2014 Meistriliiga

The 2014 Meistriliiga (known as A. Le Coq Premium Liiga for sponsorship reasons[1]) was the 24th season of the Meistriliiga, the first level in the Estonian football system. The season ran from 1 March 2014 to 8 November 2014.[2] Levadia successfully defended the title, securing the championship in the last round.

Meistriliiga
Season2014
ChampionsLevadia
9th title
RelegatedTallinna Kalev
Lokomotiv
Champions LeagueLevadia
Europa LeagueSillamäe Kalev
Flora
Nõmme Kalju
Matches played180
Goals scored642 (3.57 per match)
Top goalscorerYevgeni Kabaev (36 goals)
Biggest home winLevadia 9–0 T. Kalev
(15 June)
Infonet 10–1 Lokomotiv
(1 August)
Kalju 9–0 Lokomotiv
(16 September)
Levadia 9–0 Lokomotiv
(2 November)
Biggest away winT. Kalev 0–8 Levadia
(15 March)
Highest scoringInfonet 10–1 Lokomotiv
(1 August)
Longest winning run8 games
Sillamäe Kalev
Flora
Nõmme Kalju
Longest unbeaten run19 games
Levadia
Longest winless run23 games
Lokomotiv
Longest losing run19 games
Tallinna Kalev
2013
2015

TeamsEdit

Kuressaare were relegated to the 2014 Esiliiga after finishing in the bottom of the table at the end of the 2013 season, ending their five-year tenure in the top flight. They were replaced by Jõhvi Lokomotiv, Esiliiga runners-up and first among promotion-eligible teams. Lokomotiv will make their first appearance in the top division.[3]

One spot in the league was decided in a two-legged play-off between Esiliiga's 4th Rakvere Tarvas and Meistriliiga's 9th-placed team Tammeka. Tammeka won 6–2 on aggregate and therefore retained its place in Meistriliiga.[4]

Tammeka hit financial trouble on the second half of 2013 season,[5] but refused the reorganization plan set by Estonian Football Association.[6] In February Tammeka were stripped of their Meistriliiga license.[7] Tammeka entry was later granted for 2014 season to Football School Tammeka, financially independent part of the club run by former employees of football club Tammeka.[8]

Stadiums and locationsEdit

Team Location Stadium Seating capacity
Flora Tallinn A. Le Coq Arena 9,692[9]
Infonet Tallinn Sportland Arena 540
Nõmme Kalju Tallinn Kadriorg Stadium 5,000[10]
Levadia Tallinn Kadriorg Stadium 5,000[10]
Lokomotiv Jõhvi Jõhvi linnastaadion 60[11]
Paide Paide Paide linnastaadion 268[12]
Sillamäe Kalev Sillamäe Sillamäe Kalev Stadium 800[13]
Tallinna Kalev Tallinn Kalev Keskstaadion 11,500[14]
Tammeka Tartu Tamme Stadium 1,750[15]
Trans Narva Kreenholm Stadium 1,065[16]

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 Tele2[17]
Infonet   Aleksandr Puštov   Vladimir Avilov Joma Infonet
Nõmme Kalju   Igor Prins   Vitali Teleš Adidas Optibet[18]
Levadia   Marko Kristal   Roman Smishko Adidas Viimsi Keevitus
Lokomotiv   Aleksei Tikhomirov   Valeri Smelkov Adidas Spacecom[19]
Paide Linnameeskond   Meelis Rooba   Liivo Leetma Nike Verston
Sillamäe Kalev   Sergei Frantsev   Vjatšeslav Zahovaiko Uhlsport Alexela
Tallinna Kalev   Sergei Zamogilnõi   Daniil Savitski Jako Viking Line
Tammeka   Indrek Koser   Jürgen Lorenz Nike Goldtime
Narva Trans   Aleksei Yagudin   Roman Nesterovski Nike Fama[20]

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Replaced by Date of appointment
Tallinna Kalev   Frank Bernhardt Mutual agreement 13 December 2013 Pre-season   Tarmo Rüütli 13 December 2013[21]
Tammeka   Uwe Erkenbrecher End of contract 31 December 2013   Indrek Koser 14 February 2014[22]
Tallinna Kalev   Tarmo Rüütli Signed by Irtysh Pavlodar 6 March 2014[23] 9th   Sergei Zamogilnõi 10 March 2014[24]
Lokomotiv   Viktors Ņesterenko Sacked 22 April 2014[25] 10th   Aleksei Tikhomirov 23 April 2014[26]
Sillamäe Kalev   Sergei Ratnikov Mutual agreement 26 April 2014[27] 1st   Vadym Dobizha (caretaker) 26 April 2014 [27]
Lokomotiv   Aleksei Tikhomirov Mutual agreement 3 June 2014[28] 10th   Andrei Škaleta 6 June 2014[29]
Narva Trans   Valeri Bondarenko Sacked 14 June 2014[30] 7th   Aleksei Yagudin 14 June 2014
Sillamäe Kalev   Vadym Dobizha Caretaker spell over 13 July 2014 4th   Sergei Frantsev 13 July 2014[31]
Lokomotiv   Andrei Škaleta Mutual agreement 6 August 2014[32] 10th   Aleksei Tikhomirov 6 August 2014[32]

Player transfersEdit

  • Transfers made during the 2013–14 winter transfer window (3 January – 28 February 2014)[33]
  • Transfers made during the 2014 summer transfer window (20 June – 20 July 2014)[33]

