Finland national bandy team
|Association||Finland's Bandy Association|
|Head coach||Antti Parviainen|
|Grand Duchy of Finland 1 – 12 Sweden
Helsinki, 11 March 1907
|Finland 23 – 0 Belarus
Haparanda, 25 March 2001
|Sweden 15 – 2 Finland
Trollhättan, 22 November 1998
|Bandy World Championship|
|Appearances||34 (first in 1957)|
|Best result||1. (2004)|
The Finnish national bandy team has taken part in all the Bandy World Championships for men since the competition was launched for the first time in 1957. Finland won the championship title in 2004. They have always finished in the top four, and have won 28 medals in 32 championships.
The team is controlled by Finland's Bandy Association.
When Finland had become independent, Finland's first international was against Sweden in Helsinki on February 23, 1919, and Finland won 4-1 in front of 6000 spectators. One of the spectators was C.G.E. Mannerheim.
Finland, Norway and Sweden played bandy at the Winter Olympics in Oslo in 1952. After having seen them there, the Soviet Union invited these three countries to a four nation bandy tournament in 1954. This was the first time a Soviet national bandy team met other national bandy teams. The four countries used somewhat different rules prior to this tournament, but the rules were adjusted to be the same for the future.
The first ever World Championships of bandy were organised in 1957 in association with the 50th anniversary of the Ball Association of Finland, which at the time was the governing body of bandy in Finland. It was played at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium. Finland's Bandy Association was founded in 1972.
World Championship record
|Soviet Union 1965||4th place|
|Soviet Union 1973||Bronze|
|Soviet Union 1981||Bronze|
|Soviet Union 1989||Silver|
|Finland and Sweden 2001||Bronze|
|Russia 2003||4th place|
|Russia 2005||4th place|
|Kazakhstan 2012||4th place|
|Sweden and Norway 2013||4th place|
|Russia 2014||4th place|
|GK||37||Timo Oksanen||Bollnäs GIF|
|GK||30||Kimmo Kyllönen||IK Sirius|
|DF||28||Ilari Moisala||Brobergs IF|
|MF||22||Samuli Helavuori||Bollnäs GIF|
|MF||34||Ville Aaltonen||Bollnäs GIF|
|MF||29||Juho Liukkonen||Bollnäs GIF|
|MF||27||Tomi Hauska||Vetlanda BK|
|MF||26||Anssi Hänninen||JPS Jyväskylä|
|MF||26||Samuli Koivuniemi||OLS Oulu|
|FW||31||Mikko Rytkönen||JPS Jyväskylä|
|FW||27||Mikko Lukkarila||IFK Kungälv|
|FW||26||Markus Kumpuoja||Hammarby IF|
|FW||39||Sami Laakkonen||Dynamo Kazan|
- "The Finnish Bandy Federation, in English". Finnish Bandy Federation. Retrieved February 12, 2014.
- Claes-G Bengtsson (23 November 2007). "Sargens entré förändrade bandyn" (in Swedish). Retrieved 22 February 2014.
- "Tässä Suomen jääpallojoukkue MM-kisoihin" (in Finnish). Yle Urheilu. 16 January 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
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