Pärnu JK Vaprus is a football club based in Pärnu, Estonia, that competes in the Esiliiga, the second level of Estonian football.

Pärnu JK Vaprus
Full namePärnu Jalgpalliklubi Vaprus
Nickname(s)Karud (Bears)
Founded1922; 98 years ago (1922)
GroundPärnu Rannastaadion
Capacity1,501[1]
ManagerTaavi Midenbritt
LeagueEsiliiga
2019Esiliiga, 3rd
WebsiteClub website

HistoryEdit

Vaprus was formed in May 1922, as Sporting Society Vaprus. Among other sports Vaprus competed in the local Pärnu football championships, winning in 1927 and 1934. In 1937 Vaprus merged with several other local sporting clubs to form Pärnu Kalev.[2]

The club was re-established in 1999 as an amateur team playing in the lower leagues. In 2003 several local clubs merged with Vaprus, including former top league club Pärnu Levadia, forming a working football club.

Vaprus won the 2005 Esiliiga season and was promoted to Meistriliiga. The club finished their first Meistriliiga season in 7th place. Vaprus finished the 2008 Meistriliiga season in 10th place, but managed to avoid direct relegation due to disbandment of TVMK. However, the club was still relegated after losing the relegation play-offs against Paide Linnameeskond.[3]

In 2010, Vaprus formed a united team Pärnu Linnameeskond with Pärnu JK and Pärnu Kalev. Pärnu Linnameeskond reached Estonian top flight in 2015, but broke up after two seasons with Vaprus inheriting their league spot for 2017.[4]

HonoursEdit

Winners (1): 2005
Winners (1): 2004
Winners (1): 2000

PlayersEdit

First-team squadEdit

As of 21 July 2018[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 Hendrik Vainu
3   DF Kaspar Tilga
4   DF Magnus Villota
5   DF Oskar Lepik
6   MF Uku Kõrre
8   FW Kristian Lenk
9   FW Kristen Saarts
10   MF Tõnis Vihmoja
11   MF Rene Prans
12   MF Rauno Tutk
13   FW Enrico Veensalu
14   MF Toomas Pent
17   FW Karl Anton Sõerde
No. Position Player
18   MF Rocco Mõtt
22   DF Rasmus Ilves
23   MF Reno Mark
24   DF Karl Palatu
25   MF Robyn Hallmere
27   DF Joosep Sarapuu
28   MF Kristofer Kaasik
33   GK Richard Aland
34   GK Raido Ott
39   MF Robin Limberg
77   FW Ronaldo Tiismaa
88   MF Geki Kekua
  MF Juhan Jakobson

For season transfers, see transfers winter 2017–18 and transfers summer 2018.

Reserves and academyEdit

Seasons and statisticsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pärnu Rannastaadion" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association.
  2. ^ "Ajalugu 20. sajandil" (in Estonian). Vaprus.ee. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  3. ^ "Ajalugu 21. sajandil" (in Estonian). Vaprus.ee. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  4. ^ "Premium liigas esindab Pärnut jalgpalliklubi Vaprus". EFA. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Pärnu JK Vaprus" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. Retrieved 1 March 2018.

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