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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Finland
Forward, Midfielder Jari Olavi Litmanen is a Finnish former footballer. He was the first-choice captain of the Finland national football team between 1996–2008 in an international career that ran from 1989 to 2010. ...more

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Sami Hyypiä is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Finland
Defender Sami Tuomas Hyypiä is a Finnish football manager and former defender. He last managed Football League Championship club Brighton & Hove Albion. Hyypiä began his playing career with ...more

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Jussi Jääskeläinen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Finland
Jussi Jääskeläinen Goalkeeper Jussi Albert Jääskeläinen is a Finnish footballer, who plays for English side West Ham United in the Premier League as a goalkeeper. He holds the record for being the longest ...more

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Mikael Forssell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Finland
Forward Mikael Kaj Forssell is a Finnish footballer who plays as a striker for VfL Bochum and for the Finnish national team. Forssell began his professional career in 1997 for HJK, having progressed ...more

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Antti Niemi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Finland
Goalkeeper Antti Mikko Niemi is a retired Finnish football goalkeeper, who is currently working as a goalkeeping coach for Brighton and Hove Albion. He spent much of his playing career in the Scottish ...more

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Lukas Hradecky is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Finland
Kimi Mustonen added Goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky, is a Slovak-born Finnish football goalkeeper who plays for Danish Superliga side Brøndby IF and represents Finland national team. Hradecky was born in Bratislava, ...more

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Teemu Tainio is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Finland
Defender, Midfielder Teemu Tainio is a retired Finnish footballer. He played as a defensive and attacking midfielder and out wide. Tainio also played at right-back under Juande Ramos at Tottenham.

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Roman Eremenko is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Finland
Ville Pulkkinen added Midfielder Roman Alekseevich Eremenko is a Finnish footballer who plays for CSKA Moscow in the Russian Premier League. He is best known for his time in Dynamo Kyiv, with whom he became leader, winning the ...more

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Petri Pasanen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Finland
Petri Pasanen Defender Petri Pasanen is a Finnish professional football defender who is most comfortable in central defense, but can play right back and left back as well. Pasanen plays for Finnish Veikkausliiga side ...more

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Përparim Hetemaj is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Finland
Përparim Hetemaj Midfielder Përparim Hetemaj is a Finnish footballer who plays as a midfielder for Italian Serie A club Chievo and the Finnish national team. Born in the region which is now Kosovo, Hetemaj went to ...more

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Mika Väyrynen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Finland
Midfielder Mika Väyrynen is a Finnish footballer playing for LA Galaxy. He is a Finland international, with 59 caps since 2002.

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Hannu Tihinen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Finland
Hannu Tihinen Defender Hannu Tihinen is a retired Finnish footballer who played as a defender. He has played for clubs in Finland, Norway, England, Belgium and Switzerland.

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Joel Pohjanpalo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Finland
Kimi Mustonen added Joel Pohjanpalo Forward 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, ...more

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Niklas Moisander is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Finland
Johan Suomalainen added Defender Niklas Moisander is a Finnish footballer who plays as a centre back for AFC Ajax, and for the Finland national team. Moisander was born in Turku, Finland where he played for the local TPS youth ...more

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Teemu Pukki is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Finland
Teemu Pukki Forward Teemu Pukki is a Finnish footballer who plays currently as a forward for Danish Superliga club Brøndby on loan from Scottish Premiership club Celtic. He also plays at international level ...more

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Jonatan Johansson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Finland
Forward Jonatan Lillebror Johansson is a retired Finnish footballer and the youth coach at Motherwell. He last played for TPS in Finnish Veikkausliiga. His main position was a striker, playing most ...more

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Joonas Kolkka is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Finland
Johan Suomalainen added Joonas Kolkka Midfielder Joonas Einari Kolkka is a retired Finnish footballer who last played for Texas Dutch Lions in the United States. He has played as a left winger most of his career, but can also play on the right

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Pasi Rautiainen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Finland
Niko Karumaa added Midfielder Pasi Pentti Rautiainen is a 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 Estonia. His ...more

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Aki Riihilahti is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Finland
Aki Riihilahti Midfielder Aki Pasinpoika Riihilahti is a retired Finnish footballer. He is known as a hard working, defensive midfielder. He is now working as the CEO of HJK, as well as coach for HJK's reserves,

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Robin Lod is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Finland
Kimi Mustonen added Robin Lod 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. ...more

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Paulus Arajuuri is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Finland
Kimi Mustonen added Paulus Arajuuri Defender Paulus Verneri Arajuuri is a Finnish professional footballer, who plays for Lech Poznań in the Ekstraklasa.

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Tim Sparv is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Finland
Kimi Mustonen added Tim Sparv Midfielder Tim Sparv, is a Finnish professional football midfielder who plays for Danish Superliga side FC Midtjylland and represents Finland national team. Sparv was born in Oravais, Ostrobothnia, Sparv ...more

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Atik Ismail is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Finland
Niko Karumaa added Forward Atik Ismail is a Finnish former footballer. He played 26 matches in the Finland national football team scoring 7 goals. Ismail was the top scorer of Finnish premier division Mestaruussarja in ...more

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Markus Heikkinen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Finland
Defender, Midfielder Markus "Mako" Heikkinen is a Finnish footballer, who plays for HJK. Heikkinen can play either as a defensive midfielder or central defender.

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Kai Pahlman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Finland
Niko Karumaa added Kai Pahlman Kai Pahlman was a Finnish international footballer who earned 56 caps at international level between 1954 and 1968, scoring 13 goals. At club level Pahlman played for HPS, HJK and Reipas.

