Mart Poom

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Mart Poom
Poom, Mart.JPG
Poom in 2007
Personal information
Full name Mart Poom
Date of birth (1972-02-03) 3 February 1972 (age 44)
Place of birth Tallinn, Estonia
Height 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1979–1989 Lõvid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988 Lõvid 20 (0)
1989–1990 Sport 59 (0)
1992 KuPS 9 (0)
1992–1993 Flora 22 (0)
1993–1994 Wil 13 (0)
1994–1997 Portsmouth 4 (0)
1995–1997 Flora (loan) 19 (0)
1997–2003 Derby County 146 (0)
2002–2003 Sunderland (loan) 0 (0)
2003–2006 Sunderland 58 (1)
2005–2006 Arsenal (loan) 0 (0)
2006–2007 Arsenal 1 (0)
2007–2009 Watford 19 (0)
Total 370 (1)
National team
1992–2009 Estonia 120 (0)
Teams managed
2009– Estonia (goalkeeping coach)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.


Mart Poom (/ˌmɑːrt ˈpm/; Estonian pronunciation: [ˈmɑrt ˈpoːm]; born 3 February 1972) is an Estonian former professional footballer. He played as a goalkeeper for Lõvid, Sport, KuPS, Flora, Wil, Portsmouth, Derby County, Sunderland, Arsenal and Watford. He also made 120 appearances for the Estonia national football team and captained the team. Poom won the Estonian Footballer of the Year award a record six times, in 1993, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2000 and 2003. In November 2003, Poom was named Estonia's Golden Player. He ended his international career on 10 June 2009, after a 0–0 draw against Portugal.[1]

He is currently the goalkeeping coach of the Estonia national football team.

Early life[edit]

Poom was born in Tallinn and grew up in Mustamäe. He graduated from the Tallinn Secondary School No. 49 with a gold medal and enrolled at the Tallinn University of Technology, but didn't finish his studies, focusing on football.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Poom started started playing football with Tallinna Lõvid (English: Lions of Tallinn), before moving to Soviet Second League club Sport Tallinn in 1989.

KuPS[edit]

In 1992, Poom joined Finnish Veikkausliiga club KuPS. He played only 9 games in Finland, before returning to Estonia.

Flora[edit]

Back in Estonia, Poom and signed for Meistriliiga club Flora, the successor of the Lõvid team.

Wil[edit]

On 1 August 1993, Poom left Flora and joined Nationalliga B side Wil for a reported transfer fee of £128,000.[2]

Portsmouth[edit]

On 4 August 1994, Poom made a move to English Football League First Division side Portsmouth for a reported transfer fee of £170,000. He made four league appearances for Portsmouth.

Flora (loan)[edit]

In 1995, Poom joined his former club Flora on loan, where he broke the club record by keeping a clean sheet for 756 minutes.

Derby County[edit]

On 26 March 1997, Poom moved to Derby County for a reported transfer fee of £595,000. He made his Premier League debut against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Poom became a fan favourite at Derby County, with supporters often confusing unfamiliar commentators with a low chant of 'Pooooom' before games, which sounded like booing. Poom won the Jack Stamps Trophy (Derby County Player of the Year award) in the 1999–2000 season.

Sunderland[edit]

On 18 November 2002, following Derby County's relegation to the First Division in the 2001–02 season, Poom moved to Sunderland on loan. The move was made permanent on 10 January 2003, for a fee of £3.19 million. On 20 September 2003, he headed a 90th minute equaliser for Sunderland against Derby County at Pride Park. This was described as "the best goal ever scored by a goalkeeper in the 90th minute on his first match against his former club" by the commentator. The goal was cheered by both sets of fans.[3] Poom's career in Sunderland was beset by several injuries, and he was forced to spend much of the 2004–05 season on the sidelines, making 11 league appearances as Sunderland won the 2004–05 Football League Championship.

