FCI Levadia Tallinn

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FCI Levadia
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Full name FCI Levadia
Founded 22 October 1998; 19 years ago (1998-10-22)
Ground Kadriorg Stadium
Ground Capacity 5,000[1]
President Viktor Levada
Manager Aleksandar Rogić
League Meistriliiga
2017 Meistriliiga, 2nd
Website Club website

FCI Levadia Tallinn, or simply FCI Levadia, is a professional football club based in Tallinn, Estonia, that competes in the Meistriliiga, the top flight of Estonian football.

Founded in 1998 as FC Levadia, based in Maardu, the club moved to Tallinn in 2004. After the 2017 season, Levadia merged with FCI Tallinn, and became known as FCI Levadia. The club has played in the Meistriliiga since the 1999 season and have never been relegated from the Estonian top division. They have won 9 Meistriliiga, 8 Estonian Cup and 7 Estonian Supercup trophies.

History[edit]

Early history[edit]

Levadia was founded on 22 October 1998, when metal manufacturing company OÜ Levadia became the official sponsor of Maardu based Esiliiga club Olümp, subsequently renamed Levadia. The club won the 1998 Esiliiga season and was promoted to Meistriliiga. Before the next season, the club merged with Meistriliiga club Tallinna Sadam and hired Sergei Ratnikov as a manager.

Levadia had tremendously successful start, winning the 1999 Meistriliiga, the 1998–99 Estonian Cup and the 1999 Estonian Supercup. Toomas Krõm won the goal scoring title with 19 goals in Meistriliiga. The club managed to defend the Meistriliiga title in the next 2000 season, along with winning another Estonian Cup and Estonian Supercup trophy. In the 2000–01 UEFA Champions League, Levadia defeated Total Network Solutions 2–6 on aggregate in the first qualifying round but lost to Shakhtar Donetsk 2–9 on aggregate in the second qualifying round. Following the loss to Shakhtar Donetsk, Ratnikov was sacked.

In January 2001, Valeri Bondarenko was appointed as a manager. Bondarenko began the season by winning the Estonian Supercup but failed to defend the Meistriliiga title, finishing the 2001 season in third place behind the winners Flora and runners-up TVMK. In 2002, Pasi Rautiainen took over as a manager. Under Rautiainen, Levadia finished the 2002 Meistriliiga season second, just two points behind Flora. After the season, Rautiainen left the club and returned to Finland for personal reasons and was replaced by Franco Pancheri. Pancheri coached Levadia for just 9 Meistriliiga matches, before he was sacked due being unable to maintain the level achieved with Rautiainen. In June 2003, Levadia hired former Estonia national team manager Tarmo Rüütli and finished the season in third place.

Relocation to Tallinn[edit]

In 2004, Levadia moved to Tallinn, while the previously Tallinn-based reserve team with the same name changed its name to Levadia II. Under Rüütli, Levadia won the 2004 Meistriliiga season but failed to defend the title in 2005, coming second behind TVMK. Levadia defeated both Haka and Twente 2–1 on aggregate in the 2006–07 UEFA Cup qualifying rounds but lost to Newcastle United 1–3 on aggregate in the first round. Levadia won two more Meistriliiga titles in 2006 and 2007. In 2008, Rüütli left Levadia, having been hired by the Estonian Football Association to coach the Estonia national team and was replaced by the previous assistant manager Igor Prins.[2]

Under Prins, Levadia won two consecutive Meistriliiga titles in 2008 and 2009 and an Estonian Cup in 2010. In August 2010, Prins was sacked due to disagreements with the club's board and replaced by Levadia II manager Aleksandr Pushtov.[3] Levadia finished the 2010 season second behind Flora. During the 2010–11 winter transfer window, Levadia lost several key players, including Estonia national team players Tarmo Neemelo, Eino Puri and Vladimir Voskoboinikov. In July 2011, Pushtov was sacked after disappointing results in the Meistriliiga and the Champions League and replaced by Sergei Hohlov-Simson. Levadia finished the 2011 season in fourth place, lowest since the club was promoted to the Meistriliiga.

