2008 Meistriliiga

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Meistriliiga
Season2008
ChampionsLevadia
(6th title)
RelegatedVaprus (via play-off)
TVMK
Champions LeagueLevadia Tallinn
Europa LeagueFlora Tallinn
Narva Trans
Nõmme Kalju
Goals scored639
Average goals/game3.55
Top goalscorerEstonia Ingemar 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 Lasnamäe 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 Nõmme 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]

Club Location Stadium Capacity Current manager
Flora Tallinn A. Le Coq Arena 9,300 Finland Pasi Rautiainen
Kalju Tallinn Hiiu Stadium 500 Brazil Fredo Getulio
Levadia Tallinn Kadrioru Stadium 4,750 Estonia Igor Prins
Maag Tammeka Tartu Tamme Stadium 2,000 Estonia Sergei Zamogilnõi
Sillamäe Kalev Sillamäe Sillamäe Kalevi Stadium 2,000 Ukraine Vadym Dobizha
Tallinna Kalev Tallinn Kalevi Keskstaadion 12,000 Estonia Aavo Sarap
Trans Narva Kreenholmi Stadium 3,000 Russia Aleksei Yagudin
Tulevik Viljandi Viljandi linnastaadion 2,500 Estonia Marko Lelov
TVMK Tallinn Kadrioru Stadium 4,750 Estonia Sergei Ratnikov
Vaprus Pärnu Pärnu Kalevi 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 Nõmme 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 Estonian Football Association License Commission decided not to grant TVMK a license to play in Meistriliiga or Esiliiga, due to financial difficulties during the season. The Estonian Football Association helped them to play until the end of the season and as they finished in 3rd place, the players and coaches got bronze medals, but the club itself was demoted to 10th spot.[1][2] TVMK were eventually disbanded.

Relegation play-off[edit]

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

Paide LM2 – 1Vaprus
Polyansky Goal 22' (o.g.)
Ellram Goal 67'
Report
(in Estonian)
Kovalenko Goal 90'
Attendance: 150
Referee: Ainar Kuusk

Vaprus4 – 3Paide LM
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.

Goal scorers[edit]

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

Monthly awards[edit]

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month
March 2008[3] Brazil Fredo Getulio (Kalju) Estonia Sander Post (Flora)
April 2008[4] Estonia Igor Prins (Levadia) Estonia Ingemar Teever (Kalju)
May 2008[5] Finland Pasi Rautiainen (Flora) Estonia Konstantin Nahk (Levadia)
June 2008[6] Estonia Igor Prins (Levadia) Estonia Vjatšeslav Zahovaiko (Flora)
July 2008[7] Finland Pasi Rautiainen (Flora) Estonia Mihhail Starodubtsev (Sillamäe Kalev)
August 2008[8] Estonia Igor Prins (Levadia) Finland Juha Hakola (Flora)
September 2008[9] Ukraine Vadym Dobizha (Sillamäe Kalev) Estonia Tarmo Kink (Levadia)
October 2008[10] Russia Aleksei Jagudin (Trans) Estonia Marek Lemsalu (Levadia)

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