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Three Nations Bandy Tournament 2020

Venue, Friday 24th of Jan 2020: City of Porvoo, “Pallokenttä”
Venue, Saturday 25th and 26 th of Jan 2020: City of Lappeenranta, Kisapuisto

The “Three Bandy Nations” Finland, Russia and Sweden will play the Three Nations Bandy Tournament 2020 on Fri-Sun 24.-26.1.2020. This tournament is important mid-season training session for all leading Bandy Nations of the world. Three Nations Bandy Tournament is official FIB (Federation of International Bandy) tournament.

This time it is a tournament with Finland, Russia and Sweden. Russia won the first tournament in Åby in December by 3 victories. Russia beat Finland 6-1, Sweden 6-2 and Norway 11-0. Finland ended up on second place, Sweden on third and Norway on fourth place.

For few last years, Team Russia has been World Champion in men’s series. Sweden is another superpower in the world of bandy and Finland is a good and strong rebel which is challenging this long lasting position of superpowers. And now, for a long time, pre-WCS tournament will be played in Finland, on rebels own field, in front of its own audience and supporters.

In the all three nations, there has been ongoing the transition of player generation – there are new young players braking trough to the national teams and it is very interesting to see, how the new generation will challenge older players in the international field.

Friday Night in Porvoo

First, the Bandy caravan will stop in Porvoo, that is a picturesque seaside city in Southern Finland. Porvoo is really Bandy maniac town: its A-team, called “Akilles”, did win this season’s “Cup of Finland” few weeks ago and people of Porvoo have taken Akilles to their own. Match between Finland and Sweden will take place on Friday, 24th of January in Porvoo that is also known as Borgå in its Swedish name. It is sure that Finnish bandy enthusiastic fans will have some comments also to Swedish players in their own language. Match will start on o’clock 19:00 in Pallokenttä (“Ball field”) of Porvoo.

Weekend in Lappeenranta

Bandy caravan will continue to Lappeenranta on Saturday, 25th of January. On Saturday, the audience of Bandy Capital of Finland will see top-match between Russia and Sweden. Match in Kisapuisto (“Competition park”) will start o’clock 13:00. Lappeenranta, and its A-team Veiterä, has dominated three last years of the Finnish Bandy scene: two Finnish championships (2017, 2018), championship finalist (2019) and Cup-finalist (2017, 2018, 2019) with 2 championship and 1 cup winner, has shown that Veiterä and its sponsors have built a real “Bandy Dynasty of Finland” to Southern Karelia. Even though the facilities for bandy are rather archaic, the audience in Lappeenranta is relatively adept and they can appreciate good performance of all teams.

Schedule of the Three Nations Tournament

Fri 24.1.2020, time: 19:00 Finland – Sweden, Porvoo
Sat 25.1.2020, time 13:00 Sweden – Russia, Lappeenranta
Sun 26.1.2020, time 13:00 Finland – Russia, Lappeenranta
The FIB will set official Jury to all matches based on match venue.

More information: FIB EC-member Leo Segerman, +358 40 015 0589


Top bandy players will meet in the Nation Team Tournament in Porvoo and in Lappeenranta:

Veiterä and Akilles to Cup final in Finland

The Cup final in Finland will be played on Friday 3rd of January 2020. The teams of Cup Final in Finland are Akilles from Borgå and Veiterä from Lappeenranta.

Same teams, Veiterä and Akilles, was in Cup final in last year. At that time Akilles did win by numbers 3-2 (1-2). Match was played in Lappeenranta. Year 2020 Cup final will also be played in Lappeenranta. Match day is Friday, 3rd of January.

Cup of Finland was played in two groups. Finnish Bandy League teams were set in groups based on last year success. Akilles from Borgå won A-group that was played in Oulu November 2-3. Veiterä from Lappeenranta won B-group in Varkaus where cup matches were played a week after, November 9-10. Both teams were invincible in their group matches.

Thus, the situation in the final match of Cup of Finland is clear: Akilles wants to defend its Cup championship from last year, and Veiterä will fight for revenge to get Cup back to Lappeenranta.

LiveScore service from website of Finnish Bandy Federation



Veteran World Cup schedule is published

Bandy club Veiterä from City of Lappeenranta will organize already 9th ”OldBoys” Veteran World Cup in November (21.-23.11.2019).

The schedule of the Veteran World Cup is now published. There will be altogether 10 teams with players from Finland, Sweden, Russia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine. As we all know, the veteran sport is highly appreciated in Russia and there is very strong teams from Krasnoyarsk, Murmansk, Moscow…

Matches will start on Thuerday 21st of Nov. and group matches are over on Friday. Standing matches and the final match will be played on Saturday, 23rd of Nov.

Schedule of the Veteran World Cup 2019

Results of the OldBoys can be followed from the LiveScore-page of Finnish Bandy Accociation.

Link to “OldBoys” World Cup 2019 (on FIB www-page)

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Valery Gratchev is new coach for Veiterä

Veiterä (Lappeenranta, Finland) and Russian-born, Swedish-dwelling Valery Gratchev has written contract for coaching in Veiterä. Deal is for one year and it includes option for one year.

Veiterä has been developing its team and bandy culture last few years with great steps. Two Finnish championships, one silver and one Cup title in Finland and relatively good performances in World Cup has made Veiterä leading Bandy club in Finland. Three last year Veiterä’s coach was Aleksey Nikishov who is also known from Team Kazakhstan.

Valery Gratchev has remarkable career as a bandy-player from Russian Super-League (Zorkij and Dinamo Moskva) and from Swedish Elitserien (IFK Vänersborg) and Allsvenskan (Falu BS, Blåsut). Gratchev has Swedish nationality after playing and living in Sweden over 20 years.

Gratchev has altogether eight WCS-medals: four gold and four silver. He has been nominated three times best midfield player in WCS and also in Russian Super-League.

As a coach, Gratchev has been working nearly ten years. First in Zorkij Krasnogorsk and lately in Baikal-Energy from Irkutsk. With Baikal-Energy Gratchev has two silver medals from Super-League. In addition, Valery was coaching already as player-coach in Swedish teams. Nowadays he is finishing his degree in coaching in the University of Khabarovsk.

President of Bandy club Veiterä, Mr. Martti Tepponen is pleased for contract with Valery Grachev:
– We wanted continuing process after Nikishov’s period in Veiterä. He started that path which we want to go. We had few other options, but Gratchev is just the coach which we would like to have, says Tepponen.

Veiterä has clear aims and contract with Gratchev is one part of that process.
– Our goal is to play on international level, both in World Cup and back in Finland, in our own Bandy-League. We believe that it develops bandy in Finland.
– Valery has also good ideas to improve our young players and it gives bright perspective to Bandy in Veiterä and in Lappeenranta in the future.

Valery Gratchev (on left) and Veiterä’s Martti Tepponen, CEO of Disas Fish, has great motivation to develop Veiterä close to world-class bandy team.