In fact, before now Finland had not reached the finals of a major international competition despite several decent qualifying campaigns in recent years.
Ahead of Euro 2008, Finland needed to win their final qualifier against Portugal to secure themselves a spot at the tournament, however, a 0-0 draw saw the Scandinavians fall just shy of the mark.
The Finns were not so successful in attempting to qualify for the 2018 World Cup after finishing fifth in their group despite beating the eventual winners of their group, Iceland.
Finland Euro 2020 odds
Given it is their first-ever appearance at a major tournament, as you would expect, Finland are one of the teams with huge odds to do the impossible and lift the trophy. You can find Finland at a staggering 500/1 to be crowned European Champions in their debut tournament.
A more realistic, if still difficult target, would be for the Eagle Owls to progress from the group stages. They will see Russia and Denmark as potentially winnable fixtures, and with the four best third-placed teams advancing.
Finland will be looking to their star man Teemu Pukki to provide the goals, as he did in the qualifying. In a November friendly against the current world champions, France, the Finns pulled off a stunning 2-0 victory, which they will surely use as inspiration heading into the tournament.
Finland’s potential path to Euro 2020 final
Markku Kanerva’s side beat the likes of Bosnia & Herzegovina, Greece and Armenia to second spot in qualifying Group J. Finland will now face Denmark, Russia and the number one ranked side in the world, Belgium.
They kick off their Euro 2020 group stage against Denmark, before games against Russia and then Belgium, with all of the games scheduled for either Copenhagen or St Petersburg.
Finland Euro 2020 group stage fixtures
12 June 2021: Denmark vs Finland (5pm)
16 June 2021: Finland vs Russia (2pm)
21 June 2021: Finland vs Belgium (8pm)
If Finland win Group B
If Finland were to win Group B at odds of 16/1 with 888sport, this would be their route through to the final.
Last 16: The third-placed side Group A/D/E/F (likely contenders for which are Wales, Turkey, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Poland, Sweden, Portugal, France, Germany) in Seville on June 27.
Quarter-finals: The winner of Last-16 match 2, which is played between the winner of Group A (Italy favourites) and the Group C runners-up (likely Ukraine, Austria.)
Semi-finals: The semi-final will likely be played against the winner of Group F (Portugal, France, Germany favourites).
If Finland qualify from Group B
If Finland don’t win Group B, but still qualify, it could become a lot more complicated.
Last 16: The second-placed Group A side in Amsterdam, which could be any of Turkey, Italy, Wales, Switzerland on June 28th.
Quarter Finals: The winner of Last-16 match 3, which is played between the winner of Group C (which includes Netherlands, Ukraine, Austria, North Macedonia) and the third place in D, E or F, likely contenders for which are Czech Republic, Poland, France, Germany, Portugal.
Semi-finals: The winner of that Quarter Final will play the winner of Quarter Final Match 4, which could include the winner of Group D or Group E (expected to be England and Spain, respectively).
If Finland finish third in their group and do enough to rank among the best third-placed teams, they would play the winner of Group F and then join the path they’d take if they won Group F (talk about over-complicating things!)
Finland Golden Boot odds
There is little surprise Finland’s favourite to win the Golden Boot is Norwich City’s Pukki. The 30-year-old has netted 25 goals across his 40 appearances in the Championship this season which will mean he is likely to be the first name on the Finns’ team sheet this summer.