Finland national football team

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Finland
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Nickname(s) Huuhkajat
(The Eagle-owls) [1]
Association Football Association of Finland
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Markku Kanerva
Captain Tim Sparv
Most caps Jari Litmanen (137)
Top scorer Jari Litmanen (32)
Home stadium Various
FIFA code FIN
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First colours
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Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 59 Decrease2.svg 1 (7 February 2019) [2]
Highest33 (March 2007)
Lowest110 (July–August 2017)
Elo ranking
Current 53 Increase2.svg 12 (3 March 2019) [3]
Highest30 [4] (March 2002)
Lowest125 [4] (1962–63)
First international
Flag of The Russian Empire 1883.svg Finland 2–5 Sweden  Flag of Sweden.svg
(Helsinki, Grand Duchy of Finland, Russian Empire; 22 October 1911)
Biggest win
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 10–2 Estonia  Flag of Estonia.svg
(Helsinki, Finland; 11 August 1922)
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 8–0 San Marino  Flag of San Marino (before 2011).svg
(Helsinki, Finland; 17 November 2010)
Biggest defeat
Flag of Germany (1935-1945).svg  Germany 13–0 Finland  Flag of Finland.svg
(Leipzig, Germany; 1 September 1940)
World Cup
Appearances0
European Championship
Appearances0
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National team against Denmark in 1933.

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

Finnish language language arising and mostly spoken in Finland

Finnish is a Finnic language spoken by the majority of the population in Finland and by ethnic Finns outside Finland. Finnish is one of the two official languages of Finland ; Finnish is also an official minority language in Sweden. In Sweden, both Standard Finnish and Meänkieli, a Finnish dialect, are spoken. The Kven language, a dialect of Finnish, is spoken in Northern Norway by a minority group of Finnish descent.

Swedish language North Germanic language spoken in Sweden

Swedish is a North Germanic language spoken natively by 10 million people, predominantly in Sweden, and in parts of Finland, where it has equal legal standing with Finnish. It is largely mutually intelligible with Norwegian and to some extent with Danish, although the degree of mutual intelligibility is largely dependent on the dialect and accent of the speaker. Both Norwegian and Danish are generally easier for Swedish speakers to read than to listen to because of difference in accent and tone when speaking. Swedish is a descendant of Old Norse, the common language of the Germanic peoples living in Scandinavia during the Viking Era. It has the most speakers of the North Germanic languages.

Finland Republic in Northern Europe

Finland, officially the Republic of Finland is a country in Northern Europe bordering the Baltic Sea, Gulf of Bothnia, and Gulf of Finland, between Norway to the north, Sweden to the northwest, and Russia to the east. Finland is a Nordic country and is situated in the geographical region of Fennoscandia. The capital and largest city is Helsinki. Other major cities are Espoo, Vantaa, Tampere, Oulu and Turku.

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Although the Finnish national team has never qualified for a finals tournament of the World Cup or the European Championships in spite of its long history, the Nordic nation made remarkable progression in the 2000s, reaching a peak of 30th on the Elo Rankings. Under coach Roy Hodgson they achieved notable results against much more established European teams. After a few years of poor results, they dipped to a FIFA ranking of 110, the lowest in their history. However, in the autumn of 2017, Finland began to rise up the FIFA rankings and, as of September 2018, they sit at 58th.

FIFA World Cup association football competition for mens national teams

The FIFA World Cup, often simply called the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946 when it was not held because of the Second World War. The current champion is France, which won its second title at the 2018 tournament in Russia.

UEFA European Championship European association football tournament for mens national teams

The UEFA European Championship is the primary association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), determining the continental champion of Europe. Held every four years since 1960, in the even-numbered year between World Cup tournaments, it was originally called the UEFA European Nations' Cup, changing to the current name in 1968. Starting with the 1996 tournament, specific championships are often referred to in the form "UEFA Euro [year]"; this format has since been retroactively applied to earlier tournaments.

Roy Hodgson English football manager

Roy Hodgson is an English football manager and former player who manages Premier League club Crystal Palace.

Finland has also participated on two occasions in the European sub-regional Baltic Cup championship, which takes place every two years between the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Finland's best result in the Baltic Cup tournament was in 2012 when they finished as runners-up. In 2014 Finland finished the tournament in third place.

