Football Season Draws to a Close
FC Levadia has further closed in on FC Flora's record of nine Meistriliiga titles, clinching the league's number one spot on Saturday for the eighth time.
The last round on Saturday was a mere formality as Levadia, driven by the midseason signing of national team defender and winger Dmitri Kruglov, had mathematically claimed the title a few weeks ago.
Last year's champion, Nõmme Kalju, racked up 84 points from the 36 games to place second, seven points behind Levadia.
Sillamäe Kalev, thought to be out of contention for a medal at the beginning of the season, beat FC Flora 0-3 on Saturday to claim third place, leaving Flora out of the top three.
FC Kuressaare will be relegated to the first division, to be replaced by Jõhvi FC Lokomotiv, while ninth place Tartu Tammeka faces playoffs against the runner-up in the first division for the last spot in next year's Meistriliiga.
If Tammeka are relegated, they will be sorely missed as they had the highest average attendance in the league, which is already one of the least watched in Europe. A total of 38,753 tickets were sold for all the league games, a 13 percent increase compared with last season.
The final league standings:
|1||FC Levadia Tallinn||36||30||1||5||69-24||91|
|2||Nõmme JK Kalju||36||26||6||4||78-23||84|
|3||JK Sillamäe Kalev||36||23||6||7||75-22||75|
|4||FC Flora Tallinn||36||21||5||10||83-40||68|
|6||FC Infonet Tallinn||36||10||8||18||36-56||38|
|7||Narva JK Trans||36||11||3||22||39-55||36|
|8||JK Tallinna Kalev||36||10||4||22||35-77||34|
|9||Tartu JK Tammeka||36||8||8||20||30-68||32|