Lindpere with the New York Red Bulls in 2011
|Date of birth||5 October 1981|
|Place of birth||Tallinn, Estonia|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Estonia U19 (assistant manager)|
|2001–2002||→ Valga (loan)||20||(17)|
|2005||→ CSKA Sofia (loan)||11||(0)|
|2010–2012||New York Red Bulls||104||(17)|
|2017–||Estonia U19 (assistant)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Lindpere played as a midfielder for Nõmme Kalju, Lelle, Flora, Valga, CSKA Sofia, Tromsø, New York Red Bulls, Chicago Fire and Baník Ostrava. He also made 107 appearances for the Estonia national team, scoring 7 goals.
In 2000, Lindpere signed for Flora. In 2001, he was loaned to Valga, playing 20 games and scoring 17 goals. After his impressive goal scoring display with Valga, he moved back to Flora during the 2002 season. Upon his return to Flora, Lindpere quickly established himself as one of the best midfielders in the Meistriliiga and helped his club to win the Meistriliiga in 2002 and 2003. In February 2005, Lindpere was loaned to Bulgarian A Group club CSKA Sofia for the remainder of the season. In September 2006, Lindpere was released from the club after an incident with a 4th referee in a Cup match against Levadia.
In February 2007, Lindpere signed a three-year contract with Norwegian Eliteserien club Tromsø. His first goal for Tromsø came against Molde in a training match only a few days after he had signed his contract. On 20 August 2009 Lindpere scored against top Spanish side Athletic Bilbao in a 3–2 loss in a UEFA Europa League match played at San Mamés Stadium.
New York Red Bulls
After the 2009 season, Lindpere turned down a contract extension from Tromsø and underwent trials at German Hansa Rostock and Russian clubs Anzhi Makhachkala and Sibir Novosibirsk before eventually signing with Major League Soccer club New York Red Bulls on 25 January 2010. His contract was for two years with options for two additional years. He scored his first goal for the club in a friendly against Santos FC on 20 March 2010, becoming the first player to score a goal at the new Red Bull Arena. He followed this up with the Red Bulls first goal of the 2010 Major League Soccer season, scoring the winning goal of the season opener against the Chicago Fire.
On 22 July 2010, Lindpere played in the Red Bulls friendly against Tottenham Hotspur where he sent a low cross in to the 6 yard box (5 Meters) which New York Red Bulls new signing, Thierry Henry, cleverly clipped past the goalkeeper to score his first goal for the club. On 21 October 2010 Lindpere scored the Red Bulls second goal in a 2–0 victory over New England Revolution which helped New York clinch its second regular season Eastern Conference title. On 30 October 2010 Lindpere scored the only goal in the Red Bull's 1–0 victory in the first leg of their First Round Playoff against the San Jose Earthquakes in the 55th minute at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara. During the 2010 MLS season Lindpere scored 3 goals and led the club in assists with 6. Lindpere earned two awards for his play in MLS. At mid-season, he was added to the 2010 MLS All-Star roster as an inactive member for the match against Manchester United F.C., and the end of the season Lindpere was named 2010 Most Valuable Player for New York Red Bulls. Joel Lindpere was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters for Week 16 of the 2011 Major League Soccer season. Lindpere set team season records in games played (34), games started (34), and minutes played (3,048). He missed only 12 minutes of game action. His seven goals and seven assists were ranked third and first on the team. On 26 October 2011 Lindpere helped New York to a 2–0 victory over FC Dallas at Pizza Hut Park in a 2011 MLS Cup Playoffs match by scoring the club's first goal of the night.
Lindpere signed a multi-year contract extension with New York on 31 January 2012.
Lindpere joined Czech club Baník Ostrava in January 2014 on a deal until 30 June 2016. He made his debut in a 4–0 win against Znojmo. Although he was a valuable players for Baník Ostrava, Lindpere left in the winter break of the 2014–15 season.
Lindpere returned to Estonia and on 5 March 2015, Estonian transfer window deadline day, signed for his first club, Nõmme Kalju. He ended his career after the 2015 season.
Lindpere made his international debut for Estonia on 1 November 1999, when he was 18 years old, in a friendly match against United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi, when he substituted Andres Oper in the 46th minute. Since his debut, Lindpere has been a prominent member of the national team. He scored his first goal for the team in a 1–0 friendly win over Moldova in the 58th minute.
In the beginning of 2010, he announced that he will not play for the national team because he wants to focus on his club career. In 2011, he stated the same. However, after Estonia finished in second place in Group C in UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying in October 2011, Lindpere left the door open to return to the national team for their play-off series against Ireland. He stated that his decision to play would heavily depend on whether his club team qualified for the MLS play-offs and that they were his main priority at the moment. After New York's elimination from the play-offs, Lindpere was given permission to join the Estonia squad for its matches against Ireland.
Lindpere gained his 100th cap on 14 June 2015, in a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match against San Marino, setting up Sergei Zenjov's opener in a 2–0 home win. Lindpere finished his international career with a testimonial match on 1 June 2016 against Andorra, having made 107 appearances and scoring 7 goals.
|Nõmme Kalju||1997–98||III liiga||7||13||—||7||13|
|CSKA Sofia (loan)||2004–05||A Group||11||0||0||0||0||0||11||0|
|New York Red Bulls||2010||Major League Soccer||31||4||0||0||—||0||0||31||4|
|Chicago Fire||2013||Major League Soccer||25||2||3||1||—||0||0||28||3|
|Baník Ostrava||2013–14||Czech First League||3||0||0||0||—||0||0||3||0|
- Estonia score listed first, score column indicates score after each Lindpere goal.
|1||18 February 2004||Ta' Qali National Stadium, La Valletta, Malta||23||Moldova||1–0||1–0||2004 Malta Tournament|
|2||30 May 2004||A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, Estonia||27||Denmark||2–2||2–2||Friendly|
|3||18 August 2004||Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz, Liechtenstein||30||Liechtenstein||2–1||2–1||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|4||12 November 2005||Finnair Stadium, Helsinki, Finland||40||Finland||2–2||2–2||Friendly|
|5||17 November 2007||Estadi Comunal, Andorra la Vella, Andorra||56||Andorra||2–0||2–0||UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying|
|6||26 March 2013||A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, Estonia||86||Andorra||2–0||2–0||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|7||15 November 2013||A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, Estonia||91||Azerbaijan||2–1||2–1||Friendly|
- CSKA Sofia
- New York Red Bulls
- Chicago Fire
- Nõmme Kalju
- Major League Soccer All Star: 2010, 2011
- Most Valuable Player for New York Red Bulls: 2010
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