FCI Levadia Tallinn

Football Club Infonet Levadia Tallinn, commonly known as FCI Levadia, or simply as Levadia, is a professional football club based in Tallinn, Estonia, that competes in the Meistriliiga, the top flight of Estonian football. The club's home ground is Lilleküla Stadium.

FCI Levadia
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Full nameFCI Levadia
Founded22 October 1998; 23 years ago (1998-10-22)
GroundLilleküla Stadium
Capacity14,336[1]
PresidentViktor Levada
ChairmanSergei Hohlov-Simson
ManagersVladimir Vassiljev
Marko Savić
LeagueMeistriliiga
2020Meistriliiga, 3rd
WebsiteClub website

Founded as Levadia in Maardu in 1998, the club moved to Tallinn in 2004. The club has played in the Meistriliiga since the 1999 season and have never been relegated from the Estonian top division. Levadia have won 9 Meistriliiga titles, a record 9 Estonian Cups and 7 Estonian Supercups. In 2017, Levadia's first team merged with FCI Tallinn, and became FCI Levadia.

HistoryEdit

Early historyEdit

Levadia was founded on 22 October 1998, when Viktor Levada's Levadia Group OÜ became the official sponsor of Maardu based Esiliiga club Olümp, which subsequently changed its name to Levadia. The club won the 1998 Esiliiga and were promoted to the Meistriliiga. In January 1999, Sergei Ratnikov was appointed as manager. In 1999, Levadia became the first team to win the Meistriliiga, the Estonian Cup and the Estonian Supercup in the same year. Levadia managed to repeat their success by winning another treble in the following year. In the 2000–01 UEFA Champions League, Levadia defeated Total Network Solutions 2–6 on aggregate in the first qualifying round, but lost to Shakhtar Donetsk 2–9 on aggregate in the second qualifying round. Following the loss to Shakhtar Donetsk, Ratnikov was sacked.[2]

In 2001, Valeri Bondarenko was appointed as a manager. Levadia failed to defend their title, finishing the 2001 season in third place and in November 2001, Bondarenko was replaced by Pasi Rautiainen. Under Rautiainen, Levadia finished the 2002 Meistriliiga as runners-up, only two points behind champions Flora. After the season, Rautiainen resigned and was replaced by Franco Pancheri in January 2003. Pancheri coached Levadia for just 9 Meistriliiga matches, before he was sacked in June 2003. He was replaced by Tarmo Rüütli and Levadia finished the 2003 season in third place.[2]

Relocation to TallinnEdit

In 2004, Levadia moved to Tallinn, while the club's previously Tallinn-based reserve team changed its name to Levadia II. Under Rüütli, Levadia won the league in the 2004 season, but failed to defend the title in 2005, finishing as runners-up. In the 2006–07 UEFA Cup qualifying rounds, Levadia defeated Haka and Twente, but lost to Newcastle United 1–3 on aggregate in the first round.[2] Still it was the first team an Estonian club managed to reach the first round proper of a European club competition. Levadia won two more Meistriliiga titles in 2006 and 2007. In March 2008, Rüütli was hired by the Estonian Football Association to coach the Estonia national team and his assistant Igor Prins took over as manager. Under Prins, Levadia won two consecutive Meistriliiga titles in 2008 and 2009 and an Estonian Cup in 2010. In August 2010, Prins was sacked due to disagreements with the board and replaced by Levadia II manager Aleksandr Puštov. Levadia finished the 2010 season as runners-up. In July 2011, Puštov was sacked after disappointing results in the Meistriliiga and the Champions League and replaced by Sergei Hohlov-Simson. Levadia finished the 2011 season in fourth place, their lowest ever league placing since the club was promoted to the Meistriliiga.

In December 2011, Marko Kristal was appointed as manager. The club won the 2011–12 Estonian Cup and finished the 2012 season as runners-up. Levadia won the Meistriliiga title in the 2013 season. The team defended their title in 2014, but finished the 2015 season as runners-up. In November 2015, it was announced that Sergei Ratnikov will return to Levadia after 15 years and replace Kristal as manager. Ratnikov's second tenure as Levadia's manager lasted until July 2016, when he was sacked following a 0–1 loss to Pärnu Linnameeskond. He was replaced by another returning manager, Igor Prins. Levadia finished the 2016 season as runners-up. Following another second-place finish in the 2017 season, Levadia and FCI Tallinn merged their first teams, becoming FCI Levadia, with FCI Tallinn's Aleksandar Rogić taking over as manager. On 15 September 2019, Rogić was sacked after disappointing results, with assistant coach Vladimir Vassiljev taking over as caretaker manager. In November 2019, former Estonia head coach and record cap holder Martin Reim was appointed as manager.

StadiumsEdit

 
Lilleküla Stadium
 
Kadriorg Stadium

Lilleküla StadiumEdit

The club's home ground is the 14,336-seat Lilleküla Stadium. Opened in 2001 and expanded from 2016 to 2018, it is the largest football stadium in Estonia. The Lilleküla Football Complex also includes two grass surface pitches, two artificial turf pitches and an indoor hall. Lilleküla Stadium is located at Jalgpalli 21, Kesklinn, Tallinn.[1]

Levadia use Sportland Arena and Maarjamäe Stadium artificial turfs for training and home matches during winter and early spring months.

Kadriorg StadiumEdit

From 2004 to 2018, Levadia played at Kadriorg Stadium. Built from 1922 to 1926 and renovated from 2000 to 2001, it is one of the oldest football stadiums in Estonia and used to be the home ground of the Estonia national team until the completion of Lilleküla Stadium in 2001.[1][3]

PlayersEdit

First-team squadEdit

As of 28 February 2021.[4]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
3 DF   SRB Milan Mitrović
4 DF   ITA Maximiliano Uggè
5 DF   SRB Luka Luković
6 MF   EST Rasmus Peetson
7 FW   EST Frank Liivak
9 MF   EST Mark Oliver Roosnupp
10 MF   EST Brent Lepistu
11 DF   SRB Milijan Ilić
12 GK   EST Karl Andre Vallner
14 MF   GHA Ernest Agyiri
16 DF   EST Markus Jürgenson
17 FW   EST Robert Kirss
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 FW   AUS Amir Abdallah Yunis
20 FW   EST Hannes Anier
21 MF   RUS Amir Natkho
22 DF   EST Trevor Elhi
25 DF   EST Maksim Podholjuzin
38 MF   EST Artjom Komlov
49 FW   GEO Zakaria Beglarishvili
55 FW   EST Karl Rudolf Õigus
59 FW   EST Bogdan Vaštšuk
67 MF   EST Ilja Antonov
70 MF   SRB Marko Putinčanin
81 GK   EST Artur Kotenko

For season transfers, see List of Estonian football transfers summer 2020 and List of Estonian football transfers winter 2020–21.

Out on loanEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
27 MF   EST Devid Lehter (at FC Elva)
No. Pos. Nation Player
2 DF   EST Marko Lipp (at Tammeka)

Reserves and academyEdit

Club officialsEdit

HonoursEdit

LeagueEdit

CupsEdit

Seasons and statisticsEdit

SeasonsEdit

EuropeEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "A. Le Coq Arena" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Klubi ajalugu" [Club history] (in Estonian). FC Levadia. Archived from the original on 27 April 2009.
  3. ^ "Ajalugu" [History]. Kadrioru staadion. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Tallinna FCI Levadia" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  5. ^ "First team". FCI Levadia. Retrieved 10 December 2019.

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