Karol Mets

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Karol Mets
Karol Mets in CSKA.jpg
Mets playing for CSKA Sofia in 2021
Personal information
Date of birth (1993-05-16) 16 May 1993 (age 29)
Place of birth Viljandi, Estonia
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Position(s) Centre-back, defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Zürich
Number 28
Youth career
2003–2009 Tulevik
2011 Flora
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Tulevik II 51 (4)
2010 Warrior 4 (1)
2010–2014 Flora 115 (7)
2011–2012 Flora II 19 (3)
2014–2017 Viking 72 (0)
2017–2019 NAC Breda 40 (1)
2019–2020 AIK 46 (2)
2020–2021 Al-Ettifaq 23 (0)
2021–2022 CSKA Sofia 12 (0)
2022– Zürich 10 (1)
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 71 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 8 May 2022
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 17:16, 19 September 2021 (UTC)

Karol Mets (Estonian: [ˈkɑrol mets]; born 16 May 1993) is an Estonian professional footballer who plays as a centre back or defensive midfielder for Swiss club Zürich and the Estonia national team.

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 the club on 1 March 2011, against Levadia in the Estonian Supercup match. Flora won 5–3 on penalties. Mets made his debut in the Meistriliiga on 2 April 2011, in a 1–0 away victory over Kuressaare. He soon established himself as Flora's first choice centre back alongside Karl Palatu. Mets helped Flora win the Meistriliiga title in 2011.[2]

Viking[edit]

On 5 December 2014, Mets signed a three-year contract with Norwegian club Viking.[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 joined Eredivisie club NAC Breda on a three-year deal 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]

AIK[edit]

On 14 March 2019, Mets signed a three-year contract with Swedish champions AIK for a fee of €300,000.[7] He made his debut in the Allsvenskan on 31 March 2019, in a 0–0 home draw against Östersund.[8]

Al-Ettifaq[edit]

On 2 October 2020, Mets signed a three-year contract with Saudi club Al-Ettifaq.[9]

CSKA Sofia[edit]

On 10 August 2021, Mets signed a contract with Bulgarian club CSKA Sofia until the end of 2021–22 season.[10]

FC Zürich[edit]

On 7 January 2022, Mets signed with Swiss club Zürich until June 2024.[11]

International career[edit]

Mets playing against Portugal at the 2012 UEFA European Under-19 Championship

Mets has represented Estonia at under-17, under-18, under-19 and under-21 levels. He was named in the Estonia under-19 squad for 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.

Mets made his senior international debut for Estonia on 19 November 2013, in a 3–0 away victory over Liechtenstein in a friendly.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 20 December 2021[13][14][15][16]
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 1[b] 0 32 3
2010 II liiga 23 1 23 1
Total 51 4 3 0 1 0 55 4
Warrior 2010 Esiliiga 4 1 0 0 0 0 4 1
Flora 2011 Meistriliiga 16 1 3 1 0 0 3[c] 0 22 2
2012 Meistriliiga 32 4 3 0 2[d] 0 0 0 37 4
2013 Meistriliiga 32 2 4 0 2[e] 0 38 2
2014 Meistriliiga 35 0 3 2 0 0 38 2
Total 115 7 13 3 4 0 3 0 135 10
Flora II 2011 Esiliiga 17 1 0 0 17 1
2012 Esiliiga 2 2 0 0 2 2
Total 19 3 0 0 19 3
Viking 2015 Tippeligaen 28 0 6 0 34 0
2016 Tippeligaen 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
2018–19 Eredivisie 15 1 1 0 16 1
Total 40 1 2 1 42 2
AIK 2019 Allsvenskan 26 1 0 0 26 1
2020 Allsvenskan 20 1 5 0 8 0 33 1
Total 46 2 5 0 8 0 59 2
Ettifaq 2020–21 Pro League 23 0 1 0 24 0
CSKA Sofia 2021–22 Bulgarian First League 12 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
Career total 382 17 37 4 12 0 4 0 427 22
  1. ^ Includes the Estonian Cup, Norwegian Cup and KNVB Cup
  2. ^ Appearance in Esiliiga relegation play-offs
  3. ^ Two appearances in Baltic Champions Cup, one appearance in Estonian Supercup
  4. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  5. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League

International[edit]

As of 1 December 2018[17][18]
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
2018 7 0
Total 52 0

Honours[edit]

Flora

Estonia

Individual

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. ^ "FC Flora kindlustas 2011. aasta meistritiitli" [FC Flora secured the 2011 championship title] (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 1 November 2011.
  3. ^ "Karol Mets liitub Norra kõrgliigaklubiga" [Karol Mets joins Norwegian top-flight club] (in Estonian). ERR Sport. 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 avas Hollandis väravaarve, kuid Breda sai šokeeriva kaotuse" [Mets scored his first goal in the Netherlands, but Breda suffered a shocking loss] (in Estonian). ERR Sport. 20 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Karol Mets liitus Rootsi valitseva meisterklubiga" [Karol Mets joined the reigning Swedish champions] (in Estonian). ERR Sport. 14 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Mets tegi Rootsis pea 30 000 inimese ees eduka debüüdi" [Mets made a successful debut in Sweden in front of almost 30,000 people] (in Estonian). ERR Sport. 1 April 2019.
  9. ^ "الاتفاق يدعم صفوفه بمدافع المنتخب الاستوني". 10 October 2020.
  10. ^ "ЦСКА привлече естонски национал". cska.bgcska.bg (in Bulgarian). Retrieved 10 September 2021.
  11. ^ "FC Zurich sign center-back Karol Mets" (Press release). Zürich. 7 January 2022. Retrieved 2 February 2022.
  12. ^ "Eesti võitis Liechtensteini 3:0" [Estonia defeated Liechtenstein 3–0] (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 19 November 2013.
  13. ^ "Karol Mets" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association.
  14. ^ "Karol Mets" (in Norwegian). Football Association of Norway.
  15. ^ Karol Mets at Soccerway
  16. ^ Karol Mets at National-Football-Teams.com
  17. ^ Karol Mets national team profile at the Estonian Football Association (in Estonian) Edit this at Wikidata
  18. ^ "Karol Mets" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association.

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