Meistriliiga

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Meistriliiga
Meistriliiga.png
Country  Estonia
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1992
Number of teams 10
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Esiliiga
Domestic cup(s) Estonian Cup
International cup(s) UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Current champions Flora
(2015, 10th title)
Most championships Flora
(10 titles)
Most capped player Stanislav Kitto (515)[1]
Top goalscorer Maksim Gruznov (304)[2]
TV partners ERR, Postimees
Website premiumliiga.ee
2016 season

Meistriliiga (pronounced [ˈmeistriliːɡ̊ɑː], known as the A. Le Coq Premium Liiga for sponsorship reasons[3]) is the highest division of the Estonian Football Association annual football championship. The league was founded in 1992, and is semi-professional with amateur clubs allowed to compete. In 2013 six of the ten teams were professional.

As in most countries with low temperatures in winter time, the season starts around March and ends in late November. Meistriliiga consists of ten clubs, all teams play each other four times. After each season the bottom team is relegated and the second last team plays a two-legged playoff for a place in the Meistriliiga.

In February 2013, A. Le Coq, a brewery, signed a five-year cooperation agreement with the Estonian Football Association, which included Meistriliiga naming rights.[3]

Clubs[edit]

The following 10 clubs will compete in the Meistriliiga during the 2016 season.

Club Position in
2015
First season
in Meistriliiga
Number of seasons
in Meistriliiga
Current spell
since
Titles Last title/
Best finish
Floraa, b, c 1st 1992 25 1992 10 2015
Infonetc 4th 2013 3 2013 0 4th
Levadiac 2nd 1999 17 1999 9 2014
Narva Transa, b, c 6th 1992 25 1992 0 2nd
Nõmme Kaljuc 3rd 2008 8 2008 1 2012
Paide Linnameeskondc 7th 2009 7 2009 0 5th
Pärnu Linnameeskond 8th 2006 4 2015 0 7th
Sillamäe Kaleva 5th 1992 11 2008 0 2nd
Tammeka 9th 2005 11 2005 0
Tarvasc 4th in Esiliiga 2016 0 2016 0

a = Founding member of the Meistriliiga
b = Played in every Meistriliiga season
c = Never been relegated from Meistriliiga

Champions[edit]

Season Champions Runners-up Third place Leading goalscorers
1992 Norma Eesti Põlevkivi TVMV Estonia Sergei Bragin (Norma, 18 goals)
1992–93 Norma Flora Nikol Estonia Sergei Bragin (Norma, 27 goals)
1993–94 Flora Norma Nikol Estonia Maksim Gruznov (Narva Trans, 21 goals)
1994–95 Flora Lantana-Marlekor Narva Trans Ukraine Serhiy Morozov (Lantana-Marlekor, 25 goals)
1995–96 Lantana Flora Tevalte-Marlekor Estonia Lembit Rajala (Flora, 16 goals)
1996–97 Lantana Flora Marlekor Estonia Sergei Bragin (Lantana, 18 goals)
1997–98 Flora Tallinna Sadam Lantana Estonia Konstantin Nahk (Tallinna Sadam, 18 goals)
1998 Flora Tallinna Sadam Lantana Estonia Konstantin Nahk (Tallinna Sadam, 13 goals)
1999 Levadia Tulevik Flora Estonia Toomas Krõm (Levadia, 19 goals)
2000 Levadia Flora TVMK Lithuania Egidijus Juška (TVMK, 24 goals)
Estonia Toomas Krõm (Levadia, 24 goals)
2001 Flora TVMK Levadia Estonia Maksim Gruznov (Narva Trans, 37 goals)
2002 Flora Levadia TVMK Estonia Andrei Krõlov (TVMK, 37 goals)
2003 Flora TVMK Levadia Norway Tor Henning Hamre (Flora, 39 goals)
2004 Levadia TVMK Flora Estonia Vjatšeslav Zahovaiko (Flora, 28 goals)
2005 TVMK Levadia Narva Trans Estonia Tarmo Neemelo (TVMK, 41 goals)
2006 Levadia Narva Trans Flora Estonia Maksim Gruznov (Narva Trans, 31 goals)
2007 Levadia Flora TVMK Russia Dmitri Lipartov (Narva Trans, 30 goals)
2008 Levadia Flora Narva Trans Estonia Ingemar Teever (Nõmme Kalju, 23 goals)
2009 Levadia Sillamäe Kalev Narva Trans Estonia Vitali Gussev (Levadia, 26 goals)
2010 Flora Levadia Narva Trans Estonia Sander Post (Flora, 24 goals)
2011 Flora Nõmme Kalju Narva Trans Latvia Aleksandrs Čekulajevs (Narva Trans, 46 goals)
2012 Nõmme Kalju Levadia Flora Russia Vladislav Ivanov (Sillamäe Kalev / Narva Trans, 23 goals)
2013 Levadia Nõmme Kalju Sillamäe Kalev Estonia Vladimir Voskoboinikov (Nõmme Kalju, 23 goals)
2014 Levadia Sillamäe Kalev Flora Russia Yevgeni Kabaev (Sillamäe Kalev, 36 goals)
2015 Flora Levadia Nõmme Kalju Estonia Ingemar Teever (Levadia, 24 goals)

