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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
You just have to love an update with a disclaimer haha
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3 yearsEdited

Peimari Win In Suomen Cup Second Round

Peimari United Were 3-1 Victors Over ÅIFK In The Suomen Cup Second Round


Peimari United made an incredible competition start to their Suomen Cup campaign by defeating ÅIFK 3-1 at HakkisPaana in the Second Round (Last 16). The hosts, managed by former international player Kalle Koskinen, were favourites in the fixture against Kolmonen side ÅIFK and lived up to expectations with a convincing victory.

Peimari United qualified for the Second Round of the Suomen Cup by reaching the final of the Kakkonen Cup, which they will play in next month, and were looking forward to continue their 100% record, albeit having only played cup fixtures, under Kalle Koskinen this season.

Under Kalle Koskinen, Peimari United had begun to play a high-tempo free-flowing football style of game, and they dominated the game from the very get-go. Sasha Popovitch was playing as a roaming playmaker in the middle of the pitch for Peimari United and he opened the scoring for the hosts in some style. Having won possession back after some hard-worked pressing, Popovitch started and finished a counter attack as he slammed home a low curling effort from twenty-five yards out.

Sasha Popovitch Opened The Scoring From Range

The hosts almost doubled their lead just minutes later, only to be denied by the woodwork. Popovitch instigated another fast-moving counter attack, which saw winger-turn-right back Bruno Rodrigues pick out Vihervirta on the edge of the box with a low cross, with the latter slamming a first-time half-volley firmly off the cross bar.

The home side doubled their lead early in the second half following some incredible build-up play. Peimari moved the ball from side-to-die before delicately piercing the back line of their opponents, with Bruno Rodrigues delivering a pinpoint cross for the onrushing Sjöroos to head beyond the helpless goalkeeper. It was a move made in heaven.

Peimari United should have wrapped the game up by the hour mark with a number of chances being created from open play and set-piece situations. However, Peimari's lack of a clinical touch was punished by the visitors as a speculative long ball was latched onto by Camara, who finished high into the roof of the net to halve the deficit, and to worry the hosts.

However, Jussila was sent off for the visitors with a minute to go before Riku Sjöroos restored Peimari's two goal lead as he calmly slotted home a first-time effort from Fisnik Gerxhaliu's cut back. Game over.

Peimari United 3-1 ÅIFK

Player Ratings:
Peimari United:
GK: Saikkonen (7.0)
DR: Rodrigues (7.9)
DCR: Liespuu (7.1)
DCL: Holma (7.3)
DL: Parkkunen (7.7)
DM: Hyökyvirta (6.7)
MCR: Popovitch (9.0)
MCL: Vihervirta (7.3)
AMR: Larsson (6.5) [68']
AML: Sjöroos (9.1)
ST: Nielsen (6.6) [68']
Subs Used:
Sub 1: Juntunen (6.7) [68']
Sub 2: Gerxhaliu (6.9) [68']
Sub 3: N/A
GK: Uschanoff (6.8)
DR: Ahmeti (6.6)
DCR: Tuominen (6.7)
DCL: Lehto (6.6)
DL: Wulff (6.2) [89']
DMCR: Jussila (6.9) [89']
DMCL: Malén (6.5)
MC: Sjöblom (6.6)
AMR: Markkula (6.5) [60']
AML: Alonen (6.8)
ST: Camara (7.0)
Subs Used:
Sub 1: Miftari (6.7) [60']
Sub 2: Göstas (N/A) [89']
Sub 3: N/A

Peimari United Dominated The Game Even More Than The Stats Suggested

Kalle Koskinen (Peimari United):
"I'm very happy with the result. We were made to work hard at times and we had to really fight for the right outcome. We have played much better this season but everything is a learning curve for us right now and we just want to continue to progress.

We are excited to be able to play in the quarter finals. We will have the opportunity to play against some of the best teams in the country and to chase our aspirations of competing in the biggest games. We can be proud of what we have achieved today but we need to quickly refocus and prepare for our next challenge. There's no time for celebrating now."

