This interview appeared originally on the 'Irish Daily Star' by Mark McCadden.
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Transcrip by Angelo Palmeri
It was a cold November night in 2011 and we had eyes only for those in green.
Ireland’s place at Euro 2012 was all but secured days earlier in Tallinn, but the final whistle in Dublin brought confirmation.
The players celebrated. But what of our visitors?
Amid the chaos they walked back to their dressing room with a sense of satisfaction after holding Giovanni Trapattoni’s side to a 1-1 draw. Pride had been restored after their 4-0 first-leg thumping.
Sander Puri recalls his last time on Irish soil and how he felt with his head held high.
He’s back this time in the colours of Sligo Rovers, and the the 26-years-old is ready for the latest chapter in his career.
‘I did well. It was a good game for us,’ he told the Irish Daily Star.
‘Ireland were a good team and we got 1-1 draw. We had lost the first game so we knew already that we couldn’t go through.
‘But we wanted to finish the job well and we did. Drawing in Ireland was a good result.'
Puri has played more than 50 times for his country against Brazil, Netherlands, Spain and Italy. At club level he has featured in his home country (Levadia Tallinn), Greece (Larissa) Poland (Korona Kielce) Hungary (Lombard-Papa), Finland (KuPS), Scotland (St. Mirren) and England (York City).
'In Greece I was there one year but we had five different coaches. They sacked the coaches so often. It was quite difficult to get used to it,’ said Puri.
‘That’s why I went on loan in Poland. But there I got injured. I only played eight games. I stayed a short time in Hungary (on loan).’
He was released by St.Mirren in May 2013 and by York City a year later. At home he won four titles in a row at Levadia.
He added: ‘in Greece I scored against PAOK. We won 2-1 and everyone was shouting my name because I scored in the 93rd minute. I was a great feeling.’ Last week Puri went on trial at Sligo Rovers, played in their pre-season friendly win over Shelbourne – setting up a goal for Dinny Corcoran – and on Saturday night he signed a one-year deal.
‘My ambition here is I want to get my confidence back. I want to play games and win games, get that good feeling and get back into national team,’ he said.
Puri’s last international was against Latvia in a Baltic tournament last June. He hasn’t been forgotten. He was involved in an Estonia training camp last month.
As for his impressions of his new home, Puri added: ‘it is all positive, the training pitches are very good and the stadium is very nice.
‘There are some experienced players and good young players.’
Having spent his first two days in a hotel, he has moved in with teammates Keit Ward and Danny Ledwith in Riverstown.
‘They all have been very friendly,’ said Puri. ‘Of course they ask questions about playing against such big teams.
‘For me it’s not so special. From Estonia, if you are a good player then you are in the national team and you can play special games.’
by Mark McCadden (Irish Daily Star)