2011 Meistriliiga

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Meistriliiga
Season 2011
Champions Flora
9th title
Relegated Lasnamäe Ajax
Champions League Flora
Europa League Nõmme Kalju
Narva Trans
Levadia
Baltic League Flora
Nõmme Kalju
Narva Trans
Levadia
Sillamäe Kalev
Matches played 180
Goals scored 615 (3.42 per match)
Top goalscorer Aleksandrs Čekulajevs (46 goals)
Biggest home win Trans 14–0 Ajax
Biggest away win Ajax 0–12 Trans
Highest scoring Flora 13–1 Ajax
Trans 14–0 Ajax
Longest winning run Nõmme Kalju
(9 games)[1]
Longest unbeaten run Flora
(21 games)[1]
Longest winless run Lasnamäe Ajax
(36 games)[1]
Longest losing run Lasnamäe Ajax
(11 games)[1]
2010
2012

The 2011 season of the Meistriliiga, the first level in the Estonian football system, was the 21st season in the league's history. It started on 5 March 2011 and ended in November 2011. The defending champions were Flora, who won their eighth league championship the previous year.

Teams[edit]

Lootus finished in 10th and last place in the league last year and were directly relegated to the Esiliiga as a result, ending a one year stay in the Estonian top flight. Taking their place were Lasnamäe Ajax, who finished third in the Esiliiga and first among promotion-eligible clubs. They returned to the top flight after a three-year absence.

FC Flora Tallinn and their feeder club JK Viljandi Tulevik terminated the link as Tulevik decided to continue with their own players in II Liiga. FC Viljandi was created to ensure top level football would remain in the city of Viljandi.[2]

In addition, the 9th place Meistriliiga club, Kuressaare, faced the 4th place Esiliiga club, Tamme Auto in a two-legged playoff for a place in the competition. Kuressaare won the playoff, 4–2 on aggregate, and thus retained their place in the league.

Team summaries[edit]

Club Location Stadium Capacity Manager Reserve team
Flora Tallinn A. Le Coq Arena 9,692 Estonia Martin Reim Flora II (Esiliiga)
Nõmme Kalju Tallinn Hiiu staadion 500 Estonia Igor Prins Nõmme Kalju II (Second league)
Kuressaare Kuressaare K. linnastaadion 2,000 Estonia Sergei Zamogilnõi Sörve (Second league)
Lasnamäe Ajax Tallinn FC Ajax Stadium 1,500 Estonia Boriss Dugan Lasnamäe Ajax II (Second league)
Levadia Tallinn Kadrioru Stadium 5,000 Estonia Sergei Hohlov-Simson Levadia II (Esiliiga)
Paide Linnameeskond Paide Paide Ühisgümnaasiumi stadium 500 Estonia Meelis Rooba Paide Kumake (Second league)
Sillamäe Kalev Sillamäe Kalevi staadion 2,000 Russia Vladimir Kazachyonok Sillamäe Kalev II (Second league)
Tammeka Tartu Tamme staadion 2,000 Estonia Kristjan Tiirik Tammeka II (Second league)
Trans Narva Kreenholmi staadion 3,000 Uzbekistan Aleksei Yagudin Premium (Second league)
Viljandi Viljandi V. linnastaadion 2,500 Georgia (country) Zaur Chilingarashvili Valga Warrior (Esiliiga)

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Flora (C) 36 26 8 2 100 24 +76 86 2012–13 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Kalju 36 24 7 5 82 23 +59 79 2012–13 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round
3 Trans 36 22 7 7 107 29 +78 73
4 Levadia 36 21 10 5 76 25 +51 73 2012–13 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round 1
5 Sillamäe Kalev 36 17 3 16 77 59 +18 54
6 Paide 36 13 6 17 40 51 −11 45
7 Tammeka 36 11 6 19 57 75 −18 39
8 Viljandi 36 8 6 22 37 69 −32 30
9 Kuressaare (O) 36 7 5 24 28 68 −40 26 Qualification to Relegation play-off
10 Lasnamäe Ajax (R) 36 0 4 32 11 192 −181 4 Relegation to 2012 Esiliiga

Updated to games played on 5 November 2011.
Source: Estonian Football Association (Estonian)
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd least withdrawals or annulled matches; 3rd overall wins; 4th head-to-head points; 5th head-to-head goal difference; 6th goal difference; 7th goals scored.
If two or more teams on the top have the same amount of points by the end of the season, the aforementioned rules will not apply and additional game(s) will be played to determine the champions[3]
1The winners of the 2011–12 Estonian Cup competition (Levadia) will qualify for the first qualifying round of UEFA Europa League.
(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]

At season's end, the 9th place club in the Meistriliiga participated in a two-legged playoff with the runners-up of the 2011 Esiliiga for one place in the following year's competition.

