2015 Meistriliiga

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Meistriliiga
Season 2015
Champions Flora
10th title
Relegated Viljandi Tulevik
Champions League Flora
Europa League Levadia
Nõmme Kalju
Infonet
Matches played 180
Goals scored 544 (3.02 per match)
Top goalscorer Ingemar Teever
(24 goals)
Biggest home win Flora 7–0 Tammeka
(26 May 2015)
Biggest away win Pärnu 1–6 S. Kalev
(10 April 2015)
Tammeka 0–5 S. Kalev
(8 May 2015)
Pärnu 0–5 Levadia
(1 August 2015)
Tammeka 1–6 Levadia
(18 August 2015)
Highest scoring Paide 5–4 Nõmme Kalju
(14 August 2015)
2014
2016

The 2015 Meistriliiga (known as A. Le Coq Premium Liiga for sponsorship reasons[1]) was the 25th season of the Meistriliiga, the first level in the Estonian football system. The season started on 6 March 2015 and the final matchday took place on 7 November.[2] Levadia, the defending champions, finished runners-up behind Flora, who won their tenth title.[3]

Teams

A total of 10 teams will contest the league, including 8 sides from the 2014 season and two promoted teams from the 2014 Esiliiga. Tallinna Kalev were relegated from the Meistriliiga after three seasons and were replaced by Pärnu Linnameeskond, the best of independent teams in 2014 Esiliiga, Pärnu made their comeback to top flight after 6 seasons on lower levels. Lokomotiv were relegated after a single season, they were defeated in the relegation play-offs by Viljandi Tulevik returning to Meistriliiga after four-year absence.

Stadiums and locations

Location of the 2015 Meistriliiga teams
Team Location Stadium Seating capacity
Flora Tallinn A. Le Coq Arena 9,692[4]
Infonet Tallinn Sportland Arena 540
Nõmme Kalju Tallinn Hiiu Stadium 300[5]
Levadia Tallinn Kadriorg Stadium 5,000[6]
Paide Paide Paide linnastaadion 268[7]
Pärnu Pärnu Pärnu Raeküla staadion 550[8]
Sillamäe Kalev Sillamäe Sillamäe Kalev Stadium 800[9]
Tammeka Tartu Tamme Stadium 1,750[10]
Narva Trans Narva Kreenholm Stadium 1,065[11]
Viljandi Tulevik Viljandi Viljandi linnastaadion 1,068[12]

Personnel and kits

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

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Flora Estonia Norbert Hurt Estonia Gert Kams Nike Tele2[13]
Infonet Russia Aleksandr Pushtov Estonia Andrei Kalimullin Joma Infonet
Nõmme Kalju Brazil Getúlio Fredo Estonia Vitali Teleš Adidas Optibet[14]
Levadia Estonia Marko Kristal Estonia Ingemar Teever Adidas Viimsi Keevitus
Paide Linnameeskond Estonia Meelis Rooba Estonia Andre Mägi Nike Verston
Pärnu Linnameeskond Estonia Marko Lelov Estonia Karl Palatu Nike Wendre[15]
Sillamäe Kalev Russia Denis Ugarov Estonia Andrei Sidorenkov Uhlsport Alexela
Tammeka Estonia Indrek Koser Estonia Jürgen Lorenz Nike Goldtime
Narva Trans Russia Adyam Kuzyaev Estonia Roman Nesterovski Nike Fama[16]
Viljandi Tulevik Estonia Aivar Lillevere Estonia Sander Post Joma Bestra[17]

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Replaced by Date of appointment
Nõmme Kalju Estonia Igor Prins Sacked 2 December 2014[18] Pre-season Estonia Sergei Terehhov 10 December 2014[19]
Pärnu Linnameeskond Estonia Gert Olesk Mutual consent 22 December 2014[15] Estonia Marko Lelov 22 December 2014[15]
Narva Trans Russia Aleksei Yagudin Mutual consent 20 May 2015[20] 7th Estonia Nikolai Toštšev (caretaker) 20 May 2015[20]
Sillamäe Kalev Russia Sergei Frantsev Sacked 29 May 2015[21] 4th Russia Denis Ugarov 29 May 2015[21]
Narva Trans Estonia Nikolai Toštšev Caretaker spell over 6 July 2015[22] 6th Russia Adyam Kuzyaev 6 July 2015[22]
Nõmme Kalju Estonia Sergei Terehhov Resigned 12 September 2015[23] 3rd Brazil Getúlio Fredo (caretaker) 12 September 2015[23]

Player transfers

  • Transfers made during the 2014–15 winter transfer window.
  • Transfers made during the 2015 summer transfer window.

