Estonia national football team

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Estonia
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Nickname(s) Sinisärgid (Blueshirts)
Association Estonian Football Association
(Eesti Jalgpalli Liit – EJL)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Thomas Häberli
Captain Konstantin Vassiljev
Most caps Martin Reim (157)
Top scorer Andres Oper (38)
Home stadium Lilleküla Stadium
FIFA code EST
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First colours
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FIFA ranking
Current 105 Increase2.svg 6 (21 October 2021) [1]
Highest47 (March 2012)
Lowest137 (October 2008)
First international
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 6–0 Estonia  Flag of Estonia.svg
(Helsinki, Finland; 17 October 1920)
Biggest win
Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia 6–0 Lithuania  Flag of Lithuania 1918-1940.svg
(Tallinn, Estonia; 26 July 1928)
Flag of Gibraltar.svg  Gibraltar 0–6 Estonia  Flag of Estonia.svg
(Faro/Loulé, Portugal; 7 October 2017)
Biggest defeat
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 10–2 Estonia  Flag of Estonia.svg
(Helsinki, Finland; 11 August 1922)
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 8–0 Estonia  Flag of Estonia.svg
(Mainz, Germany; 11 June 2019)
Baltic Cup
Appearances27 (first in 1928 )
Best resultChampions
(1929, 1931, 1938, 2020)

The Estonia national football team (Estonian : Eesti jalgpallikoondis) represents Estonia in international football matches and is controlled by the Estonian Football Association, the governing body for football in Estonia. Estonia's home ground is Lilleküla Stadium in Tallinn.

Estonia's first match was held against Finland in 1920, being a 6–0 defeat. The team participated in the 1924 Olympic Games tournament, their only participation. In 1940, Estonia was occupied by the Soviet Union and did not regain independence (and the possibility of a national football team) until 1991. Estonia's first FIFA recognised match as an independent nation after the break-up of the Soviet Union, was against Slovenia on 3 June 1992, a 1–1 draw in the Estonian capital city of Tallinn.

Estonia has never qualified for the FIFA World Cup or UEFA European Championship. The team has however reached the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying play-offs, by finishing second in their qualifying group, before being drawn up against Ireland for a play-off tie, making 2011 the Annus mirabilis of Estonian football.

Estonia has also participated in the local sub-regional Baltic Cup championship, which takes place every two years between the countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Estonia has won the Baltic Cup tournament four times—most recently in 2020—which is the least of all three Baltic states.

The record for the most international caps by an international is held by Martin Reim with 157, who held the European record in 2009 until November of that year. The record for most goals is held by Andres Oper with 38.

History

The Republic of Estonia (1918–1940)

Estonians were introduced to the game of football by English sailors in the first years of the 20th century, when the land was still part of the Russian Empire. [2] The national team was formed after the war of independence (1918–1920). It played its first match on 17 October 1920 in Helsinki, Finland which ended in a 6–0 defeat. The game took place on a grass surface, which was a first for the Estonians. [3] The Estonian Football Association was founded on 14 December 1921 and affiliated with FIFA in 1923 joining Yugoslavia, Latvia, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Turkey and Uruguay. [4]

Estonia's only participation in a major tournament took place at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris. Estonians lost their only match in the tournament to the United States 1–0. [5]

The Estonian league season usually lasted from the end of May to September. In 1928 the first Baltic football contest was held involving all three nations, it was held nine times during this period. [6] [7] Four of them were held in Latvia, two in Estonia and three in Lithuania. Estonia was particularly notable for winning the edition of the tournament in 1938. [7] In the crucial meeting between them and Latvia at the Kadrioru Stadium, 2,000 out of the 12,000 spectators were Latvians.

Estonia's first FIFA World Cup qualifying match took place on 11 June 1933 in Stockholm, Sweden. Match ended with a Swedish 6–2 win. This match was also world's first FIFA world cup qualifying match. Since later on Sweden also defeated Lithuania, match between Estonia and Lithuania was cancelled, because Sweden had already won the group.

Estonia's first points in the FIFA World Cup qualifying rounds were gained in 1938, playing the qualification matches in 1937, the third edition of the tournament. [8] At the time teams would play each other once in each group. [8] Estonia were in group one, drawn with Germany, Sweden and Finland. In their first match against Sweden, the team went 2–0 up even before the game reached five minutes of play, only to lose 7–2. [8] This was then followed up with a 1–0 success against Finland in which Richard Kuremaa scored the only goal of the game in the 56th minute. [8] Qualification was completed with a 4–1 defeat against Germany, despite a goal from Georg Siimenson taking the teams in at half time with a 1–0 lead for the Estonians. [8] [9] As a result, Estonia failed to qualify for the World Cup. [8]

The team's biggest win came on 26 July 1928 which was a 6–0 success against Lithuania in Tallinn, [10] meanwhile their biggest defeat came on 11 August 1922 which was a 10–2 loss to Finland. [10] Out of the team's head coaches before the Second World War, seven of them were Hungarian with Antal Mally taking this position twice. There were four foreign coaches (three Hungarians and one Austrian), while the first Estonian national team was coached by Albert Vollrat in 1932. [11] Coaches also played for several seasons, who also determined the composition of the football association. [12]

Players were mostly in Tallinn clubs, such as TJK, Sport, Kalev and Tallinn Estonia. [12] The republic's most capped players were goalkeeper Evald Tipner (67) and the outfield players Eugen Einmann (65), Eduard Ellman-Eelma (58) and Karl-Rudolf Silberg-Sillak (52). [13] Top goal scorers were Ellman-Eelma (21 goals in 65 matches), Richard Kuremaa (18/42), Arnold Pihlak (17/44), Georg Siimenson (14/42) and Friedrich Karm (9/13). [14] Players received small pay for their contributions – 5 Estonian krooni in 1938. The Baltic tournament victory was 50 krooni.

