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.
  • 2017: TBD

2017 UEFA Euro Under-21 qualification[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Germany 10 10 0 0 35 8 +27 30 Final tournament 4–2 4–0 3–1 4–3 4–1
2  Austria 10 7 1 2 22 12 +10 22 Play-offs 1–4 2–0 7–0 4–3 1–0
3  Finland 10 4 2 4 13 10 +3 14 0–1 0–1 0–0 2–0 3–0
4  Azerbaijan 10 2 3 5 8 19 −11 9 0–3 0–2 0–1 3–0 1–1
5  Russia 10 2 3 5 15 19 −4 9 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–0
6  Faroe Islands 10 0 1 9 3 28 −25 1 0–6 0–1 1–6 0–1 0–3
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures[edit]

4 September 2015 (2015-09-04)
17:30
Finland  2–0  Russia
Lassas Goal 17'
Mero Goal 36'
Report
Arto Tolsa Areena, Kotka
Referee: Peter Kralović (Slovakia)

8 September 2015 (2015-09-08)
17:30
Finland  3–0  Faroe Islands
Yaghoubi Goal 24' (pen.)39'
Skrabb Goal 31'
Report
ISS Stadion, Vantaa
Referee: Alexandru Tean (Moldova)

9 October 2015 (2015-10-09)
18:00
Germany  4–0  Finland
Sané Goal 13'90+1'
Selke Goal 16'
Kimmich Goal 27'
Report
Stadion Essen, Essen
Referee: Kristo Tohver (Estonia)

13 October 2015 (2015-10-13)
16:00
Azerbaijan  0–1  Finland
Report Lassas Goal 80'
Dalga Arena, Baku
Referee: Milan Ilić (Serbia)

13 November 2015 (2015-11-13)
18:00
Austria  2–0  Finland
Gregoritsch Goal 77'
Friesenbichler Goal 90+1'
Report
Franz Horr Stadium, Vienna
Referee: Bojan Pandžić (Sweden)

2 June 2016 (2016-06-02)
19:00
Faroe Islands  1–6  Finland
Edmundsson Goal 35' Report Tuominen Goal 18'
Lassas Goal 38'
O'Shaughnessy Goal 42'
Hambo Goal 45'73'
T. Olsen Goal 90+2' (o.g.)
Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn
Referee: Johnny Casanova (San Marino)

2 September 2016
19:00
Finland  0–1  Austria
Report Dovedan Goal 90+1'

6 September 2016
19:00
Finland  0-1  Germany
Report Väisänen Goal 41(og)'
OmaSP Stadion, Seinäjoki
Referee: Benoît Millot ()

7 October 2016
18:30
Finland  0-0  Azerbaijan
Report
Sonera Stadium, Helsinki
Referee: Peter Kjäsgård-Andersen ()

11 October 2016 (2016-10-11)
18:00
Russia  1–1  Finland
Paliyenko Goal 3' Report Viitikko Goal 64'
Arena Khimki, Khimki
Referee: Alan Mario Sant (Malta)

Current squad[edit]

The selections for the friendly matches against Netherlands on 24 March 2017 and Australia U23 on 27 March 2017.[2][3]

Caps and goals as of 24 March 2017 after the match against Netherlands.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Marc Nordqvist (1997-06-01) 1 June 1997 (age 19) 1 0 Finland IFK Mariehamn
1GK Paavo Valakari (1997-12-28) 28 December 1997 (age 19) 0 0 Finland SJK
2DF Joachim Böckerman (1997-07-24) 24 July 1997 (age 19) 0 0 Finland FC Honka
2DF Nicholas Hämäläinen (1997-03-05) 5 March 1997 (age 20) 1 0 England Queens Park Rangers
2DF Lassi Järvenpää (1996-10-28) 28 October 1996 (age 20) 1 0 Finland RoPS
2DF Juho Pirttijoki (1996-07-30) 30 July 1996 (age 20) 5 0 Sweden GIF Sundsvall
2DF Reetu Räsänen (1996-09-18) 18 September 1996 (age 20) 0 0 Finland KuPS
3MF Lauri Ala-Myllymäki (1997-06-04) 4 June 1997 (age 19) 1 0 Finland Ilves
3MF Sebastian Dahlström (1996-11-05) 5 November 1996 (age 20) 1 0 Finland HJK
3MF Iiro Järvinen (1996-11-03) 3 November 1996 (age 20) 1 0 Finland Ilves
3MF Fredrik Jensen (1997-09-09) 9 September 1997 (age 19) 5 0 Netherlands Twente
3MF Mikko Kuningas (1997-07-30) 30 July 1997 (age 19) 1 0 Finland FC Lahti
3MF Fredrik Lassas (1996-10-01) 1 October 1996 (age 20) 21 4 Finland HIFK
3MF Thomas Mäkinen (1997-01-30) 30 January 1997 (age 20) 1 0 Italy Renate
3MF Ilmari Niskanen (1997-10-27) 27 October 1997 (age 19) 1 0 Finland KuPS
3MF Urho Nissilä (1996-04-04) 4 April 1996 (age 21) 0 0 Finland KuPS
3MF Anselmi Nurmela (1996-11-22) 22 November 1996 (age 20) 1 0 Finland RoPS
3MF Joonas Vahtera (1996-01-06) 6 January 1996 (age 21) 1 0 Finland VPS
4FW Elias Ahde (1996-03-06) 6 March 1996 (age 21) 1 0 Finland SJK
4FW Rasmus Karjalainen (1996-04-04) 4 April 1996 (age 21) 1 0 Finland PS Kemi
4FW Saku Savolainen (1996-08-13) 13 August 1996 (age 20) 0 0 Finland KuPS

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 Markus Uusitalo (1997-05-15) 15 May 1997 (age 19) 0 0 Finland HJK v.  Australia U23, 27 March 2017
DF Leo Väisänen (1997-07-23) 23 July 1997 (age 19) 0 0 Finland RoPS v.  Faroe Islands, 2 June 2016
DF Roni Peiponen (1997-04-09) 9 April 1997 (age 20) 1 0 Finland HJK v.  Poland, 23 March 2016
DF Alex Lehtinen (1996-04-09) 9 April 1996 (age 21) 0 0 United States Butler Bulldogs v.  Sweden, 13 June 2015
MF Richard Jensen (1996-03-17) 17 March 1996 (age 21) 10 0 Netherlands Twente v.  Russia, 11 October 2016
MF Obed Malolo (1997-04-18) 18 April 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Finland HJK v.  Faroe Islands, 2 June 2016

Coaching staff[edit]

Past squads[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]