Kuressaare retained their place in the league, winning 5–1 on aggregate.

Results[edit]

Each team played every opponent four times, twice at home and twice away, for a total of 36 games.

First half of season[edit]

Home \ Away[1] FLO KLJ KUR AJX LEV PAI S.K TAM TRN VIL
Flora 3–3 3–0 6–0 0–1 2–1 2–2 1–0 3–0 0–0
Kalju 0–1 1–1 4–0 1–1 0–0 1–2 4–0 1–1 3–0
Kuressaare 0–1 0–1 1–1 1–5 1–0 0–1 4–1 0–2 0–2
Lasnamäe Ajax 0–3 0–3 2–2 1–4 1–2 1–5 0–3 0–7 0–0
Levadia 1–1 1–3 2–1 3–0 0–1 4–1 2–2 2–1 2–1
Paide 1–2 0–3 4–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 2–2 0–1 2–1
Sillamäe Kalev 0–1 1–1 1–1 7–0 1–2 2–0 2–3 0–3 2–0
Tammeka 0–0 2–3 2–1 5–0 0–5 2–2 1–4 1–1 1–1
Trans 0–2 1–3 4–0 7–0 1–1 3–0 1–0 4–1 5–0
Viljandi 0–2 0–3 2–0 3–1 0–1 1–0 2–3 1–2 0–0

Source: Estonian Football Association
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Second half of season[edit]

Home \ Away[1] FLO KLJ KUR AJX LEV PAI S.K TAM TRN VIL
Flora 1–0 2–1 13–1 3–0 2–1 4–0 3–2 1–1 4–0
Kalju 3–0 3–0 3–0 1–1 1–2 3–0 3–1 1–0 2–1
Kuressaare 0–3 0–2 0–0 0–02 2–1 1–2 0–2 0–2 3–0
Lasnamäe Ajax 0–11 0–7 3–5 0–7 0–6 0–7 0–3 0–12 0–4
Levadia 1–1 0–1 4–0 6–0 0–0 3–2 3–0 1–1 2–0
Paide 1–4 0–5 1–0 4–0 0–3 0–1 2–1 0–1 2–0
Sillamäe Kalev 0–6 0–3 3–0 7–0 0–2 4–0 5–1 2–5 5–0
Tammeka 1–4 0–1 1–0 9–0 0–4 1–2 2–0 1–4 1–3
Trans 1–1 3–2 4–0 14–0 0–2 3–0 2–3 4–0 5–0
Viljandi 2–4 0–3 0–2 8–0 0–0 1–1 3–2 0–3 1–3

Updated to games played on 5 November 2011.
Source: Estonian Football Association
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
2The original score was 0–2, but was awarded 0–x to Kuressaare as Levadia used a suspended player.[4]
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of 1 November 2011.[5][6]

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Latvia Aleksandrs Čekulajevs Narva Trans 46
2 Estonia Tarmo Neemelo Nõmme Kalju 22
Estonia Albert Prosa Tammeka 22
4 Estonia Henri Anier Flora 21
5 Estonia Vitali Leitan Levadia 20
6 Estonia Maksim Gruznov Narva Trans 17
7 Estonia Jüri Jevdokimov Nõmme Kalju 16
Estonia Kristen Viikmäe Nõmme Kalju 16
9 Russia Aleksei Alekseev Sillamäe Kalev 14
Russia Aleksandr Nikulin Sillamäe Kalev 14

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Meistriliiga - 2011". WhoScored.com. WhoScored.com. Retrieved 13 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Viljandi Tulevik läheb kohalike pallurite kätte ja hakkab mängima II liigas" (in Estonian). Õhtuleht. 14 January 2011. Retrieved 12 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Eesti 2011.a meistrivõistluste Meistri- ja Esiliiga juhend" (PDF). jalgpall.ee (in Estonian). EJL. 5 January 2011. p. 9. Retrieved 12 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "Levadia nädalalõpp värvus mustaks" [Levadia's weekend turned black] (in Estonian). Soccernet.ee. 11 July 2011. Retrieved 11 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Meistriliiga 2011 statistika – Väravalööjad" (in Estonian). Soccernet.ee. 15 September 2010. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "VÄRAVALÖÖJATE EDETABEL (2011)" (in Estonian). EJL. 4 June 2010. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 

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