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Premium Liiga 2015 guide: Viljandi Tulevik

Angelo PalmeriComment

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Story and facts in brief

Founded originally in 1912, Tulevik was a founder of Meistriliiga/Premium Liiga in 1992, when independent Estonia kicked back their domestic football outside of the USSR organization. The last time in top-flight goes back to 2010 when they classified 7th and interrupted a streak of presence in the domestic league since 1997/98. Their best achievement in Premium Liiga was a 2nd place in 1999 when they ended 20 points (!) adrift of Levadia and 6 ahead of FC Flora. After that they never managed above the 4th place.

They reached the Estonian Cup final twice and in a row and they lost both times to Levadia (1998-99  and 1999-00). They don't overcome the 1/16 of finals since 2008-09.

Some notable Estonian internationals have played here: Ragnar Klavan,  Taavi Rähn, Jarmo Ahjupera and Pavel Londak.

Viljandi can boast European pedigree as they played Intertoto Cup (1998) and UEFA Cup (1999-00 and 2000-01). The best result was a scoredraw (1-1) against FK Napredac Krusevac (SRB) as they lost all the other 5 games.

Transfers (full stories here)

ARRIVALS

Sander Post (EST - CF, FC Flora)
Gerdo Juhkam (EST - CB, on loan from FC Flora)
Ragnar Piir (EST - CB, on loan from FC Flora)
Karl-Ivar Maar (EST - AMF, on loan from FC Flora)
Erkki Kubber (EST - AMF, on loan from FC Flora)
Joonas Tamm (EST - CB, free agent)
Martin Allik (EST - MF, free agent)
Maario Laansoo (EST - RB, free agent)
Martti Puolakainen (EST - GK, FC Vikingit, FIN)
Sander Kapper (EST - RW/LW, FC Myllypuro, FIN)



DEPARTURES
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Coach: Aivar Lillevere (confirmed)

Registered players on Premium Liiga website

Double Team

Sander Kapper, unknown at home will debut in Premium Liiga with Viljandi

Sander Kapper, unknown at home will debut in Premium Liiga with Viljandi

Realistic target for 2014
Apparently, no one has left the club. That only means that most of the squad is made up by semiprofessional if not amateur footballers: students and salarymen are making the bulk of the squad coached by Aivar Lillevere, the 62-year-old gaffer who coached Estonian national team once (2000 at Thailand's King's Cup) and FC Flora double team (2008-12). 
The squad was enriched with the likes of former internationals Sander Post and Joonas Tamm, who both returned home, and four Flora players from the double team: Juhkam, Piir, Maar, Kubber.
A new goalkeeper, Estonian born in Finland Martti Puolakainen, returned from Finland (FC Vikingit) together with Sander Kapper (from FC Myllypuro).
4 wins out of 6 games in the indoor tournament looks like a comfortable tally especially if we consider that two of them were obtained against direct rivals for the relegation dogfight: Narva Trans and Tammeka Tartu plus one prestigious win against Flora double (Esiliiga winners last season).
The 0-1 loss to Pärnu Linnameeskond probably shows the Southern Estonia club is still behind the beachsiders (last season they ended 9 points adrift of Pärnu).

Viljandi will fight to avoid the last place in Premium Liiga which means straight relegation to Esiliiga. It will be a hard task since both Pärnu and Tartu will be hard bites.

Joonas Tamm when he was in Viljandi back in 2008

Joonas Tamm when he was in Viljandi back in 2008

Rising stars
Gerdo Juhkam 
has taken way back home to Viljandi therefore he's putting his heart on the line and in the defence pack

 



Let's not forget that Joonas Tamm is still 23 years old and, after 4 years abroad, wants to get back on track at home.
 

Back home. Sander Post (right) will enjoy a season back on the Viljandi lakeside

Back home. Sander Post (right) will enjoy a season back on the Viljandi lakeside

Added value

Sander Post
chose to go back home. His experience will be utterly important wherever Lillevere will decide to use him, defence or forward line. Considering his hitman reputation, we would humbly suggest to use him for doing what he is best at: scoring goals.