2016 Meistriliiga

The 2016 Meistriliiga (known as A. Le Coq Premium Liiga for sponsorship reasons[1]) was the 26th season of the Meistriliiga, the highest division of Estonian football system. The season began on 4 March 2016 and concluded on 5 November 2016.[2][3]

Meistriliiga
Season2016
ChampionsInfonet
(1st title)
RelegatedTarvas
Champions LeagueInfonet
Europa LeagueLevadia
Nõmme Kalju
Flora
Matches played180
Goals scored582 (3.23 per match)
Top goalscorerYevgeni Kabaev (25 goals)
Best goalkeeperSergei Lepmets (18 clean sheets)
Biggest home winPaide 7–0 Tarvas
(23 August 2016)
Biggest away winTarvas 0–6 Trans
(1 October 2016)
Pärnu 1–7 Trans
(29 October 2016)
Highest scoringLevadia 7–1 Paide
(24 July 2016)
Pärnu 1–7 Trans
(29 October 2016)
Longest winning run10 matches
Infonet
Longest unbeaten run14 matches
Infonet
Longest winless run36 matches
Tarvas
Longest losing run16 matches
Tarvas
2015
2017

Infonet won the league on the last matchday of the season, finishing with 80 points. It was their first league title.[4]

TeamsEdit

A total of 10 teams will contest the league. These include 9 teams from the 2015 season and one promoted team from the 2015 Esiliiga: Tarvas, making their debut in the top flight. Tarvas replaces Tulevik who were relegated from the Meistriliiga after a single season. In the relegation play-off Tammeka successfully defended their league spot by defeating challengers Tallinna Kalev.

StadiaEdit

Location of the 2016 Meistriliiga teams
Team Location Stadium Seating capacity
Flora Tallinn A. Le Coq Arena 9,692[5]
Infonet Tallinn Infonet Lasnamäe Stadium 400[6]
Levadia Tallinn Kadriorg Stadium 5,000[7]
Narva Trans Narva Kreenholm Stadium 1,065[8]
Nõmme Kalju Tallinn Hiiu Stadium 300[9]
Paide Linnameeskond Paide Paide linnastaadion 268[10]
Pärnu Linnameeskond Pärnu Pärnu Rannastaadion 1,501
Sillamäe Kalev Sillamäe Sillamäe Kalev Stadium 800[11]
Tammeka Tartu Tamme Stadium 1,750[12]
Tarvas Rakvere Rakvere linnastaadion 1,785[13]

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   Argo Arbeiter   Gert Kams Nike Tele2[14]
Infonet   Aleksandr Puštov   Andrei Kalimullin Joma Infonet
Levadia   Igor Prins   Rimo Hunt Adidas Viimsi Keevitus
Narva Trans   Adyam Kuzyaev   Roman Nesterovski Nike Sportland
Nõmme Kalju   Sergei Frantsev   Vitali Teleš Adidas Optibet[15]
Paide Linnameeskond   Meelis Rooba   Lauri Varendi Nike Enemat
Pärnu Linnameeskond   Marko Lelov   Karl Palatu Hummel Wendre[16]
Sillamäe Kalev   Algimantas Briaunys
  Vadym Dobizha
  Mihhail Starodubtsev Uhlsport Alexela
Tammeka   Indrek Koser   Kaarel Kiidron Nike Sportland
Tarvas   Urmas Kirs   Kaarel Saar Nike Aqva Hotel & Spa

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Replaced by Date of appointment
Levadia   Marko Kristal Sacked 7 November 2015[17] Pre-season   Sergei Ratnikov 7 November 2015[17]
Nõmme Kalju   Fredo Getúlio Caretaker spell over 7 November 2015[18]   Sergei Frantsev 7 November 2015[18]
Sillamäe Kalev   Denis Ugarov Sacked 24 May 2016[19] 8th   Algimantas Briaunys (caretaker)
  Vadym Dobizha (caretaker)
24 May 2016
Tarvas   Valeri Bondarenko Sacked 4 June 2016[20] 10th   Urmas Kirs 4 June 2016
Flora   Norbert Hurt Resigned 8 July 2016[21] 4th   Jürgen Henn (caretaker) 8 July 2016
Levadia   Sergei Ratnikov Sacked 11 July 2016 [22] 2nd   Igor Prins 11 July 2016[23]
Flora   Jürgen Henn Caretaker spell over 13 July 2016 4th   Argo Arbeiter 13 July 2016[24]

