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 FCI Tallinn
(2016, 1st 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
2017 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.

As in most countries with low temperatures in winter time, the season starts in March and ends in 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, an Estonian brewery company, signed a five-year cooperation agreement with the Estonian Football Association, which included Meistriliiga naming rights.[3]

Clubs[edit]

Current clubs[edit]

The following 10 clubs will compete in the Meistriliiga during the 2017 season.

Club Position
in 2016
First season
in Meistriliiga
Seasons in
Meistriliiga
Current
spell since
Titles Last title/
Best finish
Floraa, b, c 4th 1992 26 1992 10 2015
Infonetc 1st 2013 4 2013 1 2016
Levadiac 2nd 1999 18 1999 9 2014
Narva Transa, b, c 8th 1992 26 1992 0 2nd
Nõmme Kaljuc 3rd 2008 8 2008 1 2012
Paide Linnameeskondc 6th 2009 8 2009 0 5th
Sillamäe Kaleva 5th 1992 12 2008 0 2nd
Tammekac 7th 2005 12 2005 0 5th
Tulevika 1st in Esiliiga 1992 17 2017 0 2nd
Vaprus 2006 3 2017 0 7th

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 Top goalscorer Goals
1992 Norma (1) Eesti Põlevkivi TVMV Estonia Sergei Bragin (Norma) 18
1992–93 Norma (2) Flora Nikol Estonia Sergei Bragin (Norma) 27
1993–94 Flora (1) Norma Nikol Estonia Maksim Gruznov (Narva Trans/Tevalte) 21
1994–95 Flora (2) Lantana-Marlekor Narva Trans Ukraine Serhiy Morozov (Lantana-Marlekor) 25
1995–96 Lantana (1) Flora Tevalte-Marlekor Estonia Lembit Rajala (Flora) 16
1996–97 Lantana (2) Flora Tallinna Sadam Estonia Sergei Bragin (Lantana) 18
1997–98 Flora (3) Tallinna Sadam Lantana Estonia Konstantin Kolbassenko (Tallinna Sadam) 18
1998 Flora (4) Tallinna Sadam Lantana Estonia Konstantin Kolbassenko (Tallinna Sadam) 13
1999 Levadia (1) Tulevik Flora Estonia Toomas Krõm (Levadia) 19
2000 Levadia (2) Flora TVMK Lithuania Egidijus Juška (TVMK)
Estonia Toomas Krõm (Levadia)
24
2001 Flora (5) TVMK Levadia Estonia Maksim Gruznov (Narva Trans) 37
2002 Flora (6) Levadia TVMK Estonia Andrei Krõlov (TVMK) 37
2003 Flora (7) TVMK Levadia Norway Tor Henning Hamre (Flora) 39
2004 Levadia (3) TVMK Flora Estonia Vjatšeslav Zahovaiko (Flora) 28
2005 TVMK (1) Levadia Narva Trans Estonia Tarmo Neemelo (TVMK) 41
2006 Levadia (4) Narva Trans Flora Estonia Maksim Gruznov (Narva Trans) 31
2007 Levadia (5) Flora TVMK Russia Dmitri Lipartov (Narva Trans) 30
2008 Levadia (6) Flora Narva Trans Estonia Ingemar Teever (Nõmme Kalju) 23
2009 Levadia (7) Sillamäe Kalev Narva Trans Estonia Vitali Gussev (Levadia) 26
2010 Flora (8) Levadia Narva Trans Estonia Sander Post (Flora) 24
2011 Flora (9) Nõmme Kalju Narva Trans Latvia Aleksandrs Čekulajevs (Narva Trans) 46
2012 Nõmme Kalju (1) Levadia Flora Russia Vladislav Ivanov (Sillamäe Kalev/Narva Trans) 23
2013 Levadia (8) Nõmme Kalju Sillamäe Kalev Estonia Vladimir Voskoboinikov (Nõmme Kalju) 23
2014 Levadia (9) Sillamäe Kalev Flora Russia Yevgeni Kabaev (Sillamäe Kalev) 36
2015 Flora (10) Levadia Nõmme Kalju Estonia Ingemar Teever (Levadia) 24
2016 Infonet (1) Levadia Nõmme Kalju Russia Yevgeni Kabaev (Sillamäe Kalev) 25

