Finland national basketball team

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Finland
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FIBA ranking 39 (NEW)
Joined FIBA 1939
FIBA zone FIBA Europe
National federation Finnish Basketball Association
Coach Henrik Dettmann
Nickname(s) The Wolf Pack
Olympic Games
Appearances 2
FIBA World Cup
Appearances 1 (2014)
FIBA EuroBasket
Appearances 13
Medals None
Uniforms
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Team colours
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The Finnish national basketball team (Finnish: Suomen koripallomaajoukkue, Swedish: Finlands herrlandslag i basket) represents Finland in international basketball. It will make its FIBA World Cup debut in the 2014 edition, having qualified as a Wild Card. It has played at 13 EuroBasket tournaments, its best finish being 6th in 1967 on home soil.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

Finland first competed in the European championship in the third installment, at EuroBasket 1939. In the round-robin there, they lost to each of the other seven teams in sequence, finishing with a 70–541 overall point differential.

1950s[edit]

Finland playing against Mexico at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics

Finland's next European competition was 12 years later, at EuroBasket 1951 in Paris. They split their four preliminary round games, finishing third place in the group at 2–2 to be eliminated from championship contention. They had success after that, winning all three of their classification round 1 games and both round 2 games to finish in 9th place of the 18 teams.

In 1952, by virtue of hosting the games in Helsinki, Finland played in the Olympic basketball for the first time. The team finished bottom of its first-round Group B with the Soviet Union, Bulgaria and Mexico, losing all of its games and scoring 147-178.[1]

Finland again competed at EuroBasket 1953 in Moscow. In the preliminary round, they finished with 1 win and 3 losses for 4th place of the 5 teams in the group. They fared significantly better in the first classification round, winning 3 and losing only 1 to finish in the middle of a three-way tie in the group. They lost both the 9–12 and 11/12 classification games, however, taking 12th place of 17 overall.

Finland had great difficulty in the preliminary round of EuroBasket 1955. They lost all three early games in Budapest, being relegated to the classification round. Once again, faced with weaker opponents, the Fins shone in the classification round, winning all four of the pool play games. They won their classification 9–12 match as well, but lost to France in the 9/10 final to finish 10th of 18 in the tournament.

In Sofia for EuroBasket 1957, the Finns finished third in their preliminary group after going 1–2. They moved to the 9–16 classification pool, winning five games there and losing only two to take 11th place overall in the tournament.

Modern era[edit]

In EuroBasket 1995 in Greece, Finland finished 13th.

Finland qualified for EuroBasket 2011. The tournament berth was the first for Finland in 16 years. There they finished third out of six teams in EuroBasket 2011 Group C, defeating Bosnia and Herzegovina 92–64 and Montenegro 71–65. This allowed them to they qualify for EuroBasket 2011 Group F. In their first match they were easily defeated by Russia but afterwards they defeated Georgia, before losing to Slovenia in their final match of the tournament. Despite not making it to the best of 8 tournament, Finland ended up making it to their first ever FIBA World Championship as a Wild Card team alongside Greece, Turkey, and Brazil.

Competitive record[edit]

Roster[edit]

The following is the Finnish roster in the EuroBasket 2013.

Finland National Basketball Team 2013 roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age - DOB Ht. Club
SG 4 Koivisto, Mikko 26 – (1987-04-18)18 April 1987 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) Nilan Bisons
C 5 Nikkilä, Antti 35 – (1978-08-25)25 August 1978 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) Tampereen Pyrintö
PF 6 Muurinen, Kimmo 32 – (1981-02-23)23 February 1981 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) free agent
SG 7 Huff, Shawn 29 – (1984-05-05)5 May 1984 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg
PF 8 Lee Jr., Gerald 25 – (1987-11-23)23 November 1987 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) CSU Asesoft Ploiești
SG 9 Salin, Sasu 22 – (1991-06-11)11 June 1991 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) Union Olimpija Ljubljana
PF 10 Kotti, Tuukka 32 – (1981-03-18)18 March 1981 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) Nilan Bisons
PG 11 Koponen, Petteri 25 – (1988-04-13)13 April 1988 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) BC Khimki
SG 12 Haanpää, Samuel 26 – (1986-09-27)27 September 1986 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) CB Coruña
PF 13 Möttölä, Hanno 36 – (1976-09-09)9 September 1976 2.09 m (6 ft 10 in) free agent
PG 14 Ahonen, Roope 23 – (1990-06-12)12 June 1990 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) Borås Basket
PG 15 Rannikko, Teemu 32 – (1980-09-09)9 September 1980 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) Joensuun Kataja
Head coach
Assistant coaches
  • Pekka Salminen
  • Jukka Toijala
  • Lassi Tuovi
  • Jussi Hirvonen
  • Niko Nuutinen
Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Club field describes current pro club

Other notable active basketball players of Finnish descent:

Past rosters[edit]

1939 EuroBasket: finished 8th among 8 teams

Kalevi Ihalainen, Pauli Sarkkula, Erkki Linden, Ilkka Torronen, Erkki Saurala, Pentti Vuollekoski, Vladi Marmo, Martti Salminen, Reino Valtonen, Alo Suurna, Heinonen (Coach: Osmo Kupiainen)

