Ats Purje

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Ats Purje
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Personal information
Full name Ats Purje
Date of birth (1985-08-03) 3 August 1985 (age 30)
Place of birth Tallinn, Estonia
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker, winger
Club information
Current team
Nõmme Kalju
Number 9
Youth career
2003 Levadia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2007 Levadia 86 (33)
2008–2009 Inter Turku 40 (11)
2010–2011 AEP 26 (5)
2011 Ethnikos Achna 6 (1)
2012–2014 KuPS 76 (19)
2015- Nõmme Kalju 33 (16)
National team
Estonia U-19 5 (1)
Estonia U-21 7 (0)
2006– Estonia 56 (8)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 November 2015.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 November 2015

Ats Purje (born 3 August 1985) is an Estonian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Estonian Meistriliiga club Nõmme Kalju and the Estonia national football team.

Club career[edit]

Levadia[edit]

In 2003, at the age of 17, Purje started his professional career with Levadia. In 2007, he was sent to Levadia's reserve team, after refusing to sign a contract extension with the club.

Inter Turku[edit]

On 27 December 2007, he signed a 2-year contract with Finnish Veikkausliiga club Inter Turku.[1][2] On 9 February 2008, Purje scored his first goal in his first game for Inter Turku against Tallinna Kalev in a friendly match.[3] He scored his first Veikkausliiga goal also in his first Veikkausliiga match on 27 April 2008, in a 3–1 victory against RoPS.[4]

AEP[edit]

On 1 June 2010, he signed a 1-year deal with Cypriot team AEP, with an option to extend it by another year.[5] He made his league debut on 29 August, where he scored the team's only goal.[6]

KuPS[edit]

Purje joined KuPS in 2012. He was the team's top goalscorer in 2012 and 2014 seasons.

Nõmme Kalju[edit]

Purje joined Nõmme Kalju in 2015 after breakdowns in contract negotiations with KuPS. His contract was for 3 seasons. He scored his first goal on his debut on the 3rd minute in a friendly match against Ventspils.

International career[edit]

For Estonia national football team, Purje is capped 56 times, scoring 8 goals. He made his national team debut on 11 October 2006, in an UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying match against Russia.[7] He scored his first goal on 20 August 2008, in a friendly match against Malta.[8][9]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 18 November 2015.[10]
Club Season League
Division Apps Goals
Levadia 2003 Meistriliiga 11 4
2004 17 8
2005 12 4
2006 30 10
2007 16 7
Total 86 33
Inter Turku 2008 Veikkausliiga 19 7
2009 21 3
Total 40 10
AEP 2010–11 Cypriot First Division 26 5
Total 26 5
Ethnikos Achna 2011–12 Cypriot First Division 6 1
Total 6 1
KuPS 2012 Veikkausliiga 27 6
2013 20 4
2014 29 9
Total 76 19
Nõmme Kalju 2015 Meistriliiga 33 16
Total 33 16
Career total 267 84

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 20 August 2008 Lilleküla Stadium, Tallinn, Estonia  Malta 1–1 2–1 Friendly[11]
2 3 March 2010 Mikheil Meskhi Stadium, Tbilisi, Georgia  Georgia 1–1 1–2 Friendly[12]
3 7 September 2010 Lilleküla Stadium, Tallinn, Estonia  Uzbekistan 1–0 3–3 Friendly[13]
4 3 September 2011 Stožice Stadium, Ljubljana, Slovenia  Slovenia 2–1 2–1 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying[14]
5 8 September 2014 Lilleküla Stadium, Tallinn, Estonia  Slovenia 1–0 1–0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying[15]
6 9 June 2015 Veritas Stadion, Turku, Finland  Finland 1–0 2–0 Friendly[16]
7 2–0
8 11 November 2015 Lilleküla Stadium, Tallinn, Estonia  Georgia 1–0 3–0 Friendly[17]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Levadia
Inter Turku
Nõmme Kalju

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ats Purje mängib uuest hooajast Turu Interis – Soccernet.ee
  2. ^ Virolainen Ats Purje Interiin – FC Inter
  3. ^ Inter tyrmäsi JK Tallinna Kalevin 6–0 – FC Inter
  4. ^ Ats Purje iloitsi ensimmäisestä maalistaan – FC Inter
  5. ^ ΣΥΜΦΩΝΙΑ ΜΕ ΔΙΕΘΝΗ ΕΣΘΟΝΟ (in Greek). AEP Paphos FC. 1 June 2010. Archived from the original on 14 June 2010. Retrieved 2 June 2010. 
  6. ^ Purje alustas Küprose kõrgliigas väravaga (Estonian)
  7. ^ Eesti koondise mängud 2006 – Eesti Jalgpalli Liit
  8. ^ Koondis pakkus ilusa pidupäevakingi – Soccernet.ee
  9. ^ "Kõik Eesti internatsionaalid" [All Estonian internationals] (in Estonian). Eesti Jalgpalli Liit. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  10. ^ "Purje, Ats". national-football-teams.com. 
  11. ^ "Eesti - Malta". Estonian Football Association. 
  12. ^ "Gruusia - Eesti". Estonian Football Association. 
  13. ^ "Eesti - Usbekistan". Estonian Football Association. 
  14. ^ "Sloveenia - Eesti". Estonian Football Association. 
  15. ^ "Eesti - Sloveenia". Estonian Football Association. 
  16. ^ "Soome - Eesti". Estonian Football Association. 
  17. ^ "Eesti - Gruusia". Estonian Football Association. 

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