2005 Meistriliiga

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Meistriliiga
Season 2005
Champions TVMK
(1st title)
Top goalscorer Tarmo Neemelo (41)
2004
2006

2005 Meistriliiga was the 15th season of the Meistriliiga, Estonia's premier football league. TVMK won their first title.

Season overview[edit]

FC TVMK's first title-winning Meistriliiga campaign came in some style with strikers Tarmo Neemelo and Ingemar Teever scoring most of the goals and veteran midfielder Andrei Borissov leading the team from midfield. Narva Trans finished in bronze-medal position after years of being fourth in the final table, while FC Flora have been busy rebuilding their squad and therefore not too upset by a disappointing fourth position finish. FC Kuressaare went out of the league via play-offs and Dünamo's defensive displays were awful and the team never seemed to have any kind of chance in staying up.

Tarmo Neemelo in the end scored 41 goals for the champions, and earned a move to top Swedish club Helsingborgs IF, Maksim Gruznov of Narva Trans scored 26 goals, Vjatšeslav Zahovaiko of FC Flora and Ingemar Teever for the champions scored 19 goals each. The latter secured a free transfer to Swedish outfit Östers IF.

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 TVMK (C) 36 30 5 1 138 21 +117 95 2006–07 UEFA Champions League First qualifying round
2 Levadia 36 28 5 3 97 25 +72 89 2006–07 UEFA Cup First qualifying round
3 Trans 36 23 6 7 99 34 +65 75 2006 UEFA Intertoto Cup First round
4 Flora 36 21 6 9 81 36 +45 69 2006–07 UEFA Cup First qualifying round 1
5 Tulevik 36 12 11 13 46 48 −2 47
6 Merkuur 36 11 7 18 52 86 −34 40
7 Tammeka 36 8 5 23 50 88 −38 29
8 Valga 36 8 4 24 38 78 −40 28
9 Kuressaare 36 7 6 23 40 96 −56 27 Relegation play-off
10 Dünamo (R) 36 3 3 30 28 157 −129 12 Relegation to the 2006 Esiliiga

Source: Estonian Football Association (Estonian)
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) number of wins; 3) head-to-head points; 4) head-to-head goal difference; 5) head-to-head goals scored; 6) goal difference; 7) number of goals scored.
1Qualified as Estonian Cup finalists
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Relegation Play-Off[edit]

13 November 2005
Lasnamäe Ajax 1 – 0 Kuressaare
Rõtškov Goal 49'

19 November 2005
Kuressaare 2 – 1 Lasnamäe Ajax
Kluge Goal 11'
Pukk Goal 90+1'
Andrejev Goal 46'

2–2 on aggregate. Lasnamäe Ajax won on away goals.

Kuressaare kept their place in the Meistriliiga, after Pärnu Tervis decided not to make the promotion.

Topscorers[edit]

Pos  Name Team Goals
1 Tarmo Neemelo TVMK Tallinn 41
2 Maksim Gruznov Trans Narva 26
3 Vjatšeslav Zahovaiko Flora Tallinn 19
Ingemar Teever TVMK Tallinn 19
5 Indrek Zelinski Levadia Tallinn 18
6 Egidijus Juška TVMK Tallinn 17
7 Vitali Leitan Levadia Tallinn 16
8 Kristjan Tiirik Tammeka Tartu 15