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Infonet Tallinn (C) 36 24 8 4 74 33 +41 80 Qualification for the Champions League first qualifying round
2 Levadia Tallinn 36 24 6 6 77 30 +47 78 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round[a]
3 Nõmme Kalju 36 22 9 5 70 28 +42 75
4 Flora Tallinn 36 21 10 5 96 31 +65 73
5 Sillamäe Kalev 36 14 9 13 65 55 +10 51
6 Paide Linnameeskond 36 14 6 16 58 61 −3 48
7 Tartu Tammeka 36 12 5 19 43 65 −22 41
8 Narva Trans 36 11 8 17 60 68 −8 41
9 Pärnu Linnameeskond (O) 36 5 2 29 24 98 −74 17 Qualification for the relegation play-offs
10 Rakvere Tarvas (R) 36 0 3 33 15 113 −98 3 Relegation to the Esiliiga
Source: Estonian Football Association (in Estonian), UEFA, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Play-off (only if deciding champion); 3) Less matches awarded against; 4) Head-to-head points; 5) Head-to-head goal difference; 6) Matches won; 7) Goal difference; 8) Goals scored; 9) Away goals scored; 10) Fairplay ranking.[25][26]
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Since the winner of the 2016–17 Estonian Cup FCI Tallinn had qualified to Champions League, the cup winners' spot was inherited by fourth-placed club Flora.

Relegation play-offsEdit

At season's end Pärnu, the ninth place club, participated in a two-legged play-off with Maardu Linnameeskond, the runners-up (of independent teams) of the 2016 Esiliiga, for the spot in 2017 Meistriliiga.[27]

Pärnu Linnameeskond won 9–4 on aggregate and retained their Meistriliiga spot for the 2017 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
  Sakari Tukiainen5 Flora Tarvas 6–0 8 March 2016[29]
  Vjatšeslav Zahovaiko Paide Linnameeskond Tarvas 4–2 13 May 2016[30]
  Albert Prosa Flora Sillamäe Kalev 4–2 13 May 2016[31]
  Rauno Alliku4 Flora Tarvas 5–0 19 June 2016[32]
  Rizvan Umarov Narva Trans Tammeka 4–1 19 June 2016[33]
  Vjatšeslav Zahovaiko Paide Linnameeskond Tammeka 3–0 9 July 2016[34]
  Ats Purje Nõmme Kalju Tarvas 6–1 10 July 2016[35]
  Anton Miranchuk Levadia Paide Linnameeskond 7–1 24 July 2016[36]
  Sakari Tukiainen Flora Paide Linnameeskond 3–0 29 July 2016[37]
  Yevgeni Kabaev4 Sillamäe Kalev Tammeka 5–1 30 July 2016[38]
  Vjatšeslav Zahovaiko Paide Linnameeskond Pärnu Linnameeskond 4–1 9 September 2016[39]
  Kaspar Paur Tammeka Tarvas 5–0 9 September 2016[40]
  Andrei Sidorenkov Nõmme Kalju Pärnu Linnameeskond 4–0 17 September 2016[41]
  Rauno Alliku Flora Pärnu Linnameeskond 6–1 1 October 2016[42]
  Dmitri Barkov Narva Trans Pärnu Linnameeskond 7–1 29 October 2016[43]

4 Player scored 4 goals.
5 Player scored 5 goals.

AwardsEdit

Monthly awardsEdit

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month
Manager Club Player Club
March[44]   Aleksandr Puštov Infonet   Ofosu Appiah Infonet
April[45]   Meelis Rooba Paide Linnameeskond   Andrei Sidorenkov Nõmme Kalju
May[46]   Aleksandr Puštov Infonet   Anton Miranchuk Levadia
June/July[47]   Algimantas Briaunys Sillamäe Kalev   Dmitri Kruglov Infonet
August[48]   Argo Arbeiter Flora   Gert Kams Flora
September[49]   Igor Prins Levadia   Vjatšeslav Zahovaiko Paide Linnameeskond
October[50]   Sergei Frantsev Nõmme Kalju   Yevgeni Kabaev Sillamäe Kalev

Meistriliiga Player of the YearEdit

Yevgeni Kabaev was named Meistriliiga Player of the Year.[51]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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