Karol Mets

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Personal information
Full nameKarol Mets
Date of birth (1993-05-16) 16 May 1993 (age 25)
Place of birth Viljandi, Estonia
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Centre back, defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
AIK
Number 14
Youth career
2003–2009 Tulevik
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2009–2010 Tulevik II 51 (4)
2010 Warrior 4 (1)
2011–2012 Flora II 19 (3)
2011–2014 Flora 115 (7)
2015–2017 Viking 72 (0)
2017–2019 NAC Breda 40 (1)
2019– AIK 5 (0)
National team
2009 Estonia U17 8 (0)
2010 Estonia U18 1 (0)
2010–2012 Estonia U19 32 (0)
2012–2014 Estonia U21 20 (0)
2013– Estonia 52 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 14 March 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 December 2018

Karol Mets (Estonian:  [ˈkɑrol mets] ; born 16 May 1993) is an Estonian professional footballer who plays for Swedish club AIK and the Estonia national team. Mainly a centre back, he can also operate as a defensive midfielder.

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AIK Fotboll association football club in Solna, Sweden

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Club career

Tulevik

Mets came through the Tulevik youth system, and played for the club's reserve sides Tulevik II and Warrior.

FC Warrior Valga Estonian association football club

FC Valga Warrior is an Estonian football club based in Valga. Until 2006 the club was known simply as FC Valga.

Flora

In November 2010, Mets was included in Flora's first team squad for pre-season training. [1] He made his debut for Flora on 1 March 2011, against Levadia in the Estonian Supercup, winning the match 5–3 in a penalty shoot-out. Mets made his debut in the Meistriliiga on 2 April 2011, in a 1–0 away victory over Kuressaare, and soon established himself as Flora's first choice centre back alongside Karl Palatu. He won the Meistriliiga title in the 2011 season. [2]

FC Flora association football club in Estonia

FC Flora, commonly known as Flora Tallinn, or simply as Flora, is a professional football club based in Tallinn, Estonia, that competes in the Meistriliiga, the top flight of Estonian football. The club's home ground is A. Le Coq Arena.

The Estonian Supercup is Estonian football's annual super cup, contested between the champions of the previous Meistriliiga season and the holders of the Estonian Cup. If the Meistriliiga champions also won the Estonian Cup then the cup runners-up provide the opposition.

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Viking

On 5 December 2014, Mets signed a three-year contract with Norwegian club Viking for a fee of €300,000. [3] He made his debut in the Tippeligaen on 6 April 2015, in a 1–0 away loss to Mjøndalen. [4]

Viking FK association football club in Norway

Viking Fotballklubb, commonly known as Viking or Viking Stavanger internationally, is a Norwegian football club from the city of Stavanger. The club was founded in 1899. It is one of the most successful clubs in Norwegian football, having won 8 Norwegian top division titles, most recently in 1991, and 5 domestic Norwegian Cup titles, most recently in 2001. The club has played more top-flight league games than any other club. It has played in the top division since the league was established, except for the years 1966–67, 1987–88 and 2018. Notable European successes include knocking English side Chelsea out of the UEFA Cup during the 2002–03 season, knocking out Sporting CP from the same tournament in 1999–2000, and qualifying for the group stages of the 2005–06 UEFA Cup.

Mjøndalen IF association football club

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NAC Breda

On 31 July 2017, Mets signed a three-year contract with Eredivisie club NAC Breda for an undisclosed fee, rumored to be around €100,000. [5] He made his debut in the Eredivisie in a 1–4 away loss to Vitesse on 12 August 2017, when he came on as a half-time substitute for Arno Verschueren. Mets scored his first goal for NAC Breda on 20 September 2017, in a 3–4 loss to Achilles '29 in the first round of the KNVB Cup. [6]

Eredivisie professional association football league in the Netherlands

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NAC Breda association football club

NAC Breda, often simply known as NAC, is a Dutch professional football club, based in Breda, Netherlands. NAC Breda play in the Rat Verlegh Stadium, named after their most important player, Antoon 'Rat' Verlegh. They play in the Eredivisie and are known by the fierce and fanatic support of their fans. In their history, NAC won one national title in 1921 and won one Cup in 1973.

SBV Vitesse association football club

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AIK

On 14 March 2019, Mets signed a three-year contract with Allsvenskan club AIK Fotboll. [7]

Allsvenskan Swedish mens association football top division

Allsvenskan is a Swedish professional league for men's association football clubs. It was founded in 1924, and is the top flight of the Swedish football league system, operating on a system of promotion and relegation with Superettan. Seasons run from late March or early April to the beginning of November, with the 16 clubs all meeting each other twice, resulting in a 30-match season, for a total of 240 matches league-wide.

International career

Mets began his youth career in 2009 with the Estonia under-17 team. He represented the under-19 team at the 2012 UEFA European Under-19 Championship in Estonia. Mets played in every group stage match, but failed to help the team progress to the semi-finals as Estonia lost all three games against Portugal, Greece and Spain. He also represented the under-21 national side.

Mets made his senior international debut for Estonia on 19 November 2013, in a 3–0 away win over Liechtenstein in a friendly. [8]

Career statistics

Club

As of 8 February 2019 [9] [10] [11] [12]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeagueCup [lower-alpha 1] Europe OtherTotal
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Tulevik II 2009 Esiliiga 2833000313
2010 II liiga 23100231
Total5143000544
Warrior 2010 Esiliiga41000041
Flora II 2011 Esiliiga17100171
2012 Esiliiga220022
Total19300193
Flora 2011 Meistriliiga 16131005 [lower-alpha 2] 0242
2012 Meistriliiga324302 [lower-alpha 3] 000374
2013 Meistriliiga322402 [lower-alpha 4] 0382
2014 Meistriliiga3503200382
Total1157133405013710
Viking 2015 Tippeligaen 28060340
2016 Tippeligaen29030320
2017 Eliteserien15020170
Total720110830
NAC Breda 2017–18 Eredivisie 25011261
2018–19 Eredivisie15110161
Total40121422
AIK 2019 Allsvenskan 00000000
Career total30116294405033920
  1. Includes the Estonian Cup, Norwegian Cup and KNVB Cup
  2. Two appearances in Baltic Champions Cup, two appearances in Commonwealth Cup, one appearance in Estonian Supercup
  3. Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  4. Appearances in UEFA Europa League

International

As of 1 December 2018 [12] [13]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National teamYearAppsGoals
Estonia
201310
2014130
201590
2016130
201790
201870
Total520

Honours

Club

Flora

Individual

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  2. "Flora alistas Viljandi ja tuli jalgpallis Eesti meistriks" [Flora defeated Viljandi and became Estonian football champions] (in Estonian). ERR. 1 November 2011.
  3. "Karol Mets liitub Norra meistriliiga klubiga" [Karol Mets joins Norwegian top flight club]. Postimees (in Estonian). 5 December 2014.
  4. "Karol Mets alustas esimest välismaa hooaega põhimehena" [Karol Mets began his first season abroad as a starter] (in Estonian). ERR Sport. 6 April 2015.
  5. "Asi kindel: Eesti jalgpallikoondislane siirdub Hollandi kõrgliigasse" [Confirmed: Estonian international moves to Dutch top flight]. Postimees (in Estonian). 31 July 2017.
  6. "Mets lõi värava, aga klubi sai šokk-kaotuse" [Mets scored, but the club suffered a shock defeat]. Postimees (in Estonian). 20 September 2017.
  7. "Ametlik: Mets liitus Rootsi valitseva meisterklubiga". soccernet.ee. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
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