Finland national under-21 football team

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Finland U21
Nickname(s)Pikkuhuuhkajat
(The Little Eagle-Owls)[1]
AssociationFootball Association of Finland
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachFinland Juha Malinen
FIFA codeFIN
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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UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances1 (first in 2009)
Best resultGroup stage

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: Finished 3rd of 6 in qualification group.
  • 2019: Finished 4th of 6 in qualification group.

2021 UEFA Euro Under-21 qualification[edit]

Template:2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification Group 8

Current squad[edit]

The following 22 players have been called-up for the International friendlies against North Macedonia on 6 June 2019 and Sweden on 11 June 2019.[2][3]

Caps and goals as of 11 June 2019 after the match against Sweden.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Hugo Keto (1998-02-09) 9 February 1998 (age 21) 13 0 Republic of Ireland Waterford
12 1GK Rasmus Leislahti (2000-06-16) June 16, 2000 (age 19) 1 0 Finland FC Honka
2 2DF Aapo Halme (1998-05-22) 22 May 1998 (age 21) 9 0 England Leeds United
5 2DF Juho Hyvärinen (2000-03-27) 27 March 2000 (age 19) 4 0 Finland RoPS
15 2DF Kalle Katz (2000-01-04) 4 January 2000 (age 19) 3 0 Finland RoPS
2DF Jonas Häkkinen (1999-03-21) 21 March 1999 (age 20) 2 0 Finland VPS
2DF Martti Haukioja (1999-03-06) 6 March 1999 (age 20) 2 0 Finland VPS
2DF Joonas Sundman (1998-01-20) 20 January 1998 (age 21) 5 0 Finland SJK
2DF Ville Tikkanen (1999-08-08) 8 August 1999 (age 19) 0 0 Finland SJK
2DF Miko Virtanen (1999-01-29) 29 January 1999 (age 20) 2 0 Scotland Aberdeen
8 3MF Jaakko Oksanen (2000-11-07) 7 November 2000 (age 18) 4 0 England Brentford
13 4FW Eetu Vertainen (captain) (1999-05-11) 11 May 1999 (age 20) 7 1 Finland HJK
16 3MF Lucas Lingman (1998-01-25) 25 January 1998 (age 21) 4 0 Finland RoPS
18 3MF Jasin Assehnoun (1998-12-26) 26 December 1998 (age 20) 4 1 Finland FC Lahti
21 3MF Onni Valakari (1999-08-18) 18 August 1999 (age 19) 4 1 Norway Tromsø
22 3MF Kevin Kouassivi-Benissan (1999-01-25) 25 January 1999 (age 20) 2 0 Finland HJK
3MF Teemu Jäntti (2000-03-02) 2 March 2000 (age 19) 2 0 Finland FC Lahti
3MF Niilo Mäenpää (1998-01-14) 14 January 1998 (age 21) 3 0 Finland FC Inter
3MF Abukar Mohamed (1999-01-01) 1 January 1999 (age 20) 2 0 Italy Lazio
10 4FW Saku Ylätupa (1999-08-04) 4 August 1999 (age 19) 5 1 Sweden AIK
4FW Enoch Banza (2000-02-04) 4 February 2000 (age 19) 2 0 Finland KPV
4FW Nikolas Saira (1999-02-11) 11 February 1999 (age 20) 0 0 Finland HIFK

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
DF Aapo Mäenpää (1998-01-14) 14 January 1998 (age 21) 5 0 Finland IFK Mariehamn v.  Sweden, 11 June 2019
DF Juhani Pikkarainen (1998-07-30) 30 July 1998 (age 20) 3 1 Finland KPV v.  Sweden, 11 June 2019
DF Valtteri Vesiaho (1999-02-10) 10 February 1999 (age 20) 0 0 Finland HJK v.  Bulgaria, 25 March 2019
MF Kaan Kairinen (1998-12-22) 22 December 1998 (age 20) 13 3 Finland HJK v.  Sweden, 11 June 2019
MF Eemeli Virta (2000-09-28) 28 September 2000 (age 18) 0 0 Finland FC Lahti v.  Sweden, 11 June 2019
MF Joel Mattsson (1999-03-17) 17 March 1999 (age 20) 2 0 Finland HIFK v.  Bulgaria, 25 March 2019
FW Mikael Soisalo (1998-04-24) 24 April 1998 (age 21) 11 0 Belgium Zulte Waregem v.  Sweden, 11 June 2019
FW Benjamin Källman (1998-06-17) 17 June 1998 (age 20) 11 10 Denmark Vendsyssel v.  Sweden, 11 June 2019
FW Marcus Forss (1999-06-18) 18 June 1999 (age 19) 3 1 England Brentford v.  Bulgaria, 25 March 2019
FW Lassi Lappalainen (1998-08-24) 24 August 1998 (age 20) 7 3 Finland HJK v.  Lithuania, 16 October 2018

Coaching staff[edit]

[4]

Position Name
Head coach Finland Juha Malinen
Assistant coach England Stephen Ward
Assistant coach Spain Joaquin Gomez
Goalkeeping coach Finland Mikko Kavén
Video analyst Finland Jouko Kylmäoja
Physiotherapist Finland Tony Elomaa
Doctor Finland Jonne Väisänen
Kit manager Finland Timo Naukkarinen
Team manager Finland Joonas Vilkki

Past squads[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]