Tartu JK Tammeka

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JK Tammeka crest.png
Full name Jalgpallikool Tammeka
Nickname(s) Sinivalged (Blue-whites)
Founded 13 June 1989; 27 years ago (1989-06-13)
Ground Tamme Stadium
Ground Capacity 1,750 [1]
Manager Indrek Koser
League Meistriliiga
2015 Meistriliiga, 9th
Website Club home page

JK Tammeka Tartu, commonly known as Tammeka or Tartu Tammeka is a football club, based in Tartu, Estonia.

Founded in 1989, the club has played in the Meistriliiga since 2005 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 Tammeka joined the III liiga. Tammeka's debut was a success, as the team ended the season with first place and 46 points out of the possible 60. Vitali Gussev was the team's top goalscorer with 22 goals. Tammeka was promoted to the II liiga and in 2001, to the Esiliiga. The club established itself in the Esiliiga by placing 6th in 2002 and 7th in 2003. Since 2003, Tammeka has also competed in the Estonian Cup. Tammeka triumphed in the 2004 Esiliiga season by winning the league and being promoted to the Meistriliiga, while Oliver Konsa was the league's top goalscorer with 25 goals.[2]

The Blue-whites 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 Meistriliiga season in 6th place.[2]

Maag Tammeka (2007–2008)[edit]

In an effort to join the Tallinn and Narva based teams in the title fight, Tammeka merged with Maag and became Maag Tammeka. Despite pooled resources, the club lost several key players. Maag Tammeka finished the 2007 Meistriliiga season in 5th place and the 2008 season, in 7th. The club had more success in the Estonian Cup, as Maag Tammeka reached the 2007–08 Estonian Cup finals but was 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 poor start in 2009, Tammeka managed to finish the season in 7th place. In 2010, the former Estonia national football team player Marko Kristal was hired as manager. Kristal started building the team around youth system players Albert Prosa, Kaarel Kiidron and Siim Tenno. Tammeka finished the 2010 Meistriliiga season in 6th place. Despite a good start in 2011, results 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]

The performance Tammeka youth players didn't go unnoticed and Tammeka lost several key players in winter 2011–12, including Prosa, Kiidron and Tenno. This reflected on the team on 20 July 2012, Joti Stamatopoulos was brought in to replace Tiirik. Stamatopoulos failed to make a difference and Tammeka finished the 2012 Meistriliiga season in 10th place, amassing only 20 points. Despite finishing last, Tammeka wasn't relegated to 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 beat 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 (Football School Tammeka).[7] Former Tammeka player Indrek Koser was hired as manager and the team finished the 2014 Meistriliiga 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.


Winners (1): 2004
Runners-up (1): 2007–08


Tamme Stadium is the home ground of Tammeka
Main article: Tamme Stadium

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


First-team squad[edit]

As of 6 March 2016.[8]

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
2 Estonia DF Karlo Kross
3 Estonia DF Kaarel Kiidron (captain)
4 Estonia DF Andres Verst
6 Estonia MF Tauno Tekko (vice-captain)
7 Estonia DF Martin Jõgi
8 Estonia MF Kevin Rääbis
9 Estonia FW Rait Läll
10 Estonia MF Martin Miller
11 Estonia MF Rasmus Tauts
12 Estonia GK Karl Vaabel
13 Estonia DF Jürgen Lorenz (vice-captain)
16 Estonia FW Georgi Ivanov
No. Position Player
17 Estonia MF Geir-Kristjan Suurpere
18 Estonia DF Andre Paju
19 Estonia FW Tristan Koskor
20 Estonia MF Johannes Theodor Kollist
21 Estonia FW Marek Tšernjavski
23 Estonia GK Karli Kütt
26 Estonia MF Janno Saks
27 Estonia MF Reio Laabus
33 Estonia FW Kristjan Tiirik
41 Estonia DF Kevin Anderson
Estonia MF Temari Nuuma
Estonia MF Janno Saks

Reserves and academy[edit]

Further information: JK Tammeka U21



League and Cup[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ https://www.spordiregister.ee/ehitised.php?eh=1196
  2. ^ a b c d e "Ajalugu" (in Estonian). JK Tammeka. 
  3. ^ "Maag Tammekast saab lihtsalt Tammeka". Soccernet.ee. Retrieved 16 November 2008. 
  4. ^ http://www.ohtuleht.ee/500557
  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. ^ "Meeskond". jktammeka.ee. Retrieved 2 March 2016. 

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