Erik Paartalu

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Erik Paartalu
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Paartalu playing for Greenock Morton in 2009
Personal information
Full name Erik Endel Paartalu
Date of birth (1986-05-03) 3 May 1986 (age 30)
Place of birth Sydney, Australia
Height 193 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Defensive Midfielder
Club information
Current team
free agent
Youth career
Northern Spirit
2000–2001 NSWIS
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Northern Spirit 3 (0)
2004 Northern Tigers 17 (4)
2004–2006 Parramatta Eagles 28 (2)
2006–2008 Gretna 35 (4)
2008 Stirling Albion (loan) 10 (1)
2008–2010 Greenock Morton 57 (6)
2010–2013 Brisbane Roar 79 (10)
2013 Tianjin Teda 30 (4)
2014 Muangthong United 24 (5)
2014–2016 Melbourne City 40 (7)
2016 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 2 (0)
2016–2017 Al Kharaitiyat 10 (0)
National team
2003 Australia U-17 3 (0)
2013– Australia 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 July 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 July 2013

Erik Endel Paartalu (born 3 May 1986) is an Australian professional footballer of Estonian descent.

Club career[edit]


Paartalu began his career with Northern Spirit in the National Soccer League, after stints with the Spirit youth team and the New South Wales Institute of Sport. His NSL career at the Spirit was however limited to a single appearance as a substitute on 11 January 2004 against the Melbourne Knights.

After the dissolution of the Northern Spirit, Paartalu moved to the Northern Tigers in the New South Wales Winter Super League where he played 17 matches scoring four goals in the 2004 season.[1]

During 2004 Paartalu moved to the Parramatta Eagles who were then playing in the New South Wales Premier League. He continued with the Eagles until the latter half of the 2006 season, before he decided to take his chances on a career in the United Kingdom.


Paartalu in 2009

After a trial with Doncaster in League One it was expected he would sign a contract until the departure of manager Dave Penney put an end to the deal.[2] Arriving at Gretna in September Paartalu was signed on a short term contract after a trial. A number of impressive performances led to a two and a half-year contract being signed in January 2007. Paartalu joined Stirling Albion on 1 January 2008 on a loan deal from Gretna until the end of the 2007/2008 season.[3] Paartalu made his debut for the Binos against Hamilton on 5 January 2008 at New Douglas Park.[4] In his second game he scored his first and only goal for the club, in a 4-1 defeat to Livingston.[5]

Paartalu was released by Gretna in March 2008 due to them entering administration.[6] He then joined Greenock Morton.[7] After helping Morton stay in the First Division, Paartalu signed a two-year deal at the end of April 2008 to keep him at Cappielow until 2010.[8]

Brisbane Roar[edit]

Paartalu (left) celebrating Brisbane Roar's 2012 A-League Grand Final win with Besart Berisha.

With his contract at Morton running out in the summer, Paartalu signed a pre-contract agreement with Brisbane Roar on 24 February 2010.[9] Paartalu became an important player for Brisbane, a linchpin in the midfield and scoring crucial goals.[10][11][12] Paartalu's defining moment at the Roar came in the 2011 A-League Grand Final, where he scored the equaliser with the last touch of the game in the 120th minute.[13] He also went on to score the Roar's second penalty in the shootout against the Mariners. Paartalu was awarded the A-League Solo Goal of the Year for the 2010–11 season for his volley against Gold Coast United in the last game of the regular season.

In Brisbane's first match of the 2011–12 finals series, Paartalu's powerful strike sealed a 2–0 win for Brisbane in the first leg against the Central Coast.