Baltic Cup (football) football tournament

The Baltic Cup is an international football competition contested by the national teams of the Baltic states – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Also Finland has participated as a guest twice. Though originally held annually the competition has been biennial since 2008, running on even-numbered years. It is one of the oldest football tournaments for national teams in Europe after the British Home Championship, and the oldest one still organized.

Baltic states Countries east of the Baltic Sea

The Baltic states, also known as the Baltic countries, Baltic republics, Baltic nations or simply the Baltics, is a geopolitical term used for grouping the three sovereign states in Northern Europe on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea: Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. The term is not used in the context of cultural areas, national identity, or language. The three countries do not form an official union, but engage in intergovernmental and parliamentary cooperation.

Estonia national football team mens national association football team representing Estonia

The Estonia national football team represents Estonia in international football and is controlled by the Estonian Football Association, the governing body for football in Estonia. Estonia play their home matches at the A. Le Coq Arena in Tallinn, Estonia.

History

Early history

The Football Association of Finland was founded in 1907 and became a member of FIFA in 1908. 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.

Grand Duchy of Finland predecessor state of modern Finland

The Grand Duchy of Finland was the predecessor state of modern Finland. It existed between 1809 and 1917 as an autonomous part of the Russian Empire.

Russian Empire Former country, 1721–1917

The Russian Empire, also known as Imperial Russia or simply Russia, was an empire that existed across Eurasia and North America from 1721, following the end of the Great Northern War, until the Republic was proclaimed by the Provisional Government that took power after the February Revolution of 1917.

Sweden national football team mens national association football team representing Sweden

The Sweden national football team represents Sweden in association football and is controlled by the Swedish Football Association, the governing body for football in Sweden. Sweden's home ground is Friends Arena in Stockholm and the team is coached by Janne Andersson. From 1945 to late 1950s, they were considered one of the greatest teams in Europe.

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. [5] Both sides had their own championship series, and between 1919–1939 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. [6]

Finnish Civil War 1918 civil war in Finland

The Finnish Civil War was a conflict for the leadership and control of Finland during the country's transition from a Grand Duchy of the Russian Empire to an independent state. The clashes took place in the context of the national, political, and social turmoil caused by World War I in Europe. The civil war was fought between the Reds, led by a section of the Social Democratic Party, and the Whites, conducted by the conservative-based Senate and the German Imperial Army. The paramilitary Red Guards, composed of industrial and agrarian workers, controlled the cities and industrial centres of southern Finland. The paramilitary White Guards, composed of farmers, along with middle-class and upper-class social strata, controlled rural central and northern Finland.

Finnish Workers Sports Federation Finnish amateur sports organisation

The Finnish Workers' Sports Federation is a Finnish amateur sports organization founded in 1919. In addition to the competitive sports, TUL focuses on youth activities and youth education as well as offering activities regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or financial means. TUL is one of the member associations of the Finnish Olympic Committee.

Finnish Workers Sports Federation football team

Finnish Workers' Sports Federation football team was an association football team representing the Finnish Workers' Sports Federation (TUL) in 1921–1950. At the time, the sport in Finland was divided as the leftist TUL was isolated from the right-wing sports movement. In football, the TUL clubs and the Finnish Football Association (SPL) clubs competed in their own championship series and the Finnish national football team was selected of the SPL players only. The TUL football team participated the International Workers' Olympiads in 1925, 1931 and 1937 and the Moscow Spartakiad in 1928.

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. [6] In 1937, Finland participated the FIFA World Cup qualification for the first time, losing all three matches against Sweden, Germany and Estonia.

1936 Summer Olympics games of the XI Olympiad, celebrated in Berlin in 1936

The 1936 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XI Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event held in 1936 in Berlin, Nazi Germany. Berlin won the bid to host the Games over Barcelona, Spain, on 26 April 1931, at the 29th IOC Session in Barcelona. It marked the second and final time the International Olympic Committee gathered to vote in a city that was bidding to host those Games.

Germany national football team mens national association football team representing Germany

The Germany national football team is the men's football team that has represented Germany in international competition since 1908. It is governed by the German Football Association, founded in 1900. Ever since the DFB was reinaugurated in 1949 the team has represented the Federal Republic of Germany. Under Allied occupation and division, two other separate national teams were also recognised by FIFA: the Saarland team representing the Saarland (1950–1956) and the East German team representing the German Democratic Republic (1952–1990). Both have been absorbed along with their records by the current national team. The official name and code "Germany FR (FRG)" was shortened to "Germany (GER)" following the reunification in 1990.

