Finland national basketball team
The Finland national basketball team (Finnish: Suomen kansallinen koripallojoukkue, Swedish: Finlands herrlandslag i basket) represents Finland in international basketball competition and is governed by Basketball Finland. They have played in 16 EuroBasket tournaments, with their best finish coming in 6th place at EuroBasket 1967 on home soil. The national team also reached the Summer Olympics twice in 1952 as the host, and 1964. In 2014 Finland qualified for their first ever FIBA World Cup.
|FIBA ranking||21 (26 February 2019)|
|FIBA zone||FIBA Europe|
|National federation||Basketball Finland|
(The Wolf Pack)
|FIBA World Cup|
The Finnish Basketball Association was founded in February 1939. A few months earlier the Finnish Football Federation had decided to add basketball to its own repertoire. Finland first competed at the European championship at its third installment, the EuroBasket 1939. In the round-robin, they initially struggled and lost to each of the other seven teams and finished with a 70–541 overall point differential.
Finland's next European competition was 12 years later, at the EuroBasket 1951 in Paris. Overall, they fared much better and split their four preliminary round games and finished at third place in the group at 2–2 but were eliminated from championship contention. They had success after that, winning all three of their classification round 1 games and both round 2 games to finish in 9th place of the 18 teams.
In 1952, by virtue of hosting the games in Helsinki, Finland played at the Summer Olympics for the first time. The national team finished at the bottom of Group B in the preliminary round losing all of its game to the Soviet Union, Bulgaria and Mexico, and failing to advance.
Finland used this international experience when they competed again at the EuroBasket 1953 in Moscow. In the preliminary round, they finished with 1 win and 3 losses for 4th place of the 5 teams in the group. They fared significantly better in the first classification round, winning 3 and losing only 1 to finish in the middle of a three-way tie in the group. They lost both the 9–12 and 11/12 classification games, however, taking 12th place of 17 overall.
At the next event, Finland had some difficulty in the preliminary round of EuroBasket 1955. They lost all three early games in Budapest and were relegated to the classification round. Once again, not faced with the world elite opponents anymore, the Fins shone in the classification round and won all four of the pool play games. They won their classification 9–12 match as well, but lost to France in the 9/10 final to finish 10th of 18 in the tournament.
In Sofia, at the EuroBasket 1957, the Finns finished third in their preliminary group after going 1–2. They moved to the 9–16 classification pool and won five games there with only one loss. They took 11th place overall in the tournament.
At the EuroBasket 1995 in Greece, Finland finished 13th.
Finland qualified for the EuroBasket 2011. The tournament berth was the first for Finland in 16 years. There they finished third out of six teams in EuroBasket 2011 Group C and defeated Bosnia and Herzegovina 92–64 and Montenegro 71–65. This allowed them to they qualify for the EuroBasket 2011 Group F. In their first match they were easily defeated by Russia but afterwards they defeated Georgia, before losing to Slovenia in their final match of the tournament. Despite not making it to the best of 8 tournament, Finland ended up making it to their first ever FIBA World Cup as a Wild Card team alongside Greece, Turkey, and Brazil.
