Enar Jääger

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Enar Jääger
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Jääger with Estonia in 2015
Personal information
Date of birth (1984-11-18) 18 November 1984 (age 33)
Place of birth Kohila, Estonia
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Vålerenga
Number 3
Youth career
Flora Kehtna
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000 Lelle 23 (0)
2000 Tervis Pärnu 2 (0)
2001–2002 Valga 34 (1)
2001–2005 Flora 48 (2)
2005–2007 Torpedo Moscow 35 (0)
2007–2009 Aalesund 58 (1)
2009–2010 Ascoli 5 (0)
2010–2012 Aalesund 78 (2)
2013–2014 Lierse 22 (0)
2015 Flora 16 (0)
2015– Vålerenga 47 (5)
National team
1999–2000 Estonia U16 4 (0)
Estonia U17
2001 Estonia U19 4 (0)
2002–2003 Estonia U20 2 (0)
2001–2006 Estonia U21 7 (0)
2002– Estonia 126 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 December 2017
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 December 2017

Enar Jääger (born 18 November 1984) is an Estonian professional footballer who plays as a defender for Eliteserien club Vålerenga and the Estonia national team. Jääger plays mainly as a right back but can also play as a centre back.

Club career[edit]

Flora[edit]

Jääger began playing football at Flora youth academy in Kehtna.[1] He made his senior league debut in the Esiliiga on 2 April 2000, playing for Flora affiliated Lelle in a 1–3 home loss to Merkuur Tartu. In December 2000, Jääger moved to Flora's reserve side Valga.[2] He made his Flora – and Meistriliiga – debut on 4 November 2001, in a 3–0 away win over Lootus. Jääger won the Meistriliiga title in the 2003 season.[1]

Torpedo Moscow[edit]

On 3 February 2005, Jääger signed a three-year contract with Russian Premier League club Torpedo Moscow for an undisclosed fee, becoming third Estonian player in the club after Andres Oper and Andrei Stepanov.[3] He made his debut in Russian Premier League on 13 March, in a 3–1 home win over Rostov.[4]

Aalesund[edit]

On 8 March 2007, Jääger signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Tippeligaen club Aalesund for an undisclosed fee.[5] He made his debut in the Tippeligaen on 16 May 2007, in a 4–0 away victory over Strømsgodset.

Ascoli[edit]

On 19 July 2009, Jääger signed for Serie B club Ascoli on a three-year deal.[6] He made his debut in the Serie B on 21 August 2009, in 1–1 home draw against Gallipoli.[7] Jääger failed to become a regular starter for Ascoli and was released by the club on 31 January 2010, after making just five league appearances.[8]

Return to Aalesund[edit]

After rejecting an offer from Major League Soccer club New York Red Bulls, Jääger returned to Norway, where he signed a two-year contract with Aalesund on 5 March 2010.[9] On 6 November 2011, Jääger assisted the opening goal in Aalesund's 2–1 victory over Brann in the Norwegian Cup final, winning his first trophy with the club.[10][11] He didn't extend his contract after the 2011 season.[12]

On 5 January 2012, Jääger passed a medical examination at Ekstraklasa club Lechia Gdańsk, but rejected the contract offer to pursue other options.[13][14] He then had a trial with the Scottish Premier League champions Rangers.[15][16] Rangers manager Ally McCoist was impressed with Jääger and was keen on signing him, but the player had to leave the club without an offer as Rangers failed to reduce their wage bill in order to make room for new players.[17][18] Despite interest from Championship sides Crystal Palace and Leeds United, and League One side Charlton Athletic, Jääger failed to secure a contract by March 2012.[19][20]

On 13 March 2012, Jääger signed a one-year contract with Aalesund, after receiving an improved offer from his former club.[21][22]

Lierse[edit]

On 15 July 2013, Jääger signed a one-year contract with Belgian Pro League club Lierse, with an option to extend it for another year.[23] He made his debut for the club on 27 July, in a 1–2 home loss to Zulte Waregem.[24]

Return to Flora[edit]

In December 2014, Jääger joined the Flora first-team squad for training sessions.[25] On 5 March 2015, he signed a one-year contract with the club.[26] Jääger was named club captain ahead of the 2015 season.

