Finland national football team

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Finland
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Huuhkajat
(The Eagle-owls)[1]
Association Football Association of Finland
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Markku Kanerva
Captain Niklas Moisander
Most caps Jari Litmanen (137)
Top scorer Jari Litmanen (32)
Home stadium Helsinki Olympic Stadium
FIFA code FIN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 63 Decrease 1 (7 June 2018)
Highest 33 (March 2007)
Lowest 110 (July–August 2017)
Elo ranking
Current 60 Steady (20 April 2018)
Highest 30[2] (March 2002)
Lowest 125[2] (1962-3)
First international
Finland 2–5 Sweden 
(Helsinki, Grand Duchy of Finland, Russian Empire; 22 October 1911)
Biggest win
 Finland 10–2 Estonia 
(Helsinki, Finland; 11 August 1922)
 Finland 8–0 San Marino 
(Helsinki, Finland; 17 November 2010)
Biggest defeat
 Germany 13–0 Finland 
(Leipzig, Germany; 1 September 1940)
World Cup
Appearances 0
European Championship
Appearances 0
National team against Denmark in 1933.

The Finland national football team (Finnish: Suomen jalkapallomaajoukkue, Swedish: 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 Roy Hodgson they achieved notable results against much more established European teams. After a few years of poor results, they dipped to a FIFA ranking of 110, the lowest in their history. However, in the autumn of 2017, Finland began to rise up the FIFA rankings and, as of May 2018, they sit at 62nd.

Finland has also participated on two occasions in the European sub-regional Baltic Cup championship, which takes place every two years between the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Finland's best result in the Baltic Cup tournament was in 2012 when they finished as runners-up. In 2014 Finland finished the tournament in third place.

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.

Period of dispersion

After the 1918 Civil War, the Finnish sports movement was divided into the right-wing Finnish Gymnastics and Sports Federation (SVUL) and the leftist Finnish Workers' Sports Federation (TUL), Finnish Football Association was a member of the SVUL.[3] Both sides had their own championship series, and between 1919–1939 the Finland national team was selected of the Football Association players only. The Finnish Workers' Sports Federation football team in turn, participated the competitions of the international labour movement.[4]

However, since the late 1920s several top footballers defected from TUL and joined the Football Association to be eligible for the national team. During the 1930s, these ″defectors″ formed the spine of the national team. For example, the Finland squad at the 1936 Summer Olympics was composed of eight former TUL players.[4] In 1937, Finland participated the FIFA World Cup qualification for the first time, losing all three matches against Sweden, Germany and Estonia.

Since 1939, TUL players were selected to the national team and finally in 1956, the TUL and Football Association series were merged.[4]

Post-war years

The 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki saw the Finnish hosts lose to Austria in the first round. Finland did, however, win the unofficial Nordic championship in 1964 and 1966.[5]

Finland also took part in European Championship qualifying since the 1968 event, but had to wait for its first win until 1978.

Later 20th century

The results of the team improved somewhat in the late 1970s and the 1980s. Finland missed out on qualification for Euro 1980 by just a point and for the 1986 World Cup by two points. Finland was invited to take part in the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow after many Western countries announced they would boycott the games, but failed to progress from its group.

By the mid-1990s Finland started to have more players in high-profile European leagues, led by the Ajax superstar Jari Litmanen. In 1996 Danish Euro 1992 winning coach Richard Møller Nielsen was hired to take Finland to the 1998 World Cup. The team enjoyed mixed fortunes in the campaign, high points of which were a draw and a win away to Norway and Switzerland respectively. Going into the last match, Finland would have needed a win at home to Hungary to earn a place in the play-offs. They led the game 1–0 going into injury time, but scored an own goal, and once again the dreams of qualification were over. Møller Nielsen also tried to lead Finland to Euro 2000. In this campaign the Finns recorded a sensational win away to Turkey, but couldn't compete with Germany and Turkey in the long run.

