Pärnu is the fourth largest city in Estonia. Located in southwestern Estonia on the coast of Pärnu Bay, an inlet of the Gulf of Livonia in the Baltic Sea, it is a popular summer holiday resort with many hotels and large beaches. The Pärnu River drains into the Gulf of Riga; the city is served by Pärnu Airport. Perona was founded by the bishop of Ösel–Wiek ca. 1251, suffered under pressure of the concurrent town, was destroyed ca. 1600. Another town, Embeke was founded by the Livonian Order, who began building an Ordensburg nearby in 1265; the latter town known by the German name of Pernau, was a member of the Hanseatic League and an important ice-free harbor for Livonia. The Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth took control of town between 1560–1617. Sweden took control of the town during the 16th-century Livonian War, but it was subsequently taken by the Russian Empire in the 1710 Capitulation of Estonia and Livonia and the 1721 Treaty of Nystad, following the Great Northern War, it belonged to Imperial Russian Governorate of Livonia then.
The city is referred to as Pyarnu, an incorrect reverse-transliteration from Russian Пярну. The town became part of independent Estonia in 1918 following World War I; the city was occupied by the Soviet Red Army along with the rest of Estonia in 1940 during World War II, its German population left the town. It was occupied by Germany from 1941 until 1944 before it was reoccupied by the Soviet Union as part of the Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic from 1944-1991. During the Great Northern War, the University of Dorpat was relocated to Pernau from 1699–1710; the university has a branch campus in Pärnu today. Pärnu lies within the temperate humid continental climate zone. Pärnu jõgi, Sauga jõgi, Reiu jõgi, Pärnu moat, Pärnu bay. Local administration consists of the town government. Town council elections take place every four years; the number of councillors depends on the population. The current number of councillors is 33. Today Pärnu is an economically balanced region with a comprehensive range of industries.
Foreign investments and new businesses with up-to-date technologies have enhanced job creation and higher competitiveness of the businesses in the world markets. Several enterprises of Pärnu region stand out as the best in Estonia. Significant flows of exports from Pärnu region and South-Estonia pass through the Port of Pärnu which lies at the mouth of the Pärnu River. In recent years, the port has developed into an important regional harbour for south-western and southern Estonia. Pärnu’s fame as a rehabilitation and holiday resort dates back to the middle of the 19th century; the foundation of the first bathing facility in 1838 is considered the birth date of Pärnu resort. Today Pärnu has all desirable qualities of a modern holiday resort – it has spas and rehabilitation centres, hotels and concert venues, golf courses and tennis courts and pubs. Long tradition of as a resort has made Pärnu well known in other Scandinavian countries. Majority of the tourists in Pärnu are Finns and Russians. In 1837, a tavern near the beach was made into a bathing establishment.
The establishment accommodated 5–6 bathrooms that provided hot seawater baths in summer and operated as a sauna in winter. The wooden building was burnt down in the course of World War I. In 1927, the present stone building of Pärnu Mud Baths was erected at the same site. Since 1996 Pärnu has been known as Estonia's Summer Capital. Starting from 2015 the city of Pärnu hosts the annual Weekend Festival, the largest dance music festival in the Nordic and Baltic region. Stages are headlined by DJs from across the electronic dance music spectrum, with audiovisual support; some of the past and upcoming artists to perform include Martin Garrix, David Guetta, Steve Aoki, The Chainsmokers, Tiësto, Armin van Buuren, Robin Schulz, deadmau5, Knife Party and many more. Pärnu is known for its seawall. According to legend, if a couple holds hands while journeying along the wall and kisses at its endpoint they will stay together forever. Pärnu is twinned with: 1886 Konstantin Possiet 1901 Friedrich Fromhold Martens 1934 Konstantin Päts 2007 Neeme Järvi 2008 Valter Ojakäär 2009 Jüri Jaanson Gustav Fabergé, jeweller Johann Voldemar Jannsen, Estonian journalist and poet Tõnis Kasemets, race-car driver who has competed in ChampCar and IMSA Paul Keres, chess grandmaster Lydia Koidula, poet Kaie Kõrb, prima ballerina Friedrich Martens, lawyer David Oistrakh, violinist Rasmus Rändvee, singer Salme Reek, actress Georg Wilhelm Richmann, German physicist David Samoylov, poet August Sang, poet Olev Siinmaa, architect David Shrayer-Petrov, fiction writer, medical scientist Maxim D. Shrayer and literary scholar Avo Sõmer, music theorist, composer Maxim D. Shrayer.
