Thursday, 19 May 2011

Estonians Abroad #4 - Sergei Pareiko

It seems apt to put a brief spotlight on current Estonian number one Sergei Pareiko, having helped Wisla Krakow to their 13th Polish Ekstraklasa title following a 1-0 win against Cracovia on Sunday. 

The 34 year old goalkeeper started his career with spells at Vigri Tallinn and Tallinna Sadam before a season with Casale in the lower leagues of Italian football in 1998-99. He returned to Estonia for brief spell with Levadia before moving to Russia where he spent nine years largely in the Russian Premier League with Rotor Volgograd and Tom Tomsk, winning Tom Tomsk's player of the year in 2009. He moved to Poland with Wisla last summer and has now won the first silverware of his career.

Despite his age and ability, Pareiko has only picked up 24 international caps due to the immovability of Mart Poom from the number 1 shirt. But following Poom's retirement in 2009, the position seems to be his for the foreseeable future.

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