Klavan with Liverpool in 2017
|Full name||Ragnar Klavan|
|Date of birth||30 October 1985|
|Place of birth||Viljandi, Estonia|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2004–2005||→ Vålerenga (loan)||2||(0)|
|2009||→ AZ (loan)||12||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 May 2018
Ragnar Klavan (born 30 October 1985) is an Estonian professional footballer who plays as a defender for Serie A club Cagliari and captains the Estonia national team. A left-footed centre back, he has also played as a left back during his career.
He played for Elva, Tulevik and Flora in Estonia, winning the Meistriliiga with Flora in the 2003 season, before moving to the Netherlands where he represented Heracles Almelo and AZ, winning the Eredivisie with the latter in the 2008–09 season. In 2012, he transferred to FC Augsburg and spent four seasons in the Bundesliga before his move to Liverpool in July 2016 for €5 million.
Klavan made his international debut for Estonia in 2003, and became captain in 2012. In 2015, he became the ninth player to make 100 appearances for Estonia, and is currently the fifth highest capped Estonian player of all time. Klavan has won the Estonian Footballer of the Year award five times, in 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Klavan was born on 30 October 1985 in Viljandi, Estonia to Tiina and Dzintar Klavan. His father was a professional footballer who played as a midfielder and represented the Estonia national team. Klavan also started playing football as a midfielder; later stating that Zinedine Zidane was his inspiration.
Klavan started out playing for his hometown team Tulevik. He made his senior league debut in the Esiliiga on 8 April 2001, playing for Tulevik's reserve team Elva and scoring the winning goal against Sillamäe Kalev in a 2–1 home victory. He moved to Tulevik's first team in 2002 and made his debut in the Meistriliiga on 31 March 2002, at age 16, in a goalless draw against Levadia. While at Tulevik, Klavan had a trial with Sunderland, but was not offered a contract.
In July 2003, Klavan joined Meistriliiga club Flora. He made his debut for the club on 11 July 2003, when he came on as a 67th-minute substitute and scored on the 85th minute of a 4–4 away draw against TVMK. Klavan won the Meistriliiga title in the 2003 season.
On 31 August 2004, Klavan joined Tippeligaen club Vålerenga on a three-month loan for a fee of 300,000 NOK, with an option to sign permanently for €500,000 when the loan period is over. He made his debut in the Tippeligaen on 19 September 2004, coming on as a substitute for Steffen Iversen in the 86th minute of a 4–1 victory over Molde. Klavan made one more league appearance before spending two matches on the bench as an unused substitute. On 19 November 2004, his loan was extended for a year until 30 November 2005.
On 4 August 2005, Klavan signed a three-year contract with Eredivisie club Heracles Almelo for a fee of €200,000. He made his debut in the Eredivisie on 13 August 2005, in a 1–1 home draw against PSV. Klavan scored his first Eredivisie goal on 31 December 2006, in a 2–2 home draw against Vitesse, and provided the assist for Everton's goal in the same match. He scored his second goal on 24 August 2007, in a 1–2 loss to Roda JC. 30 October 2007, Klavan scored in a 3–0 home victory over FC Omniworld in the third round of the KNVB Cup. On 29 December 2007, Klavan signed a new contract that would extend his stay at the club until 30 June 2009. On 20 April 2008, he scored his side's only goal in a 1–5 loss to Ajax in the last match of the 2007–08 season. In the opening match of the 2008–09 season on 31 August 2008, Klavan set-up Darl Douglas' opening goal and scored the second goal in a 3–1 home victory over Feyenoord.
On 27 January 2009, Klavan joined AZ on loan until the end of the 2008–09 season with an option to sign permanently. He made his debut for the club on 4 February 2009, in a 1–0 home victory over Roda JC when he came on as a 60th-minute substitute for Kees Luijckx. On 14 February, Klavan signed a four-year contract, keeping him with AZ until June 2013. Klavan won the Eredivisie title in the 2008–09 season.
On 29 September 2009, Klavan became the first Estonian to play in the UEFA Champions League group stage when he came on as a 82nd-minute substitute for Sébastien Pocognoli in a 1–1 home draw against Standard Liège. He saw limited playing time under managers Ronald Koeman and Dick Advocaat, making only 11 league appearances in the 2009–10 season, before becoming a regular starter for AZ under Gertjan Verbeek. On 29 July 2010, Klavan scored his first goal for AZ in a 2–0 home win against IFK Göteborg in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League. He scored the third goal in a 3–0 home victory over FC Eindhoven on 10 November 2010, in the fourth round of the KNVB Cup. On 27 October 2011, Klavan scored his side's second goal in the 3–2 extra time win against FC Dordrecht in the third round of the KNVB Cup.