Antti Muurinen succeeded Møller Nielsen as coach in 2000. He had arguably the most talented group of Finnish players ever at his disposal, including players such as Antti Niemi, Sami Hyypiä, Teemu Tainio and Mikael Forssell in addition to the legendary Litmanen. The team also performed quite well under him in qualification for the 2002 World Cup despite a difficult draw, earning two draws against Germany and a home draw with England as well as beating Greece 5–1 in Helsinki. In the end, however, England and Germany proved too strong, and the Finns finished third in the group, but were the only team in that group not to lose at home. Hopes were high going into qualification for Euro 2004 after the promising last campaign and friendly wins over the likes of Norway, Belgium and Portugal (which seen the Finns jump from 40th–30th in the Elo ranking[2]). However, Finland started the campaign by losing to Wales and Yugoslavia (later Serbia and Montenegro, now two separate nations). These losses were followed by two defeats by Italy, and a 3–0 home win over Serbia and Montenegro was little consolation, as the Finns finished fourth in the group. In qualification for the 2006 World Cup Finland failed to score a single point in six matches against the top three teams in their group, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and Romania. Muurinen was sacked in June 2005, and he was replaced by caretaker Jyrki Heliskoski, but results didn't improve.

In August 2005, it was announced that Roy Hodgson would become the new Finland coach in 2006, and he started in the job in January of that year. Hodgson stepped down as manager after they failed to qualify for Euro 2008.[6] His replacement was a Scotsman, Stuart Baxter, who signed a contract until the end of the 2012 European Championship qualification campaign.[7]

Recent history

During Euro 2008 qualifying, Finland was at the point of their "golden generation", with a team consisting of players such as Jari Litmanen, Sami Hyypiä, Mikael Forssell, Hannu Tihinen, Petri Pasanen, Joonas Kolkka, Mika Väyrynen and Teemu Tainio. Finland needed to win their last qualifying game away at Portugal to qualify for their first major football tournament. However, the match ended 0–0 meaning the team missed out on qualification to the tournament, with Finland ending the group stage with 24 points and Portugal with 27 points. However, the performance in qualifying led to the Finns gaining their best-ever FIFA world ranking to date at the position of 33rd.

The 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign under new head coach Stuart Baxter saw Finland again finish third in their group with five wins, three draws and two defeats. They were the only team in qualifying not to lose to eventual 3rd-place finishers Germany; in both the home and away matches Finland had led Germany only to concede late equalisers. Finland finished a disappointing fourth in Euro 2012 qualifying, with only three wins, two of them against minnows San Marino.

In the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign, Finland's best result was a 1–1 draw at reigning world champions Spain. They finished third in the five-team Group I, behind Spain and France. Finland finished fourth in Euro 2016 qualifying but achieved another noteworthy result. Joel Pohjanpalo's goal gave the Finns a 1–0 win at former European champions Greece, who had reached the second round of the 2014 World Cup and were the top seeds of their qualifying group.

The 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign saw Finland finish a disappointing fifth in their group with only two wins, although one of them was over Iceland, who finished top of the qualifying group.

Stadia

Most of Finland's important home matches are played at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium in the capital Helsinki. It has been Finland's principal home stadium ever since its construction was completed in 1938. Before that Pallokenttä in Helsinki was mainly used.

Today, some qualifying matches against lower profile opponents and some friendlies are hosted at the Ratina Stadion in Tampere. Helsinki's Telia 5G -areena, which has artificial turf, is also used for some friendlies and qualifiers. During reconstruction of Helsinki Olympic Stadium in 2016–19 Ratina Stadion serves as the main stadium for qualifying games.

Competitive record

World Cup record

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter Did not enter
Italy 1934
France 1938 Did not qualify 3 0 0 3 0 7
Brazil 1950 Withdrew during qualifying 3 0 1 2 2 12
Switzerland 1954 Did not qualify 4 0 2 2 7 13
Sweden 1958 4 0 0 4 2 19
Chile 1962 4 0 0 4 3 12
England 1966 6 1 0 5 5 20
Mexico 1970 6 1 0 5 6 28
West Germany 1974 6 1 1 4 3 21
Argentina 1978 6 2 0 4 11 16
Spain 1982 8 1 0 7 4 27
Mexico 1986 8 3 2 3 7 12
Italy 1990 6 1 1 4 4 16
United States 1994 10 2 1 7 9 18
France 1998 8 3 2 3 11 12
South KoreaJapan 2002 8 3 3 2 12 7
Germany 2006 12 5 1 6 21 19
South Africa 2010 10 5 3 2 14 14
Brazil 2014 8 2 3 3 5 9
Russia 2018 10 2 3 5 9 13
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/21 123 30 20 73 128 280

