Overview

Team profile

Finland

Finland finished third in Group 2 Preliminary Round Pool E in the 2015 FIVB Volleyball World League, with four victories and eight losses in their 10th successive appearance. They finished joint-eighth in Group 2 of the 2014 World League.

Finland’s best performance to date was in 2007 when they took seventh place. They ended a 32-year absence from the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship in 2014 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 joint-ninth. In 2013 they finished eighth in the 16-team European Championship, repeating their feat of two years earlier to underline their consistency at a continental level.

The Finns' greatest success was arguably their fourth-place finish at the 2007 European Championship in Russia. They have been regulars in the final round of the European Championship, competing 15 times overall and finishing in the top 10 on six occasions. They have taken part in the World Championship seven times and they also won silver in the 2005 European League.

Coach

Tuomas Sammelvuo

Tuomas Sammelvuo

Tuomas Sammelvuo, who took over Finland's men's team in 2013, led them to qualification for the 2014 World Championship for the first time in 32 years. The team finished equal ninth. Under Sammelvuo, Finland finished equal-15th and equal-eighth in Group 2 of the 2014 and 2015 editions of the World League. They also finished eighth at the 2013 European Championships. Sammelvuo's efforts saw him named the 2014 Finnish Sports Coach of the Year. He played for his home country 296 times, including a fourth-place finish at the 2007 European Championships. During that time he was named Finland's Player of the Year four times and in 2013 he was named the Finnish Sport Idol of the Year.

Staff

  • Team Manager Jaana Laurila
  • Assistant coach Nicola Giolito
  • Second Assistant Coach Tuomas Sallinen
  • Doctor Jari Syrjänen
  • Physiotherapist Jesse Kutila

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
Canada
9 8 1 5 2 1 1 0 0 24 26 7 3.714 787 677 1.162
2
Turkey
9 8 1 4 1 3 0 1 0 21 25 10 2.500 813 756 1.075
3
Netherlands
9 6 3 1 4 1 2 0 1 19 22 15 1.466 839 768 1.092
4
Finland
9 6 3 1 3 2 2 0 1 18 22 16 1.375 858 826 1.038
5
Czech Republic
9 5 4 1 1 3 1 2 1 13 19 19 1.000 837 850 0.984
6
China
9 4 5 2 2 0 0 1 4 12 13 17 0.764 681 681 1.000
7
Egypt
9 4 5 1 1 2 1 1 3 11 15 20 0.750 781 816 0.957
8
Slovakia
9 3 6 0 2 1 2 2 2 10 15 22 0.681 788 843 0.934
9
Cuba
9 3 6 0 0 3 3 3 0 9 18 24 0.750 891 917 0.971
10
Korea
9 3 6 1 0 2 2 1 3 9 14 22 0.636 804 820 0.980
11
Japan
9 2 7 2 0 0 3 2 2 9 14 21 0.666 763 803 0.950
12
Portugal
9 2 7 1 0 1 2 3 2 7 13 23 0.565 758 843 0.899

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