Performance by club[edit]

Club 1st 2nd 3rd Winning seasons
Flora 10 6 5 1993–94, 1994–95, 1997–98, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2010, 2011, 2015
Levadia 9 5 2 1999, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014
Lantana 2 1 2 1995–96, 1996–97
Norma 2 1 0 1992, 1992–93
TVMK1 1 3 6 2005
Nõmme Kalju 1 2 1 2012
Sillamäe Kalev 0 2 1
Tallinna Sadam 0 2 0
Narva Trans 0 1 6
Tulevik 0 1 0
Eesti Põlevkivi 0 1 0
Nikol 0 0 2
  • Note 1: 1992 TVMV, 1995–96 Tevalte-Marlekor, 1996–97 Marlekor
  • † defunct club

All-time table[edit]

The table is a cumulative record of all match results, points and goals of every team that has played in the Meistriliiga since its inception in 1992. The table that follows is accurate as of the end of the 2015 season. Teams in bold play in the Meistriliiga 2016 season. Numbers in bold are the record (highest) numbers in each column.

In this ranking 3 points are awarded for a win, 1 for a draw, and 0 for a loss, although Meistriliiga awarded 2 points for a win until the 1994–95 season. Championship matches, relegation matches and relegation tournament matches involving clubs of lower leagues are not counted. In 1992 Preliminary Round matches were played in two groups. The results of the matches played between teams in same group were taken to second round, thus counted twice, in this table these results are counted once.

The table is sorted by all-time points.

Pos.
Club
Seasons
Titles
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
PPG
1 Flora 25 10 728 499 124 105 1895 595 1300 1621 2.19
2 Levadia1 17 9 564 413 100 51 1526 393 1133 1339 2.32
3 Narva Trans 25 0 728 354 139 235 1393 936 457 1201 1.65
4 TVMK2 15 1 408 225 76 107 966 480 486 751 1.84
5 Nõmme Kalju 8 1 288 174 53 61 609 271 338 575 2.00
6 Sillamäe Kalev 11 0 341 159 50 132 624 550 74 527 1.55
7 Tulevik3 17 0 489 146 89 254 617 905 -288 527 1.08
8 Tammeka 10 0 396 102 67 227 466 814 -348 373 0.95
9 Lantana 6 2 138 73 34 31 271 144 127 253 1.83
10 Paide Linnameeskond 7 0 252 69 42 141 257 477 -220 249 0.99
11 Tallinna Sadam 6 0 132 67 19 46 271 168 103 220 1.67
12 Eesti Põlevkivi 9 0 162 50 40 72 224 276 -52 190 1.17
13 Kuressaare 10 0 336 48 43 245 253 920 -667 187 0.56
14 Infonet 3 0 108 46 28 34 166 132 34 166 1.54
15 Norma 4 2 78 49 7 22 223 111 112 154 1.97
16 Tallinna Kalev 6 0 216 40 32 144 196 543 -347 152 0.70
17 Merkuur4 6 0 153 41 28 84 204 404 -200 151 0.99
18 Vigri5 3 0 54 31 11 12 151 64 87 104 1.93
19 Pärnu Linnameeskond7 4 0 144 29 15 100 163 394 -231 102 0.71
20 Nikol 2 0 44 30 6 8 107 36 71 96 2.18
21 Järve6 5 0 148 22 19 107 104 394 -290 85 0.57
22 Valga Warrior 5 0 156 21 18 117 120 425 -305 81 0.52
23 Levadia II1 3 0 84 20 14 50 106 211 -105 74 0.88
24 Lelle 4 0 80 16 19 45 72 155 -83 67 0.84
25 Dünamo 4 0 89 16 11 62 92 277 -185 59 0.66
26 DAG8 4 0 68 16 9 43 85 199 -114 57 0.84
27 FC Viljandi 2 0 72 14 14 44 70 157 -87 56 0.78
28 Tervis 2 0 46 11 5 30 38 92 -54 38 0.83
29 Keemik 2 0 31 10 6 15 41 72 -31 36 1.16
30 Ajax 3 0 108 7 13 88 60 449 -389 34 0.31
31 Pärnu JK9 3 0 38 5 5 28 36 120 -84 20 0.53
32 Lokomotiv 1 0 36 4 6 26 35 115 -80 18 0.50
33 Pärnu Levadia 1 0 28 1 5 22 19 96 -77 8 0.29
34 Vall 1 0 14 0 1 13 9 44 -35 1 0.07
35 FK Maardu 1 0 9 0 0 9 6 59 -53 0 0
36 Rakvere Tarvas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Notes
  • Note 1: 1999–2003 FC Levadia Maardu, 2004– FC Levadia. Not to be confused with FC Levadia Tallinn 2001-2003 a separate team owned by the steel company Levadia. In 2004 the clubs were merged FC Levadia Maardu were moved to Tallinn and became FC Levadia, former FC Levadia Tallinn become their reserves as FC Levadia II.
  • Note 2: 1992 TVMV, 1995–1996 Tevalte-Marlekor, 1996–1997 Marlekor, 1997–2008 TVMK
  • Note 3: 1992 Viljandi JK, 1993– Viljandi Tulevik
  • Note 4: 1992–2005 Merkuur, 2006 Maag
  • Note 5: 1992–1993 Vigri, 1993–1995 Tevalte, 1996–1999 Vigri
  • Note 6: 2000–2003 Kohtla-Järve Lootus, 2004 Alutaguse Lootus, 2005–2012 Kohtla-Järve Lootus, 2013– Kohtla-Järve Järve
  • Note 7: 1999–2010 Pärnu Vaprus, 2011– Pärnu Linnameeskond
  • Note 8: 1992 Tartu Kalev, 1992–1994 EsDAG, 1994– DAG
  • Note 9: 1992 Pärnu JK, 1994–1996 PJK Kalev

