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Finland 2004/05 Home Shirt
Up for review this week is the Finland Football Home shirt for season 2004/2005. In early 2005 i found myself freezing my buns off in Helsinki and then straight in the saunas to sweat it out. Crazy Finns.
I purchased this shirt as a rule of thumb that i have. Wherever i visit, i hunt down the Football Shirt. I actually traveled to most of the regular shopping buildings, but ended up finding a great little football shop behind my Hotel. Go figure…
It is a white and blue number and the shirt is made by Adidas. The mid 2000’s are not a great time for International shirts, especially European shirts, as most had the exact same design, just in different colours. This is no different. In fact on this same trip i purchased the Gold Bayern Munchen UCL shirt which is exactly the same…. except a different colour.
What makes this a special shirt is the Finnish Football association Crest. to me it looks like a mix of eastern block and communist, with the old skool ball and laurel wreath. Finland are, after all, neighbours with Russia.
On the Crest is the SPL – FBF. The SPL “Suomen Pallolitto” is the governing body of Finnish Football. The FBF is i relation to the “Finnish Bandy Federation”, another sport which the SPL also governs. I believe it is very similar to Hockey.
The shirt does have a spurs connection – with former defensive midfielder Teemu Tainio a regular in the side. other players of note at the time were Sami Hyypia, the Liverpool CB, Antii Niemi a stalwart of a few premier league clubs between the sticks including Brum and Fulham, Jonotan Johannson more recently at Celtic, Mikael Forssell who was a chelsea player pre the Abramovich Eva (and anyone eles’s property since) and possibly the most famous of players that Finland has ever produced, Jari Litmanen who holds the national games record with 137 caps and 32 goals.
Currently managed by Markku Kanerva, the Finn’s are sadly a football minnow…producing good players at times but never together. Currently the side lay second bottom in Group F for the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament, behind Faroe Islands, Hungary, Northern Ireland and Group leaders Romania. Thier poor footballing form on the international scale has been attributed to football being a distant second as a sport to Ice Hockey, which is the National Sport of choice, and the fact that the sport attracts the main athletes to Ice Hockey and not football. Lets hope thier fortunes do turn around soon as the Group at glance is a very winnabke one, especially with the Euro spots increasing to 24 from the previous 16.