Finland national football team

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 1908 and a UEFA member since 1957.

Finland
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Huuhkajat
(The Eagle-owls)[1]
AssociationFootball Association of Finland
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachMarkku Kanerva
CaptainLukáš Hrádecký
Most capsJari Litmanen (137)
Top scorerTeemu Pukki (36)
Home stadiumHelsinki Olympic Stadium
FIFA codeFIN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 59 Decrease 2 (23 June 2022)[2]
Highest33 (March 2007)
Lowest110 (July–August 2017)
First international
Russian Empire Finland 2–5 Sweden 
(Helsinki, Russia; 22 October 1911)
as Finland
 Sweden 1–0 Finland 
(Stockholm, Sweden; 29 May 1919)
Biggest win
 Finland 10–2 Estonia 
(Helsinki, Finland; 11 August 1922)
 Finland 8–0 San Marino 
(Helsinki, Finland; 17 November 2010)
Biggest defeat
 Germany 13–0 Finland 
(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)

Finland had never qualified for a major tournament until securing a spot at UEFA Euro 2020, which was postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After many decades of average results and campaigns, 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. But, after that, they saw a decline of performances and results, drawing them to their all-time low of 110th in the FIFA Rankings in 2017. However, after five years of their all-time low in the FIFA Rankings, as of April 2022, they sit at the 57th place in the overall ranking, and at the 29th place between the European FIFA members.[5] Finland is one of the few countries in Europe where football is not the most popular sport. As a result, their level in football is not as high as in ice hockey, which is much more popular in Finland.

HistoryEdit

 
Finland team paying a Moscow XI in Moscow 1912

Early historyEdit

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 dispersionEdit

 
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.[6] 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.[7]

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.[7] 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.[7]

Post-war yearsEdit

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.[8]

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

Later 20th centuryEdit

 
Finnish team after the victory over Yugoslavia in 1950
 
Finland against the Netherlands from 1975

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.

Antti Muurinen succeeded Møller Nielsen as coach in 2000. He had arguably the most talented group of Finnish players ever at his disposal, including players such as Antti Niemi, Sami Hyypiä, Teemu Tainio and Mikael Forssell in addition to the legendary Litmanen. The team also performed quite well under him in qualification for the 2002 World Cup despite a difficult draw, earning two draws against Germany and a home draw with England as well as beating Greece 5–1 in Helsinki. In the end, however, England and Germany proved too strong, and the Finns finished third in the group, but were the only team in that group not to lose at home. Hopes were high going into qualification for Euro 2004 after the promising last campaign and friendly wins over the likes of Norway, Belgium and Portugal (which seen the Finns jump from 40th–30th in the Elo ranking[4]). However, Finland started the campaign by losing to Wales and Yugoslavia (later Serbia and Montenegro, now two separate nations). These losses were followed by two defeats by Italy, and a 3–0 home win over Serbia and Montenegro was little consolation, as the Finns finished fourth in the group. In qualification for the 2006 World Cup Finland failed to score a single point in six matches against the top three teams in their group, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and Romania. Muurinen was sacked in June 2005, and he was replaced by caretaker Jyrki Heliskoski, but results didn't improve.

In August 2005, it was announced that Roy Hodgson would become the new Finland coach in 2006, and he started in the job in January of that year. Hodgson stepped down as manager after they failed to qualify for Euro 2008.[9] His replacement was a Scotsman, Stuart Baxter, who signed a contract until the end of the 2012 European Championship qualification campaign.[10]

Recent historyEdit

 
Markku Kanerva managed to lead his Finnish national team to first time qualification to a UEFA European Tournament.

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.[11] The successful qualifying campaign in Group J, was aided by a distinctive performance of Teemu Pukki, who scored ten goals in the qualifications.[12]

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.[13] 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 stadiumsEdit

 
Helsinki Central Station Lantern Carriers supporting the Finnish football team at the 2020 European Championships in 2021.
 
