2018 Meistriliiga

The 2018 Meistriliiga (known as A. Le Coq Premium Liiga for sponsorship reasons[1]) was the 28th season of the Meistriliiga, the highest division of Estonian football system. The season was scheduled to begin on 25 February 2018, but was postponed due to a cold wave. On 3 March, the season began with four out of five second round matches held in indoor arena. This marked the first time Estonian league football was played indoor.[2] The season concluded on 10 November 2018.[3] Flora were the defending champions. Nõmme Kalju won their 2nd Meistriliiga title completing an entire season undefeated.

Meistriliiga
Season2018
Dates3 March 2018 – 10 November 2018
ChampionsNõmme Kalju
2nd title
RelegatedVaprus
Champions LeagueNõmme Kalju
Europa LeagueFCI Levadia
Flora
Narva Trans
Matches played180
Goals scored685 (3.81 per match)
Top goalscorerLiliu
(31 goals)
2017
2019

TeamsEdit

10 teams competed in the league. Sillamäe Kalev lost their Meistriliiga license due to a failure to meet their financial obligations and were relegated to the II liiga.[4] On 4 November 2017, it was announced that FCI Tallinn would merge with Levadia.[5]

The two clubs were replaced by 2017 Esiliiga champions Maardu Linnameeskond and runners-up Tallinna Kalev.[6] On 18 December 2017, Kuressaare replaced Maardu Linnameeskond after the latter withdrew from the league due to financial reasons.[7]

VenuesEdit

Locations of the 2018 Meistriliiga teams
Team Location Stadium Capacity
FCI Levadia Tallinn Kadriorg Stadium 5,000[8]
Flora Tallinn A. Le Coq Arena 14,405[9]
Kuressaare Kuressaare Kuressaare linnastaadion 1,000[10]
Narva Trans Narva Narva Kreenholmi Stadium 1,065[11]
Nõmme Kalju Tallinn Hiiu Stadium 650[12]
Paide Linnameeskond Paide Paide linnastaadion 268[13]
Tallinna Kalev Tallinn Kalevi Keskstaadion 11,500[14]
Tammeka Tartu Tartu Tamme Stadium 1,500[15]
Tulevik Viljandi Viljandi linnastaadion 1,084[16]
Vaprus Pärnu Pärnu Rannastaadion 1,501[17]

Personnel and kitsEdit

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
FCI Levadia   Aleksandar Rogić   Dmitri Kruglov Adidas Viimsi Keevitus
Flora   Jürgen Henn   Gert Kams Nike Tele2[18]
Kuressaare   Jan Važinski   Sander Viira Joma Saaremaa Lihatööstus
Narva Trans   Cenk Özcan   Elysée Nike Sportland
Nõmme Kalju   Sergei Frantsev   Vitali Teleš Adidas help.ee
Paide Linnameeskond   Vjatšeslav Zahovaiko   Andre Frolov Nike Verston
Tallinna Kalev   Argo Arbeiter   Hidetoshi Wakui Nike Coolbet
Tammeka   Kaido Koppel   Tauno Tekko Nike Metec[19]
Tulevik   Sander Post   Indrek Ilves Joma Viljandi Aken ja Uks[20]
Vaprus   Indrek Zelinski   Joosep Sarapuu Nike Coolbet[21]

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Vaprus   Marko Lelov Resigned 5 November 2017[22] Pre-season   Indrek Zelinski 5 November 2017[23]
FCI Levadia   Igor Prins End of contract 5 November 2017[24]   Aleksandar Rogić 6 November 2017[25]
Tulevik   Aivar Lillevere Resigned 15 November 2017[26]   Marko Kristal 30 December 2017[27]
Tallinna Kalev   Marko Pärnpuu Sacked 16 November 2017[28]   Argo Arbeiter 17 November 2017[29]
Tammeka   Mario Hansi
  Kaido Koppel
Mutual consent 21 November 2017[30]   Kaido Koppel 21 November 2017[30]
Flora   Arno Pijpers Resigned 13 December 2017[31]   Jürgen Henn 5 January 2018[32]
Kuressaare   Sander Viira Mutual consent 19 December 2017   Jan Važinski 19 December 2017[33]
Tulevik   Marko Kristal Mutual consent 19 April 2018[34] 9th   Sander Post 19 April 2018[34]
Narva Trans   Adyam Kuzyaev Resigned 14 August 2018[35] 4th   Cenk Özcan 17 August 2018[35]

