Finland national football team

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Finland
Huuhkajat logo.svg
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 Helsinki Olympic Stadium
FIFA code FIN
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First colours
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Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 54 Steady2.svg (27 May 2021) [2]
Highest33 (March 2007)
Lowest110 (July–August 2017)
First international
Flag of The Russian Empire 1883.svgFinland 2–5 Sweden  Flag of Sweden.svg
(Helsinki, Grand Duchy of Finland, Russian Empire; 22 October 1911)
as Finland
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 1–0 Finland  Flag of Finland (1918-1920).svg
(Stockholm, Sweden; 29 May 1919)
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 (1862-2011).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)
European Championship
Appearances1 (first in 2020 )
Best resultGroup stage (2020)
Olympic Games
Appearances4 (first in 1912 )
Best resultFourth 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.

History

Finland team paying a Moscow XI in Moscow 1912 Moscow v Finland, 1912, Zamoskvoretsky Club, Moscow.png
Finland team paying a Moscow XI in Moscow 1912

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.

Period of dispersion

National team against Denmark in 1933. FIN-NationalFootballTeam1933.png
National team against Denmark in 1933.

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. [3] 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. [4]

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. [4] 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. [4]

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. [5]

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

Finnish team after the victory over Yugoslavia in 1950. Suomi Jugoslavia.jpg
Finnish team after the victory over Yugoslavia in 1950.

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.

Jari Litmanen is widely regarded as Finland's greatest footballer of all time. Jari Litmanen 2015.jpg
Jari Litmanen is widely regarded as Finland's greatest footballer of all time.

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 [6] ). 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. [7] His replacement was a Scotsman, Stuart Baxter, who signed a contract until the end of the 2012 European Championship qualification campaign. [8]

Recent history

Markku Kanerva managed his Finnish national team to the first time in to UEFA European Tournaments Markku Kanerva 2021.jpg
Markku Kanerva managed his Finnish national team to the first time in to UEFA European Tournaments

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. [9] The successful qualifying campaign in Group J, was aided by a distinctive performance of Teemu Pukki, who scored ten goals in the qualifications. [10]

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. [11] 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.

Home stadiums

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.

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.

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–

Results and fixtures

  Win  Draw  Loss

2020

3 September 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League Finland  Flag of Finland.svg0–1Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales Helsinki, Finland
21:45 (UTC+3) Report
Stadium: Helsinki Olympic Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Daniel Siebert (Germany)
6 September 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League Republic of Ireland  Flag of Ireland.svg0–1Flag of Finland.svg  Finland Dublin, Ireland
17:00 (UTC+1) Report
Stadium: Aviva Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Fabio Maresca (Italy)
7 October 2020 Friendly Poland  Flag of Poland.svg5–1Flag of Finland.svg  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  Flag of Finland.svg2–0Flag of Bulgaria.svg  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  Flag of Finland.svg1–0Flag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland Helsinki, Finland
18:00 (UTC+3)
Report Stadium: Helsinki Olympic Stadium
Referee: Lionel Tschudi (Switzerland)
11 November 2020 Friendly France  Flag of France.svg0–2Flag of Finland.svg  Finland Saint-Denis, France
21:10 (UTC+2) Report
Stadium: Stade de France
Attendance: 0
Referee: Nikola Popov (Bulgaria)
15 November 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League Bulgaria  Flag of Bulgaria.svg1–2Flag of Finland.svg  Finland Sofia, Bulgaria
21:45 (UTC+2)
Report
Stadium: Vasil Levski National Stadium
Referee: Donatas Rumšas (Lithuania)
18 November 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League Wales  Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg3–1Flag of Finland.svg  Finland Cardiff, Wales
19:45 (UTC)
Report
Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (Spain)