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 crestEdit

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 sponsorshipEdit

Kit supplier Period
  Adidas 1979–2014
  Nike 2014–

Results and fixturesEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

2021Edit

1 September 2021 Friendly Finland   0–0   Wales Helsinki, Finland
19:00 Report Stadium: Helsinki Olympic Stadium
Attendance: 4,357
Referee: Kristo Tohver (Estonia)
4 September 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying Finland   1–0   Kazakhstan Helsinki, Finland
19:00 UTC+3
  • Pohjanpalo   60'
Report Stadium: Helsinki Olympic Stadium
Attendance: 10,167
Referee: Sergei Ivanov (Russia)
7 September 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying France   2–0   Finland Lyon, France
20:45 UTC+2
Report Stadium: Groupama Stadium
Attendance: 57,057
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (Germany)
9 October 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying Finland   1–2   Ukraine Helsinki, Finland
19:00 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: Helsinki Olympic Stadium
Attendance: 29,485
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (Spain)
12 October 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying Kazakhstan   0–2   Finland Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
20:00 UTC+6 Report
Stadium: Astana Arena
Attendance: 8,365
Referee: Halis Özkahya (Turkey)
13 November 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying Bosnia and Herzegovina   1–3   Finland Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
15:00 UTC+1
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Bilino Polje Stadium
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Michael Oliver (England)
16 November 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying Finland   0–2   France Helsinki, Finland
21:45 UTC+2 Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Helsinki Olympic Stadium
Attendance: 31,890
Referee: Marco Guida (Italy)

2022Edit

26 March 2022 Friendly Finland   1–1   Iceland Murcia, Spain
Report
Stadium: Estadio Nueva Condomina
Referee: Fedayi San (Switzerland)
29 March 2022 Friendly Finland   0–2   Slovakia Murcia, Spain
Report
Stadium: Estadio Nueva Condomina
Referee: Espen Eskås (Norway)
4 June 2022 2022–23 UEFA Nations League B Finland   1–1   Bosnia and Herzegovina Helsinki, Finland
18:00 (19:00 UTC+3) Pukki   45+1' (pen.) Report Prevljak   90+3' Stadium: Helsinki Olympic Stadium
Attendance: 20,181
Referee: Nicholas Walsh (Scotland)
7 June 2022 (2022-06-07) 2022–23 UEFA Nations League B Finland   2–0   Montenegro Helsinki, Finland
21:45 UTC+3 Pohjanpalo   31', 38' Report Stadium: Helsinki Olympic Stadium
Attendance: 17,009
Referee: Allard Lindhout (Netherlands)
11 June 2022 (2022-06-11) 2022–23 UEFA Nations League B Romania   1–0   Finland Bucharest, Romania
21:45 UTC+3
Report Stadium: Rapid Stadium
Attendance: 11,503
Referee: Harald Lechner (Austria)
14 June 2022 (2022-06-14) 2022–23 UEFA Nations League B Bosnia and Herzegovina   3–2   Finland Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
20:45 UTC+2
Report
Stadium: Bilino Polje Stadium
Attendance: 8,150
Referee: Georgi Kabakov (Bulgaria)
23 September 2022 (2022-09-23) 2022–23 UEFA Nations League B Finland   v   Romania
21:45 UTC+3 Report
26 September 2022 (2022-09-26) 2022–23 UEFA Nations League B Montenegro   v   Finland
20:45 UTC+2 Report

Coaching staffEdit

[14][15][16]

Position Name
Head Coach   Markku Kanerva
Assistant Coach   Mika Nurmela
  Kari Martonen
Goalkeeping Coach   Antti Niemi
Fitness Coach   Jari-Pekka Keurulainen
Physiotherapists   Jari-Pekka Keurulainen
  Paavo Leiramo
Video Analyst   Henri Lehto
  Sixten Boström
Doctor   Heikki Kinnunen
Osteopath   Hannu Kanerva
Kit Manager   Jari Parikka
Team Manager   Lennart Wangel

Coaching historyEdit

As of 13 October 2015.

