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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
An excellent start to Koskinen's tenure at the club. A cup final against his former employers - HJK Helsinki - will be a game to remember, regardless of the result.
A chance of adding another piece of silverware next month will be exciting! The league has started off well, a shame about the opening day defeat but onwards and upwards!
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1 yearEdited

HJK Lift Suomen Cup Following Tense Final

HJK Were 2-0 Winners In A Tight Suomen Cup Final Against Peimari United


Helsingin Jalkapalloklubi (HJK) were 2-0 victors in a tense Suomen Cup final against Kakkonen side Peimari United. A goalless first half was the result of two strong defensive performances, but goals from Jordan and Eetu Vertainen in the second half was enough for HJK to lift the cup at their home ground, Töölön jalkapallostadion.

Despite the home advantage, and the significant advantage of supporter population, HJK's fans were out-sung by over two hundred Peimari United fans who made the trip to support their team in their second cup final of the season. The stakes were much higher in the fixture than in the previous cup final, with the Suomen Cup including the best teams in the nation, with a spot in the UEFA Europa League qualifying rounds up for grabs.

HJK was a team that Peimari United manager Kalle Koskinen turned out for as a player on many occasion, and the former Finnish international midfielder was treated to a rapturous applause upon his entrance into the stadium. Despite being the enemy to the home team on the day, he was treated as a returning hero. He was a former jewel in HJK's crown.

Koskinen promised to give HJK a tough game prior to the fixture and his side certainly produced the goods in the first half, matching the Helsinki-based club for physical intensity and defensive solidity. In fact, neither side was able to break down the other as both sides held strong under pressure. With the pitch slick with rain, the ball skidded about with ease after each challenge, interception and block. It was a very tight game.

The game was one which required a clinical touch to change things, and the hosts provided that clinical edge in the second half. Just after the hour mark, HJK had won a free kick deep in Peimari United's half, out on the left. Luiz Fernando's wide delivery from the dead-ball situation was deadly, with Jordan able to pounce on a loose ball inside the six yard box to give HJK the lead.

With fifteen minutes remaining, HJK doubled their lead and killed off the game in the process. Peimari United were hunting for an equaliser, but the hosts managed to produce a quick counter attack following a successful intervention inside their own box. Esquerdinha raced forwardbefore lofting a tremendous through ball over the opposition defence which set Eetu Vertainen free. The substitute striker needed only once touch to send the ball beyond Ville Saikkonen in Peimari United's goal and to secure the cup for HJK.

Vertainen Scored A Clinical Goal To Wrap Up The Game For HJK

Despite Peimari United's best attempts, they could not force a way back into the game. HJK lifted the trophy in front of their own fans at Töölön jalkapallostadion, inflicting a first cup final defeat for Kalle Koskinen as manager.

HJK 2-0 Peimari United

Player Ratings:
GK: Kozlinski (6.8)
DR: Jalasto (7.1)
DCR: Friday (7.2)
DCL: O'Shaughnessy (7.2)
DL: Pirinen (7.4)
MCR: Jordan (7.1) [75']
MCL Yaghoubi (6.8)
AMR: Alho (7.0)
AMC: Luiz Fernando (6.7)
AML: Riski (6.7) [72']
ST: Valencic (6.5) [45+3']
Subs Used:
Sub 1: Vertainen (7.2) [45+3']
Sub 2: Esquerdinha (6.9) [72']
Sub 3: Saine (6.7) [75']

Manager: Mika Lehkosuo
Peimari United:
GK: Saikkonen (6.9)
DR: Rodrigues (6.5) [75']
DCR: Mäkelä (6.5)
DCL: Holma (6.4)
DL: Parkkunen (6.5)
DM: Hyökyvirta (6.9)
MCR: Popovitch (6.8)
MCL: Vihervirta (6.6) [62']
AMR: Larsson (6.4)
AML: Jussila (6.3)
ST: Gerxhaliu (6.3) [62']
Subs Used:
Sub 1: Salonen (6.6) [62']
Sub 2: Nielsen (6.6) [62']
Sub 3: Laine (6.8) [75']

Manager: Kalle Koskinen

HJK Were Too Clinical For Peimari United In The Suomen Cup Final

Kalle Koskinen:
"It is a tough result to take. Losing in a final is never a nice feeling as we felt we deserved a reward for our performances throughout the competition. We were hoping to lift our second trophy of the season but HJK, to their credit, played incredibly well to lift the trophy. They are deserved winners. They played a tremendous performance today and their players can be proud of what they achieved.
Our first half performance was solid and reliable in defence but we were unable to create the chances we needed to win the game. We lacked a cutting edge today and it cost us in the second half as HJK were able to create chances and then take them. It is a tough lesson for us but one we need to learn. We can take a lot of positives from today but it is important that we work on our game and continue to improve."

