|Association||Football Association of Finland|
|Head coach||Markku Kanerva|
|Most caps||Jari Litmanen (137)|
|Top scorer||Jari Litmanen (32)|
|Home stadium||Helsinki Olympic Stadium|
|Current||54 (27 May 2021)|
|Highest||33 (March 2007)|
|Lowest||110 (July–August 2017)|
|Finland 2–5 Sweden |
(Helsinki, Grand Duchy of Finland, Russian Empire; 22 October 1911)
Sweden 1–0 Finland
(Stockholm, Sweden; 29 May 1919)
| Finland 10–2 Estonia |
(Helsinki, Finland; 11 August 1922)
Finland 8–0 San Marino
(Helsinki, Finland; 17 November 2010)
| Germany 13–0 Finland |
(Leipzig, Germany; 1 September 1940)
|Appearances||1 (first in 2020 )|
|Best result||Group stage (2020)|
|Appearances||4 (first in 1912 )|
|Best result||Fourth place (1912)|
The Finland national football team (Finnish : Suomen jalkapallomaajoukkue, Swedish : Finlands fotbollslandslag) represents Finland in men's international football competitions and is controlled by the Football Association of Finland, the governing body for football in Finland. The team has been a member of FIFA since 1904 and a UEFA member since 1957.
Unlike most European nations, ice hockey is very popular in Finland, which diverts athletic talent away from football, contributing to its historic lack of success in any major tournament qualifiers. Finland had never qualified for a major tournament until securing a spot at UEFA Euro 2020 (postponed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic). After many decades of relative obscurity, the nation made progression in the 2000s, achieving notable results against established European teams and reaching a peak of 33rd in the FIFA World Rankings in 2007. After a few years of poor results, they dipped to an all-time low of 110th in the FIFA rankings in 2017, but then began to rise up again and, as of June 2020, they sit at 58th.
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.
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.Both sides had their own championship series, and between 1919 and 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.
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.In 1937, Finland participated the FIFA World Cup qualification for the first time, losing all three matches against Sweden, Germany and Estonia.
Since 1939, TUL players were selected to the national team and finally in 1956, the TUL and Football Association series were merged.
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.
Finland also took part in European Championship qualifying since the 1968 event, but had to wait for its first win until 1978.
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). 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.His replacement was a Scotsman, Stuart Baxter, who signed a contract until the end of the 2012 European Championship qualification campaign.
In the Euro 2008 qualifying 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.
On 15 November 2019, Finland managed to qualify to the first major tournament, UEFA Euro 2020, in their history after defeating Liechtenstein 3–0.The successful qualifying campaign in Group J, was aided by a distinctive performance of Teemu Pukki, who scored ten goals in the qualifications.
On 12 June 2021 in the Euro 2020 Finland had their first victory on their debut in a major tournament finals, Joel Pohjanpalo scored the only goal, a header in a 1–0 win over Denmark to grant his country their first goal and win in a major competition.Unfortunately, having lost the next two games from both Russia and Belgium, Finland was eliminated from the group stage alongside fellow debutants North Macedonia as a result of their poor performance after being edged out by fourth placed team Ukraine due to goal difference.
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 Tampere Stadium in Tampere and Veritas Stadion in Turku. Helsinki's Bolt Arena, which has artificial turf, is also used for some friendlies and qualifiers. During the reconstruction of Helsinki Olympic Stadium in 2016–20, Tampere Stadium served as the main stadium for qualifying games.
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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.