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the 2022–23 UEFA Nations League B matches against Bosnia and Herzegovina on 4 June, Montenegro on 7 June, Romania on 11 June and Bosnia and Herzegovina on 14 June 2022.[17][18]

Caps and goals as of 14 June 2022, after the match against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Lukáš Hrádecký (captain) (1989-11-24) 24 November 1989 (age 32) 78 0   Bayer Leverkusen
1GK Jesse Joronen (1993-03-21) 21 March 1993 (age 29) 16 0   Brescia
1GK Carljohan Eriksson (1995-04-25) 25 April 1995 (age 27) 1 0   Dundee United

2DF Jere Uronen (1994-07-13) 13 July 1994 (age 28) 60 1   Brest
2DF Thomas Lam (1993-12-18) 18 December 1993 (age 28) 28 0   Melbourne City
2DF Sauli Väisänen (1994-06-05) 5 June 1994 (age 28) 23 0   Cosenza
2DF Albin Granlund (1989-09-01) 1 September 1989 (age 32) 21 0   Stal Mielec
2DF Daniel O'Shaughnessy (vice-captain) (1994-09-14) 14 September 1994 (age 27) 21 1   Karlsruher SC
2DF Nikolai Alho (1993-03-12) 12 March 1993 (age 29) 21 0   Volos
2DF Leo Väisänen (1997-07-23) 23 July 1997 (age 25) 20 0   Elfsborg
2DF Robert Ivanov (1994-09-19) 19 September 1994 (age 27) 13 0   Warta Poznań
2DF Miro Tenho (1995-04-02) 2 April 1995 (age 27) 2 0   HJK
2DF Richard Jensen (1996-03-17) 17 March 1996 (age 26) 3 0   Górnik Zabrze

3MF Rasmus Schüller (vice-captain) (1991-06-18) 18 June 1991 (age 31) 63 0   Djurgården
3MF Robin Lod (1993-04-17) 17 April 1993 (age 29) 58 5   Minnesota United
3MF Glen Kamara (1995-10-28) 28 October 1995 (age 26) 46 1   Rangers
3MF Robert Taylor (1994-10-21) 21 October 1994 (age 27) 26 1   Inter Miami
3MF Onni Valakari (1999-08-18) 18 August 1999 (age 23) 10 1   Pafos
3MF Urho Nissilä (1996-04-04) 4 April 1996 (age 26) 12 0   Suwon FC
3MF Ilmari Niskanen (1997-10-12) 12 October 1997 (age 24) 10 1   Dundee United
3MF Lucas Lingman (1998-01-25) 25 January 1998 (age 24) 3 0   Helsingborg
3MF Mikael Soisalo (1998-04-24) 24 April 1998 (age 24) 3 0   Riga

4FW Teemu Pukki (vice-captain) (1990-03-29) 29 March 1990 (age 32) 106 36   Norwich City
4FW Joel Pohjanpalo (1994-09-13) 13 September 1994 (age 27) 56 13   Çaykur Rizespor
4FW Marcus Forss (1999-06-18) 18 June 1999 (age 23) 14 2   Hull City
4FW Lassi Lappalainen (1998-08-24) 24 August 1998 (age 23) 9 0   CF Montréal
4FW Benjamin Källman (1998-06-17) 17 June 1998 (age 24) 7 2   Cracovia

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up for the team in the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up

DF Miska Ylitolva (2004-05-23) 23 May 2004 (age 18) 2 0   HJK v.   Slovakia, 29 March 2022
DF Joona Toivio RET (1988-03-10) 10 March 1988 (age 34) 78 3   HJK v.   France, 16 November 2021
DF Jukka Raitala (1988-09-15) 15 September 1988 (age 33) 64 0   HJK v.   France, 16 November 2021
DF Paulus Arajuuri RET (1988-06-15) 15 June 1988 (age 34) 58 3   HJK v.   France, 16 November 2021
DF Juha Pirinen (1991-10-22) 22 October 1991 (age 30) 20 0   Trenčín v.   France, 16 November 2021
DF Niko Hämäläinen (1997-03-05) 5 March 1997 (age 25) 12 0   Botafogo v.   France, 16 November 2021
DF Juhani Ojala (1989-06-19) 19 June 1989 (age 33) 32 1   Motherwell v.   France, 16 November 2021 INJ

