Estonia men's national volleyball team

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Estonia
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Nickname(s)Sinilõvid (Blue Lions)
AssociationEstonian Volleyball Federation
ConfederationCEV
Head coachCédric Énard
FIVB ranking26 (as of October 2019)
Uniforms
Home
Away
European Championship
Appearances5 (First in 2009)
Best result11th (2015)
volley.ee (in Estonian)
Estonia men's national volleyball team
Medal record
European Volleyball League
Gold medal – first place 2016 Bulgaria
Gold medal – first place 2018 Czech Republic
Challenger Cup
Bronze medal – third place 2018 Portugal

The Estonia men's national volleyball team (Estonian: Eesti meeste võrkpallikoondis) is controlled by the Estonian Volleyball Federation (Eesti Võrkpalli Liit) and represents Estonia in international volleyball competitions. The team has reached the European Championships five times (2009, 2011, 2015, 2017, 2019).

Results[edit]

     Champions       Runners up       Third place       Fourth place

European Championship[edit]

European Championship record Qualification
Year Round Position Pld W L SW SL Squad Pld W L
19481991 Did not enter
Finland 1993 Did not qualify 2[a] 1 1
19951999 Did not enter
Czech Republic 2001 Did not qualify 6[b] 4 2
Germany 2003 6[c] 6 0
ItalySerbia and Montenegro 2005 6 1 5
Russia 2007 8 4 4
Turkey 2009 Group stage 14th place 3 0 3 2 9 Squad 6 5 1
AustriaCzech Republic 2011 Playoffs 12th place 4 1 3 3 9 Squad 8 6 2
DenmarkPoland 2013 Did not qualify 6 2 4
BulgariaItaly 2015 Playoffs 11th place 4 1 3 6 9 Squad 8 6 2
Poland 2017 Group stage 13th place 3 0 3 4 9 Squad 8 5 3
BelgiumFranceNetherlandsSlovenia 2019 Group stage 24th place 5 0 5 2 15 Squad 4 4 0
Czech RepublicEstoniaFinlandGermany 2021 TBD TBD 0 0 0 0 0 Squad Host country
Total 6/32 0 Titles 19 2 17 17 51 68 44 24
  1. ^ Eliminatory Matches against Ukraine.
  2. ^ 2nd place in Pool 1 of Category B, not promoted.
  3. ^ 1st place in Pool 2 of Category B, promoted to Category A.

World League / Nations League[edit]

World League record
Year Round Position Pld W L SW SL Squad
19902015 Did not enter
Poland 2016 Did not qualify
Brazil 2017 Final four (Group 3) 1st place (25th place) 8 7 1 22 7 Squad
Total 1/28 0 Titles 8 7 1 22 7
Nations League record
20182020 Did not qualify
Total 0/3 0 Titles 0 0 0 0 0

From 2018, the World League was replaced by the Nations League.[1]

Challenger Cup[edit]

Challenger Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W L SW SL Squad
Portugal 2018 Final round 3rd place 4 2 2 7 7 Squad
Slovenia 2019 Did not qualify
Total 1/2 0 Titles 4 2 2 7 7

European League[edit]

European League record
Year Round Position Pld W L SW SL Squad
Czech Republic 2004 Did not enter
Russia 2005 League round 8th place 12 2 10 13 33 Squad
Turkey 2006 League round 8th place 12 1 11 7 34 Squad
20072014 Did not enter
Poland 2015 Final four 4th place 12 10 2 30 13 Squad
Bulgaria 2016 Final four Champions 8 8 0 24 7 Squad
Denmark 2017 Did not enter
Czech Republic 2018 Final four Champions 8 7 1 21 6 Squad
Estonia 2019 Final four 4th place 8 2 6 9 22 Squad
Belgium 2020 TBD TBD 0 0 0 0 0 Squad
Total 7/17 2 Titles 60 30 30 104 115

Current squad[edit]

The following is the Estonian roster for the 2019 Men's European Volleyball Championship.

