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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old October 5th, 2003, 18:48 Thread Starter
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Finland v. Canada, October 11

This match was announced last March, but nothing has been said about it since.

The Canadian roster has yet to be announced.

The match will be carried on Sportsnet by tape delay at 7:00 p.m. in most markets.

Finland currently sits 3rd in Group 9 of the qualifying tournament for Euro 2004, behind Italy and Wales. They have played all their matches, and thus have no further chance of qualifying. They are ranked 38th by FIFA (Canada is 79th).
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from Finland-Football.net:

Antti Muurinen has announced his squad to face Canada in Tampere on October 11th.

Aleksei Eremenko Jr. of HJK is rewarded for his good form with his first call up to the National Team. Jari Litmanen is included in the squad despite not yet playing for Ajax this season due to an achilles injury.

Although it is highly probably that the squad will be depleted after this weekend's club matches, with players reporting slight injuries. Daniel Sjölund also returns to the squad.

Goalkeepers:
Antti Niemi Southampton FC 58/-
Jussi Jääskeläinen Bolton Wanderers FC 15/-

Defenders:
Markus Heikkinen Aberdeen FC 8/-
Sami Hyypiä Liverpool FC 57/4
Toni Kuivasto Djurgårdens IF 38/-
Petri Pasanen AFC Ajax 16/1
Janne Saarinen TSV 1860 München 27/-
Hannu Tihinen RSC Anderlecht 36/3

Midfielders/Attackers:
Aleksei Eremenko Jr. HJK -/-
Mikael Forssell Birmingham City FC 27/10
Joonas Kolkka Bor. Mönchengladbach 52/10
Peter Kopteff Viking Stavanger 17/-
Jari Litmanen AFC Ajax 84/22
Mika Nurmela 1. FC Kaiserslautern 43/1
Aki Riihilahti Crystal Palace FC 48/8
Daniel Sjölund Djurgårdens IF 1/-
Teemu Tainio AJ Auxerre 20/2
Mika Väyrynen SC Heerenveen 7/-
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Canada's Roster:

Pat Onstad GK - San Jose Earthquakes, MLS
Lars Hirschfeld GK - Tottenham Hotspur
Paul Fenwick D - Hibernian, Scottish Premier
Mark Watson D - Charleston Battery, A-League
Tam Nsaliwa D/M - Jahn Regensburg, German Bundesliga 2
Richard Hastings D/M - MVV Maastricht, Dutch Second Division
Kevin McKenna D/F - Heart of Midlothian, Scottish Premier
Chris Pozniak D/M - Örebro, Swedish Premier
Iain Hume M/F - Tranmere Rovers, English Second Division
Ante Jazic D/M - Rapid Vienna, Austria
Jim Brennan M - Norwich City, English First Division
Jason Bent M - Plymouth Argyle, English Second Division
Paul Stalteri M - Werder Bremen, German Bundesliga
Daniel Imhof M - St. Gallen, Swiss First Division
Marc Bircham M - Queen’s Park Rangers, English Second Div.
Paul Peschisolido F - Sheffield United, English First Division
Tomasz Radzinski F - Everton, English Premier
Dwayne de Rosario F - San Jose Earthquakes, MLS

Our best lineup in years!

Pesch is back. Radz is back. Bircham is back. Watson is back. Jazic makes his debut. Onstad is back.
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Scratch Jim Brennan - thigh injury.
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Finland Defeats Canada 3-2

Tampere, Finland– Canada's Men's World Cup team suffered a 3-2 loss to Finland in an international friendly played in Tampere, Finland, Saturday.

The Canadians got off to a rocky start against the No. 38-ranked Finns and were down 3-0 at halftime. Michael Forssell opened the scoring in the 15th minute when he bent a ball around Canadian goalkeeper Pat Onstad and inside the far post.

Canadian head coach Colin Miller switched to a 4-3-3 formation to start the scond half and the strategy worked as the Canadians enjoyed more of the play and began to get more balls to strikers Tomasz Radzinski, Paul Peschisolido and Dwayne de Rosario (who replaced Ante Jazic at halftime).

Several players marked their return to the Canadian side. Mark Watson played his first game since 2001 and was named captain for the game. Paul Peschisolido also made his first start since 2001 as did Marc Bircham.

Lars Hirschfeld replaced Onstad to start the second half as Miller had decided prior to the game to give each goalkeeper a half.

Radzinski took a nice pass from de Rosario in the 72nd minute and turned and fired a rocket inside the far post side netting. In the 86th minute Radzinski returned the favor sending a square ball across to de Rosario who made it 3-2 with a good finish.

"I wasn't happy with our start but we showed a lot of character by coming back in the second half," said Miller. "The lads worked hard in training and I was glad with the second half performance which gives us something to build on as we prepare for World Cup Qualifying in 2004."
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Canada: Pat Onstad (Lars Hirschfeld, 46), Richard Hastings, Mark Watson, Kevin McKenna, Paul Stalteri, Ante Jazic (Dwayne de Rosario, 46), Marc Bircham, Daniel Imhof, Jason Bent, Tomasz Radzinski, Paul Peschisolido (Iain Hume, 70). Head coach: Colin Miller
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I was pretty impressed by the changes he made at half time. Switching to a 3rd forward was a good move. I think it was the first time I saw Canada with 3 forwards.

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I agree.

Usually we only have about 2 healthy forwards on the roster, so we don't have the option. This time, with Radzinski, de Rosario, and Peschisolido back in the lineup, there was a chance to show some offence up front.

It's not every game we score more than one goal!
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3-2? not bad.....
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PESCH IS BACK!!!!!!

Great!!!!

Was he left out due to problems with Osieck, btw?

Anyway nice to see him back!

How did he play?

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FORZA CANADA!
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Was he left out due to problems with Osieck, btw?

Anyway nice to see him back!

How did he play?
It was partly Osieck and partly some nagging injuries.

As I recall, he played pretty well this game, but didn't score. He'll get more chance to shine this week against Ireland and Czech Republic, with de Rosario out of the lineup.
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"Canadian head coach Colin Miller switched to a 4-3-3 formation to start the scond half and the strategy worked as the Canadians enjoyed more of the play and began to get more balls to strikers Tomasz Radzinski, Paul Peschisolido and Dwayne de Rosario (who replaced Ante Jazic at halftime)."

Antti "the Walrus" Muurinen made his "good brother" changes at half time, Canada would have lost about 7-0 if not..
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