European Championship record

UEFA European Championship record UEFA European Championship qualifying record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
France 1960 Did not enter Did not enter
Spain 1964
Italy 1968 Did not qualify 6 0 2 4 5 12
Belgium 1972 6 0 1 5 1 16
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1976 6 0 1 5 3 13
Italy 1980 6 2 2 2 10 15
France 1984 6 0 1 5 3 14
West Germany 1988 6 1 1 4 4 10
Sweden 1992 8 1 4 3 5 8
England 1996 10 5 0 5 18 18
Belgium Netherlands 2000 8 3 1 4 13 13
Portugal 2004 8 3 1 4 9 10
Austria Switzerland 2008 14 6 6 2 13 7
Poland Ukraine 2012 10 3 1 6 16 16
France 2016 10 3 3 4 9 10
European Union 2020 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/15 104 27 24 53 109 162

UEFA Nations League

UEFA Nations League record
Year Division Group Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA
2018–19 C 2 To be determined
Total 0/1 0 0 0 0 0 0

Summer Olympics

Olympics record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
Sweden 1912 Fourth Place 4th 4 2 0 2 5 16
Nazi Germany 1936 Round of 16 14th 1 0 0 1 3 7
Finland 1952 Round of 16 9th 1 0 0 1 3 4
Soviet Union 1980 Group stage 9th 3 1 1 1 3 2
Total 4/23 0 Titles 9 3 1 5 14 29

Nordic Football Championship

Nordic Football Championship record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA
1929–32 Fourth place 4th 12 2 2 8 23 52
1933–36 Fourth place 4th 12 3 1 8 18 36
1937–47 Fourth place 4th 12 1 1 10 12 51
1948–51 Fourth place 4th 12 1 3 8 11 28
1952–55 Fourth place 4th 12 1 1 10 13 53
1956–59 Fourth place 4th 12 0 1 11 8 44
1960–63 Fourth place 4th 12 2 2 8 14 37
1964–67 Third place 3rd 12 5 2 5 14 17
1968–71 Fourth place 4th 12 0 4 8 10 31
1972–77 Fourth place 4th 12 1 4 7 10 26
1978–80 Fourth place 4th 6 1 4 7 10 26
1981–85 Fourth place 4th 6 1 1 4 7 11
2000–01 Champions 1st 5 4 0 1 7 3
Total 1 titles 13/14 137 21 24 92 150 401
*Gold background color indicates that the tournament was won.

Baltic Cup

Baltic Cup (football) Record
Year Result GP W D L GS GA
2012 2th 2 1 1 0 3 2
2014 Third place 2 1 0 1 2 1
Total 2/27 4 2 1 1 5 3

All–time record against all nations

This list is Finland national team complete records, both friendlies and competitive matches.[8]

Recent fixtures and results

Finland  1–1  Liechtenstein
M. Hetemaj Goal 18' Hasler Goal 62'
Attendance: 5,460

Finland  3–0  Estonia

Jordan  1–2  Finland
Mardi Goal 82' Report Toivio Goal 35'
Pelvas Goal 60'

Finland  0–0  Macedonia
Report
Gloria Sports Arena, Belek
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Mete Kalkavan (Turkey)

Finland  5–0  Malta
Pukki Goal 13'27'
Taimi Goal 23'
Jensen Goal 84'
Soiri Goal 88'
Report
Gloria Sports Arena, Belek
Attendance: 200

Romania  2–0  Finland
Manea Goal 37'
Deac Goal 61'
Report
Attendance: 13,312
Referee: Robert Harvey (Republic of Ireland)

Finland  2–0  Belarus
Uronen Goal 7'
Yaghoubi Goal 75'
Report
Attendance: 4,520
Referee: Alain Durieux (Luxembourg)

