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TEAM COMPOSITION


 FIN / Finland

 
Team manager LAURILA Jaana
Coach SAMMELVUO Tuomas
Assistant coach GIOLITO Nicola
Doctor LITMANEN Hannu
Physiotherapist KUTILA Jesse
   
 
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Ville Juntura Juntura 26.03.1988 192 82 330 315 Raision Loimu (FIN)
  2   Eemi Tervaportti Tervaportti 26.07.1989 193 73 338 317 Roeselare (BEL)
  3 Mikko Esko Esko 03.09.1978 198 89 331 319 Nizhni Novgorod (RUS)
  L 4   Lauri Kerminen Kerminen 18.01.1993 182 70 320 290 Nantes (FRA)
  C 5 Antti Siltala Siltala 14.03.1984 193 90 348 330 Ajaccio (FRA)
  6   Niklas Seppänen Seppänen 30.06.1993 192 82 335 320 Kokkolan Tiikerit (FIN)
  7 Eemeli Kouki Kouki 26.10.1991 194 84 340 330 Hurrikaani Loimaa (FIN)
  8   Elviss Krastins Krastins 15.09.1994 192 84 335 315 Vammalan Lentopallo (FIN)
  9 Tommi Siirilä Siirilä 05.08.1993 203 98 340 325 Kokkolan Tiikerit (FIN)
  10   Urpo Sivula Sivula 15.03.1988 195 100 350 330 Arkas (TUR)
  11 Timo Tolvanen Tolvanen 08.11.1977 183 70 320 310 LEKA Volley (FIN)
  12   Olli Kunnari Kunnari 02.02.1982 197 85 342 315 Vammalan Lentopallo (FIN)
  13 Mikko Oivanen Oivanen Mi 26.05.1986 198 92 360 320 Radom (POL)
  14   Konstantin Shumov Shumov 15.02.1985 205 101 351 331 Generali Haching (GER)
  15 Matti Oivanen Oivanen Ma 26.05.1986 198 90 355 320 AZS Olsztyn (POL)
  16   Olli-Pekka Ojansivu Ojansivu 31.12.1987 197 90 344 325 Kokkolan Tiikerit (FIN)
  17 Ville Sorvoja Sorvoja 02.12.1990 194 90 342 333 Lentopalloseura Etta (FIN)
  18   Jukka Lehtonen Lehtonen 22.02.1982 197 90 346 325 Lugano (SUI)
  19 Jani Sippola Sippola 04.05.1990 191 91 335 315 Raision Loimu (FIN)
  20   Samuli Kaislasalo Kaislasalo 03.08.1995 204 88 350 325 Hurrikaani Loimaa (FIN)
  21 Aleksi Mutka Mutka 23.03.1995 182 72 315 300 Rantaperkiön Isku (FIN)
  22   Joni Savimäki Savimäki 28.01.1991 191 88 349 320 Liiga-Riento (FIN)
 C=Captain  L=Libero
 
Team profile

This year promises much for Finnish volleyball with the national team eagerly anticipating their first appearance of the modern era at the World Championship in Poland in August, thus ending a 32-year absence from the event. Before then they will feature in the World League, a competition which has proved a happy hunting ground in comparison to the World Championship. This year’s tournament will mark Finland’s ninth successive appearance at the World League, their best performance to date being in 2007 when they took seventh place. Last year they finished eighth in the 16-team European Championship, repeating their feat of two years earlier to underline their consistency at continental level.

The Finns’ greatest success to date was 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 placing in the top 10 on six occasions. They have taken part in the World Championship six times, but the last was in 1982 when they finished 17th. Finland won silver in the 2005 European League.

Coach profile

Tuomas Sammelvuo coached the Finland team to qualification for the 2014 World Championship in Poland. This marked the first time in 32 years that the Finns had qualified for the tournament and followed on from an eighth-place finish at the 2013 European Championships. Sammelvuo played professionally for clubs in Finland, France, Italy, Japan, Russia and Poland. He appeared in 296 international matches for Finland and helped the team to fourth place at the 2007 European Championship in Russia. He was voted Finland’s player of the year four times by fellow players and journalists. In 2013 he added the country’s Sport Idol of the Year award to his list of accomplishments.