Finland men's national basketball team

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Finland
Basketball Finland Team logo.png
FIBA ranking32 Increase 2 (2 March 2021)[1]
Joined FIBA1939
FIBA zoneFIBA Europe
National federationBasketball Finland
CoachHenrik Dettmann
Nickname(s)Susijengi
(The Wolf Pack)
Olympic Games
Appearances2
MedalsNone
FIBA World Cup
Appearances1
MedalsNone
EuroBasket
Appearances17
MedalsNone
First international
 France 76–11 Finland 
(Kaunas, Lithuania; 22 May 1939)
Biggest win
 Luxembourg 53–111 Finland 
(Luxembourg City; 16 September 2006)
Biggest defeat
 Lithuania 112–9 Finland 
(Kaunas, Lithuania; 27 May 1939)

The Finland men's national basketball team (Finnish: Suomen kansallinen koripallojoukkue, Swedish: Finlands herrlandslag i basket) represents Finland in international basketball competition. The national team is governed by Basketball Finland.

Finland has played in 16 EuroBasket tournaments, with their best finish coming in sixth place at EuroBasket 1967 on home soil. The national team has also reached the Olympic Games twice, in 1952 as the host, and 1964. In 2014 Finland qualified for their first ever appearance to the FIBA World Cup.

Since 2011, Finland has had the highest FIBA World Ranking among Nordic countries.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

Finnish national team during the EuroBasket 1939 in Lithuania.

The Finnish Basketball Association was founded in February 1939. A few months earlier the Finnish Football Federation had decided to add basketball to its own repertoire. Finland first competed at the European championship at its third installment, the EuroBasket 1939. In the round-robin, they initially struggled and lost to each of the other seven teams and finished 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 the EuroBasket 1951 in Paris. Overall, they fared much better and split their four preliminary round games and finished at third place in the group at 2–2 but were 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 at the Summer Olympics for the first time. The national team finished at the bottom of Group B in the preliminary round losing all of its game to the Soviet Union, Bulgaria and Mexico, and failing to advance.[2]

Finland used this international experience when they competed again at the 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.

At the next event, Finland had some difficulty in the preliminary round of EuroBasket 1955. They lost all three early games in Budapest and were relegated to the classification round. Once again, not faced with the world elite opponents anymore, the Fins shone in the classification round and won 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, at the EuroBasket 1957, the Finns finished third in their preliminary group after going 1–2. They moved to the 9–16 classification pool and won five games there with only one loss. They took 11th place overall in the tournament.

Modern era[edit]

At the EuroBasket 1995 in Greece, was Finland's first qualification to the top European basketball tournament since 1977. The national team did not fair too well at the event though. As they were routed in their first match against Russia 126-74, and ultimately led to them finishing with an 0-6 record (13th place) and eliminated.

Finland qualified for the 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 and defeated Bosnia and Herzegovina 92–64 and Montenegro 71–65. This allowed them to they qualify for the 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 Cup as a wild card team alongside Greece, Turkey, and Brazil.

Competitive record[edit]

Results and fixtures[edit]

  Win   Loss

2020[edit]

20 February 2020 Finland  58–80
0
 Serbia Espoo, Finland
0
18:00 Scoring by quarter: 10–19, 14–18, 13–23, 21–20
Pts: Palmi 16
Rebs: Kotti 6
Asts: three players 3
Boxscore Pts: Raduljica 19
Rebs: three players 8
Asts: four players 3
Arena: Espoo Metro Areena
Attendance: 6,770[3]
Referees: Yohan Rosso (FRA), Tolga Sahin (ITA), Andrei Sharapa (BLR)
23 February 2020 Switzerland   64–69
0
 Finland Fribourg, Switzerland
0
19:15 Scoring by quarter: 21–11, 15–10, 14–22, 14–26
Pts: Mlađan 12
Rebs: Jurkovitz 12
Asts: Jurkovitz, Kazadi 3
Boxscore Pts: Salin 25
Rebs: Madsen 10
Asts: Maxhuni 5
Arena: Salle Saint-Lèonard
Referees: Sergii Zashchu (UKR), Igor Mitrovski (MKD), Gvidas Gedvilas (LTU)
28 November 2020 Finland  85–91
0
 Georgia Espoo, Finland* [note 1]
0
19:30 Scoring by quarter: 19–22, 21–22, 25–21, 20–26
Pts: Salin 22
Rebs: Valtonen 6
Asts: Valtonen 5
Boxscore Pts: Shermadini 27
Rebs: Shermadini 10
Asts: McFadden 10
Arena: Espoo Metro Areena
Referees: Yohan Rosso (FRA), Alexey Davydov (BUL), Geert Jacobs (BEL)
30 November 2020 Serbia  75–66
0
 Finland Espoo, Finland* [note 1]
0
19:00 Scoring by quarter: 17–7, 18–18, 20–20, 20–21
Pts: Anđušić 19
Rebs: Dangubić 7
Asts: three players 3
Boxscore Pts: Maxhuni 15
Rebs: Valtonen 6
Asts: Maxhuni 6
Arena: Espoo Metro Areena
Referees: Yohan Rosso (FRA), Sergii Zashchuk (UKR), Alexey Davydov (RUS)