Comment Section

Scoot, and a game to remember it was!
TheLFCFan, onwards and upwards indeed!

Previous Update: #24 - Season 2019: May
Next Update: #26 - Season 2019: June
An unfortunate result and one, as Kalle said, will be hard to take. Hopefully it is a lesson learnt for both the club and Kalle and the wins begin to flow again!
It was an excellent run, however beating Finnish's finest proved to be too much to ask for. I'm sure Kalle will extract his revenge when the sides meet again a few years down the line. ;)
Helsinki were the bane of my life in Finland for a good couple of seasons, will be nice to see a redemption at some point in the near future, though ;)
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1 yearEdited

Season 2019: June

An Overview Of Peimari United In June 2019

Kalle Koskinen:
"Following a promising start to the season, which included lifting the Kakkonen Cup, we headed into June with confidence flowing and a Suomen Cup final to look forward to. We already had plenty to celebrate but we had plenty yet to fight for."


Saku Klinga Joined Peimari United On A Free Transfer During The Month Of June

There was one in and one out in June. Youth player Olli Neuvonen left for FC Kontu Helsinki on a free transfer in order to play first team football. I was not going to stand in his way. In terms of incoming players, Saku Klinga joined the club to bolster midfield options. A well-rounded young player, Klinga had previously played for Kiffen and joined to add depth to the midfield, although he was not expected to start every game.


Peimari Lost The Suomen Cup Final But Recorded A Perfect Set Of Results In Kakkonen

June began with a colossal fixture. A minor fixture in the form of a cup final was played. We faced off against mega club HJK in the Suomen Cup final, at HJK's home ground. We kept the score respectable, despite the scoreline, and we performed admirably. It was a tough defeat to take, nonetheless, but we proved we could compete against the nation's top teams once again. It was a learning curve for the football club.

Kakkonen brought great fortune to us in June. We recovered from the Suomen Cup final heartbreak with narrow win over historically-significant Tampere United. We then scored eleven goals in three games, as we put HJS, Jippo and HyPS to the sword in resounding fashion. It was a display of our attacking confidence as we cut teams open like a knife through butter.

Player of the Month

Bruno Rodrigues Was Peimari United's Star Player During June 2019

Bruno Rodrigues was our stand-out player in June, as we torched the Kakkonen fixtures in style. The Portuguese speedster was far more suited to playing as a winger but grew into the role of Complete Wing Back, a far more defensive and deeper role, with grace. Rodrigues capped off an impressive month with two goals against HyPS as he began to create a name for himself as a marauding wing back. Similarities were certainly drawn between his playing style and that of Liverpool youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Bruno Rodrigues' Monthly Stats
Appearances: 4
Goals: 2
Assists: 0
PotM Awards: 1
Disciplinary Record
Fouls Committed: 9 (2.25 per game)
Fouls Against: 3 (0.75 per game)
Yellow Cards: 3
Red Cards: 0
Attacking Play
Shots On Target Ratio: 75% (3/4)
Dribbles Completed: 5 (1.25 per game)
Key Passes: 0 (0 per game)
General Play
Pass Completion Ratio: 81.40% (175/215)
Headers Won: 10 (2.5 per game)
Average Rating: 7.48
Defensive Play
Key Tackles: 0 (0 per game)
Tackles Won Ratio: 75% (6/8)
Interceptions: 9 (2.25 per game)

Assistant Manager's Report
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Wage: €0 p/w
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Peimari United Were Four Points Clear At The Top

In immaculate set of Kakkonen results in June left us four points clear at the top of the table. Nearly at the halfway stage (already), this was a stupendously good result for us. Our goal scoring exploits had left the rest of the division well behind and we looked like continuing our solid form. We could only ask for more of the same.


Peimari United's Finances Increased Considerably During June

Courtesy of the Suomen Cup final, our balance took a major boost in June, with an increase of almost 100% witnessed. Not bad.

