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Finland national football team

Finland
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Huuhkajat
(The Eagle-Owls)[1]
Association Football Association of Finland
(Suomen Palloliitto)
(Finlands Bollförbund)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Markku Kanerva (caretaker)
Hans Backe (2016–)
Captain Niklas Moisander
Most caps Jari Litmanen (137)
Top scorer Jari Litmanen (32)
Home stadium Helsinki Olympic Stadium
FIFA code FIN
FIFA ranking
Current 64 28 (1 October 2015)
Highest 33 (March 2007)
Lowest 96 (September 2012)
Elo ranking
Current 62 (9 September 2015)
Highest 30[2] (March 2002)
Lowest 125[2] (1962-3)
First international
Finland 2–5 Sweden 
(Helsinki, Grand Duchy of Finland, Russian Empire; 22 October 1911)
Biggest win
 Finland 10–2 Estonia 
(Helsinki, Finland; 11 August 1922)
 Finland 8–0 San Marino 
(Helsinki, Finland; 17 November 2010)
Biggest defeat
 Germany 13–0 Finland 
(Leipzig, Germany; 1 September 1940)
Summer Olympics
Appearances 4 (First in 1912)
Best result Fourth place, 1912
National team against Denmark in 1933.

The Finland national football team (Finnish: Suomen jalkapallomaajoukkue, Swedish: Finland fotbollslandslag) represents Finland in international football competitions and is controlled by the Football Association of Finland.

Although the Finnish national team has never qualified for a finals tournament of the World Cup or the European Championships, the Nordic nation made remarkable progression in the 2000s reaching a peak of 30th on the Elo Rankings, under coach of Roy Hodgson they achieved notable results against much more established European teams. The team has also never dropped out of the top 100 of the FIFA World Rankings since the rankings were established in 1993.

Contents

  • Early history 1
  • Later 20th century 2
  • Recent history 3
  • Stadiums 4
  • Competitive record 5
    • All–time record against all nations 5.1
    • World Cup record 5.2
    • European Championship record 5.3
    • Summer Olympics 5.4
    • UEFA Euro 2016 5.5
    • Friendlies 5.6
    • Results in 2015 5.7
    • Goalscorers 2015 5.8
  • Current squad 6
    • Recent call-ups 6.1
  • Coaching staff 7
  • Player records 8
    • Most capped players 8.1
    • Top goalscorers 8.2
  • Managers 9
  • Kit supplier 10
  • See also 11
  • References 12
  • External links 13

Early history

The Football Association of Finland was founded as early as 1907 and became a member of FIFA in 1908, despite the fact that at that time Finland was still an autonomous grand duchy of the Russian Empire and did not gain independence until 1917. Finland played its first international match on October 22, 1911, losing to neighboring Sweden 2–5 in Helsinki.

Finland also took part in European Championship qualifying since the 1968 event, but had to wait for its first win until 1978. The 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki saw the Finnish hosts lose to Austria in the first round. Finland did, however, win the unofficial Nordic championship in 1964 and 1966.[3]

Later 20th century

The results of the team improved somewhat in the late 1970s and the 1980s. 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 the Ajax superstar Jari Litmanen. In 1996 Danish 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 once again the dreams of qualification were 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–30th in the Elo ranking[2]). 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 Roy Hodgson would become the new Finland coach in 2006, and he started in the job in January of that year. Hodgson stepped down as manager after they failed to qualify for Euro 2008.[4] His replacement was a Scotsman, Stuart Baxter, who signed a contract until the end of the 2012 European Championship qualification campaign.[5]

