Meistriliiga

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Meistriliiga
Meistriliiga.png
Country  Estonia
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1992
Number of teams 10
Levels on pyramid 1
Relegation to Esiliiga
Domestic cup(s) Estonian Cup
International cup(s) Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Current champions Levadia
(2014)
Most championships Flora Tallinn
Levadia Tallinn
(9 titles)
Most capped player Stanislav Kitto (515)[1]
Top goalscorer Maksim Gruznov (304)[2]
TV partners ERR, Postimees
Website http://jalgpall.ee/premium
2014 season

Meistriliiga (known as the A. Le Coq Premium Liiga for sponsorship reasons[3]) is the highest division of the Estonian Football Association annual football championship. The league was founded in 1992 and the current, 2014 season, is the league's 24th. As of 2014 it is not fully professional with semi-professional and amateur clubs allowed to compete. In 2013 six of the ten teams were professional.

As in most countries with low temperatures in winter time, the season starts around March and ends in late November. Meistriliiga consists of ten clubs, all teams play each other four times. After each season the bottom team is relegated and the second last team plays a two-legged playoff for a place in the Meistriliiga.

In February 2013, A. Le Coq, a brewery, signed a five-year cooperation agreement with the Estonian Football Association, which included Meistriliiga naming rights.[3]

Meistriliiga clubs 2015[edit]

The following 10 clubs will compete in the Meistriliiga during the 2015 season.

Club 2014 Position First season in Meistriliiga Number of seasons in Meistriliiga First season of current spell Titles Last title / Best finish
Flora a, b, c 3rd 1992 25 1992 9 2011
Infonetc 5th 2013 3 2013 0 5th
Nõmme Kaljuc 4th 2008 8 2008 1 2012
Levadiac 1st 1999 17 1999 9 2014
Paide Linnameeskondc 6th 2009 7 2009 0 5th
Pärnu Linnameeskond 3rd, (Esiliiga) 2006 4 2015 0 7th
Sillamäe Kaleva 2nd 1992 11 2008 0 2nd
Tammekac 7th 2005 11 2005 0 5th
Transa, b, c 8th 1992 25 1992 0 2nd
Viljandi Tulevika 5th, (Esiliiga) 1992 17 2015 0 2nd

a = Founding member of the Meistriliiga
b = Played in every Meistriliiga season
c = Never been relegated from Meistriliiga

Champions and top goalscorers[edit]

Season 1st 2nd 3rd Top goalscorer
1992 Norma Eesti Põlevkivi TVMK Estonia Sergei Bragin (Norma, 18 goals)
1992–93 Norma Flora Nikol Estonia Sergei Bragin (Norma, 27 goals)
1993–94 Flora Norma Nikol/Marlekor Estonia Maksim Gruznov (Narva Trans, 21 goals)
1994–95 Flora Lantana/Marlekor Narva Trans Ukraine Serhiy Morozov (Lantana/Marlekor, 25 goals)
1995–96 Lantana Flora Tevalte/Marlekor Estonia Lembit Rajala (Flora, 16 goals)
1996–97 Lantana Flora Marlekor Estonia Sergei Bragin (Lantana, 18 goals)
1997–98 Flora Tallinna Sadam Lantana Estonia Konstantin Nahk (Tallinna Sadam, 18 goals)
1998 Flora Tallinna Sadam Lantana Estonia Konstantin Nahk (Tallinna Sadam, 13 goals)
1999 Levadia Viljandi Tulevik Flora Estonia Toomas Krõm (Levadia, 19 goals)
2000 Levadia Flora TVMK Lithuania Egidijus Juška (TVMK, 24 goals)
Estonia Toomas Krõm (Levadia, 24 goals)
2001 Flora TVMK Levadia Estonia Maksim Gruznov (Narva Trans, 37 goals)
2002 Flora Levadia TVMK Estonia Andrei Krõlov (TVMK, 37 goals)
2003 Flora TVMK Levadia Norway Tor Henning Hamre (Flora, 39 goals)
2004 Levadia TVMK Flora Estonia Vjatšeslav Zahovaiko (Flora, 28 goals)
2005 TVMK Levadia Narva Trans Estonia Tarmo Neemelo (TVMK, 41 goals)
2006 Levadia Narva Trans Flora Estonia Maksim Gruznov (Narva Trans, 31 goals)
2007 Levadia Flora TVMK Russia Dmitri Lipartov (Narva Trans, 30 goals)
2008 Levadia Flora Narva Trans Estonia Ingemar Teever (Nõmme Kalju, 23 goals)
2009 Levadia Sillamäe Kalev Narva Trans Estonia Vitali Gussev (Levadia, 26 goals)
2010 Flora Levadia Narva Trans Estonia Sander Post (Flora, 24 goals)
2011 Flora Nõmme Kalju Narva Trans Latvia Aleksandrs Čekulajevs (Narva Trans, 46 goals)
2012 Nõmme Kalju Levadia Flora Russia Vladislav Ivanov (Sillamäe Kalev / Narva Trans, 23 goals)
2013 Levadia Nõmme Kalju Sillamäe Kalev Estonia Vladimir Voskoboinikov (Nõmme Kalju, 23 goals)
2014 Levadia Sillamäe Kalev Flora Russia Yevgeni Kabaev (Sillamäe Kalev, 36 goals)