Vålerenga[edit]

On 18 August 2015, Jääger signed for Tippeligaen club Vålerenga for the remainder of the 2015 season.[27] He made his Vålerenga debut on 28 August, in 0–2 away loss to his former club Aalesund.[28] On 4 January 2016, Jääger extended his contract for a year.[29][30] On 30 March 2017, he extended his contract for another year.[31]

International career[edit]

Jääger began his youth career in 1999 with the Estonia under-16 team. He also represented the under-17, under-19, under-20, and under-21 national sides.

Jääger made his senior international debut for Estonia on 12 October 2002, when he came on as a 69th-minute substitute for Marko Kristal in a 3–2 home win over New Zealand in a friendly. He made his 100th appearance for Estonia on 19 November 2013, a day after his 29th birthday, in a 3–0 away win over Liechtenstein in a friendly.[32]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 1 December 2017.[33][34][35]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup[a] Europe Other[b] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Lelle 2000 Esiliiga 23 0 23 0
Tervis Pärnu 2000 Esiliiga 2 0 2 0
Valga 2001 Esiliiga 21 1 1 0 1 0 23 1
2002 13 0 0 0 13 0
Total 34 1 1 0 1 0 36 1
Flora 2001 Meistriliiga 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2003 22 1 3 0 2 0 1 0 28 1
2004 25 1 5 0 2 0 5 0 37 1
Total 48 2 8 0 4 0 6 0 66 2
Torpedo Moscow 2005 Russian Premier League 13 0 3 0 16 0
2006 22 0 6 0 28 0
Total 35 0 9 0 44 0
Aalesund 2007 Tippeligaen 19 0 4 0 23 0
2008 23 1 3 0 2 0 28 1
2009 16 0 3 0 19 0
Total 58 1 10 0 2 0 70 1
Ascoli 2009–10 Serie B 5 0 0 0 5 0
Aalesund 2010 Tippeligaen 26 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 29 0
2011 27 2 5 0 7 0 39 2
2012 25 0 1 0 2 0 28 0
Total 78 2 8 0 10 0 0 0 96 2
Lierse 2013–14 Belgian Pro League 22 0 0 0 22 0
Flora 2015 Meistriliiga 16 0 3 0 2 0 21 0
Vålerenga 2015 Tippeligaen 9 2 0 0 9 2
2016 11 1 3 0 14 1
2017 Eliteserien 27 2 5 1 32 3
Total 47 5 8 1 55 6
Total 368 11 47 1 16 0 9 0 440 12
  1. ^ Includes the Estonian Cup, the Russian Cup and the Norwegian Cup
  2. ^ Includes the Esiliiga promotion play-offs, the Estonian Supercup, the Livonia Cup, the Commonwealth Cup, and the Tippeligaen relegation play-offs

International[edit]

As of 1 December 2017.[35][36]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Estonia
2002 1 0
2003 9 0
2004 12 0
2005 11 0
2006 7 0
2007 10 0
2008 9 0
2009 10 0
2010 5 0
2011 11 0
2012 5 0
2013 10 0
2014 11 0
2015 8 0
2016 2 0
2017 5 0
Total 126 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Valga
Flora
Aalesund

