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Tartu JK Tammeka, commonly known as Tartu Tammeka or simply Tammeka, is a football club, based in Tartu, Estonia, that competes in the Meistriliiga, the top flight of Estonian football.

JK Tammeka crest.png
Full nameTartu Jalgpallikool Tammeka
Founded13 June 1989; 30 years ago (1989-06-13)
GroundTartu Tamme Stadium
ChairmanKristjan Tiirik
ManagerKaido Koppel
2019Meistriliiga, 5th
WebsiteClub website

Founded in 1989, the club has played in the Meistriliiga since the 2005 season and have never been relegated from the Estonian top division. The club's home ground is Tartu Tamme Stadium.


Tammeka was founded on 13 June 1989 as a youth academy by Hillar Otto, Avo Jakovits and Heino Ligi.[2] In 2000, the club joined the Estonian football league system and began competing in the Southern division of the III liiga. Tammeka's debut season was a success as the team finished first with 46 points out of the possible 60. Tammeka was promoted to the II liiga, and in 2001, to the Esiliiga. The club established itself in the Esiliiga by placing sixth in the 2002 season and seventh in the 2003 season. Tammeka won the Esiliiga in the 2004 season and was promoted to the Meistriliiga. The team defeated Dünamo 9–0 in their first Meistriliiga match and finished their first season in the Estonian top flight in seventh place. In December 2005, Sergei Ratnikov was appointed as manager. Tammeka finished the 2006 season in sixth place.[3]

In 2007, Tammeka merged with Maag and became Maag Tammeka. Despite pooled resources, the team lost several key players and finished the 2007 season in fifth place. Ratnikov resigned in November 2007 and his assistant Sergei Zamogilnõi took over as manager. Maag Tammeka reached the 2007–08 Estonian Cup final, but lost to Flora 1–3. The team finished the 2008 season in seventh place, after which the sponsorship deal with Maag ended and Tammeka continued to operate as an independent club.[3]

The following season, Tammeka had to operate with a smaller budget and lost several players. Reserve team coach Norbert Hurt was appointed as manager and several reserve team players were promoted to the first-team squad. Despite a slow start, Tammeka managed to finish the 2009 season in seventh place. In December 2009, Marko Kristal replaced Hurt as manager. Kristal rebuilt the team around youth system players Albert Prosa, Kaarel Kiidron and Siim Tenno, finishing the 2010 season in sixth place. Despite a good start in the 2011 season, the team's performance faded in the second half of the season. In September 2011, former Tammeka player Kristjan Tiirik replaced Kristal as manager and the team finished the season in seventh place. The subsequent winter transfer window saw the departure of several key players, including Prosa, Kiidron and Tenno. Following a poor start to the 2012 season, Tiirik was replaced by Joti Stamatopoulos in July 2012. Stamatopoulos failed to make a difference and Tammeka finished the season last, amassing only 20 points. Despite finishing last, Tammeka escaped relegation as Viljandi disbanded. In January 2013, Uwe Erkenbrecher was appointed as manager. Despite growing financial troubles, Tammeka finished the 2013 season in ninth place and defeated Tarvas 6–2 on aggregate in the relegation play-offs, securing their Meistriliiga spot.[3]

In February 2014, Tammeka lost their Meistriliiga license due to failing to pay players wages and refusing the reorganization plan proposed by the Estonian Football Association. The license to compete under the name Tammeka was granted to the team's academy. Former Tammeka player Indrek Koser was appointed as manager and the team finished the 2014 season in seventh place.[3] Tammeka finished the 2015 season in ninth place, but avoided relegation by defeating Tallinna Kalev 4–2 on aggregate in the relegation play-offs. The team finished seventh in the 2016 season. In November 2016, Tammeka announced that Mario Hansi and Kaido Koppel would replace Koser in the coming season. The team reached the 2016–17 Estonian Cup final, but were defeated by FCI Tallinn 0–2. Tammeka came seventh again in the 2017 season.


The main stand of the Tartu Tamme Stadium

The club's home ground is the 1,750-seat Tartu Tamme Stadium.[1] Opened in 1934, it is the largest football stadium in Tartu. The stadium was renovated and re-opened in 2011. Tartu Tamme Stadium is located at Tamme 1, Tammelinn, Tartu.[4]

Tammeka use the artificial turf at the Sepa Football Centre for training and home matches during winter and early spring months.


Current squadEdit

As of 19 August 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 Karl Johan Pechter (vice-captain)
2   MF Markus Soomets
3   DF Ats Toomsalu
4   DF Akim Sairinen
5   DF Kevin Aloe (on loan from FC Flora)
6   MF Tauno Tekko (captain)
7   FW Martin Jõgi
8   DF Daaniel Maanas
10   FW Sten Reinkort
11   MF Artur Uljanov
12   GK Karl Vaabel
13   MF Reio Laabus
No. Position Player
14   DF Frankline Okoye
15   DF Mikhail Slashchev
17   MF Sander Kapper
18   MF Andre Paju
19   FW Tristan Koskor
20   MF Mart Paul Preiman
23   FW Joonas Kartsep
25   MF Mihkel Järviste
29   MF Patrick Genro Veelma
41   DF Kevin Anderson
77   GK Carl Kaiser Kiidjärv
99   FW Albert Prosa

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

Reserves and academyEdit

Club officialsEdit




Seasons and statisticsEdit



  1. ^ a b "Tamme staadion". Eesti spordiregister.
  2. ^ "Tammeka tähistab veerandsajandi möödumist klubi asutamisest" [Tammeka marks quarter of a century since the club's founding] (in Estonian). JK Tammeka.
  3. ^ a b c d "Ajalugu" [History] (in Estonian). JK Tammeka.
  4. ^ "Tartu Tamme staadion" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association.
  5. ^ "Tartu JK Tammeka" (in Estonian). Retrieved 19 August 2019.

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