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The Estonian Football (Fight) Club

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Rumori's own ‘The Stig’ does not drive cars, at least not for us.

He writes stories. Stories you might not know or have
forgotten.

He takes us on his second ride through the territory where football borders with physical violence (the first two rides you can find here and here)

The Estonian Football (Fight) Club’ it is a cross club including players, managers, executives, fans. They share the passion for football. However, they have been men of action. Or unwilling victims.


In our new article for the ’Football Fight Club’, we introduce you four names who have shared their sports careers between football and kickboxing.

These four men share the same passion for a kickaround and a kick in the face.

They do it in the right place, in tournaments.

In fact, our selection includes players who have played in the top tiers of the Estonian league league system (Premium Liiga, Esiliiga A and B).

Rustam shows his guns (Garant)

Rustam shows his guns (Garant)

The first face we get acquainted is Rustam Gurbanov. Product of FC Puuma (a club famous for curious episodes), sadly he didn’t manage to compete in 2014 season. However, before that, he had five good spells in Esiliiga A with Kiviõli Tamme Auto and FC Kiviõli Irbis strips.

His debut was on the 17th of May 2009 aganist FC Valga Warrior whereas his first  goal was aganst JK Viljandi Tulevik double team.

In total he blasted 18 goals in 93 league games (2009-2013). He mostly played as defender and midfielder.

However, it’s not all...

Rustam is a really modern fighter from  K-1 and Muay Thai club Garant, located in Tallinn’s populous district of Lasnamäe.  

He is good both with hands and legs. He can kick sharply with a good coordination with his hands. His main feature is to hit his opponent in the body and climb up from there with his hands. Once he’s worn out the opposition, he finishes him with a strong jab or hook (check the below video - minute 1:43 - when he knocks out his Thai opponent). He is the most threatening when in close range to his rival. Just to remark the football/kickboxing crossover, he has been wearing Kiviõli Tamme Auto shorts in many ring’s fights.

At the end of 2014, he was nominated the ‘Estonian Thai-Boxer of the Year’. A prize earned thanks to his great performance throughout the year, including title victories in K-1 World Cup, Estonian Muay Thai Open 2013, Latvian Open Muay Thai 2013, Riga Muay Thai Open, and the Estonian Muay Thai Open in K-1 2014.

Rustam is a multiple champion both in K-1 and Muay Thai for Estonia and the Baltics. He has been very successful fighter in every Estonian biggest professional fighting tournaments such as ‘Fight Night, Nr1 Kes on parim?, Xplosion and Fightland. 

Rohtla enters the ring (The Stig)

Rohtla enters the ring (The Stig)

The next face is quite known to Premium Liiga football followers: Henry Rohtla.

Henry has played football all the time during his life. He started to play for JK Keila. Since then, he has climbed up from lower division until becoming a sub of Estonian Champions FC Levadia. Most of his playing time comes from FC Levadia double team.

This season might be the one of his breakthrough, despite the competition for playing time being really tough at the greens.

Rohtla’s career in Levadia started in 2013 when he played in Esiliiga A for the double team when he managed to play 31 games and hit 13 goals. Last season he achieved 5 games in Premium Liiga but didn’t score (he was very close in a derby game). In Esiliiga A he bagged 10 goals in 24 games.

However, this is not all from him either…

Henry Rohlta from Keila was one of the most promising young fighters in Estonia.

Under the fighters’ world point of view, the fact he quitted a career  to become a footballer was a big disappointment. On the ring, Rohtla used more his legs than his arms.

He used to keep the opponent away with front kicks and low kicks. By using this tactics, he managed to create the space for himself for counterattacks.  He was fast and this was the strongest side. The weakest side was when trying to defend himself as the opponent was hitting with fists. He represented Tallinna Taipoksiklubi and Team Moisar. He has knocked out on the ring Hannes Ilmjärv, Tallinn Taipoksiklubi coach. Henry has perfomed in pro tournaments as Fight Night and Team Moisar Fight Show.

The next two faces are brothers, twins.

Rando and Raido Leokin, both from Keila too, they are interesting characters.

They have performed both on the fighting ring and on a football pitch at a quite good level. They were both testing in SC Cambuur (NED) in 2012 and Raido has fought in pro tournaments Fight Night, Team Moisar events and Muay Thai Conflict.  Their style was quite similar. They were fighters who liked to move a lot on the ring and seek the oportunity to attack their opponent fast. They represented Keila’s top club, Team Moisar. Both of them have finished fighting at high level and are getting back to top football. At the end of 2014, they have been seen playing for Premium Liiga club Pärnu Linnameeskond at Aastalõputurniir, whether they are going to sign contracts with Pärnu isn’t sure yet.

