2012 Meistriliiga

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Meistriliiga
Season 2012
Champions Nõmme Kalju
Relegated
Champions League Nõmme Kalju
Europa League Levadia
Flora
Trans
Matches played 180
Goals scored 536 (2.98 per match)
Top goalscorer Vladislav Ivanov (23 goals)
Biggest home win Levadia 7–0 Kuressaare (30 July)
Kalju 7–0 Tallinna Kalev (4 September)
Biggest away win Kuressaare 0–9 Kalju (28 August)
Highest scoring Viljandi 1–9 Kalju (2 October)
2011
2013

The 2012 season of the Meistriliiga, the first level in the Estonian football system, is the 22nd season in the league's history. The competition started on 10 March 2012 and will end on 3 November 2012.[1] The defending champions are Flora, who won their ninth league championship last year.

Teams[edit]

Lasnamäe Ajax finished in 10th 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. They are replaced for this season by Tallinna Kalev, who return to the league after a two-year absence.

In addition, the 9th place Meistriliiga club, Kuressaare, faced the runners up of the Esiliiga, Infonet, in a two-legged playoff for a spot in this year's competition. Kuressaare won the playoff, 5–1 on aggregate, and thus retained their spot in the league.

Stadiums and locations[edit]

Club Location Stadium Capacity
Flora Tallinn A. Le Coq Arena 9,692
Nõmme Kalju Tallinn Kadriorg Stadium 5,000
Kuressaare Kuressaare Kuressaare linnastaadion 2,000
Levadia Tallinn Maarjamäe Stadium 1,000
Paide Linnameeskond Paide Paide ÜG Stadium 368
Sillamäe Kalev Sillamäe Sillamäe Kalev Stadium 2,000
Tallinna Kalev Tallinn Kalevi Keskstaadion 12,000
Tammeka Tartu Tamme Stadium 1,600
Trans Narva Kreenholm Stadium 3,000
Viljandi Viljandi Viljandi Linnastaadion 1,006

Personnel and kits[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players and Managers may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Flora Estonia Marko Lelov Estonia Andre Frolov Nike KH Energia Konsult
Kalju Estonia Igor Prins Estonia Alo Bärengrub Adidas Maxima, help.ee
Kuressaare Estonia Sergei Zamogilnõi Estonia Sander Viira Joma
Levadia Estonia Marko Kristal Estonia Igor Morozov Adidas Viimsi Keevitus
Paide Linnameeskond Estonia Meelis Rooba Estonia Carl Tubarik Nike Verston
Sillamäe Kalev Lithuania Algimantas Briaunis Estonia Mihhail Starodubtsev Uhlsport Alexela
Tallinna Kalev Estonia Sergei Ratnikov Estonia Aleksei Savitski Jako
Tammeka Greece Joti Stamatopoulos Estonia Kaspar Kaldoja Nike Mäe-kodu
Trans Russia Aleksei Yagudin Estonia Stanislav Kitto Nike Sportland
Viljandi Georgia (country) Zaur Chilingarashvili Estonia Ott Ottis Joma Express Hotline

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Replaced by Date of appointment
Levadia Estonia Sergei Hohlov-Simson End of contract 30 November 2011 Pre-season Estonia Marko Kristal 1 December 2011[2]
Trans Russia Aleksei Yagudin End of contract 9 January 2012 Pre-season Russia Sergei Prikhodko 10 January 2012[3]
Trans Russia Sergei Prikhodko Sacked Unknown Unknown Russia Aleksei Yagudin Unknown[citation needed]
Tammeka Estonia Kristjan Tiirik Sacked 18 July 2012 10th Greece Joti Stamatopoulos 19 July 2012[4]
Sillamäe Kalev Estonia Valeri Bondarenko Sacked 7 September 2012 4th Lithuania Algimantas Briaunys 8 September 2012[5]
Flora Estonia Martin Reim Mutual agreement 14 October 2012 2nd Estonia Marko Lelov 15 October 2012[6]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Kalju (C) 36 29 5 2 106 17 +89 92 2013–14 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Levadia 36 25 8 3 85 22 +63 83 2013–14 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round 1
3 Flora 36 26 3 7 87 24 +63 81
4 Trans 36 16 7 13 52 44 +8 55
5 Sillamäe Kalev 36 15 10 11 51 43 +8 55
6 Paide 36 11 9 16 34 52 −18 42
7 Viljandi 36 6 8 22 33 88 −55 26
8 Kuressaare 36 5 11 20 31 80 −49 26
9 Tallinna Kalev (O) 36 4 9 23 27 87 −60 21 Qualification to Relegation play-off
10 Tammeka 36 4 8 24 30 79 −49 20 Relegation to Esiliiga2

Updated to games played on 3 November 2012.
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[7]
1Narva Trans qualified for the UEFA Europa League since 3rd-placed Flora qualified for the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League as Cup winner and Cup finalist Kalju had qualified for the 2013–14 UEFA Champions League.
2Tammeka escaped relegation due to dissolving of seventh placed Viljandi at the end of season
(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 will participate in a two-legged playoff with the runners-up of the 2012 Esiliiga for one spot in next year's competition.

