Enar Jääger

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Enar Jääger
Jääger, Enar.IMG 7106.JPG
Jääger with Estonia in 2015
Personal information
Date of birth (1984-11-18) 18 November 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Kohila, Estonia
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Vålerenga
Number 3
Youth career
1994–2000 Flora
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000 Tervis Pärnu 25 (0)
2001 Flora 1 (0)
2001–2002 Warrior 34 (1)
2003–2004 Flora 47 (2)
2005–2006 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 (loan) 9 (2)
2016– Vålerenga 11 (1)
National team
2002– Estonia 121 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 November 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 November 2016

Enar Jääger (born 18 November 1984) is an Estonian professional footballer who plays as a defender for Norwegian Eliteserien club Vålerenga and the Estonia national football team.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Jääger began playing football with Flora Academy in his local Kehtna. In 2000, he had short spell with Tervis Pärnu. In 2001, at the age of 16, Jääger started his professional career by signing a contract with Flora. He played there only one league match in 2001, before joining Valga on loan. After two seasons with Valga he returned to Flora. He won the 2003 Meistriliiga with the club.

Torpedo Moscow[edit]

On 3 February 2005, Jääger signed a three-year contract with Russian Premier League club Torpedo Moscow.[1] 12 days later he played his first game for Torpedo Moscow against Metalurh Donetsk.[2] In Russia often played as right-back, but even in front of the defence as a defensive midfielder. His club Torpedo Moscow were relegated from the Russian Premier League at the end of the 2006 season, and he then moved to Norway.

Aalesund[edit]

On 7 March 2007, he signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Norwegian Eliteserien side Aalesund.[3] He played his first Norwegian Tippeligaen match on 16 May 2007, in a 4–0 victory against Strømsgodset.[4] Jääger scored his first Premier League goal on 20 April 2008, in a 5–0 victory against Hamarkameratene.[5] He left the club in late June 2009.[6]

Ascoli[edit]

On 19 July 2009, Jääger signed a three-year contract with Italian Serie B club Ascoli.[7] Failing to make an impact at the team, his contract was mutually terminated on 30 January 2010, after just five league appearances.[8]

Return to Aalesund[edit]

After refusing an offer from Major League Soccer club New York Red Bulls Jääger rejoined Aalesund on 5 March 2010.[9] The first-choice right-back played the whole match when the team won their second Norwegian Cup in three years.[10] After refusing a contract extension, he left the club after the 2011 season.[11]

On 5 January 2012, Jääger passed a medical at Polish Ekstraklasa side Lechia Gdańsk, but rejected the contract offer to pursue other options.[12][13] He then had a test period with Scottish Premier League champions Rangers.[14][15] Ally McCoist was impressed and keen to sign him, but the player eventually left the club without an offer after the trial period ended as Rangers failed to reduce their wage bill to make room for him.[16][17] On 5 February 2012, he started a trial at English League One side Charlton Athletic, which was cut short due to bad weather conditions at the time.[18][19] English Championship sides Crystal Palace and Leeds United were also rumored to be interested in the player.[20][21]

Jääger joined Aalesund for the third time on 13 March 2012, after an improved one-year contract offer was made by the Norwegian club.[22][23]

Lierse[edit]

On 15 July 2013, Jääger signed for Belgian side Lierse.

Return to Flora[edit]

In 2015, Jääger returned to Estonia and rejoined Flora. He was named captain ahead of the 2015 Meistriliiga season.

Vålerenga[edit]

In August 2015, Jääger was loaned to Norwegian Eliteserien side Vålerenga. The move was made permanent on 4 January 2016.[24]

International career[edit]

