2016 Meistriliiga

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Meistriliiga
Season 2016
Champions Infonet
(1st title)
Relegated Tarvas
Champions League Infonet
Europa League Levadia
Nõmme Kalju
Flora
Matches played 180
Goals scored 582 (3.23 per match)
Top goalscorer Yevgeni Kabaev (25 goals)
Best goalkeeper Sergei Lepmets (18 clean sheets)
Biggest home win Paide 7–0 Tarvas
(23 August 2016)
Biggest away win Tarvas 0–6 Trans
(1 October 2016)
Pärnu 1–7 Trans
(29 October 2016)
Highest scoring Levadia 7–1 Paide
(24 July 2016)
Pärnu 1–7 Trans
(29 October 2016)
Longest winning run 10 matches
Infonet
Longest unbeaten run 14 matches
Infonet
Longest winless run 36 matches
Tarvas
Longest losing run 16 matches
Tarvas
2015
2017

The 2016 Meistriliiga (known as A. Le Coq Premium Liiga for sponsorship reasons[1]) was the 26th season of the Meistriliiga, the highest division of Estonian football system. The season began on 4 March 2016 and concluded on 5 November 2016.[2][3]

Infonet won the league on the last matchday of the season, finishing with 80 points. It was their first league title.[4]

Teams[edit]

A total of 10 teams will contest the league. These include 9 teams from the 2015 season and one promoted team from the 2015 Esiliiga: Tarvas, making their debut in the top flight. Tarvas replaces Tulevik who were relegated from the Meistriliiga after a single season. In the relegation play-off Tammeka successfully defended their league spot by defeating challengers Tallinna Kalev.

Stadia[edit]

Team Location Stadium Seating capacity
Flora Tallinn A. Le Coq Arena 9,692[5]
Infonet Tallinn Infonet Lasnamäe Stadium 400[6]
Levadia Tallinn Kadriorg Stadium 5,000[7]
Narva Trans Narva Kreenholm Stadium 1,065[8]
Nõmme Kalju Tallinn Hiiu Stadium 300[9]
Paide Linnameeskond Paide Paide linnastaadion 268[10]
Pärnu Linnameeskond Pärnu Pärnu Rannastaadion 1,501
Sillamäe Kalev Sillamäe Sillamäe Kalev Stadium 800[11]
Tammeka Tartu Tamme Stadium 1,750[12]
Tarvas Rakvere Rakvere linnastaadion 1,785[13]

Personnel and kits[edit]

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 Argo Arbeiter Estonia Gert Kams Nike Tele2[14]
Infonet Estonia Aleksandr Puštov Estonia Andrei Kalimullin Joma Infonet
Levadia Estonia Igor Prins Estonia Rimo Hunt Adidas Viimsi Keevitus
Narva Trans Russia Adyam Kuzyaev Estonia Roman Nesterovski Nike Sportland
Nõmme Kalju Russia Sergei Frantsev Estonia Vitali Teleš Adidas Optibet[15]
Paide Linnameeskond Estonia Meelis Rooba Estonia Lauri Varendi Nike Enemat
Pärnu Linnameeskond Estonia Marko Lelov Estonia Karl Palatu Hummel Wendre[16]
Sillamäe Kalev Lithuania Algimantas Briaunys
Ukraine Vadym Dobizha
Estonia Mihhail Starodubtsev Uhlsport Alexela
Tammeka Estonia Indrek Koser Estonia Kaarel Kiidron Nike Sportland
Tarvas Estonia Urmas Kirs Estonia Kaarel Saar Nike Aqva Hotel & Spa

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Replaced by Date of appointment
Levadia Estonia Marko Kristal Sacked 7 November 2015[17] Pre-season Estonia Sergei Ratnikov 7 November 2015[17]
Nõmme Kalju Brazil Fredo Getúlio Caretaker spell over 7 November 2015[18] Russia Sergei Frantsev 7 November 2015[18]
Sillamäe Kalev Russia Denis Ugarov Sacked 24 May 2016[19] 8th Lithuania Algimantas Briaunys (caretaker)
Ukraine Vadym Dobizha (caretaker)
24 May 2016
Tarvas Estonia Valeri Bondarenko Sacked 4 June 2016[20] 10th Estonia Urmas Kirs 4 June 2016
Flora Estonia Norbert Hurt Resigned 8 July 2016[21] 4th Estonia Jürgen Henn (caretaker) 8 July 2016
Levadia Estonia Sergei Ratnikov Sacked 11 July 2016 [22] 2nd Estonia Igor Prins 11 July 2016[23]
Flora Estonia Jürgen Henn Caretaker spell over 13 July 2016 4th Estonia Argo Arbeiter 13 July 2016[24]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Infonet Tallinn (C) 36 24 8 4 74 33 +41 80 Qualification for the Champions League first qualifying round
2 Levadia Tallinn 36 24 6 6 77 30 +47 78 Qualification for the Europa League first qualifying round[a]
3 Nõmme Kalju 36 22 9 5 70 28 +42 75
4 Flora Tallinn 36 21 10 5 96 31 +65 73
5 Sillamäe Kalev 36 14 9 13 65 55 +10 51
6 Paide Linnameeskond 36 14 6 16 58 61 −3 48
7 Tartu Tammeka 36 12 5 19 43 65 −22 41
8 Narva Trans 36 11 8 17 60 68 −8 41
9 Pärnu Linnameeskond (O) 36 5 2 29 24 98 −74 17 Qualification for the relegation play-offs
10 Rakvere Tarvas (R) 36 0 3 33 15 113 −98 3 Relegation to the Esiliiga
Source: Estonian Football Association (in Estonian), UEFA, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Play-off (only if deciding champion); 3) Less matches awarded against; 4) Head-to-head points; 5) Head-to-head goal difference; 6) Matches won; 7) Goal difference; 8) Goals scored; 9) Away goals scored; 10) Fairplay ranking.[25][26]
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Since the winner of the 2016–17 Estonian Cup FCI Tallinn had qualified to Champions League, the cup winners' spot was inherited by forth-placed club Flora.