Dunes of Happiness: Fifteen Summers in Estonia. Baltic Worlds; the Official Tourist Information Centre Foundation of Pärnu City of Parnu: Official website Parnu tour overview Sightseeing on Your own MERKO: 2010–2011 Pärnu moat and park area reconstruction, land reclamation and landscaping, with 6 photos
Pärnu Jalgpalliklubi known as PJK, or as Pärnu, is a football club, based in Pärnu, Estonia. The club's home ground is Pärnu Rannastaadion. Founded in 1989, Pärnu is known for its women's team who compete in the Naiste Meistriliiga, the top level of women's football in Estonia, they are the most successful club in Estonian women's football, having won a record 13 Naiste Meistriliiga titles, a record 6 Estonian Women's Cup and a record 7 Estonian Women's Supercup. The club's men's team play in the third division Esiliiga B. Pärnu Jalgpalliklubi was founded in 1989; the team won their first league title in the 1994–95 season. Pärnu made their European debut in the 2004–05 UEFA Women's Cup, finishing fourth in their group in the first qualifying round. In the 2013–14 UEFA Women's Champions League, Pärnu finished as runners-up in their group and advanced to the knockout-stage, where they were defeated by eventual champions VfL Wolfsburg 0–27 on aggregate; as of 13 August 2018. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules.
Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Naiste Meistriliiga Winners: 1994–95, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017Estonian Women's Cup Winners: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017Estonian Women's Supercup Winners: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 All results list Pärnu's goal tally first. Official website Pärnu at Estonian Football Association UEFA profile
The Danish Superliga is the current Danish football championship tournament, administered by the Danish Football Association. It is the highest football league in Denmark and is contested by 14 teams each year, with 1–3 teams relegated. Founded in 1991, the Danish Superliga replaced the Danish 1st Division as the highest league of football in Denmark. From the start in 1991, 10 teams were participating; the opening Superliga season was played during the spring of 1991, with the ten teams playing each other twice for the championship title. From the summer of 1991, the tournament structure would stretch over two years; the 10 teams would play each other twice in the first half of the tournament. In the following spring, the bottom two teams would be cut off, the points of the teams would be cut in half, the remaining eight teams would once more play each other twice, for a total of 32 games in a season; this practice was abandoned before the 1995–96 season, when the number of teams competing was increased to 12, playing each other thrice for 33 games per Superliga season.
For the first season of this new structure, Coca-Cola became the name sponsor of the league, named Coca-Cola Ligaen. After a single season under that name, Faxe Brewery became sponsors and the league changed its name to Faxe Kondi Ligaen. Before the 2001–02 season, Scandinavian Airlines System became the head sponsor, the name of the tournament changed to SAS Ligaen. From January 2015 the Danish Superliga is known as Alka Superliga, as the Danish insurance company Alka became name sponsor. Logos used for naming rights agreements for the league: From 1996 through 2016, the league included 12 clubs which played each other three times; the two teams with the fewest points at the end of the season were relegated to the Danish 1st Division and replaced by the top two teams of that division. During this era, each team played every other team at least once at home and once away plus once more either at home or away; the top six teams of the previous season played 17 matches at home and 16 away while the teams in 7th to 10th place plus the two newly promoted teams played 16 matches at home and 17 away.