Jääger made his debut for Estonia in a friendly match against New Zealand on 12 October 2002.[25] Jääger played his 100th game for Estonia on 19 November 2013 against Liechtenstein, a day after his 29th birthday.[26][27]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 14 November 2016.[28]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Tervis Pärnu 2000 Esiliiga 25 0 25 0
Flora 2001 Meistriliiga 1 0 0 0 1 0
2003 22 1 2 0 1 0 25 1
2004 25 1 2 0 2 0 29 1
Total 48 2 4 0 3 0 55 2
Valga (loan) 2001 Esiliiga 21 1 1 0
2002 13 0 24 1
Total 34 1 0 0 34 1
Torpedo Moscow 2005 Russian Premier League 13 0 13 0
2006 22 0 22 0
Total 35 0 0 0 35 0
Aalesund 2007 Eliteserien 19 0 0 0 19 0
2008 23 1 2 0 25 0
2009 16 0 0 0 16 0
Total 58 1 0 0 60 1
Ascoli 2009–10 Serie B 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Aalesund 2010 Eliteserien 26 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 28 0
2011 27 2 4 0 7 0 0 0 38 2
2012 25 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 28 0
Total 78 2 6 0 10 0 0 0 94 2
Lierse 2013–14 Belgian Pro League 22 0 0 0 0 0 22 0
Flora 2015 Meistriliiga 16 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 21 0
Vålerenga (loan) 2015 Eliteserien 9 2 0 0 0 0 9 2
Vålerenga 2016 11 1 2 0 0 0 13 1
Total 20 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 22 3
Total 341 9 11 0 16 0 5 0 373 9

International[edit]

As of 14 November 2016.[28]
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
Total 121 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Valga
Flora
Aalesund

References[edit]

  1. ^ Enar Jääger sõlmis lepingu Moskva Torpeedoga – Soccernet.ee
  2. ^ Jääger ja Stepanov mängisid, Oper puhkas – ETV Sport
  3. ^ Enar Jääger Norra kõrgliigasse – Soccernet.ee
  4. ^ Raio Piirojalt 2 väravat, Enar Jääger debüteeris Norra liigas – FC Flora
  5. ^ Andres Oper on tagasi! – SL Õhtuleht
  6. ^ Hjelvik, Eirik Nesset (29 June 2009). "Enars tunge avskjed". Adresseavisen (in Norwegian). Retrieved 29 June 2009. 
  7. ^ Jääger liitus Itaalia klubiga – Soccernet.ee
  8. ^ "Jäägeri karjäär Ascolis sai läbi". Postimees. 31 January 2010. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 
  9. ^ Enar Jaager To Sign With Norwegian Club Aalesunds
  10. ^ "NORGESMESTER 2011!!!" (in Norwegian). Aalesund. 6 November 2011. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  11. ^ "Jääger ei pikenda Aalesundiga lepingut" (in Estonian). Postimees. 22 November 2011. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  12. ^ "Jääger läbis Poola klubis arstliku kontrolli" (in Estonian). Postimees. 6 January 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  13. ^ "Jääger lükkas Poola klubi pakkumise tagasi". Postimees. 9 January 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  14. ^ "McCoist welcomes trialists". Rangers F.C. 16 January 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  15. ^ "Rangers keen on Enar Jaager and Mervan Celik". BBC Sport. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  16. ^ "Rangers to offer deal to Estonia defender Enar Jaager". BBC Sport. 20 January 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  17. ^ "Enar Jaager and Zlatan Muslimovic exit Rangers without contracts" (24 January 2012). BBC Sport. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  18. ^ "Enar Jääger viibib Charlton Athleticu juures" (in Estonian). Postimees. 6 February 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  19. ^ "Jäägeri uus kosilane: Crystal Palace". Õhtuleht. 13 February 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  20. ^ "Leeds could hi-jack Rangers move for Estonian defender". Daily Express. 23 January 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  21. ^ "Enar Jääger on peagi valmis Charltonisse tagasi pöörduma" (in Estonian). 14 February 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  22. ^ "Jääger klar for AaFK" (13 March 2012). Aalesund. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  23. ^ "Miks Enar Jääger Aalesundi naasis? Klubi tegi uue ja parema pakkumise" (14 March 2012). Õhtuleht. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  24. ^ "Enar Jääger jätkab uuel hooajal Valerenga ridades". Postimees. 4 January 2016. 
  25. ^ Jalgpallur Enar Jääger teel Moskva Torpedo ridadesse – ETV Sport
  26. ^ "Koondis lõpetas võiduga" (in Estonian). Soccernet.ee. 19 November 2013. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  27. ^ "Kõik Eesti internatsionaalid" [All Estonian internationals] (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. Retrieved 22 November 2015. 
  28. ^ a b "Jääger, Enar". National-Football-Teams.com. 

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