2021

28 March 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying Ukraine  Flag of Ukraine.svg1–1Flag of Finland.svg  Finland Kyiv, Ukraine
21:45  UTC+3
Report
Stadium: NSK Olimpiyskiy
Attendance: 0
Referee: István Kovács (Romania)
31 March 2021 Friendly Switzerland   Flag of Switzerland.svg3–2Flag of Finland.svg  Finland St. Gallen, Switzerland
21:45  UTC+2
Report
Stadium: Kybunpark
Attendance: 0
Referee: Manuel Schüttengruber (Austria)
29 May 2021 Friendly Sweden  Flag of Sweden.svg2–0Flag of Finland.svg  Finland Solna, Sweden
18:00 UTC+2
Report Stadium: Friends Arena
Referee: Jakob Kehlet (Denmark)
4 June 2021 Friendly Finland  Flag of Finland.svg0–1Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia Helsinki, Finland
19:00 UTC+3 Report
Stadium: Helsinki Olympic Stadium
Referee: Jørgen Burchardt (Denmark)
12 June 2021 UEFA Euro 2020 Denmark  Flag of Denmark.svg0–1Flag of Finland.svg  Finland Copenhagen, Denmark
18:00 (UTC+2) Report
Stadium: Parken Stadium
Attendance: 15,200
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  Flag of Finland.svg0–1Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Saint Petersburg, Russia
16:00 (UTC+3) Report
Stadium: Krestovsky Stadium
Attendance: 24,540
Referee: Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)
21 June 2021 UEFA Euro 2020 Finland  Flag of Finland.svg0–2Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Saint Petersburg, Russia
22:00 (UTC+3) Report
Stadium: Krestovsky Stadium
Attendance: 18,545
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)
1 September 2021 Friendly Finland  Flag of Finland.svgvFlag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales Helsinki, Finland
Stadium: Helsinki Olympic Stadium
4 September 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying Finland  Flag of Finland.svgvFlag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan Finland
19:00  UTC+3
7 September 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying France  Flag of France.svgvFlag of Finland.svg  Finland France
20:45  UTC+2
9 October 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying Finland  Flag of Finland.svgvFlag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine Finland
19:00  UTC+3
12 October 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying Kazakhstan  Flag of Kazakhstan.svgvFlag of Finland.svg  Finland Kazakhstan
20:00  UTC+6
13 November 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying Bosnia and Herzegovina  Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svgvFlag of Finland.svg  Finland Bosnia and Herzegovina
15:00  UTC+1
16 November 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying Finland  Flag of Finland.svgvFlag of France.svg  France Finland
21:45  UTC+2

Coaching staff

[12] [13] [14]

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
Fitness Coach Flag of Finland.svg Jari-Pekka Keurulainen
Physiotherapists Flag of Finland.svg Jari-Pekka Keurulainen
Flag of Finland.svg Paavo Leiramo
Video Analyst Flag of Finland.svg Henri Lehto
Doctor Flag of Finland.svg Heikki Kinnunen
Osteopath Flag of Finland.svg Hannu Kanerva
Kit Manager Flag of Finland.svg Jari Parikka
Team Manager Flag of Finland.svg Lennart Wangel

Coaching history

As of 13 October 2015.

Players

Current squad

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. [15] [16]
Caps and goals as of 21 June 2021, after the match against Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium .

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
11 GK Lukáš Hrádecký (vice-captain) (1989-11-24) 24 November 1989 (age 31)680 Flag of Germany.svg Bayer Leverkusen
121 GK Jesse Joronen (1993-03-21) 21 March 1993 (age 28)140 Flag of Italy.svg Brescia
231 GK Anssi Jaakkola (1987-03-13) 13 March 1987 (age 34)30 Flag of England.svg Bristol Rovers

22 DF Paulus Arajuuri (1988-06-15) 15 June 1988 (age 33)543 Flag of Cyprus.svg Anorthosis
32 DF Daniel O'Shaughnessy (1994-09-14) 14 September 1994 (age 26)140 Flag of Finland.svg HJK
42 DF Joona Toivio (1988-03-10) 10 March 1988 (age 33)763 Flag of Sweden.svg Häcken
52 DF Leo Väisänen (1997-07-23) 23 July 1997 (age 23)90 Flag of Sweden.svg Elfsborg
152 DF Niko Hämäläinen (1997-03-05) 5 March 1997 (age 24)70 Flag of England.svg Queens Park Rangers
162 DF Thomas Lam (1993-12-18) 18 December 1993 (age 27)260Unattached
172 DF Nikolai Alho (1993-03-12) 12 March 1993 (age 28)130 Flag of Hungary.svg MTK
182 DF Jere Uronen (1994-07-13) 13 July 1994 (age 27)521 Flag of France.svg Brest
222 DF Jukka Raitala (1988-09-15) 15 September 1988 (age 32)590 Flag of the United States.svg Minnesota United
252 DF Robert Ivanov (1994-09-19) 19 September 1994 (age 26)40 Flag of Poland.svg Warta Poznań

63 MF Glen Kamara (1995-10-28) 28 October 1995 (age 25)341 Flag of Scotland.svg Rangers
73 MF Robert Taylor (1994-10-21) 21 October 1994 (age 26)201 Flag of Norway.svg Brann
83 MF Robin Lod (1993-04-17) 17 April 1993 (age 28)484 Flag of the United States.svg Minnesota United
93 MF Fredrik Jensen (1997-09-09) 9 September 1997 (age 23)207 Flag of Germany.svg FC Augsburg
113 MF Rasmus Schüller (1991-06-18) 18 June 1991 (age 30)530 Flag of Sweden.svg Djurgården
133 MF Pyry Soiri (1994-09-22) 22 September 1994 (age 26)325 Flag of Denmark.svg Esbjerg
143 MF Tim Sparv (captain) (1987-02-20) 20 February 1987 (age 34)831Unattached
193 MF Joni Kauko (1990-07-12) 12 July 1990 (age 31)280 Flag of India.svg ATK Mohun Bagan
243 MF Onni Valakari (1999-08-18) 18 August 1999 (age 21)51 Flag of Cyprus.svg Pafos