Recent history

Finland was competing in Group A in qualification for UEFA Euro 2008, together with Portugal, Poland, Serbia, Belgium, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan. The team started the campaign very well, beating Poland 3–1 away and earning a 1–1 draw with Portugal at home. The Finns then gained four points from their difficult away ties against Armenia and Kazakhstan, drawing 0–0 with the former and beating the latter 2–0. On 15 November 2006, Finland beat Armenia 1–0 at home, thus remaining undefeated in the qualifying. In Finland's first match of 2007, they were in poor form when they lost against Azerbaijan 1–0, one of the worst matches in Finnish footballing history. On early June they lost to Serbia 2–0 at home, which many fans felt to be the end of a real battle for qualification. But the next match was against Belgium and team Finland gained the trust of their fans back by winning 2–0 at home. This was followed by a series of wins including a 2–1 win against Azerbaijan, with the team needing to win against Portugal away from home needing to qualify. However, the match ended 0–0 meaning the team missed out on qualification. At the end of the group table the defeat to Azerbaijan made little difference, as it would have meant Finland losing out on away goals between them and Portugal when the teams met if they did win against Azerbaijan twice. However, the performance in qualifying seen the Finns gain their best-ever FIFA world ranking to date at the position of 33rd

2010 World cup qualification fared little better, with the team under new head coach Stuart Baxter not winning matches as consistently like they did under Roy Hodgson. However the team were within touching distance of a win over Euro 2008 finalists Germany, but had to settle for a 3–3 draw. The team again finished 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, but came close to a win in the second meeting only to concede an equaliser in stoppage time.

Qualification for the European 2012 European Championship has so far been underwhelming, with three straight defeats against Moldova (2–0), the Netherlands and Hungary (both 2–1), before closing 2010 with an 8–0 success against minnows San Marino which saw Mikael Forssell the first player of the group to score a hat trick. Before their first win of the campaign, the team slipped to 87th in the FIFA World Rankings, despite still staying in the top 100 and therefore keeping up their consistency in the top half of the monthly table, this was however their lowest-ever position in their history since the rankings were established in 1993. The team then moved up to 76th place after a disappointing 1–0 win over San Marino, that team's best result in their group having lost every game with no goals scored. This was then followed up by a 5–0 mauling by their neighbours Sweden, giving them their fourth defeat in the group. To date Finland have scored 11 goals and conceded 11, a large decline after the success of 2007–2009.

For the Qualification for the 2014 World Cup, Finland has seen significant improvement despite up and down results. Being ranked the weakest team in the group, they started the qualification with little success with a 1–0 loss to France, and a disappointing 1–1 home draw with Georgia in Helsinki. They then achieved a historic 1–1 draw against number 1 ranked Spain who are reigning European and World Cup champions in Gijon, with Roman Eremenko penalty kick. However France ended up coming back to defeat Belarus 4–2, despite trailing 2–0 at halftime. Because of the French victory, Finland were eliminated from a playoff spot. They finished the campaign third in their group after losing 3–0 against France in the final game in Paris.

Stadiums

Most of Finland's important 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 Ratina Stadion in Tampere. Helsinki's Sonera Stadium, which has artificial turf, is also used for some friendlies and qualifiers.

Competitive record

All–time record against all nations

This list is Finland national team complete records, both friendlies and competitive matches. As of 18 November 2014

