2008 Meistriliiga

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Meistriliiga
Season2008
ChampionsLevadia
(6th title)
RelegatedVaprus
TVMK
Champions LeagueLevadia
Europa LeagueFlora
Narva Trans
Kalju
Matches played180
Goals scored639 (3.55 per match)
Top goalscorerIngemar Teever (23)
Biggest home winTVMK 8–0 Tallinna Kalev
Biggest away winTulevik 0–8 Flora
Highest scoringVaprus 3–10 TVMK
2007
2009

The 2008 season of Meistriliiga, the first level in the Estonian football system, was the 18th season in the league's history. It began on 8 March 2008 and ended on 15 November 2008. The defending champions were Levadia.

Promotion and relegation[edit]

10th placed Ajax were directly relegated after the end of the previous season. Since reserve squads are not allowed to be promoted to Meistriliiga, third placed Esiliiga team Sillamäe Kalev were directly promoted to 2008 Meistriliiga.

Kuressaare (9th placed Meistriliiga team) and Kalju (6th placed Esiliiga team) competed in promotion/relegation play-offs for one spot in 2008 Meistriliiga. The aggregate score was 2–2 and Nõmme Kalju were promoted due to scoring more away goals.

Clubs and venues[edit]

Team Location Stadium Capacity Manager
Flora Tallinn A. Le Coq Arena 9,300 Finland Pasi Rautiainen
Kalju Tallinn Hiiu Stadium 500 Brazil Getúlio Fredo
Levadia Tallinn Kadriorg Stadium 5,000[1] Estonia Igor Prins
Maag Tammeka Tartu Tartu Tamme Stadium 1,500[2] Estonia Sergei Zamogilnõi
Sillamäe Kalev Sillamäe Sillamäe Kalev Stadium 800 Ukraine Vadym Dobizha
Tallinna Kalev Tallinn Kalev Keskstaadion 11,500[3] Estonia Aavo Sarap
Narva Trans Narva Kreenholm Stadium 1,065[4] Russia Aleksei Yagudin
Tulevik Viljandi Viljandi linnastaadion 1,084[5] Estonia Marko Lelov
TVMK Tallinn Kadriorg Stadium 5,000[1] Estonia Sergei Ratnikov
Vaprus Pärnu Pärnu Kalev Stadium 1,900 Estonia Ants Kommussaar

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Levadia (C) 36 29 6 1 105 22 +83 93 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Flora 36 28 7 1 113 28 +85 91 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round[a]
3 Narva Trans 36 16 8 12 62 54 +8 56 2009–10 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round
4 Kalju 36 16 7 13 65 64 +1 55
5 Sillamäe Kalev 36 13 6 17 49 79 −30 45
6 Tulevik 36 9 4 23 31 74 −43 31[b]
7 Maag Tammeka 36 9 4 23 45 76 −31 31[b]
8 Tallinna Kalev 36 6 8 22 37 70 −33 26
9 Vaprus (R) 36 5 2 29 41 125 −84 17 relegation play-off
10 TVMK (R) 36 20 6 10 91 47 +44 66[c] Relegation to Esiliiga
Source: Estonian Football Association (in Estonian)
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) number of wins; 3) head-to-head points; 4) head-to-head goal difference; 5) head-to-head goals scored; 6) goal difference; 7) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Flora won the 2008–09 Estonian Cup and qualified for second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League. Therefore, Nõmme Kalju, fourth-placed team and cup runners-up, earned a spot in the first qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.
  2. ^ a b TUL: 6 pts, 7–5; M-T: 6 pts, 5–7
  3. ^ On 6 November 2008, the Estonian Football Association decided not to grant TVMK a license to play in Meistriliiga or Esiliiga, due to financial difficulties during the season. The Estonian Football Association allowed them to play until the end of the season and as they finished in third place, the players and coaches received bronze medals, but the club itself was dropped to 10th place.[6][7] TVMK were eventually disbanded.

Relegation play-off[edit]

Vaprus and Esiliiga side Paide Linnameeskond competed in a two-legged relegation play-off for one spot in 2009 Meistriliiga. Aggregate score was 5–5 and Paide Linnameeskond secured their place in 2009 Meistriliiga because they scored more away goals (3–1).

Paide Linnameeskond2 – 1Vaprus
Polyansky Goal 22' (o.g.)
Ellram Goal 67'
Report
(in Estonian)
Kovalenko Goal 90'
Attendance: 150
Referee: Ainar Kuusk

Vaprus4 – 3Paide Linnameeskond
Joost Goal 48'
Pakk Goal 70'75'
Polyansky Goal 72'
Report
(in Estonian)
Saar Goal 13'
Voolaid Goal 43'
Ellram Goal 65'
Attendance: 100
Referee: Jaan Roos

Results[edit]

Each team played every opponent four times, twice at home and twice on the road, for a total of 36 games.

