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The Best Soccer Players from Finland

Updated November 21, 2019 5.3k votes 825 voters 37.2k views110 items

List of the best soccer players from Finland. List includes the top soccer (or “football”) players from Finland, along with photos when available. This list of best Finnish soccer players is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest players are at the top of the list. If you're searching for a particular famous Finnish soccer player you can use the "search" box to find what you're looking for.

List includes Lukas Hradecky, Lauri Dalla Valle and more.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Finnish footballers?" and "Who is the greatest Finnish soccer player of all time?"

You can click on the names of these popular soccer players of Finland in order to get more information about each one. If you're a sports lover then you can use this list of popular Finnish soccer players to discover some new athletes that you might really enjoy watching.
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    Jari Litmanen

    Forward, Midfielder
    411
    37

    BirthplaceLahti, Finland

    Jari Olavi Litmanen (pronunciation ; born 20 February 1971) is a Finnish former footballer. He was the first-choice captain of the Finland national team between 1996 and 2008 in an international...  more

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    Sami Hyypiä

    Defender
    284
    34

    BirthplaceKuusankoski, Finland

    Sami Tuomas Hyypiä (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈsɑmi ˈhyːpiæ]; born 7 October 1973) is a Finnish football manager and former defender. Hyypiä began his playing career with Ykkönen side Kumu and soon...  more
  • 3
    157
    40

    BirthplaceKotka, Finland

    Teemu Eino Antero Pukki (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈt̪e̞ːmu ˈpukki]; born 29 March 1990) is a Finnish professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club Norwich City and the Finland...  more
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    Kimi Mustonen added

    Lukas Hradecky

    Goalkeeper
    110
    23

    BirthplaceBratislava, Slovakia

    Lukáš Hrádecký (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈlukaːʒ ˈɦɾaːdɛtski]; born 24 November 1989), is a Slovak-born Finnish football goalkeeper who plays for Bayer Leverkusen and the Finland national team....  more
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    Jussi Jääskeläinen

    Goalkeeper
    153
    57

    BirthplaceMikkeli, Finland

    Jussi Albert Jääskeläinen (pronounced [ˈjussi ˈjæːskelæi̯nen]; born 19 April 1975) is a Finnish football coach and retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper. During his career, Jääskeläinen most...  more
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    133
    55

    BirthplaceSteinfurt, Germany

    Mikael Kaj Forssell (born 15 March 1981) is a Finnish former football striker.Forssell began his professional career in 1997 for HJK, having progressed through the team's youth teams, but he only...  more
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    Antti Niemi

    Goalkeeper
    101
    38

    BirthplaceOulu, Finland

    Antti Mikko Niemi (born 31 May 1972) is a retired Finnish footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He also worked as a goalkeeping coach at Brighton & Hove Albion during the 2014–15 season. Niemi spent...  more
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    Petri Pasanen

    Defender
    79
    28

    BirthplaceLahti, Finland

    Petri Pasanen (born 24 September 1980) is a Finnish former professional football defender. He was most comfortable in central defense, but also played right back and left back as well. Pasanen began...  more
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    Teemu Tainio

    Defender, Midfielder
    82
    31

    BirthplaceTornio, Finland

    Teemu Tainio (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈteːmu ˈtɑinio]; born 27 November 1979) is a Finnish football coach and former player. He is the current head coach of FC Haka. He began his career with his...  more
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    Ville Pulkkinen added

    Roman Eremenko

    Midfielder
    84
    36

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    Roman Alekseyevich Eremenko (Russian: Роман Алексеевич Ерёменко; born 19 March 1987) is a Russian-born Finnish professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for FC Rostov in the Russian Premier...  more
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    Përparim Hetemaj

    Midfielder
    77
    30

    BirthplaceSkenderaj, Serbia

    Përparim Hetemaj (born 12 December 1986) is a Finnish professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Italian club Chievo and the Finnish national team. Born in Kosovo, Hetemaj arrived in...  more
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    Johan Suomalainen added