Win Draw Loss
|3 September 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League||Finland||0–1||Wales||Helsinki, Finland|
|21:45 (UTC+3)||Report||Stadium: Helsinki Olympic Stadium |
Referee: Daniel Siebert (Germany)
|6 September 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League||Republic of Ireland||0–1||Finland||Dublin, Ireland|
|17:00 (UTC+1)||Report||Stadium: Aviva Stadium |
Referee: Fabio Maresca (Italy)
|7 October 2020 Friendly||Poland||5–1||Finland||Gdańsk, Poland|
|20:45 (UTC+2)||Report||Stadium: Stadion Energa Gdańsk |
Referee: Michal Ocenáš (Slovakia)
|11 October 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League||Finland||2–0||Bulgaria||Helsinki, Finland|
|19:00 (UTC+3)||Report||Stadium: Helsinki Olympic Stadium |
Referee: Erik Lambrechts (Belgium)
|14 October 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League||Finland||1–0||Republic of Ireland||Helsinki, Finland|
|18:00 (UTC+3)||Report||Stadium: Helsinki Olympic Stadium |
Referee: Lionel Tschudi (Switzerland)
|11 November 2020 Friendly||France||0–2||Finland||Saint-Denis, France|
|21:10 (UTC+2)||Report||Stadium: Stade de France|
Referee: Nikola Popov (Bulgaria)
|15 November 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League||Bulgaria||1–2||Finland||Sofia, Bulgaria|
|21:45 (UTC+2)||Report||Stadium: Vasil Levski National Stadium |
Referee: Donatas Rumšas (Lithuania)
|24 March 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying||Finland||2–2||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Helsinki, Finland|
|21:45 UTC+2||Report||Stadium: Helsinki Olympic Stadium |
Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (Greece)
|28 March 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying||Ukraine||1–1||Finland||Kyiv, Ukraine|
|21:45 UTC+3||Report||Stadium: NSK Olimpiyskiy |
Referee: István Kovács (Romania)
|31 March 2021 Friendly||Switzerland||3–2||Finland||St. Gallen, Switzerland|
|21:45 UTC+2||Report||Stadium: Kybunpark |
Referee: Manuel Schüttengruber (Austria)
|29 May 2021 Friendly||Sweden||2–0||Finland||Solna, Sweden|
|18:00 UTC+2||Report||Stadium: Friends Arena |
Referee: Jakob Kehlet (Denmark)
|4 June 2021 Friendly||Finland||0–1||Estonia||Helsinki, Finland|
|19:00 UTC+3||Report||Stadium: Helsinki Olympic Stadium |
Referee: Jørgen Burchardt (Denmark)
|12 June 2021 UEFA Euro 2020||Denmark||0–1||Finland||Copenhagen, Denmark|
|18:00 (UTC+2)||Report||Stadium: Parken Stadium |
Referee: Anthony Taylor (England)
|Note: In the 43rd minute, the match was suspended after Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch. The match was resumed at 20:30 CEST.|
|16 June 2021 UEFA Euro 2020||Finland||0–1||Russia||Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|16:00 (UTC+3)||Report||Stadium: Krestovsky Stadium |
Referee: Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)
|21 June 2021 UEFA Euro 2020||Finland||0–2||Belgium||Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|22:00 (UTC+3)||Report||Stadium: Krestovsky Stadium |
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)
|13 November 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying||Bosnia and Herzegovina||v||Finland||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|Head Coach||Markku Kanerva|
|Assistant Coach||Mika Nurmela|
|Assistant Coach||Kari Martonen|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Antti Niemi|
|Fitness Coach||Jari-Pekka Keurulainen|
|Physiotherapists|| Jari-Pekka Keurulainen |
|Video Analyst||Henri Lehto|
|Kit Manager||Jari Parikka|
|Team Manager||Lennart Wangel|
|1996–99||Richard Møller Nielsen||34||9||12||13||26.47|
|2005||Jyrki Heliskoski (caretaker)||6||2||2||2||33.33|
|2010-2011||Olli Huttunen (caretaker)||1||1||0||0||100.00|
|2011||Markku Kanerva (caretaker)||2||0||1||1||0.00|
|2015||Markku Kanerva (caretaker)||4||2||2||0||50.00|
The following 26 players have been called up for the UEFA Euro 2020, and for the pre-tournament friendly matches against Sweden and Estonia on 29 May and 4 June 2021.
Caps and goals as of 21 June 2021, after the match against Belgium .
