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Estonia

Estonia
Konstantin Vassiljev's goals secured Estonia a play-off place ahead of UEFA EURO 2012 ©Getty Images

Estonia

Best result: never qualified
Coach: Magnus Pehrsson
Leading scorers: all-time – Andres Oper (38); current – Konstantin Vassiljev (17)
Most appearances: all-time – Martin Reim (157); current – Enar Jääger (100)
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: 28/01/14 15.25CET

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Club 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: 6
    Konstantin Vassiljev (EST)
 
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