2019 Meistriliiga

The 2019 Meistriliiga (known as A. Le Coq Premium Liiga for sponsorship reasons[1]) was the 29th season of the Meistriliiga, the top Estonian league for association football clubs. The season began on 8 March 2019 and concluded on 9 November 2019.[2] Nõmme Kalju were the defending champions. Flora won their 12th Meistriliiga title.

Meistriliiga
Season2019
Dates8 March – 9 November 2019
ChampionsFlora
12th title
RelegatedMaardu Linnameeskond
Champions LeagueFlora
Europa LeagueFCI Levadia
Nõmme Kalju
Paide Linnameeskond
Matches played180
Goals scored597 (3.32 per match)
Top goalscorerErik Sorga
(31 goals)
Biggest home winFCI Levadia 8–0 Maardu
(31 March 2019)
Biggest away winMaardu 0–12 Flora
(9 November 2019)
Highest scoringMaardu 0–12 Flora
(9 November 2019)
2018
2020

TeamsEdit

Ten teams competed in the league, nine sides from the 2018 season and 2018 Esiliiga champions Maardu Linnameeskond. Vaprus were relegated at the end of the 2018 season after finishing in the bottom of the table. Maardu Linnameeskond made their Meistriliiga debut having previously declined promotion after winning the 2017 Esiliiga.[3] Kuressaare retained their Meistriliiga spot after winning a relegation playoff against Esiliiga runners-up Elva.[4]

VenuesEdit

Locations of the 2019 Meistriliiga teams
Team Location Stadium Capacity
FCI Levadia Tallinn A. Le Coq Arena 14,336[5]
Flora
Kuressaare Kuressaare Kuressaare linnastaadion 1,000[6]
Maardu Linnameeskond Maardu Maardu linnastaadion 500[7]
Narva Trans Narva Narva Kreenholm Stadium 1,065[8]
Nõmme Kalju Tallinn Hiiu Stadium 650[9]
Paide Linnameeskond Paide Paide linnastaadion 268[10]
Tallinna Kalev Tallinn Kalev Keskstaadion 11,500[11]
Tammeka Tartu Tartu Tamme Stadium 1,500[12]
Tulevik Viljandi Viljandi linnastaadion 1,084[13]

Personnel and kitsEdit

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
FCI Levadia   Vladimir Vassiljev (caretaker)   Dmitri Kruglov Adidas Viimsi Keevitus
Flora   Jürgen Henn   Gert Kams Nike Tele2
Kuressaare   Dmitrijs Kalašņikovs   Elari Valmas Nike Euronics
Maardu Linnameeskond   Mark Kolk (caretaker)   Ilja Zelentsov Adidas
Narva Trans   Oleg Kurotškin (caretaker)   Marko Meerits Nike Sportland
Nõmme Kalju   Roman Kozhukhovskyi   Igor Subbotin Adidas
Paide Linnameeskond   Vjatšeslav Zahovaiko   Andre Frolov Nike Verston
Tallinna Kalev   Aleksandr Dmitrijev   Andreas Raudsepp Nike Coolbet
Tammeka   Kaido Koppel   Tauno Tekko Nike Metec
Tulevik   Sander Post   Kaimar Saag Joma Espak

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Tallinna Kalev   Argo Arbeiter[14] Signed by KTP 8 November 2018 Pre-season   Aleksandr Dmitrijev[15] 28 December 2018
Narva Trans   Cenk Özcan[16] Mutual consent 1 December 2018   Dmitrijs Kalašņikovs[17] 4 January 2019
Nõmme Kalju   Sergey Frantsev[18] Sacked 25 April 2019 4th   Roman Kozhukhovskyi[18] 25 April 2019
Narva Trans   Dmitrijs Kalašņikovs[19] Sacked 29 April 2019 4th   Valeri Bondarenko (caretaker)[19] 29 April 2019
Narva Trans   Valeri Bondarenko[20] End of caretaker spell 1 June 2019 5th   Andrei Syomin[20] 1 June 2019
Kuressaare   Jan Važinski[21] Mutual consent 22 August 2019 7th   Dmitrijs Kalašņikovs[21] 22 August 2019
Narva Trans   Andrei Syomin[22] Resigned 23 August 2019 6th   Oleg Kurotškin (caretaker)[22] 23 August 2019
FCI Levadia   Aleksandar Rogić[23] Mutual consent 15 September 2019 2nd   Vladimir Vassiljev (caretaker)[23] 15 September 2019
Maardu Linnameeskond   Andrei Borissov[24] Mutual consent 3 October 2019 10th   Mark Kolk (caretaker)[24] 3 October 2019

