2011 Meistriliiga

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Meistriliiga
Season 2011
Champions Flora
9th title
Relegated Ajax
Champions League Flora
Europa League Nõmme Kalju
Narva Trans
Levadia
Baltic League Flora
Nõmme Kalju
Narva Trans
Levadia
Sillamäe Kalev
Matches played 180
Goals scored 615 (3.42 per match)
Top goalscorer Aleksandrs Čekulajevs (46 goals)
Biggest home win Narva Trans 14–0 Ajax
Biggest away win Ajax 0–12 Narva Trans
Highest scoring Flora 13–1 Ajax
Narva Trans 14–0 Ajax
Longest winning run Nõmme Kalju
(9 games)[1]
Longest unbeaten run Flora
(21 games)[1]
Longest winless run Ajax
(36 games)[1]
Longest losing run Ajax
(11 games)[1]
2010
2012

The 2011 Meistriliiga was the 21st season of the Meistriliiga, the top Estonian league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1992. The season began on 5 March 2011 and concluded on 5 November 2011. The defending champions Flora won their ninth league title.

Teams[edit]

Lootus finished the 2010 season in last place and were relegated to the 2011 Esiliiga as a result, ending their one-year stay in the Estonian top flight. Taking their place were Ajax, who finished the 2010 Esiliiga first among promotion-eligible clubs and third overall. They returned to the top flight after a three-year absence.

Tulevik terminated their affiliation with Flora and continued with their as an independent club in the II Liiga. FC Viljandi was created to ensure top level football would remain in the city of Viljandi.[2]

In addition, the 9th place Meistriliiga club, Kuressaare, faced the 4th placed Esiliiga club, Kiviõli Tamme Auto in a two-legged play-off for a place in the Meistriliiga. Kuressaare won the play-off, 4–2 on aggregate, and thus retained their place in the league.

Teams[edit]

Stadia[edit]

Locations of the 2011 Meistriliiga teams
Team Location Stadium Capacity Manager
Ajax Tallinn Ajax Stadium 1,500 Estonia Boriss Dugan
Flora Tallinn A. Le Coq Arena 9,692 Estonia Martin Reim
Kuressaare Kuressaare Kuressaare Linnastaadion 2,000 Estonia Sergei Zamogilnõi
Levadia Tallinn Kadriorg Stadium 5,000 Estonia Sergei Hohlov-Simson
Narva Trans Narva Kreenholm Stadium 3,000 Russia Aleksei Yagudin
Nõmme Kalju Tallinn Hiiu Stadium 500 Estonia Igor Prins
Paide Linnameeskond Paide Paide Linnastaadion 500 Estonia Meelis Rooba
Sillamäe Kalev Sillamäe Sillamäe Kalev Stadium 2,000 Russia Vladimir Kazachyonok
Tammeka Tartu Tamme Stadium 2,000 Estonia Kristjan Tiirik
Viljandi Viljandi Viljandi Linnastaadion 2,500 Estonia Zaur Tšilingarašvili

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Flora (C) 36 26 8 2 100 24 +76 86 2012–13 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Nõmme Kalju 36 24 7 5 82 23 +59 79 2012–13 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round[a]
3 Narva Trans 36 22 7 7 107 29 +78 73
4 Levadia 36 21 10 5 76 25 +51 73
5 Sillamäe Kalev 36 17 3 16 77 59 +18 54
6 Paide 36 13 6 17 40 51 −11 45
7 Tammeka 36 11 6 19 57 75 −18 39
8 Viljandi 36 8 6 22 37 69 −32 30
9 Kuressaare (O) 36 7 5 24 28 68 −40 26 Qualification to Relegation play-offs
10 Lasnamäe Ajax (R) 36 0 4 32 11 192 −181 4 Relegation to 2012 Esiliiga
Updated to match(es) played on 5 November 2011. Source: Estonian Football Association (in Estonian)
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd least withdrawals or annulled matches; 3rd overall wins; 4th head-to-head points; 5th head-to-head goal difference; 6th goal difference; 7th goals scored.
If two or more teams on the top have the same amount of points by the end of the season, the aforementioned rules will not apply and additional game(s) will be played to determine the champions[3]
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ The winners of the 2011–12 Estonian Cup competition (Levadia) will qualify for the first qualifying round of UEFA Europa League.

Results[edit]

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

Relegation play-off[edit]

At season's end, the 9th place club in the Meistriliiga participated in a two-legged playoff with the runners-up of the 2011 Esiliiga for one place in the following year's competition.

Kuressaare retained their place in the league, winning 5–1 on aggregate.

Season statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

As of 5 November 2011.[5][6]

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Latvia Aleksandrs Čekulajevs Narva Trans 46
2 Estonia Tarmo Neemelo Nõmme Kalju 22
Estonia Albert Prosa Tammeka
4 Estonia Henri Anier Flora 21
5 Estonia Vitali Leitan Levadia 20
6 Estonia Maksim Gruznov Narva Trans 17
7 Estonia Jüri Jevdokimov Nõmme Kalju 16
Estonia Kristen Viikmäe Nõmme Kalju
9 Russia Aleksei Alekseev Sillamäe Kalev 14
Russia Aleksandr Nikulin Sillamäe Kalev

Awards[edit]

Monthly awards[edit]

Month[7] Manager of the Month Player of the Month
Manager Club Player Club
March Estonia Martin Reim Flora Lithuania Marius Bezykornovas Narva Trans
April Russia Aleksandr Pushtov Levadia Estonia Sergei Mošnikov Flora
May Estonia Sergei Zamogilnõi Kuressaare Estonia Gert Kams Flora
June Estonia Igor Prins Nõmme Kalju Latvia Aleksandrs Čekulajevs Narva Trans
July Estonia Igor Prins Nõmme Kalju Estonia Vitali Leitan Levadia
August Estonia Igor Prins Nõmme Kalju Japan Hidetoshi Wakui Nõmme Kalju
September Estonia Martin Reim Flora Latvia Aleksandrs Čekulajevs Narva Trans
October Estonia Meelis Rooba Paide Linnameeskond Estonia Markus Jürgenson Flora

Meistriliiga Player of the Year[edit]

Sergei Mošnikov was named Meistriliiga Player of the Year.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Meistriliiga - 2011". WhoScored.com. WhoScored.com. Retrieved 13 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Viljandi Tulevik läheb kohalike pallurite kätte ja hakkab mängima II liigas" (in Estonian). Õhtuleht. 14 January 2011. Retrieved 12 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Eesti 2011.a meistrivõistluste Meistri- ja Esiliiga juhend" (PDF). jalgpall.ee (in Estonian). EJL. 5 January 2011. p. 9. Retrieved 12 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "Levadia nädalalõpp värvus mustaks" [Levadia's weekend turned black] (in Estonian). Soccernet.ee. 11 July 2011. Retrieved 11 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Meistriliiga 2011 statistika – Väravalööjad" (in Estonian). Soccernet.ee. 15 September 2010. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "VÄRAVALÖÖJATE EDETABEL (2011)" (in Estonian). EJL. 4 June 2010. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "Oktoobri parimad Meistriliigas: Meelis Rooba ja Markus Jürgenson" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 3 November 2011. 
  8. ^ "Meistriliiga treenerid valisid esimest korda parimat mängijat". Estonian Football Association. 22 November 2011. 

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