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Mart Poom

Published: Wednesday 31 August 2011, 18.30CET

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Published: Wednesday 31 August 2011, 18.30CET

Mart Poom

Clubs: FC Tallinna Lõvid, SK Tallinna Sport, KuPS Kuopio, FC Flora Tallinn (twice), FC Wil 1900, Portsmouth FC, Derby County FC, Sunderland AFC, Arsenal FC, Watford FC

• Started out at the celebrated Lõvid youth team alongside fellow Estonian stalwart Martin Reim before coming to prominence at Flora; after spells with KuPS in Finland and Switzerland's Wil, Portsmouth took him to England in 1994.

• Rejoined Flora not long after but opted to try his luck in England again by joining Derby County in 1997; was named player of the year by the club's fans in 1999/2000.

• Signed for Sunderland midway through 2002/03 and scored a memorable headed equaliser in a 1-1 draw against Derby in September 2003 – that goal inspiring a local brewery to produce the special edition 'Poominator Ale'.

• Laid low by a knee injury in October 2004 and only returned the following August – when he was sent to Arsenal on loan, making the deal permanent in January 2006.

• Became the first Estonian to receive a UEFA Champions League runners-up medal following Arsenal's 2-1 loss to FC Barcelona in the 2006 showpiece, though he neither played nor made the bench in Paris; appeared just once for the Gunners in the Premier League before ending his career at Watford.

• Having made his international debut for the newly independent Estonia against Slovenia in June 1992, he won his 100th cap in a FIFA World Cup qualifier against Portugal in September 2004 – and collected his 120th and last against the same opponents in June 2009.

• Six times voted Estonian player of the year, he was chosen as the Estonian Football Association's (EJL) Golden Player to help mark UEFA's Jubilee in 2004.

• Has served as goalkeeping coach to the Estonian national team since 2008 and also fulfilled the same role for Arsenal in 2009/10; took over as Flora's sporting director in September 2010, after leaving the north London club.

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