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FC Flora Tallinn

FC Flora Tallinn
Flora players celebrate a 2010 league victory ©Egon Tintse

FC Flora Tallinn

Formed: 1990
Nickname: Triibulised (Stripes)

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

Domestic honours (most recent triumph in brackets)
• League title: 8 (2010)
• Estonian Cup: 4 (2009)

• 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 9,692-capacity Lilleküla Arena is also Estonia's national stadium, and it was there that they celebrated their eighth title – and first since 2003 – in 2010, under the leadership of their former midfielder Martin Reim, who won 157 caps.

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 31 December 2010

Last updated: 01/03/11 16.32CET


Club record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    14/07/2005, Esbjerg 1-2 Flora, Esbjerg
  • Biggest defeat:
    28/07/2005, Flora 0-6 Esbjerg, Tallinn
    14/07/1999, Partizan 6-0 Flora, Belgrade
  • Appearances in UEFA Champions League:  7
  • Appearances in UEFA Europa League:  13
  • Player with most UEFA appearances: 26
    Martin Reim (  EST)
  • Top scorers in UEFA club competitions: 4
    Sander Post (  EST)
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