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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
I'm pleased to hear Koskinen has extended his contract with Peimari. There are a lot of unexplored avenues which the club will soon venture into under his guidance, I'm sure.
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Season 2019: August

An Overview Of Peimari United In August 2019

Kalle Koskinen:
"With each passing month, we were growing in ability, stature and confidence. We were looking more and more likely to claim top spot in our group, which is all we wanted. It was no time to take the foot off the gas, however, and I was determined to push my players to even higher levels."


Peimari United Picked Up Four Wins From Five Games In August

August began with three away fixtures. We scraped through against PEPO. Despite going two goals ahead, they scored late on to put the pressure on. Sudet proved to be equally frustrating. We went two goals up, again, but conceded late on to face a nervy ending. Our lack of composure showed in our third fixture, as FCV ran riot against us. We conceded three goals and earned a deserved defeat.

The defeat appeared to galvanise the squad and we ran out big winners in our final two games. A 5-1 victory over Tampere United at home was followed up by a 4-1 win over HJS. The players were far more motivated than they were previously and this showed on two strong attacking displays.

Player of the Month

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

Sasha Popovitch was our stand-out player in August. Once again, Popovitch took the month by storm and proved to everybody that he was capable of playing at the highest level domestically. We were nervous of the upcoming transfer windows, with clubs sure to be circling for his signature.

Sasha Popovitch's Monthly Stats
Appearances: 5
Goals: 4
Assists: 0
PotM Awards: 2
Disciplinary Record
Fouls Committed: 5 (1 per game)
Fouls Against: 5 (1 per game)
Yellow Cards: 0
Red Cards: 0
Attacking Play
Shots On Target Ratio: 57.89% (11/19)
Dribbles Completed: 1 (0.2 per game)
Key Passes: 10 (2 per game)
General Play
Pass Completion Ratio: 84.01% (310/369)
Headers Won: 14 (2.8 per game)
Average Rating: 8.00
Defensive Play
Key Tackles: 0 (0 per game)
Tackles Won Ratio: 100% (1/1)
Interceptions: 6 (1.2 per game)

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Peimari United Moved Into A Strong Position

We were flying. A fourteen point gap had opened up at the top of the table and we were set to claim top spot. It was our goal scoring exploits which gave us the leg up. Top spot was enough to earn a playoff spot, which was all we wanted.


Peimari United's Finances Took Another Hit In August

We were into the red. I wasn't concerned. There was prize money to be earned from our performances in the league. We anticipated that to be more than enough to cover our expenditure.

Upcoming Fixtures

Peimari United Had Three Fixtures In September

With the group stage of the league all but wrapped up, we were confident that we could claim top spot regardless of our results. That was no reason to drop off, we wanted to win every remaining game regardless of our position.

Comment Section

ScottT, the future looks bright for the club and it'll be nice for Kalle to be the man leading the conquest!

Previous Update: #28 - The Ties That Bind
Next Update: #30 - Season 2019: September
Popovitch seems to be the guiding light of the side, in what has been an excellent season - which will be capped off with the league title soon enough. Up the Koskinen x
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Season 2019: September

An Overview Of Peimari United In September 2019

Kalle Koskinen:
"September presented with it the opportunity to confirm our place on top of Kakkonen Group B. Top position was to be enough to earn a promotion playoff spot, and an opportunity to win the Kakkonen title, which was our aim for the rest of the season."


Peimari United Claimed Seven Points From A Possible Nine In September

We were in a position where we knew that one victory was enough to secure first place. We guaranteed first place with an emphatic victory over HyPS. We scored seven goals away from home to win with ease. It was a win which secured the playoff spot in some style. We followed this up with a win over JIPPO before suffering our first draw of the season away to MuSa Pori.

Player of the Month

Tatu Mäkelä Was Peimari United's Star Player During September 2019

Tatu Mäkelä was our stand-out player in September. The central defender proved to be a reliable man in our rearguard and produced a number of fine defensive performances.

Tatu Mäkelä's Monthly Stats
Appearances: 3
Goals: 0
Assists: 0
PotM Awards: 0
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: 50% (1/2)
Dribbles Completed: 0 (0 per game)
Key Passes: 1 (0.33 per game)
General Play
Pass Completion Ratio: 69.84% (88/126)
Headers Won: 11 (3.67 per game)
Average Rating: 7.53
Defensive Play
Key Tackles: 0 (0 per game)
Tackles Won Ratio: 100% (1/1)
Interceptions: 8 (2.67 per game)

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Peimari United Secured Top Spot

Easy. With one game remaining, we claimed top spot with ease. A spot in the playoffs was secured, and an opportunity to win the league title was in our hands. We were already scouting teams from the other Kakkonen groups to prepare for the big games ahead.


