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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

Related information

Team profiles

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 17/06/2017 14:36 CET
31 August 2016 31 Aug - Friendlies 2016-18
Estonia1-1Malta
Referee: not available Stadium: Pärnu Rannastaadion, Parnu (EST)
06/08/2017 19:05:11
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)
05/08/2017 08:01:00
7 October 2016 07 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group H)
Estonia4-0Gibraltar
Referee: Aleksei Eskov (RUS) Stadium: A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn (EST)
05/09/2017 13:54:58
10 October 2016 10 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group H)
Estonia0-2Greece
Referee: István Vad (HUN) Stadium: A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn (EST)
05/09/2017 13:54:58
13 November 2016 13 Nov - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group H)
Belgium8-1Estonia
Referee: Alexandru Tudor (ROU) Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels (BEL)
11/14/2016 08:50:32
19 November 2016 19 Nov - Friendlies 2016-18
St. Kitts & Nevis1-1Estonia
Referee: not available
11/24/2016 13:50:11
22 November 2016 22 Nov - Friendlies 2016-18
Antigua/Barbuda0-1Estonia
Referee: not available
02/23/2017 11:15:01
25 March 2017 25 Mar - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group H)
Cyprus0-0Estonia
Referee: Ville Nevalainen (FIN) Stadium: GSP, Nicosia (CYP)
05/31/2017 07:30:29
28 March 2017 28 Mar - Friendlies 2016-18
Estonia3-0Croatia
Referee: not available Stadium: A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn (EST)
05/09/2017 13:55:02
Estonia0-2Belgium
Referee: John Beaton (SCO) Stadium: A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn (EST)
06/17/2017 13:41:14
12 June 2017 12 Jun - Friendlies 2016-18
Latvia1-2Estonia
Referee: not available Stadium: Skonto Stadions, Riga (LVA)
06/13/2017 09:59:01
31 August 2017 31 Aug - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group H)
GreeceEstonia
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus (GRE)
06/07/2017 17:39:28
3 September 2017 03 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group H)
EstoniaCyprus
Referee: TBD Stadium: A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn (EST)
06/13/2017 13:08:39
7 October 2017 07 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group H)
GibraltarEstonia
Referee: TBD Stadium: Estádio Algarve, Faro-Loulé (POR)
06/19/2017 17:12:15
10 October 2017 10 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group H)
EstoniaBosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: TBD Stadium: A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn (EST)
06/13/2017 10:51:06

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)
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