Famous Finnish Sportspersons

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Kimi Raikkonen
(Finnish Racing Driver Nicknamed ‘The Iceman’ and Winner of the 2007 Formula One World Championship)
Kimi Raikkonen
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Birthdate: October 17, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Espoo, Finland
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Nico Rosberg
(German-Finnish Formula One Racing Driver and 2016 World Drivers' Championship Winner)
Nico Rosberg
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Birthdate: June 27, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wiesbaden, Germany

The son of former Formula One world champion Keke Rosberg, Nico Rosberg followed in his father's footsteps to win the 2016 Formula One world championship. After announcing his retirement as a racing driver, Nico Rosberg became an eco-entrepreneur, helping with the construction of self-autonomous and electric vehicles. Rosberg has also worked with charities like Viva con Agua de Sankt Pauli.

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Valtteri Bottas
(Finnish Racing Driver Who Competes in 'Formula One')
Valtteri Bottas
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Birthdate: August 28, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nastola, Finland

Valtteri Bottas is a Finnish racing driver who competes in popular promotions like Formula One, where he is currently competing for Alfa Romeo. Over the course of his career, Valtteri Bottas has won several prestigious awards like the Sky Sports Award and Lorenzo Bandini Trophy. In 2019, he was named AKK-Motorsport Driver of the Year.

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Mika Häkkinen
(Former Racing Driver and One of the 3 Finnish F-1 Drivers to Win a World Championship)
Mika Häkkinen
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Birthdate: September 28, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vantaa, Finland
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Teemu Pukki
(Finnish Footballer Who Plays as a Striker)
Teemu Pukki
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Birthdate: March 29, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kotka

Teemu Pukki is a Finnish football player who has played for the Finland national team in important tournaments like the UEFA European Football Championship and Baltic Cup. He also plays in prominent leagues like the English Football League and is currently playing for the Norwich City Football Club.

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Joonas Suotamo
(Finnish Actor Best Known for Playing 'Chewbacca' in 'Star Wars' Film Series)
Joonas Suotamo
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Birthdate: October 3, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Espoo, Finland

Joonas Suotamo is a Finnish actor and retired basketball player. Although he started his career as a basketball player, Suotamo has gained much popularity for his portrayal of Chewbacca in the famous Star Wars film series. He played the role in movies like The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker.

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Lauri Markkanen
(Finnish Professional Basketball Player Who Plays in the 'Forward' Position)
Lauri Markkanen
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Birthdate: May 22, 1997
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vantaa, Finland
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Keke Rosberg
(Former Finnish Racing Driver Who Won the 1982 'F1 World Championship')
Keke Rosberg
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Birthdate: December 6, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Solna Municipality

Keke Rosberg is a Finnish retired racing driver best known for winning the Formula One World Championship in 1982. Rosberg was the first Finnish champion in the history of the Formula One World Championship. Keke Rosberg has also achieved popularity as the father of the 2016 F1 World Champion Nico Rosberg.

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Jari Litmanen
(Finland's Greatest Football Player of All Time)
Jari Litmanen
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Birthdate: February 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lahti, Finland
Called The Man of Glass for getting himself injured frequently during his career, Finnish former footballer Jari Litmanen has played for major clubs such as Liverpool and Ajax. The nine-time winner of the Finnish FA player of the year honor is also the only Finnish player to get a statue.
 
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Tuukka Rask
(One of the Best Finnish Goaltenders of All Time)
Tuukka Rask
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Birthdate: March 10, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Savonlinna, Finland

Tuuka Rask a Finnish professional ice hockey goaltender. He currently plays for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL). Highly skilled, he won the Vezina Trophy as the league's top goaltender during the 2013-14 season. He also played for the national team at the 2014 Winter Olympics. His brother, Joonas Rask, is also a professional ice hockey player.

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Teemu Selänne
(Former Finnish Ice Hockey Player Who Played as a Winger)
Teemu Selänne
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Birthdate: July 3, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Helsinki

Teemu Selänne is a Finnish retired ice hockey player who played as a winger. Dubbed the Finnish Flash, Teemu is the highest scoring player from Finland in the history of the National Hockey League (NHL). In 2017, he became only the second Finn after Jari Kurri to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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Paavo Nurmi
(Finnish Middle-Distance and Long-Distance Runner Who Dominated Distance Running in the Early 20th Century)
Paavo Nurmi
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Birthdate: June 13, 1897
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Turku, Finland
Died: October 2, 1973

Paavo Nurmi was a Finnish athlete who specialized in long-distance and middle-distance running. Nicknamed the Flying Finn, Nurmi dominated important distance running events in the early 20th century. He won nine gold medals and three silver medals across three Olympics in 1920, 1924, and 1928. Paavo Nurmi also set 22 official world records during his career.