2021[edit]

19 February 2021 Finland  92–84
0
  Switzerland Tbilisi, Georgia* [note 1]
0
16:00 Scoring by quarter: 23–19, 26–12, 22–17, 21–36
Pts: Koponen 21
Rebs: Madsen 6
Asts: Koponen, Valtonen 4
Boxscore Pts: Kovac 18
Rebs: Kazadi 7
Asts: Kazadi 10
Arena: Tbilisi Sports Palace
Referees: Tolga Sahin (ITA), Apostolos Kalpakas (SWE), Sergei Beliakov (RUS)
21 February 2021 Georgia  70–78
0
 Finland Tbilisi, Georgia* [note 1]
0
19:00 Scoring by quarter: 17–30, 13–19, 27–8, 13–21
Pts: Shermadini 19
Rebs: Shermadini 12
Asts: Bakradze 5
Boxscore Pts: Murphy, Valtonen 14
Rebs: Salin 5
Asts: Salin 5
Arena: Tbilisi Sports Palace
Referees: Tolga Şahin (TUR), Dariusz Zapolski (POL), Kerem Baki (TUR)

Team[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Roster for the EuroBasket 2022 Qualifiers matches on 19 and 21 February 2021 against Switzerland and Georgia.[5]

Finland men's national basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club Ctr.
SG 4 Mikko Koivisto 33 – (1987-04-18)18 April 1987 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) Vilpas Finland
F 5 Alex Murphy 27 – (1993-06-03)3 June 1993 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Granada Spain
F 7 Shawn Huff (C) 36 – (1984-05-05)5 May 1984 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Seagulls Finland
SG 9 Sasu Salin 29 – (1991-06-11)11 June 1991 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) Tenerife Spain
G 11 Petteri Koponen 32 – (1988-04-13)13 April 1988 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) Reggiana Italy
F 12 Matti Nuutinen 30 – (1990-05-06)6 May 1990 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) Ura Finland
G/F 14 Henri Kantonen 23 – (1997-08-20)20 August 1997 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Aix Maurienne France
F 18 Mikael Jantunen 20 – (2000-04-20)20 April 2000 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) Utah Utes United States
G/F 19 Elias Valtonen 21 – (1999-06-11)11 June 1999 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) Tübingen Germany
F/C 20 Alexander Madsen 26 – (1995-01-26)26 January 1995 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) Rīga Latvia
PG 21 Edon Maxhuni 22 – (1998-03-21)21 March 1998 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Pärnu Estonia
F/C 33 Erik Murphy 30 – (1990-10-26)26 October 1990 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) Fukushima Japan
PG 35 Ilari Seppälä 27 – (1993-03-27)27 March 1993 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Aix Maurienne France
F/C 42 Daniel Dolenc 27 – (1993-08-10)10 August 1993 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) Swans Austria
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Club – describes last
    club before the competition
  • Age – describes age
    on 19 February 2021

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Lauri Markkanen Alexander Madsen Daniel Dolenc
PF Mikael Jantunen Alex Murphy Erik Murphy
SF Shawn Huff Elias Valtonen Matti Nuutinen
SG Sasu Salin Topias Palmi Mikko Koivisto
PG Petteri Koponen Jamar Wilson Edon Maxhuni

Head coach position[edit]

Past rosters[edit]

1939 EuroBasket: finished 8th among 8 teams

3 Martti Salminen, 4 Kalevi Ihalainen, 5 Ilkka Törrönen, 6 Erkki Saurala, 8 Pentti Vuollekoski, 9 Pauli Sarkkula, 10 Heinonen, 11 Erkki Lindén, 12 Vladi Marmo, 13 Reino Valtonen, 14 Alo Suurna (Coach: Osmo Kupiainen)


