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Why the Finnish squad are knitting at the Winter Olympics … again

Social media users have loved the sight of Antti Koskinen and the Finnish Winter Olympic squad knitting, for the second Winter Olympics in a rowThe head coach of Finland’s snowboarders, Antti Koskinen, became a social media sensation this week when he …

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Adrian Solano wobbles into action at Nordic world ski championships – video

Venezuelan skier Adrien Solano participates at the Nordic world ski championships in Finland, having never trained on snow. Solano wobbles through the starting line of the FIS cross-country course, falling several times along the way before smiling as he crosses the finish line

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Adrian Solano wobbles into action at Nordic world ski championships – video

Venezuelan skier Adrien Solano participates at the Nordic world ski championships in Finland, having never trained on snow. Solano wobbles through the starting line of the FIS cross-country course, falling several times along the way before smiling as he crosses the finish line

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CSKA Moscow’s Roman Eremenko banned for two years for taking cocaine

• Eremenko tested positive after Champions League match against Leverkusen
• Finland midfielder played against Tottenham a fortnight after positive test

CSKA Moscow’s Finish international midfielder Roman Eremenko has been given a two-year ban for testing positive for cocaine after a Champions League match against Bayer Leverkusen in September.

The 29-year-old’s ban starts from 6 October, which is when he was provisionally suspended. Eremenko, who was born in Moscow but raised in Finland, played for CSKA in their 1-0 home defeat by Tottenham a fortnight after his positive test but a week before Uefa started disciplinary proceedings.

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Ciro Immobile double takes Italy past Macedonia, Spain beat Albania

• Italy win 3-2 while Diego Costa and Nolito score in Spain’s 2-0 win
• Dusan Tadic orchestrates Serbia’s 3-2 home win over Austria in Group D

Ciro Immobile scored twice in the last 15 minutes to earn Italy a 3-2 win in Macedonia after the four-times champions were on the brink of a humiliating defeat.

Andrea Belotti gave Italy a 24th-minute lead after the visitors, who have not lost in a qualifying competition for 10 years, had made a shaky start.

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Ciro Immobile double takes Italy past Macedonia, Spain beat Albania

• Italy win 3-2 while Diego Costa and Nolito score in Spain’s 2-0 win
• Dusan Tadic orchestrates Serbia’s 3-2 home win over Austria in Group D

Ciro Immobile scored twice in the last 15 minutes to earn Italy a 3-2 win in Macedonia after the four-times champions were on the brink of a humiliating defeat.

Andrea Belotti gave Italy a 24th-minute lead after the visitors, who have not lost in a qualifying competition for 10 years, had made a shaky start.

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Daniel Amokachi: ‘Football in Finland is too nice – I want to change that’

The former Nigeria and Everton striker is in charge of semi-professional JS Hercules and having acclimatised to the weather, is now focused on making his squad more ‘cocky and mad’

It took a visit to a sports bar for Daniel Amokachi to realise exactly what he had got himself into. He had been in Oulu for a matter of weeks and decided to venture into town for the weekend’s big Premier League match. Manchester City v Manchester United would surely draw a crowd, even up here in northern Finland, and the scene when he arrived was encouraging.

“The place was jam-packed, and I assumed everyone was there to watch the game,” Amokachi says. “But then it just emptied; they’d all been watching ice hockey, and when that finished there were only three of us left. A Manchester derby, and only three of us. That’s when it hit me that ice hockey is number one here and nobody cares about football, and it’s when I realised: ‘Ooh, there are a lot of obstacles here.’”

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Five Cuban volleyball players jailed in Finland after rape conviction

• Four of country’s national team are given five-year jail sentences
• Eight men were originally arrested after attack in Tampere hotel

Five players from the Cuban national volleyball team have been jailed after being convicted of rape by a Finnish court on Tuesday. The court also ordered them to pay a total of £20,500 in compensation to the victim.

Related: Six Cuban volleyball players held in Finland over alleged rape

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Valon Berisha earns draw with Finland in Kosovo’s first competitive match

• Berisha was cleared to play hours before World Cup qualifier
• Victories for Spain and Italy as Croatia draw with Turkey

Valon Berisha, given permission to play only a few hours before kick-off, scored Kosovo’s first goal in a competitive international to earn them a 1-1 draw against Finland a World Cup qualifier on Monday.

Berisha, who was allowed to switch to Kosovo by Fifa despite having previously played competitive matches for Norway, scored a penalty on the hour after a foul by Thomas Lam on Bernard Berisha to spark delirious celebrations among his team mates and officials.

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Six Cuban volleyball players held in Finland over alleged rape

National team was visiting Tampere for Volleyball World League event when incident is said to have occurred

Six members of Cuba’s national volleyball team are in custody in Finland over an alleged rape at a hotel.

Eight players were arrested at the weekend in the southern town of Tampere, which was hosting a Volleyball World League event.

