According to one of RdS sources, now it is official: Vladimir Voskoboinikov has signed a contract with Chinese club Qingdao Hainiu FC, China League One.
China League One (otherwise known as 中国足球协会甲级联赛 for those keen with the Asian language) is the second tier of Chinese football system.
Raio Piiroja was playing in the same tier at Chengdu Blades.
Qingdao Hainiu are the newcomers of League One as they one Leagu Two in 2013.
Vladimir Voskoboinikov was the Premium Liiga 2013 topscorer with 23 goals at Nõmme Kalju FC.
He has collected 36 caps in the national team scoring 4 goals.
According to Nõmme Kalju FC official Facebook page, Voskoboinikov was due to sign a loan contract with the Chinese club hinting at the fact he might return later to the Tallinn club.
Voskoboinikov revealed to the Estonian magazine 'Jalka', during an interview with Angelo Palmeri, that when he was 17-year-old, he had a trial at FC Internazionale, thanks to the Italian coach Franco Pancheri (in 2003 coach at FC Levadia coming from Inter youth system).
’I was 17-year-old when Franco brought me to Inter. We had a friendly game, we won 4-0 and I scored two goals. It was already a dream to travel to Italy for playing football’’ recounts vividly Vladimir. ‘’When you have the chance to go on a trial for such a big club, obviously you dream further of staying there. Even though in the end they did not choose me, I am thankful as this experience gave me a hint at what should I have done better to improve and move my career further and go abroad’’.
Voskoboinikov has played abroad at: FC Brussels (BEL), Torpedo Moscow (RUS), Syryanska FC (SWE), Neftci Baku (AZE) and Dinamo Tbilisi (GEO).
After more than ten years spent abroad, he returned to Estonia last spring to join forces with Nõmme Kalju FC. His 23 goals were not enough to secure Kalju their second title in a row as the club finished behind Levadia.