On 18 July 1940 the team played their last official game as an independent nation for more than half a century. The game was played at the Kadrioru Stadium and was a 2–1 victory against Latvia. [10]

The occupied years (1940–1991)

After Soviet occupation in August 1940, the national team demised along with the country. During German occupation (1941–1944), the team was revived and they played two unofficial friendlies (in Riga 0–4 and in Tallinn 1–8), but only few players remained from the pre-war era. [15] When Soviet troops invaded Estonia again, some of the best footballers (Richard Kuremaa, Elmar Tepp, Valter Neeris, etc.) were mobilised; some fled to west. Many ex-nationals (Arnold Pihlak, Arnold Laasner, etc.) were in Estonia's team in Geislingen's refugee camp. [15]

The clubs were renamed in the second half of the 1940s and the traditions started to fade. According to Uno Piir, the first national team manager after Estonia's re-independence, the reason for football's downfall in society was the inability to create a competitive Union-level club, hence the decrease in audience and the favouring of other sports by the governing bodies of sports. [16] The Estonian SSR had its representative team, but because of the occupation it did not take part of international competitions. Between 1948 and 1976, the Baltic Cup was held 19 times, which The Belorussian SSR won a few times and the Estonian SSR five times. [7] From 1969 to 1982, Estonia was the only Soviet state not participating in the Soviet Union's football league. During the 1970s, the game lost popularity in Estonia and the sport was mainly played by Russians. [17] [18]

Estonian football-life was relaunched in mid-70s by the attempts of Roman Ubakivi, [19] who formed Estonian-language training groups. The most notable team was Lõvid (English: Lions) in 1980–1989, who were coached by Ubakivi and Olev Reim. Several players, such as Mart Poom and Martin Reim, became part of the national team later. [20] Not a single Estonian reached the Soviet national team, but two Ubakivi's pupils, Ott Mõtsnik and Toomas Krõm, broke into the youth team. [21]

The Singing Revolution, the pursuit to restore Estonian independence and to cool regional tensions, found its way to football as well. On 18 July 1990, an exhibition match was held between Estonian and Latvian footballers at Kadriorg Stadium, to remember the last official match between the two teams as independent nations 50 years previously. [22] The principle of assembling the squad was controversial. 63 players made a public addressing (Päevaleht, 24 April 1990) calling out the football governing bodies to only select the descendants of Estonians, leaving out immigrants who came to Estonia after World War II.

Return to international football, citizenship dispute and apprentice years (1991–1996)

Estonia regained its independence on 20 August 1991, and then came back to international football when the team debuted in Lithuania's organized Baltic tournament taking place in November. [23] However, the first recognized match did not take place until June 1992 in Tallinn as a friendly against Slovenia (1–1). This historic meeting under the guidance of coach Uno Piir was overseen by a team consisting of Mart Poom, Urmas Hepner, Igor Prins, Urmas Kaljend, Meelis Lindmaa, Toomas Kallaste, Tarmo Linnumäe, Indro Olumets, Martin Reim, Sergei Ratnikov, Risto Kallaste, Viktor Alonen, Urmas Kirs, Marko Kristal and Aleksandr Puštov. [24] Puštov was the scorer of the Estonian goal.

At that time the composition of the squad was influenced by the country's citizenship policy. There were disputes whether the national team should include players who lived in Estonia but had not acquired Estonian citizenship. Most of those players in question were of Russian origin. [25] [26] Approximately four months before the first official match against Slovenia, FC Flora presented the Estonian Football Association (EFA) an ultimatum signed by 25 players which stated that "only those who have acquired Estonian citizenship on the basis of legal continuity should be included in the national team". [27] In July of the same year FIFA gave the right to represent Estonia to 97 non-citizens who were according to EFA born in Estonia and were in the process of acquiring Estonian citizenship. [28] In October the board of EFA made a decision that after the date of 1 April 1993 non-citizens could no more debut in the national team. [29]

The citizenship dispute heated up again in February 1993 when Estonia took part in a three team friendly tournament held in Finland. For the first time [ citation needed ], non-citizen players Andrei Borissov and Sergei Bragin were allowed to represent Estonia in the national team. In a statement made on 23 February the government of Estonia urged the Estonian Central Sports Union to "consider manning Estonian sports teams only with Estonian citizens". [30] On 11 March the local press published an open letter in which the signatories accused EFA and the head coach Uno Piir of using four "alien citizens" (Andrei Borissov, Sergei Bragin, Aleksandr Puštov, Sergei Hohlov-Simson) in games and using Russian as the working language of the national team. The signatories also noted that "most of the positions belonging to Estonians (in youth teams) were filled with non-citizens". [30] According to Estonian press the EFA had also misled FIFA because most of those 97 players who had gotten the right to represent Estonia had not actually applied for citizenship.

