Finland national football team

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Finland
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Huuhkajat
(The Eagle-Owls)[1]
Association Football Association of Finland
(Suomen Palloliitto)
(Finlands Bollförbund)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Mixu Paatelainen
Captain Niklas Moisander
Most caps Jari Litmanen (137)
Top scorer Jari Litmanen (32)
Home stadium Helsinki Olympic Stadium
FIFA code FIN
FIFA ranking 55 Steady (14 August 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 33 (March 2007)
Lowest FIFA ranking 96 (September 2012)
Elo ranking 45
Highest Elo ranking 30[2] (March 2002)
Lowest Elo ranking 125[2] (1962-3)
First colours
Second colours
First international
Russian Empire Finland 2–5 Sweden 
(Helsinki, Grand Duchy of Finland, Russian Empire; 22 October 1911)
Biggest win
 Finland 10–2 Estonia 
(Helsinki, Finland; 11 August 1922)
 Finland 8–0 San Marino 
(Helsinki, Finland; 17 November 2010)
Biggest defeat
 Germany 13–0 Finland 
(Leipzig, Germany; 1 September 1940)
Summer Olympics
Appearances 4 (First in 1912)
Best result Fourth place, 1912
National team against Denmark in 1933.

The Finland national football team (Finnish: Suomen jalkapallomaajoukkue) represents Finland in international football competitions and is controlled by the Football Association of Finland.

Although the Finnish national team has never qualified for a finals tournament of the World Cup or the European Championships, the Nordic nation made remarkable progression in the 2000s reaching a peak of 30th on the Elo Rankings, under coach of Roy Hodgson they achieved notable results against much more established European teams. The team has also never dropped out of the top 100 of the FIFA World Rankings since the rankings were established in 1993.

Early history[edit]

The Football Association of Finland was founded as early as 1907 and became a member of FIFA in 1908, despite the fact that at that time Finland was still an autonomous grand duchy of the Russian Empire and did not gain independence until 1917. Finland played its first international match on October 22, 1911, losing to neighboring Sweden 2–5 in Helsinki. in until 1965. Finland also took part in European Championship qualifying since the 1968 event, but had to wait for its first win until 1978. The 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki saw the Finnish hosts lose to Austria in the first round. Finland did, however, win the unofficial Nordic championship in 1964 and 1966.[3]

Later 20th century[edit]

The results of the team improved somewhat in the late 1970s and the 1980s. Finland missed out on qualification for Euro 1980 by just a point and for the 1986 World Cup by two points. Finland was invited to take part in the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow after many Western countries announced they would boycott the games, but failed to progress from its group.

By the mid-1990s Finland started to have more players in high profile European leagues, led by the Ajax superstar Jari Litmanen. In 1996 Danish Euro 1992 winning coach Richard Møller Nielsen was hired to take Finland to the 1998 World Cup. The team enjoyed mixed fortunes in the campaign, high points of which were a draw and a win away to Norway and Switzerland respectively. Going into the last match, Finland would have needed a win at home to Hungary to earn a place in the play-offs. They led the game 1–0 going into injury time, but scored an own goal, and once again the dreams of qualification were over. Møller Nielsen also tried to lead Finland to Euro 2000. In this campaign the Finns recorded a sensational win away to Turkey, but couldn't compete with Germany and Turkey in the long run.

Antti Muurinen succeeded Møller Nielsen as coach in 2000. He had arguably the most talented group of Finnish players ever at his disposal, including players such as Antti Niemi, Sami Hyypiä, Teemu Tainio and Mikael Forssell in addition to the legendary Litmanen. The team also performed quite well under him in qualification for the 2002 World Cup despite a difficult draw, earning two draws against Germany and a home draw with England as well as beating Greece 5–1 in Helsinki. In the end, however, England and Germany proved too strong, and the Finns finished third in the group, but were the only team in that group not to lose at home. Hopes were high going into qualification for Euro 2004 after the promising last campaign and friendly wins over the likes of Norway, Belgium and Portugal (which seen the Finns jump from 40th–30th in the Elo ranking[2]). However, Finland started the campaign by losing to Wales and Yugoslavia (later Serbia and Montenegro, now two separate nations). These losses were followed by two defeats by Italy, and a 3–0 home win over Serbia and Montenegro was little consolation, as the Finns finished fourth in the group. In qualification for the 2006 World Cup Finland failed to score a single point in six matches against the top three teams in their group, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and Romania. Muurinen was sacked in June 2005, and he was replaced by caretaker Jyrki Heliskoski, but results didn't improve.