Peimari United's Finances Took Another Hit In September

We were into the red. I wasn't concerned. There was prize money to be earned from our performances in the league. We anticipated that to be more than enough to cover our expenditure.

Upcoming Fixtures

Peimari United Faced P-Iirot Rauma In Their Final Kakkonen Group Game

We had just one group game left, before the draw for the playoff fixtures. We wanted to end the group on a high and with a win.

Comment Section

ScottT, I'm amazed we have a player of Popovitch's quality, tbh. He's good enough for the Veikkausliiga, which ultimately might lead to him leaving to a bigger club at the end of this season :/

Previous Update: #29 - Season 2019: August
Next Update: #31 - Peimari Sign Off Group Stage In Style
getting draws... slackers? ;)
Brilliant work. Now to see the season out on a high and look to seal promotion!
Great news in your new contract! A lovely comment by Kalle's dad about Mia being proud of him at that moment. In terms of division performance, you're well on your way to success now and nobody can really stop you from here. It's best to get planning for next season at this current point!
Good to see Kalle getting a deserved contract extension. Hopefully promotion can be secured and Kalle can continue to impress next year.
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Peimari Sign Off Group Stage In Style

Peimari United Demolished P-Iirot Rauma 4-1 In Their Final Kakkonen Group Game


Peimari United were 4-1 victors against second placed P-Iirot Rauma in their final group stage game of the Kakkonen division. Riku Sjöroos scored a hat trick as the hosts dominated in a display which proved their worth as the visitors struggled. Peimari were already guaranteed a place in the playoffs, while P-Iirot's final points tally was too low for them to earn a place as the 'best second placed team'.

268 fans packed into HakkisPaana to witness the spectacle on a breezy day in the south west of Finland. They were made to wait for the first real piece of action, with over twenty minutes passing before the first shot on target was produced by Peimari striker Rasmus Nielsen.

The fans did not have to wait much longer for the first goal, as Riku Sjöroos obliged in style. Bruno Rodrigues won possession of the ball high up the pitch, who then connected with Kevin Larsson in the middle of the pitch. The latter played Sjöroos in on goal and the in-form attacker lofted his shot beyond Paunio and into P-Iirot's goal. It was advantage Peimari.

P-Iirot struck back ten minutes later with a stunning goal. Jussi Aalto turned 180 degrees on the spot with the ball at his feet just outside Peimari's penalty area before unleashing a swerving right-footed effort which deceived Peimari's Hakala and nestled in the back of Peimari's net.

The game looked like going into half time all square until the last kick of the half. Peimari's Kevin Larsson picked out Sasha Popovitch with a back-post corner, and the midfielder's cross-goal header rebounded into the goal off of P-Iirot's Petter Hemming. Hemming was unable to deflect the ball anywhere else, and inadvertently handed Peimari the lead.

Riku Sjöroos Scored A Hat Trick To Inspire The Hosts

The own-goal gave Peimari a monumental confidence boost in the second half, with the hosts playing in some style. Riku Sjöroos scored his second of the game following a slick fast-moving attack through Peimari's left side. Striker Rasmus Nielsen backheeled a pass first-time into the path of Sjöroos who produced a composed low finish to hand the hosts a two goal lead.

Sjöroos then sealed his hat trick with one of the goals of the season with just over thirteen minutes remaining. Substitute Mika Jussila produced a sensational deep cross from the half-way line which picked out Sjöroos on the edge of P-Iirot's penalty area. The attacker struck the ball with a sweet right-footed volley, sending the ball firing into the bottom left corner of the goal. An elegant way to wrap up the game and sign off on a successful group stage for Peimari United.

Peimari United 4-1 P-Iirot Rauma

Player Ratings:
Peimari United:
GK: Hakala (7.4)
DR: Rodrigues (7.4)
DCR: Mäkelä (7.1)
DCL: Holma (7.7)
DL: Parkkunen (8.1)
DM: Hyökyvirta (7.2)
MCR: Popovitch (7.0)
MCL: Vihervirta (6.7) [64']
AMR: Larsson (6.9) [64']
AML: Sjöroos (9.5)
ST: Nielsen (6.9) [64']
Subs Used:
Sub 1: Brechtel (6.6) [64']
Sub 2: Jussila (6.8) [64']
Sub 3: Gerxhaliu (6.6) [64']

Manager: Kalle Koskinen
P-Iirot Rauma:
GK: Paunio (6.4)
DR: Schultz (5.5) [75']
DCR: Setänen (6.4)
DCL: Hemming (6.4)
DL: Horjanheimo (6.5) [69']
MCR: Montola (6.9) [45+3']
MCL: Lahti (6.8)
AMR: Patola (6.6) [90+1']
AMC: Jussi Aalto (6.4)
AML: Juuso Aalto (6.3)
ST: Näykki (6.3) [62']
Subs Used:
Sub 1: Ukwuoma (6.6) [45+3']
Sub 2: Nurmi (6.6) [69']
Sub 3: Ruotsalainen (6.8) [90+1']

Manager: Jens Mattfolk

Peimari United Were A Class Above P-Iirot Rauma

Kalle Koskinen:
"That was a nice result for us to take at this stage of the season. It rounds up the group stage of the league campaign very well and we can head into the playoffs with a lot of confidence now. Whoever we play, they will fear the threat that we pose in attack and the relentlessness of our press in defence. We have sent out a very strong message to the rest of Finland this season.

