FC Levadia Tallinn

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Levadia
Logo
Full name Football Club Levadia Tallinn
Founded 22 October 1998[1]
Ground Kadriorg Stadium
Tallinn
Ground Capacity 5,000[2]
President Viktor Levada
Manager Marko Kristal
League Meistriliiga
2013 Meistriliiga, 1st
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.[3]

History[edit]

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[edit]

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

Debut Season[edit]

FC Levadia's debut season was very successful with the team winning 4 trophies; the League Cup, the Meistriliiga,the Estonian Cup and the Estonian SuperCup earning rave reviews in the Estonian media.

2000–2006[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Levadia made a big surprise after knocking out Polish champion Wisła Kraków in the Champions League second round with 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 in home.

2010 Season in Meistriliiga[edit]

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.

Stadium[edit]

Main article: Kadrioru Stadium

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.[2][4]

Honours[edit]

1999, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013

1998–99, 1999–00, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2006–07, 2009–10, 2011–12, 2013–14

1999, 2000, 2001, 2010, 2013

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 July 2014.[5]

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

No. Position Player
1 Ukraine GK Roman Smishko (captain)
3 Estonia DF Artjom Artjunin
5 Egypt MF Omar El-Hussieny
6 Estonia MF Ilja Antonov
7 Finland MF Jere Aallikko
9 Estonia FW Artur Rättel
10 Estonia MF Igor Subbotin
11 Estonia FW Ingemar Teever
12 Estonia GK Kristjan Tamme
15 Estonia MF Henry Rohtla
16 Estonia MF Heiko Tamm
No. Position Player
17 Estonia DF Maksim Podholjuzin
18 Austria DF Toni Tipurić
19 Estonia DF Aleksandr Kulinitš
20 Estonia MF Pavel Marin
22 Estonia DF Artur Pikk
23 Estonia MF Marek Kaljumäe
25 Russia FW Vladislav Ivanov
26 Estonia MF Dmitri Kruglov
27 Estonia MF Andreas Raudsepp
30 Estonia GK Priit Pikker
33 Serbia MF Dragomir Vukobratović

Reserve squad[edit]

Levadia II play in the Esiliiga, second level of Estonian football.

Main article: FC Levadia II Tallinn

As of 2 May 2014.[6] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Estonia GK Henry William Heinola
Estonia GK Kristjan Tamme
Estonia GK Vladislav Tsvetkov
Estonia DF Oskar Aksiim
Russia DF Mark Dubinin
Estonia DF Alger Džumadil
Estonia DF Braien Kaldoja
Estonia DF Raido Kannel
Estonia DF Silver Kotli
Estonia DF Aleksandr Lazarev
Estonia DF Harles Läst
Estonia DF Madis Vihmann
Estonia MF Nikita Brõlin
No. Position Player
Estonia MF Dmitri Jegorov
Estonia MF Vladislav Iljin
Estonia MF Dmitri Jegorov
Estonia MF Valeri Makarov
Estonia MF Kaspar Mutso
Estonia MF Magnar Vainumäe
Estonia MF Vladimir Vassiljev
Estonia FW Mart Paul Preiman
Estonia FW Kristjan Prunn
Estonia FW Henri Reinvald
Estonia FW Mark Oliver Roosnupp
Estonia FW Hannes Tiru

FC Levadia in Estonian Football[edit]

Meistriliiga Esiliiga

Season League Pos Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Top Goalscorer Cup SC
1998 2 1 14 9 5 0 29 7 22 32
1999 1 1 28 23 4 1 77 12 65 73 Estonia Toomas Krõm (19) W W
2000 1 1 28 23 5 0 88 20 68 74 Estonia Toomas Krõm (24) W W
2001 1 3 28 15 7 5 72 35 37 55 Estonia Toomas Krõm (20) SF W
2002 1 2 28 20 8 2 79 25 54 62 Estonia Vitali Leitan (14) F F
2003 1 3 28 15 4 9 54 30 24 49 Estonia Argo Arbeiter (14) SF
2004 1 1 28 21 6 1 82 14 68 69 Estonia Konstantin Nahk (12) W F
2005 1 2 36 28 5 3 97 25 72 89 Estonia Indrek Zelinski (18) W F
2006 1 1 36 30 4 2 114 29 85 94 Estonia Indrek Zelinski (21) 1/8
2007 1 1 36 29 4 3 126 20 106 91 Estonia Indrek Zelinski (24) W F
2008 1 1 36 29 6 1 105 22 83 93 Russia Nikita Andreev (22) SF F
2009 1 1 36 31 4 1 121 23 98 97 Estonia Vitali Gussev (26) QF
2010 1 2 36 26 8 2 100 16 84 86 Estonia Tarmo Neemelo (20) W W
2011 1 4 36 21 10 5 76 25 51 73 Estonia Vitali Leitan (20) 2R F
2012 1 2 36 25 8 3 85 22 63 83 Estonia Igor Morozov (12) W
2013 1 1 36 30 1 5 69 24 45 91 Estonia Rimo Hunt (22) 4R W
2014 1 W F

Player records in Meistriliiga[edit]

As of 21 June 2014.[7] Players in bold played for the team in 2014 Meistriliiga season.