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Nõmme Kalju (C) 36 25 11 0 114 32 +82 86 Qualification for the Champions League first qualifying round
2 FCI Levadia 36 26 6 4 109 26 +83 84 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round[a]
3 Flora 36 25 8 3 116 32 +84 83
4 Narva Trans 36 18 7 11 76 57 +19 61
5 Paide Linnameeskond 36 14 9 13 64 74 −10 51
6 Tammeka 36 14 7 15 56 58 −2 49
7 Tulevik 36 8 5 23 37 100 −63 29
8 Tallinna Kalev 36 7 7 22 54 68 −14 28
9 Kuressaare (O) 36 6 3 27 34 115 −81 21 Qualification for the Relegation play-offs
10 Vaprus (R) 36 2 7 27 25 123 −98 13 Relegation to the Esiliiga
Source: Estonian Football Association (in Estonian), UEFA, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Less matches awarded against; 3) Head-to-head points; 4) Head-to-head goal difference; 5) Matches won; 6) Goal difference; 7) Goals scored; 8) Away goals scored; 9) Fairplay ranking.[36]
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Narva Trans qualified for the Europa League since they won 2018–19 Estonian Cup.

Relegation play-offsEdit

At season's end Kuressaare, the ninth place club, participated in a two-legged play-off with the runners-up (of independent teams) of the 2018 Esiliiga, Elva, for the spot in 2019 Meistriliiga.

17 November 2018 Elva0–1KuressaareElva
13:00 (UTC+2) Report Laht   50' (p) Stadium: Elva linnastaadion
Attendance: 235
Referee: Siim Rinken
24 November 2018 Kuressaare1–0ElvaKuressaare
13:00 (UTC+2) Saar   61' Report Stadium: Kuressaare linnastaadion
Attendance: 152
Referee: Kristo Tohver
Kuressaare won 2–0 on aggregate and retained their Meistriliiga spot for the 2019 season.

ResultsEdit

Each team played every opponent four times, twice at home and twice away. A total of 180 matches has been played, with 36 matches played by each team.

Season statisticsEdit

Hat-tricksEdit

Player For Against Result Date
  Tristan Koskor4 Tammeka Kuressaare 4–0 (A) 30 March 2018[38]
  Roman Debelko FCI Levadia Tulevik 5–0 (H) 5 May 2018[39]
  Liliu Nõmme Kalju Vaprus 6–0 (A) 5 May 2018[40]
  Marcelin Gando4 FCI Levadia Vaprus 6–1 (H) 26 May 2018[41]
  Liliu Nõmme Kalju Paide Linnameeskond 3–0 (A) 18 August 2018[42]
  Zakaria Beglarishvili Flora Tulevik 3–1 (A) 3 November 2018[43]

4 Player scored 4 goals

AwardsEdit

Monthly awardsEdit

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month
Manager Club Player Club
March[44]   Sergei Frantsev Nõmme Kalju   Roman Debelko FCI Levadia
April[45]   Aleksandar Rogić FCI Levadia   Liliu Nõmme Kalju
May[46]   Jürgen Henn Flora   Samson Iyede Paide Linnameeskond
June/July[47]   Sergei Frantsev Nõmme Kalju   Madis Vihmann Flora
August[48]   Kaido Koppel Tammeka   Gert Kams Flora
September[49]   Aleksandar Rogić FCI Levadia   Viktor Plotnikov Narva Trans
October[50]   Jürgen Henn Flora   Herol Riiberg Tulevik

Meistriliiga Player of the YearEdit

Zakaria Beglarishvili was named Meistriliiga Player of the Year.[51]

Goal of the YearEdit

Tõnis Vihmoja's goal against Paide Linnameeskond was chosen Goal of the Year.[52]

Player transfersEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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