|Association||Football Association of Finland|
|Head coach||Markku Kanerva|
|Most caps||Jari Litmanen (137)|
|Top scorer||Jari Litmanen (32)|
|Current|| 59 |
|Highest||33 (March 2007)|
|Lowest||110 (July–August 2017)|
|Current|| 53 |
|Highest||30 (March 2002)|
(Helsinki, Grand Duchy of Finland, Russian Empire; 22 October 1911)
(Helsinki, Finland; 11 August 1922)
(Helsinki, Finland; 17 November 2010)
(Leipzig, Germany; 1 September 1940)
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 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 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, 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 1919–1939 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.
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.
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 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.In 1937, Finland participated the FIFA World Cup qualification for the first time, losing all three matches against Sweden, Germany and Estonia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup qualification record|
|Did not enter||Did not enter|
|Did not qualify||3||0||0||3||0||7|
|Withdrew during qualifying||2||0||1||1||1||4|
|Did not qualify||4||0||2||2||7||13|
|To be determined||To be determined|
|UEFA European Championship record||UEFA European Championship qualifying record|
|Did not enter||Did not enter|
|Did not qualify||6||0||2||4||5||12|
|To be determined||To be determined|
|UEFA Nations League record|
|2020–21||B||To be determined|
|was not involved|
|Since 1917, Declaration of Independence |
|Did not qualify|
|Round of 16||14th||1||0||0||1||3||7|
|Did not qualify|
|Round of 16||9th||1||0||0||1||3||4|
|Did not qualify|
|Did not qualify|
|To be determined|
|Nordic Football Championship record|
|Baltic Cup (football) Record|
This list is Finland national team complete records, both friendlies and competitive matches.
This article needs to be updated.January 2018)(
|11 January 2018|| Jordan ||1–2||Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi|
| Mardi ||Report|| Toivio |
|23 March 2018|| Finland ||0–0||Gloria Sports Arena, Belek|
Referee: Mete Kalkavan (Turkey)
|26 March 2018|| Finland ||5–0||Gloria Sports Arena, Belek|
| Pukki |
Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (Turkey)
|5 June 2018|| Romania ||2–0||Stadionul Ilie Oană, Ploiești|
| Manea |
Referee: Robert Harvey (Republic of Ireland)
|9 June 2018|| Finland ||2–0||Tampere Stadium, Tampere|
| Uronen |
Referee: Alain Durieux (Luxembourg)
|8 September 2018 2018–19 UEFA Nations League|| Finland ||1–0||Tampere Stadium, Tampere|
|19:00 (UTC-3)|| Pukki ||Report||Referee: Gediminas Mažeika (Lithuania)|
|11 September 2018 2018–19 UEFA Nations League|| Finland ||1–0||Veritas Stadion, Turku|
|21:45 (UTC+3)|| Pukki ||Report||Attendance: 4,632|
Referee: Orel Grinfeld (Israel)
|12 October 2018 2018–19 UEFA Nations League|| Estonia ||0–1||A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn|
|21:45 (UTC+3)||Report|| Pukki ||Attendance: 8,087|
Referee: Craig Pawson (England)
|15 October 2018 2018–19 UEFA Nations League|| Finland ||2–0||Tampere Stadium, Tampere|
|21:45 (UTC+3)|| Soiri |
Referee: Paweł Gil (Poland)
|15 November 2018 2018–19 UEFA Nations League|| Greece ||1–0||Olympic Stadium, Athens|
|21:45 (UTC+2)|| Granlund ||Report||Referee: Luca Banti (Italy)|
|18 November 2018 2018–19 UEFA Nations League|| Hungary ||2–0||Groupama Arena, Budapest|
|20:45 (UTC+2)|| Szalai |
|Report||Referee: Slavko Vinčić (Slovenia)|
|8 January 2019 Friendly|| Sweden ||0–1||Doha, Qatar|
|19:45 (UTC+3)||Report|| Markkanen ||Stadium: Al Sadd Sports Club|
Referee: Abdulla Al-Marri (Qatar)
