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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: 17/02/14 17.34CET

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 18/11/2014 21:50 CET
Estonia0-2Romania
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB) – Stadium: Lilleküla Stadium, Tallinn (EST)
04/18/2013 17:10:01
11 September 2012 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group D)
Turkey3-0Estonia
Referee: Marcin Borski (POL) – Stadium: Şükrü Saracoğlu, Istanbul (TUR)
04/18/2013 18:13:20
Estonia0-1Hungary
Referee: Liran Liany (ISR) – Stadium: Lilleküla Stadium, Tallinn (EST)
04/18/2013 17:10:02
Andorra0-1Estonia
Referee: Dimitar Meckarovski (MKD) – Stadium: Estadi Comunal, Andorra la Vella (AND)
04/18/2013 16:24:54
Netherlands3-0Estonia
Referee: Vitali Meshkov (RUS) – Stadium: Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam (NED)
05/28/2013 11:06:50
Estonia2-0Andorra
Referee: Ján Valášek (SVK) – Stadium: Lilleküla Stadium, Tallinn (EST)
05/28/2013 11:07:05
Estonia2-2Netherlands
Referee: Serhiy Boiko (UKR) – Stadium: Lilleküla Stadium, Tallinn (EST)
09/11/2013 07:13:21
10 September 2013 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group D)
Hungary5-1Estonia
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR) – Stadium: Ferenc Puskás, Budapest (HUN)
09/11/2013 07:29:21
Estonia0-2Turkey
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA) – Stadium: Lilleküla Stadium, Tallinn (EST)
12/16/2013 12:37:08
Romania2-0Estonia
Referee: Marijo Strahonja (CRO) – Stadium: Arena Națională, Bucharest (ROU)
12/16/2013 12:37:38
4 September 2014 - Friendlies 2014-16 (Group A)
Sweden2-0Estonia
Referee: not available
11/03/2014 14:24:52
8 September 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
Estonia1-0Slovenia
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL) – Stadium: A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn (EST)
10/13/2014 19:03:43
9 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
Lithuania1-0Estonia
Referee: Carlos Gómez (ESP) – Stadium: LFF, Vilnius (LTU)
10/13/2014 19:02:52
12 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
Estonia0-1England
Referee: Marijo Strahonja (CRO) – Stadium: A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn (EST)
10/17/2014 10:27:49
12 November 2014 - Friendlies 2014-16 (Group A)
Norway0-1Estonia
Referee: not available
11/12/2014 21:59:06
15 November 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
San Marino0-0Estonia
Referee: Felix Brych (GER) – Stadium: San Marino Stadium, Serravalle (SMR)
11/18/2014 09:52:51
18 November 2014 - Friendlies 2014-16 (Group A)
Estonia
19.10
Jordan
Referee: TBD
SwitzerlandEstonia
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:34:39
31 March 2015 - Friendlies 2014-16 (Group A)
Estonia - Iceland
Referee: TBD
11/03/2014 14:24:51
EstoniaSan Marino
Referee: TBD – Stadium: A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn (EST)
10/08/2014 17:35:39
5 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
EstoniaLithuania
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:36:20
8 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
SloveniaEstonia
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:37:09
9 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
EnglandEstonia
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:35:37
12 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
EstoniaSwitzerland
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:37:40

General info

  • Founded : 1921
  • Stadium : Lilleküla Stadium
  • Currently playing : European Championship 2014/2016, Friendly matches 2014/2016

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: 6
    Konstantin Vassiljev (EST)
 
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