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Estonia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Sinisärgid (Blue shirts)
Association Estonian Football Association
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Tarmo Rüütli
Captain Raio Piiroja
Most caps Martin Reim (157)
Top scorer Andres Oper (35)
Home stadium A. Le Coq Arena
FIFA code EST
FIFA ranking 97
Highest FIFA ranking 60 (December 2002)
Lowest FIFA ranking 137 (October 2008)
Elo ranking 100
Highest Elo ranking 51 (August 1927)
Home colours
Away colours
First international
Finland Finland 6–0 Estonia Estonia
(Helsinki, Finland; 17 October 1920)
Biggest win
Estonia Estonia 6–0 Lithuania Lithuania
(Tallinn, Estonia; 26 July 1928)
Biggest defeat
Finland Finland 10–2 Estonia Estonia
(Helsinki, Finland; 11 August 1922)

The Estonia national football team is controlled by the Estonian Football Association. They played their first match in 1920. In 1940 Estonia was a Republic of the Soviet Union and did not field a national football team until 1991. As a former Soviet Republic, they played their first match against Lithuania in the Baltic Cup on November 15, 1991, and their first FIFA-recognized match against Slovenia on June 3, 1992, a 1–1 draw at Tallinn. Home matches are played at the A. Le Coq Arena in Tallinn.

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Modern history

After Estonia ended its association with the Soviet Union, the national team was initially the weakest of the three Baltic teams, suffering defeats such as a 7–1 loss to Croatia in the Euro 96 qualifiers. In the 1998 World Cup qualifiers, Estonia achieved notoriety when a home game against Scotland would be called off in bizarre circumstances.[1] The replay in Monaco finished 0–0; goalkeeper Mart Poom earned a move to Derby County soon afterwards, with a move to Arsenal later on. The team's best FIFA World Ranking, is that of 60th in December 2002. This allowed Estonia's players to be granted a work visa by the British Home Office to play in the Premier League.[2]

Estonia's fortunes have improved since. In the Euro 2004 qualifiers, Estonia proved remarkably obdurate with 8 points from as many games, only 4 goals scored and 6 conceded. The 2006 World Cup qualifiers saw further improvement with 5 wins, 2 draws and 5 defeats, almost sending them to the 2006 FIFA World Cup. During the 2006 qualifiers Estonia played 1-1 against Russia in Tallinn, and this result is considered one of the greatest in Estonian football history. Also, the 0-0 draw against Turkey in the latest 2010 World Cup qualifiers is worth mentioning. Estonia have a number of players who have amassed an astonishing number of caps, including Mart Poom, Andres Oper, Marko Kristal and Martin Reim.

Stadium

The main stadium for home matches is A. Le Coq Arena, the stadium named after a beer made in Estonia. The stadium was opened in 2001 and the first match was against Netherlands which Estonia lost 4–2. The A. Le Coq Arena was opened in 2001. It is planned to add two more stories and complete the roof in the future.

The Estonian team also plays some of their matches at Kuressaare Linnastaadion. In the near future, Linnastaadion will be replaced by a new stadium to host the games of FC Kuressaare and to be the back-up stadium for the Estonian team. When the stadium is complete, Estonia hopes to host the 2011 and 2013 European Championships for different age class youth national teams.

Kit

Nike, Inc. has been the kit provider for the national team since 2000 and the current contract will last until 2011. Before Nike, the team was sponsored by Italy-based Lotto. Their sponsorship lasted from 1992 to 2000.

The national team's home dress has always been a blue jersey with black shorts and white socks, although a few kits have had white shorts and white socks. The blue-black-white colors are derived from the flag of Estonia. The away kit has changed several times but it has usually been a white jersey, black shorts and blue socks, occasionally it has been with white socks. The goalie usually wears a yellow jersey, black shorts and yellow socks.

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Supporters

Estonian fans in Riga, Latvia

One of the biggest group of Estonian fans are collectively known as the Jalgpallihaigla, meaning "Football hospital" in translation. When joined, each member is given a "diagnosis" for staying in the "hospital". Each member can also buy a members card which allows to get fan goods cheaper from the shop.