Against Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD % Won
 Albania 7 4 1 2 8 6 +2 57%
 Algeria 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 0%
 Andorra 2 1 1 0 3 0 +3 50%
 Armenia 4 3 1 0 6 1 +5 75%
 Austria 10 1 1 8 10 23 −13 10%
 Azerbaijan 8 7 0 1 15 5 +10 88%
 Bahrain 5 4 1 0 9 1 +8 80%
 Barbados 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0%
 Belarus 4 1 3 0 5 4 +1 25%
 Belgium 10 4 3 3 18 19 −1 40%
 Bermuda 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 100%
 Bolivia 2 0 1 1 2 5 −3 0%
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0%
 Brazil 3 0 0 3 3 9 −6 0%
 Bulgaria 8 0 1 7 3 19 −16 0%
 Canada 1 1 0 0 3 2 0 100%
 Chile 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 0%
 China PR 4 4 0 0 7 6 +1 100%
 Colombia 1 0 0 1 1 3 −2 0%
 Costa Rica 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1 0%
 Cyprus 4 2 1 1 7 4 +3 50%
 Czech Republic 11 3 3 5 14 22 −8 27%
 Denmark 59 11 10 38 60 151 −91 19%
 East Germany 7 2 1 4 8 21 −13 29%
 Ecuador 1 0 0 1 1 3 −2 0%
 Egypt 2 0 0 2 2 4 −2 0%
 England 13 0 2 11 7 44 −37 0%
 Estonia 30 14 10 6 71 38 +33 45%
 Faroe Islands 4 4 0 0 13 1 +12 100%
 France 8 0 0 8 3 18 −15 0%
 Georgia 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 50%
 Germany 22 1 6 15 19 80 −59 5%
 Greece 13 3 3 7 17 25 −9 23%
 Honduras 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 100%
 Hungary 16 3 3 10 15 47 −31 20%
 Iceland 10 6 2 2 17 10 +7 60%
 India 2 1 1 0 2 0 +2 50%
 Iraq 2 2 0 0 3 0 +3 100%
 Ireland 5 0 2 3 2 11 −9 0%
 Israel 5 2 1 2 6 6 0 40%
 Italy 12 1 1 10 7 30 −21 8%
 Japan 2 2 0 0 7 1 +6 100%
 Kazakhstan 3 2 1 0 4 1 +6 67%
 Kuwait 7 3 2 2 6 5 +1 43%
 Latvia 17 10 3 4 32 18 +14 59%
 Liechtenstein 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 50%
 Lithuania 5 3 0 2 15 5 +10 60%
 Luxembourg 5 4 0 1 12 4 +8 80%
 Macedonia 4 3 0 1 11 2 +9 75%
 Malaysia 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 100%
 Malta 7 4 2 1 9 5 +4 57%
 Mexico 4 0 1 3 2 7 −5 0%
 Moldova 4 2 1 1 7 5 +2 50%
 Morocco 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0%
 Netherlands 14 1 2 11 14 43 −29 7%
 North Korea 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 100%
 Northern Ireland 7 3 1 3 11 9 +2 43%
 Norway 61 9 14 38 77 172 −95 15%
 Oman 6 3 3 0 7 2 +5 50%
 Peru 1 0 0 1 3 7 −4 0%
 Poland 30 3 8 19 28 71 −43 10%
 Portugal 10 1 4 5 6 14 −8 10%
 Qatar 4 1 3 0 4 3 +1 25%
 Romania 10 0 3 7 4 26 −22 0%
 Russia 20 1 5 14 13 66 −53 5%
 San Marino 4 4 0 0 15 0 +15 100%
 Saudi Arabia 4 2 1 1 7 4 +3 50%
 Scotland 8 0 2 6 5 18 −13 0%
 Serbia 9 2 2 5 10 30 −20 40%
 Slovakia 3 0 1 2 1 4 −3 0%
 Slovenia 2 1 1 0 3 1 +2 50%
 South Korea 3 3 0 0 5 0 +5 100%
 Spain 8 1 2 5 5 16 −11 13%
 Sweden 87 10 11 66 95 292 −197 11%
  Switzerland 5 2 0 3 5 7 −2 40%
 Thailand 5 5 0 0 12 6 +6 100%
 Trinidad and Tobago 5 3 1 1 8 7 +1 60%
 Tunisia 3 2 1 0 6 2 +4 67%
 Turkey 13 6 3 4 20 20 0 46%
 United Arab Emirates 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0%
 United States 2 0 0 2 1 3 −2 0%
 Uruguay 2 0 0 2 1 8 −7 0%
 Wales 12 4 4 4 12 17 −5 33%

World Cup record

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1930 Did Not Enter
1934
1938 Did Not Qualify 3 0 0 3 0 7
1950 Withdrew during qualifying
1954 Did Not Qualify 4 0 2 2 7 13
1958 4 0 0 4 2 19
1962 4 0 0 4 3 12
1966 6 1 0 5 5 20
1970 6 1 0 5 6 28
1974 6 1 1 4 3 21
1978 6 2 0 4 11 16
1982 8 1 0 7 4 27
1986 8 3 2 3 7 12
1990 6 1 1 4 4 16
1994 10 2 1 7 9 18
1998 8 3 2 3 11 12
2002 8 3 3 2 12 7
2006 12 5 1 6 21 19
2010 10 5 3 2 14 14
2014 8 2 3 3 5 9
2018 To be determined
2022
Total 0/20 117 30 19 68 124 270

