Karol Mets

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Karol Mets
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Personal information
Full name Karol Mets
Date of birth (1993-05-16) 16 May 1993 (age 25)
Place of birth Viljandi, Estonia
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Centre back / Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
NAC Breda
Number 5
Youth career
2003–2009 Tulevik
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Tulevik II 51 (4)
2010 Warrior 4 (1)
2011–2012 Flora II 19 (3)
2011–2014 Flora 115 (7)
2015–2017 Viking 72 (0)
2017– NAC Breda 25 (0)
National team
2009 Estonia U17 8 (0)
2010 Estonia U18 1 (0)
2010–2012 Estonia U19 32 (0)
2012–2014 Estonia U21 20 (0)
2013– Estonia 45 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 July 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 December 2017

Karol Mets (born 16 May 1993) is an Estonian professional footballer who plays for Dutch club NAC Breda and the Estonia national team. Mets plays mainly as a centre back but can also play as a defensive midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Tulevik[edit]

Mets came through the Tulevik youth system, and played for the club's reserve sides Tulevik II and Warrior.

Flora[edit]

In November 2010, Mets was included in Flora's first team squad for pre-season training.[1] He made his debut for Flora on 1 March 2011, against Levadia in the Estonian Supercup, winning the match 5–3 in a penalty shoot-out. Mets made his debut in the Meistriliiga on 2 April 2011, in a 1–0 away victory over Kuressaare, and soon established himself as Flora's first choice centre back alongside Karl Palatu. He won the Meistriliiga title in the 2011 season.[2]

Viking[edit]

On 5 December 2014, Mets signed a three-year contract with Norwegian club Viking for a fee of €300,000.[3] He made his debut in the Tippeligaen on 6 April 2015, in a 1–0 away loss to Mjøndalen.[4]

NAC Breda[edit]

On 31 July 2017, Mets signed a three-year contract with Eredivisie club NAC Breda for an undisclosed fee, rumored to be around €100,000.[5] He made his debut in the Eredivisie in a 1–4 away loss to Vitesse on 12 August 2017, when he came on as a half-time substitute for Arno Verschueren. Mets scored his first goal for NAC Breda on 20 September 2017, in a 3–4 loss to Achilles '29 in the first round of the KNVB Cup.[6]

International career[edit]

Mets began his youth career in 2009 with the Estonia under-17 team. He represented the under-19 team at the 2012 UEFA European Under-19 Championship in Estonia. Mets played in every group stage match, but failed to help the team progress to the semi-finals as Estonia lost all three games against Portugal, Greece and Spain. He also represented the under-21 national side.

Mets made his senior international debut for Estonia on 19 November 2013, in a 3–0 away win over Liechtenstein in a friendly.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 18 May 2018.[8][9][10][11]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup[a] Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Tulevik II 2009 Esiliiga 28 3 3 0 0 0 31 3
2010 II liiga 23 1 0 0 23 1
Total 51 4 3 0 0 0 54 4
Warrior 2010 Esiliiga 4 1 0 0 0 0 4 1
Flora II 2011 Esiliiga 17 1 0 0 17 1
2012 2 2 0 0 2 2
Total 19 3 0 0 19 3
Flora 2011 Meistriliiga 16 1 3 1 0 0 5[b] 0 24 2
2012 32 4 3 0 2[c] 0 0 0 37 4
2013 32 2 4 0 2[d] 0 38 2
2014 35 0 3 2 0 0 38 2
Total 115 7 13 3 4 0 5 0 137 10
Viking 2015 Tippeligaen 28 0 6 0 34 0
2016 29 0 3 0 32 0
2017 Eliteserien 15 0 2 0 17 0
Total 72 0 11 0 83 0
NAC Breda 2017–18 Eredivisie 25 0 1 1 26 1
Career total 286 15 28 4 4 0 5 0 323 19
  1. ^ Includes the Estonian Cup, Norwegian Cup and KNVB Cup
  2. ^ Two appearances in Baltic Champions Cup, two appearances in Commonwealth Cup, one appearance in Estonian Supercup
  3. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  4. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League

International[edit]

As of 1 December 2017.[12][11]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Estonia
2013 1 0
2014 13 0
2015 9 0
2016 13 0
2017 9 0
Total 45 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Flora

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Flora alustab hooajaks ettevalmistumist detsembri keskel" [Flora will begin preparations for the coming season in mid-December]. Postimees (in Estonian). 29 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "Flora alistas Viljandi ja tuli jalgpallis Eesti meistriks" [Flora defeated Viljandi and became Estonian football champions] (in Estonian). ERR. 1 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Karol Mets liitub Norra meistriliiga klubiga" [Karol Mets joins Norwegian top flight club]. Postimees (in Estonian). 5 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "Karol Mets alustas esimest välismaa hooaega põhimehena" [Karol Mets began his first season abroad as a starter] (in Estonian). ERR Sport. 6 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "Asi kindel: Eesti jalgpallikoondislane siirdub Hollandi kõrgliigasse" [Confirmed: Estonian international moves to Dutch top flight]. Postimees (in Estonian). 31 July 2017. 
  6. ^ "Mets lõi värava, aga klubi sai šokk-kaotuse" [Mets scored, but the club suffered a shock defeat]. Postimees (in Estonian). 20 September 2017. 
  7. ^ "Eesti võitis Liechtensteini 3:0" [Estonia defeated Liechtenstein 3–0] (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 19 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Karol Mets" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 
  9. ^ "Karol Mets" (in Norwegian). Football Association of Norway. 
  10. ^ "Karol Mets". Soccerway.com. 
  11. ^ a b "Mets, Karol". National-Football-Teams.com. 
  12. ^ "Karol Mets" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 

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