2020 Meistriliiga

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Meistriliiga
Season2020
Dates6 March – 8 March
19 May – 6 December
ChampionsFlora
13th title
RelegatedTallinna Kalev
Champions LeagueFlora
Europa Conference LeaguePaide Linnameeskond
Matches played147
Goals scored442 (3.01 per match)
Top goalscorerRauno Sappinen
(26 goals)
Biggest home winTulevik 5–0 Kuressaare
(7 June 2020)
Biggest away winKalev 1–8 Paide
(7 March 2020)
Highest scoringPaide 7–4 Nõmme Kalju
(6 December 2020)
2019
2021

The 2020 Meistriliiga (known as A. Le Coq Premium Liiga for sponsorship reasons[1]) was the 30th season of the Meistriliiga, the top Estonian league for association football clubs. The season began on 6 March 2020,[2] but was suspended after the first round due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[3] The league continued on 19 May 2020.[4] The season concluded on 6 December, with the last match between Flora and FCI Levadia cancelled due to COVID-19 cases in both teams.[5] The defending champions Flora successfully defended their title, winning second title in a row and their 13th in total.[6]

Teams[edit]

Ten teams competed in the league, nine sides from the 2019 season and 2019 Esiliiga champions TJK Legion. Legion made their debut in the top tier after consecutive promotions from fourth tier in three seasons.[7] Maardu Linnameeskond were relegated at the end of the 2019 season after finishing in the bottom of the table. Kuressaare retained their Meistriliiga spot after winning a relegation play-off against Esiliiga runners-up Vaprus.[8]

Venues[edit]

Team Location Stadium Capacity
FCI Levadia Tallinn A. Le Coq Arena 14,336[9]
Flora
Kuressaare Kuressaare Kuressaare linnastaadion 1,000[10]
TJK Legion Tallinn Kadriorg Stadium 5,000[11]
Narva Trans Narva Narva Kreenholm Stadium 1,065[12]
Nõmme Kalju Tallinn Hiiu Stadium 650[13]
Paide Linnameeskond Paide Paide linnastaadion 268[14]
Tallinna Kalev Tallinn Kadriorg Stadium 5,000[11]
Tammeka Tartu Tartu Tamme Stadium 1,500[15]
Tulevik Viljandi Viljandi linnastaadion 1,084[16]

Personnel and kits[edit]

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
FCI Levadia Estonia Vladimir Vassiljev Estonia Dmitri Kruglov Adidas Viimsi Keevitus
Flora Estonia Jürgen Henn Estonia Konstantin Vassiljev Nike Tele2
Kuressaare Ukraine Roman Kozhukhovskyi Estonia Märten Pajunurm Nike
TJK Legion Estonia Denis Belov Estonia Denis Vnukov Uhlsport
Narva Trans Estonia Oleg Kurotškin Estonia Roman Nesterovski Nike Sportland
Nõmme Kalju Estonia Marko Kristal Estonia Igor Subbotin Adidas Paf[17]
Paide Linnameeskond Estonia Vjatšeslav Zahovaiko Estonia Andre Frolov Nike Verston
Tallinna Kalev Latvia Dmitrijs Kalašņikovs Estonia Marek Kaljumäe Macron Coolbet
Tammeka Estonia Kaido Koppel Estonia Tauno Tekko Nike Metec
Tulevik Estonia Sander Post Estonia Kaimar Saag Joma Espak[18]

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
FCI Levadia Estonia Vladimir Vassiljev Caretaker spell over 11 November 2019[19] Pre-season Estonia Martin Reim 11 November 2019[19]
Narva Trans Estonia Oleg Kurotškin Caretaker spell over 15 November 2019[20] Turkey Cenk Özcan 15 November 2019[20]
Nõmme Kalju Ukraine Roman Kozhukhovskyi End of contract 28 November 2019[21] Estonia Marko Kristal 2 December 2019[22]
Kuressaare Latvia Dmitrijs Kalašņikovs End of contract 16 December 2019[23] Ukraine Roman Kozhukhovskyi 16 December 2019[23]
Tallinna Kalev Estonia Aleksandr Dmitrijev Mutual consent 18 March 2020[24] 10th Estonia Liivo Leetma 18 March 2020[24]
Narva Trans Turkey Cenk Özcan Mutual consent 19 June 2010[25] 10th Estonia Oleg Kurotškin 19 June 2010[25]
Levadia Estonia Martin Reim Resigned 10 July 2020[26] 3rd Estonia Vladimir Vassiljev 10 July 2020[26]
Tallinna Kalev Estonia Liivo Leetma Sacked 31 August 2020[27] 10th Latvia Dmitrijs Kalašnikovs 31 August 2020[27]

