UA-52481335-1 FF Jaro - Football Finland

FF Jaro

Full Name: Fotbollsföreningen Jaro
Nicknames: -
Founded: 1965
Stadium: Centralplan Jacobstad (3,000)
Manager: Alexei Eremenko Sr.
Chairman: stig Nickull
2014: 6th

Titles: -
Cup: -
League cup: -

European Cup: -
Cup Winners Cup: -
UEFA Cup: -
Europa League: -
Champions League: -

Each season Jaro is one of the favourites to go down and this season is no exception. The team plays in a small town that has not much sponsorship opportunities especially as the same area already has main league teams from bigger cities (VPS Vaasa and SJK Seinäjoki). Jaro therefore has taught themselves to operate always with a low budget and with a squad that is made from young talented local area players and a lot of low cost foreigners. Their season usually depends on how good those foreigners are.
Jaro is managed by club legend Alexei Eremenko who always finds a way to get the team to a safe mid-table finish. Last season they took points consistently at home and away and were 6th with 20 points separating them from relegation.
This season it will be tougher as they lost their many important players from last season: German midfielder Hendrik Helmke, winger Shahdon Winchester and experienced midfielder Fredrik Svanbäck retired. Otherwise they did manage to keep most of their last season’s core with the biggest achievement was to keep hold of top goal scorer Jonas Emet.
Their biggest transfer move in was the signing of creative Mexican midfielder Jose Manuel Rivera who already has Veikkausliiga experience with RoPS. He will create a good partnership with Jonas Emet who can feed the strikers.
Transfers out:
Edgar Bernhardt, Fredrik Svanbäck (retired), Ville Viljala (EIF), Hendrik Helmke (Esteghlal FC), Patrick Byskata (KPV), Aubrey David (Caledonia AIA), Kevin Peth, Carlos Fondacaro, Shahdon Winchester (W Connection)
Transfers in:
Didier Kadio (Shirak Gyumri), Jose Manuel Rivera (Irapuato), Reginaldo (Fluminense B), Denis (MP), Jamar Dixon (JIPPO), Walter Moore
Players to watch: Serge Atakayi and Sergei Eremenko. Both are highly talented 16 years old players, who can make their break this season in the mens league. Sergei Eremenko is the youngest brother for Alexei Eremenko Jr. (Kilmarnock) and Roman Eremenko (CSKA Moscow) so he definitely has the genes and under the watchful eye of their father, he can become even better than his more known older brothers.
Preferred line up:
Reginaldo – Brunell -  Vaganov – Sara
                Kadio – Opiyo
         Moore – Denis – Emet (C)
Jaro last season had problems when they had injuries at defense and if either Brunell or Vaganov gets injured they will be in trouble. From attack they lose a lot if either Emet or Rivera are missing. They are the only players who can create opportunities.
Prediction: This season they wont make it to top 6 but they will avoid relegation easily as the newly promoted teams are much worse. Positions 8-10


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