Pärnu Linnameeskond

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Pärnu Linnameeskond
Et-Parnu coa.svg
Full name Pärnu Linnameeskond
Founded 2010
Ground Pärnu Rannastaadion, Pärnu
Ground Capacity 1500
Chairman Raio Piiroja
Manager Marko Lelov
League Meistriliiga
2014 Esiliiga, 3rd, promoted

Pärnu Linnameeskond is an Estonian football club based in Pärnu. Pärnu Linnameeskond was founded in 2010, following the merger of Vaprus Pärnu, Pärnu JK and Pärnu Kalevi SK. 2011 Esiliiga season was the team's first season under the new name.


FC Pärnu Levadia[edit]

FC Pärnu Levadia badge

FC Pärnu Levadia was established in 2000. The team was formed out of young local players from Tervis Pärnu and was sponsored by Viktor Levada, who was looking to restructure Levadia's farm club system. 2000 and 2001 saw Pärnu Levadia winning two successive promotions, first to Esiliiga and then to Estonian top-flight Mesitriliiga, where the team was strengthened by some players from the Levadia system, who were not getting enough playing time at either Levadia Maardu (now Levadia Tallinn) or Levadia Tallinn (now Levadia's reserve team). Pärnu Levadia finished bottom of the Meistriliiga in their first and only season in the top-flight. Following the unsuccessful 2002 season, Viktor Levada decided to withdraw his sponsorship from Pärnu and Pärnu Levadia's Esiliiga slot was taken over by Vaprus Pärnu. Pärnu Levadia players who had no contract affiliation with Levadia also joined Vaprus for the following Esiliiga season.

Vaprus Pärnu[edit]

FC Vaprus Pärnu badge

Vaprus Pärnu was formed in May 1922 as Sporting Society Vaprus. Founding members included Johann Tamm (Vaprus Pärnu president 1922–1927), Johan Põntson (10-time Estonian wrestling champion), Arnold Luhaäär (1928 Summer Olympics heavyweight Silver and 1936 Summer Olympics heavyweight Bronze) and William Puust (Pärnu football club founder). Vaprus competed in the local Pärnu football championships, winning in 1927 and 1934. In 1937 the club merged with several other sporting clubs forming Pärnu Kalev.[1]

The club was re-established in 1999 as FC Vaprus Pärnu and competed in III Liiga. Vaprus Pärnu won the Western Conference in 2000 and earned promotion to II Liiga. Following the 2002 Estonian football season, Vaprus took over FC Pärnu Levadia's Esiliiga slot. The originally re-established Vaprus continued as the club's reserve team, while the first team was predominantly formed out of former Pärnu Levadia players. The same season Vaprus suffered relegation from the Esiliiga after the club's license was revoked by the Estonian FA halfway through the season. Vaprus Pärnu won 2005 Esiliiga and was promoted to 2006 Meistriliiga. The team finished 7th in their first season in the top-flight Estonian league. Vaprus finished 2008 Meistriliiga 10th, but managed to avoid direct relegation due to disbandment of TVMK Tallinn. However the team still lost the relegation play-off against Paide Linnameeskond and was relegated.[2]

Pärnu Linnameeskond[edit]

In 2011 Vaprus Pärnu changed its name to Pärnu Linnameeskond. Pärnu Linnameeskond finished 2014 Esiliiga 3rd and was promoted to Meistriliiga once again.[3]


The club's home stadium was Pärnu Rannastaadion until the 2015 season when the club moved to Pärnu Raeküla staadion as Rannastaadion went under construction.


Current squad[edit]

As of 9 November 2014.[4]

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 Hendrik Vainu
2 Estonia MF Chris Anderson
3 Estonia DF Siim Mäeots
4 Estonia DF Magnus Villota
6 Estonia DF Ronek Saal
7 Estonia MF Envar Lauter
8 Estonia MF Kaarel Kaarlimäe
9 Estonia MF Toomas Pent
10 Estonia FW Ander Paabut
11 Estonia MF Anton Issakov
12 Estonia MF Rauno Tutk
13 Estonia MF Ivan Velikopolje
15 Estonia FW Henri Hanson
No. Position Player
16 Estonia MF Greger Könninge
17 Estonia MF Albert Anissimov
22 Estonia FW Robert Kirss (on loan from Nõmme Kalju)
23 Estonia FW Taavi Laurits
24 Estonia DF Karl Palatu (Captain)
28 Estonia MF Risto Pärnat
37 Estonia DF Hevar Aas
77 Estonia GK Joel Vabrit (Vice-captain)
Estonia DF Daniel Barinov
Estonia DF Raio Piiroja
Estonia DF Joosep Sarapuu
Estonia MF Tõnis Vihmoja


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

No. Position Player
No. Position Player

Former players[edit]

Pärnu Linnameeskond in Estonian Football[edit]

Pärnu Linnameeskond[edit]

Meistriliiga Esiliiga Esiliiga B Esiliiga

Pärnu Vaprus[edit]

Esiliiga Meistriliiga Esiliiga II Liiga Esiliiga II Liiga III Liiga

Managerial history[edit]

Name Career
Estonia Gert Olesk 2010
Estonia Kalev Pajula 2010–2012
Estonia Gert Olesk 2013–2014
Estonia Marko Lelov 2015–


  1. ^ "Ajalugu 20. sajandil" (in Estonian). Vaprus.ee. Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "Ajalugu 21. sajandil" (in Estonian). Vaprus.ee. Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Pärnu jalgpalliklubi kerkis meistriliigasse" (in Estonian). Postimees.ee. Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "PäRNU LINNAMEESKOND (2014) - Eesti Jalgpalli Liit". Jalgpall.ee. Retrieved 14 November 2014. 

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