Since 1939, TUL players were selected to the national team and finally in 1956, the TUL and Football Association series were merged. [6]

Post-war years

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. [7]

Finland also took part in European Championship qualifying since the 1968 event, but had to wait for its first win until 1978.

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 [4] ). 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. [8] His replacement was a Scotsman, Stuart Baxter, who signed a contract until the end of the 2012 European Championship qualification campaign. [9]

Recent history

During Euro 2008 qualifying, Finland was at the point of their "golden generation", with a team consisting of players such as Jari Litmanen, Sami Hyypiä, Mikael Forssell, Hannu Tihinen, Petri Pasanen, Joonas Kolkka, Mika Väyrynen and Teemu Tainio. 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 the position of 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.

The 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign saw Finland finish a disappointing fifth in their group with only two wins, although one of them was over Iceland, who finished top of the qualifying group.

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 Telia 5G -areena, which has artificial turf, is also used for some friendlies and qualifiers. During reconstruction of Helsinki Olympic Stadium in 2016–19 Ratina Stadion serves as the main stadium for qualifying games.

The Finnish National Team Supporters at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium in 2009. Pohjoiskaarre-SMJK.jpg
The Finnish National Team Supporters at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium in 2009.

Competitive record

World Cup record

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
YearRoundPositionPldWDLGFGAPldWDLGFGA
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1930 Did not enterDid not enter
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg 1934
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg 1938 Did not qualify300307
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg 1950 Withdrew during qualifying201114
Flag of Switzerland.svg 1954 Did not qualify4022713
Flag of Sweden.svg 1958 4004219
Flag of Chile.svg 1962 4004312
Flag of England.svg 1966 6105520
Flag of Mexico.svg 1970 6105628
Flag of Germany.svg 1974 6114321
Flag of Argentina.svg 1978 62041116
Flag of Spain.svg 1982 8107427
Flag of Mexico.svg 1986 8323712
Flag of Italy.svg 1990 6114416
Flag of the United States.svg 1994 10217918
Flag of France.svg 1998 83231112
Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg Flag of Japan.svg 2002 8332127
Flag of Germany.svg 2006 125162119
Flag of South Africa.svg 2010 105321414
Flag of Brazil.svg 2014 823359
Flag of Russia.svg 2018 10235913
Flag of Qatar.svg 2022 To be determinedTo be determined
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of the United States.svg 2026
Total0/23129322374134287

European Championship record

UEFA European Championship record UEFA European Championship qualifying record
YearRoundPositionPldWDLGFGAPldWDLGFGA
Flag of France.svg 1960 Did not enterDid not enter
Flag of Spain (1945-1977).svg 1964
Flag of Italy.svg 1968 Did not qualify6024512
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg 1972 6015116
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg 1976 6015313
Flag of Italy.svg 1980 62221015
Flag of France.svg 1984 6015314
Flag of Germany.svg 1988 6114410
Flag of Sweden.svg 1992 814358
Flag of England.svg 1996 105051818
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg 2000 83141313
Flag of Portugal.svg 2004 8314910
Flag of Austria.svg Flag of Switzerland.svg 2008 14662137
Flag of Poland.svg Flag of Ukraine.svg 2012 103161616
Flag of France.svg 2016 10334910
Flag of Europe.svg 2020 To be determinedTo be determined
Flag of Germany.svg 2024
Total0/17104272453109162

UEFA Nations League

UEFA Nations League record
YearDivisionRoundPosPldWD*LGFGA
2018–19 C Group stage
Promoted
1st640253
2020–21 B To be determined
TotalGroup stage
League C
1/1640253

