|Association||Football Association of Finland|
|Head coach||Markku Kanerva|
|Most caps||Jari Litmanen (137)|
|Top scorer||Jari Litmanen (32)|
|Current|| 58 |
|Highest||33 (March 2007)|
|Lowest||110 (July–August 2017)|
(Helsinki, Grand Duchy of Finland, Russian Empire; 22 October 1911)
(Stockholm, Sweden; 29 May 1919)
(Helsinki, Finland; 11 August 1922)
(Helsinki, Finland; 17 November 2010)
(Leipzig, Germany; 1 September 1940)
|Appearances||1 (first in 2020 (played in 2021) )|
The Finland national football team (Finnish : Suomen jalkapallomaajoukkue, Swedish : Finlands fotbollslandslag) represents Finland in men's international football competitions and it is controlled by the Football Association of Finland, The team has never qualified for the FIFA World Cup finals in history, The team has a member of FIFA since 1904 and UEFA member since 1957.
Finland had not qualified a major tournament until securing a spot in the 2020 European Championship (postponed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic) and are the only Nordic team alongside minnows Faroe Islands to have never reached the FIFA World Cup finals. 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 1919–1939 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.
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 Telia 5G -areena, which has artificial turf, is also used for some friendlies and qualifiers. During reconstruction of Helsinki Olympic Stadium in 2016–19 Tampere Stadium 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|
|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)(
|5 September 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying|| Finland ||1–0||Tampere, Finland|
|21:45 (UTC+2)|| Pukki ||Report||Stadium: Tampere Stadium |
Referee: Juan Martínez Munuera (Spain)
|8 September 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying|| Finland ||1–2||Tampere, Finland|
|20:45 CEST (UTC+2)|| Pukki ||Report|| Immobile |
|Stadium: Tampere Stadium |
Referee: Bobby Madden (Scotland)
|12 October 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying|| Bosnia and Herzegovina ||4–1||Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|18:00 (UTC+2)|| Hajrović |
|Report|| Pohjanpalo ||Stadium: Bilino Polje |
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (Slovakia)
|15 October 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying|| Finland ||3–0||Turku, Finland|
|19:00 (UTC+2)|| Jensen |
|Report||Stadium: Veritas Stadion |
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (Spain)
|15 November 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying|| Finland ||3–0||Helsinki, Finland|
|19:00 (UTC+1)|| Tuominen |
|Report||Stadium: Telia 5G -areena |
Referee: Benoît Bastien (France)
|31 March 2020 Friendly|| France ||Cancelled||Décines-Charpieu, France|
|Report||Stadium: Stade de Lyon|
|6 September 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League|| Republic of Ireland ||v||Dublin, Ireland|
|17:00 (UTC+1)||Stadium: Aviva Stadium|
|13 November 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League|| Bulgaria ||v||Sofia, Bulgaria|
|21:45 (UTC+2)||Stadium: Vasil Levski National Stadium|
The following players were called up for UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying matches against Liechtenstein and Greece on 15 November and 18 November 2019.