In August 2005 it was announced that Roy Hodgson would become the new Finland coach in 2006, and he started in the job in January of that year. Hodgson stepped down as manager after they failed to qualify for Euro 2008.[4] His replacement was a Scotsman, Stuart Baxter, who signed a contract until the end of the 2012 European Championship qualification campaign.[5]

Recent history[edit]

Finland was competing in Group A in qualification for UEFA Euro 2008, together with Portugal, Poland, Serbia, Belgium, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan. The team started the campaign very well, beating Poland 3–1 away and earning a 1–1 draw with Portugal at home. The Finns then gained four points from their difficult away ties against Armenia and Kazakhstan, drawing 0–0 with the former and beating the latter 2–0. On 15 November 2006, Finland beat Armenia 1–0 at home, thus remaining undefeated in the qualifying. In Finland's first match of 2007, they were in poor form when they lost against Azerbaijan 1–0, one of the worst matches in Finnish footballing history. On early June they lost to Serbia 2–0 at home, which many fans[who?] felt to be the end of a real battle for qualification. But the next match was against Belgium and team Finland gained the trust of their fans back by winning 2–0 at home. This was followed by a series of wins including a 2–1 win against Azerbaijan, with the team needing to win against Portugal away from home needing to qualify. However, the match ended 0–0 meaning the team missed out on qualification. At the end of the group table the defeat to Azerbaijan made little difference, as it would have meant Finland losing out on away goals between them and Portugal when the teams met if they did win against Azerbaijan twice. However, the performance in qualifying seen the Finns gain their best-ever FIFA world ranking to date at the position of 33rd

2010 World cup qualification fared little better, with the team under new head coach Stuart Baxter not winning matches as consistently like they did under Roy Hodgson. However the team were within touching distance of a win over Euro 2008 finalists Germany, but had to settle for a 3–3 draw. The team again finished third in their group with five wins, three draws and two defeats. They were the only team in qualifying not to lose to eventual 3rd place finishers Germany, but came close to a win in the second meeting only to concede an equaliser in stoppage time.

Qualification for the European 2012 European Championship has so far been underwhelming, with three straight defeats against Moldova (2–0), the Netherlands and Hungary (both 2–1), before closing 2010 with an 8–0 success against minnows San Marino which saw Mikael Forssell the first player of the group to score a hat trick. Before their first win of the campaign, the team slipped to 87th in the FIFA World Rankings, despite still staying in the top 100 and therefore keeping up their consistency in the top half of the monthly table, this was however their lowest-ever position in their history since the rankings were established in 1993. The team then moved up to 76th place after a disappointing 1-0 win over San Marino, that team's best result in their group having lost every game with no goals scored. This was then followed up by a 5-0 mauling by their neighbours Sweden, giving them their fourth defeat in the group. To date Finland have scored 11 goals and conceded 11, a large decline after the success of 2007-2009.

For the Qualification for the 2014 World Cup, Finland has seen significant improvement despite up and down results. Being ranked the weakest team in the group, they started the qualification with little success with a 1-0 loss to France, and a disappointing 1-1 home draw with Georgia in Helsinki. They then achieved a historic 1-1 draw against number 1 ranked Spain who are reigning European and World Cup champions in Gijon, with Teemu Pukki scoring the equalizing goal in the 79th minute. They followed that up with a 1-0 win over Belarus. These two results propelled Finland right back into the conversation for a potential playoff spot. However they were held to a 1-1 draw at Belarus 4 days later. Next up Finland hosted Spain in Helsinki, hoping to achieve another upset result that would have increased their chances for a playoff spot greatly, unfortunately they lost 2-0 with goals coming from Jordi Alba and Alvaro Negredo with Teemu Tainio giving Finland's only real threat to score but his shot was well saved by Iker Casillas. Despite the loss, Finland still had a slight chance to finish second, but they need to win against Georgia in Tbilisi, and France to lose against Belarus in Minsk. Finland achieved their task of defeating Georgia 1-0 thanks to a Roman Eremenko penalty kick. However France ended up coming back to defeat Belarus 4-2, despite trailing 2-0 at halftime. Because of the French victory, Finland were eliminated from a playoff spot. They finished the campaign third in their group after losing 3-0 against France in the final game in Paris.