MF Fredrik Jensen (1997-09-09) 9 September 1997 (age 24) 25 7   FC Augsburg v.   France, 16 November 2021
MF Kaan Kairinen (1998-12-22) 22 December 1998 (age 23) 5 0   Lillestrøm v.   Kazakhstan, 12 October 2021 INJ
MF Tim Sparv RET (1987-02-20) 20 February 1987 (age 35) 84 1 Retired v.   France, 7 September 2021
MF Pyry Soiri (1994-09-22) 22 September 1994 (age 27) 34 5   HJK v.   France, 7 September 2021
MF Jasin-Amin Assehnoun (1998-12-26) 26 December 1998 (age 23) 2 0   Emmen v.   France, 7 September 2021

FW Santeri Hostikka (1997-09-30) 30 September 1997 (age 24) 2 0   HJK v.   Slovakia, 29 March 2022
FW Roope Riski (1991-08-16) 16 August 1991 (age 31) 8 1   HJK v.   Kazakhstan, 12 October 2021

INJ = Withdrew due to an injury
WD = Withdrew due to a non-injury issue
PRE = Preliminary squad / standby
RET = Retired from international duty

Player recordsEdit

As of 14 June 2022[19]
Players in bold are still active with Finland.

Most appearancesEdit

 
Jari Litmanen is Finland's most capped player with 137 appearances.
Rank Player Caps Goals Career
1 Jari Litmanen 137 32 1989–2010
2 Sami Hyypiä 106 5 1992–2010
Jonatan Johansson 106 22 1996–2010
Teemu Pukki 106 36 2009–present
5 Ari Hjelm 100 20 1983–1996
6 Joonas Kolkka 98 11 1994–2010
7 Mikael Forssell 87 29 1999–2014
8 Erkka Petäjä 84 0 1983–1994
Tim Sparv 84 1 2009–2021
10 Joona Toivio 78 3 2011–2021
Lukáš Hrádecký 78 0 2010–present

Top goalscorersEdit

 
Teemu Pukki is Finland's top scorer with 36 goals.
Rank Player Goals Caps Ratio Career
1 Teemu Pukki 36 106 0.34 2009–present
2 Jari Litmanen 32 137 0.23 1989–2010
3 Mikael Forssell 29 87 0.33 1999–2014
4 Jonatan Johansson 22 106 0.21 1996–2010
5 Ari Hjelm 20 100 0.2 1983–1996
6 Mixu Paatelainen 18 70 0.23 1986–2000
7 Verner Eklöf 17 32 0.53 1919–1927
8 Aulis Koponen 16 39 0.41 1924–1935
Gunnar Åström 16 44 0.36 1923–1937
10 Alexei Eremenko 14 57 0.25 2003–2013

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Did not enter Did not enter
  1934
  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
  1958 4 0 0 4 2 19
  1962 4 0 0 4 3 12
  1966 6 1 0 5 5 20
  1970 6 1 0 5 6 28
  1974 6 1 1 4 3 21
  1978 6 2 0 4 11 16
  1982 8 1 0 7 4 27
  1986 8 3 2 3 7 12
  1990 6 1 1 4 4 16
  1994 10 2 1 7 9 18
  1998 8 3 2 3 11 12
    2002 8 3 3 2 12 7
  2006 12 5 1 6 21 19
  2010 10 5 3 2 14 14
  2014 8 2 3 3 5 9
  2018 10 2 3 5 9 13
  2022 8 3 2 3 10 10
      2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/22 137 35 25 77 144 297

UEFA European ChampionshipEdit

UEFA European Championship record Qualifying record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
  1960 Did not enter Did not enter
  1964
  1968 Did not qualify 6 0 2 4 5 12
  1972 6 0 1 5 1 16
  1976 6 0 1 5 3 13
  1980 6 2 2 2 10 15
  1984 6 0 1 5 3 14
  1988 6 1 1 4 4 10
  1992 8 1 4 3 5 8
  1996 10 5 0 5 18 18
    2000 8 3 1 4 13 13
  2004 8 3 1 4 9 10
    2008 14 6 6 2 13 7
    2012 10 3 1 6 16 16
  2016 10 3 3 4 9 10
  2020 Group stage 17th 3 1 0 2 1 3 Squad 10 6 0 4 16 10
  2024 To be determined To be determined
Total Group stage 1/16 3 1 0 2 1 3 114 33 24 57 125 172

