Meistriliiga

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Meistriliiga
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Founded1992
CountryEstonia
ConfederationUEFA
Number of teams10
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toEsiliiga
Domestic cup(s)Estonian Cup
Estonian Supercup
International cup(s)UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa Conference League
Current championsFlora (13th title)
(2020)
Most championshipsFlora
(13 titles)
Top goalscorerMaksim Gruznov (304 goals)
TV partnersETV2, ETV+, soccernet.ee
WebsiteOfficial website
Current: 2021 season

Meistriliiga (pronounced [ˈmeistriliːɡ̊ɑː], known as the A. Le Coq Premium Liiga for sponsorship reasons) is the highest division of the Estonian Football Association annual football championship. The league was founded in 1992, and was initially semi-professional with amateur clubs allowed to compete. With the help of solidarity mechanisms, the league is fully professional since the 2020 season.[1]

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 play-off 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.[2]

2021 season[edit]

The following 10 clubs will compete in the Meistriliiga during the 2021 season.

Club Position
in 2020
First season
in Meistriliiga
Seasons in
Meistriliiga
Current
spell since
Titles Last title/
Best finish
FCI Levadiac 3rd 1999 23 1999 9 2014
Floraa, b, c 1st 1992 31 1992 13 2020
Kuressaare 9th 2000 13 2018 0 7th
Narva Transa, b, c 8th 1992 31 1992 0 2nd
Nõmme Kaljuc 4th 2008 14 2008 2 2018
Paide Linnameeskondc 2nd 2009 13 2009 0 2nd
Legion 7th 2020 1 2020 0 7th
Vaprus Esiliiga, 1st 2006 5 2021 0 7th
Tammekac 5th 2005 17 2005 0 5th
Tulevika 6th 1992 22 2017 0 2nd

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

Champions[edit]

Season Champions Runners-up Third place Top goalscorer Goals
1992 Norma Eesti Põlevkivi TVMV Estonia Sergei Bragin (Norma) 18
1992–93 Norma (2) Flora Nikol Estonia Sergei Bragin (Norma) 27
1993–94 Flora 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 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 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 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 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 Levadia Nõmme Kalju Russia Yevgeni Kabaev (Sillamäe Kalev) 25
2017 Flora (11) Levadia Nõmme Kalju Estonia Albert Prosa (FCI Tallinn)
Estonia Rauno Sappinen (Flora)
27
2018 Nõmme Kalju (2) FCI Levadia Flora Brazil Liliu (Nõmme Kalju) 31
2019 Flora (12) FCI Levadia Nõmme Kalju Estonia Erik Sorga (Flora) 31
2020 Flora (13) Paide Linnameeskond FCI Levadia Estonia Rauno Sappinen (Flora) 26

Total titles won[edit]

Club 1st place, gold medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Winning seasons
Flora 13 6 6 1993–94, 1994–95, 1997–98, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2020
Levadia 9 9 3 1999, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014
Nõmme Kalju 2 2 4 2012, 2018
Lantana 2 1 2 1995–96, 1996–97
Norma 2 1 0 1992, 1992–93
TVMK 1 3 5 2005
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
Paide Linnameeskond 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 2020 season. Teams in bold play in the Meistriliiga 2021 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 30 13 901 628 153 120 2393 724 1669 2037 2.26
2 Levadia1 22 9 737 529 133 75 1982 528 1454 1720 2.33
3 Narva Trans 30 0 902 415 176 311 1663 1222 441 1421 1.58
4 Nõmme Kalju 13 2 462 281 97 84 1025 428 597 940 2.03
5 TVMK2 15 1 408 225 76 107 966 480 486 751 1.84
6 Tulevik3 21 0 625 178 109 338 753 1221 -468 643 1.03
7 Sillamäe Kalev 13 0 413 183 65 165 741 681 60 614 1.49
8 Tammeka 15 0 568 159 104 305 695 1106 -411 581 1.02
9 Paide Linnameeskond 12 0 426 151 71 204 584 773 -189 524 1.23
10 FCI Tallinn9 5 1 180 90 41 49 343 212 131 311 1.73
11 Kuressaare 13 0 438 65 60 313 339 1185 -846 255 0.58
12 Lantana 6 2 138 73 34 31 271 144 127 253 1.83
13 Tallinna Kalev 9 0 318 58 50 210 299 768 -469 224 0.70
14 Tallinna Sadam 6 0 132 67 19 46 271 168 103 220 1.67
15 Eesti Põlevkivi 9 0 162 50 40 72 224 276 -52 190 1.17
16 Norma 4 2 78 49 7 22 223 111 112 154 1.97
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 Vaprus 5 0 180 27 16 137 179 576 -397 97 0.54
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 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 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 Tervis Pärnu 2 0 46 11 5 30 38 92 -54 38 0.83
30 Keemik 2 0 31 10 6 15 41 72 -31 36 1.16
31 Ajax 3 0 108 7 13 88 60 449 -389 34 0.31
32 Legion 1 0 30 8 7 15 26 44 -18 31 1.03
33 Pärnu8 3 0 38 5 5 28 36 120 -84 20 0.53
34 Lokomotiv 1 0 36 4 6 26 35 115 -80 18 0.50
35 Maardu Linnameeskond 1 0 36 4 5 27 30 118 -88 17 0.47
36 Pärnu Levadia 1 0 28 1 5 22 19 96 -77 8 0.29
37 Tarvas 1 0 36 0 3 33 15 113 -98 3 0.09
38 Vall 1 0 14 0 1 13 9 44 -35 1 0.07
39 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
  • Note 8: 2011–2016 Infonet, 2017 FCI Tallinn

Records[edit]

All as of end of 2020 season if not stated otherwise.

Club records[edit]

Player records[edit]

Estonian champions[edit]

Bold indicates club's first championship victory.

Estonian SSR champions[edit]

References[edit]

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