Sub zero temperatures, 3 hours of daylight and snow-logged pitches. Could you do it on a cold and snowy Tuesday night in Lapland?
Finding out that Santa Claus has a football team is a bit like finding out that Jamaica has a bobsled team. Given the nature of Lapland, it would be easy to dismiss the club as another gimmick. But when football tourists Sausages and Caviar made their once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Arctic Circle with Copa90, they found a proper football club – one rich with history and character.
Formed by the amalgamation of Rovaniemen Reipas and Rovaniemen Lappi in 1993, FC Santa Claus play in the Kakkonen, the third tier of Finnish football.
But in the Baltic tundra of deepest, darkest Finland, it takes more than a competent football side to fill the 4,000-capacity Keskuskenttä stadium. The players, fans and natives are universally illuminating; a typically Scandi sense of humour that is charming and jovial, a perfect contrast to their frigid and surreal environment.
This is Christmas ground-zero, where nobody’s naughty and everybody’s nice.