On 5 December 1991 the EFA decided to take part in 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification tournament despite financial difficulties, the poor state of the Kadrioru Stadium and the inexperience of the national team. [31] Estonia ended the qualification tournament in the last place of the group and with record of one goal scored and 27 conceded. The team lost nine games and drew once against Malta.

In the UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying tournament the team was coached by Roman Ubakivi. The qualification tournament ended without a single point and a goals record of three scored and 31 against. The biggest defeats came from abroad against Croatia (7–1) and Lithuania (5–0).

From 14 October 1993 to 5 October 1996 Estonia played without a victory for almost three years and by February 1996 the team had sunk to 135 in the FIFA World Rankings. Public interest was at a low. In the autumn of 1994 when Estonia hosted Italy at the Kadrioru Stadium only 3000 people came to watch. [32]

First foreign coach and improved results (1996–2000)

Results improved with the arrival of the newly independent team's first foreign coach, Icelandic Teitur Thordarson. His first victory was achieved at the fifth attempt in October 1996, when they defeated Belarus at the Kadriorg Stadium in a 1998 World Cup qualifier with a goal from Hohlov-Simson. After the victory over the Belarusians, the Estonian team gained infamy on 9 October 1996, when a match against Scotland had to be rescheduled after the Estonian team failed to turn up for the game. [33] For unclear reasons, the match was rescheduled to be played on neutral ground in Monaco after it was agreed at a FIFA meeting in Scotland on 7 November, leading to the rescheduled match to take place on 11 February 1997 [34] ending in a 0–0 draw. Reasons for the original postponement of the game was that the Scottish team trained at the Kadriorg the night before, finding the floodlighting inadequate. This matter was raised with the officials who agreed with their concerns. In protest, the Estonians failed to show up, which kicked off only to be stopped seconds later.

At the end of qualifying, the Estonians finished fifth in a field of six teams on a total of four points ahead of Belarus. This was the first time the Belorussians finished last in a qualifying campaign, and had a weaker goal difference. Estonia scored four goals and conceded sixteen.

Estonia also entered the qualifying tournament for Euro 2000. This time round the Estonians recorded three wins and two draws in their group, with fifteen goals scored and seventeen conceded. The team also found themselves in the same group as Scotland, this time losing 3–2 away but drawing 0–0 at home. The Estonian magazine Sporditäht, placed the 1998 events between the pair in their top ten sporting events. [35] On 31 March 1999 the Estonians defeated Lithuania 2–1 in Vilnius. Estonia remained a theoretical possibility to qualify for their first major tournament. Despite failing to qualify, they still set themselves a then team record of 11 points. Their meeting with Scotland on 8 September 1999 was a 5,000 sell-out at the Kadriorg. [36]

A new stadium and the Dutch period (2000–2007)

Estonia's national team has had four meetings with England, with the last to date being at Wembley Stadium on 9 October 2015. UEFA Euro 2008 Qualifiers - England v Estonia.jpg
Estonia's national team has had four meetings with England, with the last to date being at Wembley Stadium on 9 October 2015.

Head coach Teitur Thordarson resigned at the end of 1999, leading the Estonian football association to look for a new coach. They were taken over this time by Tarmo Rüütli (who was replaced by caretaker Aivar Lillevere for two games), who was appointed until autumn 2000, and seen the team through their qualifying group for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. After the departure of Rüütli and Lillevere's two game stint as caretaker manager, the Estonian Football Association made an agreement with Dutchman Arno Pijpers.

Plans were later set by the football association to build a modern football home in Tallinn, which took place in 2000 and construction began outside of the Lilleküla railway line, giving it its original name of the Lilleküla Stadium. The arena opened on 2 June 2001, ahead of their 2002 World Cup qualifying game against the Netherlands (4–2 defeat). The 9,300 tickets on sale for the match sold out within six hours. [37]

Their campaign for 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification, saw two victories over Andorra and two draws with Cyprus, which gave the team a total of eight points in the final table and fourth place with ten goals scored and 26 against, finishing ahead of those two teams. This was later matched in UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying, where they gained two more wins over Andorra and draws with Croatia and Bulgaria. The team's goals record was much more stronger defensively, only conceding six goals in their eight matches while scoring four.

Estonia then most successful tournament came in the qualifying rounds for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, under the supervision of Dutchman and assistant coach of Pijpers Jelle Goes, after Pijpers left the post in 2004. Five wins, two draws and five losses gave them 17 points in their qualification group and fourth place. The team were placed ahead of Latvia, Liechtenstein and Luxembourg. UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying was not as successful, which seen the team finish sixth in a field of seven teams, only ahead of Andorra who were also the only team they recorded wins against and gained a total of seven points. The Estonian FA shortly parted company with Goes in June 2007.

Rüütli's head coach again and the anniversary year (2008–present)

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Estonia vs Turkey at the Lilleküla Stadium. 0–0 draw, 15 October 2008.
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Estonia Brazil at the Lilleküla Stadium. 1–0 win for Brazil, 12 August 2009.

