2013 Esiliiga

The 2013 season of the Esiliiga, the second level in the Estonian football system, is the twenty-third season in the league's history. The season officially began on 3 March 2013 and ended on 10 November 2013.[1] However, on 3 March the Estonian Football Association announced that all matches scheduled for 3 March 2013 would be postponed due to heavy snowfall.[2] The previous league champions Infonet were promoted to Meistriliiga while Pärnu Linnameeskond and Kohtla-Järve Lootus were relegated to Esiliiga B division. For this season those three teams are replaced by Jõhvi Lokomotiv from II Liiga East/North division and Viljandi Tulevik and Vändra Vaprus from II Liiga West/South division.

Esiliiga
Season2013
ChampionsLevadia II
PromotedLokomotiv
RelegatedPuuma
Irbis
Matches played180
Goals scored633 (3.52 per match)
Top goalscorerTõnis Starkopf
(28 goals)
Biggest home winTammeka II 10–0 Puuma
(10 November)
Biggest away winTulevik 0–7 Levadia II
(28 July)
Highest scoringIrbis 5-7 Lokomotiv
(18 September)
2012
2014

TeamsEdit

Stadiums and locationsEdit

Team Location Stadium Capacity
Flora II Tallinn Sportland Arena 600
Kiviõli Irbis Kiviõli Kiviõli Stadium 255
Levadia II Tallinn Maarjamäe Stadium 1,000
Jõhvi Lokomotiv Jõhvi Jõhvi Stadium 500
Puuma Tallinn Lasnamäe SPK Stadium 666
Tartu SK 10 Tartu Tamme Stadium 1,500
Tammeka II Tartu Tamme Stadium 1,500
Rakvere Tarvas Rakvere Rakvere Stadium 2,500
Viljandi Tulevik Viljandi Viljandi Stadium 2,506
Vändra Vaprus Vändra Vändra Stadium 277

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 II   Jürgen Henn   Erkki Kubber Nike
Kiviõli Irbis   Erik Šteinberg   Tõnis Starkopf Adidas
Levadia II   Argo Arbeiter   Kristjan Tamme Adidas Viimsi Keevitus
Jõhvi Lokomotiv   Viktors Ņesterenko   Boriss Gritsjuk Uhlsport Spacecom
Puuma   Dmitri Krasilnikov   Aleksandr Boldõrev Adidas Kruze Disain
Tartu SK 10   Andrei Borissov   Aleksandr Pruttšenko Adidas Ha Serv
Tammeka II   Indrek Koser   Ander Paabut Nike Metec
Rakvere Tarvas   Reijo Kuusik   Alari Tovstik Joma Aqva
Viljandi Tulevik   Aivar Lillevere   Raiko Mutle Hummel kalameister.ee
Vändra Vaprus   Ranet Lepik   Karel Otto Macron 4teams

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Replaced by Date of appointment
Viljandi Tulevik   Raiko Mutle Resigned 31 December 2012 Pre-season   Aivar Lillevere 8 January 2013[3]
Tammeka II   Ivan O'Konnel-Bronin Replaced 18 February 2013   Indrek Koser 18 February 2013[4]
Flora II   Norbert Hurt Signed by Flora 21 July 2013 7th   Jürgen Henn 21 July 2013[5]

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Levadia II[a] (C) 36 20 10 6 94 41 +53 70
2 Jõhvi Lokomotiv (P) 36 20 9 7 80 39 +41 69 Promotion to Meistriliiga
3 Flora II[a] 36 17 6 13 56 54 +2 57
4 Rakvere Tarvas 36 16 8 12 68 58 +10 56 Qualification for promotion play-offs
5 Tartu SK 10 36 17 3 16 58 67 −9 54
6 Tammeka II 36 15 7 14 70 57 +13 52
7 Vändra Vaprus 36 12 10 14 61 55 +6 46
8 Viljandi Tulevik (O) 36 12 10 14 46 57 −11 46 Qualification for relegation play-offs
9 Puuma (R) 36 8 5 23 40 91 −51 29 Relegation to Esiliiga B
10 Kiviõli Irbis (R) 36 7 4 25 60 114 −54 25
Source: Estonian Football Association (in Estonian)
Rules for classification: Points; Least withdrawals or annulled matches; Overall wins; Head-to-head points; Head-to-head goal difference; Goal difference; 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.
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Reserve teams are ineligible for promotion.

Promotion play-offEdit

At season's end, the runners-up of the 2013 Esiliiga will participate in a two-legged play-off with the 9th place club of the 2013 Meistriliiga for the spot in next year's competition.