Stadiums[edit]

Most of Finland's important home matches are played at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium in the capital Helsinki. It has been Finland's principal home stadium ever since its construction was completed in 1938. Before that Pallokenttä in Helsinki was mainly used.

Today, some qualifying matches against lower profile opponents and some friendlies are hosted at the Ratina Stadion in Tampere. Helsinki's Sonera Stadium, which has artificial turf, is also used for some friendlies and qualifiers.

Competitive record[edit]

All–time record against all nations[edit]

This list is Finland national team complete records, both friendlies and competitive matches. As of 21 May 2014

Against Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD  % Won
 Albania 7 4 1 2 8 6 +2 60%
 Algeria 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2 0%
 Andorra 2 1 1 0 3 0 +3 50%
 Armenia 4 3 1 0 6 1 +5 67%
 Austria 10 1 1 8 10 23 −13 10%
 Azerbaijan 8 7 0 1 15 5 +10 90%
 Bahrain 5 4 1 0 9 1 +8 80%
 Barbados 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0%
 Belarus 4 1 3 0 5 4 +1 25%
 Belgium 10 4 3 3 18 19 −1 40%
 Bermuda 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 100%
 Bolivia 2 0 1 1 2 5 -3 0%
 Bosnia-Herzegovina 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0%
 Brazil 3 0 0 3 3 9 −6 0%
 Bulgaria 8 0 1 7 3 19 −16 0%
 Canada 1 1 0 0 3 2 0 100%
 Chile 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 0%
 China PR 4 4 0 0 7 6 +1 100%
 Costa Rica 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1 0%
 Cyprus 4 2 1 1 7 4 +3 43%
 Czech Republic 11 3 3 5 14 22 −8 27%
 Czechoslovakia 6 2 2 2 7 9 −2 33%
 Denmark 59 11 10 38 60 151 −91 10%
 East Germany 7 2 1 4 8 21 −13 14%
 Ecuador 1 0 0 1 1 3 −2 0%
 Egypt 2 0 0 2 2 4 −2 0%
 England 13 0 2 11 7 44 −37 0%
 Estonia 29 13 10 6 69 38 +31 67%
 Faroe Islands 3 3 0 0 10 0 +10 100%
 France 8 0 0 8 3 18 −15 0%
 Georgia 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 50%
 Germany 22 1 6 15 19 80 −59 10%
 Greece 12 3 2 7 16 25 −9 25%
 Honduras 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 100%
 Hungary 15 3 3 9 15 46 −31 20%
 Iceland 10 6 2 2 17 10 +7 80%
 India 2 1 1 0 2 0 +2 50%
 Iraq 2 2 0 0 3 0 +3 100%
 Ireland 5 0 2 3 2 11 −9 0%
 Israel 5 2 1 2 6 6 0 40%
 Italy 12 1 1 10 7 30 −21 5%
 Japan 2 2 0 0 7 1 +6 100%
 Kuwait 7 3 2 2 6 5 +1 59%
 Latvia 17 10 3 4 32 18 +14 65%
 Liechtenstein 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 50%
 Lithuania 4 3 0 1 15 4 +11 75%
 Luxembourg 5 4 0 1 12 4 +8 80%
 Macedonia 4 3 0 1 11 2 +9 75%
 Malaysia 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 100%
 Malta 7 4 2 1 9 5 +4 71%
 Mexico 4 0 1 3 2 7 -5 0%
 Moldova 4 2 1 1 7 5 +2 50%
 Morocco 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0%
 Netherlands 14 1 2 11 14 43 −29 5%
 North Korea 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 100%
 Northern Ireland 7 3 1 3 11 9 +2 67%
 Norway 61 9 14 38 77 172 −95 22%
 Oman 6 3 3 0 7 2 +5 50%
 Peru 1 0 0 1 3 7 −4 0%
 Poland 30 3 8 19 28 71 −43 15%
 Portugal 10 1 4 5 6 14 −8 10%
 Qatar 4 1 3 0 4 3 +1 25%
 Romania 9 0 3 6 4 24 −20 0%
 Russia 20 1 5 14 13 66 −53 5%
 Saudi Arabia 4 2 1 1 7 4 +3 50%
 Scotland 8 0 2 6 5 18 −13 0%
 Serbia 9 2 2 5 10 30 −20 40%
 Slovakia 2 0 1 1 0 2 −2 0%
 Slovenia 2 1 1 0 3 1 +2 50%
 South Korea 3 3 0 0 5 0 +5 100%
 Soviet Union 15 0 5 10 10 50 −40 0%
 Spain 8 1 2 5 5 16 −11 11%
 Sweden 86 9 11 66 94 292 −198 13%
 Switzerland 5 2 0 3 5 7 −2 40%
 Thailand 5 5 0 0 12 6 +6 100%
 Trinidad and Tobago 5 3 1 1 8 7 +1 60%
 Tunisia 3 2 1 0 6 2 +4 67%
 Turkey 13 6 3 4 20 20 0 57%
 United Arab Emirates 2 2 0 0 2 0 +2 100%
 United States 2 0 0 2 1 3 -2 0%
 Uruguay 2 0 0 2 1 8 -7 0%
 Wales 12 4 4 4 12 17 -5 33%