November 2007 saw the approval of a two-year contract for new head coach Tarmo Rüütli, [38] who had overseen the national team in the 1999–2000 season, with this being the last time the team took on an Estonian coach, as Pijpers was the first of three foreign coaches between 2000 and 2007. Rüütli's main task in his second term was to lead the team through the 2010 World Cup qualifying matches. The team showed volatile form in friendly matches during 2008. In September, the Estonians lost 3–2 to Belgium in an away qualifying match, but fell to a low ebb after being beaten 7–0 by Bosnia also on their travels, [39] [40] and fell to an all-time low of 137th place in the FIFA World Rankings. The first home game of the campaign was a 3–0 loss to Spain, the reigning European champions. The team still picked up points during the qualification, which included holding Euro 2008 semi-finalists Turkey to a 0–0 draw. Further results were a 1–0 win over Armenia, and a 2–2 draw away from home before the campaign was completed with a 2–0 win against the Belgians. The team collected 8 points finishing fifth in a group of six.

2009 was declared the 100th anniversary of Estonian football. The final matches for record cap holder Martin Reim (6 June versus Equatorial Guinea) and long-standing goalkeeper Mart Poom were held (against Portugal on 10 June). Sajandi mäng (English: Match of the Century) [41] was the first ever match versus Brazil, who had arrived in Tallinn as the FIFA World Rankings leaders, and also the five-time world champions, winning 1–0. Much attention was attracted the day after the international friendly, with the Estonian FA announcing that coach Rüütli's contract was to be extended to 2011. [42]

Estonia later achieved one of its most famous victories, winning 3–1 in a 2012 European Championship away qualifier on 8 October 2010 against Serbia then ranked 15th in the FIFA rankings. The match took place four months after the Serbian team had competed in the World Cup. [43] [44]

Media attention came from a 2–2 friendly international result with Bulgaria. Two days before the friendly match, on 11 February 2011, bets were placed by officials regarding the outcome of the match. Suspicion of match manipulation was raised when a Hungarian referee gave four disputable penalties, being equally distributed between the two sides. The same team of officials also took charge of the game the day before, an international friendly involving Latvia and Bolivia which ended 2–1 in favour of the Latvians and had also seen three penalties awarded in the game, which were also all of the goals scored. [45]

The Estonian team got an important victory in their next match, which was on 25 March at the Lilleküla Stadium over Uruguay in a friendly match. Former World Cup winners Uruguay had recently reached the semi-finals of the 2010 World Cup and were sitting at 7th place in the FIFA rankings at the time of the 2–0 victory. The captain Raio Piiroja earned his 100th international cap. [46] On 29 March, the good performances continued with a 1–1 home draw against Serbia. [47]

This was followed by a period of poor form, which began with an unofficial friendly game loss to the Basque Country, qualifying defeats to Italy and the Faroe Islands then followed, before a tour of South America saw the team lose to Chile and Uruguay. A 3–0 loss to Turkey in Istanbul then completed their friendly matches cycle before qualifying resumed. However, the Sinisärgid won away from home to Slovenia and at home to Northern Ireland, which lifted the team to 58th in the FIFA rankings, giving them their best position to date. This win completed their group matches in the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.

The regular qualification phase for the Euro 2012 tournament was completed with a win in the final game away to Northern Ireland. [48] Four days later, Serbia failed to beat Slovenia, thus Estonia entered a qualifying play-off against the Republic of Ireland with the first leg in Tallinn. Estonia lost the home game 0–4 but managed a 1–1 draw abroad. The Euro 2012 qualifying campaign was Estonia's best to date, with 16 points achieved out of a possible 30, and was the closest that Estonia came to qualifying for a major tournament.

On 5 June 2012, Estonia set a record for being the first team to have played all of UEFA fellow 52 members. [49] Two more sides have been added since 2013 as full UEFA members. Estonia has played the 53rd member, Gibraltar, but has not yet taken on the newest member, Kosovo. [50] [51] [52]

On 15 November 2014, Estonia became the first and so far only team to give up a point to San Marino in the European Championship qualifying tournament, when the two sides played to a 0–0 draw in San Marino.

On Tuesday, 28 March 2017, Estonia gained one of the most famous wins in their history as they beat Croatia 3–0 at home in an international friendly. [53]

On 19 November 2018, Estonia successfully defeated Greece 1–0 in Athens

On 10 June 2021, Estonia won the Baltic Cup for the 4th time, beating Latvia 2–1 at home, and it's the first time after 83 years, since 1938. [54]

Home stadium

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Lilleküla Stadium has been the national stadium of Estonia since 2001.

Home games are played in Tallinn at the Lilleküla Stadium since 2001, its capacity is about 14,400. [55] The stadium borrows its name from its sponsor A. Le Coq, a major Estonian brewery. [56] The stadium was opened on 2 June 2001, for the sold-out World Cup qualifier versus the Netherlands. This is also Estonia's largest football stadium. Lilleküla Stadium is also the home of FC Flora.

Their previous home ground was the Kadrioru Stadium, which opened in June 1926 with a 3–1 victory over Lithuania. The Kadriorg holds 5,000 seats [57] and in contrast to the Lilleküla Stadium, stages athletics events on a regular basis.

Estonia have also staged friendly matches away from Tallinn in Kohtla-Järve, Kuressaare, Narva, Pärnu, Rakvere, Tartu, Valga and Viljandi.