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Lukáš Hrádecký (vice-captain)||24 November 1989||68||0||Bayer Leverkusen|
|12||GK||Jesse Joronen||21 March 1993||14||0||Brescia|
|23||GK||Anssi Jaakkola||13 March 1987||3||0||Bristol Rovers|
|2||DF||Paulus Arajuuri||15 June 1988||54||3||Anorthosis|
|3||DF||Daniel O'Shaughnessy||14 September 1994||14||0||HJK|
|4||DF||Joona Toivio||10 March 1988||76||3||Häcken|
|5||DF||Leo Väisänen||23 July 1997||9||0||Elfsborg|
|15||DF||Niko Hämäläinen||5 March 1997||7||0||Queens Park Rangers|
|16||DF||Thomas Lam||18 December 1993||26||0||Unattached|
|17||DF||Nikolai Alho||12 March 1993||13||0||MTK|
|18||DF||Jere Uronen||13 July 1994||52||1||Brest|
|22||DF||Jukka Raitala||15 September 1988||59||0||Minnesota United|
|25||DF||Robert Ivanov||19 September 1994||4||0||Warta Poznań|
|6||MF||Glen Kamara||28 October 1995||34||1||Rangers|
|7||MF||Robert Taylor||21 October 1994||20||1||Brann|
|8||MF||Robin Lod||17 April 1993||48||4||Minnesota United|
|9||MF||Fredrik Jensen||9 September 1997||20||7||FC Augsburg|
|11||MF||Rasmus Schüller||18 June 1991||53||0||Djurgården|
|13||MF||Pyry Soiri||22 September 1994||32||5||Esbjerg|
|14||MF||Tim Sparv (captain)||20 February 1987||83||1||Unattached|
|19||MF||Joni Kauko||12 July 1990||28||0||ATK Mohun Bagan|
|24||MF||Onni Valakari||18 August 1999||5||1||Pafos|
|10||FW||Teemu Pukki||29 March 1990||94||30||Norwich City|
|20||FW||Joel Pohjanpalo||13 September 1994||45||10||Bayer Leverkusen|
|21||FW||Lassi Lappalainen||24 August 1998||9||0||CF Montréal|
|26||FW||Marcus Forss||18 June 1999||7||1||Brentford|
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||Carljohan Eriksson||25 April 1995||0||0||Mjällby||v. Estonia , 4 June 2021 PRE|
|GK||Niki Mäenpää||23 January 1985||27||0||Venezia||v. Switzerland , 31 March 2021|
|DF||Sauli Väisänen||5 June 1994||20||0||Chievo||UEFA Euro 2020 INJ|
|DF||Aapo Halme||22 May 1998||0||0||Barnsley||v. Estonia , 4 June 2021 PRE|
|DF||Albin Granlund||1 September 1989||19||0||Stal Mielec||v. Estonia , 4 June 2021 PRE|
|DF||Juhani Ojala||19 June 1989||32||1||Vejle||v. Estonia , 4 June 2021 PRE|
|DF||Juha Pirinen||22 October 1991||20||0||Trenčín||v. Switzerland , 31 March 2021|
|MF||Jasin-Amin Assehnoun||26 December 1998||1||0||Emmen||v. Estonia , 4 June 2021 PRE|
|MF||Ilmari Niskanen||12 October 1997||6||1||FC Ingolstadt 04||v. Wales , 18 November 2020|
|FW||Roope Riski||16 August 1991||6||1||HJK||v. Estonia , 4 June 2021 PRE|
|FW||Rasmus Karjalainen||4 April 1996||13||1||Örebro||v. Switzerland , 31 March 2021|
|FW||Jasse Tuominen||12 November 1995||15||1||Häcken||v. Republic of Ireland , 14 October 2020 INJ|
|FW||Santeri Hostikka||30 September 1997||0||0||Pogoń Szczecin||v. Republic of Ireland , 6 September 2020|
INJ = Withdrew due to an injury
|FIFA World Cup record||Qualification record|
|1930||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1938||Did not qualify||3||0||0||3||0||7|
|1950||Withdrew during qualifying||2||0||1||1||1||4|
|1954||Did not qualify||4||0||2||2||7||13|
|2022||To be determined||To be determined|
|UEFA European Championship record||Qualifying record|
|1960||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1968||Did not qualify||6||0||2||4||5||12|
|2024||To be determined||To be determined|
|UEFA Nations League record|
|2022–23||B||To be determined|
|Olympic Games record|
|1896||No football tournament was held|
|1900||Did not enter|
|Since 1917, Declaration of Independence|
|1920||Did not enter|
|1932||No football tournament was held|
|1936||Round of 16||14th||1||0||0||1||3||7||Squad|
|1948||Did not enter|
|1952||Round of 16||9th||1||0||0||1||3||4||Squad|
|1956||Did not enter|
|1960||Did not qualify|
|1984||Did not qualify|
|Since 1992||Olympic football has been an under-23 tournament|
|Nordic Football Championship record|
|Baltic Cup record|
This list is Finland national team complete records, both friendlies and competitive matches.
This article needs to be updated.(January 2018)
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||4||1||1||2||5||7||−2||25.00|
|Trinidad and Tobago||5||3||1||1||8||7||+1||60.00|
|United Arab Emirates||1||0||1||0||1||1||+0||0.00|
The Wales national football team represents Wales in international football. It is controlled by the Football Association of Wales (FAW), the governing body for football in Wales and the third-oldest national football association in the world, founded in 1876.
