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England National Football Team Match No. 777

England 2 Finland 1 [1-1]

Saturday, 24 March 2001

Finland Pre-Match

Many thanks to Christian Savill and his excellent English-language Finland National Football Team website for information on the Finland team.

Finland Squad for the Match against England March 2001
Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G

Forssell, Mikael Kaj

15-Mar-1981 20 F Crystal Palace FC, England on loan from Chelsea FC, England

9

1

Grönlund, Tommi

09-Dec-1969 31 M Trelleborgs FF, Sweden

32

2

Helin, Petri 13-Dec-1969 31 D/M Luton Town FC, England 19 3

Hyypiä, Sami

07-Oct-1973 27 D Liverpool FC, England

37

1

Johansson, Jonatan Lillebror 16-Aug-1975 25 M/F Charlton Athletic FC, England 31 9
Kolkka, Joonas 28-Sep-1974 26 M PSV Eindhoven, Netherlands 31 6

Kuivasto, Toni

31-Dec-1975 25 D Viking FK, Norway

20

0

Kuqi, Shefki 10-Nov-1976 24 F Stockport County FC, England 15 2
Litmanen, Jari Olavi 20-Feb-1971 30 M/F Liverpool FC, England 68 17
Moilanen, Teuvo Johannes "Tepi" 12-Dec-1973 27 G Preston North End FC, England

3

0

Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G
Niemi, Antti 31-May-1972 28 G Heart of Midlothian FC, Scotland 41 0
Nurmela, Mika 26-Dec-1971 29 M SC Heerenveen, Netherlands 21 0
Nylund, Ville 14-Feb-1972 29 D HJK Helsinki 11 0

Ville Nylund is a late call-up as a replacement for Janne Saarinen.

Pasanen, Petri

24-Sep-1980 20 D AFC Ajax, Netherlands

2

0

Riihilahti, Aki

09-Sep-1976 24 M Crystal Palace FC, England

27

4

Saarinen, Janne

28-Feb-1977 24 D/M Rosenborg BK, Norway

6

0

Janne Saarinen withdrew from the squad on 20 March, due to injury.

Tihinen, Hannu

01-Jul-1976 24 D Viking FK, Norway

16

1

Wiss, Jarkko 17-Apr-1972 28 M Stockport County FC, England 33 2

Ylönen, Harri

21-Dec-1971 29 D/M SK Brann, Norway

41

1

Notes

Thursday, 15 March 2001 - Finland coach Antti Muurinen named an 18-man squad to face England in the World Cup 2002 preliminary match at Anfield Road in Liverpool on Saturday, 24 March.  

The superb Finnish forward Jari Litmanen has returned to fitness for Liverpool FC after missing almost a month with a calf strain, but several players who otherwise probably would have been named to the squad were unavailable for selection because of injury:  Jussi Jääskeläinen, goalkeeper, Bolton Wanderers FC, England [7/0]; Juha Reini, defender/midfielder, KRC Genk, Belgium [14/0]; Janne Salli, defender/midfielder, Barnsley FC, England [8/1]; Teemu Tainio, midfielder/forward, AJ Auxerre, France [7/0]; and Simo Valakari, midfielder, Derby County FC, England [20/0].  Also omitted from the squad was Aston Villa goalkeeper Peter Enckelman, who started Finland's last match, the 1-0 friendly win against Luxembour on 28 February.

Tuesday, 20 March 2001 - Janne Saarinen, the Rosenborg defender who turned in a fine performance down the left flank against England last October, has withdrawn from Finland's squad due to injury.  Coach Antti Muurinen has summoned HJK Helsinki's Ville Nylund as cover. 

 

England/Finland FIFA Rankings Table
Year Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
1992 - - - - - - - - - - - 05/44
1993 - - - - - - - 11/47 05/50 10/45 08/44 11/45
1994 - 12/41 12/38 16/39 15/38 15/46 18/45 - 18/47 17/48 16/41 18/38
1995 - 20/46 - 20/40 21/38 22/38 22/37 22/37 18/47 22/38 20/41 21/44
1996 24/50 27/56 - 23/54 24/59 - 13/73 13/68 12/71 12/76 12/76 12/79
1997 - 12/78 - 14/69 13/72 07/68 08/68 07/65 07/61 07/59 06/61 04/60
1998 - 05/62 05/64 05/62 05/61 - 10/62 10/63 11/55 10/53 11/52 09/55
1999 11/53 11/52 11/53 10/57 11/56 13/58 14/59 14/59 12/58 12/52 11/54 12/56
2000 12/56 11/55 11/54 13/49 12/49 12/47 15/51 13/54 14/47 15/55 16/55 17/59
2001 17/60 17/60 16/57 - - - - - - - - -

 
 

Finland Results
No. Date Opposition Venue Type F A Result H.T.
- 18-Aug-1999 Belgium Stade Jan Breydel, Bruxelles F 4 3 AW [2-1]
- 04-Sep-1999 Germany Olympiastadion, Helsinki ECP 1 2 HL [0-2]
- 09-Oct-1999 Northern Ireland Olympiastadion, Helsinki ECP 4 1 HW [1-0]
- 31-Jan-2000 Faroe Islands La Manga, Spain T 1 0 NW [0-0]
- 02-Feb-2000 Iceland La Manga, Spain T 0 1 NL [0-1]
Finland won the Nordic Championship 2000-01, in which they also played two matches regarded as unofficial internationals, a 2-1 win over Denmark, represented by a League XI, in La Manga, Spain on 4 February 2000 and a 1-0 win against Sweden, played indoors in Jönköping on 1 February 2001.
- 20-Feb-2000 Thailand Bangkok T 0 0 AD [0-0]
- 23-Feb-2000 Estonia Bangkok, Thailand T 4 2 NW [2-0]
- 27-Feb-2000 Thailand Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok T 1 5 AL [0-3]
Finland finished runners-up to Thailand in the King's Cup 2000, in which they also  played an unofficial international match, the 3-0 win against Brazil, represented by a youth side, in Bangkok on 25 February 2000.
- 29-Mar-2000 Wales Millennium Stadium, Caerdydd F 2 1 AW [2-0]
- 26-Apr-2000 Poland Stadion Lecha, Poznań F 0 0 AD [0-0]
- 03-Jun-2000 Latvia Daugava Stadium, Riga F 0 1 AL [0-0]
- 16-Aug-2000 Norway Finnair Stadium, Helsinki T* 3 1 HW [1-0]
- 02-Sep-2000 Albania Finnair Stadium, Helsinki WCP 2 1 HW [1-0]
- 07-Oct-2000 Greece Olympiako Stadio Athinas Spyros Louis, Athína WCP 0 1 AL [0-0]
- 11-Oct-2000 England Olympiastadion, Helsinki WCP 0 0 HD [0-0]
- 15-Nov-2000 Republic of Ireland Lansdowne Road, Dublin F 0 3 AL [0-1]
- 15-Feb-2001 Kuwait Kuwait City F 3 4 AL [2-2]
- 18-Feb-2001 Oman Muscat F 2 1 AW [0-1]
- 20-Feb-2001 Oman Muscat F 2 0 AW [1-0]
- 28-Feb-2001 Luxembourg Stade Josy Barthel, Stad Lëtzebuerg F 1 0 AW [0-0]

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