There were plenty of youth players signed by the club. Dominique Diémé, Mikael Järvinen, Billel Gasmi, Olli-Pekka Kauppinen, Mohammed Acheampong-Abdullai, Rune Overby, Ayman Marei, Nem and Ehab Magdy all joined the club to play at youth level, or for our second team. A total transfer fee of just €3,330 was paid for the nine players who joined the club's youth team. Rune Overby
and Mohammed Acheampong-Abdullai
were the two most promising players of the bunch. I won't go through each of the nine individually because there's so many. See screenshots in the spoiler below.
was our first senior signing of January. The twenty-nine year old Finnish central defender joined on a free transfer, having most recently played for RoPS. Born in Turku, Hämäläinen was a product of FC Inter Turku's youth setup and made his senior debut for the club in 2013. He made 84 Veikkausliiga for FC Inter before joining RoPS on a free transfer in 2016. He immediately became a key player for RoPS, making a total of 201 Veikkausliiga appearances for the side before allowing his contract to expire at the end of last season.
Hämäläinen joins Peimari United to become a squad player. He won't be good enough to start, but he is an excellent defender for Veikkausliiga football. Physically well-rounded, Hämäläinen is an expert in the air. He is considered a fairly intelligent defender and will provided a great deal of experience to a squad with many players who haven't played much, if any, Veikkausliiga football previously.
was the next player in the door. The teenage Portuguese holding midfielder joined from Baraúnas of Brazil for a fee of €3,000. Born in Brazil, Matheus was a product of Deportivo Brasil. He joined Baraúnas in 2022 and made 39 appearances for the club in all competitions before joining Peimari United.
A raw player with plenty of ability. Matheus is quite athletic, despite his lack of height, and is a highly determined person. He is an expert tackler with incredible technique. He fits the role of modern day holding midfielder with his expert passing range. If he can improve his decision making, he could become a top-notch holding midfielder.
also joined for €3,000. This was a bargain buy. The twenty-one year old Senegalese striker was a product of Senegal's Diambars FC and made his debut for the club in the 2019/2020 season. Boye played a total of 86 games for the club in all competitions, scoring an impressive 36 times. More impressively, Boye has made 5 appearances for the Senegal senior team, scoring 3 goals in the process.
Boye will likely compete for a place in the senior team. If he doesn't impress enough, he'll be loaned out. He is quite athletically well-rounded, and is a very competent goal scorer. He has plenty of areas to improve on but joins the club to immediately become one of the best strikers in the league.
became our record signing. The twenty-two year old Swedish midfielder joined for a mega €1,100,000 from AIK. Hussein was a product of AIK's youth setup and made his senior league debut on loan at Vasalunds IF in 2018, where he made 10 league appearances. Hussein made a total of 90 appearances for AIK in all competitions before joining Peimari United, and also made nine U21 appearances for Sweden.
Hussein is a very well-rounded midfielder. He is physically very competent for Veikkausliiga football, and is a very intelligent footballer. He is very comfortable on the ball and has a great passing range. While we already brought in Roman Eremenko and Angel Di María to the club as short-term options, Hussein was brought in to be a long-term solution for the club.
rejoined the club permanently. We had to spend a whopping €400,000 to bring him back from Sochi, having received just €165,000 for him in 2021. We had him in on loan last season and we were desperate to get him back for good. He's a club icon and the fans were delighted that we were able to secure his services for good.
Larsson will be looking to retain his spot in the starting lineup as a right-sided inside forward. We all know of his ability to score and create goals, with his insane numbers of 34 goals and 43 assists in 111 games for Peimari United a testament to just how good he is.
was our first new goalkeeper. Because my lovely chairman sold our two goalkeepers (Dzadzamia and Whitesides) behind my back, which I will describe fully later, I had to dip my toes into the market. Caprile joined from Chievo for €300,000. The twenty-one year old Italian shot-stopper was a Chievo product but made his senior debut on loan at Santarcangelo. He made a total of 50 appearances on loan at Santarcangelo and Campodarsego. He made just 2 senior appearances for Chievo before leaving for Piemari United.
Caprile is an incredible shot-stopper. His reflexes and ability to save one-on-ones made him an ideal candidate for us, despite his relatively diminutive size as a keeper, and he will hopefully prove to be a reasonable replacement for the outgoing keepers.
was our second goalkeeper signing. The Palermo youth product made his senior debut when on loan at Marsala, and made a total of 57 appearances in loan spells at Marsala and Imolese. Giappone made no appearances for Palermo before signing for Piemari United in a €4,500 deal.
Giappone is also an expert shot-stopper, with incredible agility. He will provide a good option in goals, even though neither him or Caprile are as good as the two outgoing keepers.
Our last signing was Emil Parpala
, another goalkeeper! The seventeen year old Finnish shot-stopper is incredibly highly rated, and is expected to become the top goalkeeper for Finland in the future. A product of FC Lahti, he didn't make a single appearance for the club before completing a €500,000 move to Piemari United.
Parpala will train with the first team and play for the youth team for now. He is tall for his age and incredibly determined. His shot-stopping ability is already quite good, and he will become a superstar in the future (hopefully).
A number of players left on loan, but the first big sale was that of Moussa Faye
. Our star player of last season left for AIK for a fee of €500,000. It was a fee that my lovely asshole of a chairman decided was good enough and he accepted it on my behalf, without asking me.
It was a similar story with the sales of our two goalkeepers Tornike Dzadzamia
and Tyler Whitesides
. The chairman accepted bids for them which added up to a total of €1,425,000. It was decent money, but I would have wanted at least ten times that amount for the quality of the two keepers. Such a shame my chairman is a douche.
Peimari United Won All Five Of Their Suomen Cup Qualifiers
Our first qualifier came against FC Lahti. We earned a 6-3 win as both teams proved to be able to score for fun. I was highly impressed by the fluency that my players showed in attack. I wasn't concerned about the goals conceded. We had a brand new defence and I knew that it would take time for them to find their feet and be comfortable with each other. Rather concede three goals in a game where we score six than in a game where we don't.
Next up was our first big challenge, an away game against SJK. We dominated them in a 6-0 win. Our defence was quickly finding its feet and we were unstoppable in attack. Six goals, by five different scores, signified the difference in class between the two teams.
IFK Mariehamn proved to be more difficult. They were content with sitting in and playing hard-to-beat. A late Bilal Hussein goal was the difference as we earned a 1-0 win. It was tough, but we got the three points in the end.
A showdown against local rivals FC Inter Turku was always likely to cause excitement, and we excited with a 4-2 win. Luka Ilic was the star of the show, bagging a hat-trick and assisting another goal as he lit the stadium up with his attacking excellence.
Last, but certainly not least, was a trip to HJK. It was tough, as expected, but we did enough for a 2-1 win. Goals from Pontus Engblom and Luka Ilic gave us a two goal cushion. HJK halved the deficit late in the second half, but we held out to secure a 100% win record in Suomen Cup qualifying.
Suomen Cup Qualifying Group
Peimari United Topped The Group With Maximum Points
Fifteen points out of fifteen was more than enough to earn a place in the knockout rounds, and also almost double that of second place. While we conceded quite a few, I wasn't worried because I knew our defensive record would improve with time given for new recruits to gel in. We were easily the most potent team in attack.
Peimari United Will Begin Their Veikkausliiga Campaign In April
HIFK was to be our first opponent in the new Veikkausliiga season. A home game against FC Ilves was to be next, before away trips to RoPS and FC Inter Turku. We were drawn against OTP for our Suomen Cup Last Sixteen draw.
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