|Association||Football Association of Finland|
|Head coach||Markku Kanerva|
|Most caps||Jari Litmanen (137)|
|Top scorer||Teemu Pukki (38)|
|Home stadium||Helsinki Olympic Stadium|
|Current||54 1 (21 September 2023)|
|Highest||33 (March 2007)|
|Lowest||110 (July–August 2017)|
| Finland 2–5 Sweden |
(Helsinki, Finland; 22 October 1911)
Sweden 1–0 Finland
(Stockholm, Sweden; 29 May 1919)
| Finland 10–2 Estonia |
(Helsinki, Finland; 11 August 1922)
Finland 8–0 San Marino
(Helsinki, Finland; 17 November 2010)
| Germany 13–0 Finland |
(Leipzig, Germany; 1 September 1940)
|Appearances||1 (first in 2020)|
|Best result||Group stage (2020)|
|Appearances||4 (first in 1912)|
|Best result||Fourth place (1912)|
The Finland men's national football team (Finnish: Suomen jalkapallomaajoukkue, Swedish: Finlands fotbollslandslag) represents Finland in men's international football competitions and is controlled by the Football Association of Finland, the governing body for football in Finland, which was founded in 1907. The team has been a member of FIFA since 1908 and a UEFA member since 1957.
Finland had never qualified for a major tournament until securing a spot at UEFA Euro 2020, which was postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After many decades of average results and campaigns, the nation made progression in the 2000s, achieving notable results against established European teams and reaching a peak of 33rd in the FIFA World Rankings in 2007. But, after that, they saw a decline of performances and results, drawing them to their all-time low of 110th in the FIFA Rankings in 2017. However, after six years of their all-time low in the FIFA Rankings, as of September 2023, they sit at 54th place in the overall ranking.
The Football Association of Finland was founded in 1907 and became a member of FIFA the next year. At the time, Finland was an autonomous grand duchy of the Russian Empire. Finland played its first international on 22 October 1911, as Sweden beat the Finns at the Eläintarha Stadium in Helsinki. Finland participated the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, beating Italy and the Russian Empire, but losing the bronze medal match against the Netherlands.
Period of dispersion
After the 1918 Civil War, the Finnish sports movement was divided into the right-wing Finnish Gymnastics and Sports Federation (SVUL) and the leftist Finnish Workers' Sports Federation (TUL), Finnish Football Association was a member of the SVUL. Both sides had their own championship series, and between 1919 and 1939 the Finland national team was selected of the Football Association players only. The Finnish Workers' Sports Federation football team in turn, participated the competitions of the international labour movement.
However, since the late 1920s several top footballers defected from TUL and joined the Football Association to be eligible for the national team. During the 1930s, these ″defectors″ formed the spine of the national team. For example, the Finland squad at the 1936 Summer Olympics was composed of eight former TUL players. In 1937, Finland participated the FIFA World Cup qualification for the first time, losing all three matches against Sweden, Germany and Estonia.
Since 1939, TUL players were selected to the national team and finally in 1956, the TUL and Football Association series were merged.
Finland also took part in European Championship qualifying since the 1968 event, but had to wait for its first win until 1978.
Late 20th century
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 Ajax superstar Jari Litmanen. In 1996, 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 their qualification campaign was 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 to 30th in the Elo ranking). 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 Englishman Roy Hodgson would become the new Finland coach in 2006, and he started the job in January of that year. Hodgson stepped down as manager after they failed to qualify for Euro 2008. His replacement was a Scotsman, Stuart Baxter, who signed a contract until the end of the 2012 European Championship qualification campaign.
In the Euro 2008 qualifying Finland needed to win their last qualifying game away at Portugal to qualify for their first major football tournament. However, the match ended 0–0 meaning the team missed out on qualification to the tournament, with Finland ending the group stage with 24 points and Portugal with 27 points. However, the performance in qualifying led to the Finns gaining their best-ever FIFA world ranking to date at 33rd.
The 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign under new head coach Stuart Baxter saw Finland again finish 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; in both the home and away matches Finland had led Germany only to concede late equalisers. Finland finished a disappointing fourth in Euro 2012 qualifying, with only three wins, two of them against minnows San Marino.
