Korvpalli Meistriliiga

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Korvpalli Meistriliiga
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2016–17 KML season
ALEXELA Korvpalli Meistriliiga logo.png
Sport Basketball
Founded 1925
Inaugural season 1925
CEO Jaak Salumets
No. of teams 9
Country Estonia Estonia
Continent European Union FIBA Europe
Most recent
champion(s)
Kalev/Cramo
(8th title)
Most titles University of Tartu
(26 titles)
TV partner(s) TV6 Estonia
Delfi TV
Level on pyramid 1st tier
Relegation to I Liiga
Related
competitions
Estonian Basketball Cup
Official website basket.ee

The Korvpalli Meistriliiga (English: Basketball Champions League), known as the Alexela Korvpalli Meistriliiga for sponsorship reasons, is the highest level tier and most important professional club basketball competition in Estonia, and is controlled by the Estonian Football Association.

The first Estonian Basketball Championship tournament was held in 1925. During the Soviet occupation (1941–1991) the league was called the Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic Championship. After Estonia regained its independence in 1991, the league was reformed as the Korvpalli Meistriliiga (KML). The KML, which is played under FIBA rules, currently consists of 9 teams. The current KML champions are Kalev/Cramo who won their 8th Estonian Championship in the 2015–16 KML season.

Since 2013, the league has been sponsored by Alexela, an Estonian energy company.

Format[edit]

During the regular season teams will play 4 rounds for 32 games (2 at home and 2 away) with following exceptions:

Double points will be awarded to teams winning those games.[1]

Current clubs[edit]

Locations of the 2016–17 Korvpalli Meistriliiga teams
Team Home city Arena Capacity
G4S Noorteliiga Tallinn Audentes Sports Centre 1,030
Kalev/Cramo Tallinn Saku Suurhall 7,200
Port of Pärnu Pärnu Pärnu Sports Hall 1,820
AVIS Rapla Rapla Sadolin Sports Hall 818
Rakvere Tarvas/Palmse Metall Rakvere Rakvere Sports Hall 2,747
TLÜ/Kalev Tallinn Audentes Sports Centre 1,030
TTÜ Tallinn TTÜ Sports Hall 1,000
University of Tartu Tartu University of Tartu Sports Hall 1,650
Valga-Valka/Maks & Moorits Valga Valga Sports Hall 561

Title holders[edit]

Titles by club[edit]

Team Winners Winning years
University of Tartu 26 1938, 1939, 1940, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2015
Kalev 18 1927, 1930, 1931, 1943, 1944 (w)‡, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1967, 1968, 1971, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2002, 2003
TTÜ 8 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1984, 1985
Standard 8 1980, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990
Kalev/Cramo 8 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016
Tallinna Russ 4 1928, 1929, 1932, 1933
TTÜ-A. Le Coq 4 1991, 1994, 1997, 1999
Tartu NMKÜ 3 1934, 1936, 1937
EMÜ 2 1957, 1960
Harju KEK 2 1974, 1979
Tallinna Sport 1 1925
Tallinna NMKÜ 1 1935
Tallinna Dünamo 1 1941
Tartu Kalev 1 1944 (s)‡
Metallist 1 1981

Note: In the 1944 season two championship tournaments were held (s – summer tournament; w – winter tournament).

KML Finals[edit]

Season Home court advantage Result Home court disadvantage Top seed Record Champion's coach Finals MVP
1990–91 Baltika 1–2 Asto Baltika 18–4 Estonia Jaanus Levkoi N/A
1991–92 Asto 0–2 Kalev Asto 28–1 Estonia Jaanus Levkoi
1992–93 Kalev/Rafter 2–0 Asto Kalev/Rafter 36–0 Estonia Riho Soonik
1993–94 Asto 2–1 Baltika Asto 25–3 Estonia Jaanus Levkoi
1994–95 Kalev/Auma 3–1 Tallinn Kalev/Auma 28–0 Estonia Jaak Salumets
1995–96 Kalev 3–0 Tartu Kalev 36–0 Estonia Jaak Salumets
1996–97 Tallinn 3–1 Baltika Tallinn 20–5 Estonia Üllar Kerde
1997–98 Kalev 3–1 Tallinn Kalev 22–3 Netherlands Maarten van Gent
1998–99 Tallinn 3–0 Nybit Tallinn 21–4 Estonia Üllar Kerde
1999–00 Kalev 0–3 Tartu Ülikool-Delta Kalev 27–3 Estonia Teet Laur
2000–01 Tartu Ülikool-Delta 3–0 Tallinna Ülikoolid-A. Le Coq Tartu Ülikool-Delta 28–7 Estonia Jüri Neissaar
2001–02 Tartu Rock 2–3 Kalev Tartu Rock 23–7 Estonia Üllar Kerde
2002–03 TTÜ/A. Le Coq 2–4 Kalev TTÜ/A. Le Coq 25–7 Estonia Andres Sõber
2003–04 TÜ/Rock 4–2 EBS/Nybit TÜ/Rock 18–6 Estonia Tõnu Lust
2004–05 TÜ/Rock 3–4 Ehitustööriist TÜ/Rock 12–4 Estonia Allan Dorbek
2005–06 Kalev/Cramo 4–3 TÜ/Rock Kalev/Cramo 21–3 Estonia Aivar Kuusmaa United States James Williams
2006–07 TÜ/Rock 4–2 Kalev/Cramo TÜ/Rock 33–3 Lithuania Algirdas Brazys Estonia Tanel Tein
2007–08 TÜ/Rock 4–0 Kalev/Cramo TÜ/Rock 33–3 Estonia Üllar Kerde United States Brian Cusworth
2008–09 TÜ/Rock 2–4 Kalev/Cramo TÜ/Rock 26–2 New Zealand Nenad Vučinić Estonia Kristjan Kangur
2009–10 TÜ/Rock 4–2 Rakvere Tarvas TÜ/Rock 23–5 Estonia Indrek Visnapuu Estonia Janar Talts
2010–11 Kalev/Cramo 4–0 TÜ/Rock Kalev/Cramo 29–3 Estonia Aivar Kuusmaa Latvia Armands Šķēle
2011–12 Tartu Ülikool 0–4 Kalev/Cramo Tartu Ülikool 25–3 Estonia Aivar Kuusmaa Estonia Tanel Sokk
2012–13 Kalev/Cramo 4–0 TÜ/Rock Kalev/Cramo 28–4 Estonia Alar Varrak Estonia Tanel Sokk
2013–14 TÜ/Rock 0–4 Kalev/Cramo TÜ/Rock 30–2 Estonia Alar Varrak Romania Vlad Moldoveanu
2014–15 TÜ/Rock 4–1 Kalev/Cramo TÜ/Rock 26–6 Estonia Gert Kullamäe Estonia Tanel Kurbas
2015–16 Kalev/Cramo 4–1 TÜ/Rock Kalev/Cramo 32–0 Estonia Alar Varrak Latvia Rolands Freimanis

Awards[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Võistlussüsteem" (in Estonian). Estonian Basketball Association. Retrieved 4 November 2016. 

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