First half of season[edit]

Home \ Away[1] FLO NÕM LEV M-T SIL T.K NAR TUL TVM VPR
Flora 1–1 0–2 3–1 4–0 4–1 3–3 3–1 3–1 7–0
Nõmme Kalju 1–7 0–4 2–1 3–0 2–1 1–1 2–0 1–5 3–1
Levadia 2–2 2–2 1–1 4–0 3–1 3–1 2–0 2–0 7–0
Maag Tammeka 1–3 2–1 1–3 2–0 0–2 0–1 2–0 1–2 4–1
Sillamäe Kalev 0–3 2–1 0–5 1–1 2–1 1–3 1–0 1–3 1–4
Tallinna Kalev 0–3 2–0 0–2 2–0 2–5 1–2 2–1 1–1 1–2
Narva Trans 1–2 1–0 0–3 1–1 3–1 0–0 4–1 1–1 1–0
Tulevik 0–8 0–0 0–1 3–1 1–1 3–2 1–0 0–3 0–1
TVMK 0–0 0–1 3–0 1–0 5–1 5–2 1–1 6–1 2–1
Vaprus 1–6 0–2 0–4 2–4 1–3 2–0 0–6 2–4 1–5

Source: Matchday 1–9 results Matchday 10–18 results (in Estonian)
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Second half of season[edit]

Home \ Away[1] FLO NÕM LEV M-T SIL T.K NAR TUL TVM VPR
Flora 4–0 0–0 6–2 7–1 1–1 2–1 4–1 4–2 3–0
Nõmme Kalju 0–3 1–2 2–1 2–2 3–2 7–3 2–0 2–0 5–1
Levadia 0–0 1–0 4–1 5–1 2–1 7–2 5–0 1–1 4–0
Maag Tammeka 1–2 2–3 1–3 0–2 1–0 1–4 2–1 2–3 1–0
Sillamäe Kalev 0–1 2–1 1–4 2–1 2–1 4–4 0–1 0–1 3–2
Tallinna Kalev 0–1 2–3 1–5 1–1 0–0 2–0 1–2 2–2 1–1
Narva Trans 0–2 1–1 0–1 4–1 0–3 1–0 3–0 1–0 3–0
Tulevik 1–2 1–4 0–5 3–0 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–1 1–2
TVMK 1–3 2–1 1–2 6–2 1–2 8–0 0–1 2–1 6–2
Vaprus 1–6 5–5 0–4 1–2 2–4 0–1 2–4 0–2 3–10

Source: Matchday 19–27 results Matchday 28–36 results (in Estonian)
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals[8]
1 Estonia Ingemar Teever Kalju 23
2 Russia Nikita Andreev Levadia 22
3 Estonia Sander Post Flora 19
4 Estonia Jarmo Ahjupera Flora 17
Brazil Felipe Nunes Kalju
6 Estonia Tarmo Kink Levadia 16
7 Estonia Henri Anier Flora 15
Estonia Indrek Zelinski Levadia
9 Ukraine Irfan Ametov Sillamäe Kalev 13
Estonia Artjom Dmitrijev TVMK
Estonia Vladislav Gussev TVMK
Estonia Nikolai Lõsanov Narva Trans

Awards[edit]

Monthly awards[edit]

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month
Manager Club Player Club
March[9] Brazil Getúlio Fredo Kalju Estonia Sander Post Flora
April[9] Estonia Igor Prins Levadia Estonia Ingemar Teever Kalju
May[9] Finland Pasi Rautiainen Flora Estonia Konstantin Nahk Levadia
June[9] Estonia Igor Prins Levadia Estonia Vjatšeslav Zahovaiko Flora
July[9] Finland Pasi Rautiainen Flora Estonia Mihhail Starodubtsev Sillamäe Kalev
August[9] Estonia Igor Prins Levadia Finland Juha Hakola Flora
September[9] Ukraine Vadym Dobizha Sillamäe Kalev Estonia Tarmo Kink Levadia
October[9] Russia Aleksei Yagudin Narva Trans Estonia Marek Lemsalu Levadia

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Kadrioru Staadion" (in Estonian). Eesti Spordiregister.
  2. ^ "Tartu Tamme staadion" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association.
  3. ^ "Kalevi Keskstaadion" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association.
  4. ^ "Narva Kreenholmi staadion" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association.
  5. ^ "Viljandi linnastaadion" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association.
  6. ^ FC TVMK meeskonnad langesid Meistri- ja Esiliigast välja. Archived 2009-06-21 at the Wayback Machine (in Estonian)
  7. ^ TVMK kadumine ulatas Vaprusele õlekõrre (in Estonian)
  8. ^ "MÄNGUDE AJALUGU" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h "Oktoobri parimad Lemsalu ja Jagudin". Eesti Päevaleht (in Estonian). 31 October 2008.

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