2014 Esiliiga

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Esiliiga
Season 2014
Champions Flora II Tallinn
Promoted Pärnu Linnameeskond
Tulevik Viljandi
Relegated Vaprus Vändra
Puuma Tallinn
Matches played 180
Goals scored 731 (4.06 per match)
Top goalscorer Kristen Saarts (31 goals)
Biggest home win Vaprus Vändra 13–1 Puuma Tallinn
(9 November 2014)
Biggest away win Puuma Tallinn 0–5 Flora II Tallinn
(6 July 2014)
Puuma Tallinn 2–7 Levadia II Tallinn
(27 July 2014)
Kuressaare 2–7 Levadia II Tallinn
(20 August 2014)
Puuma Tallinn 1–6 Pärnu Linnameeskond
(21 September 2014)
Pärnu Linnameeskond 0–5 Levadia II Tallinn
(27 September 2014)
Puuma Tallinn 0–5 Nõmme Kalju II
(2 November 2014)
Highest scoring Vaprus Vändra 13–1 Puuma Tallinn
(9 November 2014)
Longest winning run Pärnu Linnameeskond (6 games)
Longest unbeaten run Flora II Tallinn (10 games)
Longest winless run Puuma Tallinn (14 games)
Longest losing run Puuma Tallinn (12 games)
2013
2015

The 2014 Esiliiga was the 24th season of the Esiliiga. The season started on Sunday 2 March 2014, and concluded on Sunday 9 November 2014.[1] Flora II Tallinn won the Esiliiga, finishing with 78 points.

Teams[edit]

Of the 10 participating teams 7 remain following the 2013 Esiliiga. The 2013 runner-ups Lokomotiv Jõhvi were promoted to Meistriliiga, while 9th place Puuma Tallinn and 10th place Irbis Kiviõli escaped relegation due to dissolving of 5th place Tartu SK 10 and 6th place Tammeka II Tartu.[2][3] For this season those three teams will be replaced by the Meistriliiga relegated Kuressaare and Esiliiga B promoted Nõmme Kalju II and Pärnu Linnameeskond. The previous runner-ups Tarvas Rakvere failed to win a promotion, losing the promotion play-off, while 8th placed Tulevik Viljandi managed to avoid relegation by winning the relegation play-off.[4]

Stadiums and locations[edit]

Team Location Stadium Capacity
Flora II Tallinn Tallinn Sportland Arena 600
Irbis Kiviõli Kiviõli Kiviõli Stadium 255
Kuressaare Kuressaare Kuressaare Stadium 2,000
Levadia II Tallinn Tallinn Maarjamäe Stadium 1,000
Nõmme Kalju II Tallinn Hiiu Stadium 300
Pärnu Linnameeskond Pärnu Pärnu Kalev Stadium 1,000
Puuma Tallinn Tallinn Lasnamäe SPK Stadium 666
Tarvas Rakvere Rakvere Rakvere Stadium 2,500
Tulevik Viljandi Viljandi Viljandi Stadium 2,506
Vaprus Vändra Vändra Vändra Stadium 277

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 II Tallinn Estonia Jürgen Henn Estonia Ragnar Piir Nike Tele2[5]
Irbis Kiviõli Estonia Erik Šteinberg Estonia Dmitri Kirilov Adidas
Kuressaare Estonia Pelle Pohlak Estonia Sander Viira Joma Saaremaa Lihatööstus
Levadia II Tallinn Estonia Argo Arbeiter Estonia Kristjan Tamme Adidas Viimsi Keevitus
Nõmme Kalju II Estonia Zaur Tšilingarašvili Estonia Martin Mägi Adidas Optibet[6]
Pärnu Linnameeskond Estonia Gert Olesk Estonia Taavi Kitsel
Puuma Tallinn Estonia Aivar Tiidus Lithuania Vitas Mališauskas Adidas
Tarvas Rakvere Estonia Valeri Bondarenko Estonia Alari Tovstik Joma Aqva
Tulevik Viljandi Estonia Aivar Lillevere Estonia Raiko Mutle Joma
Vaprus Vändra Estonia Ranet Lepik Estonia Karel Otto Macron

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Replaced by Date of appointment
Puuma Tallinn Russia Dmitri Krasilnikov Contract expired 31 December 2013 Pre-season Estonia Aivar Tiidus 1 January 2014[7]
Kuressaare Estonia Sergei Zamogilnõi Mutual consent 7 January 2014[8] Estonia Pelle Pohlak 8 January 2014[9]
Tarvas Rakvere Estonia Reijo Kuusik Mutual consent 3 July 2014 7th Estonia Valeri Bondarenko 3 July 2014[10]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Flora II Tallinn (C) 36 24 6 6 104 40 +64 0781
2 Levadia II Tallinn 36 20 8 8 105 52 +53 0681
3 Pärnu Linnameeskond (P) 36 19 3 14 109 78 +31 60 Promotion to Meistriliiga
4 Nõmme Kalju II 36 17 6 13 69 62 +7 0571
5 Tulevik Viljandi (P) 36 14 9 13 53 51 +2 51 Promotion play-off
6 Kuressaare 36 14 5 17 69 81 −12 47
7 Irbis Kiviõli 36 12 11 13 72 82 −10 47
8 Tarvas Rakvere (O) 36 12 10 14 61 65 −4 46 Relegation play-off
9 Vaprus Vändra (R) 36 11 5 20 60 72 −12 38 Relegation to Esiliiga B
10 Puuma Tallinn (R) 36 2 7 27 32 148 −116 0102

Updated to games played on 9 November 2014.
Source: Estonian Football Association (Estonian)
Rules for classification: Points; Least withdrawals or annulled matches; Overall wins; Head-to-head points; Head-to-head goal difference; Goal difference; Goals scored.
1 Flora II Tallinn, Levadia II Tallinn and Nõmme Kalju II could not be promoted as they are reserve teams.
2 Puuma Tallinn were deducted 3 points for not filling licensing criteria.[11]
(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.