Records[edit]

All as of end of 2015 season if not stated otherwise.

Clubs[edit]

Players[edit]

Most goals scored by a player in a match[7]
Rank Player Goals For Score Against Season
1 Estonia Anatoli Novožilov 10 Tevalte 24–0 Sillamäe Kalev 1993–94
2 Estonia Urmas Kirs 7 Flora 19–0 Maardu 1992
Brazil Milton 7 Tevalte 10–1 Merkuur 1993–94
Norway Tor Henning Hamre 7 Flora 17–0 Kuressaare 2003
Most goals in a season
Rank Player Goals Club Season
1 Latvia Aleksandrs Čekulajevs 46 Narva Trans 2011
2 Estonia Tarmo Neemelo 41 TVMK 2005
3 Norway Tor Henning Hamre 39 Flora 2003
Longest time without conceding a goal[8][9]
Rank Player Minutes Club Season(s) Dates
1 Ukraine Roman Smishko 1281 Levadia 2014 5 April 2014 – 25 July 2014
2 Estonia Martin Kaalma 946 Levadia 20072008 2 October 2007 – 14 June 2008
3 Ukraine Serhiy Usoltsev 889 Narva Trans 2005 14 August 2005 – 26 October 2005
Youngest goalscorer[10][11]
Rank Player Age Date For Score Against Season
1 Estonia Raio Piiroja 16 years, 15 days 26 July 1995 Pärnu 2–4 Narva Trans 1995–96
2 Estonia Eduard Golovljov 16 years, 78 days 13 March 2013 Infonet 2–0 Tallinna Kalev 2013
3 Estonia Vladislav Fjodorov 16 years, 79 days 18 October 2008 Narva Trans 3–0 Vaprus 2008
Oldest goalscorer[12]
Rank Player Age Date For Score Against Season
1 Estonia Sergei Zamogilnõi 43 years, 16 days 15 September 1996 Eesti Põlevkivi 4–1 Vall 1996–97
Fastest goal[13][14][15]
Rank Player Time Date For Score Against Season
1 Estonia Aleksander Saharov 12 seconds 29 August 2004 Flora 6–0 Lootus 2004
2 Russia Vladislav Ivanov 14 seconds 15 April 2012 Sillamäe Kalev 1–0 Narva Trans 2012
3 Lithuania Egidijus Juška 17 seconds 21 April 2000 TVMK 1–2 Tulevik 2000
Fastest own goal
Rank Player Time Date For Score Against Season
1 Estonia Jaanis Kriska 5 seconds 12 September 2009 Kuressaare 0–8 Levadia 2009
Fastest hat-trick[16][17]
Rank Player Time G1 G2 G3 Date For Score Against Season
1 Estonia Vjatšeslav Zahovaiko 4 minutes 65' 67' 69' 18 October 2004 Flora 9–0 Lootus 2004
Most hat-tricks[18]
Rank Player Hat-tricks
1 Estonia Vjatšeslav Zahovaiko 19
2 Estonia Maksim Gruznov 18

1921–1944 Champions[edit]

Bold indicates club's first championship victory.

Estonian SSR Champions[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]