On 2 July 2012, Klavan signed a two-year contract with Bundesliga club FC Augsburg for an undisclosed fee. He made his debut in the Bundesliga on 14 September 2012, when he came on as a 67th-minute substitute for Matthias Ostrzolek in a 0–0 home draw against VfL Wolfsburg. Klavan soon became a first team regular, establishing himself as a first choice centre back alongside Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker. He scored his first Bundesliga goal on 1 March 2014, in a 1–1 home draw against Hannover 96. On 10 May 2014, Klavan scored in a 2–1 home victory over Eintracht Frankfurt.
On 8 February 2015, Klavan scored the opening goal in a 2–2 home draw against Eintracht Frankfurt. Six days later, he scored in a 2–3 away loss to Werder Bremen. Klavan played every minute of the 2014–15 season as FC Augsburg finished fifth in the league, their highest position in history, and qualified for the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League.
On 20 July 2016, Klavan signed a three-year contract with Premier League club Liverpool for a reported fee of £4.2 million (€5 million). The transfer fee of €5 million made him the most expensive Estonian footballer ever. The club confirmed that he would wear the number 17 shirt.
Klavan made his debut in the Premier League on 14 August 2016, in a 4–3 victory over Arsenal at Emirates Stadium. He scored his first goal for Liverpool on 20 September 2016, in a 3–0 away victory over Derby County in the third round of the EFL Cup. On 19 December 2016, Klavan was named man of the match for his performance in Liverpool's 1–0 victory in the derby match against Everton at Goodison Park.
On 1 January 2018, Klavan became the first-ever Estonian player to score in the Premier League when he scored the winning goal in the fourth minute of injury time in a 2–1 away win against Burnley.
Klavan made his senior international debut for Estonia on 3 July 2003, at age 17, in 1–5 loss to Lithuania at the 2003 Baltic Cup. He scored his first international goal on 31 May 2006, in a 1–1 home draw against New Zealand in a friendly. Klavan made his 50th appearance for the national team on 11 October 2008, in a 0–3 home defeat to Spain in a qualification match for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He played in both matches against the Republic of Ireland in the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying play-offs as Estonia lost 1–5 on aggregate.
On 29 February 2012, Klavan captained Estonia for the first time and scored in a 2–0 friendly victory over El Salvador. In 2012, he succeeded Raio Piiroja as Estonia's captain. On 27 March 2015, Klavan made his 100th appearance for Estonia, in a 0–3 away loss to Switzerland in a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match. Klavan has been named Estonian Footballer of the Year five times, in 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
- As of 27 May 2018. Estonia score listed first, score column indicates score after each Klavan goal.
|1||31 May 2006||A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, Estonia||27||New Zealand||1–0||1–1||Friendly|
|2||29 February 2012||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States||76||El Salvador||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|3||26 May 2014||A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, Estonia||92||Gibraltar||1–0||1–1||Friendly|
- Estonian Footballer of the Year: 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
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- "Klavan siirdub Norrasse" [Klavan heading to Norway] (in Estonian). Delfi Sport. 1 September 2004.
- "Jalgpallur Ragnar Klavan jätkab laenulepinguga karjääri Norras" [Footballer Ragnar Klavan will continue his career in Norway on loan]. Sakala (in Estonian). 23 November 2004.
- "Klavanist sai Heraclese mängija" [Klavan became Heracles' player] (in Estonian). Delfi Sport. 5 August 2005.
- "Ragnar Klavan tegi Hollandis debüüdi" [Ragnar Klavan made his debut in the Netherlands]. Sakala (in Estonian). 16 August 2005.
- "Andres Oper ja Ragnar Klavan tegid Hollandis skoori" [Andres Oper and Ragnar Klavan scored in the Netherlands]. Postimees (in Estonian). 31 December 2006.
- "Roda see off Heracles". Sky Sports. 24 August 2007.
- "Klavan aitas koduklubi võidule" [Klavan helped his club to a victory]. Postimees (in Estonian). 30 October 2007.
- "Klavan pikendas Heraclesega aasta võrra lepingut" [Klavan extended contract with Heracles for a year]. Postimees (in Estonian). 30 December 2007.
- "Ragnar Klavan lõi Amsterdami Ajaxile värava" [Ragnar Klavan scored against Ajax Amsterdam]. Postimees (in Estonian). 20 April 2008.
- "Ragnar Klavan valiti Hollandis nädala mängijate hulka" [Ragnar Klavan voted to team of the week]. Postimees (in Estonian). 3 September 2008.
- "Klavan vahetas Hollandis klubi" [Klavan switches clubs in the Netherlands]. Postimees (in Estonian). 27 January 2009.
- "Klavan debüteeris Operi klubi vastu" [Klavan debuted against Oper's club]. Postimees (in Estonian). 5 February 2009.
