FC Flora Tallinn is an Estonianfootball club based in Tallinn who play in the Meistriliiga. Since its formation in 1990, the club has won nine Meistriliiga titles and the Estonian Cup six times. They have for years been raising the largest number of players for the national team, and have also grown players from their successful youth system that have had a good career abroad. These players include for example Mart Poom, Andres Oper, Raio Piiroja, Ragnar Klavan. FC Flora have also developed many players that have gone on and brought success to other Estonian clubs.
The club was founded in 1990. Flora played their first season in the second division of the Estonian SSR championship. The club was mostly packed with former Tallinna Lõvid players.
In 1994, Flora won their first Meistriliiga title under rather controversial circumstances, when the Estonian FA decided to disqualify the leaders Tevalte Tallinn on match-fixing allegations that were never proven. The title was then decided in a championship playoff, since Norma and Flora finished level on points. But, as a protest against the disqualification of Tevalte, Norma Tallinn decided to field their youth squad and lost the game 2–5. Flora went on to secure the title the following season. Flora won their 8th Meistriliiga title in 2010 after 7 years without winning.
In the middle of 1998, Flora, the newly crowned Meistriliiga champions, played AC Milan in a friendly in Sicily. Flora shocked Milan, who fielded most of their star players, in the 16th minute when they took an unlikely lead through Urmas Kirs' header after Marko Kristal's corner. Milan equalized on 36 minutes, through George Weah's close-range header. The Italian giants scored their second of the night six minutes later to take a 2–1 lead, when Zvonimir Boban sent the ball past Toomas Tohver. Oliver Bierhoff came close to adding a third for Milan in the second half, but saw his one-on-one effort denied by the Estonian goalkeeper. The score remained unchanged for the rest of the game.
Flora currently has two reserve teams. Flora II playing in the Esiliiga, second level of Estonian football, and mainly consisting of U-21 players. Flora III playing in the Esiliiga B, third level of Estonian football, and mainly consisting of U-19 players.
FC Flora's main rivals are Levadia, Sillamäe Kalev and Narva Trans, the last two mentioned come from the Ida-Viru County, Flora and Levadia are based in Tallinn. Flora's home stadium is the recently built A. Le Coq Arena which holds a capacity of 9,300 and has an under-soil heating system. The stadium complex also holds many training pitches with natural grass but also with artificial turf. There are short-term plans to add a full-sized indoor training pitch.