FC Levadia Tallinn
|Full name||Football Club Levadia Tallinn|
|Founded||22 October 1998|
|Website||Club home page|
FC Levadia Tallinn is an Estonian football club based in Tallinn. The club was founded in 1998 under the name FC Levadia Maardu. FC Levadia play in the Meistriliiga, the highest level of Estonian football. FC Levadia have won eight league titles, seven Estonian Cups, five Estonian SuperCups and have reached the UEFA Cup first round in 2006.
- 1 History
- 2 Stadium
- 3 Honours
- 4 Players
- 5 FC Levadia in Estonian Football
- 6 Player records in Meistriliiga
- 7 UEFA club competition results
- 8 Notable former players
- 9 Managerial history
- 10 Women's team
- 11 References
- 12 External links
SK FC Levadia was founded in 1998, when metal manufacturer OÜ Levadia accepted to support Estonian Esiliiga club, FK Olümp Maardu. For the honor of new sponsor, FK Olümp Maardu changed its name to FC Levadia. Successful cooperation followed helping the club win the Esiliiga and promotion to the Meistriliiga.
Merge with Tallinna Sadam
In preparing for the next season in the Meistriliiga, the team needed replenishments. At the same time, Tallinna Sadam was ending its time as a football club and both teams' chairmen Viktor Levada (Levadia) and Vladimir Volohhonski (Tallinna Sadam) decided to merge. F.C. Levadia Tallinn was formed
The 2000 season was also a successful one for F.C. Levadia Tallinn. The team won the 2000, the Estonian Cup and the Estonian SuperCup. During the whole season, Levadia didn't lose any of its games, except both UEFA Champions League second qualifying round games against Ukrainian Shakhtar Donetsk. After two loss' to Shakhtar Donetsk, Levadia fired manager Sergei Ratnikov and hired Russian Valeri Bondarenko for the following season. By F.C. Levadia Tallinn standards, the first season with the new manager didn't go very well. The team finished third in the league and only reached the semi-final of the Estonian Cup although they won the Estonian SuperCup. On 20 November 2001, Levadia hired well known Finnish manager, Pasi Rautiainen. The season turned out to be very exciting as the title was open until the last round. At Kadrioru Stadium, Levadia and Flora played each other for the title. The game finished 0–0 in front of an attendance of 3,200. Flora kept its Meistriliiga title, winning by two points. In the Intertoto Cup, Levadia reached the second round. At the end of the season Pasi Rautiainen left the club and returned to Finland for personal reasons. A New head coach was appointed in Italian Franco Pancheri. In the middle of the season Levadia fired Franco Pancheri, because he was unable to maintain the level that was achieved with Pasi Rautiainen. Levadia appointed a new manager, Tarmo Rüütli, who was Levadia's second coach. Under the guidance of the former Estonia national team coach, the team rose from a position of crisis and finished in third place. In 2004, the team moved from Maardu to Tallinn, the capital and largest city in Estonia. Under the leadership of Tarmo Rüütli, the team won Meistriliiga and the Estonian Cup. In the UEFA Cup, Levadia reached the second qualifying round. In the 2005 season, Levadia only won the Estonian Cup. The 2006 season was also unsuccessful as Levadia only won the Meistriliiga.
Uefa Cup 2006
In the UEFA Cup, their first opponent was Finnish club FC Haka. They were equal matched for two legs however Levadia narrowly scraped through to the next round where FC Twente were a much tougher opponent. Levadia caused a huge upset and beat the Dutch club 2–1 on aggregate and with that was the first Estonian club to advance to the third round of a European competition. After a 1–1 away draw, Konstantin Nahk scored a magnificent free-kick at the A. Le Coq Arena which Levadia used from then on in Europe to give the Estonian club a shock 1–0 victory. They were drawn against Newcastle United in the first round proper and the English club had real trouble breaking down a stubborn Levadia defence. After going down 0–1 at home through an Antoine Sibierski goal in Tallinn, Levadia lost 1–2 at St. James' Park with ex-international Indrek Zelinski the goalscorer.
2007 Season Trouble
In season 2007, Levadia won Meistriliiga and the Estonian Cup. In the UEFA Champions League they reached the second qualifying round, losing to Red Star Belgrade by the away goals rule. The darkest point in the season was Levadia's contract extensions. Levadia moved many of its first-team players to the reserve team, because they didn't sign the contract extension that Levadia was offering. In 2008 Levadia appointed a new manager Igor Prins because Tarmo Rüütli left the club.
2009/10 European campaign
Levadia caused a big surprise after knocking out Polish champion Wisła Kraków in the Champions League second round 2–1 on aggregate. After losing to Hungarian side Debreceni VSC in the third qualifying round, they were drawn against another big club, Galatasaray, in the UEFA Europa League. The team lost the first leg in Istanbul 0–5 and drew 1–1 at home.
