Lindpere Called Up for Euro 2012 Playoffs
Joel Lindpere was voted New York Red Bulls MVP for 2010.
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Top Estonian footballer Joel Lindpere will be reunited with his national team this week, though exactly in what capacity he'll be helping battle Ireland in the Euro 2012 playoffs is not yet clear.
The 30-year-old had earlier looked unlikely to participate in the critical November 11 and 15 matches, having declared that his duty to his home club, the New York Red Bulls, took precedence. However, that factor was eliminated on November 3, when a 2-1 loss to Los Angeles Galaxy knocked the Bulls out of the Major League Soccer playoffs.
The Estonian team announced the next day that Lindpere had agreed to return after a two-year absence from the club.
In an interview with ETV, assistant coach Janno Kivisild said that it was too early to say what role the attacking midfielder would have in the matches, and that a decision would be made after the first practice on November 8.
The first leg of the playoffs, which will determine whether Ireland or Estonia will be headed to the UEFA Euro 2012 championships next summer, will be held in Tallinn on November 11.