Team image

Kit

The kit of the Estonian national team (home games) traditionally consists of a blue shirt, black shorts and white socks, while a change strip (away games), is that of a white shirt, black shorts and blue socks. Before 1996, other colour combinations have been used. The goalkeeper usually wears a yellow jersey, black shorts and yellow socks. The kit design changes every two years to a new one. Since 1997 the team's supplier has been Nike, [58] while between 1992 and 1997 it was supplied by Lotto. [59] Below is a timeline of how the home kit colours have changed through time:

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Supporters

Estonia's main supporters group of that of the Jalgpallihaigla (English: Football Hospital), with over 600 members. [60] The group is committed to "Deal with all of your supporters issues from ticket distribution in a special fans section, and also with the fans as watchdogs for relations with the Estonian Football Association and their clubs". [61] Home games see the group as the most vocal, situated in the Southern section of the Lilleküla Stadium.

A busy away journey took place in October 2007, when at Wembley Stadium for the European championship qualifier with England a crowd of two thousand Estonian fans were in attendance. [62]

A large number of away fans have visited Tallinn. In 1938 which was the decisive meeting of the Baltic Cup tournament hosts and Latvia, a total of 12,000 spectators gathered at the Kadriorg Stadium of which 2,000 Latvians. In 2009 1,700 supporters of Bosnia and Herzegovina were at the Lilleküla Stadium. [63]

Current competitions

On 7 December 2020, Estonia were drawn into 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group E. [64] The matches are scheduled to be played between 24 March 2021 and 16 November 2021. [65]

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Flag of Estonia.svg Flag of Belarus.svg
1Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium (X)6510214+1716Qualification to 2022 FIFA World Cup 3–0 3–1 13 Nov 8–0
2Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic (Y)7322129+311Advance to second round 1–1 2–2 16 Nov 1–0
3Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 632187+111 16 Nov 1–0 0–0 13 Nov
4Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia (E)611481684 2–5 2–6 0–1 2–0
5Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus (E)7106619133 0–1 0–2 2–3 4–2
Updated to match(es) played on 11 October 2021. Source: FIFA, UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(E) Eliminated; (X) Assured of at least the play-offs, can still qualify directly; (Y) Cannot qualify directly, may only advance to the play-offs

Recent results and upcoming fixtures

Recent results within the last 12 months and upcoming fixtures.

2020

11 November 2020 Friendly Italy  Flag of Italy.svg4–0Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia Florence, Italy
20:45 (UTC+1) Grifo Soccerball shade.svg 14', 75' (pen.)
Bernardeschi Soccerball shade.svg 27'
Riccardo Orsolini Soccerball shade.svg 86' (pen.)
Report Stadium: Stadio Artemio Franchi
Referee: Rade Obrenović (Slovenia)

2021

24 March 2021 (2021-03-24) World Cup 2022 Qualifiers Estonia  Flag of Estonia.svg2–6Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic Lublin, Poland
18:00 (19:00 UTC+2) Sappinen Soccerball shade.svg 12'
Anier Soccerball shade.svg 86'
Report Schick Soccerball shade.svg 18'
Barák Soccerball shade.svg 27'
Souček Soccerball shade.svg 32', 43', 48'
Jankto Soccerball shade.svg 56'
Stadium: Arena Lublin
Attendance: 0
Referee: Anastasios Papapetrou (Greece)
27 March 2021 (2021-03-27) World Cup 2022 Qualifiers Belarus  Flag of Belarus.svg4–2Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia Minsk, Belarus
18:00 (20:00 UTC+3) Lisakovich Soccerball shade.svg 45' (p), 83'
Kendysh Soccerball shade.svg 64'
Savitskiy Soccerball shade.svg 81'
Report Anier Soccerball shade.svg 31', 55'Stadium: Dinamo Stadium
Referee: Robert Hennessy (Ireland)
31 March 2021 Friendly Sweden  Flag of Sweden.svg1–0Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia Stockholm, Sweden
18:45 (18:45 UTC+3) Berg Soccerball shade.svg 4' Report Stadium: Friends Arena
Referee: Marco Fritz (Germany)
1 June 2021 2020 Baltic Cup Lithuania  Flag of Lithuania.svg0–1Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia Vilnius, Lithuania
18:00 (19:00 UTC+2) Report Anier Soccerball shade.svg 59'Stadium: LFF Stadium
Referee: Aleksandrs Anufrijevs (Latvia)
4 June 2021 Friendly Finland  Flag of Finland.svg0–1Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia Helsinki, Finland
19:00 (19:00 UTC+2) Report Sappinen Soccerball shade.svg 59' (p)Stadium: Helsinki Olympic Stadium
Referee: Jørgen Burchardt (Denmark)
10 June 2021 2020 Baltic Cup Estonia  Flag of Estonia.svg2–1Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia Tallinn, Estonia
18:00 (19:00 UTC+2) Käit Soccerball shade.svg 5', 40' Report Ikaunieks Soccerball shade.svg 84' (p)Stadium: Lilleküla Stadium
Attendance: 740
Referee: Robertas Valikonis (Latvia)
2 September 2021 (2021-09-02) World Cup 2022 Qualifiers Estonia  Flag of Estonia.svg2–5Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Tallinn, Estonia
21:45 (UTC+3)
Report
Stadium: Lilleküla Stadium
Attendance: 6,685
Referee: Guillermo Cuadra Fernández (Spain)
5 September 2021 Friendly Estonia  Flag of Estonia.svg0–1Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland Tallinn, Estonia
19:00 (UTC+3) Report
Stadium: Lilleküla Stadium
Attendance: 2,524
Referee: Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (Denmark)
8 September 2021 World Cup 2022 Qualifiers Wales  Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg0–0Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia Cardiff, Wales
19:45 (UTC+1) Report Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (France)
8 October 2021 World Cup 2022 Qualifiers Estonia  Flag of Estonia.svg2–0Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus Tallinn, Estonia
21:45 (UTC+3)
Report Stadium: Lilleküla Stadium
Attendance: 3,597
Referee: Mohammed Al-Hakim (Sweden)
11 October 2021 World Cup 2022 Qualifiers Estonia  Flag of Estonia.svg0–1Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales Tallinn, Estonia
21:45 (UTC+3) Report
Stadium: Lilleküla Stadium
Attendance: 5,118
Referee: Sandro Schärer (Switzerland)
13 November 2021 (2021-11-13) World Cup 2022 Qualifiers Belgium  Flag of Belgium (civil).svgvFlag of Estonia.svg  Estonia
20:45 Report (FIFA) [ dead link ]
Report (UEFA)