Upcoming Fixtures

Peimari United Would Only Have Kakkonen Action For The Rest Of The Season

With the cups well and truly over, only league action remained. We were to play just four games in an easy-going July. Sadly I forgot to indicate which games were home and away in the graphic (H-A-H-H) but we were expecting to win each individual game anyway.

Comment Section

TheLFCFan, every cloud has a silver lining! Lessons have been learned from analysis of the game and we will come back stronger in the next edition of the Suomen Cup!
ScottT, hopefully we will face them again sooner rather than later as that would signal progress being made :P We just need to keep fighting to improve our ability, performances and standing in the game!
Jack, as much as I love how you and Scoot try your best to contradict each other with your comments, I pray you are more correct than him :P

Previous Update: #25 - HJK Lift Suomen Cup Following Tense Final
Next Update: #27 - Season 2019: July
An impressive set of results once again. Koskinen has certainly been a positive influence since arriving back in Finland. The finances are looking excellent, as does the league position.
A lovely bunch of league results there, despite the failure in the Suomen Cup. Aapo still dominates Finland. For now.
The amount of effort put into this story is on another level altogether. Keep it up. And I know you said the graphics take ages, but they look superb!
A great month for you. Hopefully the lead at the top can be extended further and promotion will be won!
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1 yearEdited

Season 2019: July

An Overview Of Peimari United In July 2019

Kalle Koskinen:
"We were accelerating into the best form of our season and were set to lead a tremendous charge to reach top spot in the league. With fixtures to be played once per week, we had ample time to prepare for each game."


Peimari United Won Three Of Four Kakkonen Games Throughout July

This was an incredibly weird month for us. We started brilliantly, going 3-0 up vs MuSa Pori. However, they fought back to score twice. We secured the win, in the end, but it hurt the squad to almost drop points in the manner we did. It showed in the next game where we lost out to P-Iirot Rauma due to an own-goal in the first half. The belief of the squad appeared to be damaged, which showed as we required second half goals to defeat both TPV and SJK Akatemia. Not great performances, but nine points from twelve wasn't a bad return in the grand scheme of things.

Player of the Month

Sasha Popovitch Was Peimari United's Star Player During July 2019

Sasha Popovitch was our stand-out player in July. The roaming playmaker was playing at a level which would be deemed competent for Veikkausliiga players, in a team two divisions below that. He was scoring goals and assisting with regularity and he was a driving force for us in midfield.

Sasha Popovitch's Monthly Stats
Appearances: 4
Goals: 2
Assists: 1
PotM Awards: 2
Disciplinary Record
Fouls Committed: 8 (2 per game)
Fouls Against: 6 (0.75 per game)
Yellow Cards: 0
Red Cards: 0
Attacking Play
Shots On Target Ratio: 66.67% (6/9)
Dribbles Completed: 1 (0.25 per game)
Key Passes: 9 (2.25 per game)
General Play
Pass Completion Ratio: 85.22% (173/203)
Headers Won: 11 (2.75 per game)
Average Rating: 7.60
Defensive Play
Key Tackles: 0 (0 per game)
Tackles Won Ratio: 100% (1/1)
Interceptions: 3 (1 per game)

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Peimari United Were Four Points Clear At The Top

Three wins from four kept us four clear at the top. With just nine games remaining, we knew that eight wins would be enough to secure top spot, and a place in the promotion play-offs. That was the target.


Peimari United's Finances Took A Major Hit In July

Our expenses had increased throughout the playing season and this saw our balance decrease noticeably, with no notable regular income. We were not too disheartened as we expected a major windfall at the end of the season, especially if we were to secure promotion.

Upcoming Fixtures

Peimari United Had Five Big Fixtures In August

A big month ahead, we had the opportunity to pretty much wrap up the league in it. If we were to come out of August with ten points from fifteen, I felt we would have done enough to almost certainly secure our position on top.

Comment Section

ScottT, everything is looking quite rosy at the minute! Time to push ourselves to a new level!
Jack, for now, perhaps ;)
BigMaguire, thank you! While they do take time to create, I am pleased with the end product.
TheLFCFan, that is the plan!

