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Mart Poom (born February 3, 1972 in Tallinn) is an Estonian football goalkeeper. He currently plays for Arsenal, who signed him from Sunderland on loan on August 31, 2005 until January 2006.

Poom played for Tallinn Sport and Flora Tallinn in his home country, before a brief stint at Swiss club FC Wil. In 1994 he moved to English club Portsmouth, but only played seven games and was loaned back to his former club Flora. In 1997 he moved to Derby County, making his Premiership debut against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Poom has represented Estonia on 101 occasions, making his debut in a 1992 (while playing for KuPS in Finland) international friendly against Slovenia. In 2003, he was selected by the Estonian Football Association as the country's greatest player of the last 50 years.

After Derby's relegation to the First Division in the summer of 2002, Poom moved to Sunderland in November of that year. On September 20 2003, he headed a 90th minute equaliser for Sunderland against his former club at Pride Park. It was described on BBC Radio Five Live as "The best headed equaliser by a goalkeeper against his former club in the last minute. Ever!".

Poom's career at Sunderland was beset by several injuries, and he spent much of the past two seasons out of the game. He was signed by Arsenal as temporary cover for Jens Lehmann and Manuel Almunia, and is currently third-choice keeper at the club.

 

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