World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did Not Enter
Italy 1934
France 1938 Did Not Qualify 3 0 0 3 0 7
Brazil 1950 Withdrew during qualifying
Switzerland 1954 Did Not Qualify 4 0 2 2 7 13
Sweden 1958 4 0 0 4 2 19
Chile 1962 4 0 0 4 3 12
England 1966 6 1 0 5 5 20
Mexico 1970 6 1 0 5 6 28
West Germany 1974 6 1 1 4 3 21
Argentina 1978 6 2 0 4 11 16
Spain 1982 8 1 0 7 4 27
Mexico 1986 8 3 2 3 7 12
Italy 1990 6 1 1 4 4 16
United States 1994 10 2 1 7 9 18
France 1998 8 3 2 3 11 12
South KoreaJapan 2002 8 3 3 2 12 7
Germany 2006 12 5 1 6 21 19
South Africa 2010 10 5 3 2 14 14
Brazil 2014 8 2 3 3 5 9
Russia 2018 To be determined
Qatar 2022
Total 0/20 117 30 19 68 124 270

European Championship record[edit]

UEFA European Championship record UEFA Euro Championship Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
France 1960 Did Not Enter
Spain 1964
Italy 1968 Did Not Qualify 6 0 2 4 5 12
Belgium 1972 6 0 1 5 1 16
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1976 6 0 1 5 3 13
Italy 1980 6 2 2 2 10 15
France 1984 6 0 1 5 3 14
West Germany 1988 6 1 1 4 4 10
Sweden 1992 8 1 4 3 5 8
England 1996 10 5 0 5 18 18
Belgium Netherlands 2000 8 3 1 4 13 13
Portugal 2004 8 3 1 4 9 10
Austria Switzerland 2008 14 6 6 2 13 7
Poland Ukraine 2012 10 3 1 6 16 16
France 2016 To be determined
Total 0/14 94 24 21 49 100 152

Summer Olympics[edit]

Olympics record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
Sweden 1912 Semi-finals 4th 4 2 0 2 5 16
Nazi Germany 1936 Round of 16 14th 1 0 0 1 3 7
Finland 1952 Round of 16 9th 1 0 0 1 3 4
Soviet Union 1980 Group stage 9th 3 1 1 1 3 2
Total 4/23 0 Titles 9 3 1 5 14 29

2014 FIFA World Cup qualification[edit]

The fixtures were decided at a meeting held in Paris, France on 23 September 2011.[6]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Spain 8 6 2 0 14 3 +11 20
 France 8 5 2 1 15 6 +9 17
 Finland 8 2 3 3 5 9 −4 9
 Georgia 8 1 2 5 3 10 −7 5
 Belarus 8 1 1 6 7 16 −9 4
  Belarus Finland France Georgia (country) Spain
Belarus  1–1 2–4 2–0 0–4
Finland  1–0 0–1 1–1 0–2
France  3–1 3–0 3–1 0–1
Georgia  1–0 0–1 0–0 0–1
Spain  2–1 1–1 1–1 2–0



7 September 2012
21:30 UTC+3
Finland  0 – 1  France
Report Diaby Goal 20'
Olympiastadion, Helsinki
Attendance: 35,111
Referee: Craig Thomson (Scotland)

12 October 2012
18:30 UTC+3
Finland  1 – 1  Georgia
Hämäläinen Goal 63'
Eremenko jr Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 59'
Report Kashia Goal 56'
Olympiastadion, Helsinki
Attendance: 12,607
Referee: Yevhen Aranovskiy (Ukraine)

