Crossing Europe: Another impetus for Estonian football

Still in 2001, there was a serious threat that Estonia’s “too poor” Estonia would not be able to hold the next Eurovision. The government’s main television station was even initially refusing to lend the millions needed. Now Tallinn was chosen as the host city of the European super-market for the year 2018 and the big event is also shaking football…

The scrutiny of the singing competition finally took place in 2002 in a newly opened hall for primary purposes hockey or basketball, and at about the same time, the football club has also enjoyed its brand new arena.

The stadium, named as the highest competition by the prominent A. LeCoq brewery, was almost double the upgrade over the capacity of the outdated Kadrior Stadium of 20.years of the last century, when it immediately took over 9.3 thousand viewers. But that number would not be enough for two years.

And so in Estonia, the money for football will be poured again in the near future. Already in August last year, Prime Minister Taavi Roivas, at a meeting with then European football boss Michel Platini, pledged to help finance the reconstruction of the national stadium, and so it will actually happen. Already in the autumn, work will be launched for a total value of five million euros, which will increase the capacity of the arena to at least 15 thousand.

Even so A.LeCoq Arena has historically been the smallest venue for the European superpowder, which for fourteen years did not move from Ludwig II’s 18th Monaco stand, and the entire Baltic state can be considered as the smallest host country after 2012 when the event began to travel across Europe. Neither Georgia, Wales, nor Macedonia (2017) will be embarrassed by less than half a million inhabitants of Estonia.

Still, Estonia’s visit makes sense. It is, after all, a very progressive country that owes the whole world to Skype, whose inhabitants routinely pay for their parking with their mobile phones, and tax returns are filled in five minutes on the Internet, and since 2007, the new Parliament is determined only online.The Estonians are even so ‘cool’ that they have been doing adrenaline sport from a simple swing.

Just from this point of view, the northernmost Baltic country will be a little less than Ukraine and the Finnish Champions League finals, Estonia but at the same time, he adds other good reasons to celebrate his 100th anniversary (despite the Soviet past, the Baltic state originally originated after the First World War) or the cautiously rising level of the national team.

The A. LeCoq Arena is normally home to FC Flora, the ten-time and upcoming champion of the country, who in the last championship season on average registered poor visits by 633 enthusiasts.Still, the expansion of the national stadium is profitable to the Estonian government: instead of the home competition, the ‘normal boiler’ usually goes, and the underestimated manchaft is often shocked by such stormy support.

About two kilometers from the partly medieval historic center of Tallinn’s capital, the Dutch, Croatians and the Portuguese have not been able to triumph, and the Russians or Poles have been a genuine evil. In 2010, in A.The LeCoq Arena was even trampled by the late Italian finalists Eura, whose Estonians were then finishing the seemingly unrepeatable second rally.

Due to unsatisfactory results in the following two cycles,…

In the footsteps of Marta Poom

In Estonia, football has historically not enjoyed any strong tradition. “During the Soviet era, football was perceived as a sport of occupiers.In the rebellion, the Estonians preferred basketball and cross-country skiing, “ outlines for FourFourTwo a sporting hierarchy Angelo Palmeri, the sole builder of the only active blog on Estonian football.

So, if the beginning of the millennium was partly crosswalker Andrusi Veerpalu and his colleague Kristina Šmigunová – two gold medalists from the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City and Turin – and less then a decade in the prime minister’s chair also spent former cross-country skiing Andrus Ansip, football in the meantime intensely hurt.Even in the 2009/10 season, when it was the fastest patriot in the history of football (five seconds), the Estonian supreme competition officially boasted the title of the least attended league in Europe: on average, 188 spectators were in the way to the gallery. >

Now it’s a bit better, but still bad; the league average barely reaches three hundred, which is still very little compared to a basketball that lauges with a thousand and at least sporadically broadcasts the representatives of the European Championship.However, it must also be related to the fact that football in Estonia is simply not for the game, so neither the level of first-round football is of any magnitude, and therefore, it is quite lively.

Last year only six teams and barely a hundred home-based footballers could enjoy a regular monthly salary. Most, on the other hand, did not count on the average Estonian Gaza, which, on the other hand, does not compete in the Baltic Sea (and most of all in Eastern Europe). The budget of Flora Tallinn, which in the 90s.years was founded by the author of children’s books and the current president of the federation with the banner of the 70-year-old rocker Aivar Pohlak, is estimated by the local media at one and a half million euros, just over a tenth of the budget of Czech champions from Pilsen.

do not even deny the national team. Freshly independent Estonia, in the early 1990s, was presenting naive football, which, according to Dutch journalist Simon Kuper, lacked the necessary emphasis and the will to win.The creative midfielder, and also the senior pilot of the team, Martin Reim, reminded “Carlosa Valderrama,” but his teammates did not even have the slightest idea of his remarkable passes in his goals.

Since the Early Post-Soviet times, players more than tripled to roughly 60,000 and a similar jump, of course, occurs in the field of coaches or referees.Even between 2009 and 2011, the number of Legionnaires, which at the end of the interval was exactly thirty-five, spread across ten different countries.

Now the list of settled Estonians is quite respectful: Ragnar Klavan has recently moved to Liverpool, 18-year-old Mattias Käit of Fulham is expected to be a long-time leader of the offensive and a Polish party with a vicious past in Perm, Konstantin Vassiliev, then the national team of five goals fired a historic participation in the Euro 2012 barrage.Around ten of the Legionnaires ran down to the qualification list in September, with several names ranging from Tarmo Kink (Hungary), Siim Luts (Czech), Enar Jääger (Norway), Frank Liivak (Spain), and Henrik Ojamaa (the Netherlands).

Even under these conditions, the Estonian representation is still able to unpleasantly shock, as San Marino recently gave the first point in the history of European qualifications, but the chance to play in Ireland in the fall of 2011 to participate in the European championship was not as a result of luck as more of a gradually drawn experience of humankind.

Just before the barrage, which soon brought a lesser scandal to the Tallinn audience (loss 0: 4), there was an unprecedented step on the political ground: thirty-three members of the Parliament across the various parties formed a special group to oversee the improvement football environment in the country and making popular sports available to small boys.

We will have to wait for the tangible results of such an initiative, but Marta Poom’s legacy is not only visible on the English lawns.The well-known ex-Sunderland goalie, whose autobiography went to the dragon (the nine thousand copies sold) in the first month, has a promising follower straight from the bars where Estonians promise a lot from Matvee Igonen. A nineteen-year-old man has already passed several tests in Italy, and in August he earned a premiere invitation to a senior representation.

The national team is a bit at the crossroads after the debacle in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Swedish coach Magnus Pehrsson retired after losing 0: 5 and left Martin Reim instead of a legend.He has still led the selection up to 21 years, and a strong rejuvenation of the team, which was still dominated by the thirties, is expected.

So can Käit, Liivak or goalkeeper Igonen in the future pull Estonia at another high place? Soon, a fifteen thousand and undoubtedly rigidly stowed stand in Tallinn will be another solid starting point…