The National Volleyball Team of Finland achieved the biggest success in Finnish Volleyball history when taking fourth place in the European Championships in Moscow in September 2007.
Before that the best achievement of the team was a seventh-place finish in 1983.
Finland has participated 12 times in the final round of the Men's European Championships and finished four times among the 10 best teams.
The Finnish team has taken part in the World Championships six times. Last time was in 1982 when Finland finished in 17th place.
Head Coach of the team is top Italian coach Mauro Berruto, who started training the Finnish team 2005 and has developed the young group into one of the best teams in Europe.
Many of the players in the National Team have moved abroad to play professionally in different European Leagues.
Setters Mikko Esko and Simo-Pekka Olli play for the Italian A1 League team Padova. Esko has also played in Maaseik, Belgium and before that in Germany (Unterhaching). Olli has also played in Bergamo, Italy.
Other Finnish players abroad are Konstantin Shumov (Taranto, Italy), Matti Hietanen (Mantova, Italy), Olli Kunnari (Cannes, France), Antti Siltala (Maaseik, Belgium), Mikko Oivanen (Belediyesi, Turkey), Tuukka Anttila (Mors, Germany) and Toni Kankaanpaa (Tarto, Estonia). Other players in the National Team come from Finnish League clubs.
Their final placing in the European Championships are fourth in 2007 and then 1997 (11th), 1993 (9th), 1991 (8th), 1983 (7th), 1981 (9th), 1977 (11th), 1971 (13th), 1967 (17th), 1963 (14th), 1958 (14th), 1955 (11th).
Finland are also six-time participants in the World Championships and finished 17th in 1982, 17th in 1978, 20th in 1970, 19th in 1966, 18th in 1962 and 11th in 1952.
In three appearances in the World League they have finished seventh in 2007, 10th in 2006 and 12th in 1993.
Finland also claimed second in the European League Final 2005, played in Kazan, Russia.
Mauro Berruto has been a professional Volleyball coach since 1990 and has worked for National Teams, top Club sides in Europe and at the big sports events such as the Olympics, World Championships, World League and European Championships.
He has recently been coaching Panathinaikos Athens in Greek League First Division, leading them to victory in the Greece Cup.
In 2007 as coach of the Finnish Men's National Team, his charges finished seventh in the World League, fourth at the European Championsips in Moscow in September 2007. This stellar showing earned him a nomination as best coach for 2007 in Finland from the Finnish Sports Journalists' Association.
Before a spell in the winter of 2006 as assistant coach to Giampaolo Montali in the Italian Men's National Team, during which the Italians finished fifth at the 2006 FIVB World Championships in Japan, Berruto was on duty as Finnish Men's National Team Head Coach for the first time in the summer of 2005 and 2006, the year in which he led them to 10th in the World League.
Barruto has had a successful career on the Italian Volleyball Club circuit. He has been Head Coach of most recently Giotto Padova in the Italian League Serie A1 and before that Lube Banca Marche Macerata, where he won the CEV Cup, UniMade Parma and Copra Ventaglio Piacenza.
He also has spells in between as assistant coach to Montali with Italy during major events and in 1999 with the Greek Men's National Team.