One of the twos, Raido (Muay.ee)

One of the twos, Raido (Muay.ee)

They started their career in football after quitting fighting.

They moved together to FC Flora double team in 2012. In one and half year, Raido played 43 games in Esiliiga A and scored 10 goals, Rando  scored 13 goals with the same playing time and same number of games. True twins.

In the summer of 2013, they moved to Sillamäe Kalev. Raido debuted aganist FC Flora in Premium Liiga, but Rando didn’t have the chance to match his brother. Other than that, they both watched most of Premium Liiga games from the dugout. They also featured in Esiliiga B for Sillamäe’s double team where they both scored 6 goals, Raido in 18 games and Rando in 15. In 2014 they went back to JK Keila JK, whether we will be able see them in Premium Liiga again this season,  only time will tell.

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Andrea Pirlo: Eesti mängis hästi tänud mõnusale atmosfäärile

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Oli jahe sügisõhtu Roomas, kui Juventus vormistas oma järjekordse võidu Itaalia liigas ja seda kohaliku Rooma Lazio vastu. Meie mees ei suutnud küll jalga valgeks saada, kuid oli mustvalgete üks parimaid mehi platsil. Peale mängu saabusid kõik mängijad rahulolevate ja naeratavate nägudega Olümpiastaadionilt ajakirjanike ette, isegi spordidirektor Marotta ja endine Juventuse keskväljamootor Pavel Nedved (praegune Juventuse juhatuse liige) ilmusid pressitsooni väga positiivses meeleolus. See-eest Lazio mehed olid väga pettunud ning peatumata läks neist igaüks meeskonna bussi. Nad pidasid vastu kõigest 24 minutit, kui Paul Pogba viis Juventuse juhtima üks-null. Prantsusmaa suurlootus Pogba valiti ka mängu parimaks. Mäng lõppes 3-0 Juventuse võiduga, 2 väravat vormistas veel argentiinlaset edurivimees Carlos Tevez.

Läheb aega, kuid lõpuks jõuab riietusruumist pressitsooni ka mees, keda me pikkisilmi ootasime. Ta on täpselt samasugune, nagu ta seda oli oma eelmises hittvideos, rahulik ning samal ajal väga stiilne ja intelligentne. "Calma! Calma! Ma tulen!" paistab ütlevat ta oma rahuliku, kuid kindla häälega, samal ajal lähenedes minule. Juventuse ametlikku ülikonda riietatult kannab ta jalas Nike tenniseid. Ebatavalist kooslust kandes, ei tundu tema puhul see  üldsegi kuidagimoodi imelik ning tundub, et kuna ta on Pirlo, siis sobib talle kõik perfektselt.

Ma juhin ta tähelepanu hüüdes: "Andrea! Andrea!" Ta ei kiirusta kuhugi ning peatub minu juures. Juventus võttis kindla võidu ning ta ei mänginud täispikka mängu, sest ta vahetati välja 75. minutil Arturo Vidali vastu.

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Ma selgitan talle, et me avaldasime tema elulooraamatu Eestis ja Eesti lugejad on maestro raamatu võtnud vastu väga positiivselt. Me kingime talle ühe eksemplari ning palume temalt mõnele raamatule autogrammi. Ta on meiega suheldes väga kannatlik ja sõbralik. Ma kasutasin juhust ning küsisin temalt paar küsimust.

Andrea, Eesti fännidel oli võimalus sind imetleda 2010. aastal, kui te mängisite Eestiga Lillekülas. Mäletad sa seda mängu?
Jah, ma mäletan seda mängu ja see polnud absoluutselt kerge mäng meie jaoks. Me tulime just Lõuna-Aafrikast, mis oli täielik katastroof meile ning Prandelli oli meie uus treener. Ma mäletan, et Eesti juhtis meid poolajaks, kuid me suutsime tulla tagasi. See oli keeruline mäng, Eesti suutis meile suuri probleeme valmistada.

Kuidas sulle meeldis Eesti publik?
Kui ma õigesti mäletan, siis oli tegu väiksemat sorti staadioniga, kuigi üpris mõnusa atmosfääriga. Ma arvan, et just see aitas Eestil hästi mängida.

