2016 Esiliiga

The 2016 Esiliiga is the 26th season of the Esiliiga, second-highest Estonian league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1992. The season began on 25 February 2016 and concluded on 6 November 2016.[1]

Esiliiga
Season2016
ChampionsTulevik
(1st title)
PromotedTulevik
RelegatedNõmme Kalju U21
Vaprus
Järve
Matches played180
Goals scored717 (3.98 per match)
Top goalscorerEduard Golovljov (39 goals)
Biggest home winLevadia U21 10–0 Vaprus
(21 August 2016)
Infonet II 10–0 Järve
(18 September 2016)
Biggest away winVaprus 1–6 Levadia U21
(22 May 2016)
Flora U21 0–5 Levadia U21
(9 September 2016)
Highest scoringLevadia U21 10–0 Vaprus
(21 August 2016)
Infonet II 10–0 Järve
(18 September 2016)
Longest winning run9 matches
Tulevik
Longest unbeaten run14 matches
Tulevik
Longest winless run11 matches
Nõmme Kalju U21
Longest losing run8 matches
Nõmme Kalju U21
2015
2017

Tulevik won the league, finishing with 89 points and were promoted to the Meistriliiga. It was their first Esiliiga title in history.

TeamsEdit

StadiaEdit

Team Location Stadium Capacity
Flora U21 Tallinn A. Le Coq Arena 10,340[2]
Infonet II Tallinn Infonet Lasnamäe Stadium 400[3]
Järve Kohtla-Järve Kohtla-Järve SPK Stadium 150[4]
Levadia U21 Tallinn Maarjamäe Stadium 30[5]
Maardu Linnameeskond Maardu Maardu Stadium 500[6]
Nõmme Kalju U21 Tallinn Hiiu Stadium 330[7]
Santos Tartu Tamme Stadium 1,750[8]
Tallinna Kalev Tallinn Kalev Keskstaadion 11,500[9]
Tulevik Viljandi Viljandi Stadium 1,068[10]
Vaprus Vändra Vändra Stadium 307[11]

Personnel and kitsEdit

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Flora U21   Joel Indermitte   Tõnu Paavo Nike Tele2[12]
Infonet II   Sergei Bragin Joma Infonet
Järve   Aleksei Tikhomirov   Mikhail Kharitanovich Adidas Euronics
Levadia U21   Vladimir Vassiljev Adidas Viimsi Keevitus
Maardu Linnameeskond   Andrei Borissov   Maksim Krivošein Adidas
Nõmme Kalju U21   Zaur Tšilingarašvili Adidas Optibet[13]
Santos   Siim Säesk   Taavi Vellemaa Uhlsport Värska
Tallinna Kalev   Marko Pärnpuu   Ando Hausenberg Jako ViisTek Media[14]
Tulevik   Aivar Lillevere   Tanel Lang Joma Viljandi Aken ja Uks
Vaprus   Ranet Lepik   Karel Otto Macron Møller Auto Pärnu

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Flora U21   Jürgen Henn Signed by Flora 21 December 2015 Pre-season   Joel Indermitte 21 December 2015[15]
Järve   Andrei Škaleta Mutual consent 31 December 2015   Aleksei Tikhomirov 1 January 2016
Levadia U21   Argo Arbeiter Signed by Flora 13 July 2016[16] 5th   Vladimir Vassiljev 14 July 2016

ResultsEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Tulevik (C, P) 36 28 5 3 106 38 +68 89 Promotion to Meistriliiga
2 Flora U21[a] 36 20 8 8 78 47 +31 68
3 Infonet II[a] 36 18 2 16 98 81 +17 56
4 Maardu Linnameeskond 36 16 6 14 83 75 +8 54 Qualification for the promotion play-offs
5 Levadia U21[a] 36 15 5 16 81 69 +12 50
6 Santos 36 16 1 19 63 70 −7 49
7 Tallinna Kalev 36 13 6 17 56 58 −2 45
8 Nõmme Kalju U21[a] (R) 36 12 5 19 62 86 −24 41 Qualification for the relegation play-offs
9 Vaprus (R) 36 8 8 20 48 96 −48 32 Relegation to the Esiliiga B
10 Järve (R) 36 8 6 22 42 97 −55 30
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: Esiliiga (in Estonian)
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Play-off (only if deciding champion); 3) Less matches awarded against; 4) Matches won; 5) Head-to-head points; 6) Head-to-head goal difference; 7) Goal difference; 8) Goals scored; 9) Away goals scored; 10) Fairplay ranking.[17]
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c d Reserve teams are ineligible for promotion.

Result tablesEdit

Play-offsEdit

Promotion play-offsEdit

Maardu Linnameeskond, who finished 4th, faced Pärnu Linnameeskond, the 9th-placed 2016 Meistriliiga side for a two-legged play-off. The winner on aggregate score after both matches earned entry into the 2017 Meistriliiga.

First legEdit

Maardu Linnameeskond1–5Pärnu Linnameeskond
Zelentsov   59' (pen.) Report Aristov   8' (o.g.)
Saarts   30'54'
Tutk   45'
Vihmoja   71'

Second legEdit

Pärnu Linnameeskond4–3Maardu Linnameeskond
Saarts   22'
Boldyrev   37' (o.g.)
Pärnat   43'
Vunk   88'
Report Abdullajev   27'
Krivošein   53'
Zelentsov   89'
Pärnu Linnameeskond won 9–4 on aggregate and retained their Meistriliiga spot for the 2017 season.

