Finland national under-21 football team

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Finland U21
Nickname(s) Pikkuhuuhkajat
(The Little Eagle-Owls)[1]
Association Football Association of Finland
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Finland Tommi Kautonen
FIFA code FIN
First colours
Second colours
First international
Finland Finland 1–3 Sweden 
(Vaasa, Finland; 11 August 1976)
Biggest win
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Biggest defeat
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The Finnish national under-21 football team is the national under-21 football team of Finland. The team qualified for the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship final tournament in 2009.

UEFA U-21 Championship Record[edit]

  • 1978: Finished 3rd of 3 in qualification group.
  • 1980: Finished 3rd of 3 in qualification group.
  • 1982: Finished 4th of 4 in qualification group.
  • 1984: Finished 3rd of 4 in qualification group.
  • 1986: Finished 2nd of 4 in qualification group.
  • 1988: Finished 3rd of 4 in qualification group.
  • 1990: Finished 4th of 4 in qualification group.
  • 1992: Finished 3rd of 4 in qualification group.
  • 1994: Finished 3rd of 6 in qualification group.
  • 1996: Finished 2nd of 5 in qualification group.
  • 1998: Finished 4th of 6 in qualification group.
  • 2000: Finished 3rd of 5 in qualification group.
  • 2002: Finished 4th of 5 in qualification group.
  • 2004: Finished 3rd of 5 in qualification group.
  • 2006: Finished 5th of 7 in qualification group.
  • 2007: Finished 3rd of 3 in qualification group.
  • 2009: Won qualification group 6 and beat Austria in play-offs. Qualified for the final tournament, where finished 4th of 4 in Group B.
  • 2011: Finished 3rd of 5 in qualification group.
  • 2013: Finished 4th of 6 in qualification group.
  • 2015: Finished 2nd of 6 in qualification group.

2015 UEFA Euro Under-21 qualification[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  England 10 9 1 0 31 2 +29 28 Play-offs
2  Finland 10 4 4 2 17 10 +7 16
3  Moldova 10 5 1 4 12 6 +6 16
4  Wales 10 3 3 4 12 13 −1 12
5  Lithuania 10 2 2 6 6 19 −13 8
6  San Marino 10 1 1 8 2 30 −28 4
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Results and fixtures[edit]

11 June 2013
17:00
Finland  2 – 2  Lithuania
Pohjanpalo Goal 14'
O'Shaughnessy Goal 90'
Report Spalvis Goal 53'70'

14 August 2013
16:00
Wales  1 – 5  Finland
Huws Goal 47' (pen.) Report Kastrati Goal 7'
Väyrynen Goal 11'30'57'
Yaghoubi Goal 39'
Nantporth, Bangor
Referee: Hugo Miguel (Portugal)

5 September 2013
18:00
Lithuania  0 – 1  Finland
Report Väyrynen Goal 53'
LFF Stadium, Vilnius
Referee: Ádám Németh (Hungary)

9 September 2013
18:00
Finland  1 – 1  England
Yaghoubi Goal 15' Report Berahino Goal 67'

15 October 2013
18:00
Moldova  1–0  Finland
Bogdan Goal 68' Report
Sheriff Stadium, Tiraspol
Referee: Wim Smet (Belgium)

14 November 2013
20:45
England  3–0  Finland
Keane Goal 21'
Berahino Goal 37'90+1'
Report

5 March 2014
20:30
San Marino  0–0  Finland
Report
Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle
Referee: Michael Johansen (Denmark)

1 June 2014
17:30
Finland  1–0  Moldova
Hatakka Goal 55' Report
Kymenlaakson Sähkö Stadion, Kouvola
Referee: Vadims Direktorenko (Latvia)

5 September 2014
18:00
Finland  2–2  Wales
Lod Goal 19'
Väyrynen Goal 87'
Report Burns Goal 65'
Evans Goal 69'
Veritas Stadion, Turku
Referee: Andreas Pappas (Greece)

9 September 2014
18:00
Finland  5–0  San Marino
Väyrynen Goal 8'
Väisänen Goal 26'
Daniel O'Shaughnessy Goal 57'
Hovi Goal 64'
Lam Goal 79'
Report

17 January 2015
16:30
Finland  1–1  Turkmenistan
Aaltonen Goal 50' Report Annayev Goal 7'
Saint-Petersburg Sports and Concert Complex
Attendance: 300
Referee: Vladimir Seldyakov (Russia)

Current squad[edit]

The selections for the friendly matches against Kazakhstan on 25 March 2015 and against Luxembourg on 29 March 2015.[3][4][5]