Summer Olympics

Olympics record
YearRoundPositionGPWD*LGSGA
Flag of Greece (1822-1978).svg 1896 was not involved
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg 1900
Flag of the United States (1896-1908).svg 1904
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 1908
Flag of Sweden.svg 1912 Fourth Place4th4202516
Since 1917, Declaration of Independence Flag of Finland.svg
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg 1920 Did not qualify
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg 1924
Flag of the Netherlands.svg 1928
Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg 1932
Flag of Germany (1935-1945).svg 1936 Round of 1614th100137
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 1948 Did not qualify
Flag of Finland.svg 1952 Round of 169th100134
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 1956 Did not qualify
Flag of Italy.svg 1960
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg 1964
Flag of Mexico.svg 1968
Flag of Germany.svg 1972
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 1976
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg 1980 Group stage9th311132
Flag of the United States.svg 1984 Did not qualify
Flag of South Korea (1984-1997).svg 1988
Flag of Spain.svg 1992
Flag of the United States.svg 1996
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 2000
Flag of Greece.svg 2004
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2008
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 2012
Flag of Brazil.svg 2016
Flag of Japan.svg 2020 To be determined
Total4/230 Titles93151429

Nordic Football Championship

Nordic Football Championship record
YearRoundPositionPldWD *LGFGA
1929–32 Fourth place4th122282352
1933–36 123181836
1937–47 1211101251
1948–51 121381128
1952–55 1211101353
1956–59 120111844
1960–63 122281437
1964–67 Third place3rd125251417
1968–71 Fourth place4th120481031
1972–77 121471026
1978–80 61471026
1981–85 6114711
2000–01 Champions1st540173
Total1 Title13/14137212492150401
*Gold background color indicates that the tournament was won.

Baltic Cup

Baltic Cup (football) Record
YearResultGPWDLGSGA
2012 Runners-up211032
2014 Third place210121
Total2/27421153

All–time record against all nations

This list is Finland national team complete records, both friendlies and competitive matches. [10]

Recent fixtures and results

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying matches against Italy and Armenia on 23 March and 26 March 2019
Caps and goals as of 11 January 2019 after the game against Estonia.

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
1 GK Lukáš Hrádecký (Vice capt.) (1989-11-24) 24 November 1989 (age 29)480 Flag of Germany.svg Bayer Leverkusen
11 GK Jesse Joronen (1993-03-21) 21 March 1993 (age 26)80 Flag of Denmark.svg F.C. Copenhagen
1 GK Anssi Jaakkola (1987-03-13) 13 March 1987 (age 32)30 Flag of England.svg Reading

42 DF Joona Toivio (1988-04-04) 4 April 1988 (age 30)563 Flag of Sweden.svg BK Häcken
2 DF Paulus Arajuuri (Vice capt.) (1988-06-15) 15 June 1988 (age 30)353 Flag of Denmark.svg Brøndby IF
2 DF Thomas Lam (1993-12-18) 18 December 1993 (age 25)210 Flag of the Netherlands.svg PEC Zwolle
162 DF Juha Pirinen (1991-10-22) 22 October 1991 (age 27)150 Flag of Norway.svg Tromsø IL
32 DF Albin Granlund (1989-09-01) 1 September 1989 (age 29)140 Flag of Sweden.svg Örebro SK
2 DF Sauli Väisänen (1994-06-05) 5 June 1994 (age 24)130 Flag of Italy.svg Crotone
2 DF Mikko Sumusalo (1990-03-12) 12 March 1990 (age 29)71 Flag of Finland.svg FC Honka
2 DF Valtteri Moren (1991-06-15) 15 June 1991 (age 27)51 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Waasland-Beveren
2 DF Leo Väisänen (1997-07-23) 23 July 1997 (age 21)00 Flag of the Netherlands.svg FC Den Bosch

143 MF Tim Sparv (captain) (1987-02-20) 20 February 1987 (age 32)661 Flag of Denmark.svg FC Midtjylland
3 MF Kasper Hämäläinen (1986-08-08) 8 August 1986 (age 32)609 Flag of Poland.svg Legia Warsaw
113 MF Rasmus Schüller (1991-06-18) 18 June 1991 (age 27)320 Flag of the United States.svg Minnesota United
3 MF Robin Lod (1993-04-17) 17 April 1993 (age 25)283 Flag of Spain.svg Sporting Gijón
3 MF Pyry Soiri (1994-09-22) 22 September 1994 (age 24)134 Flag of Austria.svg Admira Wacker
3 MF Joni Kauko (1990-07-12) 12 July 1990 (age 28)110 Flag of Denmark.svg Esbjerg fB
3 MF Petteri Forsell (1990-10-16) 16 October 1990 (age 28)91 Flag of Poland.svg Miedź Legnica
3 MF Glen Kamara (1995-10-28) 28 October 1995 (age 23)91 Flag of Scotland.svg Rangers
83 MF Robert Taylor (1994-10-21) 21 October 1994 (age 24)90 Flag of Norway.svg Tromsø IL
3 MF Fredrik Jensen (1997-09-09) 9 September 1997 (age 21)72 Flag of Germany.svg FC Augsburg

