FC Flora Tallinn

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Flora
FC Flora Tallinn logo
Full name Football Club Flora Tallinn
Nickname(s) Triibulised (Streakeds), Kaktused (Cactus)
Founded 10 March 1990
Ground A. Le Coq Arena
Ground Capacity 9,692 [1]
President Aivar Pohlak[2]
Manager Norbert Hurt
League Meistriliiga
2013 4th
Website Club home page

FC Flora Tallinn is an Estonian football 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.

History[edit]

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.[3]

Reserve teams[edit]

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.

Stadium[edit]

Main article: A. Le Coq Arena

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.[4][5]

Achievements[edit]

1993–94, 1994–95, 1997–98, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2010, 2011

1994–95, 1997–98, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13

1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014

2011

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 21 March, 2014.[10]

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

No. Position Player
2 Estonia FW Sander Post (captain)
4 Estonia DF Kevin Aloe
5 Estonia DF Janar Õunap
6 Estonia DF Karol Mets
7 Georgia (country) MF Zakaria Beglarishvili
8 Russia MF Irakli Logua
9 Estonia FW Rauno Alliku
10 Estonia MF Brent Lepistu
11 Estonia MF Rauno Sappinen
14 Estonia FW Martin Kase
15 Estonia DF Erkki Junolainen
16 Estonia DF Markus Jürgenson
17 Estonia MF Roman Sobtšenko
No. Position Player
19 Estonia MF Herol Riiberg
20 Estonia MF Maksim Gussev
21 Estonia MF Sergei Mošnikov
22 Estonia DF Nikita Baranov
23 Estonia MF German Šlein
25 Estonia MF Andre Frolov (vice-captain)
29 Estonia DF Taavi Rähn (vice-captain)
33 Estonia GK Stanislav Prins
38 Estonia MF Karl-Eerik Luigend
73 Estonia GK Mait Toom
99 Estonia FW Albert Prosa
Estonia DF Raio Piiroja

Reserve squad[edit]

Further information: FC Flora II Tallinn

Notable past players[edit]

See also: Category:FC Flora Tallinn players

Retired numbers[edit]

12 – Club supporters (the 12th Man)

Flora in Estonian Football[edit]

Meistriliiga

1992–2009
2010–
Season League Pos Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Top goalscorer Cup Super
cup
2010 1 1 36 29 4 3 104 32 +72 91 Estonia Sander Post (24) RU F
2011 1 1 36 26 8 2 100 24 +76 86 Estonia Henri Anier (21) W W
2012 1 3 36 26 3 7 87 24 +63 81 Georgia (country) Zakaria Beglarishvili (17) SF W
2013 1 4 36 21 5 10 83 40 +43 68 Estonia Albert Prosa (16) W
2014 1 1/8 W

UEFA club competition results[edit]

Season Cup Rnd Opponent Score
1994–95 UEFA Cup 1Q Denmark OB 0–3 0–3
1995–96 UEFA Cup 1Q Norway Lillestrøm 0–4 1–0
1996–97 UEFA Cup 1Q Finland FC Haka 2–2 0–1
1997–98 UEFA Cup 1Q Israel Hapoel Petah Tikva 0–1 1–2
1998–99 Champions League 1Q Romania Steaua Bucureşti 1–4 3–1
1999–00 Champions League 1Q Serbia Partizan Belgrade 0–6 1–4
2000–01 UEFA Cup 1Q Belgium Club Brugge 1–4 0–2
2001–02 UEFA Cup 1Q Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 0–1 0–1
2002–03 Champions League 1Q Cyprus APOEL 0–0 0–1
2003–04 Champions League 1Q Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol 0–1 1–1
2004–05 Champions League 1Q Slovenia ND Gorica 2–4 1–3
2005–06 UEFA Cup 1Q Denmark Esbjerg 2–1 0–6
2006–07 UEFA Cup 1Q Norway Lyn Oslo 1–1 0–0
2Q Denmark Brøndby 0–0 0–4
2007–08 UEFA Cup 1Q Norway Vålerenga 0–1 0–1
2008–09 UEFA Cup 1Q Sweden Djurgårdens 0–0 2–2
2009–10 Europa League 2Q Denmark Brøndby 1–0 1–4
2010–11 Europa League 1Q Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi 1–2 0–0
2011–12 Champions League 2Q Republic of Ireland Shamrock Rovers 0–1 0–0
2012–13 Champions League 2Q Switzerland Basel 0–2 0–3
2013–14 Europa League 1Q Albania Kukësi 1–1 0–0

1Q – 1st Qualifying Round; 2Q – 2nd Qualifying Round

Player records[edit]

As end of 14 September 2014.[11] Players in bold were playing for the team in 2014 Meistriliiga.

Coaches[edit]

Women's team[edit]

Flora women's team was founded in 1997 and are currently playing in Naiste Meistriliiga, the first level in the Estonian women's football system.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A. Le Coq Arena". fcflora.ee. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Kes on kes?". fcflora.ee. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  3. ^ FC Flora väärikas esitus – SL Õhtuleht
  4. ^ "A. Le Coq Arena". fcflora.ee. Retrieved 1 August 2008. 
  5. ^ "Treeningväljakud". fcflora.ee. Retrieved 1 August 2008. 
  6. ^ "FC Flora Eesti meistrivõistlustel". fcflora.ee. Retrieved 1 August 2008. 
  7. ^ "FC Flora Eesti karikavõistlustel". fcflora.ee. Retrieved 1 August 2008. 
  8. ^ "Saavutused". fcflora.ee. Retrieved 1 August 2008. 
  9. ^ "Saavutused". fcflora.ee. Retrieved 1 August 2008. 
  10. ^ "FC Flora esindusmeeskond". FC Flora. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 
  11. ^ List of all FC Flora players
  12. ^ "Treenerid". fcflora.ee. Retrieved 1 August 2008. 

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