statement has been put out with your finish and record over the course of the season. To go unbeaten takes real resolve and quality. Looking forward to next season!
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An incredible season for Peimari, certainly led by Kalle. To get back to back promotions is impressive, but to go unbeaten and win the league is brilliant. Antman scoring that late late winner was certainly summed up the past year for Peimari.
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The most perfect of seasons. Really raises the question of how far you can go in the Veikkausliiga immediately given the pure dominance of the Ykkonen.
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7 monthsEdited

Peimari United's Stars Of 2020


We Take A Look At Peimari United's Star Players Of The 2020 Season & Some Interesting Stats


Unbeaten in Ykkönen. Suomen Cup finalists. It was almost the perfect season for Peimari United. As the march to the top continued in emphatic fashion. Earning promotion to the Veikkausliiga may have been the end-game of the season, but it was a magnificent journey to get there. The attack of Peimari United was relentless. The defence was impenetrable. Peimari United reached new levels with every single game.

Peimari won 83% of their games in all competitions. Of 35 games played, 29 were wins, 4 were draws and only 2 were losses. It was a testament to Peimari's competitive edge. Ability doesn't always translate to success, but Peimari were both talented and successful. They were a level above the norm, and a level above that again. Peimari were superior to those they played, with very few exceptions.

Peimari scored 78 goals in all competitions. Averaging 2.23 goals per game, Paimion Leijonat were lethal in front of goal. Left-sided inside forward Akseli Ollila was the main provider of the goals for Peimari. The youngster scored 16 times this season, leading the way for the Ykkönen champions. Strikers Antti Pokela and Jesper Santanen weren't far behind, netting 13 goals each. Riku Sjöroos scored 9 goals.


Akseli Ollila Lead The Way For Peimari United When It Came To Scoring Goals

Teenage striker Jesper Santanen broke two club records previously set by Rasmus Nielsen. He became the youngest player to ever appear for the club in official competition, at 16 years 186 days. He scored exactly fourteen days later to become the club's youngest ever goalscorer too.

On the other flank to Ollila, it was Kevin Larsson who was the primary assistor. The youngster assisted 14 goals this season, demonstrating his growth as a player. Larsson hit new levels this season and became a player dearly treasured by the club.

Aatu Hakala played 30 of Peimari's 35 fixtures in goals. He kept a very impressive 16 clean sheets, conceding just 19 goals in the process. His commanding presence in the box intimidated opposition and, with the help of the defenders in front of him, proved to be absolutely impenetrable at times.

It was a relatively tight vote from the fans for their player of the season. Last season's winner Sasha Popovitch had to settle for third place, while Kevin Larsson occupied second place. Top scorer Akseli Ollila was the one adored by the fans and he headlined the list, being named as the club's fans' player of the season.


Akseli Ollila Was The Fans' Player Of The Season


Comment Section

ScottT, nearly perfect! Had we won the Suomen Cup, I would have been delighted. However, I think we can settle for a second successive league title and promotion ;)
TheLFCFan, the unbeaten run was brilliant, for sure. It was a result of Kalle being absolutely relentless every single day, in training and in matches. The players were pushed and encouraged to reach higher levels every day.
Jack, hopefully straight to the top!



Previous Update: #66 - Season 2020: September-October
Next Update: #68 - Peimari United Form 'B' Team
An excellent season for the young-guns of Peimari. They will take great confidence from such a strong showing and hopefully be able to assist Koskinen in guiding the club to new heights within the top-flight of Finnish football.
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The fact you went unbeaten is impressive, but what is even more exciting is just how young this squad is. A lot of talent to grow and develop around with the likes of Santanen already playing an important role at such a young age.
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7 monthsEdited

Peimari United Form 'B' Team


Peimari United Formed A 'B' Team Known As Pikku Peimari

23/11/2020

Following on from a successful Ykkönen campaign which ended with Peimari United earning promotion to the Veikkausliiga, the club formed its own 'B' team. The formation was made official when club chairman Antti Eklund announced the news. The 'B' team will be called 'Pikku Peimari' (Little Peimari). The club informed the public that they were going to promote some of their youth players to the team to earn experience of playing senior football at a lower league, and that new staff would be hired to manage and coach the team.

Pikku Peimari will enter the Finnish football league structure in the 2021 season. It has not yet been confirmed as to which level they will enter at, but they are likely to play in either the Länsi-Suomi (western Finland) region, or the Uusimaa (region around Helsinki) region. It is likely that the team will have to enter at Kutonen level (7th tier of Finnish football), but should be able to earn a number of swift promotions if Peimari's top youth players play for the side.

Antti Eklund announced his intentions for the 'B' team, citing the side as an opportunity for young players to gain invaluable senior football experience while still belonging to the club. Eklund described his vision for the club to generate youth products and to develop young players who come into the club. The Peimari United chairman used Jesper Santanen, Kevin Larsson and Jukka Virtanen as examples of the club's willingness to give youth a chance.

The formation of Pikku Peimari marks a major milestone in the club's history. With the club only reaching its ten-year anniversary this year, significant progress has been made for the club to be able to run two senior teams. Eklund anticipates the club to form its own women's team in the coming year too, with interest growing in the possibility of the club funding such a venture.

Antti Eklund:
"It is a fantastic moment for this football club to be able to welcome a new team; Pikku Peimari. We are very excited about the prospect of entering a second football team into the Finnish football pyramid. Our first team has become one of the top sides in the country and will be enjoying Veikkausliiga football next season. We can now look forward to a journey at the top of Finnish football, as well as a new one at the bottom of Finnish football.

Pikku Peimari will offer our younger players a fantastic opportunity to gain senior football experience while still remaining as a valuable part of our club. Young players won't necessarily need to leave on loan to gain experience. Of course, players will still be loaned out. Each individual situation will be different, we are not ignorant to the needs of each footballer. This club is very much focused on developing young players, which can be seen by the likes of Jesper (Santanen), Kevin (Larsson) and Jukka (Virtanen) coming here and becoming integral parts of the squad.

We are looking into forming a women's team soon enough. There is interest among our fans and others, we have no doubt of that. We'll probably set one up in the next year or so. It'll require some thorough planning and investment but it'll be a worthwhile cause. This club has become such an integral part of the community here in Paimio, and the surrounding area too, and we are excited about the future."


Comment Section

ScottT, the team is young, determined and fearless. They have much to learn but have grown stronger from every setback so far. They excite me immensely.
TheLFCFan, young and exciting for sure, but they have a long way to go. When can celebrate their careers when they are over :P



Previous Update: #67 - Peimari United's Stars Of 2020
Next Update: #69 - Surrounded
Another fantastic move from the board which continues to highlight the strides the football club has taken over the past few years. This will have a significant impact on the youth at the club, allowing them the best chance possible of improving with regular game-time once the side are introduced to whatever league they are placed into. As you say, the initial years should be relatively comfortable given the talent Peimari will be aiming to bring in, especially now they're looking to establish themselves in the top-flight. The community must be feeling a huge impact from everything the club are doing and it will be fantastic to see women given the opportunity to play under the Peimari badge in the future, too. After all, football is all about inclusion and it would be excellent to see women's football improved in Finland and globally.
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