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Flag of Finland Finland
Finland
Nickname(s) Huuhkajat
(The Eagle-owls)
Association Football Association of Finland
(Suomen Palloliitto)
(Finlands Bollförbund)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Markku Kanerva
Captain Niklas Moisander
Most caps Jari Litmanen (137)
Top scorer Jari Litmanen (32)
Ground Helsinki Olympic Stadium
FIFA code FIN
FIFA ranking 108 Decrease 11 (1 June 2017)
Highest FIFA ranking 33
Lowest FIFA ranking 108
Elo ranking 74 Steady (7 May 2017)
Highest Elo ranking 30
Lowest Elo ranking 125
First international Flag of Russia Finland 2–5 Sweden Flag of Sweden Good one.jpg
(Helsinki; 22 October 1911)
Biggest win Flag of Finland.gif Finland 10–2 Estonia Estonia.png
(Helsinki, Finland; 11 August 1922)
Flag of Finland.gif Finland 8–0 San Marino San Marino.png
(Helsinki, Finland; 17 November 2010)
Biggest defeat Germany.png Germany 13–0 Finland Flag of Finland.gif
(Leipzig, Germany; 1 September 1940)

The Finland national football team (Suomen jalkapallomaajoukkue, Finlands fotbollslandslag) represents Finland in international football competitions and is controlled by the Football Association of Finland.

Although the Finnish national team has never qualified for a finals tournament of the World Cup or the European Championships, the Nordic nation made remarkable progression in the 2000s, reaching a peak of 30th on the Elo Rankings, under coach of Roy Hodgson they achieved notable results against much more established European teams. Unfortunately, after a few years of bad performances, they dipped to a FIFA ranking of 101, their lowest in history.

Early history

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.

External links

Finland
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Finnish competitionsFinnish coachesFinnish playersFinnish stadiums

Finland
Football in Finland
League competitions FAF Cup competitions
Veikkausliiga (tier 1) Finland Finnish Cup
Ykkönen (tier 2) {U-21) (U-19) (U-17) Finnish League Cup
Kakkonen (tier 3) · Kolmonen (tier 4) List of clubs
Nelonen (tier 5) · Vitonen (tier 6) List of competitions
Kutonen (tier 7) · Seiska (tier 8) List of venues
International football

FIFA · World Cup · Confederations Cup · U-20 World Cup · U-17 World Cup · Minor tournaments · World Rankings · Player of the Year · Teams · Competitions · Federations · Codes

Confederation Competitions
AFC Asian Cup
CAF Africa Cup of Nations
CONCACAF Gold Cup
CONMEBOL Copa América
OFC Nations Cup
UEFA European Championship
Non-FIFA N.F.-Board · Viva World Cup
National football teams of Europe (UEFA)

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Finland
Finland – 2009 UEFA Euro (Under-21)

1. Jaakkola 2. Jalasto 3. Raitala 4. Portin 5. Turunen 6. Sparv 7. Hämäläinen 8. Hetemaj 9. Sadik 10. Otaru 11. Parikka 12. Masalin 13. Kärkkäinen 14. Aho 15. Äijälä 16. Hetemaj 17. Hakola 18. Vasara 19. Kokko 20. Pukki 21. Viljanen 22. Toivio 23. Lehtovaara

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