Performance by club[edit]

Club 1st 2nd 3rd Seasons won
Flora 9 6 5 1993–94, 1994–95, 1997–98, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2010, 2011
Levadia 9 4 2 1999, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014
Lantana/Marlekor/Nikol 2 1 3 1995–96, 1996–97
Norma 2 1 0 1992, 1992–93
TVMK 1 3 6 2005
Nõmme Kalju 1 2 0 2012
Sillamäe Kalev 0 2 1
Tallinna Sadam 0 2 0
Narva Trans 0 1 6
Viljandi Tulevik 0 1 0
Eesti Põlevkivi 0 1 0

All-time table[edit]

The table is a cumulative record of all match results, points and goals of every team that has played in the Meistriliiga since its inception in 1992. The table that follows is accurate as of the end of the 2014 season. Teams in bold play in the Meistriliiga 2015 season. Numbers in bold are the record (highest) numbers in each column.

In this ranking 3 points are awarded for a win, 1 for a draw, and 0 for a loss, although Meistriliiga awarded 2 points for a win until the 1994–95 season. Championship matches, relegation matches and relegation tournament matches involving clubs of lower leagues are not counted. In 1992 Preliminary Round matches were played in two groups. The results of the matches played between teams in same group were taken to second round, thus counted twice, in this table these results are counted once.

The table is sorted by all-time points

Pos.
Club
Seasons
Titles
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
PpG
1 Flora 24 9 692 472 121 99 1823 571 1252 1537 2.22
2 Levadia1 16 9 528 391 90 47 1448 361 1087 1263 2.39
3 Trans 24 0 692 340 132 220 1343 890 453 1152 1.66
4 TVMK2 15 1 408 225 76 107 966 480 486 751 1.84
5 Viljandi Tulevik3 16 0 453 140 85 228 582 830 -248 505 1.11
6 Kalju 7 1 252 152 48 52 540 235 305 504 2.00
7 Sillamäe Kalev 10 0 305 142 42 121 561 507 54 468 1.53
8 Tammeka 10 0 360 95 63 202 427 718 -291 348 0.97
9 Lantana 6 2 138 73 34 31 271 144 127 253 1.83
10 Tallinna Sadam 6 0 132 67 19 46 271 168 103 220 1.67
11 Paide Linnameeskond 6 0 216 60 36 120 207 404 -197 216 1.00
12 Eesti Põlevkivi Jõhvi 9 0 162 50 40 72 224 276 -52 190 1.17
13 Kuressaare 10 0 336 48 43 245 253 920 -667 187 0.56
14 Norma 4 2 78 49 7 22 223 111 112 154 1.97
15 Tallinna Kalev 6 0 216 40 32 144 196 543 -347 152 0.70
16 Merkuur4 6 0 153 41 28 84 204 404 -200 151 0.99
17 Vigri5 3 0 54 31 11 12 151 64 87 104 1.93
18 Infonet 2 0 72 29 17 26 116 100 16 104 1.44
19 Nikol 2 0 44 30 6 8 107 36 71 96 2.18
20 Järve6 5 0 148 22 19 107 104 394 -290 85 0.57
21 Warrior 5 0 156 21 18 117 120 425 -305 81 0.52
22 Pärnu Linnameeskond7 3 0 108 23 7 78 125 307 -182 76 0.70
23 Levadia II1 3 0 84 20 14 50 106 211 -105 74 0.88
24 Lelle SK 4 0 80 16 19 45 72 155 -83 67 0.84
25 Dünamo 4 0 89 16 11 62 92 277 -185 59 0.66
26 DAG8 4 0 68 16 9 43 85 199 -114 57 0.84
27 Viljandi 2 0 72 14 14 44 70 157 -87 56 0.78
28 Pärnu Tervis 2 0 46 11 5 30 38 92 -54 38 0.83
29 Kohtla-Järve Keemik 2 0 31 10 6 15 41 72 -31 36 1.16
30 Lasnamäe Ajax 3 0 108 7 13 88 60 449 -389 34 0.31
31 Pärnu JK9 3 0 38 5 5 28 36 120 -84 20 0.53
32 Lokomotiv 1 0 36 4 6 26 35 115 -80 18 0.50
33 Pärnu Levadia 1 0 28 1 5 22 19 96 -77 8 0.29
34 Vall 1 0 14 0 1 13 9 44 -35 1 0.07
35 FK Maardu 1 0 9 0 0 9 6 59 -53 0 0
Notes
  • Note 1: 1999–2003 FC Levadia Maardu, 2004– FC Levadia. Not to be confused with FC Levadia Tallinn 2001-2003 a separate team owned by the steel company Levadia. In 2004 the clubs were merged FC Levadia Maardu were moved to Tallinn and became FC Levadia, former FC Levadia Tallinn become their reserves as FC Levadia II.
  • Note 2: 1992 TVMV, 1995–1996 Tevalte-Marlekor, 1996–1997 Marlekor, 1997–2008 TVMK
  • Note 3: 1992 Viljandi JK, 1993– Viljandi Tulevik
  • Note 4: 1992–2005 Merkuur, 2006 Maag
  • Note 5: 1992–1993 Vigri, 1993–1995 Tevalte, 1996–1999 Vigri
  • Note 6: 2000–2003 Kohtla-Järve Lootus, 2004 Alutaguse Lootus, 2005–2012 Kohtla-Järve Lootus, 2013– Kohtla-Järve Järve
  • Note 7: 1999–2010 Pärnu Vaprus, 2011– Pärnu Linnameeskond
  • Note 8: 1992 Tartu Kalev, 1992–1994 EsDAG, 1994– DAG
  • Note 9: 1992 Pärnu JK, 1994–1996 PJK Kalev

