Raio Piiroja

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Raio Piiroja
Personal information
Date of birth (1979-07-11) 11 July 1979 (age 35)
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
1998–2013 Estonia[1] 113 (8)
* 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 2013

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

Club career[edit]

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. As a captain for the Estonia national football team, Raio is always in the heart of the defense. As he is the captain of the squad, he is a central figure in all of their games – always fighting to give his all on the pitch and motivate his team not to give in.

International career[edit]

For Estonia, Piiroja has been capped 113 times, scoring 8 goals. He made his 100th appearance in a 2–0 friendly win over Uruguay.

International goals[edit]

# 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[edit]

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[edit]

Club[edit]

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[edit]

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