29.05.2015 – Nikita Baranov will continue at FC Flora.
This is the official piece of news surfaced on the club's website today.
In the past days, Soccernet.ee revealed that the player had chosen to leave the club.
A decision confirmed by coach Norbert Hurt. According to the words released by the gaffer, the player wanted to try a different 'life's choice' and leave his 'comfort zone' at the club he has been serving for more than 5 years. This week was the decisive one to discuss the situation between the player and the club.
'I'm glad that we have found a solution and also that Nikita understood what is important,' declared FC Flora CEO, Jaak Prints.
However, according to exclusive leaks collected by Rumori, it was a matter of money the reason of Baranov's discontent. With the risk to lose the 22-year-old defender in the aftermath of Enar Jääger's injury (6 weeks) and with the only Madis Vihmann and Janar Õunap left as central defenders, the club decided to meet Baranov's monetary request and increase the salary envelope of the once full-back adapted to centreback.
Flora's Premium Liiga competitors were already all ears and ready to slot the Flora's number 22 home.
With the Europa League at the gates (the draw will be on the 22nd of June) FC Flora have basically re-invested on their defender to secure his services for the upcoming challenge and avoid risks by fielding their younger prospects only.
07.05.2015 – An all-Flora cup final is a real possibility since both first team and double managed to reach the semifinals and will play the single tie at home (A.LeCoq Arena and Sportland Arena). However, club's chairman, Aivar Pohlak is not enthused at the idea, said in a long chat with Soccernet.ee . He confirmed that future rules of the Estonian Cup will exclude double teams from the competition in order to avoid similar cases. If the first team will go on a fierce derby with Kalju, FC Flora double will take on Paide Linnameeskond after eliminating a 4th tier side with a 5-3 win.
29.04.2015 – In a dramatic showdown at A.LeCoq Arena, FC Flora managed to beat Sillamäe Kalev 2-1 and make it to the semi-finals of the 2014-15 Estonian Cup. Both goals were scored by Finnish striker Sakari Tukiainen who joined the club during the winter transfer window. His opener (12') was levelled 10 minutes later by Sillamäe Sidorenkov great feat on set-piece. There were only five minutes to time when Tukiainen bagged the winner and gifted Flora with the semifinal spot. Flora fans have tailored a special chant for their 'bomber' (already 6 goals this season) based on the famous Finnish tune 'Lapsesuuden sankarille' (see video)
13.04.2015 – In an interview to Õhtuleht, Rauno Alliku revealed that he was twice on trial in Norway. 'I could play there regularly,' admitted the 25-year-old from Pärnu in speaking about where abroad he could go playing. Alliku has collected 6 caps with the national team with the last being the 1-1 draw against Iceland. In March 2014 he could have added the 2-0 win at Gibraltar if his ID-card and passport weren't expired: 'I realized that I didn't have any document! I had to call Janno (Kivisild, assistant coach -edit) and tell him that I had to quit the travel for that time.'
Enar Jääger spoke to FCF Magazine about his period in Italy (Serie B at Ascoli. 'I played five games there and then the coach who wanted me was fired, a classical situation in Serie B. There they change coaches like socks, and also players. During preseason there were a lot of them, then just before the first game, 10-15 players were sent away. This is normal there, another type of football.' Jääger spoke also about his chance to play in the US and what a great impression Norwegian football left on him.
26.03.2015 – FC Flora will hold a friendly game with RoPS (FIN) in Tallinn tomorrow. The game will be in Sportland Arena at 2pm. Flora will not field Estonian international and U-21 players: Enar Jääger, Gert Kams, Rauno Alliku (A team), Richard Aland, Kevin Aloe, Madis Vihmann, German Ślein, Joseph Saliste, Mihkel Ainsalu, Maksim Gussev and Rauno Sappinen (U-21)
In a long interview with FCF Magazine, FC Flora match program (nr 1/2015) appeared for the game against Viljandi Tulevik, Gert Kams revealed he had already a contract with FC Flora before the last Veikkausliiga game with SJK (FIN). 'SJK knew that, also the coach was aware, everything was clear,' revealed the right back now in Switzerland for the Euopean Qualifiers game. Kams added that it was long-time pondered decision and not an emotional one. 'I thought that I wanted to be back home and this home is Flora.'
Nikita Baranov, a right-back who started this season as central defender, spoke also to FCF Magazine (nr.2/2015, game against Sillamäe) revealing that he was close to move to Levadia during his youth when he was a FC Puuma player. 'After a trial with Levadia, the club wanted to take me, however FC Puuma president was against.' With the help of FC Flora president, Aivar Pohlak, Baranov was bought by Valga Warriors coached back then by Zaur Tsilingarashvili (present-day Kalju's assistant coach). He later on jumped to Flora when Zaur became the FC Flora double team coach.
20.03.2015 – 'Frantsev is a very good coach and last season managed to make Sillamäe play very well,' said coach Hurt ahead of the clash at Sportland Aren tomorrow. Flora had to give up the second place in Sillamäe on the last matchday of 2014 when they lost 3-2 to Frantsev side. It was obviously another Sillamäe: Volodin, Kabaev, Mashichev and Lavrentjev have all left. Meanwhile Brent Lepistu (see picture below) was seen back at the training camp from his military duty.
16.03.2015 – 'We're Flora and we must be other teams' fright,' told Irakli Logua to Flora TV. He's certainly FC Infonet's fright since he scored three goals 8 games against the Beastie Boys since they have been promoted to Premium Liiga (2013).
11.03.2015 – FC Flora will take on their boogeyman, FC Infonet: in the last 6 clashes, Infonet have won 2 and Flora 3, with the 3-2 win in May by the scruff of the neck thanks to a late goal by Maksim Gussev (Whoscored.com).
Albert Prosa will be sidelined by a knee injury until Mary. Karl-Erik Luigend returns from suspension and shall get his place back in front of the defence.