Following the 2015–16 season, the league was expanded to 14 teams, accomplished by relegating only the last-place finisher in that season and promoting the top three teams from the 1st division. The 2016–17 season was the first for the new league structure, it began with the teams playing a full home-and-away schedule, resulting in 26 matches for each team. At that time, the league split into a six-team championship playoff and an eight-team qualifying playoff. All teams' table points and goals carry over into the playoffs. In the championship playoff, each team plays the others away again; the top team at the end of the playoff is Superliga champion and enters the UEFA Champions League in the second qualifying round. The second-place team enters the UEFA Europa League in the first qualifying round; the third-place team advances to a one-off playoff match for another Europa League place. The qualifying playoff is split into two groups, with the teams that finished the regular season in 7th, 10th, 11th, 14th in one group and those finishing 8th, 9th, 12th, 13th in the other.
Each group plays home-and-away within its group. The top two teams from each group enter a knockout tournament, with each match over two legs. If the Danish Cup winner is among the top two finishers in either playoff group, it is withdrawn from the knockout playoff and its opponent automatically advances to the tournament final; the winner of that tournament faces the third-place team from the championship playoff in a one-off match, with the winner entering the Europa League in the first qualifying round. The bottom two teams from each group contest a relegation playoff with several steps, centered on a separate four-team knockout playoff consisting of two-legged matches: The winners of the semifinals advance to the final; the losers of the semifinals play over two legs, with the winner remaining in the Superliga and the loser dropping to the 1st Division. The winner of the final plays the 1st Division runner-up, the loser of the final plays the third-place team from the 1st Division over two legs.
In each case, the winner plays in the next season's Superliga. The 10 most scoring players throughout the history of the Superliga. Latest update 22 May 2018. List of Danish Superliga clubs Sports league attendances Official website Guide to the Danish Superliga
Boldklubben Frem is a Danish sports club based in the Valby-Sydhavnen area of Copenhagen. It is best known for its semi-professional football team. Since its foundation in 1886, Frem has won the Danish Championships six times and the Danish Cup twice; until the disastrous bankruptcy in 1993, Frem had played in the top division all but six seasons. After the bankruptcy the club fought its way back to the top of Danish football, but in 2010 it went bankrupt again and was demoted to the Copenhagen Series—the fifth tier in the Danish league system. After two back to back promotions, the club now participates in the Danish 2. Division, the third tier; the club has a youth and amateur football branch, as well as a cricket team. It is involved in the running of the KIES sports boarding school. BK Frem were founded as Fremskridtsklubbens Cricketklub on 17 July 1886 by a group of seditious young men from the government hostile Venstre Reform Party, as a cloak for political activities. In 1887 football was introduced and the name was changed to Boldklubben Frem, stiftet af Fremskridtsklubben.
In the first two years of the life of the club, only two sports matches were played, but when the Danish Football Association introduced a football tournament in 1889, the club was invited to participate, in 1890 Frem became the first Danish club to beat KB in a football match. In 1902 Frem became unofficial Danish champions when they won the league played under the auspices of the Danish FA; this was the first senior title won by the club. In 1905, the club moved to its own field at Enghavevej, obtaining its distinct working class profile. To this day, both the Social Democrats and the Union of Metalworkers holds Frem sponsorships. In 1912, Frem joined the representative team Stævnet which arranged lucrative exhibition matches and played a decisive role in Danish football politics. In the years 1923–1944, Frem won six Danish Championships. Since 1983 Frem had been battling economically, in 1993 saw themselves demoted to the Danmarksserien following a bankruptcy, due to a debt of DKK 8,500,000 and allegations of fraud.