Paartalu started in all of Brisbane Roar's matches in both the 2010–11 and 2011–12 seasons, including the A-League finals series and the AFC Champions League.[14]

Tianjin Teda[edit]

On 21 January 2013 it was confirmed that Paartalu had signed a two-year deal with Tianjin Teda in the Chinese Super League.[15]

Muangthong United[edit]

After leaving Tianjin Teda in February 2014, Paartalu signed for Muangthong United in the Thai Premier League.[16]

Melbourne City[edit]

In July 2014, Paartalu was offered a to be signed as a domestic marquee player by Newcastle Jets, but he opted to see out his contract with Muangthong United.[17] In September Newcastle Jets reopened talks with Paartalu, following the departure of Craig Goodwin from the club.[18] However, despite the courting and lucrative offer by Newcastle Jets, on 15 September Paartalu signed a four-year deal with Melbourne City under the salary cap,[19] saying "I want to be at a club with an ambition to be successful on/off the field and Melbourne City FC is that club."[20] After 40 games and 7 goals for the club across nearly two season, Paartalu was released by the club to pursue opportunities in South Korea.[21]

Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors[edit]

Following his release from Melbourne City, Paartalu joined K League Classic side Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors.[22] Within months, Paartalu was dropped from the Jeonbuk squad, which coach Chio Kang-hee attributed to the player having to adjust to Korea's faster tempo football.[23] However, weeks later, Paartalu was forced to train on his own, but aimed to return to the side.[24]

Al Kharaitiyat[edit]

In October 2016, Paartalu joined Qatari Stars League club Al Kharaitiyat.[25]

International career[edit]

Paartalu represented Australia at the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Championship.[26] Paartalu played in all three of Australia's three games in the tournament, including losses against Argentina and Nigeria. On 21 February 2012 he was selected to play for the "Socceroos" against Saudi Arabia national football team in a World Cup qualification match.[27]



Brisbane Roar





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  2. ^ "Roo Erik bouncing as he lines up new deal". News and Star. 12 December 2006. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 5 April 2007. 
  3. ^ "Stirling in bold move for McCann". The Scotsman. Retrieved 1 January 2008. 
  4. ^ "Stirling Match Report". Robin Bairner, reporter. Archived from the original on 25 July 2008. Retrieved 6 January 2008. 
  5. ^ "Stirling Albion 1-4 Livingston". BBC. 19 January 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "Gretna make 22 players redundant". BBC Sport. BBC. 26 March 2008. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Paartalu completes Morton switch". BBC Sport. BBC. 1 April 2008. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Paartalu signs new deal at Morton". BBC Sport. 30 April 2008. Retrieved 4 September 2008. 
  9. ^ "Erik Paartalu signs for Brisbane". 24 February 2010. Archived from the original on 6 March 2011. Retrieved 24 February 2010. 
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  14. ^ Brisbane Roar player Erik Paartalu is the ironman of the team having played every game for the last two seasons The Courier Mail
  15. ^ Roar star Eric Paartalu signs two-year deal with Chinese Super League Side Tianjin Teda Herald Sun
  16. ^ Muangthong claims Paartalu signature - The World Game on SBS
  17. ^ Lewis, David (31 July 2014). "Newcastle Jets pursuit of Paartalu on hold". SBS. 
  18. ^ Gardiner, James (8 September 2014). "Erik Paartalu back in the picture for Jets as Goodwin heads home". The Newcastle Herald. 
  19. ^ "Melbourne City FC sign Erik Paartalu". Football Federation Australia. 15 September 2014. 
  20. ^ Windley, Matt (15 September 2014). "Melbourne City sign former Brisbane Roar midfielder Erik Paartalu for four years". Herald Sun. 
  21. ^ "City Release Erik Paartalu". Melbourne City FC. 2 February 2016. 
  22. ^ "Australia international Paartalu seals move to Jeonbuk". AFC. 5 February 2016. 
  23. ^ Windley, Matt (16 May 2016). "Former Socceroo Erik Paartalu not featuring for Jeonbuk Motors as speedy K-League takes its toll". Herald Sun. Retrieved 11 October 2016. 
  24. ^ Lewis, Dave (24 June 2016). "Exiled Paartalu vows to fight on at Jeonbuk despite being shown the door". The World Game. Retrieved 11 October 2016. 
  25. ^ "Koua joins Al Arabi Club; Sumaila opts for Gharafa". Qatar Tribune. 3 October 2016. Retrieved 11 October 2016. 
  26. ^ Mitchell, Jonathan, "Erik Paartalu ... Homeward Bound", Greenock Morton F.C. official matchday programme 
  27. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 

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