|11 January 2019 Friendly|| Estonia ||2–1||Doha, Qatar|
|15:00 (UTC+3)|| Kams |
|Report|| Karjalainen ||Attendance: 200|
Referee: Khalid Al-Shaqsi (Oman)
|23 March 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying|| Italy ||2–0||Stadio Friuli, Udine|
|20:45 (UTC+1)|| Barella |
|Report||Referee: Orel Grinfeld (Israel)|
|26 March 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying|| Armenia ||v||Yerevan, Armenia|
|21:00 (UTC+4)||Report||Stadium: Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium |
Referee: Nikola Dabanović (Montenegro)
|8 June 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying|| Finland ||v||Tampere, Finland|
|18:00 UTC+2||Report||Stadium: Tampere Stadium|
|11 June 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying|| Liechtenstein ||v||Vaduz, Liechtenstein|
|20:45 UTC+2||Report||Stadium: Rheinpark Stadion|
|5 September 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying|| Finland ||v||Tampere, Finland|
|21:45 UTC+3||Report||Stadium: Tampere Stadium|
|8 September 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying|| Finland ||v||Tampere, Finland|
|20:45 CEST (UTC+2)||Report||Stadium: Tampere Stadium|
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.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|GK||Lukáš Hrádecký (Vice capt.)||24 November 1989||48||0|
|1||GK||Jesse Joronen||21 March 1993||8||0|
|GK||Anssi Jaakkola||13 March 1987||3||0|
|4||DF||Joona Toivio||4 April 1988||56||3|
|DF||Paulus Arajuuri (Vice capt.)||15 June 1988||35||3|
|DF||Thomas Lam||18 December 1993||21||0|
|16||DF||Juha Pirinen||22 October 1991||15||0|
|3||DF||Albin Granlund||1 September 1989||14||0|
|DF||Sauli Väisänen||5 June 1994||13||0|
|DF||Mikko Sumusalo||12 March 1990||7||1|
|DF||Valtteri Moren||15 June 1991||5||1|
|DF||Leo Väisänen||23 July 1997||0||0|
|14||MF||Tim Sparv (captain)||20 February 1987||66||1|
|MF||Kasper Hämäläinen||8 August 1986||60||9|
|11||MF||Rasmus Schüller||18 June 1991||32||0|
|MF||Robin Lod||17 April 1993||28||3|
|MF||Pyry Soiri||22 September 1994||13||4|
|MF||Joni Kauko||12 July 1990||11||0|
|MF||Petteri Forsell||16 October 1990||9||1|
|MF||Glen Kamara||28 October 1995||9||1|
|8||MF||Robert Taylor||21 October 1994||9||0|
|MF||Fredrik Jensen||9 September 1997||7||2|
|FW||Teemu Pukki||29 March 1990||69||15|
|FW||Rasmus Karjalainen||4 April 1996||7||1|
|21||FW||Lassi Lappalainen||24 August 1998||3||0|
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||Walter Viitala||9 January 1992||2||0||Free agent||v. |
|GK||Rasmus Leislahti||16 June 2000||0||0||v. |
|GK||Hugo Keto PRE||9 February 1998||0||0||v. |
|DF||Jere Uronen INJ||13 July 1994||32||1||v. |
|DF||Juhani Ojala||19 June 1989||26||1||v. |
|DF||Robert Ivanov||19 September 1994||3||0||v. |
|DF||Nicholas Hämäläinen||5 March 1997||1||0||v. |
|DF||Henri Toivomäki PRE||21 February 1991||1||0||v. |
|DF||Jonas Levänen INJ||12 January 1994||0||0||v. |
|DF||Juho Pirttijoki INJ||30 July 1996||1||0||v. |
|DF||Markus Halsti||19 March 1984||35||0||v. |
|DF||Janne Saksela||14 March 1993||7||0||v. |
|DF||Jukka Raitala||15 September 1988||43||0||v. |
|DF||Kalle Taimi||27 January 1992||2||1||Free agent||v. |
|MF||Simon Skrabb||19 January 1995||11||0||v. |
|MF||Sebastian Dahlström||5 November 1996||3||0||v. |
|MF||Saku Ylätupa||4 August 1999||3||0||v. |
|MF||Kaan Kairinen||22 December 1998||2||0||v. |
|MF||Moshtagh Yaghoubi||8 November 1994||6||1||v. |
|FW||Eero Markkanen||3 July 1991||17||2||v. |
|FW||Tim Väyrynen||30 March 1993||12||0||v. |
|FW||Jasse Tuominen||12 November 1995||10||0||v. |
|FW||Berat Sadik||14 September 1986||12||1||v. |
|FW||Akseli Pelvas||8 February 1989||7||1||v. |
|FW||Joel Pohjanpalo||13 September 1994||29||6||v. |
Last updated: 13 Oct 2015.
