Andres Oper

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Andres Oper
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Oper with Roda JC in 2007
Personal information
Full name Andres Oper
Date of birth (1977-11-07) 7 November 1977 (age 39)
Place of birth Tallinn, Estonia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Estonia (assistant manager)
Youth career
1987–1993 LMSK/Pantrid
1994 Lelle
1994 Flora
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1999 Flora 73 (44)
1996 Tervis (loan) 9 (3)
1999–2003 AaB 117 (28)
2003–2005 Torpedo Moscow 53 (8)
2005–2009 Roda JC 103 (32)
2009 Shanghai Shenhua 6 (0)
2010 ADO Den Haag 12 (1)
2010–2011 AEK Larnaca 21 (3)
2012–2013 Nea Salamina 42 (8)
Total 436 (127)
National team
1995 Estonia U19 3 (1)
1995–1996 Estonia U21 4 (0)
1995–2014 Estonia 134 (38)
Teams managed
2015– Accrington Stanley U16
2016– Estonia (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Andres Oper (born 7 November 1977) is an Estonian football coach and former professional player. He is currently an assistant manager of the Estonia national football team.

Oper played as a striker for Lelle, Flora, Tervis, AaB, Torpedo Moscow, Roda JC, Shanghai Shenhua, ADO Den Haag, AEK Larnaca, Nea Salamina and the Estonia national football team. With 38 goals in 134 international appearances, Oper is Estonia's all-time record goalscorer. Oper was named Estonian Footballer of the Year three times, in 1999, 2002 and 2005, and won the Estonian Silverball award twice, in 2001 and 2005.[1]

Early life[edit]

Oper was born in Tallinn. He graduated from the Tallinn Secondary School No. 37. He started playing football with Tallinna Jalgpallikool (English: Tallinn Football Academy) under Aivar Tiidus, before moving to Taivo Uibo's Uibo Poisid and then LMSK/Pantrid, coached by Aavo Sarap.[1]

Club career[edit]

Flora[edit]

In 1995, Oper signed for Flora. He won his first Meistriliiga title in the 1994–95 season. Oper soon became a first team regular and one of the team's leading goalscorers. He won two more league titles in the 1997–98 and the 1998 seasons, as well as the 1997–98 Estonian Cup and the Estonian Supercup in 1998.[1]

AaB[edit]

On 2 July 1999, Oper signed for Danish Superliga champions AaB, on a five-year contract for a transfer fee of $1 million (EEK 15 million).[2]

Torpedo Moscow[edit]

On 10 July 2003, Oper signed a two-year contract with Russian Premier League club Torpedo Moscow.[3] Often inconsistent in Russia, scoring 8 goals in 53 appearances, Oper was placed on the transfer list after he suffered an injury to his right foot.

Roda JC[edit]

On 31 August 2005, Oper signed a one-year contract with Dutch Eredivisie club Roda JC Kerkrade for an undisclosed fee.[4] He scored his first Eredivisie goal on 1 October 2005, in a 3–2 win against Vitesse Arnhem.[5] Oper finished the 2005–06 Eredivisie season as the team's joint top scorer alongside Simon Cziommer with 8 goals and signed a contract extension for two more seasons.[6] He was the team's top scorer in the 2006–07 Eredivisie season, scoring 12 goals in the league and 1 in the play-offs. On 16 May 2007, he signed another contract extension with Roda JC until summer 2009.[7]

Shanghai Shenhua[edit]

On 19 July 2009, Oper signed a half-year contract with Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua.[8] He made his debut for the club on 2 August 2009, in an away match against Jiangsu Sainty. He made his last appearance for Shanghai Shenhua on 12 September 2009, against Beijing Guoan.

ADO Den Haag[edit]

After an unsuccessful spell in China, Oper returned to the Netherlands and on 21 January 2010, he signed a half-year contract with an option for another year with ADO Den Haag.[9][10] He made his debut for the club on 13 February 2010 in a home match against Willem II. Oper scored his first goal for ADO Den Haag on 18 April 2010, in a 4–0 win against RKC Waalwijk. His contract extension stalled due to negotiations over personal terms, eventually no agreement was settled and the extension was cancelled. The contract expired in summer.[11]

AEK Larnaca[edit]

On 9 September 2010, Oper signed a one-year contract with Cypriot First Division club AEK Larnaca.[12] He scored on his debut against Ethnikos Achna.