22 March 2013
20:45 UTC+1
Spain  1 – 1  Finland
Ramos Goal 49' Report Pukki Goal 79'
El Molinón, Gijón
Attendance: 27,637
Referee: Ovidiu Haţegan (Romania)

7 June 2013
Finland  1 – 0  Belarus
Hämäläinen Goal 57' Report
Olympiastadion, Helsinki
Attendance: 24,916
Referee: Eli Hacmon (Israel)

11 June 2013
Belarus  1 – 1  Finland
Verkhovtsov Goal 85' Report Pukki Goal 24'
Central Stadium, Gomel
Attendance: 10,100
Referee: Libor Kovařík (Czech Republic)

6 September 2013
21:30 UTC+3
Finland  0 – 2  Spain
Report Alba Goal 19'
Negredo Goal 86'
Olympiastadion, Helsinki
Attendance: 37,492
Referee: Ivan Bebek (Croatia)

10 September 2013
Georgia  0 – 1  Finland
Report Eremenko Goal 74' (pen.)
Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi
Attendance: 25,321
Referee: Leontios Trattou (Cyprus)

15 October 2013
21:00 UTC+2
France  3 – 0  Finland
Ribéry Goal 8'
Toivio Goal 76' (o.g.)
Benzema Goal 87'
Report
Stade de France
Attendance: 70,156
Referee: Michael Koukoulakis (Greece)

UEFA Euro 2016[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Greece 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Hungary 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Romania 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Finland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Northern Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Faroe Islands 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Faroe Islands Finland Greece Hungary Northern Ireland Romania
Faroe Islands  7 Sep '14 13 Jun '15 14 Oct '14 4 Sep '15 11 Oct '15
Finland  7 Sep '15 11 Oct '14 13 Jun '15 11 Oct '15 14 Oct '14
Greece  14 Nov '14 4 Sep '15 11 Oct '15 14 Oct '14 7 Sep '14
Hungary  8 Oct '15 14 Nov '14 29 Mar '15 7 Sep '14 4 Sep '15
Northern Ireland  11 Oct '14 29 Mar '15 8 Oct '15 7 Sep '15 13 Jun '15
Romania  29 Mar '15 8 Oct '15 7 Sep '15 11 Oct '14 14 Nov '14


Friendlies[edit]



14 August 2013
Finland  2 – 0  Slovenia
Moisander Goal 35'
Hämäläinen Goal 82'
Veritas Stadion, Turku
Attendance: 5,859
Referee: Simon Lee Evans (Wales)

30 October 2013
Mexico  4 – 2 Finland Finland B[7]
Márquez Goal 11'
Peña Goal 23'
Peralta Goal 46'
Escoboza Goal 64'
Hurme Goal 28'
Valenzuela Goal 55' (o.g.)
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, United States
Referee: Chris Penso (USA)

16 November 2013
Wales  1 – 1  Finland
King Goal 58' Riski Goal 90+2'

24 January 2014
16:30
Oman  0 – 0  Finland

5 March 2014
Hungary  1 – 2  Finland
Rudolf Goal 12' Pohjanpalo Goal 74'
Eremenko Goal 84' (pen.)
ETO Park, Győr
Attendance: 14,000
Referee: Alexander Harkam (Austria)

21 May 2014
Finland  2 – 2  Czech Republic
Pukki Goal 18'20' Vydra Goal 19'
Hušbauer Goal 36'
Olympiastadion, Helsinki
Attendance: 6,547
Referee: Oliver Drachta (Austria)

29 May 2014
Finland  0 – 1  Lithuania
Novikovas Goal 42'

31 May 2014
Finland  2 – 0  Estonia
Hetemaj Goal 49'
Moren Goal 87'

18 November 2014
Slovakia  v  Finland

Results in 2014[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Ground A A H H H A H H A A
Result D W D L W

Last updated: 29 May 2014.
Source: palloliitto.fi (Finnish)
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Lose; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Goalscorers 2014[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Teemu Pukki Scotland Celtic 2
2 Roman Eremenko Russia Rubin Kazan 1
Përparim Hetemaj Italy Chievo Verona 1
Valtteri Moren Finland HJK 1
Joel Pohjanpalo Germany Aalen 1

Current squad[edit]