- "Estonia's Klavan targets Dutch glory with AZ". UEFA. 13 February 2009.
- "Klavan sõlmis AZga lepingu 2013. aastani" [Klavan signed a contract with AZ until 2013]. Postimees (in Estonian). 14 February 2009.
- "Eindhoven aitas Klavani klubi Hollandi meistriks" [Eindhoven helped Klavan's club to become Dutch champions]. Postimees (in Estonian). 19 April 2009.
- "Ragnar Klavan tegi Meistrite Liigas ajalugu!" [Ragnar Klavan made history in the Champions League!] (in Estonian). Delfi Sport. 29 September 2009.
- "Video: Ragnar Klavani debüüt Meistrite liigas" [Video: Ragnar Klavan's debut in the Champions Leagu]. Postimees (in Estonian). 30 September 2009.
- "Klavan lõi Euroopa liigas värava" [Klavan scored in the Europa League]. Postimees (in Estonian). 30 July 2010.
- "Video: Ragnar Klavan lõi AZ Alkmaari võidumängus iluvärava" [Video: Ragnar Klavan scored a stunning goal in AZ Alkmaar's victory]. Postimees (in Estonian). 11 November 2010.
- "Ragnar Klavan sai karikamängus jala valgeks" [Ragnar Klavan scored in a cup match] (in Estonian). ERR Sport. 27 October 2011.
- "Ragnar Klavan sõlmis lepingu Bundesligas mängiva Augsburgiga" [Ragnar Klavan signed a contract with a Bundesliga club Augsburg] (in Estonian). ERR Sport. 2 July 2012.
- "Leping käes: Ragnar Klavan mängib uuel hooajal Bundesligas" [Contract signed: Ragnar Klavan to play in the Bundesliga in the coming season]. Postimees (in Estonian). 2 July 2012.
- "Ragnar Klavanist sai esimene Saksamaa Bundesligas mänginud eestlane" [Ragnar Klavan became the first Estonian to play in the German Bundesliga] (in Estonian). ERR Sport. 14 September 2012.
- "Ragnar Klavan tegi Augsburgi viigimängus ajalugu" [Ragnar Klavan made history in Augsburg draw] (in Estonian). ERR Sport. 1 March 2014.
- "Klavan lõi värava, kuid Augsburg mängis eduseisu maha" [Klavan scored, but Augsburg lost the lead] (in Estonian). ERR Sport. 8 February 2015.
- "Klavani värav Augsburgi ei päästnud, Bayern küttis Hamburgile sauna" [Klavan's goal didn't save Augsburg, Bayern demolish Hamburg] (in Estonian). ERR Sport. 14 February 2015.
- "Klavan läbis hooaja minutitki vahele jätmata" [Klavan went through the season without skipping a minute] (in Estonian). ERR Sport. 23 May 2015.
- "Ragnar Klavan: Liverpool sign Estonia defender from Augsburg". BBC Sport. 20 July 2016.
- "Klavan to Postimees: length of contract reveals Liverpool believes in me". Postimees. 21 July 2016. Archived from the original on 8 August 2016.
- "Võidukas debüüt: Klavan ja Liverpool seljatasid pöörases mängus Arsenali" [Victorious debut: Klavan and Liverpool defeated Arsenal in a thrilling match]. Postimees (in Estonian). 14 August 2016.
- "Derby County 0–3 Liverpool". BBC Sport. 20 September 2016.
- "Everton 0–1 Liverpool". BBC Sport. 19 December 2016.
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- "Republic of Ireland 1–1 Estonia (5–1 agg)". BBC Sport. 14 November 2011.
- "Ireland make sure with Estonia draw". UEFA. 15 November 2011.
- "Eesti alustas aastat 2:0 võiduga El Salvadori üle" [Estonia started the year with a 2–0 victory over El Salvador] (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 1 March 2012.
- "Centurion Klavan refuses to let Estonia dream die". UEFA. 27 March 2015.
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- "Aasta jalgpalluriks valiti Ragnar Klavan" [Ragnar Klavan voted footballer of the year] (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 10 December 2017.
- "Palju õnne: ka Ragnar Klavan sai sõrmuse sõrme" [Congratulations: Ragnar Klavan also gets a ring on his finger]. Õhtuleht (in Estonian). 14 June 2011.
- "Palju õnne! Ragnar Klavan sai teist korda isaks" [Congratulations! Ragnar Klavan becomes father for the second time] (in Estonian). Delfi Sport. 10 August 2014.
- "Ragnar Klavanist saab Tallinna Kalevi president" [Ragnar Klavan becomes the president of Tallinna Kalev] (in Estonian). Soccernet.ee. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
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