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

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: Finished 4th of 6 in qualification group.

2023 UEFA Euro Under-21 qualificationEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Croatia 6 6 0 0 17 4 +13 18 Final tournament 3–2 24 Mar '22 28 Mar '22 2–0 2–0
2   Norway 6 5 0 1 18 6 +12 15 Play-offs 2 Jun '22 3–1 3–1 14 Jun '22 3–0
3   Austria 7 4 0 3 18 9 +9 12 1–3 28 Mar '22 2 Jun '22 6–0 2–0
4   Finland 6 3 1 2 9 7 +2 10 0–2 9 Jun '22 3–1 6 Jun '22 1–0
5   Azerbaijan (E) 6 0 1 5 3 19 −16 1 1–5 1–2 0–3 1–1 24 Mar '22
6   Estonia (E) 7 0 0 7 0 20 −20 0 7 Jun '22 0–5 0–4 0–3 2 Jun '22
Updated to match(es) played on 16 November 2021. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(E) Eliminated

Current squadEdit

The following players have been called-up for the 2023 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification matches against Norway on 12 November 2021 and against Estonia on 15 November 2021.[2]

Caps and goals as of 15 November 2021 after the match against Estonia.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Lucas Bergström (2002-09-05) September 5, 2002 (age 19) 0 0   Chelsea
1GK Rasmus Leislahti (2000-06-16) June 16, 2000 (age 21) 2 0   Ilves
1GK Viljami Sinisalo (2001-10-11) 11 October 2001 (age 20) 9 0   Aston Villa
2DF Taneli Hämäläinen (2001-04-16) 16 April 2001 (age 20) 7 0   KuPS
2DF Juho Hyvärinen (2000-03-27) 27 March 2000 (age 21) 13 0   Inter Turku
2DF Miika Koskela (2003-07-12) 12 July 2003 (age 18) 2 0   Oulu
2DF Ville Koski (2002-01-27) 27 January 2002 (age 19) 8 0   Honka
2DF Robin Tihi (2002-03-16) 16 March 2002 (age 19) 13 0   Eskilstuna
2DF Matias Vainionpää (2001-10-02) 2 October 2001 (age 20) 8 0   SJK
3MF Oliver Antman (2001-08-15) 15 August 2001 (age 20) 6 1   Nordsjælland
3MF Pyry Hannola (2001-10-21) 21 October 2001 (age 20) 6 0   SJK
3MF Juho Kilo (2002-06-23) 23 June 2002 (age 19) 2 0   Hamburger SV
3MF Juho Ojanen (2002-01-02) 2 January 2002 (age 19) 2 0   Greuther Fürth II
3MF Jaakko Oksanen (2000-11-07) 7 November 2000 (age 21) 15 0   Greenock Morton
3MF Matti Peltola (2002-07-03) 3 July 2002 (age 19) 3 0   HJK
3MF Naatan Skyttä (2002-05-07) 7 May 2002 (age 19) 9 3   Toulouse
3MF Anssi Suhonen (2001-01-14) 14 January 2001 (age 20) 5 1   Hamburger SV
3MF Julius Tauriainen (2001-04-18) 18 April 2001 (age 20) 5 0   Freiburg
3MF Casper Terho (2003-06-24) 24 June 2003 (age 18) 4 0   HJK
3MF Santeri Väänänen (2002-01-01) 1 January 2002 (age 19) 2 0   HJK
4FW Terry Ablade (2001-10-12) 12 October 2001 (age 20) 3 0   Fulham
4FW Eetu Mömmö (2002-05-04) 4 May 2002 (age 19) 8 2   Lecce
4FW Anthony Olusanya (2000-02-01) 1 February 2000 (age 21) 7 1   HJK

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
GK Joona Tiainen (2000-05-07) May 7, 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Lahti v.   Slovakia, 8 June 2021
DF Matias Rale (2001-03-04) 4 March 2001 (age 20) 2 0   Honka v.   Austria, 12 October 2021
DF Mikael Almén (2000-03-08) 8 March 2000 (age 21) 4 0   Ilves v.   Croatia, 7 September 2021 INJ
DF Noah Nurmi (2001-02-06) 6 February 2001 (age 20) 2 0   Inter Turku v.   Croatia, 7 September 2021 INJ
DF Kalle Katz (2000-01-04) 4 January 2000 (age 21) 5 0   Ilves v.   Slovakia, 8 June 2021
MF Daniel Håkans (2000-10-26) 26 October 2000 (age 21) 4 0   SJK v.   Estonia, 15 November 2021 INJ
MF Adam Marhiev (2002-03-17) 17 March 2002 (age 19) 4 0   Spartaks Jūrmala v.   Austria, 12 October 2021
MF Leo Walta (2003-06-24) 24 June 2003 (age 18) 2 0   Nordsjælland v.   Austria, 12 October 2021 INJ
MF Jere Kallinen (2002-01-10) 10 January 2002 (age 19) 0 0   Oulu v.   Austria, 12 October 2021 INJ
MF Niklas Pyyhtiä (2003-09-25) 25 September 2003 (age 18) 4 0   Bologna v.   Croatia, 7 September 2021
MF Teemu Jäntti (2000-03-02) 2 March 2000 (age 21) 2 0   Ilves v.   Sweden, 11 June 2019
MF Eemeli Virta (2000-09-28) 28 September 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Lahti v.   Sweden, 11 June 2019
FW Elias Mastokangas (2001-02-01) 1 February 2001 (age 20) 2 0   IFK Mariehamn v.   Slovakia, 8 June 2021
FW Momodou Sarr (2000-03-31) 31 March 2000 (age 21) 2 0   Ilves v.   Slovakia, 8 June 2021
FW Tobias Fagerström (2000-07-12) 12 July 2000 (age 21) 3 0 Unattached v.   Slovakia, 8 June 2021
FW Enoch Banza (2000-02-04) 4 February 2000 (age 21) 6 0   Raufoss v.   Malta, 17 November 2020
  • INJ = Withdrew due to an injury.

Coaching staffEdit

[3]

Position Name
Head coach   Juha Malinen
Assistant coach   Martin Foyston
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