The “future Messi” of Finland, who was also wanted by Barcelona, ​​charmed the sports screen at the age of 8 – here are the Huuhkajie newcomers

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Huuhkajat will meet Romania at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium on Friday at 21:45. The broadcast on TV2 and Areena starts at 21:00.

In the last two matches of the Nations League, the Finnish men’s national football team will face Romania on Friday in Helsinki and Montenegro on Monday in Podgorica. The head coach Markku Kanerva invited no fewer than four first-timers to the team: Arttu Hoskonen, Viljami Sinisalon, by Oliver Antman and Diogo Tomasin.

Antman and Tomas were named to the team By Robin Lodi and Sauli Väisänen after injuries.

The proudest day for the captain of the little brats

Little brats for those who still skipper in the summer Viljami Sinisalo the opportunity to join the A national team opened up for the goalkeeper Jesse Joronen with injury. Sinisalo, 20, was naturally excited about the invitation.

– When the call came last week from Rive (head coach Kanerva), it was the best and proudest day I’ve ever had. It’s really cool to join, all the guys have accepted me well into the group and I’ve felt really welcome right from the start, Sinisalo said.

– In itself, the invitation was a bit of a surprise. I was still playing in the U21 team in the summer and maybe I didn’t expect that I would be invited to the next event right away. I immediately picked up the phone and called my mother and a few friends.

Sinisalo is currently on loan from Aston Villa in Burton Albion, who play in England’s third highest league level. According to Suomalaisvahti, the club’s early season has been difficult, and Burton is last in the series of 24 teams. The head coach Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was allowed to leave a couple of weeks ago.

– We got one point out of seven games. Now we have taken two wins in a row. We conceded a lot of goals in the beginning of the season and maybe defended a little too easily. The ball didn’t bounce for us. The little things that have been against us are hopefully turning around. We have a good team and we shouldn’t be where we are in the league now, Sinisalo regretted.

Finland’s own Messi

Oliver Antman, also known from Pikkuhuuhkaji, luckily had a day off when the national team was invited. Otherwise, the phone might not have been answered.

– I don’t usually answer unknown numbers, but Saturday was a day off and I decided to answer. Rive was there. I don’t remember much about the conversation, I was so excited to join, Antman, who represents the Danish FC Nordsjaelland, revealed.

The A national team debut had already been close before.

– Last winter, at the Captain’s Ball gala, he came to talk and said that I would have participated in the January camp, but it was cancelled. We talked a bit about these football things, but since then we haven’t kept in touch.

Many football fans remember Antman from 13 years ago. In this case, a lively and cheerful 8-year-old super junior appeared on the sports screen, who trained up to more than 30 hours a week and who was admired all the way from the famous FC Barcelona.

– They praised him a lot and said that if he was Spanish, they would immediately take him to the team, father Robert Johansson revealed at the time.

Coached by Antman Pertti Kemppinen was taking his protégé to Spain, with the aim of “creating a Finnish Messi”.

– I think the purpose of life is to find meaning in life, and that meaning for Oliver is football, Kemppinen said.

More than ten years later, Antman has succeeded in his goal, i.e. supporting himself with football. He promises to entertain the audience for all the money when he gets on the field.

– I will give my all to this team and country. I try to show as much as possible my talents and skills and help the team as much as possible. The idea would be to put on such a show!

HJK and KuPS toppers included

HJK’s topper also received their first call-up to the A national team Arttu Hoskonen and familiar from the back lines of KuPS Diogo Tomas.

Tomas said that he was sitting in the evening tea and jotting down his thoughts in a notebook when head coach Kanerva called.

– I looked at the phone and didn’t recognize the number. I wondered if it was a telemarketer, but it was Rive. Yes, I got a little startled and jumped out of my body, Tomas said.

Born in Oulu and raised in Tampere, the KuPS top player has so far only played on domestic courts. Before moving to Kuopio, Tomas, 25, represented Ilves.

In the youth national team, he has played two matches – precisely against Romania.

– In the second I played eight minutes at the end and in the second I was substituted at halftime. They weren’t very flattering, Tomas laughed.

– I think that the moment for the national team debut is right now. I don’t feel that I would have been more prepared in previous years. Everyone has their own unique journey and this was mine. Let’s hope it continues a little longer.

Hoskonen, 25, represented Turku-based Inter before joining the club. He says that he has been waiting for the A national team call-up for the past couple of years.

– When I transferred to HJK in 2021, I set my goal to join Huuhkajie during the time I play in the club. Now here we are. I’ve watched all the Huuhkajie matches at home, and now I get to be with the team myself. Very good feeling, Hoskonen told on the website of Palloliitto. (you switch to another service)

Huhkajie’s team for September’s League of Nations matches

Lukas Hradecky, Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Carljohan Eriksson, Dundee United FC
Viljami Sinisalo, Burton Albion
Robert Ivanov, Warta Poznan
Miro Tenho, HJK
Leo Väisänen, IF Elfsborg
Richard Jensen, Górnik Zabrze
Arttu Hoskonen, HJK
Diogo Tomas, KuPS
Nikolai Alho, Volos NPS
Jere Uronen, Stade Brestois 29
Pyry Soiri, HJK
Ilmari Niskanen, Dundee United FC
Mikael Soisalo, Riga FC
Glen Kamara, Rangers FC
Rasmus Schüller, Djurgårdens IF
Lucas Lingman, HJK
Onni Valakari, Pafos FC
Kaan Kairinen, Lilleström SK
Fredrik Jensen, Augsburg FC
Marcus Forss, Middlesbrough FC
Joel Pohjanpalo, Venezia FC
Teemu Pukki, Norwich City
Benjamin Källman, Krakow
Oliver Antman, FC Nordsjaelland
Santeri Hostikka, HJK

The remaining matches of the Finnish group

Fri 23.9 at 21:45: Bosnia-Herzegovina – Montenegro
Fri 23.9. at 21.45: Finland – Romania

Mon 26.9. at 21:45: Montenegro – Finland
Mon 26.9. 21:45: Romania – Bosnia-Herzegovina

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