TRAINING TOURNAMENT 2020
3 NATIONAL TEAMS MEN
Finland, Russia and Sweden will play this Tournament, January 24-26.
This time it is a tournament with Finland, Russia and Sweden. Russia won the first tournament in Åby, Sweden, 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.
Team Russia is reigning World Champion. Russia won the World Championship both 2018 and 2019. Last time Sweden won the title was 2017. Finland is a good and strong rebel which is challenging this long lasting position of superpowers. This pre-championship tournament will be played in Finland.
In the all three nations, there has been an ongoing transition of player generation – there are new young players breaking through to the national teams.
Friday Night in Porvoo
First, the Bandy caravan will stop in Porvoo, a really Bandy maniac town. Porvoo’s team Akilles, did win this season’s “Cup of Finland” a few weeks ago against Veiterä. Match between Finland and Sweden will take place on Friday, January 24, at 19:00 (UTC +2) at Pallokenttä Arena in Porvoo. It is sure that Finnish bandy enthusiastic fans will have some comments also to Swedish players in their own language.
Weekend in Lappeenranta
The tournament will continue in Lappeenranta on Saturday, January 25. Russia will meet Sweden at Kisapuisto Arena, at 13:00 (UTC +2). Finland will meet Russia on Sunday at 13:00 (UTC+2).
The Lappeenranta team Veiterä, has won the Finnish Championships both 2017 and 2018 and has also won the of Cup of Finland. 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.
FIB Executive Committee-member Leo Segerman, +358 40 015 0589
THE TEAMS IN THE TOURNAMENT – Push flag to see all players!
THIS IS PORVOO
View of Porvoo River
Porvoo (Borgå in Swedish) is a city and a municipality situated on the southern coast of Finland approximately 50 kilometres east of Helsinki. It is one of the six medieval towns in Finland, first mentioned as a city in texts from the 14th century. Porvoo is the seat of the Swedish-speaking Diocese of Borgå of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland.
The Porvoo Old Town is a popular tourist destination, known for its well-preserved 18th and 19th century buildings and 15th century cathedral, the Porvoo Cathedral. The Old Town together with Porvoonjoki River Valley is recognized as historically and culturally significant as one of the National landscapes of Finland.
Porvoo is hometown for the team Akilles in the Finnish highest league.
THIS IS LAPPENRANTA
Lappeenranta (Swedish: Villmanstrand) is a residential town in Finland. The resort was officially founded in 1649 by Per Brahe under Queen Kristina’s government. Already in 1547 the place is referred to as a free market place and it had city privileges during Per Brahe’s time, but lost them already in 1683, when the city was declared a market place under Viborg.
Lappeeranta is a city in south eastern Finland, about 30 kilometres from the Russian border. It belongs to the region of South Karelia. Lappeenranta is the 13th biggest city in Finland.
Lappeenranta is also a commercial centre of South-East of Finland and the meeting point of the EU and Russia, 216 kilometres from both Helsinki and St. Petersburg.
Lappeenrenta is home town for the team Veiterä in the Finnish highest league.