2022

24–25 March 2022 (2022-03) 2020–21 UEFA Nations League play-outs Estonia  Flag of Estonia.svgvFlag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus
28–29 March 2022 (2022-03) 2020–21 UEFA Nations League play-outs Cyprus  Flag of Cyprus.svgvFlag of Estonia.svg  Estonia

Coaching staff

PositionName [66]
Head coach Flag of Switzerland.svg Thomas Häberli
Assistant coach Flag of Estonia.svg Norbert Hurt
Flag of Estonia.svg Andres Oper
Goalkeeping coach Flag of Estonia.svg Mart Poom
Fitness coach Flag of Switzerland.svg Michael Müller
Video analyst Flag of Estonia.svg Ants Jaakson
Doctor Flag of Estonia.svg Kaspar Rõivassepp
Physiotherapist Flag of Estonia.svg Helvis Trääder
Flag of Estonia.svg Priit Lehismets
Flag of Estonia.svg Marius Unt
Manager Flag of Estonia.svg Miko Pupart

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Belarus and Wales on 8 and 11 October 2021. [67]
Caps and goals updated as of 11 October 2021, after the match against Wales. [68]

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
11 GK Matvei Igonen (1996-10-02) 2 October 1996 (age 25)80 Flag of Estonia.svg Flora
121 GK Karl Jakob Hein (2002-04-13) 13 April 2002 (age 19)120 Flag of England.svg Arsenal
221 GK Karl Andre Vallner (1998-02-28) 28 February 1998 (age 23)00 Flag of Estonia.svg FCI Levadia

22 DF Märten Kuusk (vice-captain) (1996-04-05) 5 April 1996 (age 25)160 Flag of Estonia.svg Flora
32 DF Artur Pikk (1993-03-05) 5 March 1993 (age 28)471 Flag of Latvia.svg RFS
62 DF Marco Lukka (1996-12-04) 4 December 1996 (age 24)20 Flag of Estonia.svg Flora
132 DF Henrik Pürg (1996-06-03) 3 June 1996 (age 25)70 Flag of Estonia.svg Flora
152 DF Maksim Paskotši (2003-01-19) 19 January 2003 (age 18)90 Flag of England.svg Tottenham Hotspur
162 DF Joonas Tamm (1992-02-02) 2 February 1992 (age 29)443 Flag of Ukraine.svg Vorskla Poltava
182 DF Karol Mets (1993-05-16) 16 May 1993 (age 28)730 Flag of Bulgaria.svg CSKA Sofia
192 DF Ken Kallaste (1988-08-31) 31 August 1988 (age 33)490 Flag of Estonia.svg Flora
232 DF Taijo Teniste (1988-01-31) 31 January 1988 (age 33)870 Flag of Estonia.svg Tammeka
2 DF Sander Puri (1988-05-07) 7 May 1988 (age 33)874 Flag of Estonia.svg Legion

43 MF Mattias Käit (1998-06-29) 29 June 1998 (age 23)398 Flag of Norway.svg Bodø/Glimt
53 MF Vladislav Kreida (1999-09-25) 25 September 1999 (age 22)160 Flag of Sweden.svg Helsingborgs IF
143 MF Konstantin Vassiljev (captain) (1984-08-16) 16 August 1984 (age 37)13525 Flag of Estonia.svg Flora
203 MF Markus Poom (1999-02-27) 27 February 1999 (age 22)100 Flag of Estonia.svg Flora
213 MF Bogdan Vaštšuk (1995-10-04) 4 October 1995 (age 26)70 Flag of Estonia.svg FCI Levadia

74 FW Vlasiy Sinyavskiy (1996-11-27) 27 November 1996 (age 24)130 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Karviná
84 FW Henri Anier (1990-12-17) 17 December 1990 (age 30)7517 Flag of Estonia.svg Paide Linnameeskond
94 FW Erik Sorga (1999-07-08) 8 July 1999 (age 22)133 Flag of the Netherlands.svg VVV-Venlo
104 FW Sergei Zenjov (1989-04-20) 20 April 1989 (age 32)9114 Flag of Estonia.svg Flora
114 FW Henrik Ojamaa (1991-05-20) 20 May 1991 (age 30)481 Flag of Estonia.svg Flora
174 FW Robert Kirss (1994-09-03) 3 September 1994 (age 27)70 Flag of Estonia.svg FCI Levadia

