When I arrived to the Helsinki railwaystation, it was immediately clear that there is a feeling of a big sport fest. No wonder, same time in Harwall Arena was played NHL premiere Anaheim Ducks vs. Buffalo Sabres. So I spotted many Teemu Selänne -shirts and so on. But pretty fast after approaching the railway station I noticed that swedish supporters have quite captured the station.
The march of Fin's supporters began something like 17.30 pm from the Narinkkatori. My train arrived to Helsinki same time, so wasn't able to be there from the beginning of the march. Well after some walking to the Helsinki Olympiastadion I heard some bombs banging and fans singing. And there they were, the finnish national team supporters! And guess what, enclosed by riot polices. Of course I joined there since I'm part of the national team supporters. It was indeed very interesting. I have to say that I've never seen as much polices and riot polices in Finland's football match. Perhaps Finnish supporters are a threat to safety nowadays then... heh.
Before the match even started actually, the first red torch was set off in our public gallery and was threw to the running mount. Also some bombs bang too. It's pretty embarrassing how they manage to get those forbidden things to the public gallery, since for example my bag was explored very strict.
The atmosphere in the match was great, we sang whole match even in 0-2 losing situation. There were thousands of swe supporters too, and they were pretty loud too. Though after Toivio's 1-2 goal to the end they were pretty quiet and our public gallery was in flames.
About the game, Finland was overall better, but they just failed in scoring and gave two too easy goals for Sweden. Zlatan sucked, though his card was a mistake from referee. I was pretty surprised how passive Sweden anyway was.
The weather was annoying. I was without jacket there so imagine my great seven hour return trip back to my place... I reserve a permission to call myself as iron man if I'm not ill next week.
However, as an experience that was one of the greatest I've had. I'm not pissed of Fin's loss, because we really aren't a football country. And we actually played well against Sweden. But development last one year with Mixu Paatelainen has been damn positive. Maybe some day. Maybe.
Can't know when the next FIN-SWE football match in qualifcations, EURO (heh) or WC (big heh) is. But it's possible that not gonna happen for 10, 20 or even 50 years.
SorZ, Luffy, Lodur. Shame on you. You guys just missed too much.