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Estonia team profile

Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.15CET
After regaining independence, Estonia found life at the top level tough going, though they have since found their feet and reached the UEFA EURO 2012 play-offs.

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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.15CET

Estonia team profile

After regaining independence, Estonia found life at the top level tough going, though they have since found their feet and reached the UEFA EURO 2012 play-offs.

Best result: have never qualified
Coach: Magnus Pehrsson
Leading scorers: all-time – Andres Oper (38); current – Konstantin Vassiljev (17)
Most appearances: all-time – Martin Reim (157); current – Raio Piiroja (113)
Association formed: 1921
Nickname: None
Where they play: Lilleküla Stadium, Tallinn

After regaining independence, Estonia found life at the top level of international football tough going. Their first qualifying campaign for a major tournament resulted in ten straight defeats, conceding 31 goals along the way, for EURO '96. Though results improved slightly Estonia continued to struggle, finishing second bottom in their section in qualifying for the next three UEFA European Championships. While creditable results had been achieved in FIFA World Cup qualifying it was UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying that provided the brightest moment to date as Tarmo Rüütli's side reached the play-offs before losing to the Republic of Ireland, although they then finished second bottom in their 2014 World Cup group.

EURO pedigree
Matches played

Overall: P52 W12 D7 L33 F43 A94
Final tournament: P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0
Qualifying: P52 W12 D7 L33 F43 A94

After that point-less start to EURO qualifying in 1996, Estonia performed more creditably in the UEFA EURO 2000 preliminaries, collecting 11 points from ten matches – although they still finished second bottom in their section. That was also their fate in qualifying for the 2004 (eight points) and 2008 (seven) competitions, the latter campaign undermined by an opening run of seven straight defeats.

It was a very different story for UEFA EURO 2012 which began with a late victory against the Faroe Islands and, more notably, a 3-1 triumph in Serbia. Momentum was lost with defeats in Italy and the Faroe Islands, but three straight wins, in Slovenia, then home and away against Northern Ireland, secured a play-off spot. There Ireland proved too strong, their 4-0 first-leg success proving unassailable as Estonia went down 5-1 on aggregate.

Memorable EURO matches
07/10/2011: Northern Ireland 1-2 Estonia, UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying

Konstantin Vassiljev came off the bench to score twice late on and seal runners-up spot.

08/10/2010: Serbia 1-3 Estonia, UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying
Tarmo Kink, Vassiljev and an own goal helped the visitors to a famous comeback victory.

04/06/1998: Estonia 5-0 Faroe Islands, UEFA EURO 2000 qualifying
Record goalscorer Andres Oper was on target as Estonia claimed their first win in EURO qualifying.

Did you know?
In their UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying group Estonia scored 15 goals and conceded 14, giving them a positive goal difference for the first time.

*Last updated on 07/01/2014

Last updated: 09/06/15 2.23CET

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 15/09/2016 16:45 CET
8 September 2014 08 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
Estonia1-0Slovenia
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL) Stadium: A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn (EST)
06/01/2016 11:38:01
9 October 2014 09 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
Lithuania1-0Estonia
Referee: Carlos Gómez (ESP) Stadium: LFF stadionas, Vilnius (LTU)
06/03/2016 09:42:03
12 October 2014 12 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
Estonia0-1England
Referee: Marijo Strahonja (CRO) Stadium: A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn (EST)
06/01/2016 11:38:01
15 November 2014 15 Nov - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
San Marino0-0Estonia
Referee: Felix Brych (GER) Stadium: San Marino Stadium, Serravalle (SMR)
08/11/2016 10:39:57
27 March 2015 27 Mar - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
Switzerland3-0Estonia
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED) Stadium: Swissporarena, Lucerne (SUI)
06/01/2016 15:14:29
14 June 2015 14 Jun - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
Estonia2-0San Marino
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK) Stadium: A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn (EST)
06/01/2016 11:38:02
5 September 2015 05 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
Estonia1-0Lithuania
Referee: Oliver Drachta (AUT) Stadium: A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn (EST)
06/01/2016 11:38:01
8 September 2015 08 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
Slovenia1-0Estonia
Referee: Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE) Stadium: Stadion Ljudski vrt, Maribor (SVN)
07/07/2016 22:44:53
9 October 2015 09 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
England2-0Estonia
Referee: István Vad (HUN) Stadium: Wembley Stadium, London (ENG)
08/25/2016 10:44:54
12 October 2015 12 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
Estonia0-1Switzerland
Referee: Pol van Boekel (NED) Stadium: A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn (EST)
07/13/2016 15:07:31
31 August 2016 31 Aug - Friendlies 2016-18
Estonia1-1Malta
Referee: not available Stadium: Pärnu Rannastaadion, Parnu (EST)
09/15/2016 15:46:18
6 September 2016 06 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group H)
Bosnia and Herzegovina5-0Estonia
Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE) Stadium: Stadion Bilino polje, Zenica (BIH)
09/07/2016 11:18:39
7 October 2016 07 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group H)
EstoniaGibraltar
Referee: TBD Stadium: A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn (EST)
09/26/2016 15:40:10
7 October 2016 07 Oct - Friendlies 2016-18
Estonia - Russia
Match cancelled c
Referee: not available
09/02/2016 18:17:30
10 October 2016 10 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group H)
EstoniaGreece
Referee: TBD Stadium: A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn (EST)
09/26/2016 15:40:10
13 November 2016 13 Nov - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group H)
BelgiumEstonia
Referee: TBD Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels (BEL)
09/09/2016 09:30:05
25 March 2017 25 Mar - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group H)
CyprusEstonia
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:14
9 June 2017 09 Jun - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group H)
EstoniaBelgium
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:15
31 August 2017 31 Aug - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group H)
GreeceEstonia
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:31
3 September 2017 03 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group H)
EstoniaCyprus
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:33
7 October 2017 07 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group H)
GibraltarEstonia
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:43
7 October 2017 07 Oct - Friendlies 2016-18
Russia - Estonia
Match cancelled c
Referee: not available
09/02/2016 18:17:30
10 October 2017 10 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group H)
EstoniaBosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:07:59

General info

  • Founded : 1921
  • Stadium : A. Le Coq Arena
  • Currently playing : Friendly matches 2014/2016, World Cup 2016/2018

Team record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    04/06/1998, Estonia 5-0 Faroe Islands, Tallinn
  • Biggest defeat:
    03/09/1995, Croatia 7-1 Estonia, Zagreb
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 6
  • Player with most appearances: 35
    Mart Poom (EST)
  • Top scorers: 7
    Konstantin Vassiljev (EST)