Estonia fans are known as relatively calm but loud. They are probably best know for their good singing abilities and using old Estonian songs. Jalgpallihaigla is usually seated at the south tribune of A. Le Coq Arena while the visitors fans are seated at the north tribune. There isn't much history of violence, for example, when Estonia won against Russia 2–1 in a friendly game in 2001, Russian fans started rioting but Jalgpallihaigla stayed calm. The incident lead to the creation of riot police in Estonia. Another incident took place on 4th of June, after a friendly game against Faroe Islands which Estonia won 4–3. Before the game, the anthem of Estonia was sung by Ewert Sundja, an Estonian singer. After the anthem, many Estonians felt that the Estonian pop-star had ruined it. After the game, two Estonian fans beat up the singer,[3] it is known the fans were members of Jalgpallihaigla.

World Cup record

European Championship record

Olympic games

Estonia national football team at the 1924 Summer Olympics.

The Estonia national football team played once so far in the big tournament. It was on 1924 Summer Olympic Games. They played only one game in Preliminary round versus USA and lost 0–1 to a penalty scored by Andy Straden (United States) after ten minutes. Estonia had a chance for a draw against the United States, but the penalty given to Estonia on the 68th minute hit the crossbar. Over 7500 people came to see the match played in Paris.

Most caps for Estonia

Correct as of January 3, 2010.[4]

Pos. Player Years active Caps Goals
1 Martin Reim 1992–2009 157 14
2 Marko Kristal 1992–2005 143 9
3 Mart Poom 1992–2009 120 0
4 Andres Oper 1995– 114 35
5 Kristen Viikmäe 1997– 114 15
6 Indrek Zelinski 1994–2007 102 27
7 Sergei Terehhov 1997–2007 94 5
8 Raio Piiroja 1998– 92 7
9 Marek Lemsalu 1992–2007 86 3
10 Urmas Kirs 1992–2000 80 5

Top Estonia goalscorers

Correct as of January 3, 2010.[5]

Pos. Player Years active Caps Goals
1 Andres Oper 1995– 114 35
2 Indrek Zelinski 1994–2007 102 27
3 Eduard Ellman-Eelma 1921–1935 58 21
4 Richard Kuremaa 1933–1940 42 18
5 Arnold Pihlak 1920–1931 44 17
6 Kristen Viikmäe 1997– 114 15
7 Georg Siimenson 1932–1939 42 14
= Martin Reim 1992–2007 157 14
9 Friedrich Karm 1920–1927 13 9
= Marko Kristal 1992–2005 143 9

Recent results and fixtures

Date Competition Venue Home Team Result Away Team Scorers
2009-06-06 Friendly A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn  Estonia 3–0  Equatorial Guinea Viikmäe Goal 8' Voskoboinikov Goal 35' Zenjov Goal 90'
2009-06-10 Friendly A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn  Estonia 0–0  Portugal
2009-08-12 Friendly A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn  Estonia 0–1  Brazil
2009-09-05 FIFA World Cup 2010 qualifying Kadir Has Stadium, Kayseri  Turkey 4–2  Estonia Voskoboinikov Goal 7' Vassiljev Goal 53'
2009-09-09 FIFA World Cup 2010 qualifying Estadio Romano, Merida  Spain 3–0  Estonia
2009-10-10 FIFA World Cup 2010 qualifying A Le Coq Arena, Tallinn  Estonia 0–2  Bosnia and Herzegovina
2009-10-14 FIFA World Cup 2010 qualifying A Le Coq Arena, Tallinn  Estonia 2–0  Belgium Piiroja Goal 30' Vassiljev Goal 67'
2009-11-14 Friendly A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn  Estonia 0–0  Albania
2009-12-30 Friendly Estadio Algarve, Faro, Portugal  Estonia 1–0  Angola Saag Goal 79'
2010-03-03 Friendly Lokomotivi Stadium, Tbilisi  Georgia 2-1  Estonia Purje Goal 83'
2010-05-21 Friendly A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn  Estonia  Finland
2010-05-26 Friendly A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn  Estonia  Croatia
2010-06-19 Baltic Cup Kaunas, Lithuania  Latvia  Estonia
2010-06-20 Baltic Cup Kaunas, Lithuania  Lithuania  Estonia

UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Serbia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Northern Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Slovenia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Estonia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Faroe Islands 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Current squad

Squad called up for a friendly against  Georgia on March 3, 2010.[6]

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
GK Mihkel Aksalu November 7, 1984 (1984-11-07) (age 25) 7 0 England Sheffield United
GK Artur Kotenko August 20, 1981 (1981-08-20) (age 28) 20 0 Norway Viking
DF Alo Bärengrub February 12, 1984 (1984-02-12) (age 26) 30 0 Norway Bodø/Glimt
DF Gert Kams May 25, 1985 (1985-05-25) (age 24) 11 0 Estonia Flora
DF Ragnar Klavan October 30, 1985 (1985-10-30) (age 24) 62 1 Netherlands AZ
DF Dmitri Kruglov May 24, 1984 (1984-05-24) (age 25) 49 1 Azerbaijan Neftchi
DF Raio Piiroja July 11, 1979 (1979-07-11) (age 30) 93 7 Norway Fredrikstad
DF Taavi Rähn May 16, 1981 (1981-05-16) (age 28) 50 0 Azerbaijan Neftchi
DF Andrei Sidorenkov February 12, 1984 (1984-02-12) (age 26) 15 0 Denmark SønderjyskE
DF Tihhon Šišov February 11, 1983 (1983-02-11) (age 27) 21 0 Azerbaijan Khazar
MF Aleksandr Dmitrijev February 18, 1982 (1982-02-18) (age 28) 52 0 Norway Hønefoss
MF Sander Puri May 7, 1988 (1988-05-07) (age 21) 18 2 Greece Larissa
MF Konstantin Vassiljev August 16, 1984 (1984-08-16) (age 25) 28 3 Slovenia Nafta
MF Martin Vunk August 21, 1984 (1984-08-21) (age 25) 25 0 Sweden Syrianska
FW Tarmo Kink October 6, 1985 (1985-10-06) (age 24) 41 3 Hungary Győri ETO
FW Ats Purje August 3, 1985 (1985-08-03) (age 24) 17 2 Earth Free agent
FW Kristen Viikmäe February 10, 1979 (1979-02-10) (age 31) 114 15 Greece Panegialios
FW Vladimir Voskoboinikov February 2, 1983 (1983-02-02) (age 27) 25 3 Azerbaijan Neftchi
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Recent call-ups

The list of players that have been called up by the national team coach in the last 12 months. Retired players are not included.

Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Pavel Londak May 14, 1980 (1980-05-14) (age 29) 16 0 Norway Bodø/Glimt 2009-10-14 v  Belgium
GK Sergei Pareiko January 31, 1977 (1977-01-31) (age 33) 16 0 Russia Tom Tomsk 2009-11-14 v  Albania
GK Stanislav Pedõk June 6, 1988 (1988-06-06) (age 21) 0 0 Estonia Flora 2009-12-30 v  Angola
DF Enar Jääger November 18, 1984 (1984-11-18) (age 25) 69 0 Norway Aalesund 2009-11-14 v  Albania
DF Igor Morozov May 27, 1989 (1989-05-27) (age 20) 5 0 Estonia Levadia 2009-12-30 v  Angola
DF Taijo Teniste January 31, 1988 (1988-01-31) (age 22) 5 0 Estonia Levadia 2009-12-30 v  Angola
MF Joel Lindpere October 5, 1981 (1981-10-05) (age 28) 74 5 United States New York Red Bulls 2009-12-30 v  Angola
MF Eino Puri May 7, 1988 (1988-05-07) (age 21) 2 0 Estonia Levadia 2009-12-30 v  Angola
FW Alo Dupikov November 5, 1985 (1985-11-05) (age 24) 1 0 Estonia Flora 2009-05-29 v  Wales
FW Vitali Gussev March 16, 1983 (1983-03-16) (age 27) 1 0 Romania Astra Ploieşti 2009-05-29 v  Wales
FW Oliver Konsa March 4, 1985 (1985-03-04) (age 25) 12 0 Estonia Flora 2009-05-29 v  Wales
FW Andres Oper November 7, 1977 (1977-11-07) (age 32) 114 35 Netherlands ADO Den Haag 2009-10-14 v  Belgium
FW Sander Post September 10, 1984 (1984-09-10) (age 25) 1 0 Netherlands Go Ahead Eagles 2009-11-14 v  Albania
FW Kaimar Saag August 5, 1988 (1988-08-05) (age 21) 19 1 Denmark Silkeborg 2009-12-30 v  Angola
FW Sergei Zenjov April 20, 1989 (1989-04-20) (age 20) 11 3 Ukraine Karpaty 2009-09-09 v  Spain

