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The Estonia national football team is controlled by the Estonian Football Association. They played their first match in 1920. In 1940 Estoniamarker was occupied by the Soviet Unionmarker and did not regain independence (and the possibility of a national football team) until 1991. As a newly independent nation, they played their first match against Lithuania in the Baltic Cup on November 15, 1991, and their first FIFAmarker-recognized match against Slovenia on June 3, 1992, a 1–1 draw at Tallinnmarker. Home matches are played at the A.marker Le Coq Arenamarker in Tallinnmarker.

Modern history

After Estonia gained independence, the national team was initially the weakest of the three Baltic teams, suffering defeats such as a 7–1 loss to Croatia in the Euro 96 qualifiers. In the 1998 World Cup qualifiers, Estonia achieved notoriety when a home game against Scotland would be called off in bizarre circumstances. The replay in Monacomarker finished 0–0; goalkeeper Mart Poom earned a move to Derby County soon afterwards, with a move to Arsenal later on. The team's best FIFA World Ranking, is that of 60th in December 2002. This allowed Estonia's players to be granted a work visa by the British Home Office to play in the Premier League.

Estonia's fortunes have improved since. In the Euro 2004 qualifiers, Estonia proved remarkably obdurate with 8 points from as many games, only 4 goals scored and 6 conceded. The 2006 World Cup qualifiers saw further improvement with 5 wins, 2 draws and 5 defeats, almost sending them to the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Estonia have a number of players who have amassed an astonishing number of caps, including Mart Poom, Andres Oper, Marko Kristal and Martin Reim.

Stadium

The main stadium for home matches is A.marker Le Coq Arenamarker, the stadium named after a beer made in Estonia. The stadium was opened in 2001 and the first match was against Netherlandsmarker which Estonia lost 4–2. The A. Le Coq Arena was opened in 2001. It is planned to add two more stories and complete the roof in the future.

The Estonian team also plays some of their matches at Kuressaare Linnastaadionmarker. In the near future, Linnastaadion will be replaced by a new stadium to host the games of FC Kuressaare and to be the back-up stadium for the Estonian team. When the stadium is complete, Estonia hopes to host the 2011 and 2013 European Championships for different age class youth national teams.

Kit

Nike, Inc.marker has been the kit provider for the national team since 2000 and the current contract will last until 2011. Before Nike, the team was sponsored by Italy-based Lotto. Their sponsorship lasted from 1992 to 2000.

The national team's home dress has always been a blue jersey with black shorts and white socks, although a few kits have had white shorts and white socks. The blue-black-white colors are derived from the flag of Estonia. The away kit has changed several times but it has usually been a white jersey, black shorts and blue socks, occasionally it has been with white socks. The goalie usually wears a yellow jersey, black shorts and yellow socks.



Supporters

Estonian fans in Riga, Latvia
One of the biggest group of Estonian fans are collectively known as the Jalgpallihaigla, meaning "Football hospital" in translation. When joined, each member is given a "diagnosis" for staying in the "hospital". Each member can also buy a members card which allows to get fan goods cheaper from the shop.

Estonia fans are known as relatively calm but loud. They are probably best know for their good singing abilities and using old Estonian songs. Jalgpallihaigla is usually seated at the south tribune of A.marker Le Coq Arenamarker while the visitors fans are seated at the north tribune. There isn't much history of violence, for example, when Estonia won against Russia 2–1 in 2001, Russian fans started rioting but Jalgpallihaigla stayed calm. The incident lead to the creation of riot police in Estonia. Another incident took place on 4th of June, after a friendly game against Faroe Islands which Estonia won 4–3. Before the game, the anthem of Estonia was sung by Ewert Sundja, an Estonian singer. After the anthem, many Estonians felt that the Estonian pop-star had ruined it. After the game, two Estonian fans beat up the singer, although it is not known if the fans were members of Jalgpallihaigla.

World Cup record



European Championship record



Olympic games

Estonia national football team played once so far in the big tournament. It was on 1924 Summer Olympic Games. They played only one game in Preliminary round versus USA and lost 0–1 to a penalty scored by Andy Straden (United States) after ten minutes. Estonia had a chance for a draw against the United States, but the penalty given to Estonia on the 68th minute hit the crossbar. Over 7500 people came to see the match played in Parismarker.

Most caps for Estonia

Correct as of September 10, 2009.

Top Estonia goalscorers

Correct as of September 10, 2009.

Results and Fixtures

Recent results

Date Competition Venue Home Team Result Away Team Scorers
November 14, 2009 Friendly A.marker Le Coq Arenamarker, Tallinnmarker 0–0
October 14, 2009 FIFA World Cup 2010 qualifying A Le Coq Arenamarker, Tallinnmarker 2–0 Piiroja Vassiljev
October 10, 2009 FIFA World Cup 2010 qualifying A Le Coq Arenamarker, Tallinnmarker 0–2
September 9, 2009 FIFA World Cup 2010 qualifying Estadio Romanomarker, Merida 3–0
September 5, 2009 FIFA World Cup 2010 qualifying Kadir Has Stadiummarker, Kayserimarker 4–2 Voskoboinikov Vassiljev
August 12, 2009 Friendly A.marker Le Coq Arenamarker, Tallinnmarker 0–1
June 10, 2009 Friendly A.marker Le Coq Arenamarker, Tallinnmarker 0–0
June 6, 2009 Friendly A.marker Le Coq Arenamarker, Tallinnmarker 3–0 Viikmäe Voskoboinikov Zenjov
May 29, 2009 Friendly Parc y Scarletsmarker, Llanellimarker 1–0
April 1, 2009 FIFA World Cup 2010 qualifying A.marker Le Coq Arenamarker, Tallinnmarker 1–0 S. Puri


Forthcoming fixtures

Date Competition Venue Home Team Away Team
December 30, 2009
Friendly match
Estadio Algarvemarker, Algarve, Portugalmarker


2010 FIFA World Cup qualification

Current squad

Squad called up for a friendly against on November 14.







Recent call-ups

The list of players that have been called up by the national team coach in the last 12 months. Retired players are not included.







Managers and performance throughout the years

As of June 10, 2009.

1920–1940



1992–present

ct – caretaker manager

See also



References

  1. "Scotland must play an Estonian encore"
  2. "Ewert Sundja sai vuti­fänni käest kere peale"


External links



Years
Name
M
W
D
L
1920–1923
No manager
10
2
3
5
1924
Ferenc Kónya
2
0
0
2
1924
No manager
5
0
0
5
1925
Ferenc Nagy
2
2
0
0
1925–1926
No manager
7
2
3
2
1927
Antal Mally
4
3
0
1
1927–1929
No manager
12
3
4
5
1930
Fritz Kerr
6
1
1
4
1931
No manager
7
4
0
3
1932
Albert Vollrat
7
1
0
6
1933–34
No manager
9
3
2
4
1934
Bernhard Rein
2
0
2
0
1935
Antal Mally
8
0
5
3
1936–1938
Bernhard Rein
21
7
3
11
1939–1940
Elmar Saar
5
1
1
3
Years
Name
M
W
D
L
1992–1993
Uno Piir
19
2
4
13
1994–1995
Roman Ubakivi
22
0
1
21
1995
Aavo Sarapct
2
0
0
2
1996–1999
Teitur Thordarson
57
13
17
27
1999–2000
Tarmo Rüütli
10
6
2
2
2000
Aivar Lilleverect
2
0
0
2
2000–2004
Arno Pijpers
55
16
14
25
2004–2007
Jelle Goes
28
5
6
17
2007
Viggo Jensenct
8
2
2
4
2007–
Tarmo Rüütli
20
6
6
8

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