Tartu JK Tammeka

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Full name Jalgpallikool Tammeka
Founded 13 June 1989; 29 years ago (1989-06-13)
Ground Tamme Stadium
Ground Capacity 1,750[1]
CEO Kristjan Tiirik
Manager Kaido Koppel
League Meistriliiga
2017 Meistriliiga, 7th
Website Club website

Jalgpallikool Tammeka, commonly known as Tammeka Tartu or simply Tammeka, is a football club, based in Tartu, Estonia, that competes in the Meistriliiga, the top flight of Estonian football.

Founded in 1989, the club has played in the Meistriliiga since the 2005 season and have never been relegated from the Estonian top division.


Early years (2000–2006)[edit]

Tammeka was founded in 1989 as a youth academy. The club first began playing in the Estonian football league system in 2000, when they joined the III liiga. Tammeka's debut season was a success, as the team finished in first place, with 46 points out of the possible 60. Tammeka was promoted to the II liiga, and in 2001, to the Esiliiga. The club established itself in the Esiliiga by placing 6th in the 2002 season and 7th in the 2003 season. Since 2003, Tammeka has also competed in the Estonian Cup. Tammeka triumphed in the 2004 season by winning the league and were promoted to the Meistriliiga.[2]

Tammeka had a tremendous debut in the Meistriliiga by defeating Dünamo 9–0 at Tamme Stadium. Tammeka ended their first season in the Meistriliiga in 7th place. In 2006, Sergei Ratnikov was hired as manager. Under Ratnikov, Tammeka finished the 2006 season in 6th place.[2]

Maag Tammeka (2007–2008)[edit]

In an effort to join the title fight, Tammeka merged with Maag in 2007 and became Maag Tammeka. Despite pooled resources, the club lost several key players and Maag Tammeka finished the 2007 season in 5th place and the 2008 season in 7th. The club had more success in the Estonian Cup, as Maag Tammeka reached the final in the 2007–08 Estonian Cup, but were defeated by Flora 1–3. After the 2008 season, the sponsorship deal with Maag ended and Tammeka continued as an independent club once again.[2][3]

Revival and decline (2009–2013)[edit]

Due to ended sponsorship deal, Tammeka had to operate with a smaller budget and lost several players. Reserve team coach Norbert Hurt was hired as manager and several reserve team players were promoted to the first-team squad. Despite a slow start, Tammeka managed to finish the 2009 season in 7th place. In 2010, the former Estonia national team player Marko Kristal was hired as manager. Kristal rebuilt the team around youth system players Albert Prosa, Kaarel Kiidron and Siim Tenno. Tammeka finished the 2010 season in 6th place. Despite a good start in the 2011 season, the team's performance began to drop in the second half of the season and Kristal was replaced as manager by the former Tammeka player Kristjan Tiirik. The team finished the season in 7th place, while Prosa scored 22 goals.[2]

Tammeka's youth players didn't go unnoticed and the team lost several key players in winter 2011–12, including Prosa, Kiidron and Tenno. This reflected on the team and on 20 July 2012, Joti Stamatopoulos was brought in to replace Tiirik. Stamatopoulos failed to make a difference and Tammeka finished the 2012 season in 10th place, amassing only 20 points. Despite finishing last, Tammeka weren't relegated to the Esiliiga as Viljandi disbanded.[4] In January 2013, Uwe Erkenbrecher was hired as manager. Despite growing financial troubles, Tammeka finished the 2013 season in 9th place and defeated Tarvas 6–2 on aggregate in the relegation play-offs, securing their Meistriliiga spot.[2]

Recent history (2014–present)[edit]

In February 2014, Tammeka lost its Meistriliiga license due to failing to pay players' wages and refusing the reorganization plan proposed by the Estonian Football Association.[5][6] The license to compete under the name Tammeka was granted to Jalgpallikool Tammeka.[7] Former Tammeka player Indrek Koser was hired as manager and the team finished the 2014 season in 7th place. Tammeka finished the 2015 season in 9th place, but avoided being relegated by defeating Tallinna Kalev 4–2 on aggregate in the relegation play-offs. The team finished the 2016 season in 7th place. In November 2016, Mario Hansi and Kaido Koppel replaced Koser as managers.[8]



Winners (1): 2004
Runners-up (2): 2007–08, 2016–17


Tamme Stadium is the home ground of Tammeka

The club's home ground is the 1,750-seat Tartu Tamme Stadium. It is the largest football stadium in Tartu.

The stadium is located in Tammelinn, at Tamme puiestee 1, Tartu.


First-team squad[edit]

As of 18 July 2017[9]

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 Karl Johan Pechter (captain)
2 Russia DF Mikhail Slashchev
3 Finland DF Akim Sairinen
4 Estonia DF Siim Kask
5 Estonia DF Silver Grauberg
6 Estonia MF Tauno Tekko (vice-captain)
7 Estonia FW Rait Läll
9 Estonia MF Mikk Laas
10 Estonia MF Sander Kapper
11 Estonia FW Rasmus Tauts
12 Estonia GK Karl Vaabel
No. Position Player
16 Estonia MF Kaspar Paur
18 Estonia DF Andre Paju
19 Estonia FW Martin Jogi
20 Estonia FW Mart Paul Preiman
21 Estonia FW Marek Tšernjavski
24 Estonia MF Markus Lokk
25 Estonia MF Mihkel Järviste
27 Estonia MF Reio Laabus
41 Estonia DF Kevin Anderson
Estonia DF Kennet Jädal

Reserves and academy[edit]

Managerial history[edit]



  1. ^ "Eesti spordiregister". spordiregister.ee. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Ajalugu" (in Estonian). JK Tammeka. 
  3. ^ "Maag Tammekast saab lihtsalt Tammeka". Soccernet.ee. Retrieved 16 November 2008. 
  4. ^ "AMETLIK: FC Viljandi loobumine aitab Tartu Tammeka tagasi meistriliigasse". ohtuleht.ee. Retrieved 6 February 2017. 
  5. ^ "Tammeka mängijad ei saanud neli kuud palka" [Tammeka players did not receive a salary for four months] (in Estonian). Soccernet.ee. 29 November 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "Tammeka keeldus vaikides saneerimisest" [Tammeka refused reorganization with silence] (in Estonian). Soccernet.ee. 16 January 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Jalgpallikool Tammeka osaleb Premium liigas" [Football School Tammeka will participate in Premium liga] (in Estonian). Soccernet.ee. 14 February 2014. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Tammeka esindusmeeskonda juhendavad uuel hooajal Mario Hansi ja Kaido Koppel" (in Estonian). Soccernet.ee. 10 November 2016. 
  9. ^ "Tartu JK Tammeka" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. Retrieved 18 July 2017. 

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