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FC Flora Tallinn

FC Flora
Full name Football Club Flora
Nickname(s) Triibulised (Streakeds), Kaktused (Cactus)
Founded 10 March 1990
Ground A. Le Coq Arena
Ground Capacity 9,692 [1]
President Aivar Pohlak[2]
Manager Norbert Hurt
League Meistriliiga
2014 3rd
Website Club home page

FC Flora is an Estonian football club based in Tallinn who play in the Meistriliiga. Since its formation in 1990, the club has won nine Meistriliiga titles and the Estonian Cup six times. They have for years been raising the largest number of players for the national team, and have also grown players from their successful youth system that have had a good career abroad. These players include for example Mart Poom, Andres Oper, Raio Piiroja, Ragnar Klavan. FC Flora have also developed many players that have gone on and brought success to other Estonian clubs.

History

The club was founded in 1990. Flora played their first season in the second division of the Estonian SSR championship. The club was mostly packed with former Tallinna Lõvid players.

In 1994, Flora won their first Meistriliiga title under rather controversial circumstances, when the Estonian FA decided to disqualify the leaders Tevalte Tallinn on match-fixing allegations that were never proven. The title was then decided in a championship playoff, since Norma and Flora finished level on points. But, as a protest against the disqualification of Tevalte, Norma Tallinn decided to field their youth squad and lost the game 2–5. Flora went on to secure the title the following season. Flora won their 8th Meistriliiga title in 2010 after 7 years without winning.

In the middle of 1998, Flora, the newly crowned Zvonimir Boban sent the ball past Toomas Tohver. Oliver Bierhoff came close to adding a third for Milan in the second half, but saw his one-on-one effort denied by the Estonian goalkeeper. The score remained unchanged for the rest of the game.[3]

Reserve teams

Flora currently has two reserve teams. Flora II playing in the Esiliiga, second level of Estonian football, and mainly consisting of U-21 players. Flora III playing in the Esiliiga B, third level of Estonian football, and mainly consisting of U-19 players.

Stadium

FC Flora's main rivals are Levadia, Sillamäe Kalev and Narva Trans, the last two mentioned come from the Ida-Viru County, Flora and Levadia are based in Tallinn. Flora's home stadium is the recently built A. Le Coq Arena which holds a capacity of 9,300 and has an under-soil heating system. The stadium complex also holds many training pitches with natural grass but also with artificial turf. There are short-term plans to add a full-sized indoor training pitch.[4][5]

Achievements

1993–94, 1994–95, 1997–98, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2010, 2011

1994–95, 1997–98, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13

1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014

2011

Players

Current squad

As of 6 December 2014.[10]
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 Magnus Karofeld
2 FW Sander Post (captain)
4 DF Kevin Aloe
5 DF Janar Õunap
7 MF Zakaria Beglarishvili
8 MF Irakli Logua
9 FW Rauno Alliku
10 MF Brent Lepistu
11 MF Rauno Sappinen
13 DF Joosep Juha
14 FW Martin Kase
15 DF Erkki Junolainen
16 DF Markus Jürgenson
17 MF Roman Sobtšenko
20 MF Maksim Gussev
No. Position Player
21 MF Sergei Mošnikov
22 DF Nikita Baranov
23 MF German Šlein
24 DF Gerdo Juhkam
25 MF Andre Frolov (vice-captain)
27 MF Joseph Saliste
29 DF Taavi Rähn (vice-captain)
37 DF Sten Sinisalu
38 MF Karl-Eerik Luigend
73 GK Mait Toom
99 FW Albert Prosa
GK Richard Aland
DF Gert Kams
MF Mihkel Ainsalu

Reserve squad

Notable past players

See also: Category:FC Flora Tallinn players

Retired numbers

12 – Club supporters (the 12th Man)

Flora in Estonian Football

1992–2009
2010–
Season League Pos Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Top goalscorer Cup Super
cup
2010 1 1st 36 29 4 3 104 32 +72 91 Sander Post (24 goals) RU F
2011 1 1st 36 26 8 2 100 24 +76 86 Henri Anier (21 goals) W W
2012 1 3rd 36 26 3 7 87 24 +63 81 Zakaria Beglarishvili (17 goals) SF W
2013 1 4 36 21 5 10 83 40 +43 68 Albert Prosa (16 goals) W
2014 1 3rd 36 24 7 5 88 36 +52 79 Albert Prosa (22 goals) 1/8 W

UEFA club competition results

Season Cup Rnd Opponent Score
1994–95 UEFA Cup 1Q OB 0–3 0–3
1995–96 UEFA Cup 1Q Lillestrøm 0–4 1–0
1996–97 UEFA Cup 1Q FC Haka 2–2 0–1
1997–98 UEFA Cup 1Q Hapoel Petah Tikva 0–1 1–2
1998–99 Champions League 1Q Steaua Bucureşti 1–4 3–1
1999–00 Champions League 1Q Partizan Belgrade 0–6 1–4
2000–01 UEFA Cup 1Q Club Brugge 1–4 0–2
2001–02 UEFA Cup 1Q Dinamo Zagreb 0–1 0–1
2002–03 Champions League 1Q APOEL 0–0 0–1
2003–04 Champions League 1Q Sheriff Tiraspol 0–1 1–1
2004–05 Champions League 1Q ND Gorica 2–4 1–3
2005–06 UEFA Cup 1Q Esbjerg 2–1 0–6
2006–07 UEFA Cup 1Q Lyn Oslo 1–1 0–0
2Q Brøndby 0–0 0–4
2007–08 UEFA Cup 1Q Vålerenga 0–1 0–1
2008–09 UEFA Cup 1Q Djurgårdens 0–0 2–2
2009–10 Europa League 2Q Brøndby 1–0 1–4
2010–11 Europa League 1Q Dinamo Tbilisi 1–2 0–0
2011–12 Champions League 2Q Shamrock Rovers 0–1 0–0
2012–13 Champions League 2Q Basel 0–2 0–3
2013–14 Europa League 1Q Kukësi 1–1 0–0

1Q – 1st Qualifying Round; 2Q – 2nd Qualifying Round

Player records

As of 8 November 2014.[11]

Coaches

Women's team

Flora women's team was founded in 1997 and are currently playing in Naiste Meistriliiga, the first level in the Estonian women's football system.

References

  1. ^ "A. Le Coq Arena". fcflora.ee. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Kes on kes?". fcflora.ee. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  3. ^ FC Flora väärikas esitus – SL Õhtuleht
  4. ^ "A. Le Coq Arena". fcflora.ee. Retrieved 1 August 2008. 
  5. ^ "Treeningväljakud". fcflora.ee. Retrieved 1 August 2008. 
  6. ^ "FC Flora Eesti meistrivõistlustel". fcflora.ee. Retrieved 1 August 2008. 
  7. ^ "FC Flora Eesti karikavõistlustel". fcflora.ee. Retrieved 1 August 2008. 
  8. ^ "Saavutused". fcflora.ee. Retrieved 1 August 2008. 
  9. ^ "Saavutused". fcflora.ee. Retrieved 1 August 2008. 
  10. ^ "FC Flora esindusmeeskond". FC Flora. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  11. ^ List of all FC Flora players
  12. ^ "Treenerid". fcflora.ee. Retrieved 1 August 2008. 

External links

  • Official website (Estonian)
  • UEFA.com entry
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