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Top 5 and Flop 5 of the Baltic Cup 2014

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FLOP 5

Albert what? (photo: Mikko Knuuttila)

Albert what? (photo: Mikko Knuuttila)

5. Albert Prosa becomes Albert Post
At Flora it wouldn’t be the first name change since goalkeeper Stanislav Pedõk changed his last name into ‘Prins’. However we’re quite sure the Premium Liiga topscorer had no intention to get the same last name as his teammate Sander. Apparently, the blunder from the Latvian press service was corrected immediately after being spotted. Prosa hit the Post.

Hit the road Jack... (photo: @Huuhkajat)

Hit the road Jack... (photo: @Huuhkajat)

4. Finnish bus broken on the way to Ventspils
We thought it belonged to ‘Only in Estonia’ when Kalju broke the bus of their way to Elva to play Tammeka last season for the final matchday. Instead it happens also in Latvia and to the Finnish neighbours who had to leave the bus on their way to the game venue. Hitch-hikers.

3. Losing at penalties at the Baltic Cup
It’s just a lottery but no one wants to lose it. Estonia did it for the third time: the precedente were against Finland in 1993 at a similar competition organized in Vantaa and the other one in 2004 against Thailand at the King's Cup. Be relieved: it took three lotteries (1990, 1994 and 1998) for Italy to become finally World Champions from the 11 meters (2006). Try it again!

2. Estonian Injuries
Purje got injured against Lithuania. Zenjov and Anier were spared the game against Finland as a precaution. Every time an Estonian player falls on the ground and medicals are required, Estonian fans are looking up in the sky and questions: why always us? A trip to Lourdes as soon as possible.

1.The live broadcast of Finland-Estonia game
It had to be transmitted by ETV which, with an official press release, stated that it was going to be quit for ‘technical problems from the Latvian side’ (which ones were not specified). Later on Õhtuleht promised a live streaming which started slightly later for other technical problems. Technically impossible to watch this game.


5. The weather in Latvia
The Estonian national team left Tallinn when the weather was turning bad already making us feel like we were plunging back into Autumn. Those pictures of fans half-naked in the sun of Liepaja were like a mock. Why it always rains on us?

Aivar Pohlak, Estonian FA president, gifted Verpakovskis with an Estonia personalized shirt before the kick-off of his last game with the Latvian national team (Tairo Lutter - Postimees)

Aivar Pohlak, Estonian FA president, gifted Verpakovskis with an Estonia personalized shirt before the kick-off of his last game with the Latvian national team (Tairo Lutter - Postimees)

4. Maris Verpakovskis one of us
Just few days ago we greeted Andres Oper at the A.LeCoq Arena. It came the time for Latvian football to greet their hero: Maris Verpakovskis. In our memory his goal at the Euro Cup 2004 in Portugal, the only major tournament one of the three Baltic countries has ever taken part into. Verpagol!

3. Finnish fans lending their bus to the national team
Exactly as it happened for Kalju, the Huukajat (eagle-owl) fans got off the bus to let their national squad reach Ventspils. Above and beyond simple vocal support.

2. Karol Mets braveness
He took the responsibility to shoot a penalty as one of the youngest members of the squad when asked. He missed it (hit the post) and in the post-match interview he said that if they would offer again, he would not reject. Penalties are not football, and this guy has showed he has guts which in football are necessary. Braveheart

1. Novikovas Pirlo-esque free kick
Just watch