Arno Pijpers

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Arno Pijpers
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Personal information
Full name Arnoldus Dick Pijpers
Date of birth (1959-04-21) 21 April 1959 (age 55)
Place of birth Rotterdam, Netherlands
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Teams managed
1981–1982 Excelsior
1982–1987 Olympia Gouda
2000–2004 Flora Tallinn
2000–2005 Estonia
2005 Utrecht (Technical Director)
2005–2008 Kazakhstan
2006 Astana-1964
2008–2010 Zenit-2 Saint Petersburg
2010 Willem II
2012–2013 Estonia U19
2013- FC Taraz
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only. † Appearances (Goals).

Arnoldus Dick Pijpers (born 21 April 1959) is a Dutch football coach. He worked for the Royal Dutch Football Association as a youth coach, before taking up a dual role in being the coach of Estonian club FC Flora Tallinn and the Estonia national football team. After the end of his contract, he joined Eredivisie club FC Utrecht as a technical director, before going to Kazakhstan in 2005. At the same time he coached FC Astana for the 2006 season, winning the Kazakhstan Super League title. He was fired as manager of Kazakhstan in September 2008. In 2010 he had a comeback as a coach in the Netherlands for Willem II, but his contract was quickly terminated, after it became clear that he was not the right man for keeping Willem II in the Eredivisie.


Estonia National Team[edit]

Pijpers led Estonia first in World Cup 2002 qualification with two wins over Andorra and two draws with Cyprus. He achieved almost the same result in Euro 2004 qualification beating twice Andorra again, and drawing with Croatia (away) and Bulgaria (home). At World Cup 2006 qualification Pijpers won the first two games against Liechtenstein and Luxembourg. However the contract was terminated mutually with national team after a conflict with the FC Flora chairman Aivar Pohlak, who was the head of the Estonian Football Association at that time.[1] Altogether under Pijpers the Estonian national team played 55 games winning 16 and drawing 14 (29.09% of winning).

Kazakhstan National Team[edit]

Pijpers led Kazakhstan in their first European campaign in Euro 2008 qualification.[2] They recorded wins over Serbia (home) and Armenia (away) and drew both matches against Belgium and Azerbaijan. Pijpers then extended his contract until the end of World Cup 2010 qualification [3] and Kazakhstan proved to be very ambitious with the board feeling that they could qualify for the FIFA World Cup. Pijpers however disagreed and after a poor start to the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign, he was fired by the Kazakhstan Football Association as they felt he was not being aggressive enough. Altogether under Pijpers the Kazakhstan national team played 36 games winning seven and drawing 11 (19.44% of winning).


The Dutchman returned to Estonia in late 2011 and became the technical director to help coordinate, analyze and guide the training operations across different senior and youth national teams.[4][5] On 8 March 2012, he was appointed as the head coach of Estonia's under-19 national team for the 2012 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship.[6]


As a manager


As a manager


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