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Euro 2022: Everything you need to know about Finland


Finland Euro 2022 group stage fixtures

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How they qualified

Major tournament record

European Championship

Best European Championship performance: Semi-finals- 2005

Most-recent European Championship performance:  Group Stages- 2013.

FIFA World Cup

Never previously qualified.

Finland at Euro 2022: Can Finland get through a very challenging group?

In a very competitive looking Group B, can rank-outsiders Finland spring a surprise?

The Boreal Owls appeared at three consecutive European Championships between 2005 and 2013, before that streak came to an end last time round.

At this debut Euros 17 years ago, Finland got all the way to the semi-finals, before being beaten by Germany at Deepdale.

In this cycle, Anna Signeul's team cruised to qualification, winning seven of eight matches, only dropping points when drawing in Portugal.

More recently, they've been aiming for a maiden World Cup appearance.

The final two qualifiers are coming up in September and, in all likelihood, they'll need to beat Republic of Ireland away to take the play-off place.

So, as the second-lowest-ranked team at this tournament, Finland have already achieved their objective just by qualifying.

The draw then wasn't kind to the Boreal Owls, who will face three of the continent's strongest sides in Group B.

Denmark reached the final in 2017, Germany are the record eight-times winners while Spain are many people's favourites.

So, not to say that Signeul's side are a poor team, but Finland will do well not to end the group phase with any points whatsoever.

Key players: Natalia Kuikka

Given that Finland will be big underdogs in all three games, they're going to need experienced defender Natalia Kuikka to be at the top of her game.

The 26 year old currently play for Portland Thorns in America's top-division, NWSL, the strongest Women's league on the planet.

With the Thorns, she's lifted the NWSL Community Shield in 2020 and then the NWSL Challenge Cup last year.

So far this season, Kuikka has featured in all 14 of Portland's matches, keeping seven clean sheets.

For the national team, since making her full debut as a substitute against Italy at Euro 2013, Kuikka has accumulated a total of 67 caps.

She's been named Finnish Female player of the year three times in the last five years, underlining her importance to this side.

Key players: Adelina Engman

Towards the other end of the field, Adelina Engman will be hoping to carry her recent goalscoring form into this tournament.

The midfielder has netted 11 times for Finland, with three of these goals coming in five World Cup qualification appearances this season.

Now 27, she made her international debut a decade ago, but this will be her first taste of a major tournament.

At club level, following brief spells with Chelsea and Montpellier, Engman joined Hammarby in Sweden earlier this year.

With the Damallsvenskan side, she's featured in all 15 league games, scoring her first goal for the club against IFK Kalmar earlier this month.

Having failed to shine at Chelsea a few years ago, Engman will be hoping this tournament can earn her another big-money move.

Key players: Linda Sällström

If Finland are to score a goal or two at this competition, chances are Linda Sällström will be heavily responsible for it.

She has, to date, scored 50 goals for her country, nine more than the previous record-holder Laura Österberg Kalmari.

During qualification for this tournament, Sällström scored ten of Finland's' 24 goals (42%).

This includes a pair of stoppage time goals against second-placed Portugal, namely a 95th minute equaliser in Famalicão and 93rd minute winner at home.

Having sat out Euro 2013 due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury, this'll be Sällström's first appearance at a major tournament for 13 years.

Back then, as a 21 year old, she scored against England in the quarter-finals, but it wasn't enough as the bowed out 3-2 .

Now 33, this could be the super-star strikers last chance to shine on the big international stage.

At club level, Sällström spent three season with Paris FC, scoring 17 goals in 37 Division 1 Féminine starts.

Earlier this year, she returned to Sweden with Damallsvenskan club Vittsjö GIK, scoring 11 goals in just 11 appearances for them.

Can the record-goalscorer fire Finland to an upset or two as they prepare to face a trio of heavyweights at Stadium MK?

Finland possible starting line-up for Euro 2022

Finland's full squad for Euro 2022

Goalkeepers

Defenders

Midfielders

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Ben Gray

Ben Gray

Arsenal fan – follow them over land and sea (and Leicester); sofa Celtic supporter; a bit of a football '"encyclopedia".



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