Marko Meerits

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Marko Meerits
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Meerits with Vitesse in 2013
Personal information
Full name Marko Meerits
Date of birth (1992-04-26) 26 April 1992 (age 26)
Place of birth Viimsi, Estonia
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
VPS
Number 1
Youth career
2003–2010 Flora
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Flora II 44 (0)
2009–2011 Flora 23 (0)
2008 Warrior (loan) 3 (0)
2011–2014 Vitesse 4 (0)
2013 Flora (loan) 14 (0)
2014–2016 FC Emmen 36 (0)
2016 Tarvas 10 (0)
2017– VPS 31 (0)
National team
2008 Estonia U17 4 (0)
2009 Estonia U18 2 (0)
2009–2011 Estonia U19 22 (0)
2010–2014 Estonia U21 30 (0)
2013–2016 Estonia U23 3 (0)
2010– Estonia 10 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 December 2017
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 January 2018

Marko Meerits (born 26 April 1992) is an Estonian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Finnish Veikkausliiga club VPS and the Estonia national team.

Club career[edit]

Flora[edit]

Meerits came through the Flora youth system. He moved to Esiliiga club Warrior on loan for the 2008 season. Meerits made his debut in the Meistriliiga on 15 May 2010, in a 2–1 win over Kuressaare. He made 10 appearances in the 2010 season as Flora won their eighth Meistriliiga title. In the Estonian Supercup on 1 March 2011, Meerits kept a clean sheet against Levadia for 120 minutes, eventually winning the match 5–3 in a penalty shootout by saving Konstantin Nahk's attempt and converting a penalty himself.[1]

Vitesse[edit]

On 7 July 2011, Meerits signed a three-year contract with Dutch Eredivisie club Vitesse.[2] He made his debut in the Eredivisie on 7 August 2011, when he came on as a 21st-minute substitute replacing the injured Eloy Room and kept a clean sheet in a 0–0 away draw against ADO Den Haag.[3]

Flora (loan)[edit]

On 25 February 2013, Meerits returned to Flora on a five-month loan until the end of July.[4]

FC Emmen[edit]

On 4 July 2014, Meerits signed a two-year contract with Dutch Eerste Divisie club FC Emmen.[5] In his first season with FC Emmen, he conceded 51 goals in 36 Eerste Divisie matches. In the 2015–16 season, Meerits was sidelined by a knee injury.[6]

Tarvas[edit]

On 30 August 2016, Meerits joined Meistriliiga club Tarvas until the end of the 2016 season.[7]

VPS[edit]

On 27 January 2017, Meerits joined Finnish Veikkausliiga club VPS on a one-year deal with an option to extend the contract for another year.[8] He made his debut in the Veikkausliiga on 5 April 2017, in a 0–5 loss to HJK.

International career[edit]

Meerits began his international career for Estonia in 2008 with under-17 team. He also represented the under-18, under-19, under-21, and under-23 national sides.

On 14 December 2010, Meerits was named by manager Tarmo Rüütli in the Estonia squad to face China PR and Qatar in friendly matches.[9] He made his senior debut for Estonia on 18 December 2010, replacing Pavel Londak in the 89th minute of a 0–3 away loss to China PR.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 1 January 2018.[11][12]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup[a] Europe Other[b] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Warrior (loan) 2008 Esiliiga 3 0 0 0 3 0
Flora II 2009 Esiliiga 29 0 3 0 32 0
2010 14 0 0 0 14 0
2011 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 44 0 3 0 47 0
Flora 2009 Meistriliiga 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010 10 0 3 0 1 0 1 0 15 0
2011 13 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 18 0
Total 23 0 5 0 1 0 4 0 33 0
Vitesse 2011–12 Eredivisie 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2012–13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013–14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Flora (loan) 2013 Meistriliiga 14 0 3 0 2 0 19 0
FC Emmen 2014–15 Eerste Divisie 36 0 2 0 2 0 40 0
2015–16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 36 0 2 0 2 0 40 0
Tarvas 2016 Meistriliiga 10 0 1 1 11 1
VPS 2017 Veikkausliiga 31 0 5 0 4 0 40 0
Career total 165 0 19 1 7 0 6 0 197 1
  1. ^ Includes the Estonian Cup, the KNVB Cup and the Finnish Cup
  2. ^ Includes the Baltic League, the Baltic Champions Cup, the Commonwealth Cup, the Estonian Supercup and the Eerste Divisie promotion play-offs

International[edit]

As of 7 January 2018.[13]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Estonia
2010 1 0
2011 1 0
2014 1 0
2016 2 0
2017 4 0
2018 1 0
Total 10 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Flora

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Flora võitis Superkarika penaltidraamas!" [Flora won the Supercup in a penalty drama!] (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 1 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Marko Meerits sõlmis Arnhemi Vitessega kolme-aastase lepingu" [Marko Meerits signed a three-year contract with Vitesse Arnhem] (in Estonian). ERR Sport. 7 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "Marko Meerits tegi Hollandi kõrgliigas eduka debüüdi" [Marko Meerits made a successful debut in the Dutch top flight] (in Estonian). ERR Sport. 7 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Marko Meerits naaseb juuli lõpuni FC Florasse" [Marko Meerits returns to FC Flora until the end of July] (in Estonian). ERR Sport. 25 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Meerits sõlmis lepingu Hollandi klubi FC Emmeniga" [Meerits signed a contract with Dutch club FC Emmen] (in Estonian). ERR Sport. 4 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Marko Meerits jõudis taas pingile" [Marko Meerits returned to the bench] (in Estonian). ERR Sport. 3 April 2016. 
  7. ^ "Rakvere Tarvas täiendas ridu Marko Meeritsaga" [Tarvas Rakvere strengthened their ranks with Marko Meerits] (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 30 August 2016. 
  8. ^ "Marko Meerits asub mängima Soome neljandas klubis" [Marko Meerits to play at Finnish fourth-placed club] (in Estonian). ERR Sport. 27 January 2017. 
  9. ^ "Eesti koondise koosseis mängudeks Hiina ja Katariga" [Estonia squad for matches against China and Qatar] (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 14 December 2010. 
  10. ^ "Eesti koondis jäi võõrsil alla Hiinale" [Estonia team defeated away by China] (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 18 December 2010. 
  11. ^ "Marko Meerits" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 
  12. ^ "M. Meerits". Soccerway.com. 
  13. ^ "Marko Meerits" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 

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