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Sami Hyypiä
(Former Finnish Footballer who Played as a Defender)
Sami Hyypiä
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Birthdate: October 7, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Porvoo

Sami Hyypiä is a Finnish former football player who was an important member of the Finland national team. At the time of his retirement, Hyypiä was Finland's second most capped player after Jari Litmanen with 105 caps. Sami Hyypiä successfully established himself as a manager after retiring as a player.  

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Jari Kurri
(Former Finnish Olympic Bronze Medal Winning Ice Hockey Player Who Played as a 'Winger')
Jari Kurri
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Birthdate: May 18, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Helsinki
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Matti Nykänen
(Finnish Ski jumper and Four-Time Olympic Gold Medallist)
Matti Nykänen
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Birthdate: July 17, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Jyväskylä, Finland
Died: February 4, 2019

Matti Nykänen was a Finnish ski jumper widely considered to be the greatest male ski jumper of all time. Over the course of his career, he won five Winter Olympic medals and nine World Championship medals. He won the International Masters Championship for veteran ski jumpers in 2008. He had a tumultuous personal life and faced several legal issues.

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Robert Helenius
(Finnish Professional Boxer, Who Has Been a European Championship Silver Medalist)
Robert Helenius
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Birthdate: January 2, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
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Pekka Rinne
(Former Finnish Hockey Goaltender and a World Champion Silver Medalist)
Pekka Rinne
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Birthdate: November 3, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kempele
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Heikki Kovalainen
(Finnish Racing Driver, Who Competed in the Formula 1 Between 2007 and 2013)
Heikki Kovalainen
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Birthdate: October 19, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Suomussalmi
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Tommi Mäkinen
(One of the Most Successful World Rally Championship Drivers of All Time)
Tommi Mäkinen
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Birthdate: June 26, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Puuppola

Tommi Mäkinen is a Finnish former racing driver. He is widely regarded as one of the most successful World Rally Championship (WRC) drivers of all time; he won four World Rally Championship titles during his career. After retiring as a driver, Tommi Mäkinen established himself as a racing executive.

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Ari Vatanen
(Finnish Rally Driver Turned Politician)
Ari Vatanen
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Birthdate: April 27, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Eastern Finland Province

Ari Vatanen is a rally driver-turned-politician who won the drivers' title at the 1981 World Rally Championship as well as the prestigious Paris Dakar Rally on four occasions. He also won the World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies in 1997. Since 2013, Ari Vatanen has been serving as the president of the Autosport Union in Estonia.

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Marcus Grönholm
(One of the Most Successful 'World Rallycross Championship' Drivers of All Time)
Marcus Grönholm
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Birthdate: February 5, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kauniainen

Marcus Grönholm is a Finnish retired rally and rallycross driver. With 34 rally wins and two championships under his belt, Marcus Grönholm is considered one of the most successful World Rallycross Championship (WRC) drivers of all time.

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Makwan Amirkhani
(Finnish MMA Fighter Who Competes in The 'UFC')
Makwan Amirkhani
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Birthdate: November 8, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kermanshah, Iran

Makwan Amirkhani is an Iranian-born Finnish MMA fighter who currently competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He has won three Performance of the Night awards so far in the UFC.

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Lukáš Hrádecký
(Finnish Footballer Who Plays as a Goalkeeper)
Lukáš Hrádecký
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Birthdate: November 24, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bratislava, Czechoslovakia

Lukáš Hrádecký is a Finnish football player who plays as a goalkeeper for the Finland national team and Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen. Starting from 2016, Hrádecký was adjudged Finnish Footballer of the Year for three years in a row. In 2020, Lukáš Hrádecký helped his national team qualify for the UEFA European Championship for the first time.

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Kasperi Kapanen
(Finnish Professional Ice Hockey Player Who Plays in the 'Forward' Position)
Kasperi Kapanen
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Birthdate: July 23, 1996
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kuopio
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Joel Pohjanpalo
(Finnish Football Player Who Plays as a Striker)
Joel Pohjanpalo
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Birthdate: September 13, 1994
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Helsinki

Joel Pohjanpalo is a Finnish football player who plays as a striker. An important player for the Finland national football team, Pohjanpalo has also played for popular clubs like Bayer Leverkusen and Hamburger SV. 