In the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign, Finland's best result was a 1–1 draw at reigning world champions Spain. They finished third in the five-team Group I, behind Spain and France. Finland finished fourth in Euro 2016 qualifying but achieved another noteworthy result. Joel Pohjanpalo's goal gave the Finns a 1–0 win at former European champions Greece, who had reached the second round of the 2014 World Cup and were the top seeds of their qualifying group.
On 15 November 2019, Finland managed to qualify to the first major tournament, UEFA Euro 2020, in their history after defeating Liechtenstein 3–0. The successful qualifying campaign in Group J, was aided by a distinctive performance of Teemu Pukki, who scored ten goals in the qualifications.
On 12 June 2021 in the Euro 2020 Finland had their first victory on their debut in a major tournament finals, Joel Pohjanpalo scored the only goal, a header in a 1–0 win over Denmark to grant his country their first goal and win in a major competition. Unfortunately, having lost the next two games from both Russia and Belgium, Finland was eliminated from the group stage alongside fellow debutants North Macedonia as a result of their poor performance after being edged out by fourth placed team Ukraine due to goal difference.
Most of Finland's 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 Tampere Stadium in Tampere and Veritas Stadion in Turku. Helsinki's Bolt Arena, which has artificial turf, is also used for some friendlies and qualifiers. During the reconstruction of Helsinki Olympic Stadium in 2016–20, Tampere Stadium served as the main stadium for qualifying games.
Kits and crest
Results and fixtures
The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
Win Draw Loss Fixture
|23 September 2022 2022–23 UEFA Nations League B||Finland||1–1||Romania||Helsinki, Finland|
||Stadium: Helsinki Olympic Stadium|
Referee: Carlos del Cerro Grande (Spain)
|26 September 2022 2022–23 UEFA Nations League B||Montenegro||0–2||Finland||Podgorica, Montenegro|
|20:45 UTC+2||Report||Antman 47'
|Stadium: City Stadium|
Referee: François Letexier (France)
|17 November 2022 Friendly||North Macedonia||1–1||Finland||Skopje, North Macedonia|
|18:00||Bardhi 75' (pen.)||Report||Antman 37'||Stadium: Toše Proeski Arena|
Referee: Novak Simović (Serbia)
|20 November 2022 Friendly||Norway||1–1||Finland||Oslo, Norway|
||Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion|
Referee: Morten Krogh (Denmark)
|9 January 2023 Friendly||Sweden||2–0||Finland||Algarve, Portugal|
|Report||Stadium: Estadio Algarve|
Referee: Vítor Ferreira (Portugal)
|12 January 2023 Friendly||Finland||0–1||Estonia||Albufeira, Portugal|
|16:00||Report||Miller 84'||Stadium: Estadio da Nora|
Referee: Gustavo Correia (Portugal)
|23 March 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying||Denmark||3–1||Finland||Copenhagen, Denmark|
Referee: Daniel Siebert (Germany)
|26 March 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying||Northern Ireland||0–1||Finland||Belfast, Northern Ireland|
||Stadium: Windsor Park|
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (Slovakia)
|16 June 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying||Finland||2–0||Slovenia||Helsinki, Finland|
|21:45 UTC+3||Report||Stadium: Helsinki Olympic Stadium|
Referee: Guillermo Cuadra Fernández (Spain)
|19 June 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying||Finland||6–0||San Marino||Helsinki, Finland|
|21:45 UTC+3||Report||Stadium: Helsinki Olympic Stadium|
Referee: Genc Nuza (Kosovo)
|7 September 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying||Kazakhstan||0–1||Finland||Astana, Kazakhstan|
||Stadium: Astana Arena|
Referee: Radu Petrescu (Romania)
|10 September 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying||Finland||0–1||Denmark||Helsinki, Finland|
||Stadium: Helsinki Olympic Stadium|
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
|14 October 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying||Slovenia||v||Finland||Ljubljana, Slovenia|
|18:00 UTC+2||Report||Stadium: Stožice Stadium|
|17 October 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying||Finland||v||Kazakhstan||Helsinki, Finland|
|19:00 UTC+3||Report||Stadium: Helsinki Olympic Stadium|
|17 November 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying||Finland||v||Northern Ireland||Helsinki, Finland|
|19:00 UTC+2||Report||Stadium: Helsinki Olympic Stadium|
|20 November 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying||San Marino||v||Finland||Serravalle, San Marino|
|20:45 UTC+1||Report||Stadium: Stadio Olimpico de Serravalle|
|Head coach||Markku Kanerva|
|Assistant coach||Mika Nurmela|
|Goalkeeping coach||Antti Niemi|
|Fitness coach||Jari-Pekka Keurulainen|
|Video analyst||Henri Lehto|
|Kit Manager||Jari Parikka|
|Team Manager||Lennart Wangel|
- As of 7 September 2023.
