Purje with Nõmme Kalju in 2015
|Full name||Ats Purje|
|Date of birth||3 August 1985|
|Place of birth||Tallinn, Estonia|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 December 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 December 2017
In 2003, Purje joined Meistriliiga club Levadia. He made his debut in the Meistriliiga on 15 March 2003, playing for Levadia's Tallinn-based team against the Maardu-based Levadia team in a 0–1 away loss. Purje scored his first Meistriliiga goal on 13 May 2003, in a 9–3 away win over Kuressaare. In July 2003, Purje was moved to the Maardu team. His first trophy with Levadia came in the 2003–04 Estonian Cup. Purje won his first Meistriliiga title in the 2004 season. He won two more Meistriliiga titles in 2006 and 2007, and two more Estonian Cups in 2005 and 2007.
In December 2007, Purje signed a two-year contract with Veikkausliiga club FC Inter. On 12 April 2008, he won his first trophy with FC Inter in the 2008 Finnish League Cup. Purje made his debut in the Veikkausliiga on 27 April 2008, and scored his side's first goal in a 3–1 home victory over RoPS. He won the Veikkausliiga in the 2008 season. On 31 October 2009, Purje came on as a 79th-minute substitute in FC Inter's 2–1 victory over Tampere United in the Finnish Cup final, winning his third trophy with the club.
In June 2010, Purje signed a one-year contract with Cypriot First Division club AEP, with an option to extend it for another year. He made his debut in the Cypriot First Division on 29 August 2010, and scored his side's only goal in a 1–2 loss to Ethnikos Achna.
On 3 April 2012, Purje signed a one-year contract with Veikkausliiga club KuPS. In September, he signed a two-year contract extension that would keep him with the club until 2014. Purje was his side's top scorer in the 2012 season with six goals and was named the club's Player of the Year. He was once again his club's top scorer in the 2014 season, with nine goals.
On 9 February 2015, Purje signed a three-year contract with Meistriliiga club Nõmme Kalju. On 30 May 2015, he won his fourth Estonian Cup. Purje was Nõmme Kalju's top scorer in the Meistriliiga for two consecutive seasons, in 2015 and 2016.
Return to KuPS
Purje made his senior international debut for Estonia on 11 October 2006, replacing Teet Allas in the 81st minute of a 0–2 away loss to Russia in a UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying match. He scored his first international goal on 20 August 2008, in a 2–1 home win over Malta in a friendly. Purje came on as a second-half substitute in both matches against the Republic of Ireland in the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying play-offs as Estonia lost 1–5 on aggregate.
|SC Real||2001||IV liiga||17||4||—||—||—||—||17||4|
|AEP||2010–11||Cypriot First Division||26||5||—||—||—||26||5|
|Ethnikos Achna||2011–12||Cypriot First Division||6||1||—||—||—||6||1|
- As of 10 December 2017.
- As of 10 December 2017. Estonia score listed first, score column indicates score after each Purje goal.
|1||20 August 2008||A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, Estonia||9||Malta||1–1||2–1||Friendly|
|2||3 March 2010||Mikheil Meskhi Stadium, Tbilisi, Georgia||17||Georgia||1–1||1–2||Friendly|
|3||7 September 2010||A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, Estonia||22||Uzbekistan||1–0||3–3||Friendly|
|4||2 September 2011||Stožice Stadium, Ljubljana, Slovenia||29||Slovenia||2–1||2–1||UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying|
|5||8 September 2014||A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, Estonia||46||Slovenia||1–0||1–0||UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying|
|6||9 June 2015||Veritas Stadion, Turku, Finland||49||Finland||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|8||11 November 2015||A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, Estonia||55||Georgia||1–0||3–0||Friendly|
|9||12 June 2017||Skonto Stadium, Riga, Latvia||61||Latvia||2–1||2–1||Friendly|
- FC Inter
- Nõmme Kalju
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- "Ats Purje tuli Soome meistriks" [Ats Purje is Finnish champion]. Postimees (in Estonian). 26 October 2008.
- "Ats Purje võitis Soome jalgpallikarika" [Ats Purje won the Finnish Football Cup]. Postimees (in Estonian). 31 October 2009.
- "Purje siirdub Küprose klubisse" [Purje moving to a Cypriot club]. Postimees (in Estonian). 3 June 2010.
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