2014 Meistriliiga

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Meistriliiga
Season 2014
Champions Levadia
9th title
Relegated Tallinna Kalev
Lokomotiv
Champions League Levadia
Europa League Sillamäe Kalev
Flora
Nõmme Kalju
Matches played 180
Goals scored 642 (3.57 per match)
Top goalscorer Yevgeni Kabaev (36 goals)
Biggest home win Levadia 9–0 T. Kalev
(15 June)
Infonet 10–1 Lokomotiv
(1 August)
Kalju 9–0 Lokomotiv
(16 September)
Levadia 9–0 Lokomotiv
(2 November)
Biggest away win T. Kalev 0–8 Levadia
(15 March)
Highest scoring Infonet 10–1 Lokomotiv
(1 August)
Longest winning run 8 games
Sillamäe Kalev
Flora
Nõmme Kalju
Longest unbeaten run 19 games
Levadia
Longest winless run 23 games
Lokomotiv
Longest losing run 19 games
Tallinna Kalev
2013
2015

The 2014 Meistriliiga (known as A. Le Coq Premium Liiga for sponsorship reasons[1]) was the 24th season of the Meistriliiga, the first level in the Estonian football system. The season ran from 1 March 2014 to 8 November 2014.[2] Levadia successfully defended the title, securing the championship in the last round.

Teams[edit]

Kuressaare were relegated to the 2014 Esiliiga after finishing in the bottom of the table at the end of the 2013 season, ending their five-year tenure in the top flight. They were replaced by Jõhvi Lokomotiv, Esiliiga runners-up and first among promotion-eligible teams. Lokomotiv will make their first appearance in the top division.[3]

One spot in the league was decided in a two-legged play-off between Esiliiga's 4th Rakvere Tarvas and Meistriliiga's 9th-placed team Tammeka. Tammeka won 6–2 on aggregate and therefore retained its place in Meistriliiga.[4]

Tammeka hit financial trouble on the second half of 2013 season,[5] but refused the reorganization plan set by Estonian Football Association.[6] In February Tammeka were stripped of their Meistriliiga license.[7] Tammeka entry was later granted for 2014 season to Football School Tammeka, financially independent part of the club run by former employees of football club Tammeka.[8]

Stadiums and locations[edit]

Team Location Stadium Seating capacity
Flora Tallinn A. Le Coq Arena 9,692[9]
Infonet Tallinn Sportland Arena 540
Nõmme Kalju Tallinn Kadriorg Stadium 5,000[10]
Levadia Tallinn Kadriorg Stadium 5,000[10]
Lokomotiv Jõhvi Jõhvi linnastaadion 60[11]
Paide Paide Paide linnastaadion 268[12]
Sillamäe Kalev Sillamäe Sillamäe Kalev Stadium 800[13]
Tallinna Kalev Tallinn Kalevi Keskstaadion 11,500[14]
Tammeka Tartu Tamme Stadium 1,750[15]
Trans Narva Kreenholm Stadium 1,065[16]

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 Estonia Norbert Hurt Estonia Sander Post Nike Tele2[17]
Infonet Russia Aleksandr Pushtov Estonia Vladimir Avilov Joma Infonet
Nõmme Kalju Estonia Igor Prins Estonia Vitali Teleš Adidas Optibet[18]
Levadia Estonia Marko Kristal Ukraine Roman Smishko Adidas Viimsi Keevitus
Lokomotiv Russia Aleksei Tikhomirov Estonia Valeri Smelkov Adidas Spacecom[19]
Paide Estonia Meelis Rooba Estonia Liivo Leetma Nike Verston
Sillamäe Kalev Russia Sergei Frantsev Estonia Vjatšeslav Zahovaiko Uhlsport Alexela
Tallinna Kalev Estonia Sergei Zamogilnõi Estonia Daniil Savitski Jako Viking Line
Tammeka Estonia Indrek Koser Estonia Jürgen Lorenz Nike Goldtime
Trans Russia Aleksei Yagudin Estonia Roman Nesterovski Nike Fama[20]

