07.05.2015 - The away win in A.LeCoq Arena was a breath of air for Marko Kristal and his job: it gave a chance for Levadia's season to re-kick off and helped to keep the unbeaten streak against FC Flora in Premium Liiga. The upcoming replay in Kadriorg sounds like a confirmation of what seen in Lilleküla stadium in the second half.
However, the derby will go to the archive also for the unruly behaviour of the Levadia's ultras who soiled the stadium and its surroundings and burnt a flag of the Flora's ultras group, 'Viies Sektor' (Fifth Sector). They are now new to these kind of feats during big fixtures against the city rivals. Last year, they burnt a rainbow flag as an act of protest against the approval of the Cohabitation Act in Estonia. If that episode went unnoticed in the Estonian language media, the latest events haven't. First they broke into Nõmme Kalju's sector during the derby on the 18th of April (2-0 for Kalju in Kadriorg) and stole a banner they later tried to burn and now the ugly display during last weekend. The episodes have not gone unnoticed to the Estonian FA either. 'We wait for the report by the match inspector,' commented Mihkel Uiboleht, Estonian FA press officer, to Õhtuleht.ee confirming a proceeding will be opened on the base of that.
Meanwhile increased security shall be expected at the derby replay in Kadriorg in order to avoid either FC Flora fans answering back and/or Levadia fans trying to provoke the formers.
On the sport point of view, Levadia announced they have hired a Catalonian youth coach, Gabriel Garcia Xtart (26) with UEFA Pro licence.
Juuso Laitinen will serve his first suspension in the replay derby against FC Flora.
29.04.2015 - In the past season, Marko Kristal's job at the helm of the Estonian Champions has never been so in danger as it's now. With 13 points in 8 games and a 11-point gap from Nõmme Kalju, Levadia are about to take on Flora on a double derby: 2nd of May in A.LeCoq Arena, 7 days later in Kadriorg Stadium. It is probably too early to speak about possible candidates to replace the 42-year-old skipper. 'I have come out from more difficult situations,' told confidently the coach to the Estonian press in the past weeks. The impression is that club's president, Viktor Levada, might take a decision after the two derbies if not in between, shall the result on the 2nd of May disappoint him.
Transfer news: with the defence showing several issues, it is not a mystery that Levadia are already looking forward to repair the situation with the Summer transfer window. Last week, Marko Kristal confirmed to portal Soccernet that they are working on the option to bring back Artjom Artjiunin from FC Brasov (Romania). The player himself confirmed to the same portal that he will leave FC Brasov in June and look for another option, either abroad or in Estonia, where the most logical step seems to be to return in green. FC Brasov have salaries payment issues and the club's president has made clear that in case of relegation, the sums will not be paid.
However, Levadia are also looking elsewhere to strenghten the squad. According to Rumori sources, Levadia have explored the possibility to bring three young players from Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, the Ukrainian club in the Europa League semifinals that clashed with Nõmme Kalju in 2013. The players are not regular in the Myron Markevich's XI and Levadia would wish to employ them for the Champions League preliminaries especially. It would be a loan from Dnipro, however the main issue might be the lenght of the stay since the Ukrainian players will have to stay in Estonia until the end of the 2015 season, whereas Dnipro would prefer to re-collect them after the Summer for 2015-16 season.
Marko Kristal confirmed to ERR Sport interest towards former Volga Nizhni Novgorod striker, Aleksei Sapogov. Kristal confirmed in the past days that the 27-year-old centre forward might join Levadia on trial, however he could not confirm when since it depends from him (the player is currently without a club and last time he played in Spartaks Jurmala, Latvia). He scored a goal with Russia U-23 in a 4-1 win against Turkey in 2012 (see video below).
21.04.2015 - The 0-2 loss in the derby to Nõmme Kalju has started to put a bit of pressure on Levadia's coach, Marko Kristal. Additionally, he has to make go without Andreas Raudsepp for a couple of months since the Estonian international will be nursing injury until the Midsummer break and should be recovered just before the Champions League preliminaries.
A perilous trip to Pärnu awaits the Greens who will be missing also Ilja Antonov for suspension compelling Kristal to invent a new midfield line. Juuso Laitinen is one card away from his first suspension. Ivan Pecha is not available yet.
08.04.2015 - A lenghty interview with Juuso Laitinen appeared on the FC Levadia Facebook page.