UEFA club competition results[edit]

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
1999–2000 UEFA Cup 1Q Romania Steaua Bucureşti 1–4 0–3 1–7
2000–01 UEFA Champions League 1Q Wales Total Network Solutions 4–0 2–2 6–2
2Q Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 1–5 1–4 2–9
2001–02 UEFA Champions League 1Q Republic of Ireland Bohemians 0–0 0–3 0–3
2002 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Portugal União de Leiria 1–2 3–01 4–2
2R Switzerland Zürich 0–0 0–1 0–1
2003–04 UEFA Cup 1Q Croatia Varteks 1–3 2–3 3–6
2004–05 UEFA Cup 1Q Republic of Ireland Bohemians 0–0 3–1 3–1
2Q Norway Bodø/Glimt 2–1(aet) 1–2 3–3(7–8p)
2005–06 UEFA Champions League 1Q Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi 1–0 0–2 1–2
2006–07 UEFA Cup 1Q Finland Haka 2–0 0–1 2–1
2Q Netherlands Twente 1–0 1–1 2–1
1R England Newcastle United 0–1 1–2 1–3
2007–08 UEFA Champions League 1Q Republic of Macedonia Pobeda 0–0 1–0 1–0
2Q Serbia Red Star 2–1 0–1 2–2(a)
2008–09 UEFA Champions League 1Q Republic of Ireland Drogheda United 0–1 1–2 1–3
2009–10 UEFA Champions League 2Q Poland Wisła Kraków 1–0 1–1 2–1
3Q Hungary Debrecen 0–1 0–1 0–2
2009–10 UEFA Europa League PO Turkey Galatasaray 1–1 0–5 1–6
2010–11 UEFA Champions League 2Q Hungary Debrecen 1–1 2–3 3–4
2011–12 UEFA Europa League 2Q Luxembourg Differdange 03 0–1 0–0 0–1
2012–13 UEFA Europa League 1Q Lithuania Šiauliai 1–0 1–2 2–2(a)
2Q Cyprus Anorthosis 1–3 0–3 1–6
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 1Q Wales Bala Town 3–1 0–1 3–2
2Q Romania Pandurii Târgu Jiu 0–0 0–4 0–4
2014–15 UEFA Champions League 1Q San Marino S.P. La Fiorita 7–0 1–0 8–0
2Q Czech Republic Sparta Prague
Notes
  • 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[edit]

See also: Category:FC Levadia Tallinn players

Managerial history[edit]

Season[8] Name
1998 Estonia Vladimir Plešakov[9]
Jan 1, 1999–July 26, 2000 Estonia Sergei Ratnikov
July 27, 2000–Sept 22, 2000 Estonia Ants Kommussaar
Sept 23, 2000–Dec 31, 2000 Estonia Eduard Võrk
Jan 1, 2001–Dec 31, 2001 Estonia Valeri Bondarenko
Dec 31, 2001–Nov 1, 2002 Finland Pasi Rautiainen
Jan 1, 2003–May 31, 2003 Italy Franco Pancheri
June 1, 2003–Dec 31, 2008 Estonia Tarmo Rüütli
Jan 1, 2008–June 30, 2010 Estonia Igor Prins
Aug 3, 2010–July 25, 2011 Russia Aleksandr Puštov
July 26, 2011–Dec 31, 2011 Estonia Sergei Hohlov-Simson
Jan 1, 2012– Estonia Marko Kristal

Women's team[edit]

Levadia women's team are currently playing in Naiste Meistriliiga, the first level in the Estonian women's football system.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FC Levadia Tallinn". fclevadia.ee. Retrieved 17 June 2008. 
  2. ^ a b "Kadrioru staadion". fclevadia.ee. Retrieved 16 June 2008. 
  3. ^ "Martins kukutas Levadia". SL Õhtuleht. Retrieved 16 June 2008. 
  4. ^ "Ajalugu". kadriorustaadion.ee. Retrieved 10 July 2008. 
  5. ^ "Esindusmeeskond 2014". FC Levadia (in Estonian). Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "FC Levadia II". FC Levadia (in Estonian). Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ "FC Levadia" (in Estonian). FC Levadia Tallinn. Retrieved 20 December 2010. 
  9. ^ http://fclevadia.ee/article/318

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