European Championship record

UEFA European Championship record UEFA Euro Championship Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1960 Did Not Enter
1964
1968 Did Not Qualify 6 0 2 4 5 12
1972 6 0 1 5 1 16
1976 6 0 1 5 3 13
1980 6 2 2 2 10 15
1984 6 0 1 5 3 14
1988 6 1 1 4 4 10
1992 8 1 4 3 5 8
1996 10 5 0 5 18 18
2000 8 3 1 4 13 13
2004 8 3 1 4 9 10
2008 14 6 6 2 13 7
2012 10 3 1 6 16 16
2016 10 3 3 4 9 10
Total 0/14 104 27 24 53 109 162

Summer Olympics

Olympics record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
1912 Semi-finals 4th 4 2 0 2 5 16
1936 Round of 16 14th 1 0 0 1 3 7
1952 Round of 16 9th 1 0 0 1 3 4
1980 Group stage 9th 3 1 1 1 3 2
Total 4/23 0 Titles 9 3 1 5 14 29

UEFA Euro 2016

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Northern Ireland 10 6 3 1 16 8 +8 21 Qualify for final tournament 0–0 1–1 2–1 2–0 3–1
2  Romania 10 5 5 0 11 2 +9 20 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–0
3  Hungary 10 4 4 2 11 9 +2 16 Advance to Play-offs 1–2 0–0 1–0 2–1 0–0
4  Finland 10 3 3 4 9 10 −1 12 1–1 0–2 0–1 1–0 1–1
5  Faroe Islands 10 2 0 8 6 17 −11 6 1–3 0–3 0–1 1–3 2–1
6  Greece 10 1 3 6 7 14 −7 6 0–2 0–1 4–3 0–1 0–1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
7 September 2014
20:45
(19:45 UTC+1)
Faroe Islands  1–3  Finland
Holst  41' Report Riski  53'78'
R. Eremenko  82'
Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn
Attendance: 3,330
Referee: Simon Lee Evans (Wales)

11 October 2014
20:45
(21:45 UTC+3)
Finland  1–1  Greece
Hurme  55' Report Karelis  24'
Olympiastadion, Helsinki
Attendance: 26,548
Referee: David Fernández Borbalán (Spain)

14 October 2014
20:45
(21:45 UTC+3)
Finland  0–2  Romania
Ring  56' Report Stancu  54'  84'
Olympiastadion, Helsinki
Attendance: 19,408
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (Italy)

14 November 2014
20:45
(20:45 UTC+1)
Hungary  1–0  Finland
Gera  82' Report
Groupama Arena, Budapest
Attendance: 19,500
Referee: Clément Turpin (France)

29 March 2015
18:00
(17:00 UTC+1)
Northern Ireland  2–1  Finland
Kyle Lafferty  33'  38' Report Berat Sadik  90+1'
Windsor Park, Belfast
Attendance: 10,264
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland)

13 June 2015
18:00
(19:00 UTC+3)
Finland  0–1  Hungary
Report Zoltan Stieber  82'

4 September 2015
20:45
(21:45 UTC+3)
Greece  0–1  Finland
Report Joel Pohjanpalo  75'

7 September 2015
20:45
(21:45 UTC+3)
Finland  1–0  Faroe Islands
Pohjanpalo  23' Report
Olympiastadion, Helsinki
Attendance: 9,477[6]
Referee: Marcin Borski (Poland)

8 October 2015
20:45
(21:45 UTC+3)
Romania  1–1  Finland
Hoban  90+1' Report Pohjanpalo  66'
Arena Națională, Bucharest
Attendance: 47,987[7]
Referee: Craig Thomson (Scotland)

11 October 2015 (2015-10-11)
18:00
(19:00 UTC+3)
Finland  1–1  Northern Ireland
Arajuuri  87' Report Cathcart  31'
Olympiastadion, Helsinki
Attendance: 14,550[8]
Referee: Sergei Karasev (Russia)