Arsenal[edit]

Poom warming up prior to a match against Bolton Wanderers in January 2007

On 31 August 2005, Poom was signed by Arsenal on loan as temporary cover for Jens Lehmann and Manuel Almunia. The move was made permanent on 23 January 2006.[4] He was Arsenal's third-choice keeper, and did not play a single match in the 2005–06 season. However, he became the first Estonian to receive a Champions League runners-up medal after Arsenal lost to Barcelona in the 2006 UEFA Champions League Final. Poom did not play nor did he make the substitutes' bench for the final, but was in Arsenal's 25-man European squad, each of whom won a silver medal.[5]

He made his debut for Arsenal on 8 November 2006 in a League Cup match against Everton, replacing the injured Manuel Almunia at half-time. Arsenal won the match 1–0 from an Emmanuel Adebayor goal.[6] His first and only appearance for Arsenal in the Premier League, came on the last day of the 2006–07 season, against his former club, Portsmouth, in a 0–0 draw.[7][8]

Watford[edit]

On 26 May 2007, Poom signed for Watford, who had recently been relegated from the Premier League, for an undisclosed fee.[9] He started the new season as Watford's first choice, but went on to lose his place to Richard Lee.

Poom returned to the side for the start of the 2008–09 season, but sustained a dislocated shoulder in a game against Reading on 20 September 2008 that ruled him out for the majority of the season. Although he returned to training before the end of the season, he was not considered for the first-team squad and he was released from his contract, which due to end in June, on 30 April 2009.[10]

International career[edit]

Poom made his first appearance for the Estonia national football team on 3 June 1992, in a historic 1–1 friendly draw against Slovenia. The match was Estonia's first official match since restoration of independence and Slovenia's first ever. In November 2003, the Estonian Football Association named Poom Estonia's greatest player of the last 50 years. Poom ended his international career on 10 June 2009, after a 0–0 friendly draw against Portugal in Tallinn. He made 120 appearances, keeping a clean sheet in 31 matches.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Poom and his wife, Lissel, have three sons: Markus, Andreas and Patrick.[12][13]

On 5 December 2014, Poom released his autobiography, Minu lugu (English: My Story).

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Lõvid/Flora 1988 ESSR Championship 20 0 20 0
Sport Tallinn 1989 Soviet Second League 33 0 33 0
1990 Baltic League 26 0 26 0
Total 59 0 59 0
KuPS 1992 Veikkausliiga 9 0 9 0
Flora 1992–93 Meistriliiga 11 0 11 0
1993–94 11 0 11 0
Total 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 22 0
Wil 1993–94 Nationalliga B 13 0 13 0
Portsmouth 1994–95 First Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1995–96 4 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 7 0
Total 4 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Flora (loan) 1995–96 Meistriliiga 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
1996–97 12 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 14 0
Total 19 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 21 0
Derby County 1996–97 Premier League 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
1997–98 36 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 41 0
1998–99 17 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 22 0
1999–2000 28 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 29 0
2000–01 33 0 2 0 4 0 0 0 39 0
2001–02 15 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
2002–03 First Division 13 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 15 0
Total 146 0 8 0 12 0 0 0 0 0 166 0
Sunderland 2002–03 Premier League 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2003–04 First Division 43 1 6 0 1 0 2 0 52 1
2004–05 Championship 11 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 12 0
Total 58 1 6 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 68 1
Arsenal 2005–06 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006–07 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Watford 2007–08 Championship 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
2008–09 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Total 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
Career total 370 1 14 0 18 0 2 0 2 0 406 1

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Sunderland
Arsenal

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Poom set for one final game". skysports.com. 3 June 2009. Retrieved 3 June 2009. 
  2. ^ http://www.legioner.kulichki.com/index.php?id=11&lang=en&player=20 in Russian
  3. ^ "Derby 1–1 Sunderland". BBC Sport. 20 September 2003. Retrieved 8 November 2008. 
  4. ^ "Gunners snap up goalkeeper Poom". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 23 January 2006. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Photograph of Poom with his medal". Postimees. 
  6. ^ "Everton 0–1 Arsenal". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 8 November 2006. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  7. ^ Hughes, Ian (13 May 2007). "Portsmouth 0–0 Arsenal". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "Games played by Mart Poom in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  9. ^ "Keeper Mart Poom transferred to Watford". Arsenal.com. 
  10. ^ "Poom Agreement". watfordfc.com. Archived from the original on 16 February 2012. 
  11. ^ "Mart Poom – Century of International Appearances". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 
  12. ^ http://epl.delfi.ee/news/sport/mart-poom-sai-isaks.d?id=50769196
  13. ^ http://www.ohtuleht.ee/146976/mart-poom-puhendas-nullimangu-vastsundinud-pojale-andreasele

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