4 FW Teemu Pukki (1990-03-29) 29 March 1990 (age 28)6915 Flag of England.svg Norwich City
4 FW Rasmus Karjalainen (1996-04-04) 4 April 1996 (age 22)71 Flag of Finland.svg KuPS
214 FW Lassi Lappalainen (1998-08-24) 24 August 1998 (age 20)30 Flag of Finland.svg HJK

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.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GK Walter Viitala (1992-01-09) 9 January 1992 (age 27)20Free agentv. Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia , 11 January 2019
GK Rasmus Leislahti (2000-06-16) 16 June 2000 (age 18)00 Flag of Finland.svg FC Honka v. Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia , 11 January 2019
GK Hugo Keto PRE (1998-02-09) 9 February 1998 (age 21)00 Flag of England.svg Brighton & Hove Albion v. Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden , 8 January 2019

DF Jere Uronen INJ (1994-07-13) 13 July 1994 (age 24)321 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg K.R.C. Genk v. Flag of Italy.svg  Italy , 23 March 2019
DF Juhani Ojala (1989-06-19) 19 June 1989 (age 29)261 Flag of Sweden.svg BK Häcken v. Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia , 11 January 2019
DF Robert Ivanov (1994-09-19) 19 September 1994 (age 24)30 Flag of Finland.svg FC Honka v. Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia , 11 January 2019
DF Nicholas Hämäläinen (1997-03-05) 5 March 1997 (age 22)10 Flag of the United States.svg Los Angeles FC v. Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia , 11 January 2019
DF Henri Toivomäki PRE (1991-02-21) 21 February 1991 (age 28)10 Flag of Finland.svg HJK v. Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden , 8 January 2019
DF Jonas Levänen INJ (1994-01-12) 12 January 1994 (age 25)00 Flag of Finland.svg FC Honka v. Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden , 8 January 2019
DF Juho Pirttijoki INJ (1996-07-30) 30 July 1996 (age 22)10 Flag of Finland.svg KuPS v. Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden , 8 January 2019
DF Markus Halsti (1984-03-19) 19 March 1984 (age 35)350 Flag of Denmark.svg Esbjerg fB v. Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary , 18 November 2018
DF Janne Saksela (1993-03-14) 14 March 1993 (age 26)70 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Sparta Rotterdam v. Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary , 18 November 2018
DF Jukka Raitala (1988-09-15) 15 September 1988 (age 30)430 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Montreal Impact v. Flag of Greece.svg  Greece , 15 October 2018
DF Kalle Taimi (1992-01-27) 27 January 1992 (age 27)21Free agentv. Flag of Malta.svg  Malta , 26 March 2018

MF Simon Skrabb (1995-01-19) 19 January 1995 (age 24)110 Flag of Sweden.svg IFK Norrköping v. Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia , 11 January 2019
MF Sebastian Dahlström (1996-11-05) 5 November 1996 (age 22)30 Flag of Finland.svg HJK v. Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia , 11 January 2019
MF Saku Ylätupa (1999-08-04) 4 August 1999 (age 19)30 Flag of Sweden.svg AIK v. Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia , 11 January 2019
MF Kaan Kairinen (1998-12-22) 22 December 1998 (age 20)20 Flag of Finland.svg HJK v. Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia , 11 January 2019
MF Moshtagh Yaghoubi (1994-11-08) 8 November 1994 (age 24)61 Flag of Finland.svg SJK v. Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus , 9 June 2018

FW Eero Markkanen (1991-07-03) 3 July 1991 (age 27)172 Flag of Indonesia.svg PSM Makassar v. Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia , 11 January 2019
FW Tim Väyrynen (1993-03-30) 30 March 1993 (age 25)120 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Roda JC v. Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia , 11 January 2019
FW Jasse Tuominen (1995-11-12) 12 November 1995 (age 23)100 Flag of Belarus.svg BATE Borisov v. Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary , 18 November 2018
FW Berat Sadik (1986-09-14) 14 September 1986 (age 32)121 Flag of Spain.svg Gimnàstic v. Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus , 9 June 2018
FW Akseli Pelvas (1989-02-08) 8 February 1989 (age 30)71 Flag of Finland.svg HJK v. Flag of Malta.svg  Malta , 26 March 2018
FW Joel Pohjanpalo (1994-09-13) 13 September 1994 (age 24)296 Flag of Germany.svg Bayer Leverkusen v. Flag of North Macedonia.svg  Macedonia , 23 March 2018