Friendlies


21 May 2014
Finland  2–2  Czech Republic
Pukki  18'20' Vydra  19'
Hušbauer  36'
Olympiastadion, Helsinki
Attendance: 6,547
Referee: Oliver Drachta (Austria)

29 May 2014
Finland  0–1  Lithuania
Novikovas  42'

31 May 2014
Finland  2–0  Estonia
Hetemaj  49'
Moren  87'

18 November 2014
Slovakia  2–1  Finland
Holosko  1'
Hamsik  7'
Hubocan  45' (o.g.)
Štadión pod Dubňom, Žilina
Attendance: 3,950
Referee: Markus Hameter (Austria)

19 January 2015
Sweden  0–1  Finland
Ro. Riski  63'

22 January 2015
Finland  0–0  Yemen

9 June 2015
Finland  0–2  Estonia
Purje  28'57'

Results in 2015

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Ground A A A H H A H A H
Result W D L L L W W D D

Last updated: 20 October 2015.
Source: palloliitto.fi (Finnish)
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D=Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Goalscorers 2015

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Joel Pohjanpalo Fortuna Düsseldorf 3
2 Roope Riski Haugesund 1
Berat Sadik Thun 1

Current squad

The following players were selected for the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying matches against Romania on 8 October 2015 and against Northern Ireland on 11 October 2015.[9][10][11][12] Players who have withdrawn from this squad are excluded.

Caps and goals as of 11 October 2015 after the game against Northern Ireland.
0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Lukas Hradecky (1989-11-24) 24 November 1989 26 0 Eintracht Frankfurt
1GK Niki Mäenpää (1985-01-23) 23 January 1985 25 0 Brighton & Hove Albion
1GK Jesse Joronen (1993-03-21) 21 March 1993 1 0 Stevenage
2DF Niklas Moisander (Captain) (1985-09-29) 29 September 1985 51 2 Sampdoria
2DF Kari Arkivuo (1983-06-23) 23 June 1983 41 1 Häcken
2DF Joona Toivio (1988-03-10) 10 March 1988 34 2 Molde
2DF Jukka Raitala (1988-09-15) 15 September 1988 26 0 AaB
2DF Jere Uronen (1994-07-13) 13 July 1994 16 0 Helsingborg
2DF Juhani Ojala (1989-06-19) 19 June 1989 15 0 HJK
2DF Paulus Arajuuri (1988-06-15) 15 June 1988 11 1 Lech Poznań
2DF Ville Jalasto (1986-04-19) 19 April 1986 6 0 Stabæk
2DF Thomas Lam (1993-12-18) 18 December 1993 2 0 Zwolle
3MF Tim Sparv (1987-02-20) 20 February 1987 50 1 Midtjylland
3MF Kasper Hämäläinen (1986-08-08) 8 August 1986 49 7 Lech Poznań
3MF Përparim Hetemaj (1986-12-12) 12 December 1986 39 4 Chievo
3MF Alexander Ring (1991-04-09) 9 April 1991 34 1 Kaiserslautern
3MF Markus Halsti (1984-03-19) 19 March 1984 26 0 D.C. United
3MF Rasmus Schüller (1991-06-18) 18 June 1991 13 0 HJK
3MF Sakari Mattila (1989-07-14) 14 July 1989 9 0 Fulham
3MF Robin Lod (1993-04-17) 17 April 1993 4 0 Panathinaikos
4FW Teemu Pukki (1990-03-29) 29 March 1990 44 8 Brøndby
4FW Joel Pohjanpalo (1994-09-13) 13 September 1994 18 4 Fortuna Düsseldorf
4FW Berat Sadik (1986-09-14) 14 September 1986 11 1 Krylia Sovetov Samara