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up to the squad within the last twelve months. [69] [70] [71] [72] [73] [74] [75]

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GK Mihkel Aksalu (1984-11-07) 7 November 1984 (age 36)460 Flag of Estonia.svg Paide Linnameeskond v. Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden , 31 March 2021
GK Karl Johan Pechter (1996-03-02) 2 March 1996 (age 25)00 Flag of Estonia.svg Tammeka v. Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden , 31 March 2021
GK Marko Meerits (1992-04-26) 26 April 1992 (age 29)130 Flag of Estonia.svg Nõmme Kalju v. Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia , 18 November 2020

DF Michael Lilander (1997-06-20) 20 June 1997 (age 24)130 Flag of Estonia.svg Flora v. Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus , 8 October 2021 INJ
DF Markkus Seppik (2001-04-16) 16 April 2001 (age 20)00 Flag of Estonia.svg Flora 2020 Baltic Cup
DF Ilja Antonov (1992-12-05) 5 December 1992 (age 28)522 Flag of Estonia.svg FCI Levadia v. Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden , 31 March 2021
DF Marek Kaljumäe (1991-02-18) 18 February 1991 (age 30)50 Flag of Estonia.svg Vaprus v. Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden , 31 March 2021
DF Kristo Hussar (2002-06-28) 28 June 2002 (age 19)00 Flag of Estonia.svg Flora v. Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden , 31 March 2021
DF Martin Käos (1998-06-18) 18 June 1998 (age 23)00 Flag of Estonia.svg Narva Trans v. Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden , 31 March 2021
DF Martin Kase (1993-09-02) 2 September 1993 (age 28)00 Flag of Estonia.svg Paide Linnameeskond v. Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden , 31 March 2021
DF Märten Subka (2002-05-10) 10 May 2002 (age 19)00 Flag of Estonia.svg Flora v. Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden , 31 March 2021
DF Magnus Villota (1998-02-11) 11 February 1998 (age 23)00 Flag of Estonia.svg Vaprus v. Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden , 31 March 2021
DF Nikita Baranov (1992-08-19) 19 August 1992 (age 29)430 Flag of Armenia.svg FC Pyunik v. Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic , 24 March 2021 PRE
DF Trevor Elhi (1993-04-11) 11 April 1993 (age 28)90 Flag of Estonia.svg FCI Levadia v. Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic , 24 March 2021 PRE
DF Henri Järvelaid (1998-12-11) 11 December 1998 (age 22)40 Flag of Norway.svg Sogndal v. Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic , 24 March 2021 PRE
DF Hindrek Ojamaa (1995-06-12) 12 June 1995 (age 26)50 Flag of Estonia.svg Paide Linnameeskond v. Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic , 24 March 2021 PRE

MF Martin Miller (1997-09-25) 25 September 1997 (age 24)131 Flag of Estonia.svg Flora v. Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus , 8 October 2021 INJ
MF Rasmus Peetson (1995-05-03) 3 May 1995 (age 26)20 Flag of Estonia.svg FCI Levadia v. Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales , 8 September 2021
MF Markus Soomets (2000-03-02) 2 March 2000 (age 21)40 Flag of Estonia.svg Flora 2020 Baltic Cup
MF Mark Oliver Roosnupp (1997-05-12) 12 May 1997 (age 24)100 Flag of Estonia.svg FCI Levadia v. Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden , 31 March 2021
MF Andre Frolov (1988-04-18) 18 April 1988 (age 33)60 Flag of Estonia.svg Paide Linnameeskond v. Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden , 31 March 2021
MF Pavel Dõmov (1993-12-31) 31 December 1993 (age 27)20 Flag of Estonia.svg Legion v. Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden , 31 March 2021
MF Sergei Mošnikov (1988-01-07) 7 January 1988 (age 33)352 Flag of Estonia.svg Paide Linnameeskond v. Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic , 24 March 2021 PRE
MF Pavel Marin (1995-06-14) 14 June 1995 (age 26)142 Flag of Estonia.svg Nõmme Kalju v. Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia , 18 November 2020
MF Mihkel Ainsalu (1996-03-08) 8 March 1996 (age 25)130 Flag of Estonia.svg Legion v. Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia , 18 November 2020
MF Georgi Tunjov (2001-04-17) 17 April 2001 (age 20)60 Flag of Italy.svg Carrarese v. Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia , 18 November 2020
MF Edgar Tur (1996-12-28) 28 December 1996 (age 24)20 Flag of Estonia.svg Paide Linnameeskond v. Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia , 18 November 2020

FW Rauno Sappinen (1996-01-23) 23 January 1996 (age 25)418 Flag of Estonia.svg Flora v. Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales , 8 September 2021
FW Rauno Alliku (1990-03-02) 2 March 1990 (age 31)100 Flag of Estonia.svg Flora v. Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden , 31 March 2021
FW Karl Rudolf Õigus (1998-11-05) 5 November 1998 (age 22)30 Flag of Estonia.svg FCI Levadia v. Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden , 31 March 2021
FW Frank Liivak (1996-07-07) 7 July 1996 (age 25)243 Flag of Estonia.svg FCI Levadia v. Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic , 24 March 2021 PRE
FW Mark Anders Lepik (2000-09-10) 10 September 2000 (age 21)40 Flag of Estonia.svg Flora v. Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia , 18 November 2020

INJ Withdrew due to injury
PRE Preliminary squad / standby

Player records

As of 11 October 2021 [76]
Players in bold are still active with Estonia.

