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FIRST TEAM HISTORY

FC Flora, the biggest and most influential club in the history of Estonia was founded on the 10th of March 1990. It was club president Aivar Pohlak’s dream to plant a seed to grow Estonian football culture in the Soviet Union and so an all Estonian team was founded based on the legendary Tallinna Lõvid youth team. It incidentally fell to the period of the Soviet Union’s collapse.

Flora has won the league title 13 times, silver medal 6 times, and bronze 6 times during the 30 seasons since Estonia regained its independence. We haven’t reached a podium place only five times, remarkably never dropping below fourth place. Since 1992 only JK Narva Trans has played in Estonias highest division every season besides FC Flora. 

FC Flora made Estonian football history becoming the first Estonian football club to ever reach UEFA competitions group stages. FC Flora reached to new UEFA competition UEFA Europe Conference League group stage after beating Irish Champions Shamrock Rovers on an aggregate score of 5-2. Flora gained 5 wins and 3 one-goal losses during qualifying rounds. Flora started from UEFA Champions League’s first qualifying round where they faced Maltese club Hibernians FC. Flora won 5-0 on aggregate. 2nd round was against Polish giants Legia Warszawa which they lost 3-1 on aggregate. Continuing the journey in Europe, Flora faced Cyprosi side Omonoia Nicosia in the Europa League 3rd qualifying round. Flora lost the first game away 0-1 and won at home 2-1, but lost on penalties 4-5 which saw FLora relegating to the brand new competition UEFA Europa Conference League play-off. In paly-off Flora was against Irish Champions Shamrock Rovers. Flora won 5-2 on aggregate and reached the first-ever UEFA competition group stage. Flora was on the 3rd pot – there are 4 pots. Flora was drawn to B group with Belgian side KAA Gent, Serbian club Partizan Belgrade, and Cyprosi team Anorthosis Famagusta. The club’s historical first European group stage game will be played at home in A. Le Coq Arena on 16th September.

The first match was at home against KAA Gent. Both teams had their chances to score a goal but the first half ended 0-0. Gent scored the opener in the 54th minute and they won the game 1-0. The second Conference League game was against Partizan Belgrade at their home ground in Belgrade. Flora lost the match 2-0 – both goals were scored by Lazar Markovich. Flora continued their European journey in Cyprus where they met Anorthosis Famagusta for the first time. Famagusta gained the 2-0 lead, but flora managed to score 2 goals back and the game ended 2-2. The next game was against the same opponent but in Estonia. Again, the Cypriots gained a 2-0 lead, but Flora managed to score 2 goals back in the second half. There were multiple moments for Flora to take the lead and win their first match, but it did not happen.

HISTORICAL NIGHT IN TALLINN. Conference League 5th round. FC Flora hosted FK Partizan Belgrade in Lilleküla. Both teams are hoping to get qualified. This match had everything – amazing spectator, atmosphere, and a beautiful historical goal. The first half was already at the end when Flora controlled the possession with their defenders at their own half. Markus Poom drops from midfield between defenders and asked for the ball. He received it was bringing the ball further when he was instructed by the coaches that Martin Miller is making the diagonal run between opponents’ defenders and goalkeeper. Poom saw that and put an amazing pass right to Miller’s trajectory and he headed the ball back in the net. Defenders and the goalkeeper had nothing to do. Flora fans celebrated. Second half no goals were scored but MAtvei Igonen (Flora’s GK) made multiple saves to keep Flora’s hopes up. As the referee blew the final whistle, Flora became the first-ever Estonian club to score a goal, earn a point and now win the game in UEFA’s club competition group stages. There was 1 more game to go and all the 4 teams had their chances to qualify – KAA Gent was the winner of the group after Flora’s win against their chaser Partizan. Famagusta had to win against Partizan in Serbia and Flora had to win against KAA Gent in Belgium with the same score as Anorthosis against Partizan to qualify into the next round. Unfortunately, this did not happen as Flora lost 1-0 and Famagusta drew 1-1.

The historical European journey ended in Belgium on 9th December. It started in June. Within these months Flora played 14 European games: won 6, drew 2, and lost 6 games. Goal difference: scored 18 and scored against 15.

Flora could not defend the league title in 2021. At the end of the season, Flora was 4 points behind the first place FCI Levadia and 2 games remaining – both against Levadia. Flora won the first game 5-1 and it gave hopes that Flora can defend the title, but the last game ended 2-2 draw and FCI Levadia became Estonian champions after 7 years.

Estonian Championship
1993/94
1994/95
1997/98
1998
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Estonian Cup winner
1995
1998
2008
2009
2011
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Estonian Super Cup winner
1998
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2009
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2021

WOMEN’S TEAM’S HISTORY

FC Flora women’s team was first brought to life in March 1997.