Indrek Zelinski

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Indrek Zelinski
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Personal information
Full name Indrek Zelinski
Date of birth (1974-11-13) 13 November 1974 (age 39)
Place of birth Pärnu, Estonia
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991 Kalju Sindi
1992 KEK Pärnu
1992–1993 JK Kalev Pärnu
1993–2001 FC Flora Tallinn 115 (62)
1993–1995 FC Lelle
1994–1996 JK Tervis Pärnu (loan)
1999 FC Kuressaare 1 (0)
2000 FC Lahti (loan) 22 (5)
2001–2005 Aalborg BK 35 (13)
2003 Landskrona BoIS (loan) 13 (1)
2003–2005 Boldklubben Frem (loan) 17 (6)
2005–2009 FC Levadia Tallinn 152 (84)
2005–2009 FC Levadia II Tallinn
National team
1994–1996 Estonia U21 11
1994–2010[1] Estonia 103 (27)
Teams managed
2011– FC Levadia III
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Indrek Zelinski (born 13 November 1974) is an Estonian football manager and former professional football player.

Club career[edit]

When he was 12 years old, he started his career under a youth coach, Märt Siigur, in his hometown. He played for local sides Kalju Sindi, KEK Pärnu and JK Pärnu Kalev, before moving to FC Flora Tallinn.

FC Flora Tallinn[edit]

He did not enjoy instant success in the new team. He was mostly a bench player and played for the reserve team. Zelinski first made his name in 1994, when he scored a hat-trick in a play-off match for the league title. He made the international debut in the same year, but still failed to become a first team regular in Flora. He bloomed after coming back from a year-long loan to JK Tervis Pärnu, under a new Flora coach, Teitur Thordarson.

FC Lahti[edit]

In 1999, Zelinski was about to join English side Blackpool F.C. for £150,000 but he was rejected a work permit. Instead he joined Finnish Veikkausliiga side FC Lahti on loan, but failed to make headlines there and returned to Flora the next season.[2]

Time in Scandinavia[edit]

In 2001, he was bought by Danish side Aalborg BK in 2001, where he joined his international striking partner Andres Oper.[3] The first season was a success as he scored 13 goals and finished fifth in the league top scorers list. In 2002–03 season, the club changed its head coach and Zelinski found himself from the bench, so he was loaned out to Landskrona BoIS and Boldklubben Frem.

FC Levadia Tallinn[edit]

In January 2005, he returned to Estonia as a free agent and signed a two-year contract with Flora's league rivals Levadia.[4] In August 2009, he announced that he will almost certainly retire from professional football at the end of the season.[5] He played his last game on November 10, 2009 against Paide Linnameeskond, where he was sent off in the end of the first half for a professional foul.[6]

Statistics[edit]

Season League level Country Team League
Games Goals
1991 2 Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic Kalju Sindi
1992 Estonia KEK Pärnu
1992–93 3 JK Kalev Pärnu
1993–94 1 FC Flora Tallinn 10 6
3 FC Lelle
1994–95 1 FC Flora Tallinn 3 0
2 FC Lelle
JK Tervis Pärnu  
1995–96 1 10 0
FC Flora Tallinn 9 1
1996–97 22 5
1997–98 21 13
1998 12 10
1999 26 14
2 FC Kuressaare 1 0
2000 1 Finland FC Lahti 22 5
2001 Estonia FC Flora Tallinn 12 13
2001–02 Denmark Aalborg BK 31 13
2002–03 4 0
2003 Sweden Landskrona BoIS 13 1
2003–04 Denmark Boldklubben Frem 9 0
2004–05 2 8 6
2005 1 Estonia FC Levadia Tallinn 29 18
2006 32 21
2007 31 23
2008 33 15
2009 26 7
Total

International career[edit]

During his national team career he has been capped 103 times and scored 27 goals, the former Estonian goalscoring record. He made the national team debut on 7 May 1994 against USA. On 16 November 1996 Zelinski scored three goals in a friendly against Indonesia.