Riku Sjöroos Scored Twice As He Was Named Man Of The Match

Comment Section

Jack, non-reaction is often the best reaction ;)
Scoot, you'll have to continue reading to find out ;)
Tom, yeah Scott's a weirdo!
Lil' Griff, they're always the best :P

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Great win. Koskinen has enjoyed some early success.
Suomen Cup is a big opportunity for small teams to stun some of the bigger teams given the slim margin of quality between the Finnish teams. Great stuff.
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3 yearsEdited

Peimari Stun SJK In Cup Hammering

United Conjured A Surprise 4-0 Hammering Of SJK In The Suomen Cup QFs


The Peimari United revolution under Kalle 'The Iceman' Koskinen continued as the Kakkonen side produced a surprise demolition of SJK at Seinäjoen jalkapallostadion in the quarter finals of the Suomen Cup. United, in Finland's third tier of football, were 4-0 victors against the reigning Veikkausliiga (top tier) champions.

Thirty supporters made the four hour (295 kilometre) drive from Paimio to Seinäjoki to support the unfancied away side, and were vocal throughout the game. Prior to kickoff, the away fans unfurled a large banner baring Peimari United's crest with a slogan reading 'Olemme Paimion Leijonat' ('We Are The Lions of Paimio'), a description which was apt for the performance their team produced.

The away side were up for the game and opened the scoring with less than a minute player, through shear determination and bravery. From a wide free-kick, teenage sensation Kevin Larsson whipped in a fast-paced cross towards the back post where Tatu Mäkelä was on hand to head the ball back across goal. His central defensive partner, Rasmus Holma, first poked a shot off the far post before being first to react to the rebound and he made no mistake on the second time of asking, lashing a half-volley into the goal. It was a surprise lead which shocked the hosts.

The reigning Finnish champions, SJK, were expected to dominate the game and the scoreline but they struggled to contest the high intensity set by their opponents and nearly found themselves conceding a second goal just after the quarter-hour mark as Eero Hyökyvirta lashed a free-kick just wide of the post. It was another show of the quality which Peimari United had at their disposal.

The visitors doubled their lead just before half-time in a similar fashion to how they opened the scoring. Kevin Larsson delivered a pinpoint cross from a corner kick which was met by the head of Eero Hyökyvirta, but the midfielder could only find the crossbar. Luckily for Peimari United, the rebound fell favourably to Sasha Popovitch who only needed to stick a leg out to give United an incredible half-time advantage.

SJK upped their game in the second half but couldn't quell the pressure applied to them by Peimari United's energetic midfield. Kalle Koskinen found a third goal through substitute Benjamin Westö who rifled in a volley from Bruno Rodrigues' low cross. Fellow substitute Fisnik Gerxhaliu scored a fourth, and final, goal of the game just minutes later as he fired a powerful first-time effort into the top corner.

There were boos from the home fans as the full-time whistle was blown, with the best team in Finland truly outclassed by a hard-working and enthusiastic Peimari United. The hosts crashed out and would only have Veikkausliiga football to look forward to until they entered the UEFA Champions League qualifying rounds, while Peimari United had a tasty semi final against local rivals, and Veikkausliiga giants, FC Inter Turku to look forward to.

Bookies Had Predicted SJK To Win By At Least Three Goals

SJK 0-4 Peimari United

Player Ratings:
GK: Aksalu (6.3)
DR: Hatakka (6.3)
DCR: Mero (5.8)
DCL: Kadio (6.2)
DL: Sundman (6.2)
DM: Laaksonen (6.4)
MCR: Klinga (6.7)
MCL: Malolo (6.6) [66']
AMR: Tendeng (6.7) [61']
AML: Oliynyk (6.2)
ST: Tolonen (6.4) [56']
Subs Used:
Sub 1: Ions (6.5) [56']
Sub 2: Winchester (6.5) [61']
Sub 3: Hurme (6.6) [66']

Manager: Alexei Eremenko
Peimari United:
GK: Saikkonen (7.5)
DR: Rodrigues (8.8)
DCR: Mäkelä (8.6)
DCL: Holma (9.0)
DL: Parkkunen (9.1)
DM: Hyökyvirta (8.4)
MCR: Popovitch (8.9)
MCL: Vihervirta (7.4) [83']
AMR: Larsson (7.8)
AML: Sjöroos (6.6) [67']
ST: Nielsen (6.7) [67']
Subs Used:
Sub 1: Westö (7.4) [67']
Sub 2: Gerxhaliu (7.4) [67']
Sub 3: Salonen (N/A) [83']

Manager: Kalle Koskinen

Peimari United Outclassed The Reigning Veikkausliiga Champions

Kalle Koskinen (Peimari United Manager):
"It was a brilliant result and an even better performance from the boys today. With the fans that traveled to support us today, we felt that something special could maybe happen and we made our ambitions a reality today. It was a perfect result and a very hard-working performance.