The following players were selected for the Euro 2016 qualification match against Faroe Islands on 7 September 2014.[8] Players who have withdrawn from this squad are excluded.
Caps and goals as of May 31, 2014.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Niki Mäenpää (1985-01-23) 23 January 1985 (age 29) 21 0 Netherlands VVV-Venlo
1GK Lukas Hradecky (1989-11-24) 24 November 1989 (age 24) 17 0 Denmark Brøndby
1GK Jesse Joronen (1993-03-21) 21 March 1993 (age 21) 1 0 England Fulham
2DF Niklas Moisander (captain) (1985-09-29) 29 September 1985 (age 28) 42 2 Netherlands Ajax
2DF Kari Arkivuo (1983-06-23) 23 June 1983 (age 31) 31 1 Sweden Häcken
2DF Veli Lampi (1984-07-18) 18 July 1984 (age 30) 31 0 Finland HJK
2DF Joona Toivio (1988-03-10) 10 March 1988 (age 26) 26 2 Norway Molde
2DF Juhani Ojala (1989-06-19) 19 June 1989 (age 25) 14 0 Russia Terek Grozny
2DF Jere Uronen (1994-07-13) 13 July 1994 (age 20) 6 0 Sweden Helsingborg
2DF Sebastian Sorsa (1984-01-25) 25 January 1984 (age 30) 5 0 Finland HJK
3MF Teemu Tainio (1979-11-27) 27 November 1979 (age 34) 63 6 Finland HJK
3MF Roman Eremenko (1987-03-19) 19 March 1987 (age 27) 60 4 Russia CSKA Moscow
3MF Kasper Hämäläinen (1986-08-08) 8 August 1986 (age 28) 39 7 Poland Lech Poznań
3MF Tim Sparv (1987-02-20) 20 February 1987 (age 27) 38 1 Denmark Midtjylland
3MF Përparim Hetemaj (1986-12-12) 12 December 1986 (age 27) 29 4 Italy Chievo
3MF Alexander Ring (1991-04-09) 9 April 1991 (age 23) 26 1 Germany Kaiserslautern
3MF Markus Halsti (1984-03-19) 19 March 1984 (age 30) 19 0 Sweden Malmö
3MF Riku Riski (1989-08-16) 16 August 1989 (age 25) 18 2 Norway Rosenborg
3MF Joni Kauko (1990-07-12) 12 July 1990 (age 24) 4 0 Germany FSV Frankfurt
3MF Petteri Forsell (1990-10-16) 16 October 1990 (age 23) 2 1 Finland IFK Mariehamn
4FW Teemu Pukki (1990-03-29) 29 March 1990 (age 24) 32 8 Scotland Celtic
4FW Joel Pohjanpalo (1994-09-13) 13 September 1994 (age 19) 6 1 Germany Fortuna Düsseldorf
4FW Eero Markkanen (1991-07-03) 3 July 1991 (age 23) 1 0 Spain Real Madrid Castilla

Recent callups[edit]