|1996–99||Richard Møller Nielsen||34||9||12||13||26.47|
|2005||Jyrki Heliskoski (caretaker)||6||2||2||2||33.33|
|2010–2011||Olli Huttunen (caretaker)||1||1||0||0||100.00|
|2011||Markku Kanerva (caretaker)||2||0||1||1||0.00|
|2015||Markku Kanerva (caretaker)||4||2||2||0||50.00|
Caps and goals as of 10 September 2023, after the match against Denmark.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Lukas Hradecky (captain)||24 November 1989||87||0||Bayer Leverkusen|
|12||GK||Jesse Joronen||21 March 1993||17||0||Venezia|
|23||GK||Viljami Sinisalo||11 October 2001||1||0||Exeter City|
|2||DF||Arttu Hoskonen||16 April 1997||6||0||Cracovia|
|3||DF||Richard Jensen||17 March 1996||10||0||Aberdeen|
|4||DF||Robert Ivanov||19 September 1994||24||0||Eintracht Braunschweig|
|5||DF||Miro Tenho||2 April 1995||2||0||HJK|
|13||DF||Pyry Soiri||22 September 1994||41||5||HJK|
|15||DF||Diogo Tomas||31 July 1997||4||0||Odd|
|17||DF||Nikolai Alho||12 March 1993||31||0||Volos|
|18||DF||Jere Uronen||13 July 1994||64||1||Charlotte FC|
|22||DF||Noah Pallas||9 February 2001||2||0||AC Oulu|
|DF||Kevin Kouassivi-Benissan||25 January 1999||0||0||HJK|
|6||MF||Glen Kamara||28 October 1995||54||2||Leeds United|
|7||MF||Robert Taylor||21 October 1994||31||1||Inter Miami|
|8||MF||Oliver Antman||15 August 2001||8||5||Nordsjælland|
|11||MF||Rasmus Schüller (vice-captain)||18 June 1991||71||0||Djurgården|
|14||MF||Kaan Kairinen||22 December 1998||11||0||Sparta Prague|
|16||MF||Matti Peltola||3 July 2002||4||0||HJK|
|19||MF||Niilo Mäenpää||14 January 1998||3||0||Warta Poznań|
|21||MF||Ilmari Niskanen||12 October 1997||16||1||Exeter City|
|MF||Daniel Håkans||26 October 2000||2||3||Vålerenga|
|9||FW||Benjamin Källman||17 June 1998||14||6||Cracovia|
|10||FW||Teemu Pukki (vice-captain)||29 March 1990||114||38||Minnesota United|
|20||FW||Joel Pohjanpalo||13 September 1994||65||14||Venezia|
The following players have been called up for the team within the last twelve months and are still available for selection.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Lucas Bergström||September 5, 2002||1||0||Chelsea||v. Estonia, 12 January 2023|
|GK||Elmo Henriksson||March 10, 2003||0||0||IFK Mariehamn||v. Estonia, 12 January 2023|
|GK||Carljohan Eriksson||25 April 1995||1||0||Nordsjælland||v. Norway, 20 November 2022|
|DF||Tuomas Ollila||25 April 2000||2||0||HJK||v. San Marino, 19 June 2023|
|DF||Leo Väisänen||24 July 1997||25||0||Austin FC||v. Northern Ireland, 26 March 2023|
|DF||Felipe Aspegren||12 February 1994||1||0||Ilves||v. Estonia, 12 January 2023|
|DF||Ville Koski||27 January 2002||1||0||Honka||v. Estonia, 12 January 2023|
|DF||Robin Tihi||16 March 2002||1||0||Al Ahli||v. Estonia, 12 January 2023|
|DF||Tomas Galvez||28 January 2005||1||0||Manchester City||v. Sweden, 9 January 2023|
|DF||Sauli Väisänen||5 June 1994||24||0||OB||v. Norway, 20 November 2022|
|DF||Daniel O'Shaughnessy||14 September 1994||22||1||Karlsruher SC||v. Norway, 20 November 2022|
|MF||Anssi Suhonen||14 January 2001||6||0||Hamburger SV||v. San Marino, 19 June 2023|
|MF||Robin Lod||17 April 1993||62||5||Minnesota United||v. Northern Ireland, 26 March 2023|
|MF||Fredrik Jensen||9 September 1997||26||7||FC Augsburg||v. Northern Ireland, 26 March 2023|
|MF||Lucas Lingman||25 January 1998||9||0||HJK||v. Estonia, 12 January 2023|
