Friday, June 2, 2023

The curse of 58 years is on the neck of lions, will it end today?


Finland has never beaten Sweden in World Cup home games.

This is absolutely terrifying!

The Finland men’s national ice hockey team has never defeated Sweden in a World Cup played in Finland.

Legionnaires have drawn against Tre Kronor several times in front of their home crowd. It has even seen stinging losses over the years.

Tampere 1965. Finland and Sweden first met in 1965 in home games. At that time they ended with a score of 2–2. Matti Kinonen memorably scored two goals. The draw was tough for Finland.

Helsinki 1974 Dear enemies met twice in Helsinki. The first series match ended 3–3. Sweden won the second round encounter 6–2.

Tampere 1982. Points were split 3–3 goals. Finland had to win the match to advance to the upper final series. Jari Kurri scored two goals – and finally hit the post. Suomen’s road led to the ultimate final series.

Turku 1991. Finland had a “safe” 4–2 lead with just a minute before the end of the match. Spoiler Mats Sundin managed to cause mischief just 52 and 37 seconds before the end of the match: 4-4. Finland’s fate was to remain in the relegation zone.

Mats Sundin got into mischief in 1991.

Mats Sundin broke into crime in 1991. Photo: Christian Westerbach

Helsinki 1997. Finland came out poorly placed in the upper final series. The Lions must have downed Sweden to keep their dreams of losing alive. They did not last: Sweden won 5–2.

Helsinki 2003. Finland was already leading 5–1 when the quarter-final match was played at 26:44. Teemu Selanne scored a hat trick and was completely unstoppable in the early stages of the game. In the infamous match, Sweden crawled to level and over. Finland froze and could only watch from a good observation position as Per-Johan Axelsson scored the winning goal five minutes before the end of the match. That was the end of the Finnish Games.

Helsinki and Stockholm 2012. Dear enemies not found in shared games.

Stockholm and Helsinki 2013. In the match played at the Globe, Sweden defeated Finland 3-0 to enter the World Cup final. The Sedin brothers, who proved unstoppable, scored two overtime goals.

Tampere 2022. Finland and Sweden met in the opening group match, with a score of 3–2 as Sweden was the better after the winning goal contest. Emil Bemström was the only scorer after 65 minutes of play. Finnish companies were sluggish.

Tampere 2023. Finland and Sweden meet in an exciting first group match starting at 20:20.

Will the curse be broken now, Lion?

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