I don't want to call it the perfect performance because that would mean we can't play better than that. It was, of course, a very good signal of the progress we have made so far and it was very satisfying to beat last season's Veikkausliiga champions. They're a very good team who will be playing Champions League qualifiers this year so that is a good sign for us.

We have a very tricky semi final to play in against FC Inter Turku. They are a team as good as SJK with unbelievable ambition and very good players. Mika Ojala, possibly the most famous person to have been born in Paimio, is a key player for them and we can look forward to playing in a game against a team who are so geographically close to us. But that challenge is for another day. We can relax for the rest of the day, we have a very long drive to get back home!"

Peimari United Will Host FC Inter Turku In The Suomen Cup Semi Finals

Comment Section

Scoot, there will hopefully be plenty more success to add to it!
Jack, the margin is remarkably small with the top clubs failing to really pull away. I guess that may be down to a lack of continental performances.

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That's an astonishing result - the players ought to be proud of themselves. Kalle has transitioned fantastically into management and continues to defy the odds, a true hero!
Incredible result! A massive scalp for Kalle to take so early in his managerial career and I am sure it wont be his last.
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3 yearsEdited

Squad Overview: Peimari United 2019

A Look At Peimari United's Squad Ahead Of The 2019 Kakkonen Season

No. Name | Age | Position | Nationality | CA/PA
1. Aatu Hakala | 18 y/o (28/07/2000) | GK | Finnish | /
Wage: €140 p/w | Expiry Date: 30/11/2020 | Value: €210

22. Ville Saikkonen | 25 y/o (23/09/1993) | GK | Finnish | /
Wage: €140 p/w | Expiry Date: 30/11/2020 | Value: €210

33. Fábio Silva | 22 y/o (08/06/1996) | GK | Portuguese | /
Wage: €0 p/w | Expiry Date: N/A | Value: €0

12. Bruno Rodrigues | 22 y/o (03/10/1996) | D(R),AM(R) | Portuguese | /
Wage: €0 p/w | Expiry Date: N/A | Value: €0

10. Santeri Laine | 23 y/o (15/08/1995) | D(R) | Finnish | /
Wage: €0 p/w | Expiry Date: N/A | Value: €0

4. Rasmus Holma | 26 y/o (13/09/1992) | D(C) | Finnish | /
Wage: €70 p/w | Expiry Date: 30/11/2020 | Value: €18,250

21. Tatu Mäkelä | 30 y/o (14/06/1988) | D(RC) | Finnish | /
Wage: €80 p/w | Expiry Date: 30/11/2020 | Value: €2,800

23. Mikael Liespuu | 28 y/o (04/03/1991) | D(C) | Finnish | /
Wage: €0 p/w | Expiry Date: N/A | Value: €0

27. Erkka Länsimies | 32 y/o (23/05/1986) | D(C) | Finnish | /
Wage: €170 p/w | Expiry Date: 30/11/2019 | Value: €50

275. Lauri Parkunnen | 23 y/o (15/02/1996) | D(RL) | Finnish | /
Wage: €75 p/w | Expiry Date: 30/11/2020 | Value: €6,250

20. Sami Sanevuori | 33 y/o (20/02/1986) | D(LC),WB(L) | Finnish | /
Wage: €75 p/w | Expiry Date: 30/11/2019 | Value: €250

16. Eero Hyökyvirta | 20 y/o (17/03/1999) | DM,M(C) | Finnish | /
Wage: €200 p/w | Expiry Date: 30/11/2021 | Value: €625

6. Eero Vornanen | 23 y/o (27/11/1995) | DM | Finnish | /
Wage: €0 p/w | Expiry Date: N/A | Value: €0

14. Sasha Popovitch | 25 y/o (08/05/1993) | M(C),AM(C) | Finnish | /
Wage: €110 p/w | Expiry Date: 30/11/2020 | Value: €23,500

24. Jesper Brechtel | 25 y/o (21/01/1994) | DM,M(RC) | Finnish | /
Wage: €275 p/w | Expiry Date: 30/11/2020 | Value: €24,000