Following a short but expensive spell in the Superliga in 2003–2004, Frem were once again on the verge of bankruptcy with a debt of DKK 10,000,000. In 2010, after years of uncertain economy, the club once again went beankrupt and was demoted to the Copenhagen Series. Frem's official supportergroup is called "BK Frem Support", it is Denmarks oldest supporters club, formed in 1986. Frem fans are known for unconditional love and support; when demoted to the fifth tier, attendances didn't drop. Frem play their home matches at the modest and somewhat worn-down, municipality-owned Valby Idrætspark. In the early years, Frem were located on Østerbro in Copenhagen, playing its matches at Blegdamsfælleden, alongside its main rivals in the early years. In 1905 Frem moved to its own field at Vesterbro. Being a field-owning club gave Frem the advantage of entry fees, its location however lead to some muttering from football fans who found it to be too far out of town. In 1942, Frem moved to Valby Idrætspark, where the current main stand was erected in 1965.
Throughout the years a lot of matches has been played at Idrætsparken. It is unclear. During the 2000s, there where several plans for a new stadium, but they were never realized. In 2006 the Copenhagen Municipality predicted that the main stand of the current Valby Idrætspark would last another 5–10 years; as of April 2007 major investments in the current stadium are put on hold as a decision on the construction of a new stadium is being awaited. A final decision is expected was April 2008. Hans Hermansen managing director of BK Frem, has indicated that according to the plan, the construction of a new stadium should commence no than 2010. However, the municipality estimated 2012. Frem suggested that it might be completed by 2016. In January 2016 the municipality ordered a renovation of the existing stadium, worth 3 mio €, thus cancelling plans for a new stadium in the near future; the renovation is due ultimo 2017. After the clubs bankruptcy in summer 2010, Frem got a helping hand from Danish brewery giant Carlsberg.
Being from the same city they signed on as main sponsor, because they saw it as a chance to help the fellow Valby-based brand back on its feet. In July 2013 an extension for three years was announced. On June 11, 2016 it was prolonged for another three years. On June 2015 Frem announced they would switch back from Diadora to their old shirt partner, starting from the 2015/2016 season. Danish Champions Winners: 1923, 1931, 1933, 1936, 1941, 1944 Runner-up: 1930, 1935, 1937, 1938, 1948, 1958, 1966, 1967, 1976 3rd placed: 1934, 1955, 1957, 1968, 1971, 1992 Danish Cup Winners: 1956, 1978 Runner-up: 1969, 1971, 1981 Unofficial Danish Champions Winners: 1902 Runner-up: 1899, 1901, 1903 Copenhagen Champions Winners: 1904, 1923, 1933 Runner-up: 1906, 1908, 1910, 1911, 1918, 1922, 1929, 1937 KBUs Pokalturnering Winners: 1925, 1927, 1938, 1940, 1943, 1946 Runner-up: 1913, 1918, 1919, 1922, 1924, 1930, 1934, 1939, 1944 Baneklubberne Cup Winners: 1911 UEFA Intertoto Cup Winners: 1969, 1977 As of 6 April 2019Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules.
Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. As of 1 August 2018Chairman: Per JakobsenHead Coach: Lasse HolmgaardAssistant Coach: Samir KaradzaGoalkeeping Coach: Morten CramerFitness Coach: Martin FrandsenReserve Team Coach: Martin E. JensenU19 Team Coach: Kim VossU17 Team Coach: Christian Antonsen Green denotes the highest level of football in Denmark.
A football player or footballer is a sport person who plays one of the different types of football. The main types of football are association football, American football, Canadian football, Australian rules football, Gaelic football, rugby league and rugby union, it has been estimated that there are 250 million association football players in the world, many play the other forms of football. Jean-Pierre Papin has described football as a "universal language". Footballers across the world and at any level may attract large crowds of spectators, players are the focal points of widespread social phenomena such as association football culture. Footballers begin as amateurs and the best players progress to become professional players, they start at a youth team and from there, based on skill and talent, scouts offer contracts. Once signed, some learn to play better football and a few advance to the senior or professional teams. Wages in some top men's leagues are higher than other jobs. Players in the Premier League earn average wages of about $1 million per year.
