Finland men's national floorball team
|First game||1–13, vs. Sweden|
|Largest win||38–0, vs. Ukraine|
|Largest defeat||1–13, vs. Sweden|
|All-time top scorer||Tero Tiitu (110 goals)|
|Championships|| 4: World Championships (2008, 2010, 2016, 2018)|
1: European Championships
Finland Men's National Floorball Team is the national floorball team of Finland. The national team was founded in 1985 and they played their first official game against Sweden in 1985. Finland has won four World Championships (2008, 2010, 2016, 2018) and 1 European Championships (1995). Finland has appeared in every World and European Championships tournament organised by the IFF and is the only team with Sweden to have won such a tournament.
- 1 History
- 2 Players and staff
- 3 World Championships
- 4 Honours
- 5 Records
- 6 References
- 7 External links
The Finland national floorball team was founded in 1985 and they played their first game against Sweden in Sollentuna on 28 September 1985. Finland lost 1–13 and it is still the worst defeat the national team has suffered so far. Pekka Kainulainen scored the first goal of the match and the first official national team goal leading Finland to early 1–0 lead.
1991 – 2000
The 1994 and 1995 European Championships
The national team participated to the 1994 and 1995 European Championships, which were the first organised international floorball tournaments between national teams. In 1994 tournament Finland lost to Sweden in the final (4–1) on home ground in Helsinki after upsetting the swedes earlier in the group stage. The 1995 European Championships tournament was held in Switzerland and the national team succeeded in making their way in to the final, where they were to meet Sweden again. This time Finland fared better and after a stalemate in regular time and overtime, Finland won the championships in a penalty shootout. Successful penalty shots by Jari Pekkola and Jari-Pekka Lehtonen, and goaltending by Jan Gråsten guaranteed the victory.
1996 World Championships
The first ever World Championship tournament was held in Stockholm, Sweden. Finland placed second after being clearly outplayed by Sweden and losing 5–0 in the final. The final match was played in Stockholm Globe Arena in front of 15 106 spectators.
1998 World Championships
The tournament in Prague, Czech Republic was a disappointment for team Finland. Finland lost to Switzerland (4–5) in the semi-finals in a penalty shootout and the national team placed third after beating Denmark 4–1 in the bronze medal game. Mika Kohonen was Finland's leading forward with 6 goals and 2 assists in 5 games.
2000 World Championships
Finland was expected to challenge Sweden for real this time around and two teams met yet again in the final match. The final match was played in Jordal Amfi in Oslo, Norway and it was the closest World Championships final yet, with Sweden taking the title with a 5–3 victory.
2001 – 2010
2002 World Championships
The 2002 World Championships tournament was hosted in Helsinki, Finland and the national team was eager to bring home the title in front of their home crowd. Finland battled its way to the final to meet Sweden. The final match was played in Hartwall Arena with 13 665 spectators, who witnessed Sweden grabbing yet another World Championships title in thriller of a match with 3 goals score in the last minute. The final score was 6–4 to Sweden.
2004 World Championships
This time Finland and Sweden met in the semi-finals. Sweden gained the upper hand, were victorius and continued on to the final. Finland was to settle for the bronze medal game where they met Switzerland, an upcoming floorball nation, who had upset Finland earlier in the group stage with a 4–3 victory. The game was again close fought with team Finland emerging on top in a high scoring 8–7 win decided in a penalty shootout. Henri Toivoniemi (GK), Jari Lehtonen (D) and Mika Kohonen (F) were selected to the tournament's All-Stars line-up.
2006 World Championships
The tournament was played in Stockholm, Sweden. Finland and Sweden met in the final in Stockholm Globe Arena. The match ended 7–6 to Sweden with Magnus Svensson scoring the deciding sudden death goal in overtime.
2008 World Championships
Finland finally won its first World Championships title after beating Sweden 7–6 in overtime, in a final match played in Prague, Czech Republic. The game-deciding goal was scored by Tero Tiitu. After losing to Sweden four times in earlier World Championships finals, Finland finally laid its hands on the coveted trophy as the team captain Mikael Järvi lifted the prize for the very first time in Finnish floorball history.
2010 World Championships
For the first time Finland came into the tournament as reigning world champions. The home games were held in Helsinki, Finland. As expected Finland met its nemesis Sweden in the final. Finland were the dominant team and took the title for the second time in front of a roaring home crowd. The final game ended 6–2 to Finland. Mika Kohonen scored a hat-trick in the game.
2011 – present
2012 World Championships
The tournament was held in Switzerland and the two floorball juggernauts clashed again in the final game. Sweden totally devastated the finnish side with quickly gaining a 9–0 lead. The game soon evened out, but with such an advantage given early on, Sweden coasted to victory with the final score being 11–5.