The performance perhaps did not match the result. The game was quite even for large parts but I am happy that we were able to produce clinical touches when needed. Riku (Sjöroos) was excellent and deserved the match ball. His season has been very good and certainly helped us to get this far. We are a two-legged tie away from earning promotion, and another game after that away from winning the Kakkonen title. That has to be the objective for us now for the remainder of the season."

Comment Section

rien102, it is nice to let the others look good every now and then ;)
ScottT, we're nearly there! :)
Jack, we have one eye on the future and two eyes on the present!
TheLFCFan, that is the plan ;)

Previous Update: #30 - Season 2019: September
Next Update: #32 - Peimari United To Face MiKi Mikkeli In Kakkonen Playoffs
A great victory there to conclude the group-stage half of the league campaign. A real confidence booster heading into the playoffs, as Koskinen remarked. Sjöroos, especially, will be heading in with plenty of confidence given his hat-trick hero performance. Looking forward to seeing how the play-offs fair for Peimari.
Just games away for Koskinen's first real success as a manager. Be sure not to bottle it!
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Peimari United To Face MiKi Mikkeli In Kakkonen Playoffs

Peimari United Were Drawn Against Group C Runners-Up MiKi Mikkeli In The Kakkonen Playoffs


Kalle Koskinen's high-flying Peimari United have been pitted against MiKi Mikkeli in the Kakkonen playoffs. The teams will face each other in two legs with the winner subsequently earning a place in the Kakkonen (Finland's third tier) league final, as well as promotion to Ykkönen (Finland's second tier). The two legs will be played in the next couple of weeks.

Peimari United have been labelled as the favourites to win the Kakkonen trophy, with former international midfielder Kalle Koskinen revolutionising the club since his arrival last December. Under The Iceman's guidance, Peimari comfortably earned top spot in Kakkonen Group B, and already have the taste of silverware this season having lifted the first ever Kakkonen Cup, while also reaching the Suomen Cup final where it took a strong HJK performance to deny them.

MiKi Mikkeli produced a very strong season to finish in second place in Group C, narrowly behind city rivals MP Mikkeli. Manager Janne Moilanen has received several plaudits for his work, with a strong run of form in August credited for MiKi's league success.

The first leg of the tie will be played at Mikkelin urheilupuisto in Mikkeli on 12th October, with the return leg scheduled at HakkisPaana in Sauvo on 19th October. Should the score be level at the end of ninety minutes of the second leg, with both teams on similar away goals, the tie will be decided by extra time and penalties.

The winner of the two-legged playoff will earn promotion, but will also earn a place in the final against either MP Mikkeli or PKKU, with a trophy up for grabs.

Comment Section

Scoot Scoot, Riku has become our key man, no doubt. Here's to hoping he leads us to glory!
Jackie Chan, the only thing we bottle is Carlsberg; a lager for the best team in the world, probably.

Previous Update: #31 - Peimari Sign Off Group Stage In Style
Next Update: #33 - Peimari Halfway To Promotion With First Leg Win
When I first read the headline, I thought it was the name of the manager - not the team's name!
The favorites tag is certainly expected after the year Kalle has had at the club. Hopefully they can live up to it and see promotion this year!
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Peimari Halfway To Promotion With First Leg Win

Peimari United Recorded A 3-2 Win Away To MiKi Mikkeli In The First Leg Of The Kakkonen Playoffs


Peimari United moved closer to earning promotion from Kakkonen to Ykkönen with a 3-2 victory over fellow promotion-chasers MiKi Mikkeli in the first leg of their Kakkonen promotion play-off at Mikkelin urheilupuisto. A brace from Riku Sjöroos and a Sasha Popovitch goal put the visitors three goals clear, but MiKi managed to salvage something from the game with two late goals to set up a tense second leg.

Riku Sjöroos had been in incredible form throughout the season and was on hand to provide the opening goal of the game for Peimari United. It came in the fifth minute of the game and was created by Peimari's flying full back Bruno Rodrigues. From a throw in within their own half, Bruno Rodrigues retrieved the ball and charged forward. The speedy wide player produced an excellent back-post delivery which was turned home by Riku Sjöroos to open the scoring.

