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FC Flora Tallinn

Published: Wednesday 5 January 2011, 12.28CET
Club profile
FC Flora Tallinn
Flora players celebrate a 2010 league victory ©Egon Tintse
Published: Wednesday 5 January 2011, 12.28CET

FC Flora Tallinn

Club profile

Formed: 1990
Nickname: Triibulised (Stripes)

UEFA club competition honours (runners-up in brackets)
• None

Domestic honours (most recent triumph in brackets)
• League title: 9 (2011)
• Estonian Cup: 6 (2013)

History
• Future Estonian Football Association president Aivar Pohlak helped found Flora in March 1990, the club initially linking up with the chemical works of the same name; they started off life in the second division in Soviet-era Estonia, but became local giants in the years following the first post-independence season in 1992.

• Pohlak himself was Flora's first coach, as well as their president, but as the club's academy produced a regular stream of talent, four of his successors combined their duties with coaching the national team: Roman Ubakivi (1994-95), Icelander Teitur Thordarson (1996-99), Dutchman Arno Pijpers (2001-04) and Tarmo Rüütli (2000 and 2009).

• Back-to-back titles in 1994 and 1995, the latter a double, set the tone for Flora's domestic dominance – they have never finished lower than fourth in the league – while they were regulars in UEFA club competition, though a 2006/07 UEFA Cup success against SFK Lyn of Norway remains their only two-legged triumph in continental football.

• Flora's most famous match took place in Sicily on 29 August 1998 when they lost 2-1 to AC Milan in a friendly; Urmas Kirs put Flora in front but goals from George Weah and Zvonimir Boban gave Milan the win.

• Flora's A. Le Coq Arena is also Estonia's national stadium. Flora won their ninth domestic title in 2011, and remain the most successful club in Estonia, though FC Levadia Tallinn are closing on them fast.

Club records
Most league appearances: Martin Reim (385)
Most league goals: Vjatšeslav Zahovaiko (108)
Record victory: Flora 11-0 FC Ajax Lasnamäe (Meistriliiga, 9 June 2007)
Record defeat: 6-0 on three occasions, most recently at FC TVMK Tallinn (Meistriliiga, 19 May 2007)

Last updated 21 January 2014

Last updated: 22/01/14 10.01CET

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