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Korpela: Finland’s opponents don’t know what to expect

  • Finland received their opening FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifier 
  • Austria, Spain, Serbia and Israel additionally in Finland’s qualifying team
  • Captain Tinja-Riikka Korpela stocks a variety of similarities with Manuel Neuer

There are definitely many of us who proportion positive similarities with Manuel Neuer. Perhaps they’re the similar age as him, or play in the similar place. Yet what number of of the ones can lay declare to taking part in in function on the easiest degree within the Bundesliga for Bayern Munich and for his or her nationwide group? Well, Tinja-Riikka Korpela can. She has been at Bayern since 2014 and is a mainstay within the Finnish girls’s nationwide aspect.

“We don’t see each other that often as we train and play in different places in Munich,” she stated of Neuer, who’s these days sidelined with harm. “But I’ve seen many of his games and training sessions. I like his style. It’s very modern and he’s increasingly involved in the game and helping the team in that way. That’s definitely something I want to get better at.”

While Neuer and Germany have already secured their position on the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ following a a hit qualifying marketing campaign, Korpela and Finland are best simply beginning out at the lengthy trail in opposition to the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™. Finland received their first qualifier in opposition to Serbia and are eyeing some other victory of their 2nd recreation in opposition to Israel on Sunday, particularly as they should additionally face Spain and Austria additional down the road.

“It’s a very tough group, we know that,” the 31-year-old stated. “Spain and Austria played at the EURO this summer and they did really well – especially Austria. We’re definitely the underdogs in this group but we’ll do our best and fight until the last game so that we can fulfil our dream – which is to play at a World Cup one day. Finland have never done that, neither on the men’s nor the women’s side.”

Korpela’s wealth of revel in and bodily energy may just play a number one function in attaining that. She not too long ago got her very best ever leads to the Yo-Yo take a look at, a operating workout that comes to staggered will increase in velocity to decide a participant’s staying power ranges. “I’ve been in the women’s national team for 11 years now and I’ve played for very good sides in different countries,” she stated. “I’ve been in many tough situations before. The work you do every day in training pays off. At the age of 31 I’m at the top of my game and my personal level.” The Finland captain could also be assured within the energy of her group, who might be darkish horses in qualifying.

“We’ve had some changes: obviously we have a new coach now (Anna Signeul) and also some new players,” Korpela persisted. “It was time for the younger players to step up and they’ve done it well. That we’re kind of a surprise package for the others is one of our strengths. We’ve changed some things in our game and the team’s also changed. Opponents don’t know what to expect.”

Korpela is a likeable persona and the truth she performs on the easiest degree at Bayern, and takes those self same requirements along with her into the nationwide group, is an extra benefit.

“The level is really high at Bayern,” she stated. “That’s how the team gets better. Individual players improve when you’re not satisfied with the status quo. You always want to do everything better. There aren’t that many players in Finland and maybe they don’t have to work that hard because the competition in the team isn’t that high. That’s something everyone has to remember: always demand more and more from yourself and also from your team-mates. That’s how the team gets better.”

Korpela reality document


  • Place of start: Oulu, Finland
  • Clubs: FC Honka Espoo, Kolbotn IL, Lillestrom SK Kvinner, Tyreso FF, Bayern Munich
  • National group debut: 7 March 2007 in opposition to Sweden on the Algarve Cup
  • Honours: German championship (two times), Finnish championship (thrice), Finnish Cup (two times)
  • Participated on the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2006 in Russia

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