17 November 2013 Rakvere Tarvas1–2TammekaRakvere
13:00 EET (GMT+2) Rebane   80' Report Tekko   26'
Tomson   68'
Stadium: Rakvere Kunstmurustaadion
Attendance: 350
Referee: Jaan Roos
23 November 2013 Tammeka4–1Rakvere TarvasValga
13:00 EET (GMT+2) Tamm   10',   63'
Tovstik   13' (o.g.)
Tomson   21'
Report Hang   51' Stadium: Valga Keskstaadion
Attendance: 174
Referee: Kristo Külljastinen

Relegation play-offEdit

At season's end, the 8th place club of the 2013 Esiliiga will participate in a two-legged play-off with the 3rd place club of the 2013 Esiliiga B for the spot in next year's competition.

17 November 2013 Sillamäe Kalev II1–4Viljandi TulevikSillamäe
13:00 EET (GMT+2) Rando Leokin   72' Report Laansoo   19'
Peips   39'
Teor   48',   54'
Stadium: Sillamäe Kalev Kunstmurustaadion
Attendance: 65
Referee: Mart Martin
23 November 2013 Viljandi Tulevik3–2Sillamäe Kalev IIViljandi
13:00 EET (GMT+2) Teor   7',   20'
Luhakooder   13'
Report Rando Leokin   40'
Mukhin   62'
Stadium: Viljandi Kunstmurustaadion
Attendance: 65
Referee: Miko Pupart

Season statisticsEdit

Top goalscorersEdit

As of 10 November 2013.[6][7]
Rank Player Team Goals
1   Tõnis Starkopf Kiviõli Irbis 28
2   Nikita Kolyaev Levadia II 24
3   Andrei Jõgi Jõhvi Lokomotiv 13
  Henry Rohtla Levadia II 13
  Hannes Tiru Tammeka II 13
6   Maksim Bazyukin Jõhvi Lokomotiv 12
7   Henri Hang Rakvere Tarvas 11
  Toomas Mangusson Vändra Vaprus 11
  Aleksandr Pruttšenko Tartu SK 10 11
  Rasmus Tauts Tammeka II 11

AwardsEdit

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month
Manager Club Player Club
March[8]   Aivar Lillevere Viljandi Tulevik   Maksim Bazyukin Jõhvi Lokomotiv
April[9]   Argo Arbeiter Levadia II   Eero Eessaar Tartu SK 10
May[10]   Viktors Ņesterenko Jõhvi Lokomotiv   Raido Leokin Flora II
June[11]   Viktors Ņesterenko Jõhvi Lokomotiv   Karli Kütt Tammeka II
July[12]   Norbert Hurt Flora II   Alari Tovstik Rakvere Tarvas
August[13]   Indrek Koser Tammeka II   Joonas Ljaš Rakvere Tarvas
September[14]   Ranet Lepik Vändra Vaprus   Martin Kase Flora II
October[15]   Erik Šteinberg Kiviõli Irbis   Silvio Philips Tammeka II

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "EL MÄNGUDE KALENDER (2013)" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
  2. ^ "Tänased Esiliiga kohtumised lükati edasi" [Today's Esiliiga fixtures postponed] (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 3 March 2013. Retrieved 3 March 2013.
  3. ^ "Tuleviku meeskond vahetab peatreenerit" [Tulevik to change the manager] (in Estonian). Sakala. 7 January 2013. Retrieved 9 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Tammeka duubli peatreeneriks saab Indrek Koser" [Indrek Koser becomes the new manager of Tammeka II] (in Estonian). Tammeka. 18 February 2013. Retrieved 19 February 2013.
  5. ^ "Marko Lelov vabastati ametist, peatreeneri kohusetäitjaks Norbert Hurt" [Marko Lelov relieved of duty, Norbert Hurt appointed as caretaker manager] (in Estonian). Flora. 21 July 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
  6. ^ "EL VÄRAVALÖÖJATE EDETABEL (2013)" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association.
  7. ^ "Esiliiga A 2013 statistika – väravalööjad" (in Estonian). soccernet.ee.
  8. ^ "Pärast 5. vooru asus Esiliiga tippu Jõhvi Lokomotiv" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association.
  9. ^ "Esiliiga IX vooru tulemused" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association.
  10. ^ "Premium liiga parimateks Bondarenko ja Voskoboinikov" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  11. ^ "Premium liiga kuu parimad olid Mašitšev ja Erkenbrecher" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  12. ^ "Premium liiga juulikuu parimad Sergei Ratnikov ja Lauri Varendi" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 21 August 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2013.
  13. ^ "Premium liiga kuu parimad olid Kristal ja Aidara" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 4 September 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
  14. ^ "Premium liiga kuu parimad olid Kimbaloula ja Prins" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 1 October 2013. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  15. ^ "Kuu parimad tulid meistermeeskonnast" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 29 October 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013.