Coaching staff

[13] [14] [15]

PositionName
Head coach Flag of Finland.svg Markku Kanerva
Assistant coach Flag of Finland.svg Mika Nurmela
Assistant coach Flag of Finland.svg Kari Martonen
Goalkeeping coach Flag of Finland.svg Antti Niemi

Player records

Most capped players

RankNameCareerCapsGoals
1 Jari Litmanen 1989–201013732
2 Sami Hyypiä 1992–20101055
Jonatan Johansson 1996–201010522
4 Ari Hjelm 1983–199610020
5 Joonas Kolkka 1994–20109811
6 Mikael Forssell 1999–20148729
7 Erkka Petäjä 1983–1994840
8 Arto Tolsa 1964–19817710
9 Hannu Tihinen 1997–2010765
Petri Pasanen 2000–2013761
11 Toni Kuivasto 1997–2009751

Top goalscorers

RankNameCareerGoalsCaps
1 Jari Litmanen 1989–201032137
2 Mikael Forssell 1999–20142987
3 Jonatan Johansson 1996–201022105
4 Ari Hjelm 1983–199620100
5 Mika-Matti Paatelainen 1986–20001870
6 Verner Eklöf 1919–19271732
7 Aulis Koponen 1924–19351639
Gunnar Åström 1923–19371644
9 Teemu Pukki 2009–1569
10 Alexei Eremenko 2003–20131457

Managers

Last updated: 13 Oct 2015.

TenureNatCoachRecord
GWDLWin %
1911–21None17629035.29
1922 Flag of Finland.svg Jarl Öhman 4103025.00
1923–35None77221243028.57
1936–37 Flag of Germany (1935-1945).svg Ferdinand Fabra 8116012.50
1937–38None9306033.33
1939 Flag of Hungary 1940.svg Gábor Obitz 6105016.67
1939–43None7016000.00
1945 Flag of Sweden.svg Axel Mårtensson 2002000.00
1946 Flag of Finland.svg Niilo Tammisalo 3003000.00
1947–55 Flag of Finland.svg Aatos Lehtonen 517935013.73
1955–58 Flag of Germany.svg Kurt Weinreich 233119013.04
1959–61 Flag of Finland.svg Aatos Lehtonen 193016015.79
1962–74 Flag of Finland.svg Olavi Laaksonen 91162154017.58
1975 Flag of Finland.svg Martti Kosma 2011000.00
1975–78 Flag of Finland.svg Aulis Rytkönen 308418026.67
1979–81 Flag of Finland.svg Esko Malm 274617014.81
1982–87 Flag of Finland.svg Martti Kuusela 5391133016.98
1988–92 Flag of Finland.svg Jukka Vakkila 4872120014.58
1993–94 Flag of Finland.svg Tommy Lindholm 255713020.00
1994–96 Flag of Finland.svg Jukka Ikäläinen 217410033.33
1996–99 Flag of Denmark.svg Richard Møller Nielsen 3491213026.47
2000–05 Flag of Finland.svg Antti Muurinen 72341226047.22
2005 Flag of Finland.svg Jyrki Heliskoski (caretaker)6222033.33
2006–07 Flag of England.svg Roy Hodgson 226115027.27
2008–10 Flag of England.svg Stuart Baxter 318617025.81
2010-2011 Flag of Finland.svg Olli Huttunen (caretaker)1100100.00
2011 Flag of Finland.svg Markku Kanerva (caretaker)2011000.00
2011–2015 Flag of Finland.svg Mixu Paatelainen 43171115039.53
2015 Flag of Finland.svg Markku Kanerva (caretaker)5320060.00
2016 Flag of Sweden.svg Hans Backe 130310000.00
2016– Flag of Finland.svg Markku Kanerva 191054052.63
Total749182160407024.30

Honours

Minor tournaments

Kits and crest

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

Kit sponsorship

Kit supplierPeriod
Flag of Germany.svg Adidas 1979–2014
Flag of the United States.svg Nike 2014–

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