7. Samuli Vihervirta | 23 y/o (10/06/1995) | DM,M(C) | Finnish | /
Wage: €0 p/w | Expiry Date: N/A | Value: €0

3. Juuso Salonen | 24 y/o (12/01/1995) | DM,M(C),AM(C) | Finnish | /
Wage: €70 p/w | Expiry Date: 30/11/2019 | Value: €325

29. Kevin Larsson | 17 y/o (15/09/2001) | AM(RL) | Finnish | /
Wage: €110 p/w | Expiry Date: 30/11/2020 | Value: €3,100

19. Ionel Armean | 27 y/o (26/10/1991) | M(R),AM(R) | Finnish | /
Wage: €70 p/w | Expiry Date: 30/11/2020 | Value: €925

18. Mika Jussila | 26 y/o (11/01/1993) | M(C),AM(RC) | Finnish | /
Wage: €75 p/w | Expiry Date: 30/11/2020 | Value: €3,200

15. Matias Juntunen | 27 y/o (23/03/1992) | AM(RC) | Finnish | /
Wage: €275 p/w | Expiry Date: 30/11/2020 | Value: €36,500

11. Riku Sjöroos | 24 y/o (10/03/1995) | M(L),AM(RL) | Finnish | /
Wage: €120 p/w | Expiry Date: 30/11/2020 | Value: €21,000

28. Benjamin Westö | 31 y/o (24/12/1987) | M(L),AM(L) | Finnish | /
Wage: €75 p/w | Expiry Date: 30/11/2019 | Value: €130

17. Fisnik Gerxhaliu | 27 y/o (25/12/1992) | AM(C),ST | Finnish | /
Wage: €160 p/w | Expiry Date: 30/11/2020 | Value: €275

9. Rasmus Nielsen | 16 y/o (23/08/2002) | ST | Danish | /
Wage: €10 p/w | Expiry Date: N/A | Value: €6,750

Comment Section

Scoot, Kalle still has a lot to come to grips with but big strides are being made!
Tom, it certainly won't be his last ;)

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A lot of upheaval which makes these early results very impressive. I think you may have made an error with the first couple of expiry dates, as they're billed as 30/11/2000 :P Some quite large wages as well, I'd imagine, for this level - with wages of up to €275 being offered.
Banking on Rasmus Nielsen to become a star. That's all.
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3 yearsEdited

Peimari Unveil New Kits

Peimari United Unveiled Their New Kits For The 2019 Kakkonen Season


A day before the beginning of the Kakkonen league season, Peimari United have unveiled their new kits. A home and away kit was released by the Kakkonen side, based on Paimio, with the traditional colours of black, green and yellow embodied by the kits.

The kits were manufactured by Italian brand Lotto, who had a one year deal with the club. The new kits did not feature a general sponsor, however, with Peimari United officials reluctant to commit to a sponsor which 'did not fit the ethos of the club'.

The home kit was black, with black shorts and socks to match. The jersey bared a green and yellow sash from shoulder to opposite hip. The sleeves featured the green and yellow cars at the cuffs.

The home kit was of a unique style. With a primary colour of dark green, a stunning black feature embroidered the front of the kit. The kit was topped off with black sleeve cuffs and a black collar.

Social Media Reaction
@JacobJones: some stunning kits, do they come in a kids size 4? Asking for a friend x
@NorwegianTreeHugger: those kits are AIDS
@Myke Posner: but FM11 is the best
@Stam: great kits! Mind if we use them to promote Genie Scout? :)
@ImDonkey: yeah but did they get to a Champions League final without the greatest player of all time?
@ItsBielsaBitch: a kit reveal? I did it first.

Comment Section

Scoot, oops, didn't even notice :P
Jack, yeah him and Larsson look like fantastic prospects for the future, potential internationals in the future!

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Those are lush. Those social media reactions though, f*ck sake. :D
Great kits, very similar colours which could cause clashing as @ItsBielsasBitch should have pointed out in his earlier tweet. I noticed Jacob Jones' comment but I'm sure we all should realise that Jones himself should be condemned to the history books in the ever-growing list of people binned off by a certain individual.
2019-05-27 12:35#256987 Jack : Great kits, very similar colours which could cause clashing as @ItsBielsasBitch should have pointed out in his earlier tweet. I noticed Jacob Jones' comment but I'm sure we all should realise that Jones himself should be condemned to the history books in the ever-growing list of people binned off by a certain individual.
Could actually batter you. :P
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3 yearsEdited

The Lion's Den

Peimari United Faced Off Against FC Inter Turku In The Suomen Cup Semi Final


Winter had finally broken for good with a cool spring breeze wafting through the sun-soaked air in Paimio. I bared a cap and a light padded jacket, along with a tracksuit embroidered with the colours and badge of Peimari United. The luke-warm air was a relief after a long and harsh winter in Finland.