FIBA World CupEdit
The following is the squad in the EuroBasket 2017
Finland men's national basketball team – EuroBasket 2017 roster
|Pos.||Starting 5||Bench 1||Bench 2|
|C||Tuukka Kotti||Lauri Markkanen|
|PF||Gerald Lee||Erik Murphy|
|SF||Shawn Huff||Matti Nuutinen||Carl Lindbom|
|SG||Sasu Salin||Mikko Koivisto|
|PG||Petteri Koponen||Jamar Wilson||Teemu Rannikko|
Head coach positionEdit
- Henrik Dettmann – 95-96, 2004-now
1939 EuroBasket: finished 8th among 8 teams
Kalevi Ihalainen, Pauli Sarkkula, Erkki Lindén, Ilkka Törrönen, Erkki Saurala, Pentti Vuollekoski, Vladi Marmo, Martti Salminen, Reino Valtonen, Alo Suurna, Heinonen (Coach: Osmo Kupiainen)
1951 EuroBasket: finished 9th among 17 teams
Kalevi Heinänen, Pentti Laaksonen, Raimo Lindholm, Pertti Mutru, Tapio Pöyhönen, Timo Suviranta, Kalevi Sylander, Oiva Virtanen, Olli Arppe, Kaj Gustafsson, Arto Koivisto, Juhani Kyöstilä, Raine Nuutinen, Allan Pietarinen (Coach: Eino Ojanen)
1952 Olympic Games: finished 15th among 23 teams
Kalevi Heinänen, Pentti Laaksonen, Juhani Kyöstilä, Raimo Lindholm, Pertti Mutru, Tapio Pöyhönen, Eero Salonen, Timo Suviranta, Kalevi Sylander, Oiva Virtanen, Raine Nuutinen, Olavi Lahtinen, Tuomo Ristola, Esko Karhunen
1953 EuroBasket: finished 12th among 17 teams
Kalevi Heinänen, Pentti Laaksonen, Pertti Mutru, Allan Pietarinen, Raimo Lindholm, Timo Suviranta, Timo Lampen, Raine Nuutinen, Keijo Hynninen, Oiva Virtanen, Eero Salonen, Kaj Gustafsson (Coach: Eino Ojanen)
1955 EuroBasket: finished 10th among 18 teams
Kalevi Heinänen, Kalevi Sylander, Pertti Mutru, Oiva Virtanen, Timo Lampén, Taisto Ravantti, Seppo Kuusela, Timo Suviranta, Raine Nuutinen, Eero Salonen, Kalevi Tuominen, Asko Jokinen, Raimo Lindholm (Coach: Eino Ojanen)
1957 EuroBasket: finished 11th among 16 teams
Timo Lampén, Arto Koivisto, Pertti Mutru, Raine Nuutinen, Eero Salonen, Seppo Kuusela, Arvo Jantunen, Juhani Kala, Paavo Suhonen, Raimo Lindholm, Timo Suviranta, Kalevi Sylander (Coach: Kalevi Tuominen)
1959 EuroBasket: finished 13th among 17 teams
1961 EuroBasket: finished 14th among 19 teams
1963 EuroBasket: finished 14th among 16 teams
Martti Liimo, Kari Liimo, Jorma Pilkevaara, Timo Lampén, Pertti Laanti, Raimo Vartia, Uolevi Manninen, Antero Siljola, Juha Harjula, Seppo Kuusela, Rauno Ailus, Kauko Kauppinen (Coach: Kalevi Tuominen)
1964 Olympic Games: finished 11th among 16 teams
Martti Liimo, Jorma Pilkevaara, Kari Liimo, Raimo Vartia, Pertti Laanti, Timo Lampén, Risto Kala, Kauko Kauppinen, Raimo Lindholm, Teijo Finneman, Uolevi Manninen, Juha Harjula (Coach: Kalevi Tuominen)
1965 EuroBasket: finished 12th among 16 teams
1967 EuroBasket: finished 6th among 16 teams
1977 EuroBasket: finished 10th among 12 teams
Heikki Taponen, Tapio Sten, Jarmo Laitinen, Erkki Saaristo, Antti Zitting, Mikko Koskinen, Klaus Mahlamäki, Risto Lignell, Raimo Mäntynen, Anssi Rauramo, Kalevi Sarkalahti, Heikki Kasko (Coach: Robert Petersen)
1995 EuroBasket: finished 13th among 14 teams
Hanno Möttölä, Martti Kuisma, Kari-Pekka Klinga, Petri Niiranen, Juha Luhtanen, Jyri Lehtonen, Pekka Markkanen, Sakari Pehkonen, Markku Larkio, Mika-Matti Tahvanainen, Riku Marttinen, Jarkko Tuomala (Coach: Henrik Dettmann)
2013 Eurobasket: finished 9th among 24 teams
2014 World Cup: finished 22nd among 24 teams
2015 Eurobasket: finished 16th among 24 teams
2017 Eurobasket: finished 11th among 24 teams
- "FIBA Ranking Presented by Nike". FIBA. 26 February 2019. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
- "Basketball at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games: Men's Basketball Round One". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 26 October 2014. Retrieved 23 June 2014.
- EuroBasket 2017 roster
- Finland | EuroBasket 2015, FIBA.com, Retrieved 27 September 2015.
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- Official website
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- Finland at FIBA site
- Finland National Team - Men at Eurobasket.com
- Finland Basketball Records at FIBA Archive
- Finland - Tournament Highlights - 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup Youtube.com video