League table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Flora Tallinn (C) 36 27 3 6 72 24 +48 84 Qualification to Champions League first qualifying round
2 Levadia Tallinn 36 22 10 4 78 32 +46 76 Qualification to Europa League first qualifying round[lower-alpha 1]
3 Nõmme Kalju 36 22 5 9 69 36 +33 71
4 Infonet Tallinn 36 17 11 8 50 32 +18 62
5 Sillamäe Kalev 36 17 8 11 63 43 +20 59
6 Narva Trans 36 14 7 15 50 46 +4 49
7 Paide Linnameeskond 36 9 6 21 50 73 −23 33
8 Pärnu Linnameeskond 36 6 8 22 38 87 −49 26
9 Tartu Tammeka (O) 36 7 4 25 39 96 −57 25 Qualification to Relegation play-offs
10 Viljandi Tulevik (R) 36 6 4 26 35 75 −40 22 Relegation to Esiliiga
Source: Estonian Football Association (Estonian), UEFA, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Play-off (only if deciding champion); 3) Less matches awarded against; 4) Matches won; 5) Head-to-head points; 6) Head-to-head goal difference; 7) Goal difference; 8) Goals scored; 9) Away goals scored; 10) Fairplay ranking.[24][25]
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. Since the winners of the 2015–16 Estonian Cup, Flora Tallinn, qualified for European competition based on their league position, the spot awarded to the Cup winner (Europa League first qualifying round) was passed to the team in fourth place, the highest position not already qualified for any European competition.

Relegation play-offs

At season's end Tammeka, the ninth place club, participated in a two-legged play-off with Tallinna Kalev, the runners-up (of the independent teams) of the 2015 Esiliiga, for the spot in next year's competition.[26]

Tammeka won 4–2 on aggregate and retained their Meistriliiga spot for the 2016 season.

Results

Each team plays every opponent four times, twice at home and twice away, for a total of 36 games.

Season statistics

Hat-tricks

Player For Against Result Date
Estonia Taavi Laurits Pärnu Linnameeskond Tammeka 4–2 14 March 2015
Ukraine Yaroslav Kvasov Sillamäe Kalev Pärnu Linnameeskond 6–1 10 April 2015
Estonia Joonas Tamm Tulevik Paide Linnameeskond 3–0 2 May 2015
Ukraine Yaroslav Kvasov Sillamäe Kalev Tammeka 5–0 8 May 2015
Latvia Vitālijs Ziļs Narva Trans Tammeka 6–0 2 June 2015
Estonia Kaimar Saag Levadia Narva Trans 3–1 4 July 2015
Estonia Ats Purje Nõmme Kalju Tulevik 4–0 20 July 2015
Latvia Vladislavs Kozlovs4 Infonet Tammeka 4–2 18 August 2015
Estonia Ingemar Teever Levadia Paide Linnameeskond 4–2 28 August 2015
Estonia Vjatšeslav Zahovaiko Paide Linnameeskond Tammeka 4–0 18 October 2015
Estonia Vjatšeslav Zahovaiko Paide Linnameeskond Tulevik 3–2 24 October 2015
  • 4 Player scored 4 goals.

Awards

Monthly awards

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month
Manager Club Player Club
March[30] Estonia Norbert Hurt Flora Estonia Ken Kallaste Nõmme Kalju
April[31] Estonia Sergei Terehhov Nõmme Kalju Estonia Vjatšeslav Zahovaiko Paide Linnameeskond
May[32] Estonia Aivar Lillevere Tulevik Estonia Ingemar Teever Levadia
June[33] Estonia Marko Kristal Levadia Estonia Jevgeni Harin Infonet
July[34] Estonia Sergei Terehhov Nõmme Kalju Estonia Siim Luts Levadia
August[35] Estonia Marko Kristal Levadia Estonia Ingemar Teever Levadia
September[36] Russia Adyam Kuzyaev Narva Trans Estonia Siim Luts Levadia
October[37] Estonia Norbert Hurt Flora Estonia Rauno Sappinen Flora

Annual awards

Player of the Season

Ingemar Teever was named Player of the Season.[38]

Goal of the Season

Raido Roman's goal against Tammeka was chosen Goal of the Season.[39]

See also

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