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The Finland national basketball team (Finnish: Suomen kansallinen koripallojoukkue, Swedish: Finlands herrlandslag i basket) represents Finland in international basketball competition. The team is governed by Basketball Finland.

Finland Finland
Basketball Finland Team logo.png
FIBA ranking34 Decrease 13 (16 September 2019)[1]
Joined FIBA1939
FIBA zoneFIBA Europe
National federationBasketball Finland
CoachHenrik Dettmann
(The Wolf Pack)
Olympic Games
FIBA World Cup

Finland has played in 16 EuroBasket tournaments, with their best finish coming in sixth place at EuroBasket 1967 on home soil. The national team also has reached the Summer Olympics twice, in 1952 as the host, and 1964. In 2014 Finland qualified for their first ever appearance to the FIBA World Cup.

Since 2011, Finland has had the highest FIBA World Ranking among Nordic countries.


Early yearsEdit

Finnish national team during the EuroBasket 1939 in Lithuania.

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 playing against Mexico at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics

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.[2]

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.

Modern eraEdit

At the EuroBasket 1995 in Greece, was Finland's first qualification to the top European basketball tournament since 1977. The national team did not fair too well at the event though. As they were routed in their first match against Russia 126-74, and ultimately led to them fnishing with an 0-6 record (13th place) and eliminated.

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.

Competitive recordEdit


Current rosterEdit

Roster for the EuroBasket 2017.[3]

The following is the squad in the EuroBasket 2017

Finland men's national basketball team – EuroBasket 2017 roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club Ctr.
SG 4 Koivisto, Mikko 30 – (1987-04-18)18 April 1987 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) Salon Vilpas Vikings  
SF 7 Huff, Shawn (C) 33 – (1984-05-05)5 May 1984 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Skyliners Frankfurt  
C 8 Lee, Gerald 29 – (1987-11-23)23 November 1987 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Helsinki Seagulls  
SG 9 Salin, Sasu 26 – (1991-06-11)11 June 1991 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) Gran Canaria  
F/C 10 Kotti, Tuukka 36 – (1981-03-18)18 March 1981 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) Crailsheim Merlins  
PG 11 Koponen, Petteri 29 – (1988-04-13)13 April 1988 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) Barcelona  
SF 12 Nuutinen, Matti 27 – (1990-05-06)6 May 1990 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) Chorale Roanne  
PG 15 Rannikko, Teemu 36 – (1980-09-09)9 September 1980 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) Kataja  
SF 22 Lindbom, Carl 25 – (1991-11-10)10 November 1991 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Helsinki Seagulls  
PF 23 Markkanen, Lauri 20 – (1997-05-22)22 May 1997 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) Chicago Bulls  
PG 31 Wilson, Jamar 33 – (1984-02-22)22 February 1984 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) Estudiantes  
PF 33 Murphy, Erik 26 – (1990-10-26)26 October 1990 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Strasbourg  
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • (C) Team captain
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 31 August 2017

Depth chartEdit

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

Past rostersEdit

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

Timo Lampén, Raimo Lindholm, Seppo Kuusela, Arvo Jantunen, Juhani Kala, Matti Nenonen, Raine Nuutinen, Eero Salonen, Raimo Vartia, Matti Köli, Kyösti Rousti, Pentti Palkoaho (Coach: Kalevi Tuominen)

1961 EuroBasket: finished 14th among 19 teams

Martti Liimo, Kari Liimo, Raimo Lindholm, Timo Lampén, Raimo Vartia, Pertti Laanti, Tony Bärlund, Arvo Jantunen, Uolevi Manninen, Lauri Nurma, Seppo Kuusela, Rauno Ailus (Coach: Kalevi Tuominen)

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

Martti Liimo, Kari Liimo, Jorma Pilkevaara, Kari Lahti, Pertti Laanti, Timo Lampén, Uolevi Manninen, Jyrki Immonen, Hannu Paananen, Lars Karell, Kari Rönnholm, Teijo Finneman (Coach: Kalevi Tuominen)

1967 EuroBasket: finished 6th among 16 teams

Veikko Vainio, Jorma Pilkevaara, Martti Liimo, Kari Liimo, Pertti Laanti, Kari Lahti, Uolevi Manninen, Teijo Finneman, Jyrki Immonen, Lars Karell, Olavi Ahonen, Kari Rönnholm (Coach: Kalevi Tuominen)

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

Mikko Koivisto, Antti Nikkilä, Kimmo Muurinen, Shawn Huff, Gerald Lee, Sasu Salin, Tuukka Kotti, Petteri Koponen, Samuel Haanpää, Hanno Möttölä, Teemu Rannikko (Coach: Henrik Dettmann)

2014 World Cup: finished 22nd among 24 teams

Mikko Koivisto, Erik Murphy, Kimmo Muurinen, Shawn Huff, Gerald Lee, Sasu Salin, Tuukka Kotti, Petteri Koponen, Matti Nuutinen, Hanno Möttölä, Antero Lehto, Teemu Rannikko (Coach: Henrik Dettmann)

2015 Eurobasket: finished 16th among 24 teams

Mikko Koivisto, Shawn Huff, Gerald Lee, Sasu Salin, Tuukka Kotti, Petteri Koponen, Matti Nuutinen, Ville Kaunisto, Joonas Cavén, Roope Ahonen, Jamar Wilson, Erik Murphy (Coach: Henrik Dettmann)

2017 Eurobasket: finished 11th among 24 teams

Mikko Koivisto, Shawn Huff, Gerald Lee, Sasu Salin, Tuukka Kotti, Petteri Koponen, Matti Nuutinen, Teemu Rannikko, Carl Lindbom, Lauri Markkanen, Jamar Wilson, Erik Murphy (Coach: Henrik Dettmann)



2015: Li-ning [4]


2015: Microsoft [4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "FIBA Ranking Presented by Nike". FIBA. 16 September 2019. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  2. ^ "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.
  3. ^ EuroBasket 2017 roster
  4. ^ a b Finland | EuroBasket 2015,, Retrieved 27 September 2015.

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