Klavan with AZ in 2011
|Full name||Ragnar Klavan|
|Date of birth||30 October 1985|
|Place of birth||Viljandi, Estonia|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 1 1⁄2 in)|
|2004–2005||→ Vålerenga (loan)||2||(0)|
|2009||→ AZ (loan)||12||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:39, 19 March 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 December 2016
Ragnar Klavan (born 30 October 1985) is an Estonian professional footballer who plays as a defender for Premier League club Liverpool and the Estonia national team. A left-footed centre-back, he has also played as a left-back during his career.
He played for Elva, Tulevik and Flora in Estonia, winning the Meistriliiga with Flora in the 2003 season, before moving to the Netherlands where he represented Heracles Almelo and AZ, winning the Eredivisie with the latter in the 2008–09 season. In 2012, he transferred to FC Augsburg and spent four seasons in the Bundesliga before his move to Liverpool in July 2016.
Klavan made his international debut for Estonia in 2003, and became captain in 2012. In 2015, he became the ninth player to make 100 appearances for Estonia, and is currently the sixth highest capped Estonian player of all time. Klavan has won the Estonian Footballer of the Year award four times, in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Ragnar Klavan was born on 30 October 1985 in Viljandi, Estonia to Tiina and Dzintar Klavan. His father, Dzintar, was a professional footballer and an Estonian international who played as a midfielder. Ragnar also started playing football as a midfielder; later stating that Zinedine Zidane was his childhood hero.
Klavan made his senior league debut for II liiga club Elva (at the time, reserve team of Viljandi JK Tulevik) at the age of 15 in 2001. A year later he rejoined his boyhood club Tulevik. While with Tulevik, he had a trial with Sunderland, but was not offered a contract. He made his Meistriliiga debut on 31 March 2002 against Levadia.
In July 2003, Klavan moved to Flora. He made his debut for the club on 11 July 2003, against TVMK, coming on as a 67th-minute substitute and scoring on 85th minute in Flora's 4–4 away draw. Klavan won the 2003 Meistriliiga with Flora.
On 31 August 2004, Klavan signed for Vålerenga on a three-month loan from Flora. Klavan made his debut, coming on as a substitute, in a 4–1 win over Molde on 19 September 2004. Klavan made one more appearance before spending two matches on the bench as an unused substitute. Three months later, Flora extended his loan until 30 November 2005. This loan was terminated after just two league games as Klavan's playing time was still limited.
On 4 August 2005, he signed a three-year contract with Eredivisie club Heracles Almelo. Five days later, Klavan made his debut for Heracles Almelo against DCG. He scored his first Eredivisie goal in a 2–2 draw against Vitesse on 31 December 2006, and assisted Everton's goal in the same match.
He scored his second goal for the club on 24 August 2007, in a 2–1 loss against his national teammate Andres Oper's club Roda JC. On 29 December 2007, Klavan extended his contract with Heracles Almelo until 30 June 2008. On the final match of the season, he scored his side's only goal in a 1–5 defeat to Ajax.
On the opening match of the 2008–09 season, he scored and provided the assist for Darl Douglas's goal in a 3–1 win over Feyenoord. He made a total of 95 league appearances, scoring 4 goals, for Heracles Almelo before leaving for AZ.
On 27 January 2009, Klavan was loaned to AZ. He made his AZ debut coming on as a substitute in a 1–0 win over Roda on 4 February 2009. While at AZ, the club won their first Eredivisie title since 1981. At the end of the season, Klavan signed for AZ on a permanent deal.
In the next season, Klavan played his first match, since moving permanently, against his former club in a 2–3 loss on the opening game of the season. On 29 September 2009, he became the first Estonian to play in UEFA Champions League group stage as he came on as a substitute in a 1–1 draw against Standard Liège. Klavan was rarely used under Ronald Koeman, caretaker Martin Haar and Dick Advocaat, making only 11 substitute appearances, before becoming a regular under Gertjan Verbeek. On 29 July 2010, Klavan scored his first European goal in a 2–0 win against Göteborg in the third qualifying round of the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League. Despite losing 0–1 in the second leg, the club advanced to the next stage, where the club progressed to the group stage. Klavan scored again in the fourth round of the KNVB Cup in a 3–0 win against Eindhoven on 10 November 2010.
On 2 July 2012, he joined Bundesliga side FC Augsburg on a two-year contract. He made his debut for FC Augsburg on 14 September 2012, coming off the bench in the second half of a 0–0 draw against VfL Wolfsburg. Klavan scored his first goal for the club in a 1–1 Bundesliga draw against Hannover 96.
Klavan soon became a first team regular for the German club, establishing himself as a first choice centre-back. FC Augsburg finished the 2014–15 Bundesliga season in fifth place, the highest placing in their history at the time, and qualified to the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League.
On 20 July 2016, Klavan moved to Premier League club Liverpool for a reported fee of £4.2 million (€5 million) on a three-year contract. The transfer fee of €5 million made him the most expensive Estonian footballer ever. The club confirmed that he would wear the number 17 shirt.
Klavan made his Premier League debut for Liverpool on 14 August, in a 4–3 win over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, and scored his first goal for the club in a 3–0 EFL Cup third round win over Derby County on 20 September.
Klavan made his senior national team debut on 3 July 2003 against Lithuania in a Baltic Cup match. He scored his first goal on 31 May 2006 against New Zealand in a friendly. Klavan played his 50th game for Estonia national team on 11 October 2008, against Spain in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification. Klavan scored his second international goal on 29 February 2012 against El Salvador in a friendly game, where he was also Estonia's captain for the first time.
- As of 1 December 2016.
- As of 1 December 2016. Estonia score listed first, score column indicates score after each Klavan goal.
|1||31 May 2006||A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, Estonia||27||New Zealand||1–0||1–1||Friendly|
|2||29 February 2012||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States||76||El Salvador||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|3||26 May 2014||A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, Estonia||92||Gibraltar||1–0||1–1||Friendly|
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