Finland doesn’t have the richest history in terms of football players that have lit up the world and changed the footballing world forever, but there are still some players out there in which Finnish children aspire to be from their homeland who are currently still playing or are past legends of Finnish football and so today we thought we’d look at some of the best and most successful football players of all time coming from Finland.
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One of the most popular Finnish players of most recent times, and possibly the most famous Finnish player playing right now much be Teemu Pukki who currently plays for Norwich City who have just won the Championship for the 2nd time in 3 years and Pukki has been at the heart of that. Pukki has broken all sorts of records for Norwich and although they got regulated last season, they have been able to bounce straight back to the Premier League due to the goals and assists that Pukki is able to apply from his striking position. Pukki has been that impressive that he won Player of the Season in 2018/19 for his performances in the EFL Championship.
Before Teemu Pukki, in terms of looking at the most famous players coming from Finland, then that accolade certainly was with Sami Hyypia who played the majority of his career in Merseyside for Liverpool. Hyypia was part of the 2005 Champions League final side which came back from 3-0 at half-time to AC Milan and went on to win on penalties which is one of the most historic evenings in Liverpool’s history. Hyypia went onto be a football manager after his successful playing career having become the second most capped Finnish player.
The player with the most caps for Finland is another one of the greatest players to come from Finland is Jari Litmanen who is known as ‘The King’ in Finland. Litmanen is possible the most popular football to come from Finland, where he played for the national team between 1996 and 2008 and played for some of the best sides in the world including Liverpool, Ajax, and Barcelona.