    Niklas Moisander

    Defender
    58
    20

    BirthplaceTurku, Finland

    Niklas Moisander (born 29 September 1985) is a Finnish professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for German club Werder Bremen. Moisander was born in Turku, where he played for the local TPS...  more
  • 13
    Johan Suomalainen added

    Joonas Kolkka

    Midfielder
    48
    15

    BirthplaceLahti, Finland

    Joonas Einari Kolkka (born 28 September 1974) is a retired Finnish footballer who played as a left winger most of his career, but could also play on the right wing. Having started his career in his...  more
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    Kimi Mustonen added

    Joel Pohjanpalo

    Forward
    51
    19

    BirthplaceHelsinki, Finland

    Joel Pohjanpalo, is a Finnish professional football striker who plays for German 2. Bundesliga side Fortuna Düsseldorf and represents Finland national team. Pohjanpalo was born in Helsinki, Finland...  more
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    Janne Saarinen

    Defender, Midfielder
    51
    21

    BirthplaceEspoo, Finland

    Janne Johannes Saarinen (born 28 February 1977, in Espoo) is a retired Finnish footballer....  more
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    BirthplaceStockholm, Sweden

    Jonatan Lillebror Johansson (born 16 August 1975) is a Finnish former football player and coach. His main position was a striker, playing most notably for Rangers and Charlton Athletic. Johansson was...  more
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    Mika Väyrynen

    Midfielder
    58
    29

    BirthplaceEskilstuna, Sweden

    Mika Väyrynen (born 28 December 1981) is a Finnish former footballer....  more
  • 18

    Hannu Tihinen

    Defender
    51
    25

    BirthplaceKeminmaa, Finland

    Hannu Tihinen (born 1 July 1976) is a retired Finnish footballer who played as a defender. He has played for clubs in Finland, Norway, England, Belgium and Switzerland....  more
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    Kimi Mustonen added

    Tim Sparv

    Midfielder
    40
    15

    BirthplaceOravais, Finland

    Tim Sparv (born 20 February 1987) is a Finnish professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Danish Superliga side FC Midtjylland and is the captain of Finland national team. Sparv was born...  more
  • 20

    Jari Niemi

    Forward, Midfielder
    45
    22

    BirthplaceNokia, Finland

    Jari Niemi (born 2 February 1977 in Nokia) is a retired Finnish footballer. He has played for R.A.E.C. Mons, Standard Liège and K. Sint-Truidense V.V. in Belgium. In the Finnish Veikkausliiga Niemi...  more
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    Niko Karumaa added

    Pasi Rautiainen

    Midfielder
    40
    17

    BirthplaceHelsinki, Finland

    Pasi Pentti Rautiainen (born 18 July 1961) is Finnish football manager and former player. He has coached PK-35, FC Jokerit and FC KooTeePee in Finland and FC Levadia Tallinn and FC Flora Tallinn in...  more
  • 22
    Kimi Mustonen added

    Paulus Arajuuri

    Defender
    33
    9

    BirthplaceHelsinki, Finland

    Paulus Verneri Arajuuri (born 15 June 1988) is a Finnish professional footballer, who plays as a centre back for Pafos FC in the Cypriot First Division and the Finland national team. He began his...  more
  • 23
    Kimi Mustonen added

    Robin Lod

    37
    15
    Robin Lod is a Finnish football player currently playing for Finnish Veikkausliiga side HJK. Lod scored a goal in his senior debut for HJK in 22 October 2011 in a 4−1 home win against MYPA. During...  more
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    Juho Mäkelä

    Forward
    43
    23

    BirthplaceOulu, Finland

    Juho Mäkelä (born 23 June 1983) is a Finnish footballer who most recently played for PS Kemi in the Veikkausliiga. He is a striker especially known for his pace....  more
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    Antti Pohja

    Forward, Midfielder
    35
    15

    BirthplaceLahti, Finland

    Antti Pohja (born 11 January 1977, Lahti) is a retired Finnish footballer. His position is forward. Pohja represents Tampere United playing in Finnish premier league Veikkausliiga. He returned to the...  more
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