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 59)
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
2000–2005 Estonia
2005–2008 Kazakhstan
2006 Astana-1964
2008–2010 Zenit-2 Saint Petersburg
2010 Willem II
2012–2013 Estonia U19
2013–2014 Taraz
2017 Flora
2018– Flora
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Arnoldus Dick Pijpers (born 21 April 1959) is a Dutch football manager, who is the manager of Estonian top tier club Flora.[1]

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 Flora and the Estonia national football team in 2000. 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 short stint as a coach in the Netherlands for Willem II.


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.[2] 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.[3] 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[4] 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).


In July 2007, whilst continuing as Kazakhstan's Manager, Pijpers took up the role as Consultant at FC Alma-Ata in preparation for their UEFA Cup debut.[5]


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.[6][7] 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.[8]


As a manager


As a manager


  1. ^ "Ametlik: Arno Pijpersist sai taaskord Flora peatreener". Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  2. ^ Pijpers leaves Estonia 1 October 2004
  3. ^ Pijpers:We'll play in kazakh style Archived May 13, 2006, at the Wayback Machine 13 January 2006
  4. ^ Pijpers extended contract with Kazakhstan 13 December 2007
  5. ^ "Pijpers accepts Alma-Ata role". UEFA. 3 July 2007. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Arno Pijpersist sai Eesti Jalgpalli Liidu tehniline direktor" (in Estonian). Eesti Rahvusringhääling. 2 December 2011. Retrieved 2 May 2012.
  7. ^ "Arno Pijpers alustas tööd jalgpalliliidu tehnilise direktorina" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 2 December 2011. Retrieved 2 May 2012.
  8. ^ "Bernhardt tagandati U19 koondise peatreeneri kohalt, Pijpers võtab üle" (in Estonian). Õhtuleht. 8 March 2012. Retrieved 2 May 2012.
  9. ^ Pijpers awarded Estonian Order 8 January 2008

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