Most appearances

Martin Reim is Estonia's most capped player with 157 appearances. 2019-06-11 Fussball, Manner, Landerspiel, Deutschland-Estland StP 2130 LR10 by Stepro.jpg
Martin Reim is Estonia's most capped player with 157 appearances.
RankPlayerCapsGoalsPeriod
1 Martin Reim 157141992–2009
2 Marko Kristal 14391992–2005
3 Konstantin Vassiljev 135252006–present
4 Andres Oper 134381995–2014
5 Ragnar Klavan 12732003–present
6 Enar Jääger 12602002–2017
7 Mart Poom 12001992–2009
8 Dmitri Kruglov 11542004–present
Kristen Viikmäe 115151997–2013
10 Raio Piiroja 11481998–2015

Top goalscorers

Andres Oper is Estonia's top goalscorer with 38 goals. AOper1.jpg
Andres Oper is Estonia's top goalscorer with 38 goals.
RankPlayerGoalsCapsAveragePeriod
1 Andres Oper 381340.281995–2014
2 Indrek Zelinski 271030.261994–2010
3 Konstantin Vassiljev 251350.192006–present
4 Eduard Ellmann-Eelma 21600.351921–1935
5 Richard Kuremaa 19420.451933–1940
6 Henri Anier 17750.232011–present
7 Arnold Pihlak 16440.361920–1931
8 Kristen Viikmäe 151150.131997–2013
9 Sergei Zenjov 14910.152008–present
Martin Reim 141570.091992–2009

Competition records

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
TournamentRoundPositionPldWDLGFGAPldWDLGFGA
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1930 Did not enterDid not enter
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg 1934 Did not qualify100126
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg 1938 3102411
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg 1950 Did not enterDid not enter
Flag of Switzerland.svg 1954
Flag of Sweden.svg 1958
Flag of Chile.svg 1962
Flag of England.svg 1966
Flag of Mexico.svg 1970
Flag of Germany.svg 1974
Flag of Argentina.svg 1978
Flag of Spain.svg 1982
Flag of Mexico.svg 1986
Flag of Italy.svg 1990
Flag of the United States.svg 1994 Did not qualify10019127
Flag of France.svg 1998 10118416
Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg Flag of Japan.svg 2002 102261026
Flag of Germany.svg 2006 125251617
Flag of South Africa.svg 2010 10226924
Flag of Brazil.svg 2014 10217620
Flag of Russia.svg 2018 103251319
Flag of Qatar.svg 2022 TBD
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Mexico.svg 2026 TBD
Total0/240000007616114965166
Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

UEFA European Championship

UEFA European Championship record Qualification record
TournamentRoundPositionPldWDLGFGAPldWDLGFGA
Flag of France.svg 1960 Did not enterDid not enter
Flag of Spain (1945-1977).svg 1964
Flag of Italy.svg 1968
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg 1972
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg 1976
Flag of Italy.svg 1980
Flag of France.svg 1984
Flag of Germany.svg 1988
Flag of Sweden.svg 1992
Flag of England.svg 1996 Did not qualify100010331
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg 2000 103251517
Flag of Portugal.svg 2004 822446
Flag of Austria.svg Flag of Switzerland.svg 2008 12219521
Flag of Poland.svg Flag of Ukraine.svg 2012 125251619
Flag of France.svg 2016 1031649
Flag of Europe.svg 2020 8017226
Flag of Germany.svg 2024 TBDTBD
Total0/16000000701594649129
Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

UEFA Nations League

UEFA Nations League record
YearDivisionGroupRoundPosPldWDLGFGAP/RRK
Flag of Portugal.svg 2018–19 C 2 Group stage4th611448Equals-sign-blue.gif37th
Flag of Italy.svg 2020–21 C 2 Group stage4th603359TBD47th
Flag of none.svg 2022–23 TBDFuture event
TotalGroup stage
League C
2/21214791737th

Olympic Games

Estonia national team at the 1924 Summer Olympics. Estonia1924.jpg
Estonia national team at the 1924 Summer Olympics.

Estonia's only participation in a major tournament was at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris, France. Coached by Hungarian Ferenc Kónya, Estonia's participation was limited to a single match in the first round as the team lost 0–1 to the United States, with Andy Straden scoring the winning goal from the penalty spot in the 15th minute. Estonia were also given a penalty and a chance to equalise, but Elmar Kaljot's effort struck the crossbar in the 68th minute. After going out of the tournament, the Estonian team stayed on in Paris for three weeks, playing a friendly match against Ireland, which ended in a 1–3 defeat, and then went to Germany, playing friendly matches against various teams including a 2–2 draw against 1. FC Kaiserslautern. [77]

Baltic Cup

Milestones

Honours

Baltic Cup

See also

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