The following players have been called up for the team in the last twelve months. Only players available for call-up, not retired players.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Henri Sillanpää (1979-06-04) 4 June 1979 (age 35) 6 0 Finland VPS v.  Hungary, 5 March 2014
GK Walter Viitala (1992-01-09) 9 January 1992 (age 22) 0 0 Finland Honka v.  Oman, 24 January 2014
GK Jesse Öst (1990-10-20) 20 October 1990 (age 23) 0 0 Finland Jaro v.  Mexico, 30 October 2013
DF Jukka Raitala (1988-09-15) 15 September 1988 (age 25) 24 0 Netherlands Heerenveen 2014 Baltic Cup, 29–31 May 2014
DF Jarkko Hurme (1986-06-04) 4 June 1986 (age 28) 8 0 Norway Odd 2014 Baltic Cup, 29–31 May 2014
DF Tero Mäntylä (1991-04-18) 18 April 1991 (age 23) 2 0 Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad 2014 Baltic Cup, 29–31 May 2014
DF Valtteri Moren (1991-06-15) 15 June 1991 (age 23) 1 1 Finland HJK 2014 Baltic Cup, 29–31 May 2014
DF Tapio Heikkilä (1990-04-09) 9 April 1990 (age 24) 1 0 Finland HJK 2014 Baltic Cup, 29–31 May 2014
DF Mikko Sumusalo (1990-03-12) 12 March 1990 (age 24) 3 1 Germany RB Leipzig v.  Czech Republic, 21 May 2014
DF Petri Pasanen (1980-09-24) 24 September 1980 (age 33) 76 1 Finland Lahti v.  Wales, 16 November 2013
DF Tuomas Rannankari (1991-05-21) 21 May 1991 (age 23) 2 0 Finland KuPS v.  Mexico, 30 October 2013
DF Atte Hoivala (1992-02-10) 10 February 1992 (age 22) 0 0 Finland MYPA v.  Mexico, 30 October 2013
DF Jani Tanska (1988-07-29) 29 July 1988 (age 26) 0 0 Finland Lahti v.  Mexico, 30 October 2013
MF Mika Väyrynen (1981-12-28) 28 December 1981 (age 32) 61 5 Finland HJK 2014 Baltic Cup, 29–31 May 2014
MF Rasmus Schüller (1991-06-18) 18 June 1991 (age 23) 9 0 Finland HJK 2014 Baltic Cup, 29–31 May 2014
MF Erfan Zeneli (1986-12-28) 28 December 1986 (age 27) 4 0 Finland HJK 2014 Baltic Cup, 29–31 May 2014
MF Sakari Mattila (1989-07-14) 14 July 1989 (age 25) 2 0 Norway Aalesund 2014 Baltic Cup, 29–31 May 2014
MF Toni Kolehmainen (1988-07-20) 20 July 1988 (age 26) 9 3 Norway Hønefoss v.  Hungary, 5 March 2014
MF Mehmet Hetemaj (1987-12-08) 8 December 1987 (age 26) 3 0 Finland Honka v.  Hungary, 5 March 2014
MF Mika Ojala (1988-06-21) 21 June 1988 (age 26) 8 0 Finland Inter Turku v.  Oman, 24 January 2014
MF Sebastian Strandvall (1986-09-16) 16 September 1986 (age 27) 1 0 Finland VPS v.  Oman, 24 January 2014
MF Sebastian Mannström (1988-10-29) 29 October 1988 (age 25) 5 0 Finland HJK v.  Mexico, 30 October 2013
MF Robin Lod (1993-04-17) 17 April 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Finland HJK v.  Mexico, 30 October 2013
MF Aleksi Paananen (1993-01-25) 25 January 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Finland KuPS v.  Mexico, 30 October 2013
MF Jussi Vasara (1987-05-14) 14 May 1987 (age 27) 0 0 Finland Honka v.  Mexico, 30 October 2013
MF Moshtagh Yaghoubi (1994-11-08) 8 November 1994 (age 19) 0 0 Latvia Spartaks Jūrmala v.  Mexico, 30 October 2013
FW Timo Furuholm (1987-10-11) 11 October 1987 (age 26) 10 2 Germany Halle v.  Czech Republic, 21 May 2014
FW Nikolai Alho (1993-03-12) 12 March 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Finland HJK v.  Czech Republic, 21 May 2014
FW Tim Väyrynen (1993-03-29) 29 March 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Germany Borussia Dortmund II v.  Czech Republic, 21 May 2014
FW Berat Sadik (1986-09-14) 14 September 1986 (age 27) 8 0 Switzerland Thun v.  Hungary, 5 March 2014
FW Mikael Forssell (1981-03-15) 15 March 1981 (age 33) 87 29 Germany VfL Bochum v.  Oman, 24 January 2014
FW Pekka Sihvola (1984-04-22) 22 April 1984 (age 30) 1 0 Finland MYPA v.  Oman, 24 January 2014

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head coach Finland Mixu Paatelainen
Assistant coach Finland Markku Kanerva
Assistant coach Finland Mika Lehkosuo
Goalkeeping coach Finland Antti Niemi
Fitness coach Finland Mika Lehtimäki
Scout England Keith Armstrong
Technical analyst Finland Kari Ukkonen
U-21 coach Finland Mika Laurikainen
Team director Finland Lennart Wangel
Team doctor Finland Heikki Kinnunen
Masseur Finland Hannu Kanerva
Physiotherapist Finland Paavo Leiramo
Physiotherapist Finland Jari-Pekka Keurulainen
Kit manager Finland Jari Parikka
Media officer Finland Timo Walden

Player records[edit]

Most capped players[edit]

