FC Santa Claus is bringing soccer matches to the good boys and girls of the Ykkonen.
The Finnish club, known for its relatively odd name and crest, clinched promotion into its domestic second-flight with a dramatic win that included a very, very, very energetic goal call from its broadcasters (below).
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Now they’ll look to take the next steps into the upper echelon of Finnish soccer.
FC Santa Claus, a soccer team from northern Finland, was promoted to the second division after beating Rotuaarin Pallo 1-0 in a snowless away game on Sunday.
Team spokesman Jouni Toyras says “we’re happy to show people that we’re in this for fun, but we also take it seriously as you can see from our fine result.”
Santa Claus clinched first place in the third division with 50 points – and 104 goals – from 20 games.
The red-and-white team, founded in 1993, comes from Rovaniemi, the capital of Finnish Lapland near the Arctic Circle, with a snow cover normally from October to April. The region claims to be Santa’s home.
Here’s the goal, and ensuing call:
Presumably relegation would be deemed a “lump of coal”.