2010 Season in Meistriliiga
Levadia started the season strongly, staying in competition for the Meistriliiga title throughout the whole season, although they started to drift away from the title after a 2–0 loss to FC Flora Tallinn at A. Le Coq Arena and eventually finished second behind FC Flora Tallinn.
FC Levadia's home stadium has been the Kadrioru Stadium since 2000. The stadium has a capacity of 4,750 and is the oldest football stadium in Estonia. The stadium was opened on 13 June 1926. Before the A. Le Coq Arena was built, Kadrioru Stadium was the home ground for the Estonia national team.
- Meistriliiga: (8) (Includes titles as FC Levadia Maardu)
- Estonian Cup: (8)
- Estonian SuperCup: (5)
1999, 2000, 2001, 2010, 2013
As of 22 July 2014.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Levadia II play in the Esiliiga, second level of Estonian football.
FC Levadia in Estonian Football
|1999||1||1||28||23||4||1||77||12||65||73||Toomas Krõm (19)||W||W|
|2000||1||1||28||23||5||0||88||20||68||74||Toomas Krõm (24)||W||W|
|2001||1||3||28||15||7||5||72||35||37||55||Toomas Krõm (20)||SF||W|
|2002||1||2||28||20||8||2||79||25||54||62||Vitali Leitan (14)||F||F|
|2003||1||3||28||15||4||9||54||30||24||49||Argo Arbeiter (14)||SF||–|
|2004||1||1||28||21||6||1||82||14||68||69||Konstantin Nahk (12)||W||F|
|2005||1||2||36||28||5||3||97||25||72||89||Indrek Zelinski (18)||W||F|
|2006||1||1||36||30||4||2||114||29||85||94||Indrek Zelinski (21)||1/8||–|
|2007||1||1||36||29||4||3||126||20||106||91||Indrek Zelinski (24)||W||F|
|2008||1||1||36||29||6||1||105||22||83||93||Nikita Andreev (22)||SF||F|
|2009||1||1||36||31||4||1||121||23||98||97||Vitali Gussev (26)||QF|
|2010||1||2||36||26||8||2||100||16||84||86||Tarmo Neemelo (20)||W||W|
|2011||1||4||36||21||10||5||76||25||51||73||Vitali Leitan (20)||2R||F|
|2012||1||2||36||25||8||3||85||22||63||83||Igor Morozov (12)||W|
|2013||1||1||36||30||1||5||69||24||45||91||Rimo Hunt (22)||4R||W|
Player records in Meistriliiga
Most league appearances
Most league goals
UEFA club competition results
Note 1: Victory awarded to Levadia due to a use of an ineligible player by Leiria.
1Q – 1st Qualifying Round; 2Q – 2nd Qualifying Round; 3Q – 3rd Qualifying Round; PO – Play-off Round; 1R – 1st Round; 2R – 2nd Round
Notable former players
See also: Category:FC Levadia Tallinn players
|Jan 1, 1999–July 26, 2000||Sergei Ratnikov|
|July 27, 2000–Sept 22, 2000||Ants Kommussaar|
|Sept 23, 2000–Dec 31, 2000||Eduard Võrk|
|Jan 1, 2001–Dec 31, 2001||Valeri Bondarenko|
|Dec 31, 2001–Nov 1, 2002||Pasi Rautiainen|
|Jan 1, 2003–May 31, 2003||Franco Pancheri|
|June 1, 2003–Dec 31, 2008||Tarmo Rüütli|
|Jan 1, 2008–June 30, 2010||Igor Prins|
|Aug 3, 2010–July 25, 2011||Aleksandr Puštov|
|July 26, 2011–Dec 31, 2011||Sergei Hohlov-Simson|
|Jan 1, 2012–||Marko Kristal|
- "FC Levadia Tallinn". fclevadia.ee. Retrieved 17 June 2008.
- "Kadrioru staadion". fclevadia.ee. Retrieved 16 June 2008.
- "Martins kukutas Levadia". SL Õhtuleht. Retrieved 16 June 2008.
- "Ajalugu". kadriorustaadion.ee. Retrieved 10 July 2008.
- "Esindusmeeskond 2014". FC Levadia (in Estonian). Retrieved 1 July 2014.
- "FC Levadia II". FC Levadia (in Estonian). Retrieved 2 May 2014.
- "FC Levadia" (in Estonian). FC Levadia Tallinn. Retrieved 20 December 2010.
- FC Levadia official website (English) (Estonian) (Russian)
- FC Levadia's page at uefa.com
- uefa.com: Levadia clear historic hurdle
- White Green Supporters – FC Levadia supporters (Estonian) (Russian)