1951 EuroBasket: finished 9th among 17 teams

3 Oiva Virtanen, 4 Raimo Lindholm, 5 Juhani Kyöstilä, 6 Timo Suviranta, 7 Pentti Laaksonen, 8 Raine Nuutinen, 9 Kalevi Sylander, 11 Arto Koivisto, 12 Pertti Mutru, 13 Kalevi Heinänen, 14 Kaj Gustafsson, 15 Olli Arppe, 16 Allan Pietarinen, 17 Tapio Pöyhönen (Coach: Eino Ojanen)


1952 Olympic Games: finished 15th among 23 teams

3 Juhani Kyöstilä, 4 Raine Nuutinen, 5 Raimo Lindholm, 6 Timo Suviranta, 7 Kalevi Heinänen, 8 Pentti Laaksonen, 9 Oiva Virtanen, 10 Esko Karhunen, 11 Eero Salonen, 12 Pertti Mutru, 13 Tapio Pöyhönen (Coach: ?)


1953 EuroBasket: finished 12th among 17 teams

3 Timo Lampen, 4 Raine Nuutinen, 5 Raimo Lindholm, 6 Timo Suviranta, 7 Keijo Hynninen, 8 Kalevi Heinänen, 9 Pentti Laaksonen, 10 Oiva Virtanen, 11 Eero Salonen, 12 Kaj Gustafsson, 13 Pertti Mutru, 14 Allan Pietarinen (Coach: Eino Ojanen)


1955 EuroBasket: finished 10th among 18 teams

3 Timo Lampén, 4 Raine Nuutinen, 5 Raimo Lindholm, 6 Timo Suviranta, 7 Kalevi Heinänen, 8 Oiva Virtanen, 9 Eero Salonen, 10 Kalevi Sylander, 11 Taisto Ravantti, 12 Seppo Kuusela, 13 Asko Jokinen, 14 Pertti Mutru, 15 Kalevi Tuominen (Coach: Eino Ojanen)


1957 EuroBasket: finished 11th among 16 teams

3 Timo Lampén, 4 Raine Nuutinen, 5 Raimo Lindholm, 6 Timo Suviranta, 7 Arvo Jantunen, 8 Paavo Suhonen, 9 Juhani Kala, 10 Seppo Kuusela, 11 Kalevi Sylander, 12 Eero Salonen, 13 Pertti Mutru, 14 Arto Koivisto (Coach: Kalevi Tuominen)


1959 EuroBasket: finished 13th among 17 teams

3 Matti Köli, 4 Timo Lampén, 5 Pentti Palkoaho, 6 Matti Nenonen, 7 Raine Nuutinen, 8 Raimo Lindholm, 9 Arvo Jantunen, 10 Kyösti Rousti, 11 Juhani Kala, 12 Seppo Kuusela, 13 Eero Salonen, 14 Raimo Vartia (Coach: Kalevi Tuominen)


1961 EuroBasket: finished 14th among 19 teams

4 Uolevi Manninen, 5 Kari Liimo, 6 Timo Lampén, 7 Pertti Laanti, 8 Lauri Nurma, 9 Martti Liimo, 10 Tony Bärlund, 11 Raimo Lindholm, 12 Rauno Ailus, 13 Arvo Jantunen, 14 Seppo Kuusela, 15 Raimo Vartia (Coach: Kalevi Tuominen)


1963 EuroBasket: finished 14th among 16 teams

4 Uolevi Manninen, 5 Kari Liimo, 6 Timo Lampén, 7 Pertti Laanti, 8 Martti Liimo, 9 Juha Harjula, 10 Antero Siljola, 11 Rauno Ailus, 12 Kauko Kauppinen, 13 Jorma Pilkevaara, 14 Seppo Kuusela, 15 Raimo Vartia (Coach: Kalevi Tuominen)


1964 Olympic Games: finished 11th among 16 teams

4 Uolevi Manninen, 5 Kari Liimo, 6 Timo Lampén, 7 Pertti Laanti, 8 Martti Liimo, 9 Raimo Lindholm, 10 Juha Harjula, 11 Risto Kala, 12 Kauko Kauppinen, 13 Jorma Pilkevaara, 14 Teijo Finneman, 15 Raimo Vartia (Coach: Kalevi Tuominen)


1965 EuroBasket: finished 12th among 16 teams

4 Uolevi Manninen, 5 Kari Liimo, 6 Timo Lampén, 7 Pertti Laanti, 8 Martti Liimo, 9 Kari Lahti, 10 Hannu Paananen, 11 Jorma Pilkevaara, 12 Kari Rönnholm, 13 Lars Karell, 14 Teijo Finneman, 15 Jyrki Immonen (Coach: Kalevi Tuominen)