Relegation play-offsEdit

Nõmme Kalju U21, who finished 8th, faced Welco, 3rd-placed 2016 Esiliiga B side for a two-legged play-off. The first leg originally ended 3–2 to Nõmme Kalju U21 but they were later ruled to have forfeited the match after fielding an ineligible player Henrik Pürg. According to the rules, the second leg was cancelled and Welco earned entry into the 2017 Esiliiga.

First legEdit

Welco2–0
Awarded
Nõmme Kalju U21
Reinberg   10'
Kaasik   52'
Report

Second legEdit

Nõmme Kalju U21Match cancelledWelco

Season statisticsEdit

Top goalscorersEdit

Rank Player Club Goals[18]
1   Eduard Golovljov Infonet II 39
2   Vitali Gussev Maardu Linnameeskond 31
3   Kristen Kähr Tulevik 22
4   Peeter Klein Nõmme Kalju U21 20
5   Erik Sorga Flora U21 17
6   Sander Post Tulevik 16
7   Alex Meinhard Santos 14
8   Aleksei Belov Tallinna Kalev 13
  Indrek Ilves Tulevik
  Nikita Koger Levadia U21
  Edgar Tur Infonet II

AwardsEdit

Monthly awardsEdit

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month
Manager Club Player Club
March[19]   Joel Indermitte Flora U21   Daniil Savitski Tallinna Kalev
April[20]   Sergei Bragin Infonet II   Ranet Lepik Vaprus
May[21]   Aivar Lillevere Tulevik   Nikita Brõlin Maardu Linnameeskond
June/July[22]   Aivar Lillevere Tulevik   Vitali Gussev Maardu Linnameeskond
August[23]   Zaur Tšilingarašvili Nõmme Kalju U21   Peeter Klein Nõmme Kalju U21
September[24]   Aivar Lillevere Tulevik   Kristen Kähr Tulevik
October[25]   Aivar Lillevere Tulevik   Robert Kirss Nõmme Kalju U21

Esiliiga Player of the YearEdit

Eduard Golovljov was named Esiliiga Player of the Year.[26]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Koduse jalgpallihooaja avamäng toimub Esiliigas". Estonian Football Association. 2 February 2016.
  2. ^ "A. Le Coq Arena staadion ja tribüünihoone" (in Estonian). Spordiregister.ee.
  3. ^ "Lasnamäe Kergejõustikuhalli spordiväljakud" (in Estonian). Spordiregister.ee.
  4. ^ "Kohtla-Järve Spordikeskuse staadion" (in Estonian). Spordiregister.ee.
  5. ^ "Maarjamäe jalgpallikeskus" (in Estonian). Spordiregister.ee.
  6. ^ "Maardu Linna staadion" (in Estonian). Spordiregister.ee.
  7. ^ "Hiiu Staadion ja palliväljakud" (in Estonian). Spordiregister.ee.
  8. ^ "Tamme staadion" (in Estonian). Eesti Spordiregister.
  9. ^ "Kalevi Keskstaadion" (in Estonian). Eesti Spordiregister.
  10. ^ "Viljandi linnastaadion" (in Estonian). Eesti Spordiregister.
  11. ^ "Vändra alevi staadion" (in Estonian). Eesti Spordiregister.
  12. ^ "Flora sai koondisega sama sponsori". Soccernet.ee. 25 September 2014. Retrieved 3 October 2014.
  13. ^ "Nõmme Kalju sõlmis Eesti klubijalgpalli ühe suurima lepingu". jkkalju.ee. 7 February 2014. Retrieved 14 February 2014.
  14. ^ "Tallinna Kalev särgisponsoriks saab ViisTek Media OÜ". Estonian Football Association. 1 February 2016.
  15. ^ "Flora duubel saab noore peatreeneri" (in Estonian). Soccernet.ee. 21 December 2015.
  16. ^ "Flora nimetas uueks peatreeneriks Argo Arbeiteri" (in Estonian). Soccernet.ee. 13 July 2016.
  17. ^ "Esiliiga" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  18. ^ "Esiliiga» VÄRAVALÖÖJATE EDETABEL (2016)" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association.
  19. ^ "Esiliigades riisusid koore noored peatreenerid" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 31 March 2016.
  20. ^ "Esiliiga aprillikuu parimaks mängijaks valiti Vändra Vapruse raudvara" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 4 May 2016.
  21. ^ "Esiliigades said kuu parimate autasud Lillevere, Brõlin, Viira ja Esop" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 13 June 2016.
  22. ^ "Esiliiga parimad tulevad Viljandist, Maardust, Elvast ja Kuressaarest" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 5 August 2016.
  23. ^ "Esiliiga kuu parima auhinnad teenisid Kalju U21 ja Elva" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 12 September 2016.
  24. ^ "Esiliiga kuu parimad tulevad Viljandist" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 13 October 2016.
  25. ^ "Esiliiga kuu parimad on Lillevere ja Kirss" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 4 November 2016.
  26. ^ "Esiliiga parimaks mängijaks valiti Eduard Golovljov". Estonian Football Association. 27 November 2016.

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