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Flora (C) 36 29 3 4 110 21 +89 90 Qualification for the Champions League first qualifying round
2 FCI Levadia 36 24 6 6 98 32 +66 78 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round
3 Nõmme Kalju 36 22 11 3 79 34 +45 77
4 Paide Linnameeskond 36 23 5 8 78 30 +48 74
5 Tammeka 36 14 7 15 57 62 −5 49
6 Narva Trans 36 13 9 14 57 49 +8 48
7 Tulevik 36 7 7 22 35 75 −40 28
8 Tallinna Kalev 36 6 6 24 29 89 −60 24
9 Kuressaare (O) 36 6 5 25 24 87 −63 23 Qualification for the Relegation play-offs
10 Maardu Linnameeskond (R) 36 4 5 27 30 118 −88 17 Relegation to the Esiliiga
Source: Estonian Football Association (in Estonian), UEFA
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.[25]
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated.

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 2019 Esiliiga, Vaprus, for the spot in 2020 Meistriliiga.

16 November 2019 Vaprus1–4KuressaarePärnu
13:00 (UTC+2) Saarts   23' Report Pajunurm   43' (p)
Opp   51'
Komissarov   66'
Seeman   68'
Stadium: Pärnu Rannastaadion
Attendance: 344
Referee: Joonas Jaanovits
23 November 2019 Kuressaare1–2VaprusKuressaare
13:00 (UTC+2) Pajunurm   23' (p) Report Grahv   60'
Saarts   75'
Stadium: Kuressaare kunstmurustaadion
Attendance: 194
Referee: Kristo Tohver
Kuressaare won 5–3 on aggregate and retained their Meistriliiga spot for the 2020 season.

ResultsEdit

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

Season statisticsEdit

Hat-tricksEdit

Player For Against Result Date
  Erik Sorga4 Flora Maardu Linnameeskond 6–0 (H) 7 April 2019[27]
  Mark Oliver Roosnupp FCI Levadia Tammeka 7–0 (H) 11 May 2019[28]
  Aleksandr Zakarlyuka Narva Trans Maardu Linnameeskond 5–1 (H) 22 May 2019[29]
  Liliu Nõmme Kalju Maardu Linnameeskond 6–0 (H) 1 June 2019[30]
  Kotaro Amemiya Maardu Linnameeskond Flora 3–8 (H) 15 June 2019[31]
  Alassana Jatta5 Paide Linnameeskond Kuressaare 7–0 (H) 19 June 2019[32]
  João Morelli FCI Levadia Maardu Linnameeskond 6–1 (A) 29 June 2019[33]
  Jasper Uwaegbulam Maardu Linnameeskond Tallinna Kalev 4–1 (A) 7 July 2019[34]
  Eric McWoods Narva Trans Tulevik 3–2 (H) 21 July 2019[35]
  Max Mata Nõmme Kalju Kuressaare 7–2 (H) 3 August 2019[36]
  Erik Sorga Flora Kuressaare 3–0 (A) 13 August 2019[37]
  Patrick Genro Veelma Tammeka Narva Trans 6–4 (H) 16 August 2019[38]
  Indrek Ilves Tulevik Tammeka 3–1 (A) 20 October 2019[39]

4 Player scored four goals
5 Player scored five goals

AwardsEdit

Monthly awardsEdit

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month
Manager Club Player Club
March[40]   Jürgen Henn Flora   Magnus Karofeld Kuressaare
April[41]   Jürgen Henn Flora   Märten Kuusk Flora
May[42]   Roman Kozhukhovskyi Nõmme Kalju   Marcelin Gando FCI Levadia
June[43]   Aleksandar Rogić FCI Levadia   Alassana Jatta Paide Linnameeskond
July[44]   Vjatšeslav Zahovaiko Paide Linnameeskond   Eric McWoods Narva Trans
August[45]   Kaido Koppel Tammeka   Yann Michael Yao Paide Linnameeskond
September[46]   Jürgen Henn Flora   Sander Sinilaid Paide Linnameeskond
October[47]   Roman Kozhukhovskyi Nõmme Kalju   Eduard Golovljov Narva Trans

Player transfersEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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