Äkki külastad sa tulevikus mingil ajal Tallinna? Tallinn on väga ilus linn.
Võimalik, kuid nagu sa mõistad, siis polnud meil seal Tallinnas väga palju aega turismiga tegeleda.

Mis sa ütleksid oma elulooraamatu lugejatele Eestis?
Ma lihtsalt soovin neid siiralt tänada, et nad on võtnud vaevaks minu raamatut lugeda.

Ma selgitan talle, et raamatu projektis lõid kaasa veel Suurbritannias elav kunstnik, kes valmistas meie raamatu jaoks esikaane ja Eesti-Itaalia tõlk, kes elab Sitsiilias.
Aga nagu te juba teate, Pirlole see muljet ei avalda.
Pirlo is not impressed.

Ciao, Andrea!

The Estonian Football (Fight) Club

Angelo PalmeriComment

Rumori's own ‘The Stig’ does not drive cars, at least not for us.

He writes stories. Stories you might not know or have
forgotten.

He takes us on his second ride through the territory where football borders with physical violence (the first ride you can find here)

The Estonian Football (Fight) Club’ it is a cross club including players, managers, executives, fans. They share the passion for football. However, they have been men of action. Or unwilling victims.

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AIvar Pohlak in referee clothes

AIvar Pohlak in referee clothes

In our first chapter of the Estonian Football Fightclub, we recounted about the president of the Estonian FA Aivar Pohlak who, during an away game in Malta, rumbled with national team player Urmas Hepner.

If then he was the offender, he was now a victim.

The scenario is the home of the Pohlaks in 2004, Aivar and his wife Signe. They had been married already for 20 years, although, misunderstandings led to a serious incident as Signe hit Aivar’s hand with a knife. Pohlak commented to newsportal Delfi about the incident: ‘I never thought that this is domestic violence, Signe was just that kind of a person.

‘Misunderstandings’ between the couple were not over.

Signe stroke back. And this time to Aivar’s groins using a bowling pin. Aivar’s literal description of the episode has become popular: ‘my penis was injured after being attacked and it was dark purple,’ said Aivar who is now in happy marriage with another woman.

On her hand, Signe accused Aivar of twenty years of family violence: beatings, humiliating, taunting. With children’s support, everybody realised that it was a story made up by Signe to harm Aivar’s reputation and get his money. It was her revenge for Pohlak having a new fiancee, Triin. However, Aivar was not a rich man as he said he has only a house, some land and some islands.

Sergei Lepmets with FC Hämeenlinna jersey past in summer 2014 

Sergei Lepmets with FC Hämeenlinna jersey past in summer 2014 

Sergei Lepmets is an Estonian goalkeeper whose career has been like a rollercoaster. After a good spell at FC Levadia, he joined Romania club FC Politechnica Timisoara and he was first-choice goalie there between the sticks. After a positive period he left the club because of unpaid salary and joined top flight club CS Concordia Chianja.

After seven games, he started to have problems with his ex-wife who was not letting him see their kids. This difficult period might explain what happened later on in a local night club. Sergei was there drinking with team mates Florin Puence, Claudiu Belu and Wellington Carlos when he got into a conflict with the night club security. Lepmets hit one security guard and, in response, the security team beat him up. Because of the harm received, Lepmets had to be hospitalized. After the incident, he was trying to train with a broken ankle however the stories about his adventure at the local club already reached the team manager who decided to release him.

Lepmets accompanied at the airport on a wheelchair. His Romanian spell was officially over (prosport.ru)

Lepmets accompanied at the airport on a wheelchair. His Romanian spell was officially over (prosport.ru)

At the age of 25, Lepmets decided to quit profesional football and start to work as a chef in Ireland. He still managed to find a club in Romania, top-flight Ceahlaul Piatra Neamt, but he dd not get much playing time. He returned to Estonia and after starting with  Narva Trans, he left in the middle of season 2014 to ply trade in Finland (FC Hämenlinna). He later on returned to Estonia and now  plays as an amateur for Türi Ganvix in Estonian 3rd division.

Sander Puri's last contract was at York City FC. Without a club, he's training with FC Levadia in Tallinn.

Sander Puri's last contract was at York City FC. Without a club, he's training with FC Levadia in Tallinn.

National team player Sander Puri had an incident with referee in 2012 when he played for KuPS in Finnish Premier league. In his debut game aganist TPS he pushed the referee and got a four-game ban. ‘I want sincerly to apologize with the referee, with the club, with the Finnish FA and the Finnish football audience,’said Puri in the KuPS homepage after the incident.