Managers and performance throughout the years

As of June 10, 2009.

1920–1940

Years Name M W D L
1920–1923 No manager 10 2 3 5
1924 Hungary Ferenc Kónya 2 0 0 2
1924 No manager 5 0 0 5
1925 Hungary Ferenc Nagy 2 2 0 0
1925–1926 No manager 7 2 3 2
1927 Hungary Antal Mally 4 3 0 1
1927–1929 No manager 12 3 4 5
1930 Austria Fritz Kerr 6 1 1 4
1931 No manager 7 4 0 3
1932 Estonia Albert Vollrat 7 1 0 6
1933–34 No manager 9 3 2 4
1934 Estonia Bernhard Rein 2 0 2 0
1935 Hungary Antal Mally 8 0 5 3
1936–1938 Estonia Bernhard Rein 21 7 3 11
1939–1940 Estonia Elmar Saar 5 1 1 3

1992–present

Years Name M W D L
1992–1993 Estonia Uno Piir 19 2 4 13
1994–1995 Estonia Roman Ubakivi 22 0 1 21
1995 Estonia Aavo Sarapct 2 0 0 2
1996–1999 Iceland Teitur Thordarson 57 13 17 27
1999–2000 Estonia Tarmo Rüütli 10 6 2 2
2000 Estonia Aivar Lilleverect 2 0 0 2
2000–2004 Netherlands Arno Pijpers 55 16 14 25
2004–2007 Netherlands Jelle Goes 28 5 6 17
2007 Denmark Viggo Jensenct 8 2 2 4
2007– Estonia Tarmo Rüütli 20 6 6 8

ct – caretaker manager

See also

References

External links


Simple English

Estonia
Association Estonian Football Association
Confederation UEFA
Coach Tarmo Rüütli
Most caps Martin Reim (157)
Top scorer Andres Oper (36)
FIFA ranking 94
World Cup
Appearances 0

Estonia national football team is the national football team of Estonia.

Most appearances

PosPlayerAppsGoalsCareer
1Martin Reim157141992–2009
2Marko Kristal14391992–2005
3Mart Poom12001992–2009
4Andres Oper117361995–present
5Kristen Viikmäe114151997–present
6Indrek Zelinski103271994–2007
7Raio Piiroja9781998–present
8Sergei Terehhov9451997–2007
9Marek Lemsalu8631992–2007
10Andrei Stepanov8111999–present

Top scorers

PosPlayerGoalsAppsCareer
1Andres Oper361171995–present
2Indrek Zelinski271031994–2010
3Eduard Ellman-Eelma21581921–1935
4Richard Kuremaa18421933–1940
5Arnold Pihlak17441920–1931
6Kristen Viikmäe151141997–present
7Georg Siimenson14421932–1939
7Martin Reim141571992–2009
9Friedrich Karm9131920–1927
9Marko Kristal91431992–2005


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