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Aulis Rytkönen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Finland
Niko Karumaa added Aulis Rytkönen Forward Taavi Aulis Rytkönen was a Finnish footballer. He became the country's first professional player when he signed for France's Toulouse FC in 1952. In total Rytkönen spent eight seasons ...more

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Mika Nurmela is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Finland
Johan Suomalainen added Mika Nurmela Defender Mika Nurmela is a Finnish footballer who plays as a midfielder. He is currently the Sporting director of Finnish Ykkönen club AC Oulu.

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Arto Tolsa is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Finland
Johan Suomalainen added Arto Tolsa Defender Arto Tolsa was a Finnish footballer.

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Daniel Sjölund is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Finland
Kimi Mustonen added Daniel Sjölund

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Alexei Eremenko is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Finland
Forward, Midfielder Alexei Eremenko is a Russian-born Finnish professional footballer currently playing for Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premiership. He is a midfielder who is able to operate in many roles, and is ...more

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Algoth Niska is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Finland
JanneKähkönen added Algoth Niska Algoth Niska was a Finnish bootlegger and adventurer. He was born in Viipuri in 1888 and was the youngest child. When his father died in 1903, the family moved to Helsinki, where he got ...more

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Mixu Paatelainen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Finland
Forward Mika-Matti Petteri "Mixu" Paatelainen is a Finnish former international footballer and the current manager of the Finnish national team, having started the role in April 2011. He ...more

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Kasper Hämäläinen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Finland
Kasper Hämäläinen Midfielder Kasper Woldemar Hämäläinen, is a Finnish professional football attacking midfielder who plays for Polish Ekstraklasa side Lech Poznań and represents Finland national team. ...more

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Fredrik Jensen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Finland
Kimi Mustonen added Fredrik Jensen

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Simo Valakari is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Finland
Kimi Mustonen added Simo Valakari Midfielder Simo Johannes Valakari is a Finnish former footballer and the current manager of Seinäjoen Jalkapallokerho.

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Shefki Kuqi is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Finland
Johan Suomalainen added Shefki Kuqi Forward Shefki Kuqi is a Finnish former professional football player of Albanian descent, and is currently the manager of FC Honka. Kuqi played predominately as a striker. He spent most of his career in ...more

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Kari Arkivuo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Finland
Kimi Mustonen added Kari Arkivuo Defender, Midfielder Kari Arkivuo, is a Finnish professional football defender who can play as left back and right back. Arkivuo plays for Swedish Allsvenskan side BK Häcken and represents Finland national ...more

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Jere Uronen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Finland
Kimi Mustonen added Jere Uronen Defender Jere Uronen is a Finnish football player currently playing for Swedish Allsvenskan side Helsingborgs IF. He usually plays as left back.

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Joona Toivio is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Finland
Johan Suomalainen added Joona Toivio Defender Joona Toivio is a Finnish footballer who plays as a defender for Tippeligaen side Molde. He has previously played for Klubi 04, AZ, Telstar and Djurgården. Toivio has been capped while ...more

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Eero Markkanen is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Finland
Kimi Mustonen added Eero Markkanen Eero Pekka Sakari Markkanen is a Finnish football player who plays as a striker for Spanish side Real Madrid Castilla, and for the Finnish national team. He is the son of former basketball ...more

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Antti Sumiala is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Finland
Kimi Mustonen added Forward Antti Markus Sumiala is a Finnish former footballer. He played his last years in his hometown team FC PoPa. He played as a striker. He also worked as his teams sports director and is a main ...more

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Sakari Mattila is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Finland
Kimi Mustonen added Sakari Mattila Midfielder Sakari Mattila is a Finnish footballer, who plays for Aalesunds FK in Norway. Mattila, who is 187 cm tall, plays as a midfielder. He made his debut at the senior level in 2008. He is well known ...more

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Thomas Lam is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Finland
Kimi Mustonen added Thomas Lam

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Peter Enckelman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Finland
Peter Enckelman Goalkeeper Peter Mikael Enckelman is a retired Finnish footballer who played as a goalkeeper. Enckelman represented Finland and previously played for TPS Turku, Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Cardiff City, ...more

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Alexander Ring is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Finland
Kimi Mustonen added Alexander Ring Midfielder Alexander Ring, is a Finnish professional football midfielder who plays for German 2. Bundesliga side 1. FC Kaiserslautern and represents Finland national team. Ring was born in Helsinki, ...more

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Sauli Väisänen is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Finland
Sauli Väisänen

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Paulus Roiha is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Finland
Johan Suomalainen added Paulus Roiha Forward Paulus Roiha is a Finnish retired footballer. Roiha is a quick striker who started his Veikkausliiga career in Finland with HJK Helsinki. He was the top scorer in Finland in 2001 with 22 goals. ...more

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Ismo Lius is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Finland
Niko Karumaa added Ismo Lius Ismo Lius is a retired football forward. During his club career, Lius played for Kuusysi Lahti, Örgryte IS, HJK Helsinki, RoPS and FC Hämeenlinna. He made 36 appearances for the ...more

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Jari Ilola is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Finland
JanneKähkönen added Jari Ilola Midfielder Jari Ilola is a retired Finnish footballer who played for IF Elfsborg and the Finland national football team.

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Aatos Lehtonen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Finland
Niko Karumaa added Aatos Lehtonen Forward

Aatos Ensio Lehtonen (15 February 1914 – 10 April 2005) was a Finnish association football forward. He was part of the Finnish team that finished ninth at the 1936 Summer Olympics. He was the best Finnish scorer at the national championships in 1935–39, and won two national titles in 1936 and 1938. During those years he scored 109 goals, 25 of them in 14 matches in 1937. Internationally he capped for Finland 19 times and scored 7 goals. He retired in 1947 to become a Finnish national coach until 1955