Riku Sjöroos added his, and Peimari United's, second goal of the game just five minutes later, and in similar fashion. Samuli Vihervirta was under pressure with the ball in the middle of the pitch, but he produced a wicked pass out wide to Bruno Rodrigues who in turn showed his skill. The Portuguese wide man beat two players with a sublime piece of skill before his arrowing cross was driven home by Sjöroos' volley.

Riku Sjöroos Scored Two Identical Goals In A One-Way First Half For Peimari United

The game looked dead and buried just over halfway into the second half as Peimari United scored a third goal. MiKi was completely overwhelmed by Peimari's high-pressure attacking play, and Sasha Popovitch added to their lead. From a throw in on the right, Rasmus Nielsen picked up the ball inside the penalty area. The teenage Danish striker swiveled on the spot to avoid a challenge before laying the ball off to Popovitch who calmly planted a left-footed strike beyond the reach of MiKi's goalkeeper and into the far corner. It was a three-nil lead for Peimari in the first half.

MiKi seemed to be re-energised heading into the second half and clawed a goal back just eighteen seconds after the restart. Timo Mattila's cross was swept home by Isaac Kannah to give MiKi a route back into the game, and the tie, and to upset the motion a little.

Peimari had opportunities to kill the game off as the second half poured on. Jesper Brechtel wrapped a long-range effort agonisingly past the post while Mika Jussila saw his header cleared off the line following a good piece of play from Bruno Rodrugies on the wing.

MiKi resurrected themselves in the tie with a second goal late on in the game, adding tension to the tie in the process. A quick-moving counter attack saw Rafael released down the right and the veteran Brazilian attacker showed a remarkable piece of skill to pick out Ekmark on the opposite flank. Ekmark's low cross evaded everybody but team mate Antti-Pekka Kesonen who rifled a half-volley beyond the reach of Aatu Hakala in Peimari's goal.

The game closed out with Peimari still leading, but only just. Peimari will host the second leg with an advantage, but only a slight one compared to what they had at half time. MiKi had presented themselves well in the second half and had every chance of earning promotion, and earning progression to the final in the process.

MiKi Mikkeli 2-3 Peimari United

Player Ratings:
MiKi Mikkeli:
GK: Romppainen (6.6)
DR: Sihvonen (6.3)
DCR: Korhonen (6.6) [68']
DCL: Rynnänen (6.6)
DL: Ekmark (7.0)
MCR: Kesonen (8.0)
MCL: Kirvesoja (6.3) [79']
AMR: Mattila (7.3)
AMC: Koppelomäki (6.6)
AML: Kannah (7.3) [90+1']
ST: Rafael (6.4)
Subs Used:
Sub 1: Korhonen (6.8) [68']
Sub 2: Pasanen (N/A) [79']
Sub 3: Ikonen (N/A) [90+1']

Manager: Janne Moilanen
Peimari United:
GK: Hakala (6.9)
DR: Rodrigues (8.3)
DCR: Mäkelä (7.0)
DCL: Holma (6.6)
DL: Parkkunen (6.8)
DM: Brechtel (6.7)
MCR: Popovitch (8.3)
MCL: Vihervirta (6.7) [67']
AMR: Jussila (7.0)
AML: Sjöroos (8.8)
ST: Nielsen (6.8) [64']
Subs Used:
Sub 1: Klinga (6.8) [67']
Sub 2: Gerxhaliu (6.8) [67']
Sub 3: N/A

Manager: Kalle Koskinen

Peimari United Just About Edged The Game Despite A Strong Start

Kalle Koskinen:
"I do not want to think about the result too much at this point of time. We're only halfway through the tie and so it would be incredibly foolish to think outside of, or beyond, the second tie. We're only at the 'half-way' stage, as it were, and we cannot afford to lose our concentration in the second leg. We saw what can happen when concentration is lost when we conceded twice today.

We were very good in the first half, in all phases of the game. We defended well - with discipline and organisation and all these things, and we transferred our ability into goals in the offensive side of things. We scored three goals - three very good goals - and we looked like scoring a handful more.

We lacked the intensity expected of us in the second half, which MiKi showed to have had, and we suffered as a result. We could have finished the game far more comfortably but we dug ourselves a little bit of a hole. Ultimately, we leave here with a win, but the manner of victory will feel like a defeat to us. We must improve."

Comment Section

Scoot, this country has some bizarre club names!
TheMUFCFan, and so far we have :)

Previous Update: #32 - Peimari United To Face MiKi Mikkeli In Kakkonen Playoffs
Next Update: #34 - Peimari Earn Promotion & Place In Final

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