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Two home friendlies ahead.

first one should be easy (and as far as I know it's the first time we face an African team at home...in this millenium at least). Portugal we have played twice before at home in official matches and lost on both occasions, last time it was only 0-1. Tickets to the Portugal match are rather expensive, 400 EEK and apparently that will be the price of autumn's World Cup qualifiers too. Strange decision by our FA considering the economy crisis. They already hugely overpriced the tickets to Brazil friendly in August so I wouldn't be surprised if the autumn's WCQ matches will be half-empty. Although they are offering 1 or 2 free tickets for other games for symbolic prices for those who bought the Brazil ticket.
 

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Well, it is Portugal. Teenage girls go to see ronaldo and for me there's 5 Chelsea players. could be half empty stadium but Portugal may intrest Finns and russians as well.
Eh, my first Portugal game, at Kadrioru, when I finally realzied that these 2 familiar looking dudes in front of me (literally 2 m) are Figo and Rui Costa, I stared at them so intensly that I looked completely silly. Memories :)
 

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Well it's not certain that they will come here with the strongest lineup. It's a bit hard to see any reason why they should call up Ronaldo, for example. A meaningless summer friendly after this tiring season he's had...
 

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Eh, my first Portugal game, at Kadrioru, when I finally realzied that these 2 familiar looking dudes in front of me (literally 2 m) are Figo and Rui Costa, I stared at them so intensly that I looked completely silly. Memories :)
Ahhww. My first NT game. And last Kadrioru game before Lilleküla era? I remember provoking a family of Estonians who were all wearing Figo Kadaka rip-off shirts. What year was it? I think I was something like 10 ...
 

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With my age, it could be both 2000 or 1993...but I think it was 2000 since it was around the time when Rui signed with Milan
Meh. I was ten 1996 which is the very middle of those figures. But I guess it was 2000 then and I was 14(acting like ten-year-old probably :D).
 

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On a side note, Mart Poom has retired from professional football and will play his last competitive game against Portugal. He's been capped 119 times for Estonia and played for Sport Tallinn, KuPS, Flora, FC Wil, Portsmouth, Derby, Sunderland, Arsenal and Watford. He'll work as a goalkeeping coach at Arsenal for the next 4 months.

In 2003, he scored a late equaliser for Sunderland against Derby with a thunderous header, which was described on BBC Radio Five Live as “The best headed equaliser by a goalkeeper against his former club in the last minute. Ever!”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqppcqeHPq0
 

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the squad against Equatorial-Guinea:

Väravavahid
Mihkel AKSALU (07.11.1984) - Tallinna FC Flora 5/-
Artur KOTENKO (20.08.1981) - Viking FK (NOR) 18/-
Pavel LONDAK (14.05.1980) - FK Bodö/Glimt (NOR) 15/-
Sergei PAREIKO (31.01.1977) - Tom Tomsk (RUS) 9/-

Kaitsjad
Alo BÄRENGRUB (12.02.1984) - FK Bodö/Glimt (NOR) 22/-
Enar JÄÄGER (18.11.1984) - Aalesund FK (NOR) 62/-
Ragnar KLAVAN (03.10.1985) - AZ (NED) 55/1
Dmitri KRUGLOV (24.05.1984) - Neftši Bakuu (AZE) 40/1
Raio PIIROJA (11.07.1979) - Fredrikstad FK (NOR) 85/6
Taavi RÄHN (16.05.1981) - FK Ekranas Panevežys (LIT) 44/-
Tihhon ŠIŠOV (11.02.1983) - Tallinna FC Levadia 15/-
Taijo TENISTE (31.01.1988) - Tallinna FC Levadia 4/-

Poolkaitsjad
Aleksandr DMITRIJEV (18.02.1982) - Hönefoss BK (NOR) 44/-
Tarmo KINK (06.10.1985) - Györi ETO FC (HUN) 32/3
Sander PURI (07.05.1988) - Tallinna FC Levadia 12/2
Ats PURJE (03.08.1985) - FC International Turku (FIN) 11/1
Martin REIM (14.05.1971) - klubita 156/14
Konstantin VASSILJEV (16.08.1984) - NK Nafta Lendava (SVN) 18/1
Martin VUNK (21.08.1984) - Tallinna FC Flora 18/-

Ründajad
Sergei ZENJOV (20.04.1989) - FC Karpatõ Lvov (UKR) 6/2
Kristen VIIKMÄE (10.02.1979) - Jönköpings Södra IF (SWE) 110/14
Vladimir VOSKOBOINIKOV (02.02.1983) - Syrianska FC (SWE) 15/1


All the best players there except for Oper and Lindpere. Equ-Guinea isn't a weak opponent actually, they are using several played from La Liga.

It will be the last game for the NT for Martin Reim (who has actually retired from football already) who will start from the starting lineup but is not expected to play over 20-30 minutes. It will be the 157th appearance in the national team shirt for the European record international. :thmbup:
 

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Pärast paaripäevast vihma ja külma oli päris mõnus oma vanu konte päikese käes soojendada. Poisid pidasid kah piknikku ja mõnikord tehti veidi teatrit, ma polnudki veel varem näinud, et suss kistakse jalast ja visatakse suure vihaga vastu muru.
Portugali vastu peaks need õiged mängijad ka väljakule tooma.
 

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Ronaldo won't be coming as apparently he broke a fingernail against Albania or something and is "injured". Our FA said the have "a contract" with Portugal about them bringing their strongest squad to Estonia but of course Portugal doesn't give a **** about it as they didn't even bother to invent injuries to Bosingwa, Deco and Moutinho who were simply sent back to Portugal after the Albania match.


 

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starting lineup vs Portugal announced.

Code:
                      Mart Poom

Enar Jääger  Alo Bärengrub  Raio Piiroja  Ragnar Klavan 

           Martin Vunk    Aleksandr Dmitrijev 
Tarmo Kink       Konstantin Vassiljev       Ats Purje

                    Sergei Zenjov
Porugal also announces lineup (lol about their promise of playing "the best lineup):

Code:
                  Beto

Miguel  R.Carvalho  Ronaldo  G.Brandao 

  Jose Castro    Tiago   Boa Morte

       Edinho   Nani   Eliseu
 
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