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The Korvpalli Meistriliiga (English: Basketball Champions League), known as the OlyBet Korvpalli Meistriliiga for sponsorship reasons, is the highest tier level and most important professional basketball league in Estonia. It is controlled by the Estonian Basketball Association.

Korvpalli Meistriliiga
Founded1925; 94 years ago (1925)
First season1925
Country Estonia
ConfederationFIBA Europe
Number of teams6
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toI Liiga
Domestic cup(s)Estonian Cup
Current championsKalev/Cramo (11th title)
Most championshipsTartu Ülikool (26 titles)
CEOJaak Salumets
Websitebasket.ee
2019 KML Play-offs

The first Estonian Basketball Championship tournament was held in 1925. During the Soviet occupation (1941–1991) the league was called the Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic Championship. After Estonia regained its independence in 1991, the league was reformed as the Korvpalli Meistriliiga (KML). The KML, which is played under FIBA rules, currently consists of six teams. The current KML champions are Kalev/Cramo who won their 11th Estonian Championship in the 2019 KML Play-offs.

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Current clubsEdit

Title holdersEdit

Titles by clubEdit

Team Winners Winning years
Tartu Ülikool 26 1938, 1939, 1940, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2015
Tallinna Kalev 18 1927, 1930, 1931, 1943, 1944 (w)‡, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1967, 1968, 1971, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2002, 2003
Kalev/Cramo 11 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
TTÜ 8 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1984, 1985
Standard 8 1980, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990
Tallinna Russ 4 1928, 1929, 1932, 1933
TTÜ-A. Le Coq 4 1991, 1994, 1997, 1999
Tartu NMKÜ 3 1934, 1936, 1937
EMÜ 2 1957, 1960
Harju KEK 2 1974, 1979
Tallinna Sport 1 1925
Tallinna NMKÜ 1 1935
Tallinna Dünamo 1 1941
Tartu Kalev 1 1944 (s)‡
Metallist 1 1981

Note: In the 1944 season two championship tournaments were held (s – summer tournament; w – winter tournament).

KML FinalsEdit

Season Home court advantage Result Home court disadvantage Top seed Record Champion's coach Finals MVP
1991–92 Asto 0–2 Kalev Asto 28–1   Jaanus Levkoi
1992–93 Kalev/Rafter 2–0 Asto Kalev/Rafter 36–0   Riho Soonik
1993–94 Asto 2–1 Baltika Asto 25–3   Jaanus Levkoi
1994–95 Kalev/Auma 3–1 Tallinn Kalev/Auma 28–0   Jaak Salumets
1995–96 Kalev 3–0 Tartu Kalev 36–0   Jaak Salumets
1996–97 Tallinn 3–1 Baltika Tallinn 20–5   Üllar Kerde
1997–98 Kalev 3–1 Tallinn Kalev 22–3   Maarten van Gent
1998–99 Tallinn 3–0 Nybit Tallinn 21–4   Üllar Kerde
1999–00 Kalev 0–3 Tartu Ülikool-Delta Kalev 27–3   Teet Laur
2000–01 Tartu Ülikool-Delta 3–0 Tallinna Ülikoolid-A. Le Coq Tartu Ülikool-Delta 28–7   Jüri Neissaar
2001–02 Tartu Rock 2–3 Kalev Tartu Rock 23–7   Üllar Kerde
2002–03 TTÜ/A. Le Coq 2–4 Kalev TTÜ/A. Le Coq 25–7   Andres Sõber
2003–04 TÜ/Rock 4–2 EBS/Nybit TÜ/Rock 18–6   Tõnu Lust
2004–05 TÜ/Rock 3–4 Ehitustööriist TÜ/Rock 12–4   Allan Dorbek
2005–06 Kalev/Cramo 4–3 TÜ/Rock Kalev/Cramo 21–3   Aivar Kuusmaa   James Williams
2006–07 TÜ/Rock 4–2 Kalev/Cramo TÜ/Rock 33–3   Algirdas Brazys   Tanel Tein
2007–08 TÜ/Rock 4–0 Kalev/Cramo TÜ/Rock 33–3   Üllar Kerde   Brian Cusworth
2008–09 TÜ/Rock 2–4 Kalev/Cramo TÜ/Rock 26–2   Nenad Vučinić   Kristjan Kangur
2009–10 TÜ/Rock 4–2 Rakvere Tarvas TÜ/Rock 23–5   Indrek Visnapuu   Janar Talts
2010–11 Kalev/Cramo 4–0 TÜ/Rock Kalev/Cramo 29–3   Aivar Kuusmaa   Armands Šķēle
2011–12 Tartu Ülikool 0–4 Kalev/Cramo Tartu Ülikool 25–3   Aivar Kuusmaa   Tanel Sokk
2012–13 Kalev/Cramo 4–0 TÜ/Rock Kalev/Cramo 28–4   Alar Varrak   Tanel Sokk
2013–14 TÜ/Rock 0–4 Kalev/Cramo TÜ/Rock 30–2   Alar Varrak   Vlad Moldoveanu
2014–15 TÜ/Rock 4–1 Kalev/Cramo TÜ/Rock 26–6   Gert Kullamäe   Tanel Kurbas
2015–16 Kalev/Cramo 4–1 TÜ/Rock Kalev/Cramo 32–0   Alar Varrak   Rolands Freimanis
2016–17 Kalev/Cramo 4–0 Avis Utilitas Rapla Kalev/Cramo 29–3   Alar Varrak   Branko Mirković
2017–18 Kalev/Cramo 4–0 Tartu Ülikool Kalev/Cramo 25–1   Donaldas Kairys   Kristjan Kangur
2019 Kalev/Cramo 3–0 Tallinna Kalev/TLÜ Kalev/Cramo   Donaldas Kairys   Branko Mirković

AwardsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Sadolin Spordihoone". Spordiregister.ee.
  2. ^ "Kalevi Spordihall". Spordiregister.ee.
  3. ^ "Pärnu Spordihall". Spordiregister.ee.
  4. ^ "Sõle Spordikeskus". Spordiregister.ee.
  5. ^ "Tallinna Tehnikaülikooli spordihoone". Spordiregister.ee.
  6. ^ "Tartu Ülikooli Spordihoone". Spordiregister.ee.

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