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Finland national under-21 football team

The Finnish national under-21 football team is the national under-21 football team of Finland. The team qualified for the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship final tournament in 2009.

Finland U21
Nickname(s)Pikkuhuuhkajat
(The Little Eagle-Owls)[1]
AssociationFootball Association of Finland
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachFinland Juha Malinen
FIFA codeFIN
First colours
Second colours
First international
Finland Finland 1–3 Sweden 
(Vaasa, Finland; 11 August 1976)
Biggest win
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Biggest defeat
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UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances1 (first in 2009)
Best resultGroup stage

Contents

UEFA U-21 Championship RecordEdit

  • 1978: Finished 3rd of 3 in qualification group.
  • 1980: Finished 3rd of 3 in qualification group.
  • 1982: Finished 4th of 4 in qualification group.
  • 1984: Finished 3rd of 4 in qualification group.
  • 1986: Finished 2nd of 4 in qualification group.
  • 1988: Finished 3rd of 4 in qualification group.
  • 1990: Finished 4th of 4 in qualification group.
  • 1992: Finished 3rd of 4 in qualification group.
  • 1994: Finished 3rd of 6 in qualification group.
  • 1996: Finished 2nd of 5 in qualification group.
  • 1998: Finished 4th of 6 in qualification group.
  • 2000: Finished 3rd of 5 in qualification group.
  • 2002: Finished 4th of 5 in qualification group.
  • 2004: Finished 3rd of 5 in qualification group.
  • 2006: Finished 5th of 7 in qualification group.
  • 2007: Finished 3rd of 3 in qualification group.
  • 2009: Won qualification group 6 and beat Austria in play-offs. Qualified for the final tournament, where finished 4th of 4 in Group B.
  • 2011: Finished 3rd of 5 in qualification group.
  • 2013: Finished 4th of 6 in qualification group.
  • 2015: Finished 2nd of 6 in qualification group.
  • 2017: Finished 3rd of 6 in qualification group.
  • 2019: Finished 4th of 6 in qualification group.

2021 UEFA Euro Under-21 qualificationEdit

Template:2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification Group 8

Current squadEdit

The following 22 players have been called-up for the International friendlies against North Macedonia on 6 June 2019 and Sweden on 11 June 2019.[2][3]

Caps and goals as of 11 June 2019 after the match against Sweden.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Hugo Keto (1998-02-09) 9 February 1998 (age 21) 13 0   Waterford
12 1GK Rasmus Leislahti (2000-06-16) June 16, 2000 (age 19) 1 0   FC Honka
2 2DF Aapo Halme (1998-05-22) 22 May 1998 (age 21) 9 0   Leeds United
5 2DF Juho Hyvärinen (2000-03-27) 27 March 2000 (age 19) 4 0   RoPS
15 2DF Kalle Katz (2000-01-04) 4 January 2000 (age 19) 3 0   RoPS
2DF Jonas Häkkinen (1999-03-21) 21 March 1999 (age 20) 2 0   VPS
2DF Martti Haukioja (1999-03-06) 6 March 1999 (age 20) 2 0   VPS
2DF Joonas Sundman (1998-01-20) 20 January 1998 (age 21) 5 0   SJK
2DF Ville Tikkanen (1999-08-08) 8 August 1999 (age 19) 0 0   SJK
2DF Miko Virtanen (1999-01-29) 29 January 1999 (age 20) 2 0   Aberdeen
8 3MF Jaakko Oksanen (2000-11-07) 7 November 2000 (age 18) 4 0   Brentford
13 4FW Eetu Vertainen (captain) (1999-05-11) 11 May 1999 (age 20) 7 1   HJK
16 3MF Lucas Lingman (1998-01-25) 25 January 1998 (age 21) 4 0   RoPS
18 3MF Jasin Assehnoun (1998-12-26) 26 December 1998 (age 20) 4 1   FC Lahti
21 3MF Onni Valakari (1999-08-18) 18 August 1999 (age 19) 4 1   Tromsø
22 3MF Kevin Kouassivi-Benissan (1999-01-25) 25 January 1999 (age 20) 2 0   HJK
3MF Teemu Jäntti (2000-03-02) 2 March 2000 (age 19) 2 0   FC Lahti
3MF Niilo Mäenpää (1998-01-14) 14 January 1998 (age 21) 3 0   FC Inter
3MF Abukar Mohamed (1999-01-01) 1 January 1999 (age 20) 2 0   Lazio
10 4FW Saku Ylätupa (1999-08-04) 4 August 1999 (age 19) 5 1   AIK
4FW Enoch Banza (2000-02-04) 4 February 2000 (age 19) 2 0   KPV
4FW Nikolas Saira (1999-02-11) 11 February 1999 (age 20) 0 0   HIFK

Recent callupsEdit

The following players have also been called up to the Finland under-21 squad and remain eligible:

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
DF Aapo Mäenpää (1998-01-14) 14 January 1998 (age 21) 5 0   IFK Mariehamn v.   Sweden, 11 June 2019
DF Juhani Pikkarainen (1998-07-30) 30 July 1998 (age 20) 3 1   KPV v.   Sweden, 11 June 2019
DF Valtteri Vesiaho (1999-02-10) 10 February 1999 (age 20) 0 0   HJK v.   Bulgaria, 25 March 2019
MF Kaan Kairinen (1998-12-22) 22 December 1998 (age 20) 13 3   HJK v.   Sweden, 11 June 2019
MF Eemeli Virta (2000-09-28) 28 September 2000 (age 18) 0 0   FC Lahti v.   Sweden, 11 June 2019
MF Joel Mattsson (1999-03-17) 17 March 1999 (age 20) 2 0   HIFK v.   Bulgaria, 25 March 2019
FW Mikael Soisalo (1998-04-24) 24 April 1998 (age 21) 11 0   Zulte Waregem v.   Sweden, 11 June 2019
FW Benjamin Källman (1998-06-17) 17 June 1998 (age 20) 11 10   Vendsyssel v.   Sweden, 11 June 2019
FW Marcus Forss (1999-06-18) 18 June 1999 (age 19) 3 1   Brentford v.   Bulgaria, 25 March 2019
FW Lassi Lappalainen (1998-08-24) 24 August 1998 (age 20) 7 3   HJK v.   Lithuania, 16 October 2018

Coaching staffEdit

[4]

Position Name
Head coach   Juha Malinen
Assistant coach   Stephen Ward
Assistant coach   Joaquin Gomez
Goalkeeping coach   Mikko Kavén
Video analyst   Jouko Kylmäoja
Physiotherapist   Tony Elomaa
Doctor   Jonne Väisänen
Kit manager   Timo Naukkarinen
Team manager   Joonas Vilkki

Past squadsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit