2012 Meistriliiga

The 2012 season of the Meistriliiga the first level in the Estonian football system is the 22nd season in the league's history. The competition started on 10 March 2012 and will end on 3 November 2012.[1] The defending champions are Flora, who won their ninth league championship last year.

Meistriliiga
Season2012
ChampionsNõmme Kalju
Champions LeagueNõmme Kalju
Europa LeagueLevadia
Flora
Narva Trans
Matches played180
Goals scored536 (2.98 per match)
Top goalscorerVladislav Ivanov (23 goals)
Biggest home winLevadia 7–0 Kuressaare
(30 July)
Nõmme Kalju 7–0 Tallinna Kalev
(4 September)
Biggest away winKuressaare 0–9 Nõmme Kalju
(28 August)
Highest scoringViljandi 1–9 Nõmme Kalju
(2 October)
2011
2013

TeamsEdit

Ajax finished the 2011 season in 10th place and were directly relegated to the Esiliiga, ending a one-year stay in the Estonian top flight. They were replaced by Tallinna Kalev, who return to the league after a two-year absence.

In addition, the 9th-placed Meistriliiga club, Kuressaare, faced the runners-up of the Esiliiga, Infonet, in a two-legged play-off for a spot in this season's competition. Kuressaare won the play-off, 5–1 on aggregate, retaining their spot in the league.

Stadiums and locationsEdit

Locations of the 2012 Meistriliiga teams
Club Location Stadium Capacity
Flora Tallinn A. Le Coq Arena 9,692
Nõmme Kalju Tallinn Kadriorg Stadium 5,000
Kuressaare Kuressaare Kuressaare linnastaadion 2,000
Levadia Tallinn Maarjamäe Stadium 1,000
Paide Linnameeskond Paide Paide linnastaadion 368
Sillamäe Kalev Sillamäe Sillamäe Kalev Stadium 2,000
Tallinna Kalev Tallinn Kalev Keskstaadion 12,000
Tammeka Tartu Tartu Tamme Stadium 1,600
Narva Trans Narva Narva Kreenholm Stadium 3,000
Viljandi Viljandi Viljandi linnastaadion 1,006

Personnel and kitsEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players and Managers may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Flora   Marko Lelov   Andre Frolov Nike KH Energia Konsult
Nõmme Kalju   Igor Prins   Alo Bärengrub Adidas Maxima
Kuressaare   Sergei Zamogilnõi   Sander Viira Joma
Levadia   Marko Kristal   Igor Morozov Adidas Viimsi Keevitus
Paide Linnameeskond   Meelis Rooba   Carl Tubarik Nike Verston
Sillamäe Kalev   Algimantas Briaunys   Mihhail Starodubtsev Uhlsport Alexela
Tallinna Kalev   Sergei Ratnikov   Aleksei Savitski Jako
Tammeka   Joti Stamatopoulos   Kaspar Kaldoja Nike Mäe-kodu
Narva Trans   Aleksei Yagudin   Stanislav Kitto Nike Sportland
Viljandi   Zaur Tšilingarašvili   Ott Ottis Joma Express Hotline

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Replaced by Date of appointment
Levadia   Sergei Hohlov-Simson End of contract 30 November 2011 Pre-season   Marko Kristal 1 December 2011[2]
Narva Trans   Aleksei Yagudin End of contract 9 January 2012 Pre-season   Sergei Prikhodko 10 January 2012[3]
Narva Trans   Sergei Prikhodko Sacked June ?   Aleksei Yagudin June
Tammeka   Kristjan Tiirik Sacked 18 July 2012 10th   Joti Stamatopoulos 19 July 2012[4]
Sillamäe Kalev   Valeri Bondarenko Sacked 7 September 2012 4th   Algimantas Briaunys 8 September 2012[5]
Flora   Martin Reim Mutual agreement 14 October 2012 2nd   Marko Lelov 15 October 2012[6]

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Nõmme Kalju (C) 36 29 5 2 106 17 +89 92 Qualification for Champions League second qualifying round
2 Levadia 36 25 8 3 85 22 +63 83 Qualification for Europa League first qualifying round[a]
3 Flora 36 26 3 7 87 24 +63 81
4 Narva Trans 36 16 7 13 52 44 +8 55
5 Sillamäe Kalev 36 15 10 11 51 43 +8 55
6 Paide 36 11 9 16 34 52 −18 42
7 Viljandi 36 6 8 22 33 88 −55 26 Dissolved at the end of the season
8 Kuressaare 36 5 11 20 31 80 −49 26
9 Tallinna Kalev (O) 36 4 9 23 27 87 −60 21 Qualification for relegation play-offs
10 Tammeka 36 4 8 24 30 79 −49 20 Relegation to Esiliiga[b]
Source: Estonian Football Association (in Estonian)
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd least withdrawals or annulled matches; 3rd overall wins; 4th head-to-head points; 5th head-to-head goal difference; 6th goal difference; 7th goals scored.
If two or more teams on the top have the same number of points by the end of the season, the aforementioned rules will not apply and additional game(s) will be played to determine the champions[7]
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner.
Notes:
  1. ^ Narva Trans qualified for the UEFA Europa League since 3rd-placed Flora qualified for the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League as Cup winner and Cup finalist Kalju had qualified for the 2013–14 UEFA Champions League.
  2. ^ Tammeka escaped relegation due to dissolving of seventh placed Viljandi at the end of season

Relegation play-offEdit

At season's end, the ninth place club in the Meistriliiga will participate in a two-legged playoff with the runners-up of the 2012 Esiliiga for one spot in next year's competition.

Tarvas1–2Tallinna Kalev
Hang   23' Report Tomson   70'
Kase   74'
Attendance: 324
Referee: Jaan Roos
Tallinna Kalev1–0Tarvas
Ratnikov   38' Report
Attendance: 377
Referee: Hannes Kaasik

Tallinna Kalev retains their place in the league, winning 3–1 on aggregate.

ResultsEdit

Each team plays every opponent four times, twice at home and twice on the road, for a total of 36 games.

Season statisticsEdit

Top scorersEdit

Rank Player Club Goals[8]
1   Vladislav Ivanov Sillamäe Kalev/Narva Trans 23
2   Tarmo Neemelo Nõmme Kalju 22
3   Zakaria Beglarishvili Flora 17
4   Jüri Jevdokimov Nõmme Kalju 13
5   Igor Morozov Levadia 12
6   Rimo Hunt Levadia 11
7   Aleksandr Alekseev Narva Trans 10
  Andre Frolov Flora
  Artur Rättel Levadia
  Hidetoshi Wakui Nõmme Kalju

Hat-tricksEdit

Player For Against Result Date
  Vitali Leitan Levadia Kuressaare 5–0 10 April 2012
  Artur Rättel Levadia Paide Linnameeskond 1–5 28 April 2012
  Zakaria Beglarishvili Flora Paide Linnameeskond 0–5 12 May 2012
  Zakaria Beglarishvili Flora Tallinna Kalev 5–0 19 May 2012
  Artur Rättel Levadia Tallinna Kalev 0–6 23 July 2012
  Albert Taar Levadia Kuressaare 7–0 30 July 2012
  Igor Morozov Levadia Flora 5–4 20 August 2012
  Tarmo Neemelo Nõmme Kalju Kuressaare 0–9 28 August 2012
  Rauno Alliku Flora Viljandi 5–0 18 September 2012
  Vladislav Ivanov Narva Trans Kuressaare 0–3 22 September 2012
  Tarmo Neemelo 5 Nõmme Kalju Viljandi 1–9 2 October 2012
  Ousmane Barry Tammeka Tallinna Kalev 1–4 20 October 2012
  Damiano Quintieri Nõmme Kalju Tammeka 5–1 3 November 2012
  Vjatšeslav Zahovaiko Sillamäe Kalev Viljandi 0–5 3 November 2012
  • 5 Player scored 5 goals.

AwardsEdit

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month
Manager Club Player Club
March[9]   Sergei Zamogilnõi Kuressaare   Igor Morozov Levadia
April[10]   Igor Prins Nõmme Kalju   Janar Toomet Levadia
May[11]   Martin Reim Flora   Zakaria Beglarishvili Flora
June[12]   Meelis Rooba Paide Linnameeskond   Hidetoshi Wakui Nõmme Kalju
July[10]   Igor Prins Nõmme Kalju   Joel Indermitte Viljandi
August[13]   Aleksei Yagudin Narva Trans   Sergei Terehhov Nõmme Kalju
September[14]   Igor Prins Nõmme Kalju   Carl Tubarik Paide Linnameeskond
October[15]   Marko Kristal Levadia   Zakaria Beglarishvili Flora

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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