In the wealthiest clubs in European football leagues, some players earn an average wage up to $6 to $8 million per year. The best players of those clubs can earn up to $70 million per year. However, only a fraction of men's professional football players are paid at this level. Wages may be much more moderate in other divisions and leagues, a significant number of players are semi-professional. For example, the average annual salary for footballers in Major League Soccer for the 2013 season was $148,693, with significant variations depending on player position. Popularity and average salaries in women's leagues are far lower. For example, players in the National Women's Soccer League earn $15,000 to $40,000 per year as of January 2017. A minority of retired footballers continue working full-time within football, for instance as football managers. A 1979 study reported that former first-team ballplayers were over-represented as top ranking executives in their companies and had greater income mobility than second teamers and reserves.
However, some experience chronic health issues, see below. Research shows that association football players that take less than 200ms after the referee blows their whistle for a penalty kick are more to miss scoring than those that take over a second. An Irish 2002 study of association and Gaelic football players characterised players as "lean and muscular with a reasonably high level of capacity in all areas of physical performance"; the opposite is the case for American football, where obesity could be the cause of grave health problems. A 2000 study documented injuries sustained by Czech football players at all levels: Trauma was the cause of 81.5% of the injuries and overuse was the cause of 18.5%. Joint sprains predominated, followed by fractures, muscle strains, ligament ruptures, meniscal tears and contusions, other injuries. Injuries to the knee were most prevalent, followed by injuries to the spine. More injuries occurred during games than in practice. Patellar tendinitis is considered an overused injury that happens to other athletes of every sport.
It is a common problem that football players develop and can be treated by a quadriceps strengthening program. Jumping activities place high strains on the tendon and with repetitive jumping and injury of the tendon can occur; the chronic injury and healing response results in inflammation and localized pain. Although levels of depression and pain in retired football players are on par with the societal average, some players suffer from post-retirement chronic injuries. Head injuries are a particular concern; the average life expectancy or lifespan of an American football NFL player has been reported to be low, only 53 to 59 years depending on playing position. However, a 2012 study reported that retired NFL players have a lower death rate than men in the general population. An oft-cited life expectancy of 58 years has been claimed by Sports Illustrated to be based on a myth. According to a 2007 study, which claims that little supporting data is available, retired American football players had "long and fulfilling careers with no apparent long-term detrimental effects on physical or mental health scores despite a high prevalence of arthritis".
One explanation is that "life expectancy" is ambiguous: it may in some contexts refer to the expected age of death of a player, in other contexts to the expected remaining number of life years. As for association football, a 2011 German study found that German national team players live 1.9 years less than the general male population. Football players participating in international matches for Germany have reduced longevity compared to the general population; this disadvantage was the larger, the earlier the international football player started his international career. This finding is in line with the current knowledge of life expectancy in major athletes those from other team sports A 1983 study of rugby players found that the life expectancy of All Blacks is the same as for the general population. American football players are prone to head injuries such as concussion. In life, this increases the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's. Professional American football players self-reporting concussions are at greater risk for having depressive episodes in life compared with those retired players self-reporting no concussions.
Due to the repeated trauma associated with heading balls, professional associati
Landskrona BoIS is a Swedish professional football club located in Landskrona, which plays in Superettan, the second tier of football in Sweden. The club was formed on 7 February 1915 through the merger of two older Landskrona clubs, IFK Landskrona and Diana. Landskrona BoIS was one of the twelve teams in the inaugural Allsvenskan season in 1924–25. Since they have played 34 seasons in Allsvenskan and 51 seasons in the second highest division. Landskrona BoIS has won four medals in Allsvenskan, little silver in 1937–38 and bronze in 1938–39, 1975 and 1976, as well as one national cup title, in 1971–72; the club is affiliated with Skånes Fotbollförbund and plays its matches at Landskrona IP. The club is of open foundational type, not owned by any individuals. One of the earliest sports clubs in Landskrona was GF Idrott and the oldest one as of today, founded in 1882. Another early sports club was the cycling club Landskrona Velocipedklubb. In 1893 they built a simple kind of cycle track which included a grass field in the middle, which would become the first home ground of Landskrona BoIS.
