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Sergei Pareiko: the national team motivates me to stay in football

Angelo PalmeriComment

Last update 30.09.2014 14:31 - the date of the game against Lithuania is 9th of October not 8th


Sergei Pareiko’s second season at Volga Nizhny Novgorod has not started in the best possible way.

Sergei Pareiko, 59 caps with the Estonian national team

Sergei Pareiko, 59 caps with the Estonian national team

He sunk in the second flight  after the club was relegated from Russian Premier League in 2013-14 season.

Notwithstanding he is a regular start and an undisputed protagonist of the Estonian national team, he has lost his place at the Volga Oblast capital club. 

Problems with form? Aging athlete? Injuries? Not at all.

Sergei has simply refused to downsize his salary and, together with other players who did so, he was excluded from the first team and compelled to train on his own with others. A situation that he certainly doesn’t like, as he recounts to SovSport.ru, and that has put both him and his family in a difficult situation. 

His contract with the club expires in June 2016.

Pareiko confesses that in early July, there was a chance for him to leave Volga and relocate to another (unspecified) club for the same economical conditions: ‘I had to take a decision in one day’ told the Estonian international to SovSport ‘it was like a situation of force majeure and I was not really in favour of changing club.’ Sergei was believing that the difficult financial situation, that has now sidelined him, could have been solved.

Pareiko's confrontation with Robin Van Persie back in October 2013. The Estonian shot stopper is known both for his affection to the country's jersey and his great temperament on the pitch. (sport.err.ee)

Pareiko's confrontation with Robin Van Persie back in October 2013. The Estonian shot stopper is known both for his affection to the country's jersey and his great temperament on the pitch. (sport.err.ee)

He describes how the worsened conditions compelled him to move his son back to Tallinn after the young kid slowly adapted to live and study in Nizhny Novgorod.

Pareiko cannot hide what is his only motivation to keep training and stay fit as a professional is expected to: ‘I do it for the Estonian national team, it’s one of the reasons that has been holding me in football until now.’  Sergei Pareiko will turn 38 in January and has debuted with the national team in 1996 (Belarus-Estonia 1-0) when he replaced the legendary Mart Poom on 8' minutes into the World Cup 1998 qualifier fixture.


Estonia will take on Lithuania (9th of October) and England (9th of October) for the Euro 2016 qualifiers.