Total titles won[edit]

Club 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) Winning seasons
Flora 10 6 5 1993–94, 1994–95, 1997–98, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2010, 2011, 2015
Levadia 9 6 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
TVMK 1 3 5 2005
Nõmme Kalju 1 2 2 2012
FCI Tallinn 1 0 0 2016
Tallinna Sadam 0 2 1
Sillamäe Kalev 0 2 1
Narva Trans 0 1 6
Eesti Põlevkivi 0 1 0
Tulevik 0 1 0
Nikol 0 0 2

All-time Meistriliiga 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 2016 season. Teams in bold play in the Meistriliiga 2017 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 26 10 764 520 134 110 1991 626 1365 1694 2.22
2 Levadia1 18 9 600 437 106 57 1603 423 1180 1417 2.37
3 Narva Trans 26 0 764 365 147 252 1453 1004 449 1242 1.63
4 TVMK2 15 1 408 225 76 107 966 480 486 751 1.84
5 Nõmme Kalju 9 1 324 196 62 66 679 299 380 650 2.01
6 Sillamäe Kalev 12 0 377 173 59 145 689 605 84 578 1.54
7 Tulevik3 17 0 489 146 89 254 617 905 -288 527 1.08
8 Tammeka 11 0 432 114 72 246 509 879 -370 414 0.96
9 Paide Linnameeskond 8 0 288 83 48 157 315 538 -223 297 1.04
10 Lantana 6 2 138 73 34 31 271 144 127 253 1.83
11 Infonet 4 1 144 70 36 38 240 165 75 246 1.71
12 Tallinna Sadam 6 0 132 67 19 46 271 168 103 220 1.67
13 Eesti Põlevkivi Jõhvi 9 0 162 50 40 72 224 276 -52 190 1.17
14 Kuressaare 10 0 336 48 43 245 253 920 -667 187 0.56
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 Nikol 2 0 44 30 6 8 107 36 71 96 2.18
20 Järve6 5 0 148 22 19 107 104 394 -290 85 0.57
21 Warrior 5 0 156 21 18 117 120 425 -305 81 0.52
22 Vaprus 3 0 108 23 7 78 125 307 -182 76 0.70
23 Levadia II1 3 0 84 20 14 50 106 211 -105 74 0.88
24 Lelle SK 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 DAG7 4 0 68 16 9 43 85 199 -114 57 0.84
27 Viljandi 2 0 72 14 14 44 70 157 -87 56 0.78
28 Pärnu Linnameeskond 2 0 72 11 10 51 62 185 -123 43 0.60
29 Pärnu Tervis 2 0 46 11 5 30 38 92 -54 38 0.83
30 Kohtla-Järve Keemik 2 0 31 10 6 15 41 72 -31 36 1.16
31 Lasnamäe Ajax 3 0 108 7 13 88 60 449 -389 34 0.31
32 Pärnu JK8 3 0 38 5 5 28 36 120 -84 20 0.53
33 Lokomotiv 1 0 36 4 6 26 35 115 -80 18 0.50
34 Pärnu Levadia 1 0 28 1 5 22 19 96 -77 8 0.29
35 Tarvas 1 0 36 0 3 33 15 113 -98 3 0.09
36 Vall 1 0 14 0 1 13 9 44 -35 1 0.07
37 FK Maardu 1 0 9 0 0 9 6 59 -53 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: 1992 Tartu Kalev, 1992–1994 EsDAG, 1994– DAG
  • Note 8: 1992 Pärnu JK, 1994–1996 PJK Kalev

Records[edit]

All as of end of 2016 season if not stated otherwise.

Club records[edit]

Player records[edit]

1921–1944 Champions[edit]

Bold indicates club's first championship victory.

Estonian SSR Champions[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]