A chatter rang through the air as the squad gathered in a car park outside S-Market, a local grocery store, where a bus awaited us. Prior to my my arrival at the club, players were required to make their own way to games, both home and away. This was something I changed immediately, organising bus transport to every fixture. It was a change I brought in to promote unity and togetherness within the squad, and the players were a tight-knight bunch.

With the bus full of players and staff, we embarked for Sauvo, a nearby town where our home stadium was based. We played our home games at HakkisPaana, a 500 capacity stadium in Sauvo. It was a fifteen minute drive away from our hometown of Paimio, which was not ideal, but it was a place we made our own in recent months. We had ambitions to develop a home ground within Paimio itself, but we were content with HakkisPaana.

The Paimio locals cheered as we made our way through the town. A sense of togetherness had come to the town in recent months, with our support growing with the cup runs we embraced. Football had become more than just a sport in Paimio; it had become a religion. Everybody was united in our pursuit for glory, and we were the better for it.

We enjoyed a thorough warm-up on the pitch, as fans entered the ground to prepare to watch their local side. FC Inter Turku were fairly local rivals of sorts, and a small number of their fans made the short travel to watch the game. Miika Ojala, Inter's star player, was born and raised in Paimio and was treated to a friendly welcome from the Peimari United faithful who recognised their local star.

We regrouped in our dressing room prior to kickoff with the players sitting anxiously around the room. They looked to me with nerves visible in their faces. They were waiting for inspiration. It was time for me to deliver.

"Guys, we know exactly what needs to be done today. We have spent plenty of time performing a thorough analysis of our opponents and we are as prepared as we can be for this game. We need to make sure we keep our heads and our focus, and repeat everything we have done in the buildup.

We've performed extraordinarily well to reach this stage of the competition, humiliating the Veikkausliiga champions in the last round. Be proud of what you have accomplished so far, but we still have another battle to contest now. I can only ask one more thing of you guys today. Make sure that you can leave the match today with your heads held high, proud of the performance you have put in. If you can do that, the result will take care of itself."

With a new sense of determination, the players were ready. We exited the dressing room and entered the field of play, to the roar of the several hundred Peimari United fans who were in attendance. The famous banner baring a lion was visible near the front of the crowd. Elsa was present, her slim figure wrapped up in a black trench coat and her hair protected from the elements by a beret. She smiled as I passed, I smiled and winked back at her.

A swagger was apparent in the body language of the FC Inter players. They were convinced they'd win. Their arrogance was matched by a quiet determination which rang through our ranks. We were ready for a battle, we were ready for a war. As the referee blew the whistle to start the game, we charged with a sense of pride, determination and an incredible hunger.

Inter started the game but we won the ball back within seconds through a relentless press. The ball was worked out quickly to Bruno Rodrigues, who had made a marauding run forward from right back, and the Portuguese wideman fired in a cross which caused much disturbance in the Inter box. They cleared the ball and looked to get it forward quickly, but we regained possession again before producing a splendid first-minute opener. Vihervirta popped a well-executed pass into the feet of Lauri Parkkunen in the box, and the left back produced a thunderous right-footed strike in to the far top corner to give us a lead with just thirty-eight seconds played.

Parkkunen Scored A Sensational Opening Goal In The First Minute

As the ball hit the back of the net, there was a sense of jubilation among the players, staff and fans. I found myself thumping the air with a triumphant roar, before turning to the fans and joining in with their celebrations. Else was on her feet, applauding the goal with a beaming smile on her face. She had been impressed.

The goal had certainly changed the mood, with panic creeping into the body language of our opponents. They tentatively restarted play, with more care in their approach. We pressed them aggressively once more but they showed a little more care this time. They kept the ball for longer but could not hold on as they couldn't match the intensity set.

The first half saw the visitors become more and more tired. We had broken them with the opening goal and we continued to probe their capabilities in defence, and their appetite for a fight. We created a few more half-decent chances, but couldn't find a second. By the time the referee called for the first half to come to an end, we knew we had the game in our own hands and Inter looked the worse for wear.