Jaroslav Dmitrijev, midfilder of Ukrainian ascent, made his name popular around Europe after a ninja kick aganist JK Rakvere Tarvas player in 2013. Video of FC Puuma ninja-style kick (see below) was also shown on Eurosport so it had more than one million viewers. Dmitrijev has received a five month ban from football after this incident.
On top of that, he's been recently suspended for matchfixing until December 2016 

Valov (right) in action against Paide during 2014 season

Valov (right) in action against Paide during 2014 season

In 2014  pre-season tournament, there was time for two FC Infonet players to shine aganist Paide Linnameeskond. Brothers in pain, Oleg Valov and veteran Andrei Kalimullin, were both suspended even before the actual Premium Liiga started. Valov received five matchdays as suspension and Kalimullin two. Paide’s player Joel Indermitte and Infonet’s Vladimir Malinin also got red cards during this ‘friendly’ game.

When not on the piss, Frank 'Papa' Kolder is an acknowledged BBQ chef

When not on the piss, Frank 'Papa' Kolder is an acknowledged BBQ chef

Fans have always had their share of violence in the game of football. Jalgpallihaigla is the biggest fans group of Estonian national team and they have in their ranks a great fan named ‘Papa’ (aka Frank Kolde) . ‘Papa' was accused of having punched Ewert Sundja after Estonia won 4-3 against Faroe Islands (8th  of June 2008). Why he attacked the popular pop singer and leader of ‘Ewert and the Two Dragons’ band? ‘Papa’, as many other hardcore Estonian fans, was not happy with Sundja’s interpretation of the national anthem. At every national team’s game, an artist is invited to perform the anthem in the stadium. The incident happened in a taxi Sundja sat after the match. Papa noticed Sundja entering the cab, opened the door hit the famous singer a couple of times. This episode earned Papa the title of 'Jalgpallijobu' of the season 2009 by Õhtuleht - 'football jerk'.

Flora vs. Levadia. It’s a neverending rivalry since the latters rose to Premium Liiga in 1995.

In one of the 2005 derbies between FC Flora and FC Levadia, there was action on the pitch. 200cm tall Flora striker Sander Post gave a lesson to Levadia’s central defender, Lithuanian Vitoldas Cepauskas. The giant from Viljandi showed his ’skills’ with his elbow by hitting straight Cepauskas’ nose and left him stay down there with a lot of blood on his face. That incident was also filed at the police station.

The biggest rivals in Estonian football FC Levadia and FC Flora have their own rivalry also off the pitch.

Flora's fans 'kuldne trio' - golden trio, from left to right: Marko 'Ballack' Tandre, Marek 'Sen' Ventsikov, Toomas 'Rootsi Kunn' Kalmet, greeting Levadia's goalkeeper, Roman Śmiśko, upon exiting the pitch (soccernet.ee)

Flora's fans 'kuldne trio' - golden trio, from left to right: Marko 'Ballack' Tandre, Marek 'Sen' Ventsikov, Toomas 'Rootsi Kunn' Kalmet, greeting Levadia's goalkeeper, Roman Śmiśko, upon exiting the pitch (soccernet.ee)

Since Levadia reached the top-flight, they have been fighting from the start and I guess the rivalry will never end. In 2008, following a defeat in a derby against Flora, Levadia fans started to pick on an isolated Flora supporter. After that, they got beaten up by Flora fans and Flora well known fan Rootsi Kunn (aka Toomas Kalmet) commented the incident: ‘Russians, as always, can’t fight on their own so they started to call back up. We were standing together for everyone who were there, they got beaten up and then they called police who drove themselves away from there. Nothing serious for us happened, my jeans are broken and the hand is hurting.’ A gallery of the scuffle can be found here.

In 2010 Levadia fans started to pick a fight again in A. Le Coq Arena after losing to Flora. They threw empty bottles on Flora supporters and as usual, the ultras group Maardu Ultras got beaten up again.

Marek 'Sen' Ventsikov perplexed face at being accompanied out of Sillamäe ground (Postimees.ee)

Marek 'Sen' Ventsikov perplexed face at being accompanied out of Sillamäe ground (Postimees.ee)

Flora fans are themselves used to get in trouble though. In 2009 and 2012 they have had fights also with Sillamäe Kalev supporters. If the 2009 rendez-vous was favourable to the Easter Estonia fans, the 2012 clash was more equal in 2012. Recently (2013) Flora fans picked a fight with Nõmme Kalju supporters.

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