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up for the team in the last twelve months. Only players available for call-up, not retired players.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Henrik Moisander (1985-09-29) 29 September 1985 1 0 Lahti v.  Hungary, 13 June 2015
GK Saku-Pekka Sahlgren (1992-04-08) 8 April 1992 0 0 HJK v.  Yemen, 22 January 2015
DF Valtteri Moren (1991-06-15) 15 June 1991 3 1 Waasland-Beveren v.  Faroe Islands, 7 September 2015
DF Sebastian Sorsa (1984-01-25) 25 January 1984 6 0 HJK v.  Hungary, 13 June 2015
DF Jarkko Hurme (1986-06-04) 4 June 1986 11 1 Odd v.  Hungary, 13 June 2015 PRE
DF Mikko Sumusalo (1990-03-12) 12 March 1990 4 1 RB Leipzig v.  Hungary, 13 June 2015 PRE
DF Boris Rotenberg (1986-05-19) 19 May 1986 1 0 Rostov v.  Hungary, 13 June 2015 PRE
DF Daniel O'Shaughnessy (1994-09-10) 10 September 1994 0 0 Brentford v.  Hungary, 13 June 2015 PRE
DF Veli Lampi (1984-07-18) 18 July 1984 33 0 HJK v.  Yemen, 22 January 2015
DF Hannu Patronen (1984-05-23) 23 May 1984 4 0 Sogndal v.  Yemen, 22 January 2015
DF Tero Mäntylä (1991-04-18) 18 April 1991 2 0 Aalesund v.  Yemen, 22 January 2015
DF Tapio Heikkilä (1990-04-09) 9 April 1990 1 0 HJK v.  Yemen, 22 January 2015
MF Roman Eremenko (1987-03-19) 19 March 1987 68 5 CSKA Moscow v.  Northern Ireland, 11 October 2015 INJ
MF Riku Riski (1989-08-16) 16 August 1989 26 4 IFK Göteborg v.  Northern Ireland, 11 October 2015 INJ
MF Joni Kauko (1990-07-12) 12 July 1990 6 0 Energie Cottbus v.  Faroe Islands, 7 September 2015
MF Petteri Forsell (1990-10-16) 16 October 1990 4 1 IFK Mariehamn v.  Faroe Islands, 7 September 2015
MF Glen Kamara (1995-10-28) 28 October 1995 0 0 Arsenal v.  Hungary, 13 June 2015 PRE
MF Mika Väyrynen (1981-12-28) 28 December 1981 63 5 LA Galaxy v.  Yemen, 22 January 2015
MF Toni Kolehmainen (1988-07-20) 20 July 1988 10 3 HJK v.  Yemen, 22 January 2015
MF Erfan Zeneli (1986-12-28) 28 December 1986 6 0 HJK v.  Yemen, 22 January 2015
MF Johannes Laaksonen (1990-12-13) 13 December 1990 1 0 SJK v.  Yemen, 22 January 2015
FW Tim Väyrynen (1993-03-29) 29 March 1993 5 0 Dynamo Dresden v.  Northern Ireland, 11 October 2015 INJ
FW Vahid Hambo (1995-02-03) 3 February 1995 0 0 Brighton & Hove Albion v.  Hungary, 13 June 2015 PRE
FW Eero Markkanen (1991-07-03) 3 July 1991 5 0 RoPS Rovaniemi v.  Estonia, 9 June 2015
FW Roope Riski (1991-08-16) 16 August 1991 2 1 SJK v.  Yemen, 22 January 2015
  • INJ = Withdrew due to an injury.
  • PRE = Preliminary squad.

Coaching staff

Position Name
Head coach Markku Kanerva
Assistant coach Jonatan Johansson
Assistant coach Mika Nurmela
Goalkeeping coach Antti Niemi

Player records

Most capped players

Rank Name Career Caps Goals
1 Jari Litmanen 1989–2010 137 32
2 Sami Hyypiä 1992–2010 105 5
Jonatan Johansson 1996–2010 105 22
4 Ari Hjelm 1983–1996 100 20
5 Joonas Kolkka 1994–2010 98 11
6 Mikael Forssell 1999– 87 29
7 Erkka Petäjä 1983–1994 84 0
8 Arto Tolsa 1964–1981 77 10
9 Hannu Tihinen 1997–2010 76 5
Petri Pasanen 2000–2013 76 1