We used the fifteen minute break well to recuperate before refocusing on the game. I gave some small instructions to a handful of the players before encouraging the group to keep pushing on, to not let the foot of the gas. The message was to strangle our opposition in a tight unbreakable squeeze. What better way to destroy a top-class team than by outplaying them?

We started the second half with the same intensity as we did the first, and nearly found a second goal in similar fashion. Sasha Popovitch and Kevin Larsson were proving to be influential playmakers for us and the latter picked out Riku Sjöroos with an incredible back-post cross. Unfortunately for us, Riku's half-volley was parried away by Inter's goalkeeper who had made an incredible cross-goal line scramble to keep out the effort.

Riku confidently found the back of the net minutes later as he continued his phenomenal goal scoring form by powering in a back post header. We had a two-goal cushion to our names and we rejoiced in the aftermath of our second goal. Our fans roared us on as we celebrated, and I couldn't help but produce a fist pump in the air, as a cry of joy left my parted lips.

Riku Sjöroos Doubled Our Lead With A Strong Header

The battle was far from over, however, and our second goal prompted FC Inter Turku to stand up and be counted four. Miika Ojala curled in a beautifully-delivered wide free kick which was rebounded several times in our penalty area before Abdoulie Mansally tucked the ball in to our goal. The two-goal cushion had been halved, and the balance of the game was once more on a knife edge.

The goal prompted me to calm the players down. They needed reminding of our game plan, which they returned to in emphatic fashion for the rest of the game. We produced another couple of good goal scoring opportunities but failed to take them as the clock ran on. Thankfully, the referee blew the final whistle with us a whisker ahead of FC Inter, and we had booked our place in the final. HakkisPaana was bouncing in jubilation!

Peimari United 2-1 FC Inter Turku

Player Ratings:
Peimari United:
GK: Saikkonen (7.1)
DR: Rodrigues (7.6)
DCR: Mäkelä (8.0)
DCL: Holma (6.7) [73']
DL: Parkkunen (8.3)
DM: Hyökyvirta (6.9)
MCR: Popovitch (6.8) [89']
MCL: Vihervirta (8.3)
AMR: Larsson (7.2)
AML: Sjöroos (7.7)
ST: Gerxhaliu (6.5) [63']
Subs Used:
Sub 1: Nielsen (6.7) [63']
Sub 2: Liespuu (6.9) [73']
Sub 3: Vornanen (N/A) [89']

Manager: Kalle Koskinen
FC Inter Turku:
GK: Moisander (6.8)
DR: Mäntylä (6.6)
DCR: Bikana (6.4)
DCL: Penninkangas (6.7) [77']
DL: Mansally (7.5)
DMCR: Dierson (6.4)
DMCL: Hradecký (6.6)
AMR: Ojala (7.0)
AMC: Kuningas (6.8) [77']
AML: Murilo (6.5)
ST: Furuholm (6.4) [71']
Subs Used:
Sub 1: Douglas (6.6) [71']
Sub 2: Bâ (N/A) [77']
Sub 3: Nyman (N/A) [77']

Manager: John Allen

Peimari United's Victory Has Secured A Place In The Suomen Cup Final

Kalle Koskinen:
"I'm a very proud manager right now. The players put in so much work into the preparation for this fixture and gave everything they had during the ninety minutes to produce something which will be talked about for years to come! Our victory over SJK was special in the last round but this was a very emotional victory for us. We have truly announced ourselves in Finland's biggest cup competition and we can look forward to playing in the final of the Suomen Cup. It is a special day for us and we can rejoice tonight.

Our main strength today was our intensity and our dedication to our game plan. We targeted Inter from the very first kick of the ball and won the ball high up the pitch before scoring an excellent goal. We kept that intensity throughout most of the game and maybe should have scored more than the two goals that we got today. They scored a goal from a set piece where we didn't win the first ball, or the second, or the third, but that is something which we will learn from and learn to react quicker and react better from now on.

I think it is HJK who we will play in the final so that will be another very big challenge for us. They are, of course, the biggest club in Finland and one I played for during my career. We know they are strong but we know we are strong too. We will not be the favourites for the final, but we were not the favourites against SJK and we were not the favourites today. The odds do not bother us, only our performances can define the results!"

Comment Section

Jack & Scoot, just get married already guys x

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