FC Lantana Tallinn

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FC Lantana Tallinn
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Full name Football Club Lantana Tallinn
Founded 1994
Dissolved 1999
Ground Viimsi staadion, Viimsi
Ground Capacity 2,000
Chairman Sergei Belov
Manager Juri Tšurilkin
League Meistriliiga
1999 Meistriliiga, 6th

FC Lantana Tallinn is a defunct Estonian football club. Lantana won the Estonian Meistriliiga in 1996 and 1997. The club was dissolved after the 1999 season.

History[edit]

Lantana Tallinn entered Estonian footballing parlance when the Belov family bought out the pre-existing Nikol Tallinn in late 1994. Their original colours were black and white striped shirts, with black shorts and socks, although they changed these to sky blue and royal blue following the 1998 season.

The new side enjoyed near instant success, finishing second in their first season and winning the Meistriliiga title in 1995–96. That season also saw them enter European competition for the first time, however a 2–1 UEFA Cup victory over Latvians DAG-Liepaya was changed to a 3–0 defeat after Lantana fielded an ineligible player, and they exited in the preliminary round.

Lantana won the Meistriliiga again in 1996–97, however defeat by Sadam Tallinn in the Estonian Cup final denied them a double. This was their first season playing at the suburban Viimsi Staadion, having previously played at Tallinn's main Kadriorg Stadium. Viimsi has a capacity of 2000 and a pitch 105 by 70 meters. The side enjoyed its first European success that year, knocking out Icelandic side ÍBV Vestmannaeyjar in their UEFA Cup Preliminary Round tie before losing 4–2 on aggregate to FC Aarau.

Despite their table-topping league form, Lantana did not supply any players to the Estonian national side. This was due the perception that the club was representative of the ethnically-Russian minority in Estonia, and indeed many of the squad were Russian and ineligible under FIFA rules to represent Estonia.

League form was more erratic in 1997-98 while Lantana were again beaten Cup finalists, losing to Flora Tallinn. Lantana also lost in their only European tie, 3–0 on aggregate to Jazz Pori. After further mixed form in 1998 and 1999, the side was wound up.

Achievements[edit]

Lantana Tallinn in Estonian Football[edit]

Season League Pos Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Top Goalscorer
1994–95 1 2 14 10 3 1 44 7 37 33 Serhiy Morozov (25)
1C 10 7 2 1 26 9 15 23
1995–96 1 1 14 10 3 1 37 8 29 33 Maksim Gruznov (12)
1C 10 6 2 2 21 7 14 20
1996–97 1 1 14 11 2 1 30 9 21 35 Sergei Bragin (18)
1C 10 7 2 1 22 6 16 23

1997–98

1 3 14 5 4 5 20 17 3 19 Vitali Leitan (9)
1C 10 4 3 3 17 17 0 15
1998 1 3 14 7 4 3 27 20 7 25
1999 1 6 28 5 9 13 31 52 –21 27 Vitali Leitan (15)

Lantana Tallinn in Europe[edit]

  • 1Q = First Qualifying Round
  • 2Q = Second Qualifying Round
Season Cup Round Country Club Score
1995/96 Cup Winners' Cup 1Q Latvia DAG-Liepaya 0-3, 0-0
1996/97 UEFA Cup 1Q Iceland Íþróttabandalag Vestmannaeyja 2-1, 0-0
2Q Switzerland FC Aarau 0-4, 2-0
1997/98 Champions League 1Q Finland FC Jazz 0-1, 0-2
1998/99 Cup Winners' Cup 1Q Scotland Heart of Midlothian FC 0-1, 0-5
1999/00 UEFA Cup 1Q Georgia (country) Torpedo Kutaisi 0-5, 2-4

Notable former players[edit]

See also: Category:FC Lantana Tallinn players

External links[edit]