Top goalscorers

Rank Name Career Goals Caps
1 Jari Litmanen 1989–2010 32 137
2 Mikael Forssell 1999– 29 87
3 Jonatan Johansson 1996–2010 22 105
4 Ari Hjelm 1983–1996 20 100
5 Mika-Matti Paatelainen 1986–2000 18 70
6 Verner Eklöf 1919–1927 17 32
7 Aulis Koponen 1924–1935 16 39
Gunnar Åström 1923–1937 16 44
9 Alexei Eremenko 2003– 14 57
10 Jorma Vaihela 1947–1954 13 33
William Kanerva 1922–1938 13 51
Kai Pahlman 1954–1968 13 56
  • Correct as of January 24, 2014
  • Players who are still active and available for selection are in bold

Managers

Last updated: 13 Oct 2015.

Tenure Nat Coach Record
G W D L Win %
1911–21 None 17 6 2 9 35.29
1922 Jarl Öhman 4 1 0 3 25.00
1923–35 None 77 22 12 43 28.57
1936–37 Ferdinand Fabra 8 1 1 6 12.50
1937–38 None 9 3 0 6 33.33
1939 Gábor Obitz 6 1 0 5 16.67
1939–43 None 7 0 1 6 00.00
1945 Axel Mårtensson 2 0 0 2 00.00
1946 Niilo Tammisalo 3 0 0 3 00.00
1947–55 Aatos Lehtonen 51 7 9 35 13.73
1955–58 Kurt Weinreich 23 3 1 19 13.04
1959–61 Aatos Lehtonen 19 3 0 16 15.79
1962–74 Olavi Laaksonen 91 16 21 54 17.58
1975 Martti Kosma 2 0 1 1 00.00
1975–78 Aulis Rytkönen 30 8 4 18 26.67
1979–81 Esko Malm 27 4 6 17 14.81
1982–87 Martti Kuusela 53 9 11 33 16.98
1988–92 Jukka Vakkila 48 7 21 20 14.58
1993–94 Tommy Lindholm 25 5 7 13 20.00
1994–96 Jukka Ikäläinen 21 7 4 10 33.33
1996–99 Richard Møller Nielsen 34 9 12 13 26.47
2000–05 Antti Muurinen 72 34 12 26 47.22
2005 Jyrki Heliskoski (caretaker) 6 2 2 2 33.33
2006–07 Roy Hodgson 22 6 11 5 27.27
2008–10 Stuart Baxter 31 8 6 17 25.81
2010 Olli Huttunen (caretaker) 1 1 0 0 100.000
2011 Markku Kanerva (caretaker) 2 0 1 1 00.00
2011–2015 Mixu Paatelainen 43 17 11 15 39.53
2015 Markku Kanerva (caretaker) 5 3 2 0 60.00
2016– Hans Backe
Total 738 182 158 398 24.66

Kit supplier

Finland's kit are currently supplied by American brand Nike, Inc. They replaced German company Adidas who supplied Finland's kits between 1979 to 2014.

See also

References

  1. ^ Palkittu Bubi käväisi yllättäen palkitsemistilaisuudessa HS.fi – Kaupunki
  2. ^ a b c "World Football Elo Ratings: Finland". World Football Elo Ratings. Retrieved 2011-09-22. 
  3. ^ rsssf Nordic championship 1964–66.
  4. ^ Hodgson to return for Inter role BBC Sport, 1 December 2007
  5. ^ Suomen Palloliitto – Etusivu (Finnish)
  6. ^ "Finald-Faroe Islands". Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  7. ^ Au fost 47.987 de fani!
  8. ^ http://www.stadion.fi/
  9. ^ Huuhkajat EM-karsintalohkon päätösotteluihin
  10. ^ Riski sivuun Huuhkajista, Väyrynen tilalle
  11. ^ Eremenko jää sivuun Huuhkajista
  12. ^ Tim Väyrynen sivuun Huuhkajista - polvivamma

External links

  • Official website (Finnish)
  • 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
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