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Flora Tallinn
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Full name Football Club Flora Tallinn
Nickname(s) Triibulised (Streakeds), Kaktused (Cactus)
Founded 10 March 1990
Ground A. Le Coq Arena
Ground Capacity 9,692 [1]
President Aivar Pohlak[2]
Manager Norbert Hurt
League Meistriliiga
2014 3rd
Website Club home page
Current season

FC Flora Tallinn, commonly known as Flora Tallinn, or simply as Flora, is a professional football club, based in Tallinn, Estonia.

Founded in 1990, Flora Tallinn was one of the founding members of the Meistriliiga, and is one of two clubs which have never been relegated from the Estonian top division, along with Narva Trans. Domestically, Flora Tallinn has won 9 Meistriliiga, 6 Estonian Cup and 8 Estonian Supercup trophies. In international club football, Flora Tallinn has won 1 Livonia Cup trophy.[3] Flora Tallinn is often regarded to be the flagship of Estonian football due to the club policy of promoting young Estonian players through the ranks and several managers having coached both Flora Tallinn and the Estonia national football team at the same time in the past.

History[edit]

Early history[edit]

Flora Tallinn was founded on 10 March 1990 by the current president Aivar Pohlak as an effort to revive Estonian football during the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The team was mainly based on ethnic Estonian players from Tallinna Lõvid youth team. Flora Tallinn didn't have a successful start in the Estonian SSR Football Championship, finishing last in 1990 and being relegated. The situation changed after the restoration of independence and formation of the Meistriliiga in 1992. After 52 years of foreign occupation, Estonian clubs could once again play for the Estonian League Championship title. Flora Tallinn finished the first season in fourth place, while Norma Tallinn won the first league title.[4]

After the first season, the league was reformed to run from autumn to spring, as most of the European top-level football leagues do. Flora Tallinn finished the 1992–93 season as runner-ups with 34 points behind Norma Tallinn, who claimed their second league title with 42 points.

In 1993, Roman Ubakivi was hired as manager. One round before the end of the 1993–94 season, Tevalte Tallinn, who led the Meistriliiga table at the time, was controversially disqualified over match fixing allegations by a decision of the Estonian Football Association. The season ended with Flora Tallinn and Norma Tallinn both on equal 36 points. Flora Tallinn won the Championship Playoff match 5–2 and was awarded the league title. In 1994, the club competed in the UEFA Cup for the first time, losing 0–6 on aggregate to Odense in the preliminary round. Flora Tallinn managed to defend the title in the next season and won the 1994–95 Estonian Cup, beating Lantana-Marlekor Tallinn 2–0 in the final.[4]

In January 1996, Teitur Þórðarson replaced Ubakivi as a manager. Disappointing start in the 1995–96 Meistriliiga left the team in second place behind Lantana Tallinn. Lembit Rajala won the goal scoring title with 16 goals. Flora Tallinn finished the next season in second place behind Lantana Tallinn once again. Mart Poom broke the club record by keeping a clean sheet for 756 minutes. Flora Tallinn won their first league title under Þórðarson in the 1997–98 Meistriliiga season. After the season Meistriliiga format was reformed once again and the club managed win another title in the same calendar year. Flora Tallinn also competed in the UEFA Champions League for the first time in 1998, narrowly losing to Steaua București 4–5 on aggregate in the first qualifying round.The club added another Estonian Cup trophy after defeating Lantana Tallinn 3–2 in Kuressaare. Flora Tallinn also met Italian Milan in a friendly match, ending in a 1–2 defeat. Since 1999, Meistriliiga adopted the current league format with the season running from spring to autumn within a single calendar year. In Andres Oper, the club's top goalscorer in three previous seasons, left the team in July. The 1999 Meistriliiga was unsuccessful; Flora Tallinn placed third, while Levadia Maardu won the title and Tulevik Viljandi came in second. In 2000, Tarmo Rüütli was hired as the new manager. Under Rüütli, Flora Tallinn finished the 2000 Meistriliiga season second, behind Levadia Tallinn, who won the title without a single loss during the season.[4]

