1. FC FLORA TALLINN (holders)
2. FC LEVADIA TALLINN (cup holders)
3. FC NARVA TRANS
4. NÕMME JK KALJU
5. TARTU JK TAMMEKA
6. JK SILLAMÄE KALEV
7. FC KURESSAARE
8. PAIDE LINNAMEESKOND
9. FC AJAX LASNAMÄE
10. FC VILJANDI
5. märts Tallinna FC Levadia - Lasnamäe FC Ajax 11:00
5. märts Tartu JK Tammeka - Paide linnameeskond 14:00
5. märts Nõmme JK Kalju - Tallinna FC Flora 14:00
5. märts JK Sillamäe Kalev - FC Kuressaare 17:00
5. märts FC Viljandi - Narva JK Trans 19:30
4 out of the 5 opening games will be played at the Sportland Arena in Tallinn as there are only two venues that allow football to be played around this time of year, the other one being in Tartu. Why do we have to start so early? God knows.
Whom to look out for?
Nõmme Kalju has managed to create some excitement in the off-season, having signed former Estonia internationals Kristen Viikmäe (114 caps) and Tarmo Neemelo (20 caps). Other notable signings include Eino Puri from Levadia, Kaarlo Rantanen from Lahti and some Cuban and Japanese guys. Also, current international Alo Bärengrub is reportedly close to signing with the club, aswell as one more former international Andrei Stepanov (83 caps), however he would prefer to play in Belarus rather than in the Meistriliiga.
Will Levadia win it this time around?
Levadia dominated domestic football for years before being dethroned by city-rivals Flora last season. Having faced financial difficulties last year already, with the bankruptcy of their main sponsor (Levadia Ltd.), 2011 could prove to be a tricky year for the 7-times champions.
Is Flora stronger than last year?
Other than Joonas Tamm (sold to Norrköping) no notable loss of quality has been recorded at Flora. This young team will look to improve from last year and should be considered favorites to secure the title this campaign aswell.
What the hell is FC Viljandi?
The traditional side Viljandi Tulevik has been relegated to the depths of the Estonian football pyramid so they could build up a club independent from their (now former) parent Flora. So, FC Viljandi was created to fill their spot in the Meistriliiga. If Tulevik manage to achieve promotion to the top flight sometime in the future, FC Viljandi will be dissolved. However, looking at the squad, the club could vanish from the face of the earth much sooner.