|MF||Santeri Väänänen||1 January 2002||2||0||Rosenborg||v. Estonia, 12 January 2023|
|MF||Jaakko Oksanen||7 November 2000||1||0||KuPS||v. Estonia, 12 January 2023|
|MF||Mikael Soisalo||24 April 1998||4||0||Puskás Akadémia||v. Norway, 20 November 2022|
|MF||Onni Valakari||18 August 1999||11||1||Pafos||v. Montenegro, 26 September 2022|
|FW||Marcus Forss||18 June 1999||19||2||Middlesbrough||v. Northern Ireland, 26 March 2023|
|FW||Santeri Hostikka||30 September 1997||6||0||HJK||v. Estonia, 12 January 2023|
|FW||Saku Ylätupa||4 August 1999||3||0||Kalmar||v. Estonia, 12 January 2023|
|FW||Anthony Olusanya||1 February 2000||2||0||HJK||v. Estonia, 12 January 2023|
|FW||Kai Meriluoto||2 January 2003||2||0||Stal Mielec||v. Estonia, 12 January 2023|
|FW||Agon Sadiku||10 March 2003||2||0||Start||v. Estonia, 12 January 2023|
- As of 10 September 2023
- Players in bold are still active with Finland.
FIFA World Cup
|FIFA World Cup record||Qualification record|
|1930||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1938||Did not qualify||1937||3||0||0||3||0||7|
|1950||Withdrew during qualifying||1949||2||0||1||1||1||4|
|1954||Did not qualify||1953||4||0||2||2||7||13|
|2026||To be determined||To be determined|
UEFA European Championship
|UEFA European Championship record||Qualifying record|
|1960||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1968||Did not qualify||1966-67||6||0||2||4||5||12|
|2024||To be determined||2023||To be determined|
|2028||To be determined||To be determined|
UEFA Nations League
|UEFA Nations League record|
|2024–25||B||To be determined|
|Olympic Games record|
|as Grand Duchy of Finland|
|1896||No football tournament was held|
|1900||Did not enter|
|Since 1917, Declaration of Independence|
|1920||Did not enter|
|1932||No football tournament was held|
|1936||Round of 16||14th||1||0||0||1||3||7||Squad|
|1948||Did not enter|
|1952||Round of 16||9th||1||0||0||1||3||4||Squad|
|1956||Did not enter|
|1960||Did not qualify|
|1984||Did not qualify|
|Since 1992||Olympic football has been an under-23 tournament|
Nordic Football Championship
|Nordic Football Championship record|
|Baltic Cup record|
This list is Finland national team complete records, both friendlies and competitive matches.
- As of 13 November 2021
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||5||2||1||2||8||8||+0||40.00|
|Trinidad and Tobago||5||3||1||1||8||7||+1||60.00|
|United Arab Emirates||1||0||1||0||1||1||+0||0.00|
- Baltic Cup
- Nordic Football Championship
- King's Cup
- Finland men's national under-21 football team
- Finland men's national under-19 football team
- Finland men's national under-17 football team
- Finland women's national football team
- Finland women's national under-20 football team
- Finland women's national under-17 football team
- Football in Finland
- Åland official football team
- Sápmi football team
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- Official website (in Finnish)
- Finland at FIFA
- Finland at UEFA
- RSSSF archive of results 1911–
- RSSSF archive of most capped players and highest goalscorers
- RSSSF archive of coaches
- The Finnish National Team Supporters' Association
- Reports for all official matches
- Russian fan site about Finnish football and national team (in Russian)