104 FW Teemu Pukki (1990-03-29) 29 March 1990 (age 31)9430 Flag of England.svg Norwich City
204 FW Joel Pohjanpalo (1994-09-13) 13 September 1994 (age 26)4510 Flag of Germany.svg Bayer Leverkusen
214 FW Lassi Lappalainen (1998-08-24) 24 August 1998 (age 22)90 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg CF Montréal
264 FW Marcus Forss (1999-06-18) 18 June 1999 (age 22)71 Flag of England.svg Brentford

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 Carljohan Eriksson (1995-04-25) 25 April 1995 (age 26)00 Flag of Sweden.svg Mjällby v. Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia , 4 June 2021 PRE
GK Niki Mäenpää (1985-01-23) 23 January 1985 (age 36)270 Flag of Italy.svg Venezia v. Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland , 31 March 2021

DF Sauli Väisänen (1994-06-05) 5 June 1994 (age 27)200 Flag of Italy.svg Chievo UEFA Euro 2020 INJ
DF Aapo Halme (1998-05-22) 22 May 1998 (age 23)00 Flag of England.svg Barnsley v. Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia , 4 June 2021 PRE
DF Albin Granlund (1989-09-01) 1 September 1989 (age 31)190 Flag of Poland.svg Stal Mielec v. Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia , 4 June 2021 PRE
DF Juhani Ojala (1989-06-19) 19 June 1989 (age 32)321 Flag of Denmark.svg Vejle v. Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia , 4 June 2021 PRE
DF Juha Pirinen (1991-10-22) 22 October 1991 (age 29)200 Flag of Slovakia.svg Trenčín v. Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland , 31 March 2021

MF Jasin-Amin Assehnoun (1998-12-26) 26 December 1998 (age 22)10 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Emmen v. Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia , 4 June 2021 PRE
MF Ilmari Niskanen (1997-10-12) 12 October 1997 (age 23)61 Flag of Germany.svg FC Ingolstadt 04 v. Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales , 18 November 2020

FW Roope Riski (1991-08-16) 16 August 1991 (age 29)61 Flag of Finland.svg HJK v. Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia , 4 June 2021 PRE
FW Rasmus Karjalainen (1996-04-04) 4 April 1996 (age 25)131 Flag of Sweden.svg Örebro v. Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland , 31 March 2021
FW Jasse Tuominen (1995-11-12) 12 November 1995 (age 25)151 Flag of Sweden.svg Häcken v. Flag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland , 14 October 2020 INJ
FW Santeri Hostikka (1997-09-30) 30 September 1997 (age 23)00 Flag of Poland.svg Pogoń Szczecin v. Flag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland , 6 September 2020

INJ = Withdrew due to an injury
WD = Withdrew due to a non-injury issue
PRE = Preliminary squad / standby

Player records

As of 21 June 2021 [17]
Players in bold are still active with Finland.

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
YearResultPositionPldWDLGFGAPldWDLGFGA
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
Total0/21129322374134287

UEFA European Championship

UEFA European Championship record Qualifying record
YearResultPositionPldWDLGFGASquadPldWDLGFGA
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).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 Group stage17th310213 Squad 106041610
Flag of Germany.svg 2024 To be determinedTo be determined
TotalGroup stage1/16310213114332457125172

UEFA Nations League

UEFA Nations League record
SeasonDivisionGroupPosPldWDLGFGAP/RRK
Flag of Portugal.svg 2018–19 C 2 1st640253Green Arrow Up Darker.svg28th
Flag of Italy.svg 2020–21 B 4 2nd640275Equals-sign-blue.gif21st
Flag of none.svg 2022–23 B To be determined
Total1280412821st

Olympic Games

Olympic Games record
YearResultPositionPldWDLGFGASquad
Flag of Greece (1822-1978).svg 1896 No football tournament was held
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg 1900 Did not enter
Flag of the United States (1896-1908).svg 1904
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 1908
Flag of Sweden.svg 1912 Fourth place4th4202516 Squad
Since 1917, Declaration of Independence Flag of Finland 1918 (state).svg
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg 1920 Did not enter
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg 1924
Flag of the Netherlands.svg 1928
Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg 1932 No football tournament was held
Flag of Germany (1935-1945).svg 1936 Round of 1614th100137 Squad
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 1948 Did not enter
Flag of Finland.svg 1952 Round of 169th100134 Squad
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 1956 Did not enter
Flag of Italy.svg 1960 Did not qualify
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 Squad
Flag of the United States.svg 1984 Did not qualify
Flag of South Korea (1984-1997).svg 1988
Since 1992 Olympic football has been an under-23 tournament
TotalFourth place4/1793151429

