Pärnu Linnameeskond

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Pärnu Linnameeskond
Et-Parnu coa.svg
Full name Pärnu Linnameeskond
Nickname(s) Karud (Bears)
Founded 1922
re-established 1999
Ground Pärnu Raeküla staadion, Pärnu
Ground Capacity 500
Chairman Raio Piiroja
Manager Marko Lelov
League Meistriliiga
2014 Esiliiga, 3rd, promoted

Pärnu Linnameeskond is an Estonian football club, based in Pärnu that plays in the Meistriliiga. Founded as Pärnu Vaprus in 1922 and disbanded in 1937, the club was re-established in 1999 and changed its name to Pärnu Linnameeskond in 2011.

History[edit]

Vaprus Pärnu[edit]

FC Vaprus Pärnu badge

Vaprus Pärnu was formed in May 1922 as Sporting Society Vaprus. Founding members included Johann Tamm (Vaprus Pärnu president 1922–1927), Johan Põntson (10-time Estonian wrestling champion), Arnold Luhaäär (1928 Summer Olympics heavyweight Silver and 1936 Summer Olympics heavyweight Bronze) and William Puust (Pärnu football club founder). Vaprus competed in the local Pärnu football championships, winning in 1927 and 1934. In 1937 the club merged with several other sporting clubs forming Pärnu Kalev.[1]

The club was re-established in 1999 as FC Vaprus Pärnu and competed in III Liiga. Vaprus Pärnu won the Western Conference in 2000 and earned promotion to II Liiga. Vaprus Pärnu won 2005 Esiliiga and was promoted to 2006 Meistriliiga. The team finished 7th in their first season in the top-flight Estonian league. Vaprus finished 2008 Meistriliiga 10th, but managed to avoid direct relegation due to disbandment of TVMK Tallinn. However the team still lost the relegation play-off against Paide Linnameeskond and was relegated.[2]




Pärnu Linnameeskond[edit]

In 2011 Vaprus Pärnu changed its name to Pärnu Linnameeskond. Pärnu Linnameeskond finished 2014 Esiliiga 3rd and was promoted to Meistriliiga once again.[3]

Stadium[edit]

The club's home stadium was Pärnu Rannastaadion until the 2015 season when the club moved to Pärnu Raeküla staadion as Rannastaadion went under construction.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 9 November 2014.[4] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Estonia GK Hendrik Vainu
2 Estonia DF Daniel Barinov
3 Estonia DF Siim Mäeots
4 Estonia DF Taavi Kitsel (captain)
5 Estonia FW Taavi Laurits
6 Estonia MF Ronek Saal
7 Estonia MF Envar Lauter
8 Estonia FW Kaarel Kaarlimäe
9 Estonia MF Toomas Pent
11 Estonia MF Anton Issakov
12 Estonia DF Markus Sabiin
13 Estonia MF Ivan Velikopolje
No. Position Player
14 Estonia DF Julius Sepp
15 Estonia FW Henri Hanson
16 Estonia MF Alder Lepik
18 Estonia DF Joosep Sarapuu
19 Estonia MF Tõnis Vihmoja
22 Estonia DF Jaak-Peeter Oja
23 Estonia DF Margus Põldsaar
27 Estonia MF Ott Midenbritt
28 Estonia FW Risto Pärnat
77 Estonia GK Joel Vabrit
Estonia DF Andro Aavik

Reserves[edit]

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

No. Position Player
No. Position Player

Former players[edit]

Pärnu Linnameeskond in Estonian Football[edit]

Esiliiga B Esiliiga Meistriliiga Esiliiga II Liiga Esiliiga II Liiga III Liiga

Managerial history[edit]

Name Career
Estonia Gert Olesk 2010
Estonia Kalev Pajula 2010–2012
Estonia Gert Olesk 2013–2014
Estonia Marko Lelov 2015–

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ajalugu 20. sajandil" (in Estonian). Vaprus.ee. Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "Ajalugu 21. sajandil" (in Estonian). Vaprus.ee. Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Pärnu jalgpalliklubi kerkis meistriliigasse" (in Estonian). Postimees.ee. Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "PäRNU LINNAMEESKOND (2014) - Eesti Jalgpalli Liit". Jalgpall.ee. Retrieved 14 November 2014.