Karol Mets

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Karol Mets
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Personal information
Full name Karol Mets
Date of birth (1993-05-16) 16 May 1993 (age 25)
Place of birth Viljandi, Estonia
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Centre back / Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
NAC Breda
Number 5
Youth career
2003–2009 Tulevik
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Tulevik II 51 (4)
2010 Warrior 4 (1)
2011–2012 Flora II 19 (3)
2011–2014 Flora 115 (7)
2015–2017 Viking 72 (0)
2017– NAC Breda 33 (1)
National team
2009 Estonia U17 8 (0)
2010 Estonia U18 1 (0)
2010–2012 Estonia U19 32 (0)
2012–2014 Estonia U21 20 (0)
2013– Estonia 52 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 December 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 December 2018

Karol Mets (born 16 May 1993) is an Estonian professional footballer who plays for Dutch club NAC Breda and the Estonia national team. Mets plays mainly as a centre back but can also play as a defensive midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Tulevik[edit]

Mets came through the Tulevik youth system, and played for the club's reserve sides Tulevik II and Warrior.

Flora[edit]

In November 2010, Mets was included in Flora's first team squad for pre-season training.[1] He made his debut for Flora on 1 March 2011, against Levadia in the Estonian Supercup, winning the match 5–3 in a penalty shoot-out. Mets made his debut in the Meistriliiga on 2 April 2011, in a 1–0 away victory over Kuressaare, and soon established himself as Flora's first choice centre back alongside Karl Palatu. He won the Meistriliiga title in the 2011 season.[2]

Viking[edit]

On 5 December 2014, Mets signed a three-year contract with Norwegian club Viking for a fee of €300,000.[3] He made his debut in the Tippeligaen on 6 April 2015, in a 1–0 away loss to Mjøndalen.[4]

NAC Breda[edit]

On 31 July 2017, Mets signed a three-year contract with Eredivisie club NAC Breda for an undisclosed fee, rumored to be around €100,000.[5] He made his debut in the Eredivisie in a 1–4 away loss to Vitesse on 12 August 2017, when he came on as a half-time substitute for Arno Verschueren. Mets scored his first goal for NAC Breda on 20 September 2017, in a 3–4 loss to Achilles '29 in the first round of the KNVB Cup.[6]

International career[edit]

Mets began his youth career in 2009 with the Estonia under-17 team. He represented the under-19 team at the 2012 UEFA European Under-19 Championship in Estonia. Mets played in every group stage match, but failed to help the team progress to the semi-finals as Estonia lost all three games against Portugal, Greece and Spain. He also represented the under-21 national side.

Mets made his senior international debut for Estonia on 19 November 2013, in a 3–0 away win over Liechtenstein in a friendly.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 18 May 2018[8][9][10][11]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup[a] Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Tulevik II 2009 Esiliiga 28 3 3 0 0 0 31 3
2010 II liiga 23 1 0 0 23 1
Total 51 4 3 0 0 0 54 4
Warrior 2010 Esiliiga 4 1 0 0 0 0 4 1
Flora II 2011 Esiliiga 17 1 0 0 17 1
2012 Esiliiga 2 2 0 0 2 2
Total 19 3 0 0 19 3
Flora 2011 Meistriliiga 16 1 3 1 0 0 5[b] 0 24 2
2012 Meistriliiga 32 4 3 0 2[c] 0 0 0 37 4
2013 Meistriliiga 32 2 4 0 2[d] 0 38 2
2014 Meistriliiga 35 0 3 2 0 0 38 2
Total 115 7 13 3 4 0 5 0 137 10
Viking 2015 Tippeligaen 28 0 6 0 34 0
2016 Tippeligaen 29 0 3 0 32 0
2017 Eliteserien 15 0 2 0 17 0
Total 72 0 11 0 83 0
NAC Breda 2017–18 Eredivisie 25 0 1 1 26 1
Career total 286 15 28 4 4 0 5 0 323 19
  1. ^ Includes the Estonian Cup, Norwegian Cup and KNVB Cup
  2. ^ Two appearances in Baltic Champions Cup, two appearances in Commonwealth Cup, one appearance in Estonian Supercup
  3. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  4. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League

International[edit]

As of 1 December 2018[11][12]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Estonia
2013 1 0
2014 13 0
2015 9 0
2016 13 0
2017 9 0
2018 7 0
Total 52 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Flora

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Flora alustab hooajaks ettevalmistumist detsembri keskel" [Flora will begin preparations for the coming season in mid-December]. Postimees (in Estonian). 29 November 2010.
  2. ^ "Flora alistas Viljandi ja tuli jalgpallis Eesti meistriks" [Flora defeated Viljandi and became Estonian football champions] (in Estonian). ERR. 1 November 2011.
  3. ^ "Karol Mets liitub Norra meistriliiga klubiga" [Karol Mets joins Norwegian top flight club]. Postimees (in Estonian). 5 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Karol Mets alustas esimest välismaa hooaega põhimehena" [Karol Mets began his first season abroad as a starter] (in Estonian). ERR Sport. 6 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Asi kindel: Eesti jalgpallikoondislane siirdub Hollandi kõrgliigasse" [Confirmed: Estonian international moves to Dutch top flight]. Postimees (in Estonian). 31 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Mets lõi värava, aga klubi sai šokk-kaotuse" [Mets scored, but the club suffered a shock defeat]. Postimees (in Estonian). 20 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Eesti võitis Liechtensteini 3:0" [Estonia defeated Liechtenstein 3–0] (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 19 November 2013.
  8. ^ "Karol Mets" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association.
  9. ^ "Karol Mets" (in Norwegian). Football Association of Norway.
  10. ^ "Karol Mets". Soccerway.com.
  11. ^ a b "Mets, Karol". National-Football-Teams.com.
  12. ^ "Karol Mets" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association.

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