Raio Piiroja

  • Date of birth : 11/07/1979
  • Position : Defender
  • Country : Estonia Estonia
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Raio Piiroja

Clubs: Pärnu JK, Lelle SK, FC Flora Tallinn, Vålerenga Fotball, Fredrikstad FK, Vitesse

• Born in Parnu in 1979, Piiroja began his career in his native city before joining Flora Tallinn where he made more than a century of Estonian league appearances between 1999 and 2004.

• He joined Norwegian side Vålerenga on loan in 2003 and then signed a permanent contract with their domestic rivals Fredrikstad the following year. In the 2006 campaign, he scored two goals in the Norwegian Cup final as Fredrikstad won 3-0 against Sandefjord Fotball. By the end of 2010 he had played 144 league games for Fredrikstad.

• Piiroja has been capped 104 times by Estonia, scoring 8 goals*. He made his 100th outing in the 2–0 friendly victory over Uruguay on 25 March 2011.

• The experienced centre-back has been named Estonia's footballer of the year five times – in 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. He also landed two national championships with Flora and was a Norway Premier Division runner-up in 2008.

• As captain of the national squad, he is a central figure for his country – a source of motivation to team-mates as well as a vital aerial presence in the back line.

• A keen amateur fisherman, Piiroja met his wife Marje at a sports training complex – she is a former skier.

*As of 1 September 2011.

Last updated: 06/12/13 9.50CET


Match log

The home team is listed first.Last updated: 25/02/2015 13:43 CET
26.03.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundEstoniaEstonia2-0AndorraAndorra9000
06.09.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundEstoniaEstonia2-2NetherlandsNetherlands9000
11.10.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundEstoniaEstonia0-2TurkeyTurkey3400

UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Team of the Year

General info

  • Name: Raio Piiroja
  • Position: Defender
  • Date of birth (Age): 11/07/1979 (36)
  • Country: Estonia

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Champions League (First qualifying round)
    14/07/99: Partizan 6-0 Flora
  • National team: UEFA European Under-21 Championship (Qualifying round)
    17/05/97: Estonia 0-1 Latvia

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

Estonia U-21100
Estonia U-1820

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Last updated: 25/02/2015 13:43 CET