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Triumphant Flora back on top in Estonia

Published: Saturday 30 October 2010, 23.15CET
FC Flora Tallinn clinched their eighth Estonian title on Saturday with one game to go after their 3-0 victory over JK Nõmme Kalju ensured they cannot be caught by rivals FC Levadia Tallinn.
by Mikhail Malkin
from Tallinn
Triumphant Flora back on top in Estonia
Flora coach Martin Reim ©Ida-Virumaa Spordiliit
Published: Saturday 30 October 2010, 23.15CET

Triumphant Flora back on top in Estonia

FC Flora Tallinn clinched their eighth Estonian title on Saturday with one game to go after their 3-0 victory over JK Nõmme Kalju ensured they cannot be caught by rivals FC Levadia Tallinn.

FC Flora Tallinn clinched the Estonian Meistriliiga title on Saturday with a 3-0 win at home to JK Nõmme Kalju. Flora now have a four-point lead over second-placed FC Levadia Tallinn, who have only one game to go.

We were hugely motivated so there was no need to say anything special. Everyone understood the importance of the game
Martin Reim

Two goals from Sander Post, his league-leading 23rd and 24th of the season, and another courtesy of Karl Palatu ensured Flora claimed their eighth title and first since 2003, in some style. It ended Levadia's run of four straight championships which had brought them level with Flora's old record of seven.

It was sweet success for former Flora captain Martin Reim who led his side to the title in his first season back at the club as coach. "Despite the importance of the game my players weren't nervous," Reim told UEFA.com. "We knew we were capable of beating Nõmme. We were hugely motivated so there was no need to say anything special. Everyone understood the importance of the game."

Prior to finishing fourth last season, Flora had been second to Levadia three years in a row. Having waited so long for this moment, Flora were determined to savour it. "We are in good shape, we played a good game today," said Reim whose side jumped to a two-goal lead within 16 minutes. "It was the most pleasant but not the most important victory this year. Every win played a huge role, but the toughest victories at hard times meant the most and those were when we were better than Levadia."

Reim, Estonia's most capped player with 157 appearances, won the title seven times with Flora as a player during two lengthy spells between 1992 and 2008, but this was a new experience even for him. "I hadn't won the competition as player for a long time, so I didn't remember all the feelings. It is hard to say which title was the most pleasant for me, but I can say you have much more responsibility when you work as a coach."

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