Caps and goals as of 25 March 2015 after the match against Luxembourg.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Saku Eriksson (1995-04-25) 25 April 1995 (age 20) 3 0 Finland HIFK
1GK Otso Virtanen (1994-04-03) 3 April 1994 (age 21) 6 0 Finland IFK Mariehamn
2DF Nnaemeka Anyamele (1994-05-16) 16 May 1994 (age 21) 8 0 Finland HIFK
2DF Dani Hatakka (1994-03-12) 12 March 1994 (age 21) 18 6 Finland KuPS
2DF Alex Lehtinen (1996-04-09) 9 April 1996 (age 19) 0 0 Finland HJK
2DF Joel Mero (1995-02-07) 7 February 1995 (age 20) 2 1 Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach
2DF Tommi Saarinen (1995-01-31) 31 January 1995 (age 20) 6 0 Finland Honka
2DF Daniel O'Shaughnessy (1994-09-10) 10 September 1994 (age 20) 7 1 England Brentford
2DF Mikko Viitikko (1995-04-18) 18 April 1995 (age 20) 6 0 Finland VPS
3MF Matej Hradecky (1995-04-17) 17 April 1995 (age 20) 6 0 Finland TPS
3MF Richard Jensen (1996-03-17) 17 March 1996 (age 19) 1 0 Netherlands Twente
3MF Armend Kabashi (1995-12-04) 4 December 1995 (age 19) 5 0
3MF Glen Kamara (1995-10-28) 28 October 1995 (age 19) 4 0 England Arsenal
3MF Fredrik Lassas (1996-10-01) 1 October 1996 (age 18) 8 1 Finland HIFK
3MF Robert Taylor (1994-10-21) 21 October 1994 (age 20) 7 0 Finland JJK
3MF Moshtagh Yaghoubi (1994-11-08) 8 November 1994 (age 20) 14 4 Finland RoPS
4FW Vahid Hambo (1995-02-03) 3 February 1995 (age 20) 2 3 Finland Inter Turku
4FW Kimmo Hovi (1994-05-31) 31 May 1994 (age 20) 8 2 Spain Mérida
4FW Youness Rahimi (1995-02-13) 13 February 1995 (age 20) 9 1 Finland HIFK
4FW Pyry Soiri (1994-09-22) 22 September 1994 (age 20) 7 0 Finland VPS

Recent callups[edit]

The following players have also been called up to the Finland under-21 squad and remain eligible:

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Frédéric Gotte (1995-09-08) 8 September 1995 (age 19) 1 0 France AS Monaco v.  San Marino, 9 September 2014
DF Jerry Voutilainen (1995-03-29) 29 March 1995 (age 20) 5 0 Finland VPS v.  Luxembourg, 29 March 2015
DF Patrick Aaltonen (1994-03-18) 18 March 1994 (age 21) 5 1 2015 Commonwealth of Independent States Cup, 16–25 January 2015
DF Lassi Nurmos (1994-07-24) 24 July 1994 (age 20) 4 0 Finland RoPS 2015 Commonwealth of Independent States Cup, 16–25 January 2015
DF Sauli Väisänen (1994-06-05) 5 June 1994 (age 20) 7 1 Sweden AIK 2015 Commonwealth of Independent States Cup, 16–25 January 2015
DF Felipe Aspegren (1994-02-12) 12 February 1994 (age 21) 6 0 Finland KTP v.  Moldova, 1 June 2014
DF Miro Tenho (1995-09-02) 2 September 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Finland TPS v.  Moldova, 1 June 2014
MF Simon Skrabb (1995-01-19) 19 January 1995 (age 20) 7 0 Sweden Åtvidaberg v.  Luxembourg, 29 March 2015
MF Jere Aallikko (1994-02-28) 28 February 1994 (age 21) 2 0 Estonia Levadia Tallinn 2015 Commonwealth of Independent States Cup, 16–25 January 2015
MF Matias Ojala (1995-02-28) 28 February 1995 (age 20) 5 0 Finland AC Oulu 2015 Commonwealth of Independent States Cup, 16–25 January 2015
MF Eero Tamminen (1995-05-19) 19 May 1995 (age 20) 3 1 Finland VPS 2015 Commonwealth of Independent States Cup, 16–25 January 2015
MF Jasse Tuominen (1995-11-12) 12 November 1995 (age 19) 4 0 Finland FC Lahti 2015 Commonwealth of Independent States Cup, 16–25 January 2015
MF Jesper Brechtel (1994-01-21) 21 January 1994 (age 21) 7 0 Germany Hauenstein v.  San Marino, 9 September 2014
MF Matti Klinga (1994-12-10) 10 December 1994 (age 20) 6 1 Finland HJK v.  San Marino, 9 September 2014
MF Emerik Grönroos (1994-07-06) 6 July 1994 (age 20) 0 0 v.  England, 9 September 2013
FW Joel Pohjanpalo (1994-09-13) 13 September 1994 (age 20) 10 2 Germany Fortuna Düsseldorf v.  Lithuania, 11 June 2013

Coaching staff[edit]

Past squads[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]