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An emergin soccer threat..?

Posted by Markus Raty on September 5, 2006

It feels like the World Cup just ended, and indeed it did, however qualification for the world’s second largest soccer tournament -the European Championships – is under way.

Finland has never qualified for a soccer tournament of any significance. They have always run up against at least two world-calibre sides in their qualifying groups and hence never advanced.

Could EURO 2008 be their coming out party? Finland opened qualifying with a resounding 3-1 victory over World Cup qualifiers Poland last weekend. This is significant in that, along with heavy group favourites Portugal, Poland is expected to qualify as the second-place team.

Finland now takes on World Cup semi-finalists Portugal on Wednesday in Helsinki. In fact, the game is the lead story on Google (I googled EURO 2008 qualifying) which you can read about here in the International Herald Tribune.

The game will kick-off at 1pm EST (Toronto time) so make sure to schedule your lunch break accordingly. The game will be shown at any of the myriad Portuguese watering holes in the city. One which I can highly recommend is the home of Team Portugal, the Cervejaria on College (aka College Street Bar and Grill). 842 College St. Good food. 

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One Response to “An emergin soccer threat..?”

  1. Markus said

    Finland tied the Pork Chops 1-1. a very respectable result. hyva suomi

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