A year football was introduced to a wider audience in Landskrona, at an event hosted by GF Idrott, at the pitch which the grass at Banan formed. This was an exhibition game between players of the football section of Malmö Velocipedklubb and it was attended by 700 spectators; as a ban on totalizators was adopted in 1896, the interest of the cycling sport at tracks decreased and Landskrona Velocipedklubb whose economy was poor, was a few years forced to transfer their sports ground to Landskrona Town. GF Idrott formed sections of several sports: Gymnatics, Football, Swimming. GF Idrott soon become a leading football club in Scania, but GF Idrott would not end up becoming Landskrona's primary football club, which can be connected to GF Idrott's focus on other disciplines, as well as their typical middle class appeal in a town whose heavy industry was increasing. Thus, GF Idrott's football section declined during the 1910s. In contrast, Landskrona-based competitor Diana appealed to the community's socialist and sobriety movement subcultures.
Diana had a youth association with strict rules and the club had a formal leadership structure. Not much is known about the other team, IFK Landskrona, which together with Diana would merge into Landskrona BoIS, their main contribution to the merging seem to have been their players. These respective strengths led to a merger between Diana and IFK Landskrona on 7 February 1915, forming a new club, Landskrona BoIS, with IFK Landskrona's strong player roster complementing Diana's structural advantages; the former chairman of Diana, Bror Nilsson became the first chairman of Landskrona BoIS, a position that he held until the end of the 1940s. Until the summer of 1924, the club's home pitch was Velocipedbanan, referred to as Banan locally. In July 1918, BoIS played their first match abroad, against Copenhagen-based KFUM; the best player in Landskrona BoIS during the pre-Allsvenskan era was Albin Dahl, who became the club's first, only, Olympic competitor, as he represented Sweden at the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerpen.
Albin played for the club between 1915 and 1921 before joining Helsingborgs IF together with his younger brother Harry Dahl in 1922. The transfer was fractious. However, unlike Albin, Harry returned to BoIS after only one season. For the following Olympics, 1924 in Paris, both brothers were nominated to play for Sweden, Harry's supervisor at Thulinverket refused to let him go. 1924 brought the construction of Landskrona IP referred to as "Karlsunds IP" in reference to the beech forest located just west of the arena. The new arena enabled Landskrona BoIS to become one of twelve clubs participating in the inaugural season of Allsvenskan; the inaugural Allsvenskan matchday concluded with Landskrona BoIS as the first Allsvenskan table leader, following a 1–0 away victory against IFK Norrköping. The club's first Allsvenskan home game at Landskrona IP was a 4–0 defeat against IFK Göteborg. Landskrona finished their first season in Allsvenskan in 6th place. Harry Dahl continued to play for the club until the 1931–32 season.
When he left, he had scored an unmatched 334 goals in 410 matches, he is still the club's best goalscorer of all time. BoIS was relegated for the first time following the 1932–33 season, the first season following the departure of Dahl, but the club was promoted back Allsvenskan the following season; this time they had their first real manager in Nisse Svensson and he took Landskrona to the top of the league. The club won their first medal in the 1937–38 season, the Little Silver Medal as it is called in Sweden, awarded to the 3rd placed team in the league. BoIS was only a small difference in goal ratio away from the runners-up Helsingborg IF; the following 1938–39 season ended with Landskrona BoIS winning the bronze medal for their fourth-place finish. Knut Hansson was a notable player and striker during the late 1930s, in the squad that finished third in the 1937-38 Allsvenskan, he had to leave the club due to not being able to find a job in Landskrona. During 18 seasons, from the inaugural Allsvenskan in 1924–25 until the 1941–42 season, BoIS participated in 17 of those.