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Replaced by Date of appointment
Tallinna Kalev Germany Frank Bernhardt Mutual agreement 13 December 2013 Pre-season Estonia Tarmo Rüütli 13 December 2013[21]
Tammeka Germany Uwe Erkenbrecher End of contract 31 December 2013 Estonia Indrek Koser 14 February 2014[22]
Tallinna Kalev Estonia Tarmo Rüütli Signed by Irtysh Pavlodar 6 March 2014[23] 9th Estonia Sergei Zamogilnõi 10 March 2014[24]
Lokomotiv Latvia Viktors Ņesterenko Sacked 22 April 2014[25] 10th Russia Aleksei Tikhomirov 23 April 2014[26]
Sillamäe Kalev Estonia Sergei Ratnikov Mutual agreement 26 April 2014[27] 1st Ukraine Vadym Dobizha (caretaker) 26 April 2014 [27]
Lokomotiv Russia Aleksei Tikhomirov Mutual agreement 3 June 2014[28] 10th Estonia Andrei Škaleta 6 June 2014[29]
Trans Estonia Valeri Bondarenko Sacked 14 June 2014[30] 7th Russia Aleksei Yagudin 14 June 2014
Sillamäe Kalev Ukraine Vadym Dobizha Caretaker spell over 13 July 2014 4th Russia Sergei Frantsev 13 July 2014[31]
Lokomotiv Estonia Andrei Škaleta Mutual agreement 6 August 2014[32] 10th Russia Aleksei Tikhomirov 6 August 2014[32]

Player transfers[edit]

  • Transfers made during the 2013–14 winter transfer window (3 January – 28 February 2014)[33]
  • Transfers made during the 2014 summer transfer window (20 June – 20 July 2014)[33]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Levadia (C) 36 26 6 4 112 19 +93 84 2015–16 UEFA Champions League First qualifying
2 Sillamäe Kalev 36 25 4 7 108 34 +74 79 2015–16 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round 1
3 Flora 36 24 7 5 88 36 +52 79
4 Nõmme Kalju 36 24 6 6 85 19 +66 78
5 Infonet 36 19 9 8 80 44 +36 66
6 Paide 36 9 8 19 39 67 −28 35
7 Tammeka 36 7 7 22 37 83 −46 28
8 Narva Trans 36 6 10 20 37 79 −42 28
9 Lokomotiv (R) 36 4 6 26 35 115 −80 18 Relegation play-off
10 Tallinna Kalev (R) 36 3 3 30 21 146 −125 12 Relegation to Esiliiga

Source: Estonian Football Association (Estonian)
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) least withdrawals or annulled matches; 3) overall wins; 4) head-to-head points; 5) head-to-head goal difference; 6) goal difference; 7) goals scored; 8) away goals scored; 9) fair-play points.
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[34]
1Nõmme Kalju qualified for the first qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League as winners of the 2014–15 Estonian Cup
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.

Relegation play-offs[edit]

At season's end Lokomotiv, the ninth place club in the Meistriliiga, participated in a two-legged play-off with Viljandi Tulevik, the runners-up (of the independent teams) of the 2014 Esiliiga, for the spot in next year's competition.[35]

1–1 on aggregate. Viljandi Tulevik won on away goals and secured promotion to 2015 Meistriliiga

Results[edit]

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

Season statistics[edit]

Awards[edit]

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month
Manager Club Player Club
March[38] Estonia Sergei Ratnikov Sillamäe Kalev Estonia Albert Prosa Flora
April[39] Estonia Igor Prins Nõmme Kalju Estonia Mikk Reintam Nõmme Kalju
May[40] Estonia Norbert Hurt Flora Estonia Daniil Ratnikov Sillamäe Kalev
June[41] Estonia Marko Kristal Levadia Georgia (country) Lasha Omanidze Tallinna Kalev
July[42] Russia Aleksandr Pushtov Infonet Estonia Karl-Eerik Luigend Flora
August[43] Russia Sergei Frantsev Sillamäe Kalev Russia Yevgeni Kabaev Sillamäe Kalev
September[44] Estonia Igor Prins Nõmme Kalju Ukraine Roman Smishko Levadia
October[45] Russia Sergei Frantsev Sillamäe Kalev Ivory Coast Manucho Infonet

See also[edit]

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