The Liechtenstein national football team is the national football team of the Principality of Liechtenstein and is controlled by the Liechtenstein Football Association. The organisation is known as the Liechtensteiner Fussballverband in German. The team's first match was an unofficial match against Malta in Seoul, a 1–1 draw in 1981. Their first official match came two years later, a 0–1 defeat from Switzerland. Liechtenstein's largest win, a 4–0 win over Luxembourg in a 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier on 13 October 2004, was both its first ever away win and its first win in any FIFA World Cup qualifier. Conversely, Liechtenstein is the only country that lost an official match against San Marino. Liechtenstein suffered its biggest ever loss in 1996, during qualification for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, losing 1–11 to Macedonia, the result also being Macedonia's largest ever win to date.
The San Marino national football team represents San Marino in men's international football competitions and it is controlled by the San Marino Football Federation (FSGC). The team represents the smallest population of any UEFA member.
The Andorra national football team represents Andorra in association football and is controlled by the Andorran Football Federation, the governing body for football in Andorra. The team has enjoyed very little success due to the Principality's tiny population, the fifth smallest of any UEFA country.
The Romania national football team represents Romania in international men's football competition, and is administered by the Romanian Football Federation. They are colloquially known as Tricolorii.
The Bulgaria national football team represents Bulgaria in men's international football and is administered by the Bulgarian Football Union, a member association of UEFA. The team's home venue is the Vasil Levski Stadium in Sofia, and is currently managed by Yasen Petrov.
The Slovakia national football team represents Slovakia in men's international football competition and it is governed by the Slovak Football Association (SFZ), the governing body for football in Slovakia. Slovakia's home stadium from 2019 is the reconstructed Tehelné pole in Bratislava. Their head coach is Štefan Tarkovič. Slovakia is one of the newest national football teams in the world, having split from the Czechoslovakia national team after the dissolution of the unified state in 1993. Slovakia maintains its own national side that competes in all major tournaments since.
The Armenia national football team represents Armenia in association football and is controlled by the Football Federation of Armenia, the governing body for football in Armenia.
The Latvia national football team represents Latvia in international football and is controlled by the Latvian Football Federation, the governing body for football in Latvia. They have never qualified for the FIFA World Cup, however, they qualified for the European Championship in 2004 under head coach Aleksandrs Starkovs.
The Cyprus national football team represents Cyprus in international football and is controlled by the Cyprus Football Association, the governing body for football in Cyprus. Cyprus' home ground is the GSP Stadium in Nicosia and the current coach is Nikos Kostenoglou.
The Czech Republic national football team represents the Czech Republic in international football. The team is controlled by the Football Association of the Czech Republic (FAČR). Historically, the team participated in FIFA and UEFA competitions as Bohemia and Czechoslovakia.
The Israel national football team represents Israel in international football, and is governed by the Israel Football Association (IFA).
The Estonia national football team represents Estonia in international football matches and is controlled by the Estonian Football Association, the governing body for football in Estonia. Estonia's home ground is A. Le Coq Arena in Tallinn.
The Georgia national football team represents the country of Georgia in men's international football matches, and it is controlled by the Georgian Football Federation. The Georgian team's first match took place in 1990, while Georgia was still part of the Soviet Union. The team have attempted to qualify for each major tournament from Euro 1996 onwards, but have not achieved qualification yet. Home games are played at the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena in Tbilisi.
The Ukraine national football team represents Ukraine in men's international football competitions and it is governed by the Ukrainian Association of Football, the governing body for football in Ukraine. Ukraine's home ground is the Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kyiv. The team has been a full member of UEFA and FIFA since 1992.
The Iceland national football team represents Iceland in men's international football. The team is controlled by the Football Association of Iceland, and have been a FIFA member since 1947 and an UEFA member since 1957. The team's nickname is Strákarnir okkar, which means Our Boys in Icelandic.
The Malta national football team represents Malta in international football and is controlled by the Malta Football Association, the governing body for football in Malta.
The Belarus national football team represents Belarus in international football and is controlled by the Football Federation of Belarus, the governing body for football in Belarus. Belarus' home ground is Dinamo Stadium in Minsk. Since independence in 1991, Belarus has not yet qualified for a FIFA World Cup or UEFA European Championship.
The Kazakhstan national football team represents Kazakhstan in men's international football and it is governed by the Kazakhstan Football Federation. They split from the Soviet Union national football team after independence in 1991 and joined the Asian Football Confederation's Central Asian Football Federation. After failing to qualify for the 1998 and 2002 FIFA World Cups, they joined UEFA, but are yet to qualify for a FIFA World Cup or a UEFA European Championship.
The Russia national football team represents the Russian Federation in men's international football and is controlled by the Russian Football Union, the governing body for football in Russia. Russia's home ground is the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
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