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Levadia (C) 36 26 6 4 112 19 +93 84 Qualification for Champions League first qualifying round
2 Sillamäe Kalev 36 25 4 7 108 34 +74 79 Qualification for Europa League first qualifying round[a]
3 Flora 36 24 7 5 88 36 +52 79
4 Nõmme Kalju 36 24 6 6 85 19 +66 78
5 Infonet 36 19 9 8 80 44 +36 66
6 Paide 36 9 8 19 39 67 −28 35
7 Tammeka 36 7 7 22 37 83 −46 28
8 Narva Trans 36 6 10 20 37 79 −42 28
9 Lokomotiv (R) 36 4 6 26 35 115 −80 18 Qualification for relegation play-offs
10 Tallinna Kalev (R) 36 3 3 30 21 146 −125 12 Relegation to Esiliiga
Source: Estonian Football Association (in Estonian)
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) fewest 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[34]
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Nõmme Kalju qualified for the first qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League as winners of the 2014–15 Estonian Cup

Relegation play-offsEdit

At season's end Lokomotiv, the ninth place club in the Meistriliiga, participated in a two-legged play-off with Viljandi Tulevik, the runners-up (of the independent teams) of the 2014 Esiliiga, for the spot in next year's competition.[35]

16 November 2014 Viljandi Tulevik0 – 0LokomotivViljandi
13:00 EET (GMT+2) Report Stadium: Viljandi Linnastaadion
Attendance: 260
Referee: Kristo Tohver
22 November 2014 Lokomotiv1 – 1Viljandi TulevikKohtla-Järve
13:00 EET (GMT+2) Yablokov   53' Report Ilves   71' Stadium: Ahtme Gümnaasiumi kunstmuru
Attendance: 96
Referee: Eiko Saar

1–1 on aggregate. Viljandi Tulevik won on away goals and secured promotion to 2015 Meistriliiga

ResultsEdit

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

Season statisticsEdit

Top goalscorersEdit

Rank Player Club Goals[36][37]
1   Yevgeni Kabaev Sillamäe Kalev 36
2   Igor Subbotin Levadia 32
3   Manucho Infonet 30
4   Albert Prosa Flora 22
5   Hidetoshi Wakui Nõmme Kalju 21
6   Vladislav Ivanov Levadia 19
7   Stanislav Murikhin Sillamäe Kalev 16
8   Rauno Alliku Flora 15
  Ingemar Teever Levadia
10   Tarmo Neemelo Nõmme Kalju 14

Hat-tricksEdit

Player For Against Result Date
  Kristjan Tiirik Tammeka Tallinna Kalev 6–1 29 March 2014
  Rauno Alliku Flora Tallinna Kalev 4–1 19 April 2014
  Manucho Infonet Tallinna Kalev 6–0 25 April 2014
  Vladislav Ivanov Levadia Infonet 4–0 12 May 2014
  Stanislav Murikhin Sillamäe Kalev Tammeka 6–0 20 May 2014
  Rasmus Tomson Paide Tallinna Kalev 6–2 20 May 2014
  Vladislav Ivanov4 Levadia Tammeka 7–0 10 June 2014
  Vladislav Ivanov Levadia Tallinna Kalev 9–0 15 June 2014
  Igor Subbotin Levadia Tallinna Kalev 9–0 15 June 2014
  Yevgeni Kabaev Sillamäe Kalev Tallinna Kalev 6–1 7 July 2014
  Manucho4 Infonet Tallinna Kalev 5–0 13 July 2014
  Hidetoshi Wakui Nõmme Kalju Tammeka 3–0 14 July 2014
  Jarmo Ahjupera Nõmme Kalju Tallinna Kalev 5–0 28 July 2014
  Robert Kirss Nõmme Kalju Lokomotiv 5–1 22 August 2014
  Albert Prosa Flora Paide 3–0 23 August 2014
  Stanislav Murikhin Sillamäe Kalev Tallinna Kalev 8–0 30 August 2014
  Yevgeni Kabaev4 Sillamäe Kalev Tallinna Kalev 8–0 30 August 2014
  Yevgeni Kabaev Sillamäe Kalev Tallinna Kalev 8–1 13 September 2014
  Felipe Nunes4 Nõmme Kalju Lokomotiv 9–0 16 September 2014
  Tarmo Neemelo Nõmme Kalju Lokomotiv 9–0 16 September 2014
  Igor Subbotin4 Levadia Tallinna Kalev 5–0 19 September 2014
  Tarmo Neemelo Nõmme Kalju Tallinna Kalev 7–0 25 October 2014
  Igor Subbotin4 Levadia Lokomotiv 9–0 2 November 2014
  Igor Subbotin4 Levadia Trans 8–1 8 November 2014
  Manucho Infonet Tallinna Kalev 4–0 8 November 2014
  • 4 Player scored 4 goals.

AwardsEdit

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month
Manager Club Player Club
March[38]   Sergei Ratnikov Sillamäe Kalev   Albert Prosa Flora
April[39]   Igor Prins Nõmme Kalju   Mikk Reintam Nõmme Kalju
May[40]   Norbert Hurt Flora   Daniil Ratnikov Sillamäe Kalev
June[41]   Marko Kristal Levadia   Lasha Omanidze Tallinna Kalev
July[42]   Aleksandr Puštov Infonet   Karl-Eerik Luigend Flora
August[43]   Sergei Frantsev Sillamäe Kalev   Yevgeni Kabaev Sillamäe Kalev
September[44]   Igor Prins Nõmme Kalju   Roman Smishko Levadia
October[45]   Sergei Frantsev Sillamäe Kalev   Manucho Infonet

Meistriliiga Player of the YearEdit

Yevgeni Kabaev was named Meistriliiga Player of the Year.

See alsoEdit

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