Tartu JK Tammeka

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Tartu Tammeka
Tartu JK Tammeka logo.png
Full name Tartu Jalgpallikool Tammeka
Nickname(s) Sinivalged (Blue-and-whites)
Founded 13 June 1989
Ground Tamme Stadium, Tartu
Ground Capacity 2,000[1]
Chairman Kalle Paas
Manager Indrek Koser
League Meistriliiga
2014 7th
Website Club home page

Tartu Jalgpallikool Tammeka is an Estonian football club, based in Tartu that plays in the Meistriliiga. Founded in 1989, Tammeka has been playing in Meistriliiga since 2005. The club's best result so far has been the 2007 Meistriliiga season when the club finished 5th. Tammeka has also been successful in the Estonian Cup, reaching finals in 2007–08. The club's home ground is the 2,000-seat Tamme Stadium.


Tammeka was founded in 1989 as a youth football club and made its name in the 1990s with Tammeka Cup. In 2000, Tammeka's first homegrown started playing in the Estonian League system, rising quickly to the second-tier Esiliiga.

In 2004, Tammeka won Esiliiga in the last game of the season and was promoted to the highest division of Estonian football - the Meistriliiga. The first game of the freshly promoted Tammeka brought the club its biggest win in Meistriliiga to date, when the blue-and-whites destroyed Tallinna Dünamo 9:0. The young team was however quickly brought to ground and the club finished its first season in the top division with 7th place. The next season followed in the same rhythm.

In 2006 Tammeka merged with city rivals Tartu Merkuur (known as JK Maag Tartu for sponsorship reasons at the time) to form JK Maag Tammeka. This new symbiosis brought the club its highest league finish (5th in 2007) and a place in the 2007-2008 Estonian Cup final. However, the unified club failed to bring European football to the city in two seasons and in 2009, Maag was dropped from the club's name after the company withdrew its sponsorship.[2]

Tammeka started the 2009 season with a brand new and young team, which had a hard time adapting to the demands of Meistriliiga. The struggling club changed ownership in the summer of 2009 and with the arrival of several foreign players secured its place in the league. In 2010 and 2011, the club again thrived under the management of Marko Kristal as the new "Golden Generation" of players - notably Albert Prosa, Kaarel Kiidron and Siim Tenno - matured and brought stability to the club.

Before the 2012 season, Tammeka was forced to sell several of its best players. The club struggled the whole season and finished last in the league but still retained its place in Meistriliiga after FC Viljandi disbanded.[3]

In 2013, the club brought in an experienced German manager Uwe Erkenbrecher.[4] Tammeka hit financial trouble on the second half of 2013 season, failing to pay players wages for four months but refused the reorganization plan proposed by Estonian Football Association.[5][6] In February 2014 Tammeka were stripped of their Meistriliiga license.[7] Tammeka entry was later granted for 2014 season to Jalgpallikool Tammeka (Football School Tammeka), a financially independent part of the club run by some of the former employees of football club Tammeka.[8]

Tammeka in Estonian football[edit]


Current squad[edit]

As of 21 March 2015.[10]

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 Mihail Gutak
3 Estonia DF Kaarel Kiidron
4 Estonia DF Kevin Anderson
5 Estonia DF Martin Jõgi
6 Estonia MF Tauno Tekko
7 Estonia MF Kristjan Tiirik
8 Estonia FW Kevin Rääbis
9 Estonia FW Kristjan Moks
10 Estonia MF Martin Miller
11 Estonia MF Rasmus Tauts
No. Position Player
13 Estonia DF Jürgen Lorenz (captain)
16 Estonia DF Martin Naggel
17 Estonia MF Geir-Kristjan Suurpere
18 Estonia DF Andre Paju
20 Estonia MF Heiko Tamm
21 Estonia FW Martin Hurt
22 Estonia DF Valeri Šabanov
23 Estonia GK Karli Kütt
26 Estonia MF Janno Saks
27 Estonia MF Ergo Eessaar

Reserve squad[edit]

See Luunja
As of 21 March 2015.[11]

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

No. Position Player
Estonia GK Karl Vaabel
Estonia DF Siim Kask
Estonia DF Karlo Korss
Estonia DF Erki Mõttus
Estonia DF Jakob Päll
Estonia DF Martin-Gert Pärli
Estonia DF Tanel Vanaveski
Estonia MF Martin Aasmäe
Estonia MF Markus Jõgi
Estonia MF Rainer Klement
No. Position Player
Estonia MF Tristan Koskor
Estonia MF Erko Litvjakov
Estonia MF Rain Näkk
Estonia MF Temari Nuuma
Estonia MF Markus Herman Tiik
Estonia FW Kristofer Kaasik
Estonia FW Johannes Theodor Kollist
Estonia FW Rait Läll
Estonia FW Marek Tšernjavski
Estonia FW Andre Varusk

Former players[edit]

Player records in Meistriliiga[edit]

As of 8 November 2014. Active players in bold.


Name Period
Estonia Meelis Eelmäe 2005
Estonia Sergei Ratnikov 2006 – 2007
Estonia Sergei Zamogilnõi 2008
Estonia Norbert Hurt 2009
Estonia Marko Kristal 2010 – 15 Sep 2011
Estonia Kristjan Tiirik 16 Sep 2011 – 19 July 2012
Greece Joti Stamatopoulos 20 July 2012 – 22 Nov 2012
Germany Uwe Erkenbrecher 8 Jan 2013 – 23 Nov 2013
Estonia Indrek Koser 14 Feb 2014 – present



Women's team[edit]

Main article: Tammeka (women)

Tammeka women's team are currently playing in Naiste Meistriliiga, the first level in the Estonian women's football system.


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