Format changes[edit]

Due to the long pause, the season was shortened. Instead of the regular format of each team playing each of the other teams four times, the league were to be split after the third playthrough into two sections of top 6 and bottom 4, with each team playing each other in that section.[28]

On 7 November, due to the second wave of COVID-19, the season was shortened even more with the league split into three sections after the 27th round – top 4, 5th & 6th, and bottom 4, with each team playing each other in that section.[29]

On 11 December the season's last match between Flora and FCI Levadia was cancelled.[5]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Flora (C) 29 26 2 1 76 17 +59 80 Qualification for the Champions League first qualifying round
2 Paide Linnameeskond 30 21 1 8 80 43 +37 64 Qualification for the Europa Conference League first qualifying round[a]
3 FCI Levadia 29 17 6 6 66 37 +29 57
4 Nõmme Kalju 30 14 7 9 52 31 +21 49
5 Tammeka 28 8 8 12 33 44 −11 32
6 Tulevik 28 9 4 15 30 46 −16 31
7 TJK Legion 30 8 7 15 26 44 −18 31
8 Narva Trans 30 6 7 17 31 49 −18 25
9 Kuressaare (O) 30 5 9 16 28 63 −35 24 Qualification for the Relegation play-offs
10 Tallinna Kalev (R) 30 5 5 20 20 68 −48 20 Relegation to the Esiliiga
Source: Estonian Football Association (in Estonian), UEFA
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Less matches awarded against; 3) Head-to-head points; 4) Head-to-head goal difference; 5) Matches won; 6) Goal difference; 7) Goals scored; 8) Away goals scored; 9) Fairplay ranking.[30]
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated
Notes:
  1. ^ FCI Levadia qualified for the Europa Conference League as the other finalist of the 2020–21 Estonian Cup, Flora, has already qualified to the UEFA Champions League

Relegation play-offs[edit]

At season's end Kuressaare, the ninth place club, participated in a two-legged play-off with the runners-up (of independent teams) of the 2020 Esiliiga, Maardu Linnameeskond, for the spot in 2021 Meistriliiga.

10 December 2020 Maardu Linnameeskond 3–5 Kuressaare Maardu
18:00 (UTC+2) Anton Aristov Goal 23'
Maksim Krivošein Goal 44'
Ilja Zelentsov Goal 47'
Report Märten Pajunurm Goal 8'
Sander Laht Goal 11'
Sören Kaldma Goal 61'
Michael Schjønning-Larsen Goal 64'
Rasmus Saar Goal 81'
Stadium: Maardu kunstmuruväljak
Referee: Kristo Külljastinen
13 December 2020 Kuressaare 4–2 Maardu Linnameeskond Kuressaare
13:00 (UTC+2) Sten Penzev Goal 32'
Mattias Männilaan Goal 59'81'
Sander Laht Goal 78'
Report Vladislav Ogorodnik Goal 7'
Vadim Aksjonov Goal 86'
Stadium: Kuressaare kunstmurustaadion
Referee: Karl Koppel
Kuressaare won 9–5 on aggregate and retained their Meistriliiga spot for the 2021 season.

Fixtures and results[edit]

A total of four rounds was be played. In the first three rounds teams played each other three times. In the fourth round the league was splited into 3 groups – top 4, 5th and 6th, and bottom 4, where they played each team in their group one more time.[31]

Rounds 1–18[edit]

Home \ Away FLO PAI LEV NÕM TAM TUL LEG TRA KUR KLV
Flora 3–1 4–0 2–1 0–0 3–0 3–1 3–1 3–0 3–0
Paide Linnameeskond 1–3 4–2 1–3 3–0 1–2 2–0 2–1 2–0 4–0
FCI Levadia 1–3 4–1 1–1 2–2 5–1 4–0 3–0 1–0 4–0
Nõmme Kalju 1–2 0–1 2–0 1–1 0–0 1–2 3–0 1–0 2–0
Tammeka 1–3 0–2 1–1 0–2 2–1 1–3 2–2 1–2 0–2
Tulevik 2–1 1–3 1–3 0–6 2–0 0–2 0–1 5–0 2–1
TJK Legion 1–3 0–3 0–2 0–6 0–1 0–2 0–0 1–1 0–0
Narva Trans 2–3 1–0 4–4 0–1 0–1 0–2 2–0 1–0 0–0
Kuressaare 0–4 0–4 2–2 0–2 2–4 3–0 0–0 3–2 2–2
Tallinna Kalev 0–3 1–8 0–4 0–4 0–2 0–2 1–0 1–1 0–2
Source: Estonian Football Association (in Estonian)
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Rounds 19–27[edit]

