2012 Esiliiga

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Season 2012
Champions Infonet
Promoted Infonet
Relegated Tammeka II
Matches played 180
Goals scored 639 (3.55 per match)
Top goalscorer Manucho (31 goals)
Biggest home win Tamme Auto 8–0 Puuma
(8 September)
Biggest away win Tarvas 0–5 Levadia II
(29 July)
Tammeka II 0–5 Levadia II
(26 August)
Highest scoring Levadia II 8–2 Pärnu
(19 August)

The 2012 season of the Esiliiga, the second level in the Estonian football system, is the twenty-third season in the league's history. The season officially began on 11 March 2012 and ended on 4 November 2013.[1] The previous league champions Tallinna Kalev were promoted to Meistriliiga while TJK Legion and Valga Warrior were relegated to II Liiga. For this season those three teams were replaced by Rakvere Tarvas from II Liiga East/North division and Tartu SK 10 and Tammeka II from II Liiga West/South division.


Stadiums and locations[edit]

Team Location Stadium Capacity
Flora II Tallinn Sportland Arena 600
Infonet Tallinn Lasnamäe KHJ Stadium 1,000
Levadia II Tallinn Maarjamäe Stadium 1,000
Kohtla-Järve Lootus Kohtla-Järve Kohtla-Järve Stadium 780
Pärnu Linnameeskond Pärnu Pärnu Kalev Stadium 1,900
Puuma Tallinn Lasnamäe SPK Stadium 666
Tartu SK 10 Tartu Tamme Stadium 1,500
Kiviõli Tamme Auto Kiviõli Kiviõli Stadium 255
Tammeka II Tartu Tamme Stadium 1,500
Rakvere Tarvas Rakvere Rakvere Stadium 2,500

Personnel and kits[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players and Managers may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Flora II Estonia Norbert Hurt Estonia Ragnar Piir Nike KH Energia Konsult
Infonet Russia Aleksandr Pushtov Estonia Jevgeni Gurtšioglujants Joma Infonet
Levadia II Estonia Argo Arbeiter Estonia Kristjan Tamme Adidas Viimsi Keevitus
Kohtla-Järve Lootus Estonia Anatoli Šuganov Estonia Igor Tomaševski Uhlsport
Pärnu Linnameeskond Estonia Kalev Pajula Estonia Robert Kirss Uhlsport
Puuma Russia Dmitri Krasilnikov Estonia Kert Haavistu Adidas
Tartu SK 10 Estonia Andrei Borissov Estonia Rodion Aleksejev Adidas
Kiviõli Tamme Auto Estonia Erik Šteinberg Estonia Dmitri Kirilov Adidas
Tammeka II Estonia Ivan O'Konnel-Bronin Estonia Mikk Valtna Nike Mäe-kodu
Rakvere Tarvas Estonia Reijo Kuusik Estonia Alari Tovstik Joma Hotell Wesenbergh

League table[edit]

Qualification or relegation
1 Infonet (C) (P) 36 26 5 5 94 33 +61 83 Promotion to the Meistriliiga
2 Flora II 36 20 9 7 66 32 +34 69 Ineligible for promotion
3 Rakvere Tarvas (Q) 36 21 5 10 66 58 +8 68 Promotion play-off
4 Tartu SK 10 36 15 9 12 65 58 +7 54
5 Levadia II 36 15 8 13 77 56 +21 53
6 Kiviõli Tamme Auto 36 12 8 16 78 83 −5 44
7 Puuma 36 12 7 17 55 61 −6 43
8 Tammeka II (Q) (O) 36 10 7 19 55 83 −28 37 Relegation play-off
9 Pärnu Linnameeskond (R) 36 9 9 18 43 72 −29 36 Relegation to the II Liiga
10 Kohtla-Järve Lootus (R) 36 6 1 29 40 103 −63 19

Updated to games played on 4 November 2012.
Source: Estonian Football Association (in Estonian)
Rules for classification: Points; Least withdrawals or annulled matches; Overall wins; Head-to-head points; Head-to-head goal difference; Goal difference; 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.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Promotion play-off[edit]

At season's end, the runners-up of the 2013 Esiliiga will participate in a two-legged play-off with the ninth place club of the 2013 Meistriliiga for the spot in next year's competition.

Relegation play-off[edit]

Season statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

As of 4 November 2012.[2]
Rank Player Team Goals
1 Ivory Coast Manucho Infonet 31
2 Estonia Maksim Lipin Infonet 21
Estonia Tõnis Starkopf Kiviõli Tamme Auto 21
4 Estonia Nikita Koger Levadia II 14
Estonia Joonas Ljaš Rakvere Tarvas 14
Estonia Aleksei Mamontov Tartu SK 10 14
7 Estonia Henri Hang Rakvere Tarvas 13
Estonia Georgi Ivanov Tammeka II / Tartu SK 10 13
9 Estonia Marten Saarlas Levadia II 12
Estonia Marek Šatov Kiviõli Tamme Auto 12


Monthly awards[edit]

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month
Manager Club Player Club
March[3] Estonia Norbert Hurt Flora II Estonia Sander Susi Rakvere Tarvas
April[3] Russia Aleksandr Pushtov Infonet Estonia Aleksandr Pruttšenko Tartu SK 10
May[3] Estonia Argo Arbeiter Levadia II Estonia Aleksandr Tarassenkov Kiviõli Tamme Auto
June[3] Russia Aleksandr Pushtov Infonet Estonia Maksim Lipin Infonet
July[3] Estonia Reijo Kuusik Rakvere Tarvas Estonia Argo Aava Rakvere Tarvas
August[3] Russia Aleksandr Pushtov Infonet Estonia Georgi Ivanov Tartu SK 10
September[3] Russia Aleksandr Pushtov Infonet Estonia Tõnis Starkopf Kiviõli Tamme Auto
October[3] Estonia Kalev Pajula Pärnu Linnameeskond Estonia Sander Lepik Flora II

Esiliiga Player of the Year[edit]

Manucho was named Esiliiga Player of the Year.

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