New stadium and new era[edit]

In 2001, a new era began for Flora Tallinn as the club moved to the new A. Le Coq Arena. Rüütli returned to Viljandi Tulevik and was replaced as manager by Arno Pijpers. Under Pijpers, Flora Tallinn won three consecutive Meistriliiga titles in 2001, 2002 and 2003. In 2003, Flora Tallinn won the league without losing a single match and from 2002–03, the team went unbeaten in the Meistriliiga for 37 matches. In 2003, Tor Henning Hamre also broke the club goal scoring record by 39 goals. Pijpers left Flora Tallinn in September 2004, before the end of the 2004 season and was replaced by Janno Kivisild. The team failed to defend the title for another season, finising in third place. Vjatšeslav Zahovaiko won the goal scoring title with 28 goals.[4]

The 2005 season was unsuccessful as Flora Tallinn placed fourth, 26 points behind the league champions TVMK Tallinn. This was the first time Flora Tallinn didn't win a Meistriliiga medal since 1992. After the disappointing season, Kivisild was replaced by Pasi Rautiainen. In the 2006–07 UEFA Cup qualifying rounds, Flora Tallinn defeated Lyn Oslo 1–1 on aggregate on away goals in the first qualifying round, before losing to Brøndby 0–4 on aggregate in the second qualifying round. The club finished the 2006 Meistriliiga season in third place and came second in 2007. In 2007, Flora Tallinn also suffered their biggest margin of defeat in the Meistriliiga thus far, losing 0–6 to TVMK Tallinn. Flora Tallinn finished the 2008 season second behind Levadia Tallinn once again, despite 91 points and 113 goals scored. In 2009, Tarmo Rüütli returned to Flora Tallinn, replacing Rautiainen as manager but failed to guide the club to winning the league, placing fourth. The club was more successful in the Estonian Cup, winning the trophy in 2008 and 2009.[4]

Recent history[edit]

In 2010, Rüütli was replaced as manager by the former Flora Tallinn player and Estonia national football team record cap holder Martin Reim. Under Reim, rejuvenated Flora Tallinn ended the reign of Levadia Tallinn who had won the four previous Meistriliiga titles by winning the 2010 season, while Sander Post won the goal scoring title with 24 goals. Flora Tallinn successfully defended their title in 2011 and won the 2010–11 Estonian Cup, defeating Narva Trans 2–0 in the final. Flora Tallinn finished the 2012 Meistriliiga season in third place, behind the winners Nõmme Kalju and Levadia Tallinn. Reim left the club and Marko Lelov was hired as the new manager. Lelov won the 2012–13 Estonian Cup in April but was sacked on 20 July after disappointing results in the Meistriliiga. He was replaced by Norbert Hurt, initially as a caretaker manager with position being made permanent later. Flora Tallinn finished the 2013 season in fourth place and placed third in 2014.[4]

Honours[edit]

Winners (9): 1993–94, 1994–95, 1997–98, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2010, 2011
Runner-ups (6): 1992–93, 1995–96, 1996–97, 2000, 2007, 2008
Third place (5): 1999, 2004, 2006, 2012, 2014
Winners (6): 1994–95, 1997–98, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13
Runner-ups (4): 2000–01, 2002–03, 2005–06, 2009–10
Winners (8): 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014
Runner-ups (3): 1999, 2006, 2010
Winners (1): 2011
Runner-ups (2): 2003, 2004

Stadium[edit]

Estonia and Brazil playing in A. Le Coq Arena
Main article: A. Le Coq Arena

The club's home ground is the 9,692-seat A. Le Coq Arena. It is the largest football stadium in Estonia. Besides the stadium there is a training base with two grass surface and two artificial turf training pitches. A. Le Coq Arena is also used by the Estonian Football Association to host Estonia national football team matches and has been used to host concerts.