UEFA Nations LeagueEdit

UEFA Nations League record
Season Division Group Pos Pld W D L GF GA P/R RK
  2018–19 C 2 1st 6 4 0 2 5 3   28th
  2020–21 B 4 2nd 6 4 0 2 7 5   21st
  2022–23 B To be determined
Total 12 8 0 4 12 8 21st

Olympic GamesEdit

Olympic Games record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad
  1896 No football tournament was held
  1900 Did not enter
  1904
  1908
  1912 Fourth place 4th 4 2 0 2 5 16 Squad
Since 1917, Declaration of Independence  
  1920 Did not enter
  1924
  1928
  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
  1964
  1968
  1972
  1976
  1980 Group stage 9th 3 1 1 1 3 2 Squad
  1984 Did not qualify
  1988
Since 1992 Olympic football has been an under-23 tournament
Total Fourth place 4/17 9 3 1 5 14 29

Nordic Football ChampionshipEdit

Nordic Football Championship record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
1929–32 Fourth place 4th 12 2 2 8 23 52
1933–36 12 3 1 8 18 36
1937–47 12 1 1 10 12 51
1948–51 12 1 3 8 11 28
1952–55 12 1 1 10 13 53
1956–59 12 0 1 11 8 44
1960–63 12 2 2 8 14 37
1964–67 Third place 3rd 12 5 2 5 14 17
1968–71 Fourth place 4th 12 0 4 8 10 31
1972–77 12 1 4 7 10 26
1978–80 6 1 4 7 10 26
1981–85 6 1 1 4 7 11
2000–01 Champions 1st 5 4 0 1 7 3
Total 1 Title 13/14 137 21 24 92 150 401

Baltic CupEdit

Baltic Cup record
Year Result Pld W D L GF GA
2012 Runners-up 2 1 1 0 3 2
2014 Third place 2 1 0 1 2 1
Total 4 2 1 1 5 3

Head-to-head recordEdit

This list is Finland national team complete records, both friendlies and competitive matches.[20]

