FC Kuressaare, commonly known as Kuressaare, is a football club, based in Kuressaare, Saaremaa, Estonia. The club's home ground is Kuressaare linnastaadion.

Kuressaare
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Full nameFC Kuressaare
Nickname(s)Kure[1]
Founded14 March 1997; 22 years ago (1997-03-14)[1]
GroundKuressaare linnastaadion[2]
Capacity1,000[3]
PresidentPriit Penu[1]
ManagerDmitrijs Kalašņikovs
LeagueMeistriliiga
2019Meistriliiga, 9th
WebsiteClub website

Founded on 14 March 1997, the club competes in the Meistriliiga, the top tier of Estonian football.

HistoryEdit

Kuressaare was founded on 14 March 1997. Its predecessor was a youth club B.B. Sport, coached by Johannes Kaju. Kuressaare joined the Estonian football league system and began competing in the Western division of the III liiga. The club's first president and manager was Aivar Pohlak.

Kuressaare was promoted to the Esiliiga for the 1998 season and finished in 6th place under the new manager Jan Važinski. Most of the team were Saaremaa locals who were reinforced by players from Kuresaare's parent club Flora. Kuressaare won the Esiliiga in the 1999 season and was promoted to the Meistriliiga.

Kuressaare finished the 2000 season, its maiden season in the Estonian top-flight, in 7th place. The club finished the 2001 season in 10th place under new manager Zaur Tšilingarašvili and was relegated to the Esiliiga.

In 2002, Sergei Zamogilnõi was hired as manager. Kuressaare finished the 2002 season as runners-up, qualifying to the promotion play-offs. Kuressaare won the play-offs against Lootus and returned to the Mesitriliiga. Kuressaare's stay in the top-flight was cut short again as the club finished the 2003 season in 8th place and was relegated. The team was restructured in 2004, using players from reserve team Sörve and was promoted back to the Meistriliiga despite finishing in 5th place due to the expansion of the league.

The 2005 season was the most successful in the club's history, winning 7 and drawing 6 matches out of 36. The 8–1 victory over Dünamo became the new club record. Despite that, the team finished 8th and was relegated after losing the relegation play-offs against Ajax.

Kuressaare earned its way back to the Meistriliiga in the 2006 season, but was once again relegated in the following Meistriliiga season. The team finished the 2008 season as runners-up and was promoted to the Meistriliiga. Kuressaare remained in the Meistriliiga for the next five seasons from 2009 to 2013, when the club was relegated to Esiliiga after finishing the season in 10th place.[4] After the 2015 season, Kuressaare was relegated to the Esiliiga B.

PlayersEdit

First-team squadEdit

As of 7 March 2019.[5]

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

No. Position Player
1   GK Magnus Karofeld
4   DF Ranon Kriisa
6   MF Oliver Rass
7   DF Alari Saar
8   MF Karl Ivar Maar
10   MF Sander Seeman
12   GK Roland Kütt
13   FW Maarek Suursaar
15   DF Märten Pajunurm
16   MF Reivo Vinter
17   DF Mario Pruul
No. Position Player
20   MF Silver Alex Kelder
22   DF Mairo Miil
23   MF Amor Luup
24   MF Rauno Tutk
26   FW Sander Laht
29   MF Karmo Paju
30   MF Märten Opp
39   DF Elari Valmas
46   GK Otto-Robert Lipp
87   DF Rasmus Saar
17   DF Marco Lukka

For season transfers, see List of Estonian football transfers summer 2019 and List of Estonian football transfers winter 2019–20.

Reserves and academyEdit

PersonnelEdit

HonoursEdit

LeagueEdit

Seasons and statisticsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Klubi". FC Kuressaare.
  2. ^ "Staadion". FC Kuressaare.
  3. ^ "Kuressaare Linnastaadion" (in Estonian). Spordiregister.ee.
  4. ^ "Ajalugu" (in Estonian). FC Kuressaare. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  5. ^ "FC Kuressaare" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. Retrieved 7 March 2019.

External linksEdit