Overview

Team profile

Finland

In 2014, Finland ended a 32-year absence from the FIVB World Championship 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 ninth. This bettered their previous best of 11th, back in 1952. This year marks Finland’s eighth appearance in the competition.
After a one-off appearance in 1993, Finland re-joined the FIVB World League in 2006 and was an ever-present part of the competition. Their best finish was seventh place back in 2007.
In 2017, Finland finished 12th in the European Championship, on a par with their 2015 ranking and down four spots from their previous 2013 and 2011 performances. Their best ever continental performance was in 2007, when they lost in the bronze medal match, going down 3-1 to Serbia.
Finnish fans will be hoping that their team will rise to the occasion and, like in 2014, provide an upset or two in Turin.

Coach

Tuomas Sammelvuo

Tuomas Sammelvuo

Tuomas Sammelvuo, took over Finland's men's National Team in 2013 and immediately led them to qualification for the 2014 FIVB World Championship for the firs time in 32 years. As a player he competed with clubs in Finland, France, Italy Japan, Russia and Poland, before taking his first coaching position with Finland.  He has been capped 296 times for Finland. Sammelvuo’s efforts saw him named the 2014 Finnish Sports Coach of the Year. He had also been named Finland’s Player of the Year four times and in 2013 was voted Finnish Sport Idol of the Year. He currently also coaches Kuzbass Kemerovo in the Russian Superleague during the club season.

Staff

  • Team Manager Jaana Laurila
  • Assistant coach Claudio Rifelli
  • Second Assistant Coach Janne Heikkinen
  • Doctor Petri Helenius
  • Physiotherapist Pawel Baryla

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
Italy
6 6 0 4 2 0 0 0 0 18 18 2 9.000 498 380 1.310
2
Russia
6 4 2 4 0 0 1 1 0 13 15 6 2.500 497 420 1.183
3
Netherlands
6 4 2 0 3 1 0 0 2 11 12 11 1.090 509 495 1.028
4
Finland
6 2 4 0 1 1 1 1 2 6 9 15 0.600 507 546 0.928

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