Current squad

The following players have been called up for the friendly matches against Romania on 5 June 2018 and Belarus on 9 June 2018.[12]
Caps and goals as of 9 June 2018 after the game against Belarus.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Lukáš Hrádecký (1989-11-24) 24 November 1989 (age 28) 44 0 Germany Bayer Leverkusen
1GK Anssi Jaakkola (1987-03-13) 13 March 1987 (age 31) 3 0 England Reading
1GK Walter Viitala (1992-01-09) 9 January 1992 (age 26) 1 0 Denmark Viborg

2DF Joona Toivio (1988-03-10) 10 March 1988 (age 30) 47 3 Poland Bruk-Bet Termalica Nieciecza
2DF Jukka Raitala (1988-09-15) 15 September 1988 (age 29) 40 0 Canada Montreal Impact
2DF Markus Halsti (1984-03-19) 19 March 1984 (age 34) 34 0 Denmark Midtjylland
2DF Jere Uronen (1994-07-13) 13 July 1994 (age 23) 28 1 Belgium Racing Genk
2DF Sauli Väisänen (1994-06-05) 5 June 1994 (age 24) 11 0 Italy SPAL
2DF Juha Pirinen (1991-10-22) 22 October 1991 (age 26) 10 0 Finland HJK
2DF Albin Granlund (1989-09-01) 1 September 1989 (age 28) 7 0 Sweden Örebro
2DF Henri Toivomäki (1991-02-21) 21 February 1991 (age 27) 1 0 Finland KuPS

3MF Tim Sparv (1987-02-20) 20 February 1987 (age 31) 61 1 Denmark Midtjylland
3MF Rasmus Schüller (1991-06-18) 18 June 1991 (age 27) 27 0 United States Minnesota United
3MF Robin Lod (1993-04-17) 17 April 1993 (age 25) 22 3 Greece Panathinaikos
3MF Thomas Lam (1993-12-18) 18 December 1993 (age 24) 18 0 Netherlands Twente
3MF Pyry Soiri (1994-09-22) 22 September 1994 (age 23) 8 3 Belarus Shakhtyor Soligorsk
3MF Simon Skrabb (1995-01-19) 19 January 1995 (age 23) 7 0 Sweden IFK Norrköping
3MF Moshtagh Yaghoubi (1994-11-08) 8 November 1994 (age 23) 6 1 Finland HJK
3MF Glen Kamara (1995-10-28) 28 October 1995 (age 22) 5 0 Scotland Dundee
3MF Robert Taylor (1994-10-21) 21 October 1994 (age 23) 4 0 Norway Tromsø

4FW Berat Sadik (1986-09-14) 14 September 1986 (age 31) 13 1 Unattached
4FW Tim Väyrynen (1993-03-29) 29 March 1993 (age 25) 10 0 Germany Hansa Rostock
4FW Rasmus Karjalainen (1996-04-04) 4 April 1996 (age 22) 2 0 Finland KuPS

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up for the team in the last twelve months. Only players available for call-up, not retired players.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Jesse Joronen (1993-03-21) 21 March 1993 (age 25) 5 0 Denmark Horsens v.  Malta, 26 March 2018
GK Hugo Keto (1998-02-09) 9 February 1998 (age 20) 0 0 England Arsenal v.  Jordan, 11 January 2018

DF Paulus Arajuuri (1988-06-15) 15 June 1988 (age 30) 28 2 Denmark Brøndby v.  Malta, 26 March 2018
DF Juhani Ojala (1989-06-19) 19 June 1989 (age 28) 23 1 Sweden Häcken v.  Malta, 26 March 2018
DF Kalle Taimi (1992-01-27) 27 January 1992 (age 26) 2 1 Finland Lahti v.  Malta, 26 March 2018
DF Daniel O'Shaughnessy (1994-09-14) 14 September 1994 (age 23) 2 0 Finland HJK v.  Jordan, 11 January 2018
DF Juho Pirttijoki (1996-07-30) 30 July 1996 (age 21) 1 0 Sweden GIF Sundsvall v.  Jordan, 11 January 2018
DF Joel Mero (1995-02-07) 7 February 1995 (age 23) 0 0 Finland SJK v.  Jordan, 11 January 2018
DF Dani Hatakka (1994-03-12) 12 March 1994 (age 24) 0 0 Finland SJK v.  Turkey, 9 October 2017
DF Valtteri Moren (1991-06-15) 15 June 1991 (age 27) 4 1 Belgium Waasland-Beveren v.  Kosovo, 5 September 2017 INJ

