Finland national futsal team

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Finland
Huuhkajat logo.svg
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Huuhkajat
(The Eagle-Owls)
Association Suomen Palloliitto
Confederation UEFA
Head coach Croatia Mićo Martić
Captain Panu Autio
Most caps Risto Salmi (66)
Top scorer Panu Autio (41)
FIFA code FIN
FIFA ranking 47 [1]
Home colours
Away colours
First international
Finland Finland 4–7 Hungary Hungary
(Helsinki, Finland; October 21, 1998)
Biggest win
Malta Malta 0–10 Finland Finland
(Cottonera, Malta; October 15, 2010)
Biggest defeat
Spain Spain 13–0 Finland Finland
(Madrid, Spain; January 29, 2004)
World Cup
Appearances 0
UEFA Futsal Championship
Appearances 0

The Finnish national futsal team represents Finland in international futsal competitions. The team is run under supervision of the Football Association of Finland. It has never qualified for the World Cup or the European Championships.

History[edit]

The Finnish national futsal team was formed for the first time in 1994 when Finland participated in the World University Futsal Championship held in Cyprus. The World University Futsal Championship was held in Jyväskylä, Finland two years later. The first official international matches were played on October 21 and 22, 1998 against Hungary. Later that year Finland also participated in the qualifiers for the 1999 UEFA Futsal Championship tournament with futsal national team coach Timo Liekoski,[2] but failed to qualify.[3]

Simo Syrjävaara was selected as national futsal team coach at the end of year 1999.[4] During Syrjävaara's spell, the team has participated twice in FIFA Futsal World Championship qualifiers and three times in UEFA Futsal Championship qualifiers. In these qualifiers, the team won only twice and lost total of 14 times. After Syrjävaara stepped down, rising talent Jouni Pihlaja took over coaching the team from the beginning of year 2005.[3]

International Competitions[edit]

FIFA Futsal World Cup[edit]

  • 1989 - did not compete
  • 1992 - did not compete
  • 1996 - did not compete
  • 2000 - did not qualify
  • 2004 - did not qualify
  • 2008 - did not qualify
  • 2012 - did not qualify
  • 2016 - did not qualify
  • 2020 - TBD

UEFA Futsal Championship[edit]

  • 1996 - did not compete
  • 1999 - did not qualify
  • 2001 - did not qualify
  • 2003 - did not qualify
  • 2005 - did not qualify
  • 2007 - did not qualify
  • 2010 - did not qualify
  • 2012 - did not qualify
  • 2014 - did not qualify
  • 2016 - did not qualify
  • 2018 - did not qualify
  • 2022 - TBD

Nordic Futsal Cup[edit]

Nordic Futsal Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
2013 Third place 3rd 3 1 0 2 10 10
2014 Winners 1st 3 2 1 0 8 3
2016 Winners 1st 4 4 0 0 16 5
2017 Winners 1st 4 4 0 0 17 6
Total 4/4 app. 3 title 14 11 1 2 51 24

Team pool for season 2010-11 [5][edit]

Year of birth Games Goals Team
Goalkeepers
Tuomas Kallioinen 1983 4 0 Ilves FS
Juha Ojanperä 1981 24 0 Futsal Mad Max
Matias Sarelius 1979 15 0 Golden Futsal Team
Players
Panu Autio 1985 41 36 El Pozo Ciudad de Murcia
Henrik Henriksson 1981 13 1 Golden Futsal Team
Matias Juvonen 1983 6 1 Kampuksen Dynamo
Jaakko Laitinen 1983 36 10 Ilves FS
Joonas Laurikainen 1983 27 11 Porin Palloilijat
Lasse Lind 1981 8 2 Golden Futsal Team
Ville Lindgren 1987 17 2 Golden Futsal Team
Mikko Kytölä 1984 4 3 Kampuksen Dynamo
Jani Modig 1981 51 17 Golden Futsal Team
Joni Pakola 1985 12 1 Golden Futsal Team
Sami Rantala 1986 1 0 Porin Palloilijat
Jarkko Reinikka 1982 25 2 Golden Futsal Team
Risto Salmi 1978 63 21 Golden Futsal Team
Antti Teittinen 1981 23 4 Ilves FS
Teemu Terho 1979 45 14 Golden Futsal Team
Juha-Pekka Torvinen 1983 50 7 Ilves FS

Futsal national team games 2010-11 [6][edit]

Date Venue Home team Visiting team Result Goals
14.10.2010 Cottonera Malta Malta Finland Finland 0-7 (0-1) Salmi, Autio, Torvinen 2, Reinikka, Juvonen, Modig
15.10.2010 Cottonera Malta Malta Finland Finland 0-10 (0-5) Salmi 3, Autio 2, Terho 3, Laurikainen, Kytölä
13.12.2010 Tampere Finland Finland Republic of Ireland Ireland 5-0 (3-0) Henriksson 2, Terho, Autio, Own goal
14.12.2010 Jyväskylä Finland Finland Republic of Ireland Ireland 8-2 (5-0) Kytölä 2, Autio 3, Salmi, Torvinen, Own goal
10.1.2011 Miskolc Hungary Hungary Finland Finland 3-1 (1-1) Salmi
11.1.2011 Gyöngyös Hungary Hungary Finland Finland 6-1 (0-1) Teittinen
20.1.2011 Tampere Finland Finland Albania Albania 9-0 (5-0) Reinikka, Salmi, Own goal, Laurikainen, Teittinen, Autio 3, Kytölä
22.1.2011 Tampere Finland Finland San Marino San Marino 7-0 (1-0) Autio 2, Kytölä, Terho, Teittinen 2, Torvinen
23.1.2011 Tampere Cyprus Cyprus Finland Finland 2-2 (1-2) Lind 2
24.2.2011 Rotterdam Russia Russia Finland Finland 5-1 Lindgren
25.2.2011 Rotterdam Netherlands Netherlands Finland Finland 5-2 Autio, Own goal
27.2.2011 Rotterdam Finland Finland Serbia Serbia 0-6

References[edit]

  1. ^ Futsal World Ranking
  2. ^ "Maaottelut 1998-". Suomen Palloliitto. Retrieved 2009-11-03. 
  3. ^ a b Yrjö Lautela & Göran Wallén (2007). Rakas jalkapallo – sata vuotta suomalaista jalkapalloa. Teos. pp. 264–265. ISBN 978-951-851-068-3. 
  4. ^ "Futsalmaajoukkue Simo Syrjävaaran komentoon". Helsingin Sanomat. 1999-10-31. 
  5. ^ "Futsal-maajoukkue". Suomen Palloliitto. Retrieved 2011-01-23. 
  6. ^ "Futsal-maajoukkue". Palloliitto. Retrieved 2011-01-23.