Meanwhile, the other Finn, Jere Aallikko, left FC Levadia to play in Norwergian third league at Notodden FK.
Laitinen revealed that he started playing football because of his father.
Before switching exclusively to the beautiful game, he had been practicing ice-hockey alongside. 'I was better in that sport, but loved football too much. My dad started coaching youth when I was 6 and I just jumped into the practice with kids who were one year older.'
His dad's friend is now his agent and he was the one who helped Juuso on his way to Estonia. An adventure that was born in the local sporthall of his city. 'The caretaker there said to me as a joke that I should go and try to get a place in Estonia. My agent called Argo (Arbeiter, former international and Levadia double team coach -edit) and arranged a try-out for me after I asked him to get to Estonia.'
Juuso admitted Finnish football is not much different from Estonian one and revealed that, when needed, he resorts to 'dirty tricks' as a defender.
'When I was younger I used to be the dirtiest player on the field, but that belonged to the time when I was playing in the defensive midfielder role. I have become older and smarter with dirty tricks, most of them happen when the referee doesn't pay attention but they are not big things. I can say that I play hard but fair.'
Laitinen added that his best quality is physical strenght, being fast and a never-give-up attitude. 'Heading is also my main strenght, but it's hard to believe because I am not so tall. Overall, I don't have real weaknesses.'
07.04.2015 - The second win in a row this season and Igemar Teever's brace against Paide were brushed off by Levadia's lack of concentration in second half which brought Paide back into the game (hightlights below). 'We made our lives complicated,' said plainly Marko Kristal at the end of the game. Ingemar Teever rejoiced at the goals scored: 'last season I had many chances, but then they beat us (0-1 on matchday 1 -edit),' the Estonian striker admitted that the international game has helped the team working together.
26.03.2015 - Levadia will host Latvian club, FB Gulbene, for a friendly tomorrow afternoon.
The game will take place at the Maarjamäe training complex on the artificial pitch. The entrance is free of charge and kick-off it's fixed for 13:45.
Estonian internationals will be missing from the XI: Dmitri Kruglov, Artur Pikk, Ilja Antonov and Andreas Raudsepp are in Switzerland.
In an anticipation of an exclusive interview with Igor Subbotin that will appear tomorrow on Rumori's 'Home and away' section, the Mlada Boleslav player spoke about his former club's difficult start however he is very optimist for the future and he trusts Marko Kristal: 'I think Marko can do this, he can turn this team again into the Estonian Champions, he is a very good coach.'
20.03.2015 - FC Levadia have presented their new club card in association with Lyoness, an international loyalty program.
Meanwhile Levadia are still looking for the first three points of the season. The home game against Tammeka seems the best chance since the Steelers 6 wins out of the last 6 precedents with a comfortable 15-0 on aggregate (Whoscored.com)
Marko Kristal said openly he was not happy with the defence. The choice is not wide, however he might opt to give Ivan Pecha a rest and give a start to veteran Taavi Rähn.
12.03.2015 - With his re-debut in Premium Liiga on Saturday (FC Levadia-Narva Trans 1-1) Sergei Pareiko is the all-time oldest player being fielded at the club (38 years old). The international shot stopper told Delfi.ee that there is not clause in his contract to get in free in case an offer from abroad will come in future. 'We have a verbal agreement with Viktor Levada (Levadia's presidente -edit) if an offer come, then we will agree on that.'
12.03.2015 - In a long interview with Eurosport.ru, Premium Liiga 2014 topscorer, Evgeni Kabaev (now in Indonesia) has revealed that Levadia's owner, Viktor Levada, called personally to convince him to move to Levadia.
Meanwhile, green light for Sergei Pareiko. Paperwork from Russia arrived and the Estonian international is a Levadia player at all effects. He is ready to (re)debut in Premium Liiga against Narva Trans on Saturday.
11.03.2015 – FC Levadia will take on Narva Trans on Saturday. 5 wins and 1 draw in the 6 previous games with Levadia scoring an overwhelming amount of goals (20) against a mere 2.
On Friday the 13th, Levadia’s press officer Indrek Petersoo will present ‘Eesti Jalgpall’ a guide to all the Premium Liiga clubs and also Esiliiga (second flight). The event will take place in Old Town cafe, 'Sinilind'.