Relegation play-offs[edit]

At season's end Pärnu, the ninth place club, participated in a two-legged play-off with Maardu Linnameeskond, the runners-up (of independent teams) of the 2016 Esiliiga, for the spot in 2017 Meistriliiga.[27]

Maardu Linnameeskond 1–5 Pärnu Linnameeskond
Zelentsov Goal 59' (pen.) Report Aristov Goal 8' (o.g.)
Saarts Goal 30'54'
Tutk Goal 45'
Vihmoja Goal 71'
Maardu artificial turf, Maardu
Attendance: 86
Referee: Juri Frischer
Pärnu Linnameeskond 4–3 Maardu Linnameeskond
Saarts Goal 22'
Boldyrev Goal 37' (o.g.)
Pärnat Goal 43'
Vunk Goal 88'
Report Abdullajev Goal 27'
Krivošein Goal 53'
Zelentsov Goal 89'
Pärnu artificial turf, Pärnu
Attendance: 135
Referee: Kristo Tohver
Pärnu Linnameeskond won 9–4 on aggregate and retained their Meistriliiga spot for the 2017 season.

Results[edit]

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

Season statistics[edit]

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date
Finland Sakari Tukiainen5 Flora Tarvas 6–0 8 March 2016[29]
Estonia Vjatšeslav Zahovaiko Paide Linnameeskond Tarvas 4–2 13 May 2016[30]
Estonia Albert Prosa Flora Sillamäe Kalev 4–2 13 May 2016[31]
Estonia Rauno Alliku4 Flora Tarvas 5–0 19 June 2016[32]
Azerbaijan Rizvan Umarov Narva Trans Tammeka 4–1 19 June 2016[33]
Estonia Vjatšeslav Zahovaiko Paide Linnameeskond Tammeka 3–0 9 July 2016[34]
Estonia Ats Purje Nõmme Kalju Tarvas 6–1 10 July 2016[35]
Russia Anton Miranchuk Levadia Paide Linnameeskond 7–1 24 July 2016[36]
Finland Sakari Tukiainen Flora Paide Linnameeskond 3–0 29 July 2016[37]
Russia Yevgeni Kabaev4 Sillamäe Kalev Tammeka 5–1 30 July 2016[38]
Estonia Vjatšeslav Zahovaiko Paide Linnameeskond Pärnu Linnameeskond 4–1 9 September 2016[39]
Estonia Kaspar Paur Tammeka Tarvas 5–0 9 September 2016[40]
Estonia Andrei Sidorenkov Nõmme Kalju Pärnu Linnameeskond 4–0 17 September 2016[41]
Estonia Rauno Alliku Flora Pärnu Linnameeskond 6–1 1 October 2016[42]
Russia Dmitri Barkov Narva Trans Pärnu Linnameeskond 7–1 29 October 2016[43]

4 Player scored 4 goals.
5 Player scored 5 goals.

Awards[edit]

Monthly awards[edit]

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month
Manager Club Player Club
March[44] Estonia Aleksandr Puštov Infonet Ghana Ofosu Appiah Infonet
April[45] Estonia Meelis Rooba Paide Linnameeskond Estonia Andrei Sidorenkov Nõmme Kalju
May[46] Estonia Aleksandr Puštov Infonet Russia Anton Miranchuk Levadia
June/July[47] Lithuania Algimantas Briaunys Sillamäe Kalev Estonia Dmitri Kruglov Infonet
August[48] Estonia Argo Arbeiter Flora Estonia Gert Kams Flora
September[49] Estonia Igor Prins Levadia Estonia Vjatšeslav Zahovaiko Paide Linnameeskond
October[50] Russia Sergei Frantsev Nõmme Kalju Russia Yevgeni Kabaev Sillamäe Kalev

Meistriliiga Player of the Year[edit]

Yevgeni Kabaev was named Meistriliiga Player of the Year.[51]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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