Overview

Team profile

Finland

Finland finished joint-eighth in Group 2 of the 2014 World League after winning six matches and losing six in Pool C. They defeated pool winners Belgium on three occasions but were nine points short of qualification. This year they are pooled again with Belgium as well as the Netherlands and Portugal in what will be their 10th successive appearance. Their best performance to date was in 2007 when they took seventh place. Finland ended a 32-year absence from the World Championship last year and returned in emphatic fashion. Thousands of fans travelled to Poland to cheer on their team as they enjoyed a spirited run to the second round before eventually finishing joint-ninth. In 2013 they finished eighth in the 16-team European Championship, repeating their feat of two years earlier to underline their consistency at continental level.

 
The Finns' greatest success to date was their fourth-place finish at the 2007 European Championship in Russia. They have been regulars in the final round of the European Championship, competing 15 times overall and finishing in the top 10 on six occasions. They have taken part in the World Championship seven times and they also won silver in the 2005 European League.

Coach

Sammelvuo Tuomas

Sammelvuo Tuomas

Tuomas Sammelvuo, who took over Finland's men's team in 2013, led them to qualification for the 2014 World Championships for the first time in 32 years. The team finished equal ninth. Under Sammelvuo, Finland finished equal eighth in Group 2 of the 2014 World League. They also finished eighth at the 2013 European Championships. Sammelvuo's efforts saw him named the 2014 Finnish Sports Coach of the Year. He played for his home country 296 times, including a fourth-place finish at the 2007 European Championships. During that time he was named Finland's Player of the Year four times and in 2013 he was named the Finnish Sport Idol of the Year.

Staff

  • Team Manager Flink Toni
  • Assistant coach Giolito Nicola
  • Second Assistant Coach Niskakangas Jani
  • Doctor Siljander Jukka
  • Physiotherapist Sallinen Tuomas

Schedule

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Ranking

Rank Teams Matches Result Details Sets Points
Total Won Lost 3-0 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-3 Points Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
1
Belgium
12 10 2 3 3 4 1 0 1 27 32 17 1.882 1150 1024 1.123
2
Netherlands
12 9 3 4 2 3 2 0 1 26 31 17 1.823 1071 995 1.076
3
Finland
12 4 8 1 2 1 3 3 2 14 21 28 0.750 1044 1119 0.932
4
Portugal
12 1 11 0 0 1 3 4 4 5 13 35 0.371 1007 1134 0.888

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