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Jussi Jääskeläinen
(Former Finnish Footballer Who Played as a Goalkeeper)
Jussi Jääskeläinen
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Birthdate: April 19, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mikkeli

Jussi Jääskeläinen is a Finnish former football player who played as a goalkeeper. An important player for Finland, Jääskeläinen earned 56 caps for the national team. In 2001, he helped his team win the Nordic Football Championship title. Jussi Jääskeläinen is currently working as a football coach.

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Saku Koivu
(Legendary Finnish Ice Hockey Player and 4-Time Olympic Medalist)
Saku Koivu
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Birthdate: November 23, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Turku
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Henri Toivonen
(Finnish Rally Driver Who Became the Youngest Driver Ever to Become the World Rally Champion)
Henri Toivonen
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Birthdate: August 25, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Jyväskylä
Died: May 2, 1986

Henri Toivonen was a Finnish rally driver who became the youngest driver ever to become the World Rally Champion in 1980. The record was later broken by his countryman Jari-Matti Latvala in 2008. Henri Toivonen is also known as the son of Pauli Toivonen, who won the 1968 European Rally Championship title.

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Juha Kankkunen
(Finnish Retired Rally Driver Who Won Four 'Drivers' World Championship' Titles)
Juha Kankkunen
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Birthdate: April 2, 1959
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Laukaa

Juha Kankkunen is a Finnish retired rally driver. He is best known for winning four drivers' world championship titles and 23 world rallies during his illustrious career. A successful driver, Juha Kankkunen competed for popular teams like Toyota, Peugeot, Ford, Subaru, and Hyundai.  

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Lasse Virén
(Finnish Retired Athlete who Specialized in Long-distance Running)
Lasse Virén
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Birthdate: July 22, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Myrskylä, Finland

Lasse Virén is a Finnish retired athlete who specialized in long-distance running. He is best known for his performance in the 1972 and 1976 Olympic Games, where he won two gold medals at each Games. Lasse Virén is also known for winning a bronze medal at the 1974 European Championships in Rome.

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Mikael Forssell
(Finnish Retired Footballer Who Played as a Striker)
Mikael Forssell
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Birthdate: March 15, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Steinfurt

Mikael Forssell is a Finnish retired football player who played as a striker. He represented his national team in 87 games between 1999 and 2014. He scored 29 goals for his country, the second highest number of goals by a Finnish player.

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Mika Salo
(Retired Finnish Formula One Racer, Who Is Now a Commentator and TV Host)
Mika Salo
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Birthdate: November 30, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Helsinki
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Jouko Ahola
(Finnish Retired Powerlifter and Strongman Who Won the 1997 World's Strongest Man Competition)
Jouko Ahola
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Birthdate: December 1, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hämeenlinna, Finland

Jouko Ahola is a Finnish retired powerlifter, strongman, and actor. He is best known for winning the 1997 World's Strongest Man competition. He won the competition again in 1999, establishing his supremacy in the powerlifting scene. Since the early 2000s, Jouko Ahola has been focusing on his career as an actor. 

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Patrik Antonius
(Poker Player and Former Tennis Player)
Patrik Antonius
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Birthdate: December 13, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland

Patrik Antonius is a Finnish poker player and former tennis player. A multi-talented personality, Antonius has also worked as a model. As a poker player, Patrik Antonius has been mentored by famous poker players like Jennifer Harman and Marcel Lüske.

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Mikael Granlund
(Finnish Ice Hockey Player Who Plays as a Centre)
Mikael Granlund
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Birthdate: February 26, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Oulu

Mikael Granlund is a Finnish ice hockey player best known for winning the bronze medal for his country at the 2014 Winter Olympics. He has also been a part of the team that won the gold medal at the 2011 and 2022 World Championships. Mikael Granlund also plays in the NHL and is the current alternate captain of the Predators

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Leo Komarov
(Finnish Ice Hockey Player Who Plays as a Forward)
Leo Komarov
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Birthdate: January 23, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Narva

Leo Komarov is an ice hockey player best known for winning the gold medal for the Finnish national team at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. He was also part of the team that won the gold medal at the IIHF World Championship in 2011. Leo Komarov has won several prestigious tournaments like the Karjala Cup and Sweden Hockey Games

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Mikko Koivu
(Former Finnish Ice Hockey Player Who Played as a Centre)
Mikko Koivu
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Birthdate: March 12, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Turku

Mikko Koivu is a Finnish retired ice hockey player who played as a centre. He is best known for leading the Finnish national team at the 2011 World Championship where the team won the gold medal. Mikko Koivu was also part of the team that won a silver medal and a bronze medal at the 2006 and 2010 Olympics, repsectively.