As of 13 November 2021[21]
Opponent GP W D L GF GA GD Win %
All Nations 772 204 157 411 910 1,605 −695 026.42
Against Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD % Won
  Albania 7 4 1 2 8 6 +2 057.14
  Algeria 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 000.00
  Andorra 2 1 1 0 3 0 +3 050.00
  Armenia 6 5 1 0 11 1 +10 083.33
  Austria 11 1 2 8 11 24 −13 009.09
  Azerbaijan 8 7 0 1 15 5 +10 087.50
  Bahrain 5 4 1 0 9 1 +8 080.00
  Barbados 1 0 1 0 0 0 +0 000.00
  Belarus 5 2 3 0 7 4 +3 040.00
  Belgium 11 4 4 3 19 20 −1 036.36
  Bermuda 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 100.00
  Bolivia 2 0 1 1 2 5 −3 000.00
  Bosnia and Herzegovina 5 2 1 2 8 8 +0 040.00
  Brazil 3 0 0 3 3 9 −6 000.00
  Bulgaria 10 2 1 7 3 19 −16 020.00
  Cameroon 2 0 1 1 0 2 −2 000.00
  Canada 1 1 0 0 3 2 +1 100.00
  Chile 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 000.00
  China PR 4 1 0 3 7 6 +1 025.00
  Colombia 1 0 0 1 1 3 −2 000.00
  Costa Rica 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1 000.00
  Croatia 2 0 1 1 1 2 −1 000.00
  Cyprus 4 2 1 1 7 4 +3 050.00
  Czech Republic 11 3 3 5 14 22 −8 027.27
  Denmark 60 12 10 38 61 151 −90 020.00
  East Germany 7 2 1 4 8 21 −13 028.57
  Ecuador 1 0 0 1 1 3 −2 000.00
  Egypt 2 0 0 2 2 4 −2 000.00
  England 13 0 2 11 7 44 −37 000.00
  Estonia 32 15 10 7 74 40 +34 046.88
  Faroe Islands 5 5 0 0 15 1 +14 100.00
  France 10 1 0 9 3 20 −17 010.00
  Georgia 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 050.00
  Germany 23 1 6 16 19 82 −63 004.35
  Greece 18 6 3 9 22 29 −7 033.33
  Honduras 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 100.00
  Hungary 17 3 3 11 15 48 −33 017.65
  Iceland 13 7 2 4 20 14 +6 053.85
  India 2 1 1 0 2 0 +2 050.00
  Indonesia 1 0 0 1 1 3 −2 000.00
  Iraq 2 2 0 0 3 0 +3 100.00
  Ireland 5 0 2 3 2 11 −9 000.00
  Israel 5 2 1 2 6 6 +0 040.00
  Italy 13 1 1 11 7 32 −25 007.69
  Japan 2 0 0 2 1 7 −6 000.00
  Jordan 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 100.00
  Kazakhstan 5 4 1 0 7 1 +6 080.00
  Kosovo 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 050.00
  Kuwait 7 3 2 2 6 5 +1 042.86
  Latvia 17 10 3 4 32 18 +14 058.82
  Liechtenstein 5 3 2 0 9 3 +6 060.00
  Lithuania 5 3 0 2 15 5 +10 060.00
  Luxembourg 5 4 0 1 12 4 +8 080.00
  Malaysia 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1 000.00
  Malta 7 4 2 1 9 5 +4 057.14
  Mexico 4 0 1 3 2 7 −5 000.00
  Moldova 4 2 1 1 7 5 +2 050.00
  Morocco 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1 050.00
  Netherlands 14 1 2 11 14 43 −29 007.14
  North Korea 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 100.00
  North Macedonia 4 3 0 1 11 2 +9 075.00
  Northern Ireland 9 3 2 4 13 12 +1 033.33
  Norway 66 9 16 41 81 181 −100 013.64
  Oman 6 3 3 0 7 2 +5 050.00
  Peru 1 0 0 1 3 7 −4 000.00
  Poland 29 3 8 18 25 67 −42 010.34
  Portugal 10 1 4 5 6 14 −8 010.00
  Qatar 4 1 3 0 4 3 +1 025.00
  Romania 11 0 4 7 5 27 −22 000.00
  Russia 21 1 5 15 13 67 −54 004.76
  San Marino 4 4 0 0 15 0 +15 100.00
  Saudi Arabia 4 2 1 1 7 4 +3 050.00
  Scotland 8 0 2 6 5 18 −13 000.00
  Serbia 9 2 2 5 10 30 −20 022.22
  Slovakia 3 0 1 2 1 4 −3 000.00
  Slovenia 2 1 1 0 3 1 +2 050.00
  South Korea 3 0 0 3 0 5 −5 000.00
  Spain 8 1 2 5 5 16 −11 012.50
  Sweden 89 11 11 67 96 294 −198 012.36
   Switzerland 5 2 0 3 5 7 −2 040.00
  Thailand 5 5 0 0 12 6 +6 100.00
  Trinidad and Tobago 5 3 1 1 8 7 +1 060.00
  Tunisia 3 2 1 0 6 2 +4 066.67
  Turkey 15 6 4 5 22 24 −2 040.00
  United Arab Emirates 1 0 1 0 1 1 +0 000.00
  Ukraine 4 0 1 3 3 6 −3 000.00
  United States 2 0 0 2 1 3 −2 000.00
  Uruguay 2 0 0 2 1 8 −7 000.00
  Wales 13 4 5 4 12 17 −5 030.77
  Yemen 1 0 1 0 0 0 +0 000.00
Total 772 204 157 411 910 1,605 −695 026.42

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Minor tournamentsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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