1951 EuroBasket: finished 9th among 17 teams

Kalevi Heinanen, Pentti Laaksonen, Raimo Lindholm, Pertti Mutru, Tapio Poyhonen, Timo Suviranta, Kalevi Sylander, Oiva Virtanen, Olli Arppe, Kaj Gustafsson, Arto Koivisto, Juhani Kyostila, Raine Nuutinen, Allan Pietarinen (Coach: Eino Ojanen)

1952 Olympic Games: finished 15th among 23 teams

Kalevi Heinanen, Pentti Laaksonen, Juhani Kyostila, Raimo Lindholm, Pertti Mutru, Tapio Poyhonen, Eero Salonen, Timo Suviranta, Kalevi Sylander, Oiva Virtanen, Raine Nuutinen, Olavi Lahtinen, Tuomo Ristola, Esko Karhunen

1953 EuroBasket: finished 12th among 17 teams

Kalevi Heinanen, Pentti Laaksonen, Pertti Mutru, Allan Pietarinen, Raimo Lindholm, Timo Suviranta, Timo Lampen, Raine Nuutinen, Keijo Hynninen, Oiva Virtanen, Eero Salonen, Kaj Gustafsson (Coach: Eino Ojanen)

1955 EuroBasket: finished 10th among 18 teams

Kalevi Heinanen, Kalevi Sylander, Pertti Mutru, Oiva Virtanen, Timo Lampen, Taisto Ravantti, Seppo Kuusela, Timo Suviranta, Raine Nuutinen, Eero Salonen, Kalevi Tuominen, Asko Jokinen, Raimo Lindholm (Coach: Eino Ojanen)

1957 EuroBasket: finished 11th among 16 teams

Timo Lampen, Arto Koivisto, Pertti Mutru, Raine Nuutinen, Eero Salonen, Seppo Kuusela, Arvo Jantunen, Juhani Kala, Paavo Suhonen, Raimo Lindholm, Timo Suviranta, Kalevi Sylander (Coach: Kalevi Tuominen)

1959 EuroBasket: finished 13th among 17 teams

Timo Lampen, Raimo Lindholm, Seppo Kuusela, Arvo Jantunen, Juhani Kala, Matti Nenonen, Raine Nuutinen, Eero Salonen, Raimo Vartia, Matti Koli, Kyosti Rousti, Palko (Coach: Kalevi Tuominen)

1961 EuroBasket: finished 14th among 19 teams

Martti Liimo, Kari Liimo, Raimo Lindholm, Timo Lampen, Raimo Vartia, Pertti Laanti, Tony Barlund, Arvo Jantunen, Uolevi Manninen, Lauri Nurma, Seppo Kuusela, Rauno Ailus (Coach: Kalevi Tuominen)

1963 EuroBasket: finished 14th among 16 teams

Martti Liimo, Kari Liimo, Jorma Pilkevaara, Timo Lampen, Pertti Laanti, Raimo Vartia, Uolevi Manninen, Antero Siljola, Juha Harjula, Seppo Kuusela, Rauno Ailus, Kauko Kauppinen (Coach: Kalevi Tuominen)

1964 Olympic Games: finished 11th among 16 teams

Martti Liimo, Jorma Pilkevaara, Kari Liimo, Raimo Vartia, Pertti Laanti, Timo Lampen, Risto Kala, Kauko Kauppinen, Raimo Lindholm, Teijo Finneman, Uolevi Manninen, Juha Harjula (Coach: Kalevi Tuominen)

1965 EuroBasket: finished 12th among 16 teams

Martti Liimo, Kari Liimo, Jorma Pilkevaara, Kari Lahti, Pertti Laanti, Timo Lampen, Uolevi Manninen, Jyrki Immonen, Hannu Paananen, Lars Karell, Kari Ronnholm, Teijo Finneman (Coach: Kalevi Tuominen)

1967 EuroBasket: finished 6th among 16 teams

Veikko Vainio, Jorma Pilkevaara, Martti Liimo, Kari Liimo, Pertti Laanti, Kari Lahti, Uolevi Manninen, Teijo Finneman, Jyrki Immonen, Lars Karell, Olavi Ahonen, Kari Ronnholm (Coach: Kalevi Tuominen)

1977 EuroBasket: finished 10th among 12 teams

Heikki Taponen, Tapio Sten, Jarmo Laitinen, Erkki Saaristo, Antti Zitting, Mikko Koskinen, Klaus Mahlamaki, Risto Lignell, Raimo Mantynen, Anssi Rauramo, Kalevi Sarkalahti, Heikki Kasko (Coach: Robert Petersen)

1995 EuroBasket: finished 13th among 14 teams

Hanno Möttölä, Martti Kuisma, Kari-Pekka Klinga, Petri-Mikael Niiranen, Juha Luhtanen, Jyri Lehtonen, Pekka Markkanen, Sakari Pehkonen, Markku Larkio, Mika-Matti Tahvanainen, Riku Marttinen, Jarkko Tuomala (Coach: Henrik Dettmann)

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