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2006 Meistriliiga

Meistriliiga
Season 2006
Champions Levadia Tallinn
Top goalscorer Estonia Maksim Gruznov (31)
2005
2007


FC Levadia won the 2006 Meistriliiga championship and entered the 2007/08 UEFA Champions League 1st Qualifying Round. Narva Trans finished in their best ever silver-medal position, while FC Flora also gained a place compared to last season on 2005 champions FC TVMK's disappointing year. The latter will enter the Intertoto Cup and the other two above mentioned teams enter the UEFA Cup qualifying rounds in the summer of 2007.

The bottom of the table provided some intrigue as well. The two Tartu teams ended mid-table, with Tammeka's youthful-looking squad impressing under experienced coach and ex-international Sergei Ratnikov, in his first year as the head coach. Pärnu Vaprus was perhaps the surprise package of the season finishing seventh on their debut year in the Meistriliiga and bringing Pärnu back on to the Estonian football map. Mainly Russian-speaking Tallinn team, FC Ajax Lasnamäe, proved a point by staying up against all predictions. JK Viljandi Tulevik had a dreadful year and had to go into the play-offs against Esiliiga's JK Tallinna Kalev and lost, which should've meant their relegation a step down. But after the merging of the Tartu clubs, JK Maag and Tammeka, they will still be in the Meistriliiga in 2007. The team with the youngest average aged squad in the league, Warrior Valga, were relegated without a meaningful fight.

The leagues top scorers were two JK Narva Trans strikers Maksim Gruznov (with 31 goals) and Dmitri Lipartov (27 goals). FC Flora Tallinn's Vjatšeslav Zahovaiko scored 25, FC Levadia Tallinn's Indrek Zelinski 21 goals.

Final standing

Pos
Club
Pld
W
D
L
F
A
Pts
Comments
1 FC Levadia Tallinn
36
30
4
2
114
29
94
Champions League 1st Qualifying Round
2 JK Narva Trans
36
25
8
3
106
36
83
UEFA Cup 1st Qualifying Round
3 FC Flora Tallinn
36
26
4
6
93
34
82
4 FC TVMK Tallinn
36
22
6
8
83
37
72
Intertoto Cup 1st Round
5 Maag Tartu
36
13
9
14
65
68
48
6 JK Tammeka Tartu
36
12
7
17
45
57
43
7 FC Pärnu Vaprus
36
10
4
22
49
86
34
8 FC Ajax Lasnamäe
36
6
7
23
35
104
25
9 JK Viljandi Tulevik
36
5
5
26
29
74
20
Promotion/Relegation Playoff
10 FC Warrior Valga
36
3
2
31
16
110
11
Relegated

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; Pts = Points
C = Champions

UEFA Champions League First Qualifying Round
UEFA Cup First Qualifying Round
UEFA Intertoto Cup First Round
Relegation Playoffs
Relegated

Promotion/Relegation play-off

November 8, 2006
Kalev Tallinn 0 – 0 [1] Tulevik Viljandi [2]
Att: 50
November 12, 2006
Tulevik Viljandi [3] 1–1 Kalev Tallinn
Kirillov Goal 32' Laasberg Goal 5'
Att: 90

Notes

Season Statistic

Miscellaneous

Topscorers

Pos  Name Team Goals
1  Maksim Gruznov (EST) Trans Narva 31
2  Dmitry Lipartov (RUS) Trans Narva 27
3  Vjatšeslav Zahovaiko (EST) Flora Tallinn 25
4  Indrek Zelinski (EST) Levadia Tallinn 21
5  Aleksandr Dubõkin (EST) Trans Narva 19
6  Vitali Gussev (EST) Maag Tartu 18
 Vladislav Gussev (EST) TVMK Tallinn 18
 Konstantin Vassiljev (EST) Levadia Tallinn 18
9  Nikita Andreev (RUS) Levadia Tallinn 17
 Viktors Dobrecovs (LAT) TVMK Tallinn 17

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