Records[edit]

All as of end of 2014 season if not stated otherwise

Clubs[edit]

  • Most titles won: 9 titlesFlora, Levadia
  • Most consecutive seasons in the Meistriliiga: 24 seasonsFlora and Trans (All seasons, 1992 — present)
  • Most points in a season: 97 pointsLevadia (2009)
  • Fewest points in a season: 0 pointsFK Maardu (1992)
  • Longest unbeaten run: 61 matchesLevadia (10 May 2008 — 7 November 2009)[4]
  • Most matches won in a row: 17 matchesNorma (15 May 1992 — 2 October 1993)
  • Biggest win margin: 24 goalsTevalte (24–0 v Sillamäe Kalev on 27 May 1994)
  • Most goals in a season: 138 goalsTVMK (2005)
  • Fewest goals in a season: 11 goalsSillamäe Kalev (1993–94, 22 games), Valga (2000, 28), Kuressaare (2003, 28), Lootus (2004, 28), Lasnamäe Ajax (2011, 36)
  • Fewest goals per game in a season: 0.306 gpgLasnamäe Ajax (2011, 11 goals in 36 games)
  • Most goals against in a season: 192 goalsLasnamäe Ajax (2011)

Players[edit]

Most goals scored by one player in a match[7]
Rank Player Goals For Score Against Season
1 Estonia Anatoli Novožilov 10 Tevalte 24–0 Sillamäe Kalev 1993–94
2 Estonia Urmas Kirs 7 Flora 19–0 FK Maardu 1992
Brazil Milton 7 Tevalte 10–1 Merkuur 1993–94
Norway Tor Henning Hamre 7 Flora 17–0 FC Kuressaare 2003
Most goals in a season
Rank Player Goals Club Season
1 Latvia Aleksandrs Čekulajevs 46 Trans 2011
2 Estonia Tarmo Neemelo 41 TVMK 2005
3 Norway Tor Henning Hamre 39 Flora 2003
Longest time without conceding a goal[8][9]
Rank Player Minutes Club Season(s) Dates
1 Ukraine Roman Smishko 1281 Levadia 2014 5 April 2014–25 July 2014
2 Estonia Martin Kaalma 946 Levadia 20072008 2 October 2007–14 June 2008
3 Estonia Sergei Ussoltsev 889 Trans 2005 14 August 2005–26 October 2005
Youngest goalscorer[10][11]
Rank Player Age Date For Score Against Season
1 Estonia Raio Piiroja 16 years, 15 days 26 July 1995 Pärnu JK 2-4 Trans 1995–96
2 Estonia Eduard Golovljov 16 years, 78 days 13 March 2013 Infonet 2–0 Tallinna Kalev 2013
3 Estonia Vladislav Fjodorov 16 years, 79 days 18 October 2008 Trans 3–0 Pärnu Vaprus 2008
Oldest goalscorer[12]
Rank Player Age Date For Score Against Season
1 Estonia Sergei Zamogilnõi 43 years, 16 days 15 September 1996 EP Jõhvi 4–1 Tallinna Vall 1996-97
Fastest goal[13][14][15]
Rank Player Time Date For Score Against Season
Estonia Jaanis Kriska (o.g.) 5 seconds 12 September 2009 FC Kuressaare 0–8 Levadia 2009
1 Estonia Aleksander Saharov 12 seconds 29 August 2004 Flora 6–0 Alutaguse Lootus 2004
2 Russia Vladislav Ivanov 14 seconds 15 April 2012 JK Sillamäe Kalev 1–0 JK Narva Trans 2012
3 Lithuania Egidijus Juška 17 seconds 21 April 2000 TVMK 1–2 Tulevik 2000
Shortest timespan for hat-trick scored [16][17]
Rank Player Time G1 G2 G3 Date For Score Against Season
1 Estonia Vjatšeslav Zahovaiko 4 minutes 65' 67' 69' 18 October 2004 Flora 9–0 Alutaguse Lootus 2004
2 Estonia Aleksandr ŽŽurkin 5 minutes 14' 18' 19' 1993 Norma EsDAG

1921–1944 Champions[edit]

Bold indicates club's first championship victory.

Estonian SSR Champions[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]