Nordic Football Championship

Nordic Football Championship record
YearResultPositionPldWDLGFGA
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

Baltic Cup

Baltic Cup record
YearResultPldWDLGFGA
2012 Runners-up211032
2014 Third place210121
Total421153

Head-to-head record

This list is Finland national team complete records, both friendlies and competitive matches. [18]

As of 20 June 2021 [19]
OpponentGPWDLGFGAGDWin %
All Nations 7662011564099031,600−697026.24


AgainstPlayedWonDrawnLostGFGAGD% Won
Flag of Albania.svg  Albania 741286+2057.14
Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria 100102−2000.00
Flag of Andorra.svg  Andorra 211030+3050.00
Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia 6510111+10083.33
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 111281124−13009.09
Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan 8701155+10087.50
Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain 541091+8080.00
Flag of Barbados.svg  Barbados 101000+0000.00
Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus 523074+3040.00
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 114431920−1036.36
Flag of Bermuda.svg  Bermuda 110020+2100.00
Flag of Bolivia (state).svg  Bolivia 201125−3000.00
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina 411257−2025.00
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 300339−6000.00
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 10217319−16020.00
Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon 201102−2000.00
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 110032+1100.00
Flag of Chile.svg  Chile 100102−2000.00
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR 410376+1025.00
Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 100113−2000.00
Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica 100112−1000.00
Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 201112−1000.00
Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus 421174+3050.00
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 113351422−8027.27
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 6012103861151−90020.00
Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany 7214821−13028.57
Flag of Ecuador.svg  Ecuador 100113−2000.00
Flag of Egypt.svg  Egypt 200224−2000.00
Flag of England.svg  England 130211744−37000.00
Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia 32151077440+34046.88
Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands 5500151+14100.00
Flag of France.svg  France 9108318−15011.11
Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia 211021+1050.00
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 2316161982−63004.35
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 186392229−7033.33
Flag of Honduras (darker variant).svg  Honduras 110021+1100.00
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 1733111548−33017.65
Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland 137242014+6053.85
Flag of India.svg  India 211020+2050.00
Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia 100113−2000.00
Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq 220030+3100.00
Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland 5023211−9000.00
Flag of Israel.svg  Israel 521266+0040.00
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 131111732−25007.69
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 200217−6000.00
Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan 110021+1100.00
Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan 321041+3066.67
Flag of Kosovo.svg  Kosovo 211021+1050.00
Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait 732265+1042.86
Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia 1710343218+14058.82
Flag of Liechtenstein.svg  Liechtenstein 532093+6060.00
Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania 5302155+10060.00
Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg 5401124+8080.00
Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia 100112−1000.00
Flag of Malta.svg  Malta 742195+4057.14
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 401327−5000.00
Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova 421175+2050.00
Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco 211010+1050.00
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 1412111443−29007.14
Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea 110030+3100.00
Flag of North Macedonia.svg  North Macedonia 4301112+9075.00
Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland 93241312+1033.33
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 669164181181−100013.64
Flag of Oman.svg  Oman 633072+5050.00
Flag of Peru (state).svg  Peru 100137−4000.00
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 2938182567−42010.34
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 10145614−8010.00
Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 413043+1025.00
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 11047527−22000.00
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 2115151367−54004.76
Flag of San Marino.svg  San Marino 4400150+15100.00
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia 421174+3050.00
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 8026518−13000.00
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 92251030−20022.22
Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia 301214−3000.00
Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 211031+2050.00
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 300305−5000.00
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 8125516−11012.50
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 8911116796294−198012.36
Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 520357−2040.00
Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 5500126+6100.00
Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg  Trinidad and Tobago 531187+1060.00
Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia 321062+4066.67
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 156452224−2040.00
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates 101011+0000.00
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine 301224−2000.00
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 200213−2000.00
Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 200218−7000.00
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 124441217−5033.33
Flag of Yemen.svg  Yemen 101000+0000.00
Total (0)7682011564099031600–6970

Honours

Minor tournaments

See also

Related Research Articles

Wales national football team Association football team

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.

Liechtenstein national football team

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.

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Romania national football team National association football team

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Bulgaria national football team

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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.

Armenia national football team

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.

Latvia national football team Mens association football team representing Latvia

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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.

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Ukraine national football team Mens national association football team

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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.

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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.

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