The stadium is located in Lilleküla, at Asula street 4c, Tallinn.[5]

Flora Tallinn uses Sportland Arena artificial turf, situated across from A. Le Coq Arena, during winter and early spring months for training and home matches.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 22 June 2015.[6]

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

No. Position Player
1 Estonia GK Magnus Karofeld
2 Estonia DF Enar Jääger (captain)
4 Estonia DF Kevin Aloe
5 Estonia DF Janar Õunap
7 Estonia MF Andre Frolov
8 Russia MF Irakli Logua
9 Estonia FW Rauno Alliku
10 Estonia MF Brent Lepistu
11 Estonia MF Rauno Sappinen
13 Estonia DF Joosep Juha
16 Estonia DF Markus Jürgenson
17 Estonia MF Roman Sobtšenko
19 Estonia DF Gert Kams (vice-captain)
20 Estonia MF Maksim Gussev
No. Position Player
21 Estonia DF Madis Vihmann
22 Estonia DF Nikita Baranov
23 Estonia MF German Šlein
27 Estonia MF Joseph Saliste
29 Finland FW Sakari Tukiainen
31 Estonia FW Joonas Tamm
33 Estonia GK Richard Aland
38 Estonia MF Karl-Eerik Luigend
49 Georgia (country) MF Zakaria Beglarishvili
57 Estonia MF Mihkel Ainsalu
72 Estonia MF Herol Riiberg
73 Estonia GK Mait Toom
99 Estonia FW Albert Prosa

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
14 Estonia FW Martin Kase (at Tulevik Viljandi)

Retired numbers[edit]

12 – Club supporters (the 12th Man)

Personnel[edit]

Statistics[edit]

In Estonia[edit]

In Europe[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1994–95 UEFA Cup Preliminary round Denmark OB 0–3 0–3 0–6
1995–96 UEFA Cup Preliminary round Norway Lillestrøm 1–0 0–4 1–4
1996–97 UEFA Cup Preliminary round Finland FC Haka 0–1 2–2 2–3
1997–98 UEFA Cup First qualifying round Israel Hapoel Petah Tikva 1–2 0–1 1–3
1998–99 UEFA Champions League First qualifying round Romania Steaua Bucureşti 3–1 1–4 4–5
1999–00 UEFA Champions League First qualifying round Serbia and Montenegro Partizan Belgrade 1–4 0–6 1–10
2000–01 UEFA Cup Qualifying round Belgium Club Brugge 0–2 1–4 1–6
2001–02 UEFA Cup Qualifying round Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 0–1 0–1 0–2
2002–03 UEFA Champions League First qualifying round Cyprus APOEL 0–0 0–1 0–1
2003–04 UEFA Champions League First qualifying round Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol 1–1 0–1 1–2
2004–05 UEFA Champions League First qualifying round Slovenia Gorica 2–4 1–3 3–7
2005–06 UEFA Cup First qualifying round Denmark Esbjerg 0–6 2–1 2–7
2006–07 UEFA Cup First qualifying round Norway Lyn Oslo 0–0 1–1 1–1(a)
Second qualifying round Denmark Brøndby 0–0 0–4 0–4
2007–08 UEFA Cup First qualifying round Norway Vålerenga 0–1 0–1 0–2
2008–09 UEFA Cup First qualifying round Sweden Djurgårdens 2–2 0–0 2–2(a)
2009–10 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round Denmark Brøndby 1–4 1–0 2–4
2010–11 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi 0–0 1–2 1–2
2011–12 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round Republic of Ireland Shamrock Rovers 0–0 0–1 0–1
2012–13 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round Switzerland Basel 0–2 0–3 0–5
2013–14 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round Albania Kukësi 1–1 0–0 1–1(a)
2015–16 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round Republic of Macedonia Rabotnički 1–0 0–2 1–2

Player records[edit]

As of 20 June 2015.[7] Active players in bold.


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A. Le Coq Arena". fcflora.ee. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Kes on kes?". fcflora.ee. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Saavutused" (in Estonian). FC Flora. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Ajalugu" (in Estonian). FC Flora. 
  5. ^ "A. Le Coq Arena" (in Estonian). FC Flora. 
  6. ^ "A. Le Coq Premium liiga - Tallinna FC Flora". jalgpall.ee. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  7. ^ List of all FC Flora players

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