Overview

Team profile

Finland

FIVB World Ranking 26

Best Result1952 11

Last Result1982 17

Medals
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Qualifying for the 2014 World Championship is a victory in itself for Finland as it marks a return to the tournament after a 32-year absence. The Finns last competed in Argentina in 1982, when they finished 17th. Their best result in a World Championship came in their debut appearance in 1952, when they took 11th spot.
 
The 2014 tournament will mark the nation’s seventh entry into the World Championships. They qualified in Slovakia in January after defeating Ukraine, Greece and Slovakia in a qualifying event. The ensuing ‘volleyball fever’ in the Nordic country left even the traditional winter sports trailing in their wake. According to Finland Volleyball Association sports director Antti Paananen “2014 will be the volleyball year of all time in Finland. It will be heavy for the team, but rewarding at the same time. We are now in there with the best teams in the world. This team is capable of anything.”

Having been competing regularly in the World League since 2006, and the European Championship since 2007, Finland have been steadily making their mark on the sport, and they finished third in Pool C of Group 2 (16th overall) in the 2014 World League. Since March 2013 the Finns have been coached by former player Tuomas Sammelvuo. He ranks qualification for Poland 2014 as among his greatest achievements in the game.


Coach

Sammelvuo Tuomas

Sammelvuo Tuomas

Tuomas Sammelvuo coached the Finland team to qualification for the 2014 World Championship. This marked the first time in 32 years that the Finns had qualified for the tournament and followed on from an eighth-place finish at the 2013 European Championship. Sammelvuo played professionally for clubs in Finland, France, Italy, Japan, Russia and Poland. He appeared in 296 international matches for Finland and helped the team to fourth place at the 2007 European Championship in Russia. He was voted Finland’s player of the year four times.
 

Staff

  • Team Manager Laurila Jaana
  • Assistant coach Giolito Nicola
  • Second Assistant Coach Panu Marko
  • Doctor Pesonen Janne
  • Physiotherapist Kutila Jesse

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
Brazil
3 3 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 9 9 1 9.000 250 210 1.190
2
Russia
3 3 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 8 9 2 4.500 258 219 1.178
3
Germany
3 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 6 6 4 1.500 227 219 1.036
4
Canada
3 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 5 6 5 1.200 242 240 1.008
5
Bulgaria
3 1 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 5 7 6 1.166 278 276 1.007
6
Finland
3 1 2 0 0 1 0 1 1 2 4 8 0.500 264 283 0.932
7
Cuba
3 0 3 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 3 9 0.333 249 278 0.895
8
China
3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 9 0.000 185 228 0.811

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