Viljandi JK Tulevik

Viljandi JK Tulevik, commonly known as Viljandi Tulevik, or simply as Tulevik, is a football club based in Viljandi, Estonia, that competes in the Meistriliiga, the top flight of Estonian football. The club's home ground is Viljandi linnastaadion.

Tulevik
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Full nameViljandi JK Tulevik
Founded23 September 1912; 107 years ago (1912-09-23)
GroundViljandi linnastaadion
Capacity1,084[1]
PresidentRaiko Mutle
ManagerSander Post
LeagueMeistriliiga
2019Meistriliiga, 7th
WebsiteClub website

Founded on 1912 as Sports Association Tulevik (Future), the club was disbanded in 1940 and re-established in 1992 as one of the founding members of the Meistriliiga.

HistoryEdit

Founded in 1912 as Sports Association Tulevik (Future), in part, by Heinrich Aviksoo, they began playing football in 1913 on a field by Lake Viljandi, where Viljandi linnastaadion was built in 1928. Interrupted by World War I and the Estonian War of Independence, Tulevik didn't resume playing football until 1927. In 1937, they won the Central division of the regional B klass. Following the Soviet occupation of Estonia in 1940, Tulevik was disbanded.[2]

In 1977, Viljandi Linnameeskond was formed. The team was promoted to the Estonian Championship in 1981 and spent the next decade within the top two tiers of Estonian football.[2]

In 1992, Viljandi Linnameeskond was first renamed JK Viljandi, and then JK Tulevik, and became a founding member of the Meistriliiga. After two seasons, the club was relegated to the Esiliiga. In 1997, Tulevik became a part of the Flora system and returned to the Meistriliiga, while Sergei Ratnikov was appointed as manager. In June 1998, Ratnikov was replaced by Tarmo Rüütli. The club made their European debut in the 1998 UEFA Intertoto Cup, losing to St. Gallen 3–9 on aggregate in the first round. Under Rüütli, Tulevik reached the 1998–99 Estonian Cup final, losing to Levadia 2–3, and finished the 1999 season as runners-up. In November 1999, Rüütli left the club to manage Flora and the Estonia national team, and was replaced by his assistant Aivar Lillevere. Tulevik reached the Estonian Cup final again in the following season, but were defeated by Levadia again 0–2.[2]

In 2011, Tulevik ended their affiliation with Flora. As a result, the newly formed FC Viljandi took their place in the Meistriliiga and Tulevik were relegated to the II liiga. In January 2013, Aivar Lillevere returned to the club as manager. Tulevik finished the 2014 Esiliiga in fifth place and defeated Lokomotiv 1–1 on aggregate on away goal in the promotion play-offs, thus earning promotion to the Meistriliiga.[2] The team's stay in the top division proved short-lived as the club finished the 2015 season in last place and were relegated. Tulevik won the 2016 Esiliiga and were once again promoted to the Meistriliiga. Lillevere resigned in November 2017 and was replaced by Marko Kristal in the following month. In April 2018, Kristal's contract was terminated after disappointing results in the league, with Sander Post taking over as manager.[3]

StadiumEdit

Tulevik initially played on a field by Lake Viljandi. In 1928, a stadium was built on the same site. Renovated in 2010, Viljandi linnastaadion (Viljandi City Stadium) is a multi-purpose stadium with a capacity of 1,084. The stadium is located at Ranna 1, Viljandi.[1][4]

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 6 July 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-Romet Nõmm
3   DF Ridwan Babatunde
8   DF Illimar Loigo
9   MF Kristjan Kask
10   DF Gerdo Juhkam
10   FW David Onyeanula
11   FW Kaimar Saag (captain)
12   GK Ergo Hünerson
14   MF Herbert Velleste
15   MF Tanel Lang
16   DF Gustav-Hendrik Seeder
No. Position Player
17   FW Rainer Peips
18   DF Martin Allik
20   MF Karl Rudolf Org
22   MF Arlet Hunt
39   DF Krister Kansi
44   DF Siim Saar
52   DF Mark Edur
55   FW Lauri Elur
66   DF Janno Lukas
71   FW Rainer Rüütel
16   DF Gunnar-Laur Sindi
-   MF Sander Kapper
-   MF Pavel Marin
-   MF Alex Roosalu

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

HonoursEdit

LeagueEdit

  • B klass (Central Division)
    • Winners (1): 1937

CupsEdit

Seasons and statisticsEdit

SeasonsEdit

EuropeEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Viljandi linnastaadion" (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association.
  2. ^ a b c d Loog, Alvar (May 2015). "Viljandimaa jalgpalli ajalugu ja hetkeseis" [History and current state of football in Viljandi County]. Jalka (in Estonian). Tallinn: Estonian Football Association. pp. 43–45.
  3. ^ "Marko Kristal lahkub Viljandi Tuleviku peatreeneri kohalt" [Marko Kristal leaves Viljandi Tulevik head coach position] (in Estonian). Estonian Football Association. 20 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Viljandi linnastaadion" (in Estonian). Eesti Spordiregister.
  5. ^ "Viljandi JK Tulevik". Estonian Football Association. Retrieved 11 June 2019.

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