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
(2013)
Most championships Flora (9 titles)
Most capped player Stanislav Kitto (515)[1]
Top goalscorer Maksim Gruznov (304)[2]
TV partners TV6, ETV, Postimees
Website http://jalgpall.ee/premium
2014 season

Meistriliiga (called the A. Le Coq Premium liiga from 2013 for sponsorship reasons) is the highest division of the Estonian Football Association annual football championship. The league was founded in 1991 and the current, 2014 is the league's 24th season. As of 2013 it is not fully professional; only six teams are professionals, and the other four teams are semi-professional.

As in most countries with low temperatures in winter time, the season starts around March and ends in late November. The championship's top division consists of ten clubs, all teams play each other four times. After each season the bottom team is relegated, with the winner of Esiliiga being promoted (unless it is a reserve team for a Meistriliiga team, in which case the next team receives automatic promotion) and the 2nd last team from Meistriliiga and the 2nd team from Esiliiga play 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 2014[edit]

The following ten clubs are competing in the Meistriliiga during the 2013 season.

Club
Position
in 2013
First season in
top division
Number of seasons
in Meistriliiga
First season of
current spell in
top division
Top division
titles
Last top division title
/ Best finish
Floraa,b,c 4th 1992 24 1992 9 2011
Infonetc 6th 2013 2 2013 0 6th
Nõmme Kaljuc 2nd 2008 7 2008 1 2012
Levadiac 1st 1999 16 1999 8 2013
Lokomotivc 2nd, (Esiliiga) 2014 1 2014 0 -
Paide Linnameeskondc 5th 2009 6 2009 0 5th
Sillamäe Kaleva 3rd 1992 10 2008 0 2nd
Tallinna Kalev 8th 2007 6 2012 0 6th
Tammekac 9th 2005 10 2005 0 5th
Narva Transa,b,c 7th 1992 24 1992 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 1 2 3 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)

Performance by club[edit]

Club 1st 2nd 3rd Seasons Won
Flora 9 6 4 1993–94, 1994–95, 1997–98, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2010, 2011
Levadia 8 4 2 1999, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013
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
Tallinna Sadam 0 2 0
Narva Trans 0 1 6
Sillamäe Kalev 0 1 1
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 2013 season. Teams in bold are part of the 2013 Meistriliiga. Numbers in bold are the record (highest) numbers in each column.

Pos. Club Seasons Titles Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Avg. pts
1 Flora 23 9 659 450 115 94 1746 539 1207 1465 2.22
2 Narva Trans 23 0 659 334 124 201 1313 820 493 1126 1.71
3 Levadia 15 8 492 365 84 43 1336 342 994 1179 2.40
4 Viljandi Tulevik 16 0 455 140 86 229 593 835 −242 506 1.11
5 TVMK 15 1 411 226 77 108 972 486 486 755 1.84
6 Kuressaare 10 0 336 48 43 245 253 920 −667 187 0.56
7 Tammeka 9 0 324 88 56 180 390 635 −245 320 0.99
8 Sillamäe Kalev 9 0 271 118 39 114 457 478 −21 393 1.45
9 Nõmme Kalju 6 1 216 128 42 46 455 216 239 426 1.97
10 Paide Linnameeskond 5 0 180 51 28 101 168 337 −169 181 1.01
11 Tallinna Kalev 5 0 180 37 29 114 175 397 −222 140 0.78
12 Eesti Põlevkivi 9 0 165 50 43 72 231 283 −52 193 1.17
13 Valga Warrior 5 0 156 21 18 117 120 425 −305 81 0.52
15 Merkuur 6 0 155 41 29 85 206 407 −201 152 0.98
14 Järve 5 0 148 22 19 107 104 394 −290 85 0.57
16 Lantana 6 2 138 73 34 31 275 162 113 253 1.83
17 Pärnu Linnameeskond 4 0 136 24 12 100 144 403 −259 84 0.62
18 Tallinna Sadam 6 0 132 67 19 46 271 168 103 220 1.67
19 Lasnamäe Ajax 3 0 108 7 13 88 60 449 −389 34 0.32
20 Tallinna Dünamo 4 0 91 18 11 62 98 278 −180 65 0.71
21 Levadia II 3 0 84 20 14 50 106 211 −105 74 0.88
22 Norma 4 2 81 52 7 22 237 113 124 163 2.01
23 Lelle 4 0 80 16 19 45 72 155 −83 67 0.84
24 Viljandi 2 0 72 14 14 44 70 157 −87 56 0.78
25 Tartu Kalev/DAG 4 0 71 16 11 44 91 213 −122 59 0.83
26 Vigri 3 0 57 32 11 14 156 72 84 107 1.88
27 Pärnu Tervis 2 0 46 11 5 30 50 104 −54 38 0.83
28 Nikol 2 0 44 30 6 8 107 36 71 96 2.18
29 Pärnu 3 0 41 5 6 30 40 130 −90 21 0.51
30 Infonet 1 0 36 10 8 18 36 56 −20 38 1.06
31 Kohtla-Järve Keemik 2 0 33 11 7 15 45 73 −28 40 1.21
32 Vall 1 0 14 0 1 13 9 44 −35 1 0.07
33 Maardu 1 0 11 0 0 11 7 64 −57 0 0.00

1921–1944 Champions[edit]

Bold indicates club's first championship victory.

Estonian SSR Champions[edit]

Individual all-time leaders[edit]

Notable foreign players[edit]

Records[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 2 January 2013.[6]

  • Most championships: 9 championshipsFlora (1993–94, 1994–95, 1997–98, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2010, 2011)
  • Most seasons in Meistriliiga: 23 seasonsFlora and Trans (All seasons, 1992 — present)
  • Longest unbeaten run: 61 matchesLevadia (10 May 2008 — 7 November 2009)
  • 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)

Player[edit]

As of 2 January 2013.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 9.11.2013
  2. ^ 9.11.2013
  3. ^ "Kodune tippjalgpall saab peatoetaja" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 26 February 2013. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  4. ^ TOP 100+ mängud
  5. ^ TOP 100+ väravakütidTOP 100 – edukamad väravalööjad Meistriliigas 1992 – 2013
  6. ^ a b Luik, Margus, Estonian Football 100 years, ML Agency, p. 570, ISBN 978-9949-18-257-2 

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