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Hannes Kolehmainen
(Finnish Athlete and 4-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Who Was One of the 'Flying Finns')
Hannes Kolehmainen
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Birthdate: December 9, 1889
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kuopio, Finland
Died: January 11, 1966
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Jesse Puljujarvi
(Finnish Ice Hockey Player Who Plays as a Winger)
Jesse Puljujarvi
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Birthdate: May 7, 1998
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Älvkarleby, Sweden

Jesse Puljujarvi is a Finnish ice hockey player best known for winning the gold medal at the 2016 World Junior Championship. Rated as a top prospect, Jesse Puljujarvi is currently signed to the Edmonton Oilers of the NHL

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Tony Halme
(Controversial Finnish Wrestler and Boxer, Who Was Also a Right-Wing Politician)
Tony Halme
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Birthdate: January 6, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
Died: January 8, 2010
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Olli Jokinen
(Czech Retired Ice Hockey Player Who Played as a Centre)
Olli Jokinen
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Birthdate: December 5, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kuopio

Olli Jokinen is a Finnish retired ice hockey player best known for winning the silver medal for his national team at the 2006 Olympic Games. He also won the bronze medals at the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Olli Jokinen also helped his team win three silver medals and three bronze medals at the World Championships.

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Miikka Kiprusoff
(Finnish Retired Ice Hockey Player Who Played as a Goaltender)
Miikka Kiprusoff
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Birthdate: October 26, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Turku, Finland

Miikka Kiprusoff is a Finnish retired ice hockey player who played as a goaltender. He is best known for helping his national team win the bronze medal at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. He also won silver medals at the 1999 and 2001 World Championships as well as a silver medal at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

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Esa Tikkanen
(Finnish Retired Ice Hockey Player Who Played as a Forward)
Esa Tikkanen
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Birthdate: January 25, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Helsinki

Esa Tikkanen is a Finnish retired ice hockey player who played as a forward. He is best known for his association with the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL) with which he won four Stanley Cups. Esa Tikkanen took his overall tally of Stanley Cups to five when he helped New York Rangers win the title in 1994.

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Tim Sparv
(Finnish Retired Footballer Who Played as a Midfielder)
Tim Sparv
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Birthdate: February 20, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Oravais, Finland

Tim Sparv is a Finnish retired football player who played as a midfielder. Over the course of his career, he won 84 caps for the Finland national team and represented the team in prestigious tournaments like the Baltic Cup. Tim Sparv helped his team win the silver medal and the bronze medal at the 2012 and 2014 Baltic Cup respectively.

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Jari-Matti Latvala
(Finnish Professional Rally Driver)
Jari-Matti Latvala
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Birthdate: April 3, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Töysä

Jari-Matti Latvala is a Finnish rally driver. Best known for his aggressive driving style, which often draws comparison to the late Colin McRae, Jari-Matti Latvala is the most successful driver in the World Rally Championship (WRC) to not have won a championship.

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Emil Ruusuvuori
(Finnish Tennis Sensation and Current Number 1 Finnish Player in Singles)
Emil Ruusuvuori
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Birthdate: April 2, 1999
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
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Henri Laaksonen
(Tennis Player)
Henri Laaksonen
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Birthdate: March 31, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lohja, Finland

With a career-best singles ranking of 85, Swiss tennis sensation Henri Laaksonen is definitely a player to look out for. Born to former tennis player Sandro Della Piana, Laaksonen began training in the sport at age 3. While he initially represented Finland, his birth country, he later began playing for Switzerland.

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Roman Eremenko
(Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Midfielder)
Roman Eremenko
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Birthdate: March 19, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Roman Eremenko is a football player who plays as a midfielder. Best known for his performance while playing for FC Dynamo Kyiv, Eremenko helped the team win the Ukrainian Premier League in 2009. He was also a regular member of the Finland national team prior to his two-year ban in 2016 for cocaine use.

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Antti Niemi
(Finnish Retired Footballer Who Played as a Goalkeeper)
Antti Niemi
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Birthdate: May 31, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Oulu

Antti Niemi is a Finnish retired football player who played as a goalkeeper. He represented the Finland national team from 1992 to 2007 and also played for Premier League clubs like Portsmouth Football Club during his playing career. Antti Niemi has also worked as a goalkeeping coach for the Finnish national team.          

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Rasmus Ristolainen
(Finnish Ice Hockey Player Who Plays as a Defenceman)
Rasmus Ristolainen
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Birthdate: October 27, 1994
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Turku

Rasmus Ristolainen is a Finnish ice hockey player best known for winning the gold medal at the 2014 World Junior Championships in Malmö. Rasmus Ristolainen currently plays for the Philadelphia Flyers of the NHL.