Nea Salamina[edit]

In January 2012, Oper joined Cypriot First Division club Nea Salamina. He scored his first goal for the club on 3 March in a 2–0 win against Enosis Neon Paralimni.[13]

International career[edit]

Oper made his international debut for the Estonia national football team on 19 May 1995, in a 0–2 1995 Baltic Cup defeat against Latvia. He scored his first goal for Estonia on 8 June 1997, in a 2–3 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification loss against Sweden. He won the Estonian Silverball award twice, in 2001 and 2005.[1] On 2 September 2006, Oper played his 100th match for Estonia, a 0–1 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying defeat against Israel. He ended his international career on 26 May 2014, after a 1–1 friendly draw against Gibraltar at A. Le Coq Arena. With 38 goals in 134 international appearances, Oper is Estonia's all-time record goalscorer.[1]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Flora 1994–95 Meistriliiga 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1995–96 9 2 1 0 0 0 10 2
1996–97 18 13 2 0 0 0 20 13
1997–98 22 15 2 0 0 0 24 15
1998 13 10 2 1 1 0 16 11
1999 10 4 0 0 0 0 10 4
Total 73 44 0 0 7 1 1 0 81 45
Tervis (loan) 1995–96 Meistriliiga 9 3 0 0 9 3
AaB 1999–2000 Superliga 30 7 4 1 34 8
2000–01 29 6 4 0 33 6
2001–02 31 4 31 4
2002–03 27 11 27 11
Total 117 28 0 0 8 1 0 0 125 29
Torpedo Moscow 2003 Russian Premier League 14 3 5 2 19 5
2004 24 4 24 4
2005 15 1 15 1
Total 53 8 0 0 5 2 0 0 58 10
Roda JC 2005–06 Eredivisie 24 8 4 5 0 0 1 0 29 13
2006–07 32 11 4 0 2 1 38 12
2007–08 20 7 3 1 2 0 25 8
2008–09 27 6 1 1 0 0 28 7
Total 103 32 12 7 0 0 5 1 120 40
Shanghai Shenhua 2009 Chinese Super League 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
ADO Den Haag 2009–10 Eredivisie 12 1 0 0 0 0 12 1
AEK Larnaca 2010–11 Cypriot First Division 21 3 2 0 0 21 5
Nea Salamina 2011–12 Cypriot First Division 14 3 0 0 14 3
2012–13 28 5 0 0 28 5
Total 42 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 42 8
Career total 436 127 12 9 20 4 6 1 474 141

International[edit]

National team Year Apps Goals
Estonia
1995 3 0
1996 5 0
1997 14 2
1998 13 2
1999 13 5
2000 9 6
2001 11 2
2002 8 4
2003 6 2
2004 7 2
2005 9 5
2006 4 2
2007 6 1
2008 4 2
2009 2 0
2010 4 1
2011 2 0
2012 10 2
2013 3 0
2014 1 0
Total 134 38

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Estonia's goal tally first.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Flora

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Oper, Andres" (in Estonian). ESBL. Retrieved 16 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "Andres Oper lahkub Aalsborgi" (in Estonian). Õhtuleht. 2 July 1999. Retrieved 20 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "Oper kirjutas alla lepingule Torpedoga" (in Estonian). Soccernet.ee. 10 July 2003. Retrieved 20 September 2016. 
  4. ^ "Andres Oper jätkab karjääri Hollandi liigas" (in Estonian). Soccernet.ee. 31 August 2005. Retrieved 20 September 2016. 
  5. ^ "Oper lõi Rodas esimese värava" (in Estonian). Eesti Päevaleht. 1 October 2005. Retrieved 20 September 2016. 
  6. ^ "Andres Oper usub Roda potentsiaali" (in Estonian). Soccernet.ee. 28 March 2006. Retrieved 20 September 2016. 
  7. ^ "Andres Oper pikendas Rodaga lepingut" (in Estonian). Soccernet.ee. 28 March 2006. Retrieved 20 September 2016. 
  8. ^ "Oper heads to Shanghai". Fifa.com. 
  9. ^ "ADO Den Haag bevestigt komst transfervrije Oper" (in Dutch). Voetbalzone. 22 January 2010. Retrieved 22 January 2010. 
  10. ^ "Oper komt selectie versterken". ADO Den Haag. 22 January 2010. Retrieved 22 January 2010. 
  11. ^ "Oper ei jätka siiski ADO-s" (in Estonian). Soccernet.ee. 9 July 2010. Retrieved 20 September 2016. 
  12. ^ "Ametlik teadaanne – Operil uus klubi" (in Estonian). Oper.ee. 9 September 2010. Archived from the original on 20 July 2011. 
  13. ^ "Oper avas uues klubis väravaarve" (in Estonian). Soccernet.ee. 3 March 2012. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 

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