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Daryl Kavanagh, the Most Valuable Player of the first FIFPro Winter Tournament, is one of the 70 participants in the second FIFPro Winter Tournament in Oslo, Norway, on Friday December 16th.


The professional footballers’ associations of Finland (JPY), Republic of Ireland (PFAI), Norway (NISO) and Sweden (SFS) have organized their second tournament for footballers looking for a contract. Especially in Finland and Ireland there are many players who are looking for a new club.


In Ireland, the professional football clubs tend to sign their players to one-year contracts. That’s why players like Daryl Kavanagh and Karl Moore return to Oslo. Both participated in last January's event, and impressed the crowd with their skills. Both signed at a new club, Kavanagh at Saint Patrick’s Athletic, Moore at Shamrock Rovers.


Following the tournament, Kavanagh proved himself during the regular season in Ireland, where he was one of the better players. He was even shortlisted for the Player of the Year trophy. Still, St. Patrick’s Athletic refused to give him a new contract.


And so, Kavanagh is back. And the forward is not the only one. Midfielder Mehmet Mehmet has rejoined Team SFS from Sweden. Attacking midfielder Zakaria Abahassine has returned in Team JPY from Finland and central midfielder Kristian Strandhagen is once again wearing the shirt of Team NISO.


Considering the background of the players, especially from Ireland and Finland, the FIFPro Winter Tournament could be of a very high level. The Irish team has several players who were mainstays in their team during last season. And most of the Finnish players last season were under contract at teams from the Veikkausliiga, the highest level in Finland.


Ireland and Sweden will begin the FIFPro Winter Tournament on Friday morning at 10.30 hours. At 12.00 hrs it’s Norway’s and Finland’s turn to take the field. Both teams played each other in the final of the tournament, with Finland JPY winning on penalties.


Click here for the Tournament program and an

overview of all players participating in the FIFPro Winter Tournament.