Caps and goals as of 18 November 2019 after the game against Greece.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Lukáš Hrádecký (Vice captain)||24 November 1989||58||0|
|12||GK||Jesse Joronen||21 March 1993||8||0|
|23||GK||Anssi Jaakkola||13 March 1987||3||0|
|4||DF||Joona Toivio||4 April 1988||65||3|
|22||DF||Jukka Raitala||15 September 1988||51||0|
|2||DF||Paulus Arajuuri||15 June 1988||43||3|
|18||DF||Thomas Lam||18 December 1993||22||0|
|DF||Albin Granlund||1 September 1989||18||0|
|16||DF||Juha Pirinen||22 October 1991||18||0|
|15||DF||Sauli Väisänen||5 June 1994||18||0|
|3||DF||Daniel O'Shaughnessy||14 September 1994||3||0|
|5||DF||Leo Väisänen||23 July 1997||2||0|
|14||MF||Tim Sparv (Captain)||20 February 1987||74||1|
|11||MF||Rasmus Schüller||18 June 1991||40||0|
|8||MF||Robin Lod||17 April 1993||39||3|
|13||MF||Pyry Soiri||22 September 1994||22||5|
|6||MF||Glen Kamara||28 October 1995||19||1|
|19||MF||Joni Kauko||12 July 1990||18||0|
|17||MF||Simon Skrabb||19 January 1995||14||0|
|9||MF||Fredrik Jensen||9 September 1997||11||4|
|21||MF||Robert Taylor||21 October 1994||10||0|
|10||FW||Teemu Pukki||29 March 1990||80||25|
|7||FW||Jasse Tuominen||12 November 1995||15||1|
|20||FW||Rasmus Karjalainen||4 April 1996||9||1|
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|
|DF||Jere Uronen||13 July 1994||40||1||v. |
|DF||Niko Markkula||27 June 1990||0||0||v. |
|MF||Petteri Forsell||16 October 1990||10||1||v. |
|FW||Joel Pohjanpalo||13 September 1994||32||7||v. |
|FW||Lassi Lappalainen||24 August 1998||7||0||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 Sweden national football team represents Sweden in men's international football and it is controlled by the Swedish Football Association, the governing body of football in Sweden. Sweden's home ground is Friends Arena in Solna and the team is coached by Janne Andersson. From 1945 to late 1950s, they were considered one of the greatest teams in Europe.
The Denmark men's national football team represents Denmark in men's international football competition, and is controlled by the Danish Football Union (DBU), the governing body for the football clubs which are organized under DBU. Denmark's home stadium is Parken Stadium in the Østerbro district of Copenhagen, and their head coach is Kasper Hjulmand.
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 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 Azerbaijan national football team is the national football team of Azerbaijan and is controlled by Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan. It represents Azerbaijan in international football competitions. The majority of Azerbaijan's home matches are held at the national stadium, Baku Olympic Stadium, with friendly matches sometimes hosted at club stadiums.
The Bulgaria national football team represents Bulgaria in 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 Georgi Dermendzhiev.
The North Macedonia national football team (Macedonian: Фудбалска репрезентација нa Северна Македонија, romanized: Fudbalska reprezentacija na Severna Makedonija; represents North Macedonia in international football, and is controlled by the Football Federation of North Macedonia. The national team plays its home matches at the Toshe Proeski Arena in Skopje.
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 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 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. 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 Greece national football team represents Greece in men's international football and is controlled by the Hellenic Football Federation, the governing body for football in Greece. Greece play most of their home matches in or near Athens, either in Athens at the Olympic Stadium in the Maroussi section of the city or in the port city of Piraeus at the Karaiskakis Stadium just outside Athens. 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 international football, and are 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 and Czechoslovakia. The Czech team, as Czechoslovakia, finished as runners-up to hosts Italy at the second-ever FIFA World Cup in 1934 and again were runners-up to Pelé's Brazil at the 1962 World Cup in Chile. They won the European Championship in 1976 over West Germany.
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 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 Borisov Arena in Borisov. Since independence in 1991, Belarus has not yet qualified for a FIFA World Cup or UEFA European Championship.
The Montenegro national football team has represented Montenegro in international football since 2007. It is controlled by the Football Association of Montenegro, the governing body for football in Montenegro. Montenegro's home ground is Podgorica City Stadium in Podgorica.
The Gibraltar national football team represents Gibraltar in international football competitions, and is controlled by the Gibraltar Football Association. Gibraltar applied for full UEFA membership and was accepted by the UEFA Congress in May 2013 and can therefore compete in the UEFA European Championship beginning with the 2016 tournament for which the team competed in UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Group D. On 13 May 2016 Gibraltar became a member of FIFA at the governing body's 66th Congress which was held in Mexico City. Gibraltar is the smallest UEFA member in terms of both area and population.
The Russia national football team represents Russia in men's international football and it is controlled by the Russian Football Union, the governing body for football in Russia. Russia's home ground is the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow and their current head coach is Stanislav Cherchesov.
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