1967 EuroBasket: finished 6th among 16 teams

4 Veikko Vainio, 5 Kari Liimo, 6 Uolevi Manninen, 7 Pertti Laanti, 8 Martti Liimo, 9 Kari Lahti, 10 Kari Rönnholm, 11 Lars Karell, 12 Jorma Pilkevaara, 13 Olavi Ahonen, 14 Teijo Finneman, 15 Jyrki Immonen (Coach: Kalevi Tuominen)


1977 EuroBasket: finished 10th among 12 teams

4 Kalevi Sarkalahti 5 Heikki Kasko, 6 Tapio Sten, 7 Heikki Taponen, 8 Antti Zitting, 9 Risto Lignell, 10 Raimo Mäntynen, 11 Anssi Rauramo, 12 Mikko Koskinen, 13 Klaus Mahlamäki, 14 Jarmo Laitinen, 15 Erkki Saaristo (Coach: Robert Petersen)


1995 EuroBasket: finished 13th among 14 teams

4 Martti Kuisma, 5 Hanno Möttölä, 6 Pekka Markkanen, 7 Sakari Pehkonen, 8 Jarkko Tuomala, 9 Markku Larkio, 10 Riku Marttinen, 11 Mika-Matti Tahvanainen, 12 Juha Luhtanen, 13 Jyri Lehtonen, 14 Kari-Pekka Klinga, 15 Petri-Mikael Niiranen (Coach: Henrik Dettmann)


2011 EuroBasket: finished 9th among 24 teams

4 Mikko Koivisto, 5 Antti Nikkilä, 6 Kimmo Muurinen, 7 Shawn Huff, 8 Gerald Lee, 9 Sasu Salin, 10 Tuukka Kotti, 11 Petteri Koponen, 12 Vesa Mäkäläinen, 13 Hanno Möttölä, 14 Petri Virtanen, 15 Teemu Rannikko (Coach: Henrik Dettmann)


2013 EuroBasket: finished 9th among 24 teams

4 Mikko Koivisto, 5 Antti Nikkilä, 6 Kimmo Muurinen, 7 Shawn Huff, 8 Gerald Lee, 9 Sasu Salin, 10 Tuukka Kotti, 11 Petteri Koponen, 12 Samuel Haanpää, 13 Hanno Möttölä, 14 Roope Ahonen, 15 Teemu Rannikko (Coach: Henrik Dettmann)


2014 FIBA World Cup: finished 22nd among 24 teams

4 Mikko Koivisto, 5 Erik Murphy, 6 Kimmo Muurinen, 7 Shawn Huff, 8 Gerald Lee, 9 Sasu Salin, 10 Tuukka Kotti, 11 Petteri Koponen, 12 Matti Nuutinen, 13 Hanno Möttölä (C), 14 Antero Lehto, 15 Teemu Rannikko (Coach: Henrik Dettmann)


2015 EuroBasket: finished 16th among 24 teams

4 Mikko Koivisto, 7 Shawn Huff (C), 8 Gerald Lee, 9 Sasu Salin, 10 Tuukka Kotti, 11 Petteri Koponen, 12 Matti Nuutinen, 21 Ville Kaunisto, 24 Joonas Cavén, 30 Roope Ahonen, 31 Jamar Wilson, 33 Erik Murphy (Coach: Henrik Dettmann)


2017 EuroBasket: finished 11th among 24 teams

4 Mikko Koivisto, 7 Shawn Huff (C), 8 Gerald Lee, 9 Sasu Salin, 10 Tuukka Kotti, 11 Petteri Koponen, 12 Matti Nuutinen, 15 Teemu Rannikko, 22 Carl Lindbom, 23 Lauri Markkanen, 31 Jamar Wilson, 33 Erik Murphy (Coach: Henrik Dettmann)

Kit[edit]

Manufacturer[edit]

2015: Li-ning[6]
2019: Adidas

[edit]

2015: Microsoft[6]
2019: PostNord

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all matches in the November 2020 and February 2021 windows will be played behind closed doors in select host cities.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIBA Ranking Presented by Nike". FIBA. 2 March 2021. Retrieved 2 March 2021.
  2. ^ "Basketball at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games: Men's Basketball Round One". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 26 October 2014. Retrieved 23 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Impressive attendances open FIBA EuroBasket 2022 Qualifiers". Retrieved 22 February 2020.
  4. ^ "Statement regarding the November 2020 and February 2021 Qualifiers". Retrieved 18 September 2020.
  5. ^ "Finland during the EuroBasket 2022 Qualifiers". Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  6. ^ a b Finland | EuroBasket 2015 Archived 28 September 2015 at the Wayback Machine, FIBA.com, Retrieved 27 September 2015.

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