Recent history[edit]

In January 2012, Marko Kristal was hired as a manager. Levadia won the 2011–12 Estonian Cup and finished the 2012 season in second place behind Nõmme Kalju. Under Kristal, Levadia won the Meistriliiga title in the 2013 season and defended the title in the 2014 season. Levadia failed to defend the title in the 2015 season, finishing in second place. After the season, it was announced that Sergei Ratnikov will return to Levadia after 15 years and replace Kristal as a manager. Ratnikov's second tenure as Levadia's manager lasted until 11 July 2016, when he was sacked after a 0–1 loss to Pärnu Linnameeskond in the Meistriliiga. He was replaced by another returning manager, Igor Prins. Levadia finished the 2016 season as runners-up.

Following another second-place league finish in the 2017 season, it was announced that Levadia would merge with FCI Tallinn, becoming FCI Levadia, with latter's Aleksandar Rogić taking over as manager.

Stadium[edit]

Kadriorg Stadium

The club's home ground is the 5,000-seat Kadriorg Stadium. Built from 1922–1926 and opened on 13 June 1926, it is one of the oldest football stadiums in Estonia. Kadriorg Stadium used to be the home ground of the Estonia national team until the completion of the A. Le Coq Arena in 2001.[4][5]

The stadium is located in Kadriorg, at Roheline aas street 24, Tallinn.[1][6]

Levadia uses Sportland Arena and Maarjamäe Stadium artificial turfs during winter and early spring months for training and home matches.

Players[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

As of 3 March 2018.[7]

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

No. Position Player
2 Estonia DF Marko Lipp
3 Estonia DF Roman Nesterovski
4 Estonia DF Igor Morozov (vice-captain)
5 Ukraine MF Yuriy Tkachuk (on loan from Karpaty)
6 Estonia MF Rasmus Peetson
7 Estonia MF Pavel Marin
9 Russia FW Yevgeni Kharin
10 Cameroon MF Marcelin Gando
11 Russia MF Kirill Nesterov
12 Estonia GK Sergei Lepmets (vice-captain)
14 Estonia DF Dmitri Kruglov (captain)
15 Estonia MF Cristofer Kuusma
16 Estonia DF Markus Jürgenson
No. Position Player
17 Ukraine FW Roman Debelko (on loan from Karpaty)
19 Estonia FW Markus Vaherna
20 Estonia MF Pavel Dõmov
21 Russia FW Nikita Andreev (vice-captain)
22 Estonia DF Martin Käos
23 Russia DF Igor Dudarev
24 Estonia FW Georg-Eric Kurus
25 Estonia DF Maksim Podholjuzin
27 Estonia DF Mark Edur
28 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Muamer Svraka
30 Estonia GK Priit Pikker
33 Estonia MF Mark Oliver Roosnupp

For season transfers, see transfers winter 2017–18 and transfers summer 2018.

Reserves and academy[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Honours[edit]

Winners (9): 1999, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014
Winners (1): 1998
Winners (9): 1998–99, 1999–00, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2006–07, 2009–10, 2011–12, 2013–14, 2017–18
Winners (7): 1999, 2000, 2001, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2018

Statistics[edit]

League and Cup[edit]

Europe[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "A. Le Coq Arena staadion ja tribüünihoone" (in Estonian). Eesti Spordiregister. 
  2. ^ "Tarmo Rüütli kinnitati Eesti koondise peatreeneriks" [Tarmo Rüütli named manager of the Estonia national team]. Postimees. Retrieved 22 November 2007. 
  3. ^ "Levadia lõpetas peatreener Igor Prinsiga lepingu" [Levadia terminated contract with manager Igor Prins]. Postimees. Retrieved 3 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "Kadrioru staadion" (in Estonian). FC Levadia. 
  5. ^ "Ajalugu". Kadrioru staadion. Retrieved 10 July 2008. 
  6. ^ "Kadrioru staadion" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 
  7. ^ "Tallinna FCI Levadia" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. Retrieved 3 March 2018. 

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