His last appearance for Estonia came against Andorra in which he scored the winner in the last minute and was sent off seconds after for taking off his shirt for a second bookable offence. He was interviewed on Sky Sports News saying that he originally had planned to retire from internationals in the autumn, but scoring the winner, it felt like the best time to leave the national scene.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Scored Result Competition
1 1996-11-13 Estadi Comunal d'Aixovall, Andorra la Vella  Andorra 1–0 6–1 Friendly match
2 1996-11-16 Stadio Giuseppe Olmo, Celle Ligure  Indonesia 1–0 3–0 Friendly match
3 2–0
4 3–0
5 1997-03-01 Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium, Larnaca  Azerbaijan 2–0 2–0 Friendly match
6 1997-05-18 Kadrioru Stadium, Tallinn  Latvia 1–0 1–3 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
7 1997-06-22 Kuressaare Linnastaadion, Kuressaare  Andorra 1–0 4–1 Friendly match
8 1998-06-22 Kuressaare Linnastaadion, Kuressaare  Andorra 1–0 2–1 Friendly match
9 1998-09-23 Kadrioru Stadium, Tallinn  Egypt 2–0 2–2 Friendly match
10 1998-11-21 Abovyan City Stadium, Abovyan  Armenia 1–2 1–2 Friendly match
11 1999-01-22 Hapoel Umm al-Fahm F.C., Umm Al-Fahm  Norway 2–3 3–3 Friendly match
12 3–3
13 1999-03-16 Neo GSZ Stadium, Larnaca  Cyprus 1–0 2–1 Friendly match
14 2000-02-23 Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok  Finland 1–4 2–4 2000 King's Cup
15 2000-12-10 Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong  Hong Kong 1–1 2–1 Friendly match
16 2–1
17 2001-06-02 A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn  Netherlands 2–1 2–4 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
18 2001-07-03 Skonto Stadium, Riga  Latvia 1–1 1–3 2001 Baltic Cup
19 2001-08-15 A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn  Cyprus 1–1 2–2 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
20 2001-11-10 Nikos Goumas Stadium, Athens  Greece 2–4 2–4 Friendly match
21 2002-03-14 Stadio Enzo Mazotti, Montecatini Terme  Saudi Arabia 1–0 2–0 Friendly match
22 2002-05-21 Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle  San Marino 1–0 1–0 Friendly match
23 2002-10-12 A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn  New Zealand 3–2 3–2 Friendly match
24 2003-04-30 Estadi Comunal d'Aixovall, Andorra la Vella  Andorra 1–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 2004 qualification
25 2–0
26 2003-12-20 Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat  Oman 1–1 1–3 Friendly match
27 2007-08-22 A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn  Andorra 2–1 2–1 UEFA Euro 2008 qualification

Manager career[edit]

In 2011, Zelinski became FC Levadia III manager.[7] Since 2012 Indrek Zelinski is FC Levadia assistant manager.[8]

Personal life[edit]

He has a daughter, Johanna-Lisa (b. 2000), with his girlfriend Sigrit Järvamägi, who is a two-time Estonian cup winner with FC Flora Tallinn women's team.

Honours[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Indrek Zelinski - Century of International Appearances". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 
  2. ^ "FC Lahti loobus eestlastest" [FC Lahti waived Estonians] (in Estonian). Eesti Päevaleht. 26 October 2000. Retrieved 14 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "Aalborg ostis Indrek Zelinski nelja miljoni eest päriseks" [Aalborg bought Indrek Zelisnki for four millions] (in Estonian). Õhtuleht. 4 August 2001. Retrieved 14 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Indrek Zelinski liitus FC Levadiaga" [Indrek Zelinski joined FC Levadia] (in Estonian). Soccernet.ee. 24 January 2005. Retrieved 14 May 2010. 
  5. ^ Schwede, Indrek (August 2009). Indrek Zelinski: pärast loobumist tahan jalgpallile midagi tagasi anda [Indrek Zelinski: after retiring I want to give something back to football] (in Estonian) 8 (20). Estonian Football Association. pp. 13–17. ISSN 1736-7379. 
  6. ^ "Indrek Zelinski karjäär lõppes punase kaardiga!" [Indrek Zelinski's career ends with a red card!] (in Estonian). Õhtuleht. 10 November 2009. Retrieved 14 May 2010. 
  7. ^ http://sport.err.ee/index.php?06121388
  8. ^ http://www.ohtuleht.ee/453955

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