Video: 25 years since the first victory of the national football team after independence | Sports
The birthday arrived on Tuesday; On 5 October 1996, Estonia beat Belarus 1-0 in a World Cup qualifying match at Kadriorg Stadium, thanks to a strike from Sergei Hohlov-Samson, now a member of the FC board. Levadia, at the 52 minute mark (see video above).
The last time an independent Estonian team had triumphed was in 1937, with a 1-0 away win over neighboring Finland.
Estonia made it to the 1994 US World Cup qualifiers, after regaining independence in August 1991, but lost all but one of their matches (a 0: 0 away draw against Malta was exception), as well as his 10 qualifiers in 1996. Final of the European Championship, held in England.
Other highlights of the start of independence included the 1998 World Cup qualifying “home” match against Scotland, which finished 0-0. The match was played in a neutral venue in Monaco, after visitors complained about poor lighting conditions.
Estonia were more successful in qualifying for the finals of the 2000 European Championship, securing the brace against the Faroe Islands, 5-0 and 2: 0, and beating Lithuania 2: 1, but still failed. failed to qualify.
None of the three Baltic states have qualified for the World Cup finals so far, although Latvia has qualified for the 2004 European Championships in Portugal.
Estonia has had more international distinction with its individual players; most recently, defender Ragnar Klavan plied his trade in Italy with Serie A side Cagliari Calcio until this year, and before that in Liverpool, in the English Premier League (EPL). Goalkeeper Mart Poom also made EPL teams his home during his playing career, with Derby County, Sunderland and then Arsenal, from the late 1990s to the mid-2000s.
Forwards Henri Anier and Henrik Ojamaa both played for Scotland’s Motherwell team a few seasons ago, while midfielder Sander Puri had a season at St. Mirren, and several other players have recently played for various teams. through Europe.
Anders Oper is currently the national team’s all-time top scorer with 38 goals, accumulated over 20 years, 1995-2014. Martin Reim, who played for the Independence National Team in 2009, is the most capped player (157) and at one point the most capped player in Europe.
The national team are currently firmly rooted in the bottom of Group E of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar, with four games to go. They will then be in action at home against Belarus on Friday.
Home games are usually played at the 20-year-old Le Coq stadium in Tallinn.