MF Alexander Ring (1991-04-09) 9 April 1991 (age 27) 43 2 United States New York City v.  Malta, 26 March 2018
MF Fredrik Jensen (1997-09-09) 9 September 1997 (age 20) 6 2 Netherlands Twente v.  Malta, 26 March 2018
MF Kasper Hämäläinen (1986-08-08) 8 August 1986 (age 31) 60 8 Poland Legia Warsaw v.  Malta, 26 March 2018 INJ
MF Riku Riski (1989-08-16) 16 August 1989 (age 28) 27 4 Finland HJK v.  Jordan, 11 January 2018
MF Kaan Kairinen (1998-12-22) 22 December 1998 (age 19) 0 0 Denmark Midtjylland v.  Jordan, 11 January 2018

FW Teemu Pukki (1990-03-29) 29 March 1990 (age 28) 63 12 Denmark Brøndby v.  Malta, 26 March 2018
FW Joel Pohjanpalo (1994-09-13) 13 September 1994 (age 23) 29 6 Germany Bayer Leverkusen v.  Malta, 26 March 2018
FW Akseli Pelvas (1989-02-08) 8 February 1989 (age 29) 7 1 Finland HJK v.  Malta, 26 March 2018
FW Jasse Tuominen (1995-11-12) 12 November 1995 (age 22) 4 0 Belarus BATE Borisov v.  Jordan, 11 January 2018
FW Benjamin Källman (1998-06-17) 17 June 1998 (age 20) 1 0 Finland Inter Turku v.  Jordan, 11 January 2018
FW Santeri Hostikka (1997-09-30) 30 September 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Finland Lahti v.  Jordan, 11 January 2018
FW Eero Markkanen (1991-07-03) 3 July 1991 (age 26) 12 0 Denmark Randers v.  Turkey, 9 October 2017
  • INJ = Withdrew due to an injury.
  • * = Roman Eremenko is suspended from competitive football until December 2018.

Coaching staff

[13][14][15]

Position Name
Head coach Finland Markku Kanerva
Assistant coach Finland Mika Nurmela
Assistant coach Finland Kari Martonen
Goalkeeping coach Finland Antti Niemi

Player records

Most capped players

Rank Name Career Caps Goals
1 Jari Litmanen 1989–2010 137 32
2 Sami Hyypiä 1992–2010 105 5
Jonatan Johansson 1996–2010 105 22
4 Ari Hjelm 1983–1996 100 20
5 Joonas Kolkka 1994–2010 98 11
6 Mikael Forssell 1999–2014 87 29
7 Erkka Petäjä 1983–1994 84 0
8 Arto Tolsa 1964–1981 77 10
9 Hannu Tihinen 1997–2010 76 5
Petri Pasanen 2000–2013 76 1
10 Toni Kuivasto 1997–2009 75 1

Top goalscorers

Rank Name Career Goals Caps
1 Jari Litmanen 1989–2010 32 137
2 Mikael Forssell 1999–2014 29 87
3 Jonatan Johansson 1996–2010 22 105
4 Ari Hjelm 1983–1996 20 100
5 Mika-Matti Paatelainen 1986–2000 18 70
6 Verner Eklöf 1919–1927 17 32
7 Aulis Koponen 1924–1935 16 39
Gunnar Åström 1923–1937 16 44
9 Alexei Eremenko 2003–2013 14 57
10 Jorma Vaihela 1947–1954 13 33
William Kanerva 1922–1938 13 51
Kai Pahlman 1954–1968 13 56
  • Correct as of March 24, 2017
  • Players who are still active and available for selection are in bold

Managers

Last updated: 13 Oct 2015.