Rank Name Career Caps Goals
1 Jari Litmanen 1989–2010 137 32
2 Sami Hyypiä 1992–2010 105 5
= Jonatan Johansson 1996–2010 105 22
4 Ari Hjelm 1983–1996 100 20
5 Joonas Kolkka 1994–2010 98 11
6 Mikael Forssell 1999– 87 29
7 Erkka Petäjä 1983–1994 84 0
8 Arto Tolsa 1964–1981 77 10
9 Hannu Tihinen 1997–2010 76 5
= Petri Pasanen 2000– 76 1

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Name Career Goals Caps
1 Jari Litmanen 1989–2010 32 137
2 Mikael Forssell 1999– 29 87
3 Jonatan Johansson 1996–2010 22 105
4 Ari Hjelm 1983–1996 20 100
5 Mika-Matti Paatelainen 1986–2000 18 70
6 Verner Eklöf 1919–1927 17 32
7 Aulis Koponen 1924–1935 16 39
= Gunnar Åström 1923–1937 16 44
9 Alexei Eremenko 2003– 14 57
10 Jorma Vaihela 1947–1954 13 33
= William Kanerva 1922–1938 13 51
= Kai Pahlman 1954–1968 13 56
  • Correct as of January 24, 2014
  • Players who are still active and available for selection are in bold

Managers[edit]

Last updated: 31 May 2014.

Tenure Nat Coach Record
G W D L Win %
1911–21 None 17 6 2 9 35.29
1922 Finland Jarl Öhman 4 1 0 3 25.00
1923–35 None 77 22 12 43 28.57
1936–37 Germany Ferdinand Fabra 8 1 1 6 12.50
1937–38 None 9 3 0 6 33.33
1939 Hungary Gábor Obitz 6 1 0 5 16.67
1939–43 None 7 0 1 6 00.00
1945 Sweden Axel Mårtensson 2 0 0 2 00.00
1946 Finland Niilo Tammisalo 3 0 0 3 00.00
1947–55 Finland Aatos Lehtonen 51 7 9 35 13.73
1955–58 Germany Kurt Weinreich 23 3 1 19 13.04
1959–61 Finland Aatos Lehtonen 19 3 0 16 15.79
1962–74 Finland Olavi Laaksonen 91 16 21 54 17.58
1975 Finland Martti Kosma 2 0 1 1 00.00
1975–78 Finland Aulis Rytkönen 30 8 4 18 26.67
1979–81 Finland Esko Malm 27 4 6 17 14.81
1982–87 Finland Martti Kuusela 53 9 11 33 16.98
1988–92 Finland Jukka Vakkila 48 7 21 20 14.58
1993–94 Finland Tommy Lindholm 25 5 7 13 20.00
1994–96 Finland Jukka Ikäläinen 21 7 4 10 33.33
1996–99 Denmark Richard Møller Nielsen 34 9 12 13 26.47
2000–05 Finland Antti Muurinen 72 34 12 26 47.22
2005 Finland Jyrki Heliskoski (caretaker) 6 2 2 2 33.33
2006–07 England Roy Hodgson 22 6 11 5 27.27
2008–10 Scotland Stuart Baxter 31 8 6 17 25.81
2010 Finland Olli Huttunen (caretaker) 1 1 0 0 100.000
2011 Finland Markku Kanerva (caretaker) 2 0 1 1 00.00
2011–Present Finland Mixu Paatelainen 35 15 9 11 42.86
Total 726 178 154 394 24.52

Kit supplier[edit]

Finland's kit are currently supplied by American brand Nike, Inc. They replaced German company Adidas who supplied Finland's kits between 1998 to 2014.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Palkittu Bubi käväisi yllättäen palkitsemistilaisuudessa HS.fi – Kaupunki
  2. ^ a b c "World Football Elo Ratings: Finland". World Football Elo Ratings. Retrieved 2011-09-22. 
  3. ^ rsssf Nordic championship 1964–66.
  4. ^ Hodgson to return for Inter role BBC Sport, 1 December 2007
  5. ^ Suomen Palloliitto – Etusivu (Finnish)
  6. ^ "Составлен календарь матчей отборочного http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Finland_national_football_team&action=editраунда ЧМ-2014" [List of qualifiers for 2014 World Cup] (in Russian). Belarus Football Federation. 23 September 2011. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  7. ^ Liigahuuhkajat kohti San Diegoa
  8. ^ A- ja U21-maajoukkue EM-karsintaan valittu

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