2016 World Championships
World Championship tournament was held first time in Riga, Latvia. Finland and Sweden met in the final in Arēna Rīga. The match ended 4–3 to Finland and took the title for the third time in Penalty shootout.
2018 World Championships
The 2018 World Championships are played for the third time in Prague, Czech Republic. Finland meets his beloved neighbor Sweden in the finals. Finland wins and took the title for the fourth time in the same place where they won the first title in 10 years ago.
Players and staff
Roster for 2014 World Championships
|31||Tomi Ikonen||Oilers, Espoo|
|48||Eero Kosonen||Happee, Jyväskylä|
|8||Juha Kivilehto||SPV, Seinäjoki|
|13||Risto Töllikkö||NST, Lappeenranta|
|17||Janne Lamminen||SC Classic, Tampere|
|20||Nico Salo||SC Classic, Tampere|
|21||Tatu Väänänen||SV Wiler-Ersigen, Ersigen|
|30||Lauri Stenfors||SSV, Helsinki|
|33||Mikael Lax||SSV, Helsinki|
|5||Jami Manninen||Happee, Jyväskylä|
|9||Eemeli Salin||Koovee, Tampere|
|11||Mika Moilanen||FC Helsingborg, Helsingborg|
|15||Mikko Kailiala||SSV, Helsinki|
|16||Kari Koskelainen||Chur Unihockey, Chur|
|18||Lauri Kapanen||Tapanilan Erä, Helsinki|
|22||Jani Kukkola||FC Helsingborg, Helsingborg|
|23||Oscar Hänninen||Oilers, Espoo|
|27||Rickie Hyvärinen||Storvreta IBK, Storvreta|
|29||Mika Kohonen||Storvreta IBK, Storvreta|
|50||Tero Tiitu||IBK Falun, Falun|
Team staff for 2014 World Championships
- Head coach: Petri Kettunen
- Assistant coach: Mika Ahonen
- Assistant coach: Akseli Ahtiainen
- Assistant coach: Juha Jäntti
- Masseur: Ari Haapalainen
- Physio: Aleksi Öhman
- Team manager: Jari Oksanen
- Media: Juhani Henriksson
2010 World Champions
- Jani Naumanen and Henri Toivoniemi.
- Markus Bollström, Juha Kivilehto, Mika Savolainen, Timo Toivonen, Jouni Vehkaoja and Tatu Väänänen.
- Petteri Nykky (Head Coach), Juha Jäntti (Coach), Petri Kettunen (Coach), Harri Lehtonen, Kimmo Nurminen, Marko Pirhonen and Hannu Tuunainen.
2008 World Champions
- Jani Naumanen and Henri Toivoniemi.
- Mika Kavekari, Tarmo Kirjonen, Saku Lehti, Vesa Punkari, Mika Savolainen and Jouni Vehkaoja.
- Petteri Nykky (Head Coach), Juha Jäntti (Coach), Samu Kuitunen (Coach), Hexi Arteva, Petri Kanter, Antti Luhta and Antti Ylinen.
|1998||Czech Republic||3rd place|
|2008||Czech Republic||1st place|
|2018||Czech Republic||1st place|
- Champions: 4
- Runner-up: 6
- Third-placed: 2
All-time World Championships record
|Czech Republic 1998||5||4||0||1||26||9||+17|
|Czech Republic 2008||6||6||0||0||45||15||+30|
Updated 11 Dec 2016.
- Most games played: 152
- Most goals scored: 110
- Most assists: 156
- Most points: 233
- Most penalty minutes: 53
- Vesa Punkari
Updated 2 Dec 2014.
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- "European Championships 1994–1995". floorball.org. International Floorball Federation. Retrieved 2 December 2014.
- "World Championships Men 1996–present". floorball.org. International Floorball Federation. Retrieved 2 December 2014.
- "Miehet – Joukkue". floorball.fi (in Finnish). Finnish Floorball Federation. 14 November 2014. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
- Oikarinen, Johannes (13 November 2014). "Salibandyn MM: Kokenut kolmikko vielä kerran yhdessä". yle.fi (in Finnish). YLE. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
- "Maailmanmestarit 2010". floorball.fi (in Finnish). Finnish Floorball Federation. Retrieved 2 December 2014.
- "Maailmanmestarit 2008" (in Finnish). Finnish Floorball Federation. Retrieved 2 December 2014.
- "Pelatut ottelut". floorball.fi (in Finnish). Finnish Floorball Federation. 9 November 2014. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
- "Ennätykset". floorball.fi (in Finnish). Finnish Floorball Federation. Retrieved 2 December 2014.