UA-52481335-1 FF Jaro - Football Finland

FF Jaro

Full Name: Fotbollsföreningen Jaro
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Founded: 1965
Stadium: Centralplan Jacobstad (3,000)
Manager: Kristian Heames
Chairman: Harald Finne
Last season: 3rd in Ykkönen

Jaro got relegated to Ykkönen after the 2015 season and their goal was to immediately bounce back to the Veikkausliiga but it all started to go downhill in the beginning. From their first 15 matches last season they had collected only 16 points. This resulted in them getting a new manager. Englishman Kristian Heames started winning games immediately and FF Jaro finished 3rd in the end. They were 7 points behind TPS and 8 points behind winners JJK.

Now they are one of the favourites again for promotion. There has been a lot of changes in their playing squad but the core group of players remainded from last season. CB Johan Brunell signed with MLS team Toronto (His contract was cancelled and will play with JBK in Kakkonen), Samu Alanko who scored 7 goals moved to Austria, Kyle Curinga returned to the United States and Mexican forward Alvarado Morin moved to Moldova. Their replacements though seem to be stronger. Former Greek youth national team Captain Georgios Katidis is a great player for this level, Big goalscorer Chrisitian Eissele moved from PS Kemi. They got more Veikkausliiga experience as Kevin Peth moved back from VPS and center back Pavle Milosavljevic from Ilves.

Their pre-season has been good. They went through from the Finnish Cup by beating for instance SJK. In the quarterfinals, they lost to a late goal to FC Honka but overall their performances were good. Their problems last season was in scoring goals and this season Eissele should change that. They have a strong central line in Eissele, Katidis and Milosavljevic which would be good even in the Veikkausliiga. If Eissele does not start scoring immediately, then Jaro might have some issues but overall their team is balanced and can also take a couple of injury losses if needed.

Players in: Pavle Milosavljevic (Ilves), Brock Messenger (Cantebury Utd), Alfred Söderman (GBK), Christian Eissele (PS Kemi), Joni Remesaho (JBK),  Charalambos Chantzopoulos (FC Gutersloh), Georgios Katidis (Panegialos), Joakim Häggblom (JBK), Kevin Peth (VPS),  Johannes Ström (GrIFK),

Players out: Alvarado Morin (Zaria Balti), Sergei Eremenko (Basel U18), Jamar Dixon (Ottawa Fury), Serge Atakayi (Rangers U20), Simon Skrabb (IFK Norrköping), Alberto Macomba (Free), Josue Soto (Free), Sam Jammeh (free), Kyle Curinga (Free), Johan Brunell (Toronto), Samu Alanko (First Vienna), Alibek Aliev (CSKA II)

Squad:
Goalkeepers:
J. Ström FIN
E. Öhberg FIN

Defenders:
H. Bamba CIV
B. Messenger NZL
P. Milosavljevic SRB
K. Peth FIN
W. Moore GUY
O. Sandström FIN
C. Chantzopoulos GRE

Midfielders:
M. Kronholm FIN
T. Kula FIN
P. Niang SEN
J. Emet FIN
G. Katidis GRE
A. Vidjeskog FIN
Ax. Vidjeskog FIN
J. Remesaho FIN

Forwards:
C. Eissele USA
J. Häggblom FIN
K. Larsson FIN
S. Paintsil GHA

Our prediction: 2nd