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The Dozen: the best photos from this week’s internationals

Tributes to Johan Cruyff, improvisational brilliance from Jamie Vardy, Cristiano Ronaldo’s missed penalty – the best images from the international friendlies

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Two people missing after Base jumping accident in California

Video from a helmet camera shows a woman being overtaken by waves after Base jumping in Big Sur, and her companion jumping in to try to save herA thrill-seeker who parachuted off a bridge in Big Sur overlooking the Pacific likely drowned, as did the ma…

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Michael O’Neill and Northern Ireland take huge step towards Euro 2016

• O’Neill thrilled with 2-1 win over Finland at Windsor Park
• Kyle Lafferty’s two goals put Northern Ireland on 12 points
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Northern Ireland sink Finland thanks to Kyle Lafferty double

Kyle Lafferty exhibited precisely why he is at the vanguard of this seismic Northern Ireland renaissance, after helping to sink Finland’s hopes of qualification for Euro 2016. The rangy striker may be lounging at the on-loan Turkish outpost of Caykur Rizespor, but the Norwich City man came alive when needed at Windsor Park. Two goals in six first-half minutes have now genuinely pressed Northern Ireland into strong contention for automatic advancement to France next year.

Group favourites Romania visit Belfast in June, and with Lafferty as the outlet of firepower for a team which lacked fluency in nervous early stages, boss Michael O’Neill will feel absolutely buoyant with five games remaining.

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Northern Ireland sink Finland thanks to Kyle Lafferty double

Kyle Lafferty exhibited precisely why he is at the vanguard of this seismic Northern Ireland renaissance, after helping to sink Finland’s hopes of qualification for Euro 2016. The rangy striker may be lounging at the on-loan Turkish outpost of Caykur Rizespor, but the Norwich City man came alive when needed at Windsor Park. Two goals in six first-half minutes have now genuinely pressed Northern Ireland into strong contention for automatic advancement to France next year.

Group favourites Romania visit Belfast in June, and with Lafferty as the outlet of firepower for a team which lacked fluency in nervous early stages, boss Michael O’Neill will feel absolutely buoyant with five games remaining.

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Northern Ireland dare to dream as biggest night in 30 years awaits

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International football: what to look out for this weekend

Martin O’Neill needs to find the right balance in midfield, Kieran Gibbs should start for England and Gareth Bale can shake off his clásico disappointment

Group C looked likely to be a doddle for Spain and Uefa’s decision to bloat the tournament means that, despite their early setback in Slovakia, it may still be. It would take a disaster for the Slovakians against Luxembourg to wrest them from top spot on Friday but Vicente Del Bosque’s reshaped side would take a firm grip on second place with three points against Ukraine. The visitors, most of whose squad play in a domestic league that has been compromised by the conflict in the country’s south-east, have seen off Belarus, Macedonia and Luxembourg unfussily enough and have genuine star quality in the form of their two wingers. Yevhen Konoplyanka’s gifts are sufficiently known by now and the popular focus on Andriy Yarmolenko has intensified since his marvellous goal for Dynamo Kyiv against Everton last week. You would need the best part of £40m to take these two, probably the most explosive wide pair in Europe, to one of the continent’s top leagues and scouts will be interested to see how they make the most of what possession Ukraine are allowed in Seville. Yarmolenko scored a hat-trick against Luxembourg and has been in superb form in front of goal over the past year. In the absence of Diego Costa, Spain have nobody as prolific and may have to rely on their midfielders – Isco and David Silva were in good form late last year – to break the stubborn Ukrainians down. NA

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International football: what to look out for this weekend

Martin O’Neill needs to find the right balance in midfield, Kieran Gibbs should start for England and Gareth Bale can shake off his clásico disappointment

Group C looked likely to be a doddle for Spain and Uefa’s decision to bloat the tournament means that, despite their early setback in Slovakia, it may still be. It would take a disaster for the Slovakians against Luxembourg to wrest them from top spot on Friday but Vicente Del Bosque’s reshaped side would take a firm grip on second place with three points against Ukraine. The visitors, most of whose squad play in a domestic league that has been compromised by the conflict in the country’s south-east, have seen off Belarus, Macedonia and Luxembourg unfussily enough and have genuine star quality in the form of their two wingers. Yevhen Konoplyanka’s gifts are sufficiently known by now and the popular focus on Andriy Yarmolenko has intensified since his marvellous goal for Dynamo Kyiv against Everton last week. You would need the best part of £40m to take these two, probably the most explosive wide pair in Europe, to one of the continent’s top leagues and scouts will be interested to see how they make the most of what possession Ukraine are allowed in Seville. Yarmolenko scored a hat-trick against Luxembourg and has been in superb form in front of goal over the past year. In the absence of Diego Costa, Spain have nobody as prolific and may have to rely on their midfielders – Isco and David Silva were in good form late last year – to break the stubborn Ukrainians down. NA

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Football in Scandinavia: share your photos and stories

The football league seasons in Norway, Sweden and Finland all kick off in early April. We would like you to share your photos and experiences of football in Scandinavia Continue reading…

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Football in Scandinavia: share your photos and stories

The football league seasons in Norway, Sweden and Finland all kick off in early April. We would like you to share your photos and experiences of football in Scandinavia Continue reading…