|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)||5||3||2||0||60.00|
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.
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.
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. Liechtenstein suffered its biggest ever loss in 1996, during qualification for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, with an 11–1 thrashing by North Macedonia, the result also being North Macedonia's largest ever win to date.
The San Marino national football team is the national football team of San Marino, controlled by the San Marino Football Federation (FSGC). The team represents the second 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 Lithuania national football team is under the auspices of the Lithuanian Football Federation. It played its first match in 1923. In 1940, Lithuania was occupied by the Soviet Union; the country regained its independence in 1990 and played their first match as a new nation against Georgia on 27 May of that year.
The Hungary national football team represents Hungary in international football and is controlled by the Hungarian Football Federation.
The Romania national football team represents Romania in international football and is controlled by the Romanian Football Federation. They are colloquially known as Tricolorii.
The Slovakia national football team represents Slovakia in association football and is controlled by the Slovak Football Association (SFZ), the governing body for football in Slovakia. Slovakia's home stadium from 2019 is reconstructed Tehelné pole in capital city of Slovakia Bratislava and their head coach is Pavel Hapal. 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 professional 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. After gaining independence from the Soviet Union, the team played its first international match on October 12, 1992. Armenia's home ground is the Republican Stadium in Yerevan. The national team has participated in the qualification of every major tournament from the UEFA Euro 1996 onwards, though they are yet to qualify for the knockout stage in either a UEFA European Football Championship or a FIFA World Cup. In what was the Armenian national squad's greatest success at present, the team came in third place in the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying stage, with controversial officiating preventing them from achieving second place, and hence moving on to the play-off stage.
The Latvia national football team represents the country in international football competitions, such as the World Cup and the European Championships. It is controlled by the Latvian Football Federation, the governing body for football in Latvia. They have never qualified for the World Cup, but they have, however, qualified for the European Championship in 2004, under Aleksandrs Starkovs.
The Greece national football team represents Greece in association football and is controlled by the Hellenic Football Federation, the governing body for football in Greece. Greece's main home grounds are located in the capital-city Athens at the Olympic Stadium in Maroussi and also in the port of Piraeus at the Karaiskakis Stadium. Greece is one of only ten national teams to have been crowned UEFA European Champions.
The Czech national football team represents the Czech Republic in association football and is controlled by the Football Association of the Czech Republic, the governing body for football in the Czech Republic. Historically, the team participated in FIFA and UEFA competitions as Bohemia, Austria-Hungary and Czechoslovakia, finishing second at the 1934 and 1962 World Cups and winning the European Championship in 1976.
The Georgia national football team is the national association football team of Georgia and 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 Iceland national football team represents Iceland in international football. The team is controlled by the Football Association of Iceland.
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 Serbia national football team represents Serbia in association football and is controlled by the Football Association of Serbia, the governing body for football in the country.
The Kazakhstan national football team represents Kazakhstan in international men's association football and is directed by Football Federation of Kazakhstan. 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 Botswana national football team, nicknamed 'The Zebras' is the national football team of Botswana and is controlled by the Botswana Football Association. They have never qualified for the World Cup but they did qualify for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in their history.
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