Finland national football team

Finland
Nickname(s)Huuhkajat
(The Eagle-owls)[1]
AssociationFootball Association of Finland
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachMarkku Kanerva
CaptainTim Sparv
Most capsJari Litmanen (137)
Top scorerJari Litmanen (32)
Home stadiumHelsinki Olympic Stadium
FIFA codeFIN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 55 1 (16 September 2021)[2]
Highest33 (March 2007)
Lowest110 (July–August 2017)
First international
Finland 2–5 Sweden 
(Helsinki, Grand Duchy of Finland, Russian Empire; 22 October 1911)
as Finland
 Sweden 1–0 Finland 
(Stockholm, Sweden; 29 May 1919)
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)
European Championship
Appearances1 (first in 2020)
Best resultGroup stage (2020)
Olympic Games
Appearances4 (first in 1912)
Best resultFourth place (1912)

The Finland national football team (Finnish: Suomen jalkapallomaajoukkue, Swedish: Finlands fotbollslandslag) represents Finland in men's international football competitions and is controlled by the Football Association of Finland, the governing body for football in Finland. The team has been a member of FIFA since 1904 and a UEFA member since 1957.

Unlike most European nations, ice hockey is very popular in Finland, which diverts athletic talent away from football, contributing to its historic lack of success in any major tournament qualifiers. Finland had never qualified for a major tournament until securing a spot at UEFA Euro 2020 (postponed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic). After many decades of relative obscurity, the nation made progression in the 2000s, achieving notable results against established European teams and reaching a peak of 33rd in the FIFA World Rankings in 2007. After a few years of poor results, they dipped to an all-time low of 110th in the FIFA rankings in 2017, but then began to rise up again and, as of June 2020, they sit at 58th.