Martin Reim

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Martin Reim
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Reim (left) with Marko Kaljuveer in 2014
Personal information
Full name Martin Reim
Date of birth (1971-05-14) 14 May 1971 (age 45)
Place of birth Tartu, Estonia
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Central midfielder, Defensive Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Estonia (manager)
Youth career
1977–1987 Lõvid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987 VAZ/Žiguli Tallinn ? (1)
1988 Lõvid/Flora 21 (10)
1989 Sport Tallinn 35 (3)
1990–1991 Norma 38 (29)
1992–1999 Flora 167 (49)
1996 Lelle (loan) 1 (0)
1999 KTP (loan) 20 (2)
2000 KTP 29 (1)
2001–2008 Flora 218 (22)
2003 Tervis (loan) 2 (0)
2012–2015 Viimsi MRJK 47 (7)
2016– Viimsi II 10 (0)
2016– Viimsi 12 (2)
National team
1992–2009 Estonia 157 (14)
Teams managed
2010–2012 Flora
2012–2013 Estonia U18
2012–2016 Estonia U21
2012–2016 Estonia U23
2016– Estonia

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


Martin Reim (born 14 May 1971) is an Estonian football manager and former professional player. He is currently the manager of the Estonia national football team.

Reim played as a central midfielder for VAZ/Žiguli Tallinn, Lõvid, Sport Tallinn, Norma, Flora, Lelle, KTP and Tervis. He is Estonia's most capped player of all time with 157 appearances, and was the most capped European player until he was surpassed by Latvia's Vitālijs Astafjevs in November 2009. He is also the most capped player not to have played in a final tournament.[1]

Reim was named Estonian Footballer of the Year in 1995 and won the Estonian Silverball award three times, in 1995, 1997, 1999.[2] In 2011, he received the Order of the White Star (5th Class) for his services to Estonia.[3]

In 2007, Martin Reimi Jalgpallikool (English: Martin Reim Football Academy), or simply MRJK, was opened in Viimsi. In 2016, the academy team merged with Esiliiga B club HÜJK Emmaste, and became Viimsi JK.

Early life[edit]

Reim was born in Tartu and grew up in Tallinn. He graduated from the Tallinn Secondary School No. 49 in 1989 and from the Tallinn University of Technology in 2000.[2]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Reim started playing football with VAZ/Žiguli Tallinn and the Lõvid youth team (English: Lions), before moving to the Soviet Second League club Sport Tallinn in 1989, and Estonian Championship team Norma in 1990. He was the top goalscorer in the 1990 season with 18 goals.

Flora[edit]

In 1992, Reim signed for Meistriliiga club Flora, the successor of the Lõvid team. With Flora, Reim won the 1993–94, 1994–95, 1997–98 and the 1998 Meistriliiga seasons, and was named Estonian Footballer of the Year in 1995.

KTP[edit]

In 1999, Reim joined Finnish Veikkausliiga club KTP on loan. The move was made permanent in December 1999.

Return to Flora[edit]

In 2001, Reim returned to Estonia and signed with Flora. He won three consecutive Meistriliiga titles in 2001, 2002 and 2003. He retired after the 2008 season. Reim holds the club record for the most Meistriliiga appearances, with 385.[4]

International career[edit]

Reim made his international debut 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 match ever. He won the Estonian Silverball award three times, in 1995, 1997, 1999.[2] Reim ended his international career on 6 June 2009, after a 3–0 friendly win against Equatorial Guinea in Tallinn. With 157 appearances and 14 goals, he is Estonia's most capped player of all time.[5][6]

Managerial career[edit]

Flora[edit]

On 3 December 2009, Flora announced that Reim was appointed the new manager of the club. Reim led Flora to victory in the 2010 Meistriliiga season, ending the reign of Levadia who had won the four previous Meistriliiga titles. Flora successfully defended their title in 2011 and won the 2010–11 Estonian Cup, defeating Narva Trans 2–0 in the final. On 14 October 2012, Reim resigned after poor results in the Meistriliiga, with Marko Lelov and Norbert Hurt taking over.[7]

Estonia youth teams[edit]

In October 2012, Reim was named as manager of the Estonia under-18, under-21 and under-23 teams. He led the Estonia under-21 team to win the 2014 Baltic Cup.

Estonia[edit]

On 14 September 2016, Reim signed a contract to become manager of the Estonia national football team until the end of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification tournament.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Reim and his wife, Erbe, have two daughters: Loreley and Lisely.

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 Estonian Championship 21 10 21 10
Sport Tallinn 1989 Soviet Second League 35 3 35 3
Norma 1990 Estonian Championship 18 18 18 18
1991 20 11 20 11
Total 38 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 38 29
Flora 1992 Meistriliiga 9 7 9 7
1992–93 21 11 21 11
1993–94 23 6 23 6
1994–95 22 8 2 0 24 8
1995–96 24 4 2 0 1 0 26 4
1996–97 23 3 2 0 25 3
1997–98 23 5 2 0 25 5
1998 13 2 2 0 1 0 16 2
1999 9 3 0 0 9 3
Total 167 49 0 0 0 0 10 0 2 0 179 49
Lelle (loan) 1995–96 Esiliiga 1 0 1 0
KTP (loan) 1999 Veikkausliiga 20 2 20 2
KTP 2000 29 1 29 1
Total 49 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 49 3
Flora 2001 Meistriliiga 25 4 2 0 1 0 28 4
2002 27 2 2 0 29 2
2003 15 2 0 0 1 0 16 2
2004 26 2 2 0 28 2
2005 28 1 2 0 30 1
2006 29 5 4 0 1 0 34 5
2007 35 4 2 0 37 4
2008 33 2 2 0 1 0 36 2
Total 218 22 0 0 0 0 16 0 4 0 238 22
Tervis (loan) 2003 Esiliiga 2 0 2 0
Career total 531 116 0 0 0 0 26 0 6 0 563 116

International[edit]

National team Year Apps Goals
Estonia
1992 3 0
1993 12 0
1994 9 1
1995 10 4
1996 9 1
1997 16 1
1998 11 1
1999 16 3
2000 9 3
2001 12 0
2002 9 0
2003 8 0
2004 13 0
2005 8 0
2006 3 0
2007 8 0
2009 1 0
Total 157 14

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Estonia's goal tally first.

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Flora

Manager[edit]

Flora
Estonia U21

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reim: mul ei olnud väiksena riiki, millest unistada" (in Estonian). Soccernet.ee. 10 November 2011. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Reim, Martin" (in Estonian). Eesti Entsüklopeedia. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "Martin Reim" (in Estonian). UEFA.com. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 
  4. ^ "Martin Reim otsustas lõpetada" (in Estonian). Soccernet.ee. 5 December 2008. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 
  5. ^ Mari Lill (7 June 2009). "Eesti tähistas vuti 100. juubelit võidukalt" (in Estonian). Soccernet.ee. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 
  6. ^ Mikhail Malkin. "Cheery Reim signs off with a European record". UEFA. Archived from the original on 12 June 2009. Retrieved 27 June 2009. 
  7. ^ "Ajalugu" (in Estonian). FC Flora. 
  8. ^ "Koondise eesotsas alustas tööd Martin Reim" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 14 September 2016. Retrieved 16 September 2016. 

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