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Jääger, Enar" (in Estonian). ESBL. 
  2. ^ "Jalgpall: FC Flora teatas esinduskoosseisu" [FC Flora announces squad]. Eesti Päevaleht (in Estonian). 8 December 2000. 
  3. ^ "Enar Jääger allkirjastas Torpeedoga lepingu" [Enar Jääger signed contract with Torpedoga]. Eesti Päevaleht (in Estonian). 3 February 2005. 
  4. ^ "Torpeedo alustas võiduga" [Torpedo began with a win]. Eesti Päevaleht (in Estonian). 13 March 2005. 
  5. ^ "Enar Jääger vahetab Venemaa liiga Norra vastu" [Enar Jääger switches Russian league for Norwegian]. Postimees (in Estonian). 8 March 2007. 
  6. ^ "Enar Jääger sõlmis Itaalia klubiga lepingu" [Enar Jääger signed a contract with Italian club]. Postimees (in Estonian). 19 July 2009. 
  7. ^ "Jääger tegi Ascoli eest liigadebüüdi" [Jääger made league debut for Ascoli]. Postimees (in Estonian). 22 August 2009. 
  8. ^ "Jäägeri karjäär Ascolis sai läbi" [Jääger's career at Ascoli came to an end]. Postimees (in Estonian). 31 January 2010. 
  9. ^ "Red Bullsi pakkumise jätnud Jääger naasis Aalesundi" [Having rejected Red Bulls offer, Jääger returned to Aalesund]. Postimees (in Estonian). 5 March 2010. 
  10. ^ "Enar Jääger ja Sander Post krooniti Norra karikavõitjateks" (in Estonian). ERR Sport. 6 November 2011. 
  11. ^ "Jääger ja Post krooniti Norra karikavõitjateks" [Jääger and Post crowned Norwegian cup winners]. Postimees (in Estonian). 6 November 2011. 
  12. ^ "Jääger ei pikenda Aalesundiga lepingut" [Jääger won't extend his contract with Aalesund]. Postimees (in Estonian). 22 November 2011. 
  13. ^ "Jääger läbis Poola klubis arstliku kontrolli" [Jääger passed medical examination at Polish club]. Postimees (in Estonian). 6 January 2012. 
  14. ^ "Jääger lükkas Poola klubi pakkumise tagasi" [Jääger rejected Polish club's offer]. Postimees (in Estonian). 9 January 2012. 
  15. ^ "Rangers keen on Enar Jaager and Mervan Celik". BBC Sport. 13 January 2012. 
  16. ^ "McCoist welcomes trialists". Rangers F.C. 16 January 2012. Archived from the original on 19 January 2012. 
  17. ^ "Rangers to offer deal to Estonia defender Enar Jaager". BBC Sport. 20 January 2012. 
  18. ^ "Enar Jaager and Zlatan Muslimovic exit Rangers without contracts". BBC Sport. 24 January 2012. 
  19. ^ "Leeds could hi-jack Rangers move for Estonian defender". Daily Express. 23 January 2012. 
  20. ^ "Jääger ootab Charltoni ja Crystal Palace'i otsust" [Jääger waiting on Charlton and Crystal Palace]. Postimees (in Estonian). 2 March 2012. 
  21. ^ "Rangersisse soovitud Enar Jääger naases Aalesundi" [Rangers target Enar Jääger returned to Aalesund] (in Estonian). ERR Sport. 13 March 2012. 
  22. ^ "Enar Jääger: Aalesund tegi uue ja parema pakkumise" [Enar Jääger: Aalesund made a new and better offer] (in Estonian). ERR Sport. 14 March 2012. 
  23. ^ "Jääger sõlmis Belgia kõrgliigaklubiga lepingu" [Jääger signed a contract with a Belgian top flight club] (in Estonian). ERR Sport. 15 July 2013. 
  24. ^ "Jääger tegi Lierse'i eest liigadebüüdi" [Jääger made a league debut for Lierse] (in Estonian). ERR Sport. 28 July 2013. 
  25. ^ "Flora alustas ettevalmistust 27 mängijaga" [Flora began preparations with 27 players] (in Estonian). ERR Sport. 16 December 2014. 
  26. ^ "Enar Jääger 11-aastase vaheaja järel tagasi FC Floras" [Enar Jääger back in Flora after 11 years] (in Estonian). ERR Sport. 5 March 2015. 
  27. ^ "FC Flora kapten Enar Jääger siirdub Norra kõrgliigasse" [FC Flora captain Enar Jääger moves to Norwegian top flight] (in Estonian). ERR Sport. 18 August 2015. 
  28. ^ "Enar Jääger tegi mõõnas oleva Oslo Valerenga eest debüüdi" [Enar Jääger debuted for slumping Vålerenga Oslo] (in Estonian). ERR Sport. 29 August 2015. 
  29. ^ "Enar Jääger jätkab Valerenga ridades" [Enar Jääger to continue at Vålerenga] (in Estonian). ERR Sport. 4 January 2016. 
  30. ^ "Enar Jääger jätkab uuel hooajal Valerenga ridades" [Enar Jääger to continue at Vålerenga in the cmoning season]. Postimees (in Estonian). 4 January 2016. 
  31. ^ "Enar Jääger jätkab karjääri Norra kõrgliigas" [Enar Jääger to continue his career in the Norwegian top flight] (in Estonian). ERR Sport. 30 March 2017. 
  32. ^ "Eesti võitis Liechtensteini 3:0" [Estonia defeated Liechtenstein 3–0] (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 19 November 2013. 
  33. ^ "Enar Jääger" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 
  34. ^ "Enar Jääger". altomfotball.no (in Norwegian). 
  35. ^ a b "Jääger, Enar". National-Football-Teams.com. 
  36. ^ "Enar Jääger" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 

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