Enar Jääger

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Enar Jääger
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Personal information
Date of birth (1984-11-18) 18 November 1984 (age 29)
Place of birth Kohila, Estonia
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Lierse
Number 13
Youth career
1994–2000 Flora
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000 Pärnu Tervis 25 (0)
2001 Flora 1 (0)
2001–2002 Warrior 34 (1)
2003–2004 Flora 47 (2)
2005–2006 Torpedo Moscow 35 (0)
2007–2009 Aalesund 58 (1)
2009–2010 Ascoli 5 (0)
2010–2012 Aalesund 78 (2)
2013– Lierse 22 (0)
National team
2002– Estonia[1] 105 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 June 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 June 2014

Enar Jääger (born 18 November 1984) is an Estonian professional footballer, who plays in Belgian Pro League for Lierse.

He is a versatile defender, starting off at Flora as Center-back. He is also a member of the Estonia national football team.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Enar Jääger was born in Kohila, Estonia. He began playing football in local club FC Flora Kehtna. In season 2000 he had short spell with Pärnu Tervis. At the age of 16, Enar started his professional career with Flora, Estonia's biggest club, in 2001. He played there only one league game. A year later he joined with Valga, but after two seasons he moved back to Flora.

Torpedo Moscow[edit]

On 3 February 2005, Jääger signed a 3-year contract with Russian Premier League club Torpedo Moscow.[2] Twelve days later he played his first game for Torpedo Moscow against Metalurh Donetsk.[3] In Russia often played as right-back, but even in front of the defence as a defensive midfielder. His club Torpedo Moscow were relegated from the Russian Premier League at the end of the 2006 season, and he then moved to Norway.

Aalesund[edit]

On 7 March 2007, he signed a 2 and a half-year contract with Norwegian Premier League club Aalesund.[4] He played his first Norwegian Tippeligaen match on 16 May 2007, in a 4–0 victory against Strømsgodset.[5] Jääger scored his first Premier League goal on 20 April 2008, in a 5–0 victory against Hamarkameratene.[6] He left the club in late June 2009.[7]

Ascoli[edit]

On 19 July 2009, Jääger signed a 3-year contract with Italian Serie B club Ascoli Calcio 1898.[8] Failing to make an impact at the team, his contract was mutually terminated on 30 January 2010, after just 5 league appearances.[9]

Aalesund[edit]

After refusing an offer from Major League Soccer club New York Red Bulls Jääger rejoined Tippeligaen club Aalesund on 5 March 2010.[10] The first-choice right-back played the whole match when the team won their second Norwegian Cup in three years.[11] After refusing a contract extension, he left the club after the 2011 season.[12]

On 5 January 2012, Jääger passed a medical at Polish Ekstraklasa side Lechia Gdańsk,[13] but rejected the contract offer to pursue other options.[14] He then had a test period with Scottish Premier League champions Rangers[15][16] Ally McCoist was impressed and keen to sign him,[17] but the player eventually left the club without an offer after the trial period ended as Rangers failed to reduce their wage bill to make room for the Estonian.[18] On 5 February 2012, he started a trial at English League One side Charlton Athletic,[19] which was cut short due to bad weather conditions at the time.[20] English Football League Championship sides Crystal Palace[21] and Leeds United[22] were rumored to be interested in the player.

Jääger joined Aalesund for the third time on 13 March 2012,[23] after an improved one-year contract offer was made by the Norwegian club.[24]

International career[edit]

Jääger has been capped 105 times for the Estonia national football team. He made his national team debut in a friendly match against New Zealand on 12 October 2002.[25] Jääger played his 100th game for Estonia on 19 November 2013 against Liechtenstein, a day after his 29th birthday. [26]

Career stats[edit]

Club[edit]

Season Club Country Level Apps Goals
2013–14 Lierse S.K. Belgium I 22 0
2012 Aalesunds FK Norway I 25 0
2011 Aalesunds FK Norway I 27 2
2010 Aalesunds FK Norway I 26 0
2009–10 Ascoli Calcio 1898 Italy II 5 0
2009 Aalesunds FK Norway I 16 0
2008 Aalesunds FK Norway I 23 1
2007 Aalesunds FK Norway I 19 0
2006 FC Torpedo Moscow Russia I 22 0
2005 FC Torpedo Moscow Russia I 13 0
2004 FC Flora Tallinn Estonia I 25 1
2003 FC Flora Tallinn Estonia I 22 1
2002 FC Valga Warrior Estonia II 13 0
2001 FC Valga Warrior Estonia II 21 1
2001 FC Flora Tallinn Estonia I 1 0
2000 JK Tervis Pärnu Estonia II 25 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kõik Eesti internatsionaalid" [All Estonian internationals] (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Enar Jääger sõlmis lepingu Moskva Torpeedoga – Soccernet.ee
  3. ^ Jääger ja Stepanov mängisid, Oper puhkas – ETV Sport
  4. ^ Enar Jääger Norra kõrgliigasse – Soccernet.ee
  5. ^ Raio Piirojalt 2 väravat, Enar Jääger debüteeris Norra liigas – FC Flora
  6. ^ Andres Oper on tagasi! – SL Õhtuleht
  7. ^ Hjelvik, Eirik Nesset (29 June 2009). "Enars tunge avskjed". Adresseavisen (in Norwegian). Retrieved 29 June 2009. 
  8. ^ Jääger liitus Itaalia klubiga – Soccernet.ee
  9. ^ "Jäägeri karjäär Ascolis sai läbi". Postimees. 31 January 2010. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 
  10. ^ Enar Jaager To Sign With Norwegian Club Aalesunds
  11. ^ "NORGESMESTER 2011!!!" (in Norwegian). Aalesund. 6 November 2011. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  12. ^ "Jääger ei pikenda Aalesundiga lepingut" (in Estonian). Postimees. 22 November 2011. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  13. ^ (Estonian) "Jääger läbis Poola klubis arstliku kontrolli". http://sport.postimees.ee. Postimees. 6 January 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  14. ^ "Jääger lükkas Poola klubi pakkumise tagasi". Postimees. 9 January 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  15. ^ "McCoist welcomes trialists". Rangers F.C. 16 January 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  16. ^ "Rangers keen on Enar Jaager and Mervan Celik". BBC Sport. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  17. ^ "Rangers to offer deal to Estonia defender Enar Jaager". BBC Sport. 20 January 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  18. ^ "Enar Jaager and Zlatan Muslimovic exit Rangers without contracts" (24 January 2012). BBC Sport. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  19. ^ "Enar Jääger viibib Charlton Athleticu juures" (in Estonian). Postimees. 6 February 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  20. ^ "Jäägeri uus kosilane: Crystal Palace". Õhtuleht. 13 February 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  21. ^ "Enar Jääger on peagi valmis Charltonisse tagasi pöörduma" (in Estonian). 14 February 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  22. ^ "Leeds could hi-jack Rangers move for Estonian defender". Daily Express. 23 January 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  23. ^ "Jääger klar for AaFK" (13 March 2012). Aalesund. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  24. ^ "Miks Enar Jääger Aalesundi naasis? Klubi tegi uue ja parema pakkumise" (14 March 2012). Õhtuleht. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  25. ^ Jalgpallur Enar Jääger teel Moskva Torpedo ridadesse – ETV Sport
  26. ^ "Koondis lõpetas võiduga" (in Estonian). Soccernet.ee. 19 November 2013. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 

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