Raio Piiroja

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Raio Piiroja
Personal information
Date of birth (1979-07-11) 11 July 1979 (age 40)
Place of birth Pärnu, Estonia
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
FC Flora Tallinn
Youth career
Pärnu JK Rivaal
JK Pärnu
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1996 JK Pärnu 8 (1)
1996–1997 FC Lelle 20 (1)
1998–1999 Lelle SK 22 (3)
1999–2004 FC Flora Tallinn 102 (14)
2000 JK Pärnu (loan) 1 (0)
2001 FC Warrior Valga (loan) 1 (0)
2003 Vålerenga IF (loan) 11 (1)
2004–2011 Fredrikstad FK 158 (12)
2011–2012 Vitesse 2 (0)
2012 FC Flora Tallinn 0 (0)
2013 Chengdu Blades 18 (1)
2014 FC Flora Tallinn 0 (0)
National team
1998–2015 Estonia[1] 114 (9)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 December 2013.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 December 2015

Raio Piiroja (born 11 July 1979 in Pärnu) is a former Estonian professional footballer.

Club career

He started his career in Pärnu before joining FC Flora Tallinn under then manager Teitur Thordarson. He then joined Vålerenga IF in Norway on loan before signing a permanent contract with Fredrikstad. In season 2006, he scored two goals in the Norwegian Football Cup final against Sandefjord Fotball in a 3–0 victory. In the end of the 2010 season, Piiroja scored 2 goals in the playoffs for promotion to the Norwegian Premier League against Hönefoss BK. He is known for his impressing ability in the air, winning headers.

International career

For Estonia, Piiroja has been capped 114 times, scoring 9 goals.[1] He made his 100th appearance in a 2–0 friendly win over Uruguay.

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 4 September 1999 Svangaskarð, Toftir  Faroe Islands 2–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying
2 11 June 2000 Kadrioru Stadium, Tallinn  Georgia 1–0 1–0 Friendly match
3 28 March 2001 Tsirion Athletic Centre, Limassol  Cyprus 2–2 2–2 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
4 16 February 2004 Ta' Qali National Stadium, La Valletta  Malta 2–2 2–5 2004 Malta Tournament
5 22 August 2007 A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn  Andorra 1–0 2–1 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
6 12 September 2007 Gradski Stadion Skopje, Skopje  Macedonia 1–0 1–1 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
7 14 October 2009 A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn  Belgium 1–0 2–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
8 11 August 2010 A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn  Faroe Islands 2–1 2–1 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying

Personal life

In 2011 Norwegian police launched an investigation of his former player contract with the Norwegian club Fredrikstad.[2] Piiroja was charged with tax evasion.[3]

Career stats

Club

Season Club Country League Apps Goals
2011–12 Vitesse Netherlands Eredivisie 2 0
2011 Fredrikstad FK Norway Norwegian Premier League 15 0
2010 Adeccoligaen 28 4
2009 Norwegian Premier League 25 2
2008 23 2
2007 22 3
2006 25 0
2005 12 1
2004 9 0
FC Flora Tallinn Estonia Meistriliiga 15 1
2003 Vålerenga IF Norway Norwegian Premier League 11 1
2002 FC Flora Tallinn Estonia Meistriliiga 26 9
2001 24 2
2000 26 1
1999 11 1
Lelle SK III liiga 7 2
1998 6 1
1997 7 8
1996 JK Tervis Pärnu 'II liiga 0 0
1995 8 1

Honours

Club

Individual

References

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