No. Name Date of birth Height Weight Spike Block Club
4 Ardo Kreek 7 August 1986 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 355 cm (140 in) 331 cm (130 in) France Paris Volley
5 Kert Toobal (C) 3 June 1979 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) 78 kg (172 lb) 345 cm (136 in) 325 cm (128 in) Estonia Bigbank Tartu
6 Martti Juhkami 6 June 1988 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 352 cm (139 in) 325 cm (128 in) Germany VfB Friedrichshafen
7 Renee Teppan 26 September 1993 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 89 kg (196 lb) 352 cm (139 in) 337 cm (133 in) France Stade Poitevin Poitiers
9 Robert Täht 15 August 1993 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 84 kg (185 lb) 351 cm (138 in) 334 cm (131 in) Italy Sir Safety Umbria Volley
10 Silver Maar (L) 11 February 1999 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 74 kg (163 lb) 305 cm (120 in) 295 cm (116 in) Estonia Pärnu
12 Kristo Kollo 17 January 1990 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 89 kg (196 lb) 330 cm (130 in) 320 cm (130 in) Romania CS Arcada Galați
14 Rait Rikberg (L) 30 August 1982 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in) 79 kg (174 lb) 307 cm (121 in) 290 cm (110 in) Estonia Bigbank Tartu
15 Andrus Raadik 19 October 1986 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 330 cm (130 in) 303 cm (119 in) Turkey Arhavi Belediyespor
17 Timo Tammemaa 18 November 1991 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 93 kg (205 lb) 363 cm (143 in) 343 cm (135 in) France Tours VB
18 Rauno Tamme 7 April 1992 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 93 kg (205 lb) 363 cm (143 in) 343 cm (135 in) Estonia Saaremaa
19 Andri Aganits 7 September 1993 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 81 kg (179 lb) 343 cm (135 in) 320 cm (130 in) Belgium Noliko Maaseik
22 Markkus Keel 18 August 1995 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 327 cm (129 in) 320 cm (130 in) Belgium Lindemans Aalst
23 Hindrek Pulk 7 November 1990 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 87 kg (192 lb) 350 cm (140 in) 330 cm (130 in) France Chaumont Volley-Ball 52

Statistics[edit]

Avo Keel, head coach from 2004 to 2014.
Ardo Kreek has appeared in 226 games for the national team.

Most games for Estonia[edit]

As of 18 September 2019.[2]
Rank Player Years Games
1 Kert Toobal 2001–present 308
2 Ardo Kreek 2004–present 226
3 Oliver Venno 2008–present 180
4 Argo Meresaar 2000–2014 175
5 Rait Rikberg 2007–2019 174
6 Keith Pupart 2006–2016 170
7 Raimo Pajusalu 2000–2014 160
8 Janis Sirelpuu 1998–2011 154
9 Andri Aganits 2013–present 145
10 Veiko Lember 1998–2009 143
11 Robert Täht 2013–present 137
12 Jaanus Nõmmsalu 1999–2013 133
13 Renee Teppan 2014–present 130
14 Kristjan Õuekallas 2003–2013 124
15 Eerik Jago 2000–2011 123
16 Sten Esna 2003–2011 112
Andres Toobal 2011–present 112
18 Timo Tammemaa 2015–present 111
19 Henri Treial 2015–present 103

Players in bold are still active at club level.
All players with over 100 games are listed in the table.

 

Head coaches[edit]

As of 30 December 2019.[3]
Years Head coach Pld W L Win% Major NT tournament appearances Honours
1992–1996 (n/a) 22 13 9 59.1
1996–2000 Estonia Laimons Raudsepp 27 9 18 33.3
2000–2001 Estonia Andres Toode 20 9 11 45.0
2001–2003 Estonia Andres Skuin 15 8 7 53.3
2003–2004 Finland Pasi Sakari Rautio 39 15 24 38.5
2004–2014 Estonia Avo Keel 133 57 76 42.9 European Championships: 2009, 2011
2014–2019 Romania Gheorghe Creţu 140 92 48 65.7 European Championships: 2015, 2017, 2019 European League: 2016, 2018
2019– France Cédric Énard 0 0 0 n/a

Major NT tournaments include the Olympic Games, the World Championships and the European Championships.

References[edit]

  1. ^ FIVB drastically changes format for 2018 World League and Grand Prix - World of Volley, 19 June 2017
  2. ^ Mängud koondises (mehed). Volley.ee (in Estonian)
  3. ^ Mängud koondises (treenerid). Volley.ee (in Estonian)

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