The 1940s were not as positive for the club as the 1930s. The team was a yo-yo club for most of the 1940s. An exception to the otherwise mediocre performance came in the 1949 Svenska Cupen, the eighth edition of the tou
Andres Oper is an Estonian football coach and former professional player. He is an assistant manager of the Estonia national team. Oper played as a forward for Lelle, Tervis Pärnu, AaB, Torpedo Moscow, Roda JC, Shanghai Shenhua, ADO Den Haag, AEK Larnaca, Nea Salamina and the Estonia national team. With 38 goals in 134 appearances, Oper is Estonia's all-time record goalscorer. Oper was named Estonian Footballer of the Year three times, in 1999, 2002 and 2005, won the Estonian Silverball award twice, in 2001 and 2005. Oper was born in Tallinn, he graduated from the Tallinn Secondary School No. 37. He started playing football with Tallinna Jalgpallikool under Aivar Tiidus, before moving to Taivo Uibo's Uibo Poisid and LMSK/Pantrid, coached by Aavo Sarap. In 1995, Oper signed for Flora, he won his first Meistriliiga title in the 1994–95 season. Oper soon became one of the team's leading goalscorers, he won two more league titles in the 1997–98 and the 1998 seasons, as well as the 1997–98 Estonian Cup and the Estonian Supercup in 1998.
On 2 July 1999, Oper signed for Danish Superliga champions AaB, on a five-year contract for a transfer fee of $1 million. On 10 July 2003, Oper signed a two-year contract with Russian Premier League club Torpedo Moscow. Inconsistent in Russia, scoring 8 goals in 53 appearances, Oper was placed on the transfer list after he suffered an injury to his right foot. On 31 August 2005, Oper signed a one-year contract with Dutch Eredivisie club Roda JC for an undisclosed fee, he scored his first Eredivisie goal on 1 October 2005, in a 3–2 win against Vitesse Arnhem. Oper finished the 2005–06 Eredivisie season as the team's joint top scorer alongside Simon Cziommer with 8 goals and signed a contract extension for two more seasons, he was the team's top scorer in the 2006–07 Eredivisie season, scoring 12 goals in the league and 1 in the play-offs. On 16 May 2007, he signed another contract extension with Roda JC until summer 2009. On 19 July 2009, Oper signed a half-year contract with Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua.
He made his debut for the club on 2 August 2009, in an away match against Jiangsu Sainty. He made his last appearance for Shanghai Shenhua on 12 September 2009, against Beijing Guoan. After an unsuccessful spell in China, Oper returned to the Netherlands and on 21 January 2010, he signed a half-year contract with an option for another year with ADO Den Haag, he made his debut for the club on 13 February 2010 in a home match against Willem II. Oper scored his first goal for ADO Den Haag on 18 April 2010, in a 4–0 win against RKC Waalwijk, his contract extension stalled due to negotiations over personal terms no agreement was settled and the extension was cancelled. The contract expired in summer. On 9 September 2010, Oper signed a one-year contract with Cypriot First Division club AEK Larnaca, he scored on his debut against Ethnikos Achna. In January 2012, Oper joined Cypriot First Division club Nea Salamina, he scored his first goal for the club on 3 March in a 2–0 win against Enosis Neon Paralimni.
Oper made his international debut for the Estonia national football team on 19 May 1995, in a 0–2 1995 Baltic Cup defeat against Latvia. He scored his first goal for Estonia on 8 June 1997, in a 2–3 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification loss against Sweden, he won the Estonian Silverball award twice, in 2001 and 2005. On 2 September 2006, Oper played his 100th match for Estonia, a 0–1 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying defeat against Israel, he ended his international career with a testimonial match on 26 May 2014, after a 1–1 friendly draw against Gibraltar at A. Le Coq Arena. With 38 goals in 134 international appearances, Oper is Estonia's all-time record goalscorer. Estonia score listed first, score column indicates score after each Oper goal. FloraMeistriliiga: 1994–95, 1997–98, 1998 Estonian Cup: 1997–98 Estonian Supercup: 1998 Estonian Footballer of the Year: 1999, 2002, 2005 Estonian Silverball: 2001, 2005 Andres Oper at the Estonian Football Association Andres Oper – FIFA competition record