  • Sortable table available in Finnish Wikipedia: Finland national football team.
Tenure Nat Coach Record
G W D L Win %
1911–21 None 17 6 2 9 035.29
1922 Finland Jarl Öhman 4 1 0 3 025.00
1923–35 None 77 22 12 43 028.57
1936–37 Germany Ferdinand Fabra 8 1 1 6 012.50
1937–38 None 9 3 0 6 033.33
1939 Hungary Gábor Obitz 6 1 0 5 016.67
1939–43 None 7 0 1 6 000.00
1945 Sweden Axel Mårtensson 2 0 0 2 000.00
1946 Finland Niilo Tammisalo 3 0 0 3 000.00
1947–55 Finland Aatos Lehtonen 51 7 9 35 013.73
1955–58 Germany Kurt Weinreich 23 3 1 19 013.04
1959–61 Finland Aatos Lehtonen 19 3 0 16 015.79
1962–74 Finland Olavi Laaksonen 91 16 21 54 017.58
1975 Finland Martti Kosma 2 0 1 1 000.00
1975–78 Finland Aulis Rytkönen 30 8 4 18 026.67
1979–81 Finland Esko Malm 27 4 6 17 014.81
1982–87 Finland Martti Kuusela 53 9 11 33 016.98
1988–92 Finland Jukka Vakkila 48 7 21 20 014.58
1993–94 Finland Tommy Lindholm 25 5 7 13 020.00
1994–96 Finland Jukka Ikäläinen 21 7 4 10 033.33
1996–99 Denmark Richard Møller Nielsen 34 9 12 13 026.47
2000–05 Finland Antti Muurinen 72 34 12 26 047.22
2005 Finland Jyrki Heliskoski (caretaker) 6 2 2 2 033.33
2006–07 England Roy Hodgson 22 6 11 5 027.27
2008–10 England Stuart Baxter 31 8 6 17 025.81
2010 Finland Olli Huttunen (caretaker) 1 1 0 0 100.00
2011 Finland Markku Kanerva (caretaker) 2 0 1 1 000.00
2011–2015 Finland Mixu Paatelainen 43 17 11 15 039.53
2015 Finland Markku Kanerva (caretaker) 5 3 2 0 060.00
2016 Sweden Hans Backe 11 0 2 9 000.00
2016– Finland Markku Kanerva 0 0 0 0 !
Total 749 182 160 407 024.30

Kit supplier

Finland's kit are currently supplied by American brand Nike, Inc. They replaced German company Adidas who supplied Finland's kits between 1979 and 2014.

See also

References

  1. ^ Palkittu Bubi käväisi yllättäen palkitsemistilaisuudessa HS.fi – Kaupunki
  2. ^ a b c "World Football Elo Ratings: Finland". World Football Elo Ratings. Retrieved 2011-09-22. 
  3. ^ Andersen, Svein S.; Ronglan, Lars Tore (2012). Nordic Elite Sports: Same Ambitions - Different Tracks. Copenhagen: Copenhagen Business School Press. pp. 85–88. ISBN 978-876-30024-5-5. 
  4. ^ a b c Syrjäläinen, Antti (2008). Miksi siksi loikkariksi? Huippu-urheilijoiden loikkaukset TUL:sta SVUL:oon 1919–1939. Joensuu: University of Joensuu. pp. 45–47. ISBN 978-952-21913-7-3. 
  5. ^ rsssf Nordic championship 1964–66.
  6. ^ Hodgson to return for Inter role BBC Sport, 1 December 2007
  7. ^ Suomen Palloliitto – Etusivu Archived 2011-05-25 at the Wayback Machine. (in Finnish)
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-06-29. Retrieved 2015-08-16. 
  9. ^ Huuhkajat Romanian vieraaksi kesäkuun alussa
  10. ^ Huuhkajat isännöi Valko-Venäjää kesäkuussa
  11. ^ Huuhkajat Romanian vieraaksi kesäkuun alussa
  12. ^ Huuhkajat nimetty Romaniaa ja Valko-Venäjää vastaan
  13. ^ Markku Kanerva A-maajoukkueen päävalmentajaksi
  14. ^ Kari Martonen Huuhkajien valmennusryhmään
  15. ^ Huuhkajat Islantia ja Kosovoa vastaan

External links

  • Official website (in Finnish)
  • RSSSF archive of results 1911–
  • RSSSF archive of most capped players and highest goalscorers
  • RSSSF archive of coaches
  • The Finnish National Team Supporters' Association
  • Reports for all official matches
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