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Who is the greatest Estonian club ever?

Angelo PalmeriComment

Levadia’s 2-1 win in A.LeCoq Arena on Saturday evening probably represented the end of the title aspirations for FC Flora. Five points adrift, the White-Greens are awaited by two delicate away games in Eastern Estonia (Narva and Sillamäe) with the easy training game against Kalev in the middle.

Levadia have a similar calendar as they will visit first FC Infonet and then travel to Narva on the last matchday with, in the middle, what shall be a safe walk in the (Kadriorg) park against Lokomotiv Jõhvi.

However, Levadia have shown a ruthless away behaviour: 13 wins, 3 draws and no losses conceded. The +45 goal difference is the best for the away games having Levadia conceded only 2 goals and scored 47.

Incredible numbers that justify Levadia’s final supremacy and both of their hands on the 2014 title.

Can this supremacy be extended to the whole of the Estonian football?

We need to analyse the sporting results before saying whether Levadia has become the greatest Estonian club ever.

 
Last Saturday's derby confirmed Levadia city supremacy

Last Saturday's derby confirmed Levadia city supremacy

HEAD TO HEAD

As shown in our historical infographics, Levadia have the upper hand in the head-to-head results with Flora. A supremacy that was confirmed on Friday with Levadia’s 32nd win in the ‘Clasico’.

The Greens have won exactly the 50% of the face-offs and scored 99 of the 169 goals scored in the 64 games (1,54 per game) against Flora’s 70 (1,09).

The most striking statistics it is that Levadia have clinched 20 of those 32 wins at Flora’s home.

Definitely, under this point of view, the city leadership belongs to Levadia.

 
Last year's celebrations in Kuressaare could be repeated this year in Narva.

Last year's celebrations in Kuressaare could be repeated this year in Narva.

DOMESTIC TITLES

With Levadia close to their 9th Premium Liiga title, it will be an even balance when comes the national title as Flora has reached that in 2011 with Martin Reim at the helm.

Looking at the remaining titles (Estonian Cup and Supercup) we see a slight supremacy of FC Flora. Levadia have won 8 Estonian Cups against Flora’s 6. The White-Greens fire back with 8 Supercups against 5. Levadia will have the chance to pull level in February when the Estonia Supercup will kick off the 2015 season (Levadia have already gained access by winning the Estonian Cup in May).

Flora (for a little while) ahead.

 
Levadia's finest moment in Europe, facing Premier League side Newcastle at St.James' Park in 2006-07 UEFA Cup (1-3 on aggregate)

Levadia's finest moment in Europe, facing Premier League side Newcastle at St.James' Park in 2006-07 UEFA Cup (1-3 on aggregate)

EUROPEAN RESULTS

However, there’s more to make a club successful: its European achievements.

Obviously, talking about Estonian clubs, there are no trophies that either of them can claim, therefore we have to look at their European streak in the qualifiers.

Since they were promoted to Premium Liiga (1999), Levadia have not missed out a single European campaign, either Champions League or UEFA Cup/Europa League. They also participated in the defunct Intertoto Cup (2002).

Flora first participation into European competitions dates back to 1994. They had a continuous streak until this season when they were excluded from Europe.

It was the very first time that FC Flora did not participate into the European cups.

If we look at the results, Levadia have been by far the most successful.

In fact, contrary to FC Flora, they reached the next qualifier more often than Flora: 9 times out of 16 seasons against Flora’s unique achievement in 2006-07 when they reached the second qualifying round of UEFA Cup after beating Lyn Oslo and surrendered 4-0 on aggregate to Brondby.

Before that and after, Flora have always been eliminated at the first set of ties (19 times).

Levadia's boast a tally of: 13* wins, 12 draws and 28 losses in 54 games. Flora have collected just 4 wins in 42 games conceding 12 draws and 26 losses.

 

Levadia is definitely a ‘European Club’ more than Flora is.

 

Looking at the sporting achievements, Levadia are very close to become the greatest Estonian club ever.


*the wins tally does not includes a 3-0 awarded to Levadia for having Uniao de Leira fielding an uneligible player.