Season 2021: August
An Overview Of Peimari United In August 2021
"We had catapulted ourselves back into the title race with some good form in the early parts of July. However, the end of the month left a lot to be desired for, and we needed to up our game once again in August. The pressure was on and, while we weren't fancied to win the league, we were eager to prove a point."
Peimari United Sold Kevin Larsson To Sochi For €165,000
Kevin Larsson left the club for €165,000. Sochi snapped him up after securing his release clause. He will prove to be a massive loss to Peimari United, and to the Veikkausliiga, having put in some incredible form throughout the season. Ville Saikkonen left on loan to GIFK Kauniainen. The goalkeeper had not played at all this season, due to the form of Aatu Hakala and Tyler Whitesides, and was hoping to resurrect his season.
Peimari United Started August Very Brightly But Saw Their Good Form Fizzle Out
*Sigh*... Here we go again! We began the month brilliantly, in truth. A late Felipe Aspegren goal was enough for us to take an invaluable win home from RoPS, before new signing Guido Claeys scored his class with a brace in a 4-1 win over FC Haka. Claeys was on the score sheet once again as we dismantled IFK Mariehamn 3-0 at home. However, it all came falling down away to SJK. With the game tied at 2-2, we allowed Maximo Tolonen to score late on to complete his hat trick, and to provide us with an unwanted defeat. To make matters worse, we failed to break down a stubborn AC Oulu side as we finished the month with a bore draw.
Player of the Month
Guido Claeys Was Peimari United's Star Player During August 2021
Guido Claeys was our hero in August. After a disappointing U19s European Championship tournament with Belgium, Claeys came back to make his debut against RoPS. He went on to score three goals and assist two more in a very productive debut month at the club for the young Belgian striker. He was already looking like becoming a star player with his early form. Super signing, that was for sure.
Guido Claeys' Monthly Stats
PotM Awards: 1
Fouls Committed: 12 (2.4 per game)
Fouls Against: 9 (1.8 per game)
Yellow Cards: 0
Red Cards: 0
Shots On Target Ratio: 53.85% (7/13)
Dribbles Completed: 5 (1 per game)
Key Passes: 8 (1.6 per game)
Pass Completion Ratio: 78.10% (82/105)
Headers Won: 25 (5 per game)
Average Rating: 7.52
Key Tackles: 0 (0 per game)
Tackles Won Ratio: 100% (2/2)
Interceptions: 1 (0.2 per game)
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Wage: €500 p/w
Peimari United Just About Remained On Top Of The League
It was tight, and we were set up for a very tense end to the season. We led HJK by three points, but they had three games-in-hand. However, we still had to play HJK, and that game was likely to be what was to sway the title race. Our superior goal difference meant that we realistically only needed to match HJK's points tally. It was possible, but we knew we needed to beat HJK.
Peimari United Were To Play Seven Incredible Games To Round Up The Season
It was do or die. Our next game was at home to HJK. If we won, we had the advantage in the title race (by goal difference). If we didn't win, they had the advantage. We needed to start the final two months as well as possible. HJK were not our only tough opponents, however. HIFK and IFK Mariehamn have proven to be worthy opposition in the past, while VPS, FC Lahti, FC Inter Turku and KuPS were all reputable opponents. Winning the league was going to be next to impossible for us, but where's the fun without a bit of a challenge?
Comment SectionScottT | The money received was a good sum. It'll certainly help with the running of the club. However, losing a player of Larsson's quality is a kick in the teeth. He was to Peimari United as Hazard was to Chelsea, to put it into contrast.
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