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Flora power fires Estonia

Published: Friday 7 November 2003, 11.00CET
National champions FC Flora dominate the Estonia squad for the friendlies against Albania and Hungary.
Published: Friday 7 November 2003, 11.00CET

Flora power fires Estonia

National champions FC Flora dominate the Estonia squad for the friendlies against Albania and Hungary.

Estonia coach Arno Pijpers has named a 21-man squad for the forthcoming friendly internationals against Albania and Hungary.

Pick of Flora
The Dutchman is relying heavily on his former team, FC Flora. He has picked 14 players from the club that last week won their seventh national title. Of the others, five are based abroad, leaving Liivo Leetma of FC TVMK Tallinn and Sergei Hohlov-Simson from FC Levadia Maardu to complete the domestic contingent.

Not involved
Missing from the squad, however, are FC København defender Urmas Rooba, who is injured, and Bryne FK's Marek Lemsalu, who is a surprise omission.

Kristal landmark
Estonia will face Albania in Tirana on 15 November before travelling to Budapest to take on Hungary four days later. Should Flora midfield player Marko Kristal play in both games, he will become the tenth most-capped international footballer with 135 appearances.

Estonia squad
Poom, Kaalma, Stepanov, Saviauk, Jääger, Piiroja, Hohlov-Simson, Allas, Kristal, Leetma, M Rooba, Reinumäe, Reim, Klavan, Lindpere, Terehhov, Viikmäe, Haavistu, Zahovaiko, Oper, Zelinski.

Last updated: 07/11/03 18.02CET

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