Finland

FINLAND

Finland have a long history in women's football and played their first international in 1973 but it is only in the last decade they have stepped up from minnow status.

The appointment of Michael Käld as coach in 2001 proved the catalyst along with the run of HJK Helsinki to the UEFA Women's Cup semi-finals the following year. With players like Anne Mäkinen, Laura Kalmari, Sanna Valkonen and Jessica Julin, Finland beat Russia in a play-off to reach UEFA Women's EURO 2005 and on their debut made the semi-finals. They were appointed 2009 hosts and topped their group, only to lose 3-2 to England in an epic quarter-final.

At the end of 2009, Käld opted to retire along with a number of key players. Swedish coach Andrée Jeglertz took over, and has gradually built a new squad, which gelled in 2013 qualifying where their only defeat, at home to Ukraine, came when first place was already certain. Linda Sällström has emerged as the key forward but she missed much of 2012 through injury, Sanna Talonen stepping up to replace her. Sällström will now miss the finals and they have also lost captain Maja Saari.

Tournament record
2009: quarter-finals
2005: semi-finals
2001: qualifying play-offs
1997: qualifying play-offs
1995: did not qualify
1993: did not qualify
1991: did not qualify
1989: did not qualify
1987: did not qualify
1984: did not qualify

2013 qualifying
Group 5 winners, P8 W6 D1 L1 F22 A4 Pts19

Top scorer: Sanna Talonen 6
Most appearances: Maija Saari, Katri Nokso-Koivisto, Pernilla Nordlund, Annika Kukkonen, Marianna Tolvanen 8

Friendly results since qualifying
14 February: W5-0 v Russia (h, Eerikkila)
6 March: D1-1 v Netherlands (Cyprus Cup group, Larnaca)
8 March: L1-2 v Canada (Cyprus Cup group, Nicosia)
11 March: L2-3 v Switzerland (Cyprus Cup group, Larnaca)
13 March: W1-0 v Republic of Ireland (Cyprus Cup 7th place, Paralimni)
4 April: D0-0 v Slovakia (a, Senec)
7 April: L1-3 v Slovakia (a, Senec)
1 June: L0-3 v France (a, Valenciennes)
19 June: D2-2 Switzerland (h, Helsinki)

Competition record win
6-0 v Estonia (h), 22/10/2011, 2013 qualifying

Competition record defeat
0-7 v Norway (a), 06/07/96, 1997 qualifying