Previous Update: #26 - Season 2019: June
Next Update: #28 - The Ties That Bind
Another pleasing month, all in all. Losses are inevitable at some stage and after nearly blowing all three points in the previous game, it is understandable as to why that particular loss came. Recovering from those set-backs is extremely important and Koskinen's side seem to be demonstrating the ability to do so well. The league title looks a strong possibility, but there is plenty of football still to be played.
Hopefully you can gain promotion, which will hopefully gain some financial income that you need. Look forward to seeing if you gain promotion!
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1 yearEdited

The Ties That Bind

Kalle Koskinen Extended His Contract With Peimari United


Extending his contract with the football club which gave him his first platform in management was a simple one for Kalle. While the offer of extension posed from chairman Antti Eklund was carefully considered by Kalle and his agent, his father Joonas, there was never a doubt in their minds that agreeing to prolong Kalle's employment at the football was club nothing but a positive move.

Under Kalle's guidance, the football club had soared to unprecedented heights. Having claimed the inaugural Kakkonen Cup in some style earlier in the season, the club moved from strength-to-strength on the pitch by mounting an unexpected charge for the Suomen Cup trophy. Indeed, it took a highly-clinical performance from giants HJK to deny Peimari United in the final of the competition.

The club looked set to claim top spot in their Kakkonen Group B, with just a handful of fixtures remaining. A top spot finish was set to earn Peimari United a place in the Kakkonen Promotion Playoffs against teams from other regional divisions of Kakkonen. United were targeting the top spot in Group B, and victory in the Promotion Playoffs to earn a first ever appearance in the Ykkönen division (second highest tier).

Kalle Koskinen Signed A One Year Extension With Peimari United

The culture of the football club had evolved extraordinarily in the eight-and-a-half months that Koskinen had been manager. While the club had its loyal supporters, Peimari had earned itself somewhat of a cult following with fans regularly turning out in their hundreds to support the team. The Peimari Leijonat (Peimari Lions), as the group became known as, was a supporters' group set up during the season to support and discuss all things Peimari United. They were the originators of the lion symbol which followed the football club on its travels through the season and had created a number of supporters' chants which were heard in the terraces during every game.

Kalle's accomplishments during the early part of his Peimari United career had earned him a great deal of respect among the locals and he was welcomed wherever he set foot. Following his meeting with Antti Eklund to put pen to paper on a new deal, and to take part in various photo opportunities and interviews for the football club, Kalle ventured to Cafe Asta on Paimiontie (Paimio Street) with his father, Joonas, to relax and to talk like a father and son.

The pair took up a small boot near the far corner of the room, away from the commotion of parents who had gathered in the coffee shop while their children had taken to school for the day. They were not surrounded by cameras flashing or reporters' questions as they were in Munich during Kalle's time as a player for Bayern. Instead, they enjoyed an uninterrupted conversation and were only disturbed by a text message from Elsa which Kalle received but did not reply to during the time, out of respect for his father.

Kalle's success as a footballer had allowed his father to live comfortably. While Joonas did not appreciate living on success which he himself did not earn, he came to an arrangement with Kalle where Joonas would manage Kalle's finances and lead any initiatives set out by his soon outside of his football career. One such initiative was the funding of new facilities for the Paimio Hospital, a remarkably important building in the area, as well as the development of new facilities for local youngsters, both in schools and outside schools.

Kalle wished to give the people of Paimio every possible chance in life and to present to the children of the town every opportunity possible to make something of their lives. It was an admirable trait of Kalle to share his fortunes with others, and one his father respected with a paternal pride. The pair often worked day and night to produce ideas and to lead projects which helped the local community, and expected nothing in return.

"Your mother would be proud of you, Kalle," said a beaming Joonas as he patted his son on the shoulder. His son had grown to be an honorable and compassionate man.

It was not the full family which Joonas had dreamed of when Mia was pregnant with Kalle but it was one he cherished more than anything. The Koskinen family did not only include the living, it included the spirits of those who had given their lives for their loved ones. It was a bond which was to last the ravages of time. The family always had ties between the living and the dead; no memory was forgotten or abandoned. They were the ties that bind.

Comment Section

ScottT, indeed losses are inevitable but the perception of that idea doesn't soften the blow, unfortunately. I've been pleased with how the squad has recovered and I hope that any future losses will be treated similarly!
BigMaguire, promotion would certainly aid our finances!

Previous Update: #27 - Season 2019: July
Next Update: #29 - Season 2019: August

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