Viljandi JK Tulevik

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Full nameViljandi JK Tulevik
Founded23 September 1912; 106 years ago (1912-09-23)
GroundViljandi linnastaadion
PresidentRaiko Mutle
ManagerSander Post
2018Meistriliiga, 7th
WebsiteClub website

JK Tulevik Viljandi, commonly known as Tulevik Viljandi, or simply as Tulevik, is a football club based in Viljandi, Estonia, that competes in the Meistriliiga, the top flight of Estonian football. The club's home ground is Viljandi linnastaadion.

Founded on 1912 as Sports Association Tulevik (Future), the club was disbanded in 1940 and re-established in 1992 as one of the founding members of the Meistriliiga.


Founded in 1912 as Sports Association Tulevik (Future), they began playing football in 1913 on a field by Lake Viljandi, where Viljandi linnastaadion was built in 1928. Interrupted by World War I and the Estonian War of Independence, Tulevik didn't resume playing football until 1927. In 1937, they won the Central division of the regional B klass. Following the Soviet occupation of Estonia in 1940, Tulevik was disbanded.[2]

In 1977, Viljandi Linnameeskond was formed. The team was promoted to the Estonian Championship in 1981 and spent the next decade within the top two tiers of Estonian football.[2]

In 1992, Viljandi Linnameeskond was first renamed JK Viljandi, and then JK Tulevik, and became a founding member of the Meistriliiga. After two seasons, the club was relegated to the Esiliiga. In 1997, Tulevik became a part of the Flora system and returned to the Meistriliiga, while Sergei Ratnikov was appointed as manager. In June 1998, Ratnikov was replaced by Tarmo Rüütli. The club made their European debut in the 1998 UEFA Intertoto Cup, losing to St. Gallen 3–9 on aggregate in the first round. Under Rüütli, Tulevik reached the 1998–99 Estonian Cup final, losing to Levadia 2–3, and finished the 1999 season as runners-up. In November 1999, Rüütli left the club to manage Flora and the Estonia national team, and was replaced by his assistant Aivar Lillevere. Tulevik reached the Estonian Cup final again in the following season, but were defeated by Levadia again 0–2.[2]

In 2011, Tulevik ended their affiliation with Flora. As a result, they were replaced in the Meistriliiga by the newly formed FC Viljandi and relegated to the II liiga. In January 2013, Aivar Lillevere was appointed as manager once again. Tulevik finished the 2014 Esiliiga in fifth place and defeated Lokomotiv 1–1 on aggregate on away goal in the promotion play-offs, thus earning promotion to the Meistriliiga.[2] The team's stay in the top division proved short-lived as the club finished the 2015 season in last place and were relegated. Tulevik won the 2016 Esiliiga and were once again promoted to the Meistriliiga. Lillevere resigned in November 2017 and was replaced by Marko Kristal. In April 2018, Kristal's contract was terminated after disappointing results in the league and Sander Post was appointed as player-manager.[3]


Tulevik initially played on a field by Lake Viljandi. In 1928, a stadium was built on the same site. Renovated in 2010, Viljandi linnastaadion (Viljandi City Stadium) is a multi-purpose stadium with a capacity of 1,084.[1][4]


Current squad[edit]

As of 27 September 2018[5]

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-Romet Nõmm
4 Estonia FW Indrek Ilves (captain)
5 Estonia DF Janar Õunap
6 Estonia MF Alex Roosalu
7 Estonia FW Herol Riiberg (on loan from Flora)
8 Estonia MF Illimar Loigo
9 Estonia MF Kristjan Kask (on loan from Flora U21)
10 Estonia DF Gerdo Juhkam
11 Estonia MF Robert Taar
14 Estonia MF Karel Kübar
15 Estonia MF Tanel Lang
16 Estonia MF Gustav-Hendrik Seeder
17 Estonia MF Rainer Peips
No. Position Player
18 Estonia DF Martin Allik
21 Estonia FW Kristen Kähr
22 Estonia MF Arlet Hunt
23 Estonia DF Sander Post
27 Estonia MF Herbert Velleste
28 Estonia DF Taavi Rattasep
31 Estonia MF Roger Teor
39 Estonia DF Krister Kansi
44 Estonia DF Gunnar-Laur Sindi
55 Estonia MF Lauri Elur
71 Estonia FW Rainer Rüütel
99 Estonia GK Andreas Kallaste (on loan from Vändra)

Reserves and academy[edit]

Club officials[edit]



  • B klass Central
    • Winners (1): 1937


Seasons and statistics[edit]




  1. ^ a b "Viljandi linnastaadion" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association.
  2. ^ a b c d Loog, Alvar (May 2015). "Viljandimaa jalgpalli ajalugu ja hetkeseis" [History and current state of football in Viljandi County]. Jalka (in Estonian). Tallinn: Estonian Football Association. pp. 43–45.
  3. ^ "Marko Kristal lahkub Viljandi Tuleviku peatreeneri kohalt" [Marko Kristal leaves Tulevik Viljandi head coach position] (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 20 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Viljandi linnastaadion" (in Estonian). Eesti Spordiregister.
  5. ^ "Viljandi JK Tulevik". Estonian Football Association. Retrieved 27 September 2018.

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