Promotion play-offs[edit]

Tulevik Viljandi, who finished 5th, faced Lokomotiv Jõhvi, the 9th-placed 2014 Meistriliiga side for a two-legged play-off. The winner on aggregate score after both matches will earn a spot in the 2015 Meistriliiga. Tulevik Viljandi won 1–1 on aggregate.

Relegation play-offs[edit]

Tarvas Rakvere remained in Esiliiga after HÜJK Emmaste failed to meet requirements for joining the league.[12]

Season statistics[edit]

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of 9 November 2014.[13]
Rank Player Team Goals
1 Estonia Kristen Saarts Pärnu Linnameeskond / Levadia II Tallinn 31
2 Estonia Henri Hanson Pärnu Linnameeskond 25
3 Estonia Martin Kase Flora II Tallinn 24
4 Estonia Sergei Akimov Tarvas Rakvere 21
5 Estonia Anton Issakov Pärnu Linnameeskond 17
6 Estonia Aleksei Mamontov Irbis Kiviõli 16
7 Estonia Mark Oliver Roosnupp Levadia II Tallinn 15
8 Estonia Peeter Klein Nõmme Kalju II 14
Estonia Rasmus Peetson Pärnu Linnameeskond / Levadia II Tallinn 14
10 Estonia Aleksandr Pruttšenko Irbis Kiviõli 12

Awards[edit]

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month
Manager Club Player Club
March[14] Estonia Argo Arbeiter Levadia II Tallinn Estonia Kristen Saarts Pärnu Linnameeskond
April[15] Estonia Jürgen Henn Flora II Tallinn Estonia Erkki Kubber Flora II Tallinn
May[16] Estonia Pelle Pohlak Kuressaare Estonia Indrek Ilves Tulevik Viljandi
June[17] Estonia Gert Olesk Pärnu Linnameeskond Estonia Marek Šatov Irbis Kiviõli
July[18] Estonia Aivar Lillevere Tulevik Viljandi Estonia Sander Laht Kuressaare
August[19] Estonia Aivar Lillevere Tulevik Viljandi Estonia Joseph Saliste Flora II Tallinn
September[20] Estonia Erik Šteinberg Irbis Kiviõli Estonia Madis Vihmann Levadia II Tallinn
October[21] Estonia Jürgen Henn Flora II Tallinn Estonia Sören Kaldma Nõmme Kalju II

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "EL MÄNGUDE KALENDER (2014)" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 
  2. ^ "Jõhvi FC Lokomotiv kindlustas endale Premium liiga koha" [Jõhvi FC Lokomotiv secured the Premium Liiga spot] (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 20 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Esiliiga" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 17 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "ÜLEMINEKUMÄNGUDES OLID EDUKAMAD TAMMEKA, TULEVIK JA INFONET II" [Tammeka, Tulevik and Infonet II successful in the play-offs] (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 23 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Flora sai koondisega sama sponsori". Soccernet.ee. 25 September 2014. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "Nõmme Kalju sõlmis Eesti klubijalgpalli ühe suurima lepingu". jkkalju.ee. 7 February 2014. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Puuma lööb konkurente nooruse uljusega" (in Estonian). Soccernet.ee. 19 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Sergei Zamogilnõi lahkub peatreeneri kohalt" [Sergei Zamogilnõi quits the manager position] (in Estonian). Kuressaare. 7 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "FC Kuressaare uus peatreener on Pelle Pohlak" [The new manager of FC Kuressaare is Pelle Pohlak] (in Estonian). Kuressaare. 8 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "Bondarenko maandus Tarvas" [Bondarenko lands in Tarvas] (in Estonian). Soccernet.ee. 3 July 2014. 
  11. ^ "Puuma alustab hooaega miinuspunktidega". Soccernet.ee. 28 February 2014. 
  12. ^ "Emmaste loobus Esiliiga üleminekumängudest" (in Estonian). Soccernet.ee. 12 November 2014. 
  13. ^ "EL» VÄRAVALÖÖJATE EDETABEL (2014)" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 
  14. ^ "Premium liiga kuu parimad on Prosa ja Ratnikov" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 4 April 2014. 
  15. ^ "Premium liiga kuu parimad on Prins ja Reintam" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 1 May 2014. 
  16. ^ "Maikuu parimateks tunnistati Hurt ja Ratnikov" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 10 June 2014. 
  17. ^ "Premium liiga parimateks valiti Marko Kristal ja Lasha Omanidze" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 3 July 2014. 
  18. ^ "Juulikuu parimad olid Puštov ja Luigend" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  19. ^ "Premium liiga kuu parimad tulevad Sillamäelt" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 12 September 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  20. ^ "Premium liiga kuu parimad on Prins ja Smishko" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 2 October 2014. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  21. ^ "Premium liiga kuu parimad on Manucho ja Frantsev" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 6 November 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 

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