Home \ Away FLO PAI LEV NÕM TAM TUL LEG TRA KUR KLV
Flora 1–0 0–0 2–1 1–0
Paide Linnameeskond 1–0 3–1 4–2 6–2 4–1
FCI Levadia 0–2 2–1 3–2 2–0 3–0
Nõmme Kalju 1–3 0–0 1–1 2–1
Tammeka 0–1 0–0 0–0 4–2
Tulevik 1–4 0–1 0–1 0–0 1–1
TJK Legion 0–2 1–2 3–1 2–1 2–0
Narva Trans 1–2 1–2 0–1 0–0
Kuressaare 0–4 1–5 1–1 2–2 0–1
Tallinna Kalev 1–4 1–4 1–2 1–0 4–1
Source: Estonian Football Association (in Estonian)
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top four rounds 28–30[edit]

Home \ Away FLO LEV NÕM PAI
Flora Cancelled
FCI Levadia 2–2
Nõmme Kalju 0–3 0–2
Paide Linnameeskond 1–7 7–4
Source: Estonian Football Association (in Estonian)
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Fifth & sixth round 28[edit]

Home \ Away TAM TUL
Tammeka 3–3
Tulevik
Source: Estonian Football Association (in Estonian)
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Bottom four rounds 28–30[edit]

Home \ Away KUR LEG TRA KLV
Kuressaare 0–3
TJK Legion 0–1
Narva Trans 1–3 1–1
Tallinna Kalev 1–1 0–2
Source: Estonian Football Association (in Estonian)
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals[32]
1 Estonia Rauno Sappinen Flora 26
2 Uganda Edrisa Lubega Paide Linnameeskond 14
3 Estonia Tristan Koskor Tammeka 12
4 Cameroon Marcelin Gando FCI Levadia 11
5 Estonia Henri Anier Paide Linnameeskond 10
Netherlands Deabeas Owusu-Sekyere Paide Linnameeskond
Estonia Konstantin Vassiljev Flora
8 Ukraine Vladyslav Khomutov Nõmme Kalju 9
Ukraine Yuriy Kolomoyets FCI Levadia
Estonia Siim Luts Paide Linnameeskond
Estonia Pavel Marin Tulevik
Estonia Edgar Tur Paide Linnameeskond
Estonia Aleksandr Volkov Nõmme Kalju

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date
Estonia Joseph Saliste Paide Linnameeskond Tallinna Kalev 8–1 (A) 7 March 2020[33]
Estonia Kaspar Paur Nõmme Kalju Tulevik 6–0 (A) 31 May 2020[34]
Estonia Edgar Tur Paide Linnameeskond Kuressaare 6–2 (H) 1 November 2020[35]
Estonia Rauno Sappinen Flora Paide Linnameeskond 7–1 (A) 29 November 2020[36]

Awards[edit]

Monthly awards[edit]

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month
Manager Club Player Club
May[37] Estonia Martin Reim Levadia Brazil Pedro Victor Nõmme Kalju
June[38] Estonia Jürgen Henn Flora Estonia Pavel Marin Tulevik
July[39] Estonia Jürgen Henn Flora Russia Amir Natkho Nõmme Kalju
August[40] Estonia Vjatšeslav Zahovaiko Paide Linnameeskond Estonia Märten Kuusk Flora
September[41] Estonia Denis Belov Legion Estonia Sergei Mošnikov Paide Linnameeskond
October[42] Estonia Kaido Koppel Tammeka Estonia Brent Lepistu FCI Levadia

Team of the season[edit]

Source:[43]

Position Player Club Previous Appearances
GK Estonia Matvei Igonen Flora 2019, 2016
DF Estonia Michael Lilander Flora none
DF Estonia Karl Mööl Paide 2019, 2017
DF Estonia Märten Kuusk Flora 2019
DF The Gambia Muhammed Sanneh Paide none
MF Estonia Sergei Mošnikov Paide 2016, 2014, 2013, 2011
MF Estonia Konstantin Vassiljev Flora 2019, 2006
MF Estonia Vladislav Kreida Flora 2019
MF Estonia Pavel Marin Tulevik none
FW Estonia Rauno Sappinen Flora 2017, 2015
FW Estonia Henri Anier Paide none

Player transfers[edit]

See also[edit]

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