Tallinna Kalev retains their place in the league, winning 3–1 on aggregate.

Results[edit]

Each team plays every opponent four times, twice at home and twice on the road, for a total of 36 games.

Season statistics[edit]

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of 3 November 2012.[8][9]
Rank Player Club Goals
1 Russia Vladislav Ivanov Sillamäe Kalev / Trans 23
2 Estonia Tarmo Neemelo Nõmme Kalju 22
3 Georgia (country) Zakaria Beglarishvili Flora 17
4 Estonia Jüri Jevdokimov Nõmme Kalju 13
5 Estonia Igor Morozov Levadia 12
6 Estonia Rimo Hunt Levadia 11
7 Russia Aleksandr Alekseev Trans 10
Estonia Andre Frolov Flora 10
Estonia Artur Rättel Levadia 10
Japan Hidetoshi Wakui Nõmme Kalju 10

Note: Vladislav Ivanov scored 10 goals for Sillamäe Kalev before moving to Trans.

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date
Estonia Vitali Leitan Levadia Kuressaare 5–0 10 April 2012
Estonia Artur Rättel Levadia Paide Linnameeskond 1–5 28 April 2012
Georgia (country) Zakaria Beglarishvili Flora Paide Linnameeskond 0–5 12 May 2012
Georgia (country) Zakaria Beglarishvili Flora Tallinna Kalev 5–0 19 May 2012
Estonia Artur Rättel Levadia Tallinna Kalev 0–6 23 July 2012
Estonia Albert Taar Levadia Kuressaare 7–0 30 July 2012
Estonia Igor Morozov Levadia Flora 5–4 20 August 2012
Estonia Tarmo Neemelo Nõmme Kalju Kuressaare 0–9 28 August 2012
Estonia Rauno Alliku Flora Viljandi 5–0 18 September 2012
Russia Vladislav Ivanov Narva Trans Kuressaare 0–3 22 September 2012
Estonia Tarmo Neemelo 5 Nõmme Kalju Viljandi 1–9 2 October 2012
Guinea Ousmane Barry Tammeka Tallinna Kalev 1–4 20 October 2012
Italy Damiano Quintieri Nõmme Kalju Tammeka 5–1 3 November 2012
Estonia Vjatšeslav Zahovaiko Sillamäe Kalev Viljandi 0–5 3 November 2012
  • 5 Player scored 5 goals.

Awards[edit]

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month
Manager Club Player Club
March [10] Estonia Sergei Zamogilnõi Kuressaare Estonia Igor Morozov Levadia
April [11] Estonia Igor Prins Kalju Estonia Janar Toomet Levadia
May [12] Estonia Martin Reim Flora Georgia (country) Zakaria Beglarishvili Flora
June [13] Estonia Meelis Rooba Paide Linnameeskond Japan Hidetoshi Wakui Kalju
July [11] Estonia Igor Prins Kalju Estonia Joel Indermitte Viljandi
August [14] Russia Aleksei Yagudin Trans Estonia Sergei Terehhov Kalju
September [15] Estonia Igor Prins Kalju Estonia Carl Tubarik Paide Linnameeskond
October [16] Estonia Marko Kristal Levadia Georgia (country) Zakaria Beglarishvili Flora

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "FC Levadia esindusmeeskonna uued juhendajad on Marko Kristal ja Indrek Zelinski" (in Estonian). FC Levadia Tallinn. November 2011. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
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  9. ^ "VÄRAVALÖÖJATE EDETABEL (2012)" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 
  10. ^ "Meistriliiga esimesel parimate valimisel edukad Zamogilnõi ja Morozov" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 5 April 2012. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
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  12. ^ "Mai parimad olid Reim ja Beglarišvili" (in Estonian). FC Flora Tallinn. 1 May 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
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  15. ^ "Meistriliiga XXXII vooru tulemused" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 2 October 2012. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
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