2013 Meistriliiga

The 2013 Meistriliiga (also known as A. Le Coq Premium Liiga for sponsorship reasons) was the 23rd season of the Meistriliiga, the first level in the Estonian football system. The season began on 2 March 2013 and ended on 9 November 2013.[2] Nõmme Kalju, the defending champions, finished runners-up behind Levadia, who won their 8th title.

Meistriliiga
Season2013
ChampionsLevadia
8th title
RelegatedKuressaare
Champions LeagueLevadia
Europa LeagueNõmme Kalju
Sillamäe Kalev
Matches played180
Goals scored510 (2.83 per match)
Top goalscorerVladimir Voskoboinikov (23 goals)
Biggest home winFlora 6–0 Kuressaare
(21 May)
Sillamäe Kalev 6–0 Tammeka
(26 October)
Biggest away winTallinna Kalev 0–9 Sillamäe Kalev
(2 November)
Highest scoringTallinna Kalev 0–9 Sillamäe Kalev
(2 November)
Longest winning run8 matches Levadia
(13 April–24 May)
Levadia
(9 July–21 September)[1]
Longest unbeaten run15 matches Nõmme Kalju
(18 June–28 September)[1]
Longest winless run16 matches Kuressaare
(2 August–9 November)[1]
Longest losing run9 matches Kuressaare
(17 September–9 November)[1]
2012
2014

TeamsEdit

2012 Esiliiga champions Infonet, who lost out to Kuressaare in the promotion/relegation play-off as Esiliiga Runners-up in 2011, were promoted to this season's Meistriliiga making their first appearance in the top division.[3] Esiliiga runners-up Tarvas lost out on promotion as Meistriliiga's 9th placed club Tallinna Kalev defeated them 3–1 on aggregate in the Promotion/relegation play-off.[4]

Tammeka finished at the bottom of the 2012 season but escaped relegation due to dissolving of seventh place Viljandi.

Stadiums and locationsEdit

Team Location Stadium Seating capacity
Flora Tallinn A. Le Coq Arena 9,692
Infonet Tallinn Sportland Arena 540
Kuressaare Kuressaare Kuressaare Linnastaadion 1,000
Levadia Tallinn Kadriorg Stadium 5,000
Narva Trans Narva Kreenholm Stadium 1,065
Nõmme Kalju Tallinn Kadriorg Stadium 5,000
Paide Linnameeskond Paide Paide linnastaadion 368
Sillamäe Kalev Sillamäe Sillamäe Kalev Stadium 800
Tallinna Kalev Tallinn Kalevi Keskstaadion 11,500
Tammeka Tartu Tamme Stadium 1,750

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   Norbert Hurt   Sander Post Nike
Infonet   Aleksandr Puštov   Jevgeni Gurtšioglujants Joma Infonet
Kuressaare   Sergei Zamogilnõi   Sander Viira Joma Saaremaa Lihatööstus
Levadia   Marko Kristal   Roman Smishko Adidas Viimsi Keevitus
Narva Trans   Valeri Bondarenko   Stanislav Kitto Nike Sportland
Nõmme Kalju   Igor Prins   Alo Bärengrub Adidas Maxima
Paide Linnameeskond   Meelis Rooba   Carl Tubarik Nike Verston
Sillamäe Kalev   Sergei Ratnikov   Vjatšeslav Zahovaiko Uhlsport Alexela
Tallinna Kalev   Frank Bernhardt   Ats Sillaste Jako Viking Line
Tammeka   Uwe Erkenbrecher   Kristjan Tiirik Nike Tartu

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Replaced by Date of appointment
Tallinna Kalev   Sergei Ratnikov Mutual agreement 18 November 2012[5] Pre-season   Frank Bernhardt 4 December 2012[6]
Tammeka   Joti Stamatopoulos Resigned 22 November 2012[7]   Uwe Erkenbrecher 8 January 2013[8]
Sillamäe Kalev   Algimantas Briaunys Contract terminated 2 April 2013[9] 4th   Sergei Ratnikov 2 April 2013[9]
Narva Trans   Aleksei Yagudin Mutual agreement 8 April 2013[10] 10th   Valeri Bondarenko 8 April 2013[11]
Flora   Marko Lelov Sacked 20 July 2013[12] 3rd   Norbert Hurt (caretaker) 21 July 2013[12]

Player transfersEdit

  • Transfers made during the 2012–13 winter transfer window:
  • Transfers made during the 2013 summer transfer window:

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Levadia (C) 36 30 1 5 69 24 +45 91 Qualification for Champions League first qualifying round
2 Nõmme Kalju 36 26 6 4 78 23 +55 84 Qualification for Europa League first qualifying round
3 Sillamäe Kalev 36 23 6 7 75 22 +53 75
4 Flora 36 21 5 10 83 40 +43 68
5 Paide 36 15 2 19 43 58 −15 47
6 Infonet 36 10 8 18 36 56 −20 38
7 Narva Trans 36 11 3 22 39 55 −16 36
8 Tallinna Kalev 36 10 4 22 35 77 −42 34
9 Tammeka (O) 36 8 8 20 30 68 −38 32 Qualification for relegation play-offs
10 Kuressaare (R) 36 2 5 29 22 87 −65 11 Relegation to Esiliiga
Source: Estonian Football Association (in Estonian)
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) least withdrawals or annulled matches; 3) overall wins; 4) head-to-head points; 5) head-to-head goal difference; 6) goal difference; 7) goals scored; 8) away goals scored; 9) fair-play points.
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[13]
Europa League spot from 2013–14 Estonian Cup in this season went to 4th tier club Tartu FC Santos
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated.

Relegation play-offsEdit

Tammeka as 9th-placed team faced 2013 Esiliiga side Rakvere Tarvas in a two-legged play-off for the spot in next year's competition.[14]

Tarvas1–2Tammeka
Rebane   80' Report Tekko   26'
Tomson   68'
Rakvere Kunstmurustaadion, Rakvere
Attendance: 350
Referee: Jaan Roos
Tammeka4–1Tarvas
Tamm   9'62'
Sahkur   13' (o.g.)
Tomson   21'
Report Hang   51'
Tammeka won 6–2 on aggregate and retained their Meistriliiga spot for the 2014 season.

ResultsEdit

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

Season statisticsEdit

Hat-tricksEdit

Player For Against Result Date
  Sander van de Streek Flora Paide Linnameeskond 6–0 9 March 2013
  Sander Post 4 Flora Kuressaare 6–0 21 May 2013
  Vladimir Voskoboinikov Nõmme Kalju Flora 4–3 31 May 2013
  Vjatšeslav Zahovaiko Sillamäe Kalev Tammeka 3–0 3 August 2013
  Rimo Hunt Levadia Tallinna Kalev 4–1 20 August 2013
  Yevgeni Kabaev Sillamäe Kalev Tammeka 6–0 26 October 2013
  Kassim Aidara Sillamäe Kalev Tallinna Kalev 9–0 2 November 2013
  Rimo Hunt Levadia Kuressaare 4–2 9 November 2013
  Vladimir Voskoboinikov Nõmme Kalju Tammeka 3–0 9 November 2013
  • 4 Player scored 4 goals.

AwardsEdit

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month
Manager Club Player Club
March[17]   Marko Kristal Levadia   Hidetoshi Wakui Nõmme Kalju
April[18]   Meelis Rooba Paide Linnameeskond   Rimo Hunt Levadia
May[19]   Valeri Bondarenko Narva Trans   Vladimir Voskoboinikov Nõmme Kalju
June[20]   Uwe Erkenbrecher Tammeka   Nikolai Mashichev Sillamäe Kalev
July[21]   Sergei Ratnikov Sillamäe Kalev   Lauri Varendi Paide Linnameeskond
August[22]   Marko Kristal Levadia   Kassim Aidara Sillamäe Kalev